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Title: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: richcheckmate on 15:39, 20 June 21
Hi all,
       my CPC464 seems to load the amsoft games...Harrier attack, roland on the ropes/caves etc, but it wont load others.   I have noticed that the ones that I have here that struggle to load are the types of games that have a flashing border around them while loading.  Does any one have any ideas?


It sounds ok when loading just doesnt


thanks in advance


Rich
Title: Re: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: Gryzor on 15:53, 20 June 21
Tried adjusting the azimuth?
Title: Re: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: richcheckmate on 16:59, 20 June 21
Hi, thanks for the idea, I will have a look


thanks
Title: Re: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: Gryzor on 17:33, 20 June 21
Always useful: "Azimuth Head Alignment Tape - CPCWiki" https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Azimuth_Head_Alignment_Tape

Last time I needed to I used this one as I did 35 years ago. Are there more modern solutions?
Title: Re: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: richcheckmate on 19:43, 20 June 21
Hi, thanks a million Gryaor, I have altered the " azimuth screw" and hey presto they are loading.  Probably not perfect but the testing continues.

Many thanks for your help
Title: Re: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: Gryzor on 21:11, 20 June 21
Glad I could help.

I remember having real trouble, back in the day, loading Capcom titles (US Gold? I don't remember). I kinda knew if it was a Capcom title I could not play it😓
Title: Re: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:13, 20 June 21
Glad I could help.

I remember having real trouble, back in the day, loading Capcom titles (US Gold? I don't remember). I kinda knew if it was a Capcom title I could not play it😓


Aaaah the Alkatrazz cassette protection. A complete bitch to load from tape unless your azimuth is tweaked to perfection. Even if the tape got the slightest crease (from being stuck on play if you forgot to press stop) could screw it up. I remember Strider straight out refusing to load one day back in 1990. Pissed me off because I was still working towards finishing it!
Title: Re: CPC464 wont load some games but does others
Post by: Gryzor on 12:05, 21 June 21
Oh wow, I never saw anyone else confirming it in all these years! Nice to see I was not the only one, I guess? 😂

I remember that by then I could afford a few original games so it pissed me off greatly. In the end I found an azimuth that worked only with those releases, mostly, and became expert in fine tuning the thing by ear.

Oh the things we did.