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Title: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: baxter on 14:14, 02 June 13
Hi all!
Hi Prodatron!!
Recently, I became the owner of the wonderful computer Amstrad CPC 6128 and, of course, tried it SymbOS. I know it's not the first interested in porting this great OS on ZX, rather ZX Evolution http://nedopc.com/zxevo/zxevo.php (http://nedopc.com/zxevo/zxevo.php). It has sold more than 400 computers ZX Evolution (also 300 ATM turbo 2+ is compatible with it) in different countries, so the demand for SymbOS will. It is also preparing to sell network card http://nedopc.com/zxnetusb/zxnetusb.php (http://nedopc.com/zxnetusb/zxnetusb.php).  Perhaps of interest to you on port SymbOS ZX?
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: TFM on 01:25, 04 June 13
So finally the Speccy would get an Amstrad port! :)  Well, a machine like the +3 maybe able to run SymbOS, but the smaller Speccies....
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: baxter on 10:27, 04 June 13
Possibilities of ZX Evolution are much higher, than at +3.
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Characteristics:


Z80 3.5 MHz (classical) / 7 MHz (a turbo a mode without WAIT) / 14МГц (mega a turbo a mode with WAIT);
4 MB OF THE RAM, 512KB OF ROM;
miniITX form factor (microATX for rev.A and B) 2 slots of ZXBUS, ATX or +5 food, + 12B;
The flexible architecture based on fpga (EP1K50);
Peripheral ATMEGA128 controler;
PS/2 keyboard and mouse interface;
(1818VG93), IDE Floppy interfaces (one channel, two master/slave devices), SD(HC) card, RS232;
RGB, VGA video outputs (hardware skandabler);
Sound interfaces AY, Beeper, Covox (hardware ShIM);
Support of the mechanical keyboard and joystick;
Support of Tape of the interface (recorder input and output);
Non-volatile hours/calendar.
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: baxter on 15:44, 04 June 13
Prodatron if you become interested in ZX Evolution, and decide to port on it SymbOS, I am ready to pay the computer and its transfer to you.
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: TFM on 19:04, 04 June 13
Tried to get informations from the ZX evolution page, seems to be down - I try later again.
 
Edit: This seems to work:
http://nedopc.com/zxevo/zxevo.php (http://nedopc.com/zxevo/zxevo.php)
 
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: baxter on 19:51, 04 June 13
Thanks! The forum is a little unusual.
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: MacDeath on 23:34, 06 June 13
The speccy+2 is basically a +3 minus the Floppy.


And yes , floppy is important for such an OS as SymbOS (or whatever nice modern stuff).

Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: RockRiver on 08:14, 07 June 13
Some months ago I told to SymbOS coder (our friend Jörn) about Velesoft (http://velesoft.speccy.cz/)'s research on software and hardware... (Profi Interface (http://velesoft.speccy.cz/hardware_in_development.htm) for grey +2 could update it to East European ZXs .With more RAM, TR-DOS...)
And in a few time Spectrum will have a new version of ESXDOS with TR-DOS support...


Yes in a future we would see nice GUI on our cousin Z80 machines: Powered Spectrums (more RAM than 128k is needed, I think, K-mouse and DivIDE, ProfiInterface or someting like that (http://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/showthread.php?t=43954&highlight=esxdos)):
* Aqua/Doors is on stand-by
* Maybe SymbOS for ZX machines [Yes!!! please]


Prodatron told me (some time ago on RetroEuskal Bilbao,NorthSpain...) about possibility of other SymbOS ports: Sam Coupé, Enterprise (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_(computer))... but on Spectrum will be great too! 
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: baxter on 23:45, 07 June 13
MacDeath, it is time to pass to memory cards. ;)
RockRiver, in Russia more than 256 kb have the majority of clones of Speccy.
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: TFM on 23:52, 07 June 13
Yeah! And here they are going to beat me up if I plead for a 4 MB RAM expansion for the CPC  :o :laugh:
Title: Re: SymbOS on ZX Spectrum/ZX evolution?
Post by: baxter on 23:58, 07 June 13
By the way, I want to expand random access memory of the CPC. How cheaper and more without serious consequences to make it?