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I just update the list of things i make for amstrad.
I finally add some "support" for all you cpc plus lovers,as i now offer an option with the ribbon cable (for connecting a 3.5" floppy drive or HxC floppy emu) for cpc plus along with classic amstrad cpc and schneider cpc.
I also made an adapter for connecting a cpc plus to a cpc monitor, or a cpc scart. So if you happen to have a scart for amstrad cpc, with this adapter you can use it for cpc plus too! ;-)
I can also make the opposite adapter, meaning to connect an amstrad cpc to a plus monitor. This one will also have an extra 3.5mm stereo audio jack in order to transfer both video and audio to cpc plus monitor. If anyone want this adapter please contact at: ikonsgr@hotmail.com

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #51 on: 14:08, 27 September 13 »
I have added a new  joystick adapter, it's  an adapter that allows you to connect any old  joystick equipped with a 9 pin D connector, to a 15pin pc game port or even to a usb port if you combine it with this cheap adapter. I have already bought a couple of these and they work perfect,i can now use my old 9pin D cms joystick i had for amiga and amstrad cpc, to play mame on any pc or laptop equipped with usb port!  ;)
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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #52 on: 10:46, 11 August 14 »
Gryzor, maybe this topic should be stickied?


Ikonsgr, I was thinking something that might be useful is to make a kit for connecting a VGA adapter (like this one replace Amstrad CPC 464 664 6128 old Monitor to LCD video converter , in UK. |) with power supply etc. Some people would find this useful I think (Hello from a new member - and advice request).

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #53 on: 10:55, 11 August 14 »
Gryzor, maybe this topic should be stickied?


Ikonsgr, I was thinking something that might be useful is to make a kit for connecting a VGA adapter (like this one replace Amstrad CPC 464 664 6128 old Monitor to LCD video converter , in UK. |) with power supply etc. Some people would find this useful I think (Hello from a new member - and advice request).

How much would a complete one cost (I have no soldering or electronics experience)?   I'm still trying to decide whether to get that cable (which would work with both the external monitor I use with my laptop for dual screen, or my HDTV) or the cheaper SCART cable (that has the power and thingies all done but would only plug into my TV). 
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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #54 on: 23:17, 07 September 14 »
Yes the GBS board works alright with a cpc (i'm using one myself for a couple of years now) ,in fact you can use it  with any old home micro that gave RGB video out (amiga, atari st,amstrad cpc etc) to give picture to any vga monitor. The bad news is that, picture quality, although it's ok, it's definitely worst than what a scart cable can give you. And of course this happens because of the various A/D D/A conversions of the video signal.
As for the idea to offer a kit with this board,a box, a psu and a ready made video cable with a common connector (like a female scart connector for example) it doesnt sound a bad idea, but the total cost of doing such a kit would be rather expensive (i assume more than  50pounds). Also, even for small batches of 5-10 kits i would need 100's of pounds to buy boards, boxes etc which unfortunately i can't afford.

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #55 on: 13:04, 08 September 14 »
Yes the GBS board works alright with a cpc (i'm using one myself for a couple of years now) ,in fact you can use it  with any old home micro that gave RGB video out (amiga, atari st,amstrad cpc etc) to give picture to any vga monitor. The bad news is that, picture quality, although it's ok, it's definitely worst than what a scart cable can give you. And of course this happens because of the various A/D D/A conversions of the video signal.
As for the idea to offer a kit with this board,a box, a psu and a ready made video cable with a common connector (like a female scart connector for example) it doesnt sound a bad idea, but the total cost of doing such a kit would be rather expensive (i assume more than  50pounds). Also, even for small batches of 5-10 kits i would need 100's of pounds to buy boards, boxes etc which unfortunately i can't afford.


I was thinking you could just offer a pre-made cable for CPC->VGA converter RGB input, and maybe a PSU, because some people are put off by having to make their own cables.

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #56 on: 21:01, 14 September 14 »
@Munchausen : stickied :)

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #57 on: 00:27, 15 September 14 »
@Munchausen : stickied :)


Thanks! I wanted to use the @Gryzor thingy to draw your attention to this earlier, but it wasn't working for me for some reason.

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #58 on: 15:59, 15 September 14 »
It worked this time :D

It's a bit sensitive depending on browsers and stuff, BUT even if you start writing @Munch... and nothing happens, if you complete the user name and post the message it will work anyhow :)

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #59 on: 20:58, 13 April 15 »
I've got one of the disc drive kits that uses power from the monitor... how can you write to the 3.5" discs on it? I can't seem to format or copy to them!
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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #60 on: 21:44, 18 July 17 »
I just updated the Y joystick adpter:

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/272348469598?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649


I finally manage to make a pcb board for it, so now it can be made much faster, but most important, MUCH CHEAPER! ;-)


 As you can see, the board is not pluged dirtectly to cpc joy port, but instead a small ribbon cable is used , so it can be pluged easily on  any cpc model, and without blocking other connectors (for example, pluging it on a cpc 6128 , doesn't block audio out or tape connector).
Keep watching, more updates coming soon!  ;)
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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #61 on: 23:38, 18 July 17 »
i recently bought the previous version and it works very well.


What do you mean by "it can be made much faster" ? You mean for you to build it ?

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #62 on: 01:22, 19 July 17 »
Exactly!  :) 
 The previous version with the Y cable, needed much more effort to be done, all the connections with the numerous diodes and cables was custom made, one by one.
With the pcb board, the same thing is done in less than half time!

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #63 on: 22:28, 29 August 17 »
New 5volt power supply for joystick port, cheaper and neater ;-)

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #64 on: 12:32, 03 September 17 »
New adapters added, Usb/Ps2 gamepad/joystick adapter, 15pin pc joystick adapter, wireless bluetooth joystick adapter.
All can be used now, by adding the new power supply for joystick port adapter

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #65 on: 15:34, 03 September 17 »
New adapters added, Usb/Ps2 gamepad/joystick adapter, 15pin pc joystick adapter, wireless bluetooth joystick adapter.
All can be used now, by adding the new power supply for joystick port adapter

And to use classic PC Gamepad (XBox pad for example) on my CPC what i have to buy additionaly ?

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #66 on: 16:14, 03 September 17 »


The 6128/6128 Plus/MP3 switch that I have linked to a Plus monitor still works after 25 years so it is a practical piece of kit. The only problem with creating a new one might be the work involved + how much would be a fair price?


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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #67 on: 19:18, 04 September 17 »
And to use classic PC Gamepad (XBox pad for example) on my CPC what i have to buy additionaly ?


 If you mean xbox controller with usb connector, if it recognised by windows as gamepad, without any extra drivers, most probable the usb adapter  should work.



The 6128/6128 Plus/MP3 switch that I have linked to a Plus monitor still works after 25 years so it is a practical piece of kit. The only problem with creating a new one might be the work involved + how much would be a fair price?



 Well  i make a cpc<->plus video connector converter, but if you want a switch box, with select knobs/buttons, multiple connectors mounted and all, that would indeed require much more effort to do, which i don't think it worth the trouble and cost...unless you do it yourself ofcourse! :-)
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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #68 on: 22:30, 04 September 17 »
If you mean xbox controller with usb connector, if it recognised by windows as gamepad, without any extra drivers, most probable the usb adapter  should work.

Ok, just bought on your shop.

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Re: AMSTRAD KITS,CABLES AND ADAPTERS!
« Reply #69 on: 01:10, 05 September 17 »
Thanks, but note that i haven't tried the adapter with an original xbox controller, so i don't know for sure if it works, although it worked fine with this cheap xbox clone controller
« Last Edit: 01:22, 05 September 17 by ikonsgr »