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utility | The Amstrad CPC news portal - Part 2
Nov 172015
 

Does your Amstrad CPC work correctly or do you have stability issues? Not sure? Well, then you can at least check the RAM of your CPC with Geralds new RAM tester. To run this program on classic CPCs (464, 664, 6128), you will need a LowerROM board or an X-MEM memory expansion in boot mode. Use the .bin file in this configuration.
If you want to run it on an Amstrad Plus or an Amstrad GX4000, you will need a C4CPC cartridge and use the .bin or .cpr file with it.

If the RAM is ok, you will see the following image (green bars at the side of the screen):

RamOk

If something is wrong, you will see a red bar at the side of the screen:

Ram4LsbBad

You can download the binaries at the end of this news and discuss it in the CPCWiki forums.

If you need to check your systems memory without having an expansion board, you can also use Nilquaders memory check utility.

Feb 262015
 

Prodatron released a new utility for his Amstrad CPC operating system SymbOS. With this utility, which can be used in the SymShell, you can easily remove or add the 128 byte AMSDOS header from / to a file. This tool also supports wildcards, so you can add a header to e.g. all files in a directory. For more information on how to use it and to download it go to the CPC Wiki forums.

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Aug 302014
 

TFM released a new version of his ROManager for FutureOS which currently supports all available Flash-ROM devices for the CPC (X-MEM (TotO), FlashGordon (PulkoMandy) or MegaFlash). You can download it from the FutureOS homepage.
This are the features of the new version:

  • an overworked GUI based on the new CBM interface
  • Enhanced error checking
  • Functions to display really all RSX of a ROM and their start address
  • Hotkeys
  • SDP constantly activated
  • Plug & Play support for the new X-MEM (Winbond or SST), MegaFlash and FlashGordon
  • and a nice Icon 😉

 

May 262014
 

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:

http://www.spielquader.de/mediafiles//Sonstiges/Roman/roman.dsk
http://www.spielquader.de/mediafiles//Sonstiges/Roman/roman.hfe

…and if you don’t have a MegaFlash NG ROM box, you can order your kit here: http://spqd.de/megaflash

Changelog:

  • 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

 

Mar 162014
 

SAMdisk is a tool to convert floppy disks into various disk images which can be used in emulators. It works with almost all PC floppy controllers and supports also some copy-protected formats. It requires that you have fdrawcmd.sys, a low-level floppy disk driver, installed on your system.

You can download the latest version from the SAMdisk website.

Changes Version 3.8.1 (2014-03-11):

  • Fixed data extent bug reading from stream images (SCP/RAW/DFI)
  • SBT images now auto-execute under SAM DOS, even if not natively bootable

Changes Version 3.8 (2014-03-09):

  • Added support for SuperCard Pro .scp flux disk images (MFM+FM)
  • Added –pll option to control PLL method with flux image scanning
  • Fixed –head giving ambiguous option error due to typo
  • Fixed KBI-19 format slightly overhanging track wrap
  • Improved EOT handling of flux images containing just one revolution
  • Changed –slow-step to –old-drive to better match usage

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