Amstrad PCW Questions

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DoctorCPC


Is a 3'' floppy drive compatible with Amstrad CPC (Amstrad CPC internal disc drive) as a second floppy drive?

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DoctorCPC


Do I need a metal or plastic case to connect an ordinary 3'' floppy drive? my PCW model is 8256. What should I consider before installing a 3" floppy drive from another Amstrad CPC 6128 computer. it's like there's nowhere to mount a 3" drive.

I can do all file transfer with Symbos and M4Wifi. I can also transfer DSK files to PC. By the way, how can I open Locoscript files or other files in the DSK images I created with PCW with windows? Of course, the first goal is to install the 3'' version as a second floppy drive.

My Amstrad Products: Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC 6128, Schneider CPC 6128, Amstrad NC 100, Amstrad HiFi EX330, Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 Music Keyboard, Amstrad Penpad 600, Amstrad Emailer Plus, Amstrad E3 Emailer, Amstrad VCR Programmable Remote Control, Amstrad DVD/Divx Player, Amstrad GT 65, Schneider CTM640

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PCW Hardware: GOTEK, PCWIO, uIDE (Soon), uRTC (Soon)

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GeoffB17

As far as I know, the drives are the same, the only thing is to regard any settings for A: or B: (Device 0 or 1).

I don't know how essential the metal boxes are.   There may be a risk of stray EM signals that might cause problems within the PCW.   More of a problem re how to fit/secure?

As for Loco, the disks are totally the same in all regards EXCEPT two, which is that Loco uses the User Areas 8 to 15 for Limbo files although CP/M sees them as normal files, also Loco does something slightly non-standard with the Group Label files, but neither of these things causes any major problem.   Otherwise CP/M can access Loco files, and vice-versa.   You NEED Loco running to usefully edit a Loco document, but you can copy etc the file using CP/M.   Disk images will be just PCW images, just the same for CP/M or Loco.

The Joyce emulator on the PC/Windows is very useful for many regards even if you have the real PCW.   Esp if you're using images.   There's Habi's emulator as well.   The emulator can be used directly with images, also the system comes with some CP/M utils that allow using DOS  to insert/remove indiv files from images.

Geoff

DoctorCPC


I installed a 3'' floppy drive as the second floppy drive. This 3'' drive worked when I plugged it in from A. but when I plugged in two 3'' floppy drives, CPM still saw a single 3'' floppy drive. I think this situation has nothing to do with GOTEK. I used the standard PCW cable to attach two 3'' floppy drives. If I insert two floppy drives separately, it sees them as A drive. but if I plug in two 3'' floppy drives, CPM still sees it as only 1 floppy drive. I wonder if my CPM version is outdated? v1.4 is my CPM version. or is there any jumper setting on PCW? I just plug in the cables.

My Amstrad Products: Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC 6128, Schneider CPC 6128, Amstrad NC 100, Amstrad HiFi EX330, Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 Music Keyboard, Amstrad Penpad 600, Amstrad Emailer Plus, Amstrad E3 Emailer, Amstrad VCR Programmable Remote Control, Amstrad DVD/Divx Player, Amstrad GT 65, Schneider CTM640

CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
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GeoffB17

#29
Oh.

Maybe the B: cable inside the PCW is damaged.

Was the extra 3" drive you inserted an A: drive from another machine.   Don't know if there's a jumper to change to make it a B:?

I've got a spare CF2 drive here, and I've just checked it, and there are no jumpers that I can see.

The cables in the PCW are quite separate, i.e. one cable for A: from the PCB to the drive, another for B: from the PCB to the drive.  So maybe the drives don't need to know?   But if the drive thinks it's A: then it'll cause problems.  I'll dig out my service book and see what that suggests.

A correction to my earlier note about extracting files from images.   The two utilities that come with the Joyce emulator are called IMPORT and EXPORT, and they are CP/M progs that work within Joyce, but they act to copy a file from within the current image to a DOS path, or they copy a file from a DOS path into the current image.   But there is an easier way.   If you use a later version of the system, then you can create virtual HDs within Joyce that are in fact DOS directories (folders), that are visible within the emulated CP/M, and are also visible at DOS/Windows.   Much easier to move files in/out of images via that routs.

