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Title: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: 00WReX on 00:28, 14 November 12
Hi All,

This is an old but good mod I noticed many years ago and only just recently stumbled across it again.
Many of you may have seen this one, but it is worth mentioning for those that have not.

Pictures are not good quality but I think that is due to the age as much as anything else...
I remember seeing this page over ten years ago so digital cameras have come a long way, especially cheap ones (that's if it was a digital camera).

I was surprised to see this page still online, so before it disappears forever...

Amstrad CPC Photos (http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~iedowse/amstrad/)

Cheers,
Shane

*maybe I should capture this page and put it one the wiki somewhere...it's no tutorial, but worth keeping.

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Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: MacDeath on 01:14, 14 November 12
the wires look messy but the technical configuration seems like a GOOD CPC with a funny keyboard.


Perhaps the only flaw is that it keeps the "464" CRTC.


Else, all is inside the box as it should have been from the egining (still at the dsame price) had Sir Sugar not be a penny reaper.
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: Bryce on 10:27, 14 November 12
Alan Sugar definitely couldn't have offered a 128K computer with floppy disk / controller and tapedeck for the same price. Otherwise some other manufacturer would have done it too.

Bryce.
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: MaV on 13:04, 14 November 12
Quote from: MacDeath on 01:14, 14 November 12
Perhaps the only flaw is that it keeps the "464" CRTC.
Looks like a cost-reduced version, so chances are good that it has a CRTC 1, AFAIK.


Excellent work, if a bit messy. That is more or less how a CPC 6128 should have looked like. As a child I was a bit frustrated that I needed an external cassette player to play cassette games especially since the motor control did not work on my player so I had to stop the tape by hand on some games (and disc games were expensive).
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: MacDeath on 15:56, 14 November 12
Quoteand disc games were expensive
Obviously Austria lacked seriously in the competent Hacker domain. :laugh:
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: Gryzor on 16:19, 14 November 12
Wow. Thanks so much for showing us this.
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: MaV on 16:45, 14 November 12
Quote from: MacDeath on 15:56, 14 November 12
Obviously Austria lacked seriously in the competent Hacker domain. :laugh:
/me Looks over his shoulder.
Au contraire, I only bought *cough*one*cough* disc game in the 80s, the rest *cough*...*cough*. But you'd want to buy a game occasionally, and shops had a greater selection of tapes and they were just cheaper.
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: Gryzor on 17:02, 14 November 12
Quote from: MaVAu contraire, I only bought *cough*one*cough* disc game in the 80s, 
Which one was it? :)
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: MacDeath on 19:23, 14 November 12
QuoteWhich one was it?
Discology.
:D
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: MaV on 21:21, 14 November 12
Quote from: Gryzor on 17:02, 14 November 12
Which one was it? :)
Academy (Tau Ceti II) - and the good thing beyond the game itself was that it had a fractal tree program on the B-side.

I had Discology as well, but it was *cough*borrowed.*cough* Stupid weather! *sneeze*
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: MacDeath on 21:33, 14 November 12
Discology was so powerefull it could copy itself...
Self replicant. :laugh:
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: Bryce on 21:59, 14 November 12
I have an original Tau Ceti Disk, but I never really understood or got into the game.

Bryce.
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: 00WReX on 23:59, 14 November 12
Not sure if anyone noticed but these photos are sitting on the Trinity College Dublin, School of Mathematics server.

The person was Ian Dowse and I found an old page that refers to the Amstrad link / page in my initial post.

Ian Dowse's Projects Page (http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~iedowse/projects.html)

"http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~iedowse/projects.html" (http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~iedowse/projects.html");

This page is not that easy to find with a google search and got me thinking.
Does anyone else have any obscure links to Amstrad related stuff such as this.
Would be worth sharing if you do. Thanks.

Cheers,
Shane
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: Gryzor on 14:19, 15 November 12
Quote from: MacDeathDiscology was so powerefull it could copy itself...
Self replicant.
I seem to remember that only cracked versions of Discology would actually let you copy itself? Oh the irony, though I may be wrong; got to check my original Discology...
Title: Re: CPC 464 mod - oldie but a goodie
Post by: SyX on 14:11, 17 November 12
Quote from: 00WReX on 23:59, 14 November 12
This page is not that easy to find with a google search and got me thinking.
Does anyone else have any obscure links to Amstrad related stuff such as this.
Would be worth sharing if you do. Thanks.
I remember that page from a long time ago :)

And there was another spaghetti CPC from an australian CPC user, i don't remember the link, but i'm sure that it had a lot of yellow wires and a lot of screens of seminude women in a green monitor.


But my favourite lost web site, it was a pink french site full with z80 assembly sources, if only i had downloaded it...
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