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Greetings!
« on: 23:15, 16 November 11 »
Greetings all Amstrad cpc users!  :P
Some familiar names I see on here from the old cpc zone forum, thought it was about time I got on the board for cpcwiki to check out whats happening.
Anyhow for those who don't remember my user name, I will (re)post a picture of  my fave toy. Then check out what the reactions are from you guys!!
cheers!
 
 

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #1 on: 03:07, 17 November 11 »
Great picture!
 
Welcome here and...
 
Greetings program!
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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #2 on: 16:42, 17 November 11 »
Welcome mate, good to have you back! :)

What does it run? It doesn't have a stick, so....??

Hope you stick around. This place is going from strength to strength!

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #3 on: 18:48, 17 November 11 »
Is that an amstrad monitor?

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #4 on: 18:50, 17 November 11 »
Ohhh crap I think you're right!

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #5 on: 18:54, 17 November 11 »
Great DIY but where is the keyboard ???  :o

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #6 on: 22:06, 17 November 11 »
This is an amstrad Monitor too... ;D

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #7 on: 22:31, 17 November 11 »
It's a Russian clone! :o :laugh:

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #8 on: 00:06, 18 November 11 »
hopefully the following pile of images will answer any questions.... exept Gryzor's mention of the lack of joystick  >:(  its what all my mates gripe about when hammering away at 1943. All I can say to that is ZXFC  !!
 
 




 
the jumble of orange wires enable the front panel buttons to connect to any keyboard or joy 1& 2 pins
cunningly the 464 pcb has a spare row of solder holes (18 I think?) to enable external controls

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #9 on: 01:29, 18 November 11 »
Very clever, just two questions.

Do you load software from tape?

Does the monitor overheat after a few hours?

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #10 on: 01:47, 18 November 11 »
Well, you can add a cooler fan.

Also, a bit of a shame : only 64K...


Tape ? perhaps a MP3 device would be better then.



But, it is a bit dusty too...
« Last Edit: 01:49, 18 November 11 by MacDeath »

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #11 on: 22:45, 19 November 11 »
built it about errr... 7-8 years ago I think. Yep tape loading, but only need to load in a game once, then the power supply unit stays always on, theres a power switch under the blue panel at the front which knocks off the monitor & amp only when not in use. The monitors good as gold. I guess if you had it at more of an angle it might get the arse and overheat.
MacDeath- there are plans afoot as we speak to build another console using a 6128 running one of them new fangled HxC floppy emulators amongst other tricks! what you see above was as good as I could get with what I was capable of at the time. In reality its totaly impractical as some games require the buttons to be reconnected differently, deffo not fun after a few drinks!
But still I love it.
What I'm up to next is what I'll be hopefully posting up on here for you chaps to see as it progresses. Stay tuned!

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #12 on: 02:54, 20 November 11 »
You could use Bryce's Megaflash to have 512KB storage without having to keep the power on.
Although with that name it should have 1MB flash. ;D
« Last Edit: 02:57, 20 November 11 by steve »

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #13 on: 05:18, 20 November 11 »
The main thing is : what do you run on this...

This can be As much an awfull speccyport station as a guenuine axesome stuff...


Sadly not the best format to play "Sid Meyer's Pirates!"...
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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #14 on: 07:51, 20 November 11 »
You could use Bryce's Megaflash to have 512KB storage without having to keep the power on.
Although with that name it should have 1MB flash. ;D

Well is has 4 Mbit Flash :) It's a good idea to use it for a games launch menu in a CPC arcade :-)))
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« Reply #15 on: 11:52, 20 November 11 »
Well is has 4 Mbit Flash :) It's a good idea to use it for a games launch menu in a CPC arcade :-)))
Then again cartridge work by the same solderer might come to something like the multicart Demonstrator (inside a single module with today's technology, will need a new acronym though) which if run on a GX4000 may help avoid butchering a Plus.

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #16 on: 13:10, 20 November 11 »
Amazing ! i really love that !

there are plans afoot as we speak to build another console using a 6128 running one of them new fangled HxC floppy emulators amongst other tricks! what you see above was as good as I could get with what I was capable of at the time. In reality its totaly impractical as some games require the buttons to be reconnected differently, deffo not fun after a few drinks!
But still I love it.
What keymapping do you use ?
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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #17 on: 19:53, 20 November 11 »
just looking at the 464 pcb picture on the wiki hardware bit shows a 1983 version, mines a 1984 which has slightly different keyboard connection.
left in pic shows a white molex connector and the board is blank next to it, where as mine has 2x membrane connectors in the "blank" space leaving a spare row of solder holes (where the '83 has the molex) for me to tag off & connect up to arcade buttons.
couple of pics from a dead 464 to elaborate~
 


 
as for the games, 64k is just fine! Galactic plague never looked better- superb game... (just kidding!)
Ikari warriors, who dares wins 2, silkworm, wec lemans, 1943, prohibition all get a good run out.
Some great upgrade suggestions guys, but as this unit was completed almost 10 years ago, development has ceased.

A new chapter is beginning with a donor 6128, its disc drive had died and so becomes the ideal candidate for the transformation.

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #18 on: 21:13, 20 November 11 »
I'd like to get one of these for my cpc6128~
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350244621369?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%3A80%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_nkw%3D350244621369%26_sacat%3D0%26_odkw%3DItem%2Bnumber%253A%2B350244621369%26_osacat%3D0%26_trksid%3Dp3286.c0.m270.l1313%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1
it looks to be the right thing, anyone know if this is ok for use in uk? not sure if theres any issues with pal vs ntsc here.
Can't say I'm interested in anything using composite video or getting a lcd telly for my cpc

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #19 on: 21:19, 20 November 11 »
This is lovely, must have been lots of fun to build it!

It could do with some side artwork, though - vinyl printing is really cheap for such a project! Or at least maybe some stickers from RetroGT :)

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #20 on: 21:29, 20 November 11 »
I'm holding back for as long as possible before posting up the visuals of what I'm after for the new toy!!  ;)

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #21 on: 23:50, 20 November 11 »
You could use Bryce's Megaflash to have 512KB storage without having to keep the power on.
Although with that name it should have 1MB flash. ;D

The name originally came from when I built the very first MegaROM, which had 1Mbit of ROM, the MegaFlash ended up having 4Mbit of Flash, so the name stuck.

Bryce.

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #22 on: 23:41, 05 July 13 »
wow time flies! so for hardcore cpc fans who read this thread from the start will have a little clue as to what is coming next :)
 
I have finally decided to turn my attention to building a "new" Amstrad arcade. Hard work dusting down stuff that's been in storage for years! Anyhow I will post up plenty of pics tomorrow of how its been progressing and concept pics of how I visualise the finished product.
A quick look at whats on the design bench right now, and will get on it for a little chit-chat soon.
 

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #23 on: 00:04, 06 July 13 »
More pics please :)
how do you manage the keyboard ?

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Re: Greetings!
« Reply #24 on: 21:25, 06 July 13 »
Oh wow. Not only does it look ueber-cool, it would be the best prank to play at a company's server rack :D