Geoff

DoctorCPC


i solved the problem, the cable to gotek is reversed. Please don't be mad at me. I used Amstrad PCW for the first time in my life when I was 3 years old. After I had an Amstrad CPC 464 computer when I was 4 years old, I never had a chance to use it. for me at Amstrad PCW it is as sacred as Amstrad CPC. now it sees two floppy drives. but it was only able to see the empty CF2DD.DSK image in CPM. Do I generally need to copy programs from USB Stick to disk A? do i have to do this with diskkit? also what additional hardware can i buy for my Amstrad PCW 8256. I've heard that Symbiface 3 can connect. do you have different hardware for amstrad PCW? By the way, thank you very much for your help my dear friend. It is as if the holy figures of the Amstrad community are gathered here. our local forums don't have such passionate people.

My Amstrad Products: Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC 6128, Schneider CPC 6128, Amstrad NC 100, Amstrad HiFi EX330, Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 Music Keyboard, Amstrad Penpad 600, Amstrad Emailer Plus, Amstrad E3 Emailer, Amstrad VCR Programmable Remote Control, Amstrad DVD/Divx Player, Amstrad GT 65, Schneider CTM640

CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
PCW Hardware: GOTEK, PCWIO, uIDE (Soon), uRTC (Soon)

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GeoffB17

No problem.   Done the same myself more than once.

Good to hear the Gotek is actually OK.

I assume you go back to CF2 drive as A: and Gotek as B:.

Once you've got the Gotek active, then whichever image is selected will act totally like a normal disk in a normal B:.   So no need to copy anything.   I guess that right now you have one empty image ONLY, you will need to keep that empty image as a master BLANK disk, and create more copies of it to use for each purpose, like GAMES, or PROG or UTILITIES.

I like to use a prog called NSWP to move files about.   Have you got that?

If you need to copy files from one B: image to another, then you may need to copy B: to M:, then change the active image in B:, then copy files back from M: to the new B: image.

DISCKIT is used to copy a complete disk, or format, of verify, a disk, but it's no use for single files.

The NSWP prog allows a number of files to be 'tagged', and then the next action (copy, delete, etc) will apply to ALL the tagged files.   This is useful!

Geoff

Richard_Lloyd

Excellent, glad it is sorted.


@GeoffB17 is right, DISCKIT will only copy one disc to another of the SAME format.


In CP/M, use PIP to copy files from one drive to M: and then PIP again to copy from M: to the new drive.
e.g.
PIP m:=A:*.* (to copy every file from A: to M:)
PIP B:=M:*.* (to copy the files from M: to B:)


Well done.
Richard
CPC464, CPC6128, PCW8512, PCW10, BSA & NSP

Richard_Lloyd

Yes, SymbiFace3 can be connected to the PCW but not many people have done it yet! Otherwise there is only  Goteks, memory expansions and mouse adaptors that are much use.


I have just received an SF3 and will be connecting it to my PCW in the next couple of weeks. I've posted a couple of videos on the TMTLogic Slack site of my PCW 'testbed'.


Cheers and good luck with your work.


Richard_Lloyd.
Richard
CPC464, CPC6128, PCW8512, PCW10, BSA & NSP

DoctorCPC


GeoffB17: I take note of this important information. All I knew in Amstrad PCW was to run from the startup disk and write with locoscript. my main goal is to write my 8th book with Amstrad PCW and Amstrad CPC and edit it with Amiga 500 while using Amstrad PCW programs. In fact, if I can achieve this, I can write all my future books this way. I don't have the NSWP, can you send it? by the way i think the best typing tool is locoscript on PCW. then I guess I can transfer these files to windows with joyce and then open them in a word document. It will take some editing. In terms of Amstrad PCW hardware, I think it would be great to use Symbos. but I think Symbos makes sense with M4Wifi or Symbiface hardware. If I'm not using Symbos, is there an application that I can use as a hard drive for Amstrad PCW? Do you know projects with open source PCBs? Amstrad is about PCW. I am very excited about Amstrad PCW. CPM didn't read any of them except the CF2DD image I showed with GOTEK in B only. The dir command didn't work for these. I guess I need to figure out the most basic things first. Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW and Amstrad NC are very special tools. In order not to spoil the series, I can say that I also love the Amstrad GX. I currently do not have an Amstrad GX. but after I get all the Amstrad CPC, PCW, NC hardware and it's in order, I want to get it in an Amstrad GX. In this way, the Plus series is also completed. Amstrad PCW is the best computer for typing. Amstrad CPC is a complete Workstation. A lot of questions come to my mind in Amstrad NC as well. I will open a separate post for it in the future. First of all, I am learning the introductory information for Amstrad PCW thanks to you. thank you very much. Amstrad owners are truly special people.


