Do you know the MIST-FPGA board? No? It is intended to rebuild old computer systems and consoles with it. I use the term “rebuild” because it fits better in combination with a FPGA than “emulate”, because there is no program running within the FPGA, but it is real hardware which is running. Confused :-)? Anyway, the name MIST is a combination of Amiga and Atari ST, and of course, both systems are already running on the systems together with a lot of other computer and console systems, too (e.g. Nintendo NES, Commodore 64, PC Engine, etc.). Since some time, there is also an Amstrad CPC core available for the MIST-FPGA board and it was released in version r004.7.2 some days ago. The new version features some bugfixes and support for the R-Type remake by Easter Egg. So if you own a MIST-FPGA board, give it a try. You can find more information about the installation of the Amstrad CPC core and the binaries on the MIST-FPGA GitHub page.
Your Amstrad CPC is showing a “Disc missing” error when you try to load a disc? Then normally it is time to change the drive belt of your disk drive. There are already some nice tutorials on how to change the drive belt of an Amstrad CPC, but Xyphoe recorded a video where he changes the drive belt of an Amstrad CPC 6128. So if you need to change your drive belt have a look at it.
Norecess released a new version of his SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator Manager which works on the Amstrad CPC 464 and 664 now. If you already own a HxC floppy emulator, this tool is a must have for you. You can get the disk image or ROM image here.
- 464 / 664 support
SyX and TotO are hard working to get a new mass storage device ready for your Amstrad CPC. It is compatible with SymbOS and BonnyDOS and it will additionally come with an own ROM (ACMEDOS), which allows you to access the mass storage from BASIC via RSX commands. If you already own the Mother X4 board, you can just plug it into it and use it on your CPC. You can preorder it for 24,90 EUR in TotO’s webshop.
SPRING released a new version of their ROM manager ROMAN. The ROM manager can be used to store 16kb ROMs, e.g. from the 16kb ROM competition, in a MegaFlash NG ROM box and the new version should work with PulkoMandy’s ROM box as well (both are compatible with Bryce Flash ROM box and use the same SST flash ROM chip). You can directly download the latest version as a DSK and HFE from here:
…and if you don’t have a MegaFlash NG ROM box, you can order your kit here: http://spqd.de/megaflash
- You can easily generate ROMs out of your Files with the RSX-Generator
- You can use up to 32 ROMs (Rom-Booster by Inicron included)
- Improved usability
- Deactivate ROM-Init-Message