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Alcon 2020 released
« on: 11:44, 20 December 20 »


https://abalore.com/alcon2020.html

Alcon 2020 is a game for the Amstrad / Schneider CPC464, CPC664, CPC6128, Amstrad 464 Plus, 6128 Plus and GX4000 devices. It runs in all models since it requires only 64k of RAM. The PlayCity extension is not required but recommended to hear the full 6 in-game audio channels. A 2-button gamepad or joystick (best) is also a nice addition to enjoy the full arcade experience.
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #1 on: 12:18, 20 December 20 »
It looks very impresive. Congratulations, Abalore!!!

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #2 on: 12:55, 20 December 20 »

Nice Cover !!!  :o :o :o
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #3 on: 12:56, 20 December 20 »
Can someone explain how to run this in RetroVirtualMachine again please?  I selected XMEM and loaded the install disc and it did some stuffs and loads of random pixels appeared on screen for a while as it loaded then it said Ready and then I dunno what to do.
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #4 on: 13:02, 20 December 20 »
Nice Cover !!!  :o :o :o
Thanks. Just a thumb version, here. ;)
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #5 on: 13:06, 20 December 20 »
Can someone explain how to run this in RetroVirtualMachine again please?  I selected XMEM and loaded the install disc and it did some stuffs and loads of random pixels appeared on screen for a while as it loaded then it said Ready and then I dunno what to do.
Currently, RVM do not support the X-MEM with SST ROM chip, so the installer fail.
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #6 on: 13:10, 20 December 20 »
Currently, RVM do not support the X-MEM with SST ROM chip, so the installer fail.
oh damn. and it can't load cpr files yet either?
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #7 on: 13:10, 20 December 20 »
Can someone explain how to run this in RetroVirtualMachine again please?  I selected XMEM and loaded the install disc and it did some stuffs and loads of random pixels appeared on screen for a while as it loaded then it said Ready and then I dunno what to do.
Try this emulator best: http://cngsoft.no-ip.org/cpcec.htm ( supports playcity too )
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #8 on: 13:13, 20 December 20 »
@Carnivius CPCEC or WinAPE in example.

On CPCEC, I recommend to use the bright palette and the X-masking for a better visual.
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #9 on: 13:31, 20 December 20 »
@Carnivius CPCEC or WinAPE in example.

On CPCEC, I recommend to use the bright palette and the X-masking for a better visual.

Nuts. The two emulators that don't work on my PC for some reason (and when WinApe DID run years ago, it wouldn't let me use the d-pad on my controller, had to use analog stick which is crappy and for some reason I had graphic issues with it too). WinApe just sits in the process manager but never actually shows up opening a window to be usable.

And CPCEC opens a window but immediately is unresponsive.  I've tried the most recent version and ten or so of the previous versions too. :/ 




I've run out of time now anyways so I'll try sort stuff out later when I'm back home. Enjoy the game. :)
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #10 on: 14:11, 20 December 20 »
I added a new downloadable file to the web. It's a binary dump of the cartridge for better compatibility with M4. Load it in M4 as cartridge as usual. Remember to have the "Use only 16 slots" option checked and the "Rom number" in other than 1.

Edit: Also patched the CPR to be more compatible with M4
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #11 on: 14:32, 20 December 20 »
ok cool i updated drivers and CPCEC seems to work now. :)
Like Winape it seems to want me to use analog stick when I wanna use the d-pad.  I will email CNGSoft about that. :)
But yeah the game is great! Plays really well and looks/sounds nice too. :)
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #12 on: 14:53, 20 December 20 »
Can some good man kindly repeat the installation procedure of a .cpr file on m4? And will this installation conflict with other already installed .cpr files?

 P.S. - I also tried the .bin file on m4, but when I start it it says "DIRECT COMMAND FOUND" and it doesn't proceed!

The other thing I don't remember is if the files must be placed in the root of the sd card or can I also copy them into a folder?