Richard, please share your Symbiface and PCW experiences with us. A youtube video would be great. How are you connecting Symbiface to PCW. do you have a breakout card?

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CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
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GeoffB17

Hello,

I cannot comment on a lot of your last message, some parts I don't understand, other bits (like anything to do with SymbOS) I know nothing about.

Regarding the idea of creating documents on the PCW, then transferring to the PC, I'm not sure about the point of that except re doing it for the sake of doing it.   Well, OK, if that's what you want to do.   Please note by the way that there are PC versions of Locoscipt which run on PCs which will allow the loading of a document created on a PCW and will retain all (maybe almost all)of the PCW formatting code onto the PC - but I think these are still DOS progs, not WinDoze.   The PC version of Loco that I have is certainly DOS, but running on a PC it supports a laser printer for example.   Might save some work?

Could still be viable to create just simple text on the PCW, export the file(s) as page images and then load into a WinDoze WP system and then do all editing/formatting there?

There are at least two variants of HD for the PCW that are about now.   There's the uIDE system created by JonB much mentioned on this forum, this connects to the PCW either via the Exp port, or via a CPU 'shim', and provides multiple 8 Mb virtual HDs stored on a 128 Mb DOM card (that's a 'Disk on Module' where the card contains a limited IDE interface on something like a CF card).  See data on this Wiki about this.   There is another similar device using larger HDs developed by someone else, again, there's been posting on this forum about this.   Basically, the PCW can support IDE via a .FID driver, and the DOM can provide the IDE device to connect into.

I find the uIDE system to be great, it operates as fast as the normal M: drive.

You refer to the dir command not working on something, but I'm not sure what this is.   The dir command should work fine on a 'loaded' image.   But if the image is not active/loaded, then it will not.  Please explain more what you mean here.

I'll sort you out a CF2DD image file with NSWP and some other useful items.

Geoff

Prodatron

#36
Quote from: DoctorCPC on 17:08, 21 November 21In terms of Amstrad PCW hardware, I think it would be great to use Symbos. but I think Symbos makes sense with M4Wifi or Symbiface hardware. If I'm not using Symbos, is there an application that I can use as a hard drive for Amstrad PCW?
SymbOS PCW 3.1 supports the uIDE interface by JonB (currently I don't find the dedicated thread here), so you can connect FAT16/FAT32 CF cards (and even modern harddiscs) to your PCW with up to 2TB.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t4ud6GYLLI


It sucks a little bit, that SymbOS 3.1 still isn't released, but if you have this cool interface I can send you a preview package.

GRAPHICAL Z80 MULTITASKING OPERATING SYSTEM

GeoffB17

Further to my note above, I attach a CF2DD image containing a few files, incl the NSWP.

There is a file FILES.TXT with some brief notes.

Any queries, just ask.

Geoff

DoctorCPC

@Prodatron : can we use RSF3 all properties on PCW? how can i wear RSF3 on PCW when i buy one. Is it necessary to install a connector between bRSF3 and Amstrad PCW? I've heard of people using Symbiface3 on Amstrad PCW. A word processor like locoscript on symbos is needed. Amstrad PCW and Amstrad CPC will be a complete workstation when it is too.


@GeoffB17: a lot of thanks dear friend. I am also a writer and poet. I want to write my book on Amstrad PCW. When we write the book, we send the digital copy to the publishing house. I can transfer DSK images written on Amstrad PCW to PC. I need to import the Locoscript files in the DSK image to the windows environment. First of all, I have a positive view of the transfer path to DOS and then to Windows. then I need to edit these text files and send them to the publisher by e-mail. I have a printer on Amstrad PCW. but I don't need to print these texts. In short, this is what I want to do. Where can I buy the uIDE storage tool. is it still for sale? Or do we make it ourselves over the printed circuit board?

