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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #150 on: 19:09, 24 May 16 »
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #151 on: 19:29, 24 May 16 »
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #152 on: 20:28, 24 May 16 »
I'd love to add one to my CPC :D

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #153 on: 23:15, 24 May 16 »
With some rom magic wouldn't it be possible to use dxs's real time clock board for this purpose? Apologies if my question doesn't make sense.


Both RTCs are different, but as Duke pointed out before, just add a couple of capacitors and a battery and you got it. Supporting software is another topic.


BTW: Just a question... IMHO it would be great if the M4 board could be bought with RTC installed as option. I wouldn't mind to pay more for it. (That way I could also easily add support for FutureOS I guess). However depends what others think.  :)
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #154 on: 23:26, 24 May 16 »

Both RTCs are different, but as Duke pointed out before, just add a couple of capacitors and a battery and you got it. Supporting software is another topic.


BTW: Just a question... IMHO it would be great if the M4 board could be bought with RTC installed as option. I wouldn't mind to pay more for it. (That way I could also easily add support for FutureOS I guess). However depends what others think.  :)


I Could too. If M4 could be bought with RTC installed, i would.
« Last Edit: 13:01, 25 May 16 by dirtybb »

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #155 on: 12:05, 25 May 16 »
I'd want the rtc extended version too if possible. I don't trust my soldering skills and wouldn't want to hurt the poor board.

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #156 on: 14:56, 25 May 16 »
Today I received the very nice MX4 mainboard + cable from Toto (thanks a ton!). See MotherX4 Main Board

I can confirm the cable works with M4 board.
It also works in the MX4 mainboard, but only properly when fitted with external power supply.

Probably it's best to use external power supply, I had noticed on CPC6128 and CPC6128+ that when pumping up the volume you could hear small sound artifacts when the WiFi transmits, however the problem disappear when using external psu. It also isn't present on CPC664 (guess it uses less power?).

So I definitely recommend using MX4 + external 5V 2A power supply.
Maybe a better PSU for cpc will do the trick too. - That's why I fried my CPC6128 last week, in a quick rush to plug in a bigger power supply that I remembered being 5V (I am idiot!) - it was 12V.
Alternatively use cable / edge connector (on PCB) and be prepared to use some USB psu with mini usb socket fed directly to the board.

RTC
I will consider offering the parts mounted, just be aware it's not supported in current software, so that's something I will need to add.
Generally I was thinking most people have net connection 99% of the time, so ntp lookup should be excellent. Maybe it's not the case all over europe, so I guess it makes sense for traditional battery backup.

Name
To be honest, I don't really care a lot about the name, if it's an issue sure, do a poll and find a new name, I only request it starts with "M4" :) - so board printing etc. still makes sense.
« Last Edit: 15:11, 25 May 16 by Duke »

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #157 on: 15:12, 25 May 16 »
@Duke


No Leave it as it is.
I Cant "" M4size " that enough.
I Think its "" aM4zing ""

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #158 on: 15:56, 25 May 16 »
Today I received the very nice MX4 mainboard + cable from Toto (thanks a ton!)
Great!  8)

Please, is the final board should be 8x5cm sized to perfectly match with the others?  ;D
« Last Edit: 12:20, 26 May 16 by TotO »
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #159 on: 16:25, 25 May 16 »
Great!  8)

Please, is the final board should be 8x5cm sized to perfectly match with the others?  ;D
M4 is a nice code name. X-CORE should be a nice product name.  :-\

I didn't make any changes to the PCB when I ordered 50 more pcs. Learned from past experince, there is good chance I'd screw something up (and I'd have to get new stencils) :) -Although it was tempting to remove some of the debug stuff and clean it up a bit.
So it's still ~ 76,5 mm x 61 mm

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #160 on: 16:26, 25 May 16 »
No problem, I don't know that you already had ordered them.  :-\
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #161 on: 19:35, 25 May 16 »
(By the I don't remember if I say I want one when we discuss by mail... Even just the PCB unsold we just the GTL2000 and the .hex firmware it's ok for me :P)

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #162 on: 19:51, 25 May 16 »
(By the I don't remember if I say I want one when we discuss by mail... Even just the PCB unsold we just the GTL2000 and the .hex firmware it's ok for me :P )

I have added you now (with aes encrypted firmware and read out protection :P  - nah just kidding), that makes 58.
If anymore orders, you have to rely on someone on the list to not want one anyway or wait until there is 10 more so I can order new batch of pcb etc.
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #163 on: 20:53, 25 May 16 »
RTC
I will consider offering the parts mounted, just be aware it's not supported in current software, so that's something I will need to add.
Generally I was thinking most people have net connection 99% of the time, so ntp lookup should be excellent. Maybe it's not the case all over europe, so I guess it makes sense for traditional battery backup.


Well, I sit in USA, not network at my home (residency of my CPC), so RTC would be nice. In case I find out how to read it I will of course share routines for it. But I guess you will be more quick.  :)


Oh, and for buying the M4 board, I guess you will PM us, right?

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #164 on: 21:11, 25 May 16 »
Has anyone started working on an IRC client yet?  :)

Does this mean the CPC IRC channels will finally get more visitors now?  8)

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #165 on: 23:28, 25 May 16 »
Has anyone started working on an IRC client yet?  :)

Does this mean the CPC IRC channels will finally get more visitors now?  8)
Oh i'd love to be back in the CPC irc, oh and how about a newsgroup client lol ;)
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #166 on: 11:57, 26 May 16 »
Ohhh please count me one !!!!!!!!!  :o :o

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #167 on: 12:44, 26 May 16 »
News and IRC software would be actually fantastic for the CPC, that is for sure!  :D

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #168 on: 21:29, 27 May 16 »
Well, I think about a Hacker-Boy like shown in Orion Prime.  :P
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #169 on: 23:42, 27 May 16 »
With tongue in cheek "" M4 "" sounds like a Freeway or a main road somewhere.
To me it sounded more like a reference from the Messier catalogue or ... to a tank :)

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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #170 on: 02:15, 28 May 16 »
To me it sounded more like a reference from the Messier catalogue or ... to a tank :)
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #171 on: 10:02, 28 May 16 »
To me it sounded more like a reference from the Messier catalogue or ... to a tank :)
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #172 on: 00:22, 29 May 16 »
I am interested in 2 boards!
- Schneider CPC 6128 & 3,5" Floppy, Multiface II, Videodigitizer, Symbiface II, Dobbertin Ram Expansion 512 Kb, Marconi Trackball, CPC Booster+, X-Board, X-Mem, HXC Floppy Emulator
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #173 on: 02:34, 29 May 16 »
Count me in for 1 please :)
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Re: Amstrad CPC WiFi
« Reply #174 on: 13:21, 29 May 16 »
Please, count me six more boards in addition to that I asked for before -if it is still possible:


- One for me (MX4 connector)
- One for José Leandro (standard CPC connector)
- One for Ángel (standard CPC connector)
- One for rockersuke (standard CPC connector)
- One for deepfb (standard CPC connector)
- One for Nandove (standard CPC connector)
- One for jltursan (MX4 connector)



So I would need a total of seven boards, if possible.


We are now in a meeting in Madrid, Robcfg is showing us his board, and it works flawlessly! It is great! Everybody wants one here! :-D


We are testing the board on some CPCs, and it works on a CPC 472 with 1.1 Basic  :o
« Last Edit: 13:38, 29 May 16 by Cpcmaniaco »