Thanks to the availability! :-*

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #13 on: 15:07, 20 December 20 »
Can some good man kindly repeat the installation procedure of a .cpr file on m4? And will this installation conflict with other already installed .cpr files?

 P.S. - I also tried the .bin file on m4, but when I start it it says "DIRECT COMMAND FOUND" and it doesn't proceed!

The other thing I don't remember is if the files must be placed in the root of the sd card or can I also copy them into a folder?

Thanks to the availability! :-*

Let's go step by step.

1. Running a CPR in the M4 doesn't replace anything, because it's stored temporary while you run the game only, then the original contents of the M4 are restored.
2. You can run a CPR in the M4 with or without copying it to the SD
3. Without copying to the SD you need to do it using the web interface.
4. Copying to the SD you need to run a couple of commands: |CTRUP,"name_of_the_file" and then |CTR

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #14 on: 15:21, 20 December 20 »
Let's go step by step.

1. Running a CPR in the M4 doesn't replace anything, because it's stored temporary while you run the game only, then the original contents of the M4 are restored.
2. You can run a CPR in the M4 with or without copying it to the SD
3. Without copying to the SD you need to do it using the web interface.
4. Copying to the SD you need to run a couple of commands: |CTRUP,"name_of_the_file" and then |CTR
Yes, I had already performed this procedure correctly, but unfortunately it does not work, it gives me a blue screen and does not proceed... ::)
I tried installing other .cpr files for testing and they work fine!

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #15 on: 15:22, 20 December 20 »
Yes, I had already performed this procedure correctly, but unfortunately it does not work, it gives me a blue screen and does not proceed... ::)
I tried installing other .cpr files for testing and they work fine!
Did you try the .bin file in the website?

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #16 on: 15:30, 20 December 20 »
Did you try the .bin file in the website?
Yes, I downloaded the files from here: https://abalore.com/alcon2020.html


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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #17 on: 15:31, 20 December 20 »
Yes, I downloaded the files from here: https://abalore.com/alcon2020.html
Did you follow my instructions on a previous post of checking the "Use only 16 slots" option?

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #18 on: 15:44, 20 December 20 »
Did you follow my instructions on a previous post of checking the "Use only 16 slots" option?
I'd gladly do that, but the .bin file as I start it gives me the message: "DIRECT COMMAND FOUND".

So it doesn't actually start at all!

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #19 on: 15:55, 20 December 20 »
I'd gladly do that, but the .bin file as I start it gives me the message: "DIRECT COMMAND FOUND".

So it doesn't actually start at all!
How do you start the bin file? what command?

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #20 on: 15:56, 20 December 20 »
I'd gladly do that, but the .bin file as I start it gives me the message: "DIRECT COMMAND FOUND".

So it doesn't actually start at all!

You need to tick that option in the web config. This is to enable 512KB CPR files.
See the picture below (red circle).

As for the .BIN you need to upload it like it was a .CPR files, so |CTRUP,"alcon2020.v1.0.bin"

@abalore: Thanks for a fantastic game.
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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #21 on: 16:17, 20 December 20 »
First of all thank you all for the answers!

To Abalore I reply that I was loading the .bin file with the RUN command ", which is why it didn't work.

Is it possible to activate the 512kb .cpr files only from the web interface?

I don't use it (and I don't even know how to use it ??? ) as I don't have a real internet line at home ... I do everything in tethering with the cell. ::)

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #22 on: 16:46, 20 December 20 »
Is it possible to activate the 512kb .cpr files only from the web interface?
You can edit the file /m4/romconfig.bin with a HEX editor (on PC maybe) and change the first byte from 0x20 (32) to 0x10 (16), that should do it.

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #23 on: 17:22, 20 December 20 »
Very good stuff.. I've played a little of this and think it's great.


When will teh physical version avaliable to buy - thanks.

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Re: Alcon 2020 released
« Reply #24 on: 17:48, 20 December 20 »
Very good stuff.. I've played a little of this and think it's great.
When will teh physical version avaliable to buy - thanks.
There is no date, but I think shortly after xmas.