My Amstrad Products: Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC 6128, Schneider CPC 6128, Amstrad NC 100, Amstrad HiFi EX330, Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 Music Keyboard, Amstrad Penpad 600, Amstrad Emailer Plus, Amstrad E3 Emailer, Amstrad VCR Programmable Remote Control, Amstrad DVD/Divx Player, Amstrad GT 65, Schneider CTM640

CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
PCW Hardware: GOTEK, PCWIO, uIDE (Soon), uRTC (Soon)

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Richard_Lloyd

@DoctorCPC

At the moment there is no adaptor to attach an SF3 to the PCW, it has to be home-made. I am making one at the moment. When I have got it working I will design a PCB which I will share. I may include Habi's PCW-IO on the same card.


Videos will come!


Cheers, Richard_Lloyd.
Richard
CPC464, CPC6128, PCW8512, PCW10, BSA & NSP

GeoffB17

#40
Regarding the uIDE unti, the one I have is that designed and made by JonB, who is on this forum.  You could try to contact him via PM, using that id (JonB).

He has built them in batches subject to demand, if the last batch has all gone he may need to wait until there are enough orders to justify another batch.

Note the extra info available.   There is a substantial Wiki page within this site about the device, you'll have to search for it.   Also, there are YouTube videos produced by JonB about the device on the general web about the design and operation of the unit.

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/UIDE_Universal_IDE_adapter_cards_for_Z-80_computers

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/nc100-nc200-pcw-pda600/pcw-fid-file-can-only-register-to-new-drives/

There is another unit made by someone in the Netherlands, similar, but he uses fewer, but larger, drive units (32Mb as opposed to 8Mb) and I don't know if his unit was ever designed for general sale (as opposed to his own use).

Geoff

DoctorCPC

Quote from: Richard_Lloyd on 14:19, 22 November 21At the moment there is no adaptor to attach an SF3 to the PCW, it has to be home-made. I am making one at the moment. When I have got it working I will design a PCB which I will share. I may include Habi's PCW-IO on the same card.


Videos will come!
I ordered PCB for Habi's PCWIO. but I remember that the Habi PCWIO card was only for adding a new screen, keyboard and mouse. I also get a friend to do PCWIO. but i think i only use mouse output.




Quote from: GeoffB17 on 14:51, 22 November 21
Regarding the uIDE unti, the one I have is that designed and made by JonB, who is on this forum.  You could try to contact him via PM, using that id (JonB).

He has built them in batches subject to demand, if the last batch has all gone he may need to wait until there are enough orders to justify another batch.

Note the extra info available.   There is a substantial Wiki page within this site about the device, you'll have to search for it.   Also, there are YouTube videos produced by JonB about the device on the general web about the design and operation of the unit.

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/UIDE_Universal_IDE_adapter_cards_for_Z-80_computers

https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/nc100-nc200-pcw-pda600/pcw-fid-file-can-only-register-to-new-drives/

There is another unit made by someone in the Netherlands, similar, but he uses fewer, but larger, drive units (32Mb as opposed to 8Mb) and I don't know if his unit was ever designed for general sale (as opposed to his own use).

Geoff
I texted JonB. But frankly, the costs are significant. because I want to install SymbifaceIII on Amstrad PCW. SymbifaceIII is the most advanced board on Amstrad PCW. Homemade adapter is needed, but there is nothing better. but I guess it will take a year for it to come out again. I can use the uIDE if the cost is affordable. The uIDE intrigues me in any case.
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CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
PCW Hardware: GOTEK, PCWIO, uIDE (Soon), uRTC (Soon)

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GeoffB17

I don't know if you're interested in this, but I did discover an article in an old magazine - back to 1980s I think, relating to a project for building an oscilloscope based on the PCW.   There was a circuit detailed, and other details for the construction, including the interface, but the article was not complete, and the associated software was not given, you had to buy that from the writer of the article.

The address given was no use.   I managed to trace the writer, now retired, but he could not help with any missing details.

I have a photocopy of the article that was published, but this is not enough to do anything with, I think.   But interesting that such a thing was possible.

