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PCW Pack
« on: 01:22, 03 March 16 »
Hello there.
Last Monday, in celebration of leap year, I uploaded a few PCW related things; I’ve forgotten to post them here until now.  :picard:

Anyway, let’s start with PCW software:

1) "La Abadía del crimen", enhaced version with new graphics, digitalized audio (using the DAC of my Dk’sound clone), some bugfixes and an easter egg.

Before:


After:


2) New ported game: HeroQuest.

HeroQuest (PCW)

I’ve also uploaded the internal development version of some emulators; not to be considered official versions, but maybe useful for somebody:

3) CP/M Box, with several corrections, etc.

http://habisoft.com/pcw/CPMBox.zip

4) "Ana Rosa", a PcW16 emulator. At this moment, floppy disc doesn’t works very well, and mouse coordinates are poked.

http://habisoft.com/pcw/AnaRosa.zip

5) AndroPCW, a port for Android of CP/M Box. Has some issues with Lollipop at present.

http://habisoft.com/pcw/AndroPCW.zip

Cheers!
« Last Edit: 01:24, 03 March 16 by Habi »

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #1 on: 01:29, 03 March 16 »

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #2 on: 01:58, 03 March 16 »
I am really impressed! Especially "Ana Rosa" will help me a lot!

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #3 on: 10:28, 03 March 16 »
This is all extremely nice! Seriously!  :D

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #4 on: 15:03, 03 March 16 »
"La abadia del cirmen" is really impressivel; great job !


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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #5 on: 17:51, 03 March 16 »
Any chance for an English version of Abadia del Crimen?
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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #6 on: 17:52, 03 March 16 »
I am really impressed! Especially "Ana Rosa" will help me a lot!


Oh, you need a real PcW16? I got a spare one, for postage.
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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #7 on: 19:13, 03 March 16 »

Oh, you need a real PcW16? I got a spare one, for postage.

I bought a second pcw16 specifically for prodatron some time ago. I haven't sent it because I was trying to figure out how to connect the IDE drive (if there's going to be a symbos port we would like IDE right?) I was part way through reversing the schematics WRT the missing ICs, but haven't had time to look at it for a while due to real life.

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #8 on: 19:36, 03 March 16 »
I bought a second pcw16 specifically for prodatron some time ago. I haven't sent it because I was trying to figure out how to connect the IDE drive (if there's going to be a symbos port we would like IDE right?) I was part way through reversing the schematics WRT the missing ICs, but haven't had time to look at it for a while due to real life.


Ok, you first then. So I don't have to bother my dad to put it in a box and bring it to the post office. I honestly don't know about the PcW16's IDE features. Was there an official hardware, or something homebrew. (Shouldn't be a problem to connect an X-MASS IMHO).
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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #9 on: 22:15, 03 March 16 »

Ok, you first then. So I don't have to bother my dad to put it in a box and bring it to the post office. I honestly don't know about the PcW16's IDE features. Was there an official hardware, or something homebrew. (Shouldn't be a problem to connect an X-MASS IMHO).

The PCB has a place for an IDE socket on it, and the main system IO controller (winbond 83787) has an IDE controller, but there are also some other parts that are missing. It just needs to be determined what is missing so that it can be added. I doubt that the normal OS supports it, but it should work for homebrew software. There is also space for more RAM, flash, and a VGA connector on the PCB (@Habi has got VGA working, in colour!). From the specs, it should also be possible to add an external floppy drive connected to the parallel port.

Also: feel free to send prodatron a PCW16 as I may still take some time!
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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #10 on: 23:55, 03 March 16 »
Very interesting. So Amstrad intended to sell some PcW16 with hard disc!?! Does anybody know about such a machine?
Or did they stop integrating IDE after half the way, like the PcW9512 contains parts of the ANT-II (which are kind of unnecessary for the PcW).


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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #11 on: 08:18, 04 March 16 »
The PcW16 has a lot of unused features. Not only the half IDE port, but also the VGA output with CPC-compatile 27 color palette and a few more things. Clearly the ANT project was still in the developer team mind, but as far as I know that never reached production.

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #12 on: 11:43, 04 March 16 »
The PcW16 has a lot of unused features. Not only the half IDE port, but also the VGA output with CPC-compatile 27 color palette and a few more things. Clearly the ANT project was still in the developer team mind, but as far as I know that never reached production.

I think you might be right about PCW16 and ANT. The Anne ASIC certainly leads a lot of room for a more powerful machine. One of the most powerful retro Z80 systems for sure.
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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #13 on: 12:22, 04 March 16 »
Wow thanks for the PcW16 emu, booted it up last night and was taken back to when I was doing some dev work on it when it came out. Weird filing system, and a tricky to use OS, but a nice machine. Symbos on this would run very nicely

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #14 on: 14:24, 04 March 16 »
Wow thanks for the PcW16 emu, booted it up last night and was taken back to when I was doing some dev work on it when it came out. Weird filing system, and a tricky to use OS, but a nice machine. Symbos on this would run very nicely


I would love to see Sorcery +++ running on it ;)

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #15 on: 15:31, 04 March 16 »
Wow thanks for the PcW16 emu, booted it up last night and was taken back to when I was doing some dev work on it when it came out. Weird filing system, and a tricky to use OS, but a nice machine. Symbos on this would run very nicely

There is CP/M for it as well.

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #16 on: 15:35, 04 March 16 »
There is CP/M for it as well.
I've never been that keen on CP/M Tbh, and I'm part of the Symbos team and I'm still working on Unify. I know this machine is something Prodatron would like to port too, so this emu is an amazing thing for this goal

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #17 on: 16:18, 04 March 16 »
I've never been that keen on CP/M Tbh, and I'm part of the Symbos team and I'm still working on Unify. I know this machine is something Prodatron would like to port too, so this emu is an amazing thing for this goal

Sure, but it's perhaps less quirky (certainly more standardised) than Roseanne. Symbos is what I'd like to see too, it's the reason I bought a second one!

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #18 on: 12:28, 06 March 16 »
Thank you all!

I have uploaded a new version of HeroQuest which corrects a video corruption issue.  :picard:

It’s on the same link, just download it again.

Regards.

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #19 on: 00:25, 09 March 16 »
i really like cp/m box.
what is this pre-release, it's Win32 ?
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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #20 on: 03:12, 13 March 16 »
i really like cp/m box.
what is this pre-release, it's Win32 ?


Thank you! Yes, it's Win32.

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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #21 on: 04:30, 23 March 16 »

Thank you! Yes, it's Win32.

Why are the printer, mice and the third icon on the right always grey ? is it normal ? (i have selected all in settings)
As you maybe know, we 're streaming some CPC games on Amstrad.eu.
i have the aim to use your emulator to stream on the site some pcw games. do you have a collection of games ? maybe could you create a pack and make it available, there are not so much games


Dropbox - PCW rom pack.rar

i'd like especially to play to Abadia del crimen, but i need english or french language  :(
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Re: PCW Pack
« Reply #22 on: 01:31, 06 July 16 »
Great pack of games there, greatxerox! Thanks!