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Title: SymbOS Help Needed on PCW 8256
Post by: Starglider on 01:52, 02 November 20
Hi, I've been hoping to make a video about SymbOS on the Amstrad PCW. It's been requested by a few people. Unfortunately I'm seeing some issues and wonder if anyone can help with any of these things? Unfortunately no reply from the developer via PM.
This is probably largely my fault for not having an 8512, but thanks anyway!
Title: Re: SymbOS Help Needed on PCW 8256
Post by: GeoffB17 on 14:33, 03 November 20
Hello,

You might have too much RAM for Tetris.   Some progs might need to test to see if there's enough RAM, but the test may assume there's max 64k, which would be the normal for the PCW.   Actual available usually about 61k.   So maybe 77k looks like 13k or something.  If you can do that, try getting RAM down to below 64k first?

I'm pretty sure NOTHING can make the std PCW speak, it's got a crude beeper ONLY.   You MIGHT be able to do something with something like the dktronics sound module, or the speech unit?   Maybe attempts to communicate with something like that are causing the Gotek to flash?

Can't comment on the other two points.

Geoff - totally a Command Prompt person.
Title: Re: SymbOS Help Needed on PCW 8256
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 15:13, 03 November 20
Speech! was released for the CPC and various other home computers but not for the PCW :(
Title: Re: SymbOS Help Needed on PCW 8256
Post by: GUNHED on 17:40, 03 November 20
  • I see no Print option in Notepad. Is there no way to print docs then?
Developer probably assumed that nobody uses printing in 2020 on 8 bit computers IIRC.

For speech look up the LambdaSpeak III thread. Maybe there can (or is) be a PcW version (in future)?