Geoff

DoctorCPC


Amstrad PCW and Amstrad CPC are actually a complete workstation with small add-ons. I work as a computer engineer in my professional life. But I am also a writer and poet. I have written 7 books before. I want to publish my 8th book by writing with Amstrad PCW and editing with Amiga 500. I even have an Amstrad CPC/PCW/NC/GX magazine project. this magazine will actually be a fanzine. everything will be homemade and printed in house. I want to do these projects slowly. by the way, would you and Richard like to write an article about Amstrad PCW in this magazine? The only requirement is that the articles are written in Amstrad PCW or Amstrad CPC. @GeoffB17  @Richard_Lloyd


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CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
PCW Hardware: GOTEK, PCWIO, uIDE (Soon), uRTC (Soon)

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GeoffB17

OK, could do an article.   About my PCW and becomming a professional programmer.   Designing and writing software on an IBM System /36 mini computer, etc.   But you want it written on a PCW as well?  OK, could do that, if necessary.

Geoff

DoctorCPC

#45

I am still not an expert on Amstrad PCW. Can I get a copy for it as an Amstrad PCW file and a copy as a Word document? In case of an emergency, I use the Word document. You can also send the pictures in the article separately. I'm sending a private message. I'm sure it will be a great article.

My Amstrad Products: Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC 6128, Schneider CPC 6128, Amstrad NC 100, Amstrad HiFi EX330, Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 Music Keyboard, Amstrad Penpad 600, Amstrad Emailer Plus, Amstrad E3 Emailer, Amstrad VCR Programmable Remote Control, Amstrad DVD/Divx Player, Amstrad GT 65, Schneider CTM640

CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
PCW Hardware: GOTEK, PCWIO, uIDE (Soon), uRTC (Soon)

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GeoffB17

#46
Hello.

Got message.

Cannot read it.

Font size extreme tiny.   Don't know if I can change something on my PC?

Aha - fiddled with Select/Quote and now can read text normal size.  Yes, I'll do whatever.   As needed.  OK?

Geoff

DoctorCPC

#47
ok its great
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DoctorCPC


my dear friend. Currently copying from A to B is in progress. but there were many PCW games and programs in GOTEK plugged into B, but it can only read and write the Cf2DD and B-GEOFF floppy disks you sent. As far as I understand, I will not be able to directly transfer the PCW archive from B to A that I uploaded to GOTEK mounted on B. diskkit gives a B read error on all of them. but the CF2DD and B-GEOFF floppy disks you sent work great. What way do you suggest I follow to keep an archive in GOTEK on B. Or should I copy what I need to CF2DD after doing all my work in A and pulling all the floppy disks to PCW on CPC?

My Amstrad Products: Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad CPC 6128, Schneider CPC 6128, Amstrad NC 100, Amstrad HiFi EX330, Amstrad Fidelity CKX100 Music Keyboard, Amstrad Penpad 600, Amstrad Emailer Plus, Amstrad E3 Emailer, Amstrad VCR Programmable Remote Control, Amstrad DVD/Divx Player, Amstrad GT 65, Schneider CTM640

CPC Hardware: USIFACII, M4Wifi, ZMEM, MotherX4, GOTEK, PS2 Mouse Adapter, RSF3 (Soon), DES Mini (Soon)
PCW Hardware: GOTEK, PCWIO, uIDE (Soon), uRTC (Soon)

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GeoffB17

#49
Sorry, but I'm not sure just what the problem is.

The capacity of the A: drive is 173k, the capacity of the B: drive is 706K, you cannot use DISCKIT to copy from one to the other.

Maybe you need to make copies of the B: disks, make a number of copies.   You'll need to do this with the memory card in your PC.   For example, copy CF2DD to CF2DD2, CF2DD3 etc.   Then, when you've got the extra disks on B: you've got two choices.

Firstly, by copying the image, you actually have a copy of the disk and the files on it anyway.   So maybe you don't need to go any further.  OR you can now use DISCKIT to copy a disk in B: to another disk in B:, which IS possible as they are the same size.   This process will require that you swap disks, as the data you're copying is more than the capacity of your M: drive.   Do you have an M: drive by the way, and what capacity is that?

If you make copies of the images, then you can delete the files in the copy (but not the original) to make the disk an empty disk.   However the DISCKIT copy process will overwrite the existing data on the destination disk anyway.

The BIG danger here with this sort of copy and swapping the disks is that you CAN damage the original disk, so be careful which disk you're reading from, and which disk you write to.   Much better to give the different disks more distinct different names, that will be more clear which is which in the Gotek LCD screen.

Oh, if you're making archive copies, you could also just save copies of all your images to your PC while you've got the memory card/stick in the PC?

Geoff

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