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Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« on: 03:10, 20 October 14 »
Hi guys!


This may sound like a stupid question but I've been playing around with some BBSes of late, via Telnet on my Mac. I was wondering if it's possible to get a CPC emulator to connect to these BBSes, as connecting via CPC feels more "right" than using a terminal window on a modern computer.


Is it possible to get a CPC emulator to connect to the Internet? If so, has anyone done it? When I do a Google search, all I get it guides for CPC hardware and as much as I'd like to give this a go, the thought of tracking down working hardware to connect my trusty 464 to the 'net seems like a lot more trouble than it would be worth for 30 minutes or so of playing about.

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Re: Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« Reply #1 on: 09:49, 20 October 14 »
I managed to do it some time ago with VirtualCPC, as it's the only one with emulated serial interface support, somewhat buggy, but does the trick. I documented it in this thread, but it's all in spansih , sorry. You might try with google translator or similar and ask here (or there) if you have any particular doubts.

 http://amstrad.es/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2977

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Re: Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« Reply #2 on: 17:50, 20 October 14 »
Thanks! I'll try translating (Google will have to do, my Spanish is appalling!) and see how it goes. :)

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Re: Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« Reply #3 on: 22:32, 20 October 14 »
Don't hesitate to ask anything you don't understand  ;)

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Re: Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« Reply #4 on: 10:12, 21 October 14 »
Regarding BBS, is there any board that doesn't use ANSI? Or a CPC terminal with ANSI support?

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Re: Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« Reply #5 on: 15:21, 21 October 14 »
I don't have much experience but I've seen that some BBS's offer the option to deactivate ANSI. Also, for the CPC there is ANSITERM that offers limited ANSI support.

The solution I used with CPC/IP was to telnet to a Linux machine configured with a termcap file specifically designed for the CPC firmware text facility (wich CPC/IP uses anyway). Toghether with the GNU screen program made a really good result.

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Re: Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« Reply #6 on: 06:46, 22 October 14 »
I don't have much experience but I've seen that some BBS's offer the option to deactivate ANSI. Also, for the CPC there is ANSITERM that offers limited ANSI support.

The solution I used with CPC/IP was to telnet to a Linux machine configured with a termcap file specifically designed for the CPC firmware text facility (wich CPC/IP uses anyway). Toghether with the GNU screen program made a really good result.


if you call a synchronet bbs and your terminal does not support ansi (or even high ascii), it should toggle it off


check out telnetbbsguide.com and bbslist.bbses.info for active bbses


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Re: Connect to a BBS via an Emulator
« Reply #7 on: 18:18, 22 October 14 »
Thanks for the pointers, @opqa / @mro1337 , will check these out :)