Author Topic: Can Spectrum +3 run PCW software?  (Read 419 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Starglider

  • CPC6128
  • ****
  • Posts: 252
  • Country: us
  • Artist & entrepreneur
    • My Retro Recipes
  • Liked: 88
  • Likes Given: 6
Can Spectrum +3 run PCW software?
« on: 07:43, 20 January 19 »
Hi! I read recently that the Spectrum +3 runs CP/M and has a 3" disk drive. So I was curious if PCW CP/M software will run on it?

Thanks!, Starglider aka ԹҽɾíƒɾɑϲԵíϲ's RҽԵɾ๏ RҽϲíԹҽs
[emoji973]️ http://youtube.com/perifractic
[emoji973]️ http://patreon.com/perifractic

Thanks!
Starglider aka Perifractic
"Recordar es vivir"

Amstrad PCW8256 | Upgraded EME-232 DD Drive B
(Also Amiga, C64, Apple //e, Atari 400)

Formerly of The Blue Ribbon Soundworks – makers of SuperJAM! and Bars & Pipes for Amiga

Online ComSoft6128

  • ..................................
  • Supporter
  • 6128 Plus
  • *
  • Posts: 1.186
  • Country: scotland
  • CPC THEN CPC NOW
    • index.php?action=treasury
  • Liked: 1331
  • Likes Given: 2555
Re: Can Spectrum +3 run PCW software?
« Reply #1 on: 11:42, 20 January 19 »
Hi Starglider,

I think that running dedicated PCW software on the Spectrum would probably be a difficult proposition due to the difference in memory and screen configurations. Generic CPM software - NSWP, DU, MEX Etc is probably available for the Spectrum but you would have to check that out.

Cheers,

Peter
« Last Edit: 11:44, 20 January 19 by ComSoft6128 »

Offline JohnElliott

  • CPC664
  • ***
  • Posts: 52
  • Country: gb
  • Liked: 20
  • Likes Given: 0
Re: Can Spectrum +3 run PCW software?
« Reply #2 on: 11:32, 23 January 19 »
When I was doing my archive of PCW Plus BASIC typeins, I found a lot of the programs would work unmodified on the +3, and a lot more with fairly minor portability fixes (such as using PEEK(2) to find the BIOS jumpblock rather than hardcoding its address). In the case of the game ETHERNET I did a specific +3 port using the 32-column video mode.

Offline GUNHED

  • 6128 Plus
  • ******
  • Posts: 1.303
  • Country: de
  • Reincarnation of TFM
    • FutureOS - The quickest OS for the CPC and Plus
  • Liked: 732
  • Likes Given: 1579
Re: Can Spectrum +3 run PCW software?
« Reply #3 on: 17:14, 23 January 19 »
You need an PCW emulator (software) and an video interface (hardware) at least.
http://futureos.de --> Get the revolutionary FutureOS (Recent update: 2019.08.07)
http://futureos.cpc-live.com/files/LambdaSpeak_RSX_by_TFM.zip --> Get the RSX-ROM for LambdaSpeak :-) (Updated: 2019.08.14)

Offline Starglider

  • CPC6128
  • ****
  • Posts: 252
  • Country: us
  • Artist & entrepreneur
    • My Retro Recipes
  • Liked: 88
  • Likes Given: 6
Re: Can Spectrum +3 run PCW software?
« Reply #4 on: 08:31, 27 January 19 »
Thanks guys. I already have a PCW but this is interesting to know that its software can work unmodified on the +3. [emoji106][emoji973]️

Thanks!, Starglider aka ԹҽɾíƒɾɑϲԵíϲ's RҽԵɾ๏ RҽϲíԹҽs
[emoji973]️ http://youtube.com/perifractic
[emoji973]️ http://patreon.com/perifractic

Thanks!
Starglider aka Perifractic
"Recordar es vivir"

Amstrad PCW8256 | Upgraded EME-232 DD Drive B
(Also Amiga, C64, Apple //e, Atari 400)

Formerly of The Blue Ribbon Soundworks – makers of SuperJAM! and Bars & Pipes for Amiga