The compatibility of the M4 card...

Started by Mr. DVG, 18:26, 27 October 19

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GUNHED

#50
Quote from: Duke on 09:16, 25 January 21
That sounds good, then this build of M4 firmware should be just fine to use:
https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/applications/impdraw-v2-0/msg180479/#msg180479
Well, not the newest firmware, but I go back to it and let you know how it works.  :)  Thanks for pointing me there.  :)

@Duke : This firmware works flawless with M4 and FutureOS on the 6128plus. Can I please put it into the FutureOS distribution?
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Duke

Quote from: GUNHED on 19:16, 25 January 21
Well, not the newest firmware, but I go back to it and let you know how it works.  :)  Thanks for pointing me there.  :)

@Duke : This firmware works flawless with M4 and FutureOS on the 6128plus. Can I please put it into the FutureOS distribution?

Yes, of course.

I forget what was changed between beta 2 and 3, probably nothing too significant anyway.

GUNHED

http://futureos.de --> Get the revolutionary FutureOS (Update: 2022.03.09)
http://futureos.cpc-live.com/files/LambdaSpeak_RSX_by_TFM.zip --> Get the RSX-ROM for LambdaSpeak :-) (Updated: 2021.12.26)

Ythcal

Another game for the incompatibility list is "Ninja Carnage", as it uses specialized FDC code.

thomas

There is R-Type 128 in the archive! :-) Thank you so much Mr. DVG  :)

m0rtadelo

Quote from: jaimebueno on 10:18, 24 January 21
Hi Duke, please, when I use the romup464.bin I get basic 1.1 and lowrom in english, how can i get the spanish layout?, if I use the m4low-sp.bin I get spanish but romnumber changes to 6 and I lose compatibility with games, If I change rom number to 7 the m4 board don't work.
Quote from: Duke on 09:16, 25 January 21
I only made an english build for CPC basic 1.1, the other installers are meant for CPC6128 and using the modified lowerrom which needs M4 rom in slot 6.
You can manually upload the Basic 1.1 and Lowerrom from a Spanish CPC 6128 instead.
If I find some time later, I will compile a spanish version aswell.
Same situation here. @Duke, I would also be grateful for the modified spanish ROM.

Duke

#56
Quote from: m0rtadelo on 02:28, 15 November 21
Same situation here. @Duke, I would also be grateful for the modified spanish ROM.

Here you go (attached, unzip to microSD and run"romup464.bin").  - I did not test it, so please let me know if it works or not :)

m0rtadelo

#57
Quote from: Duke on 20:49, 16 November 21
Here you go (attached, unzip to microSD and run"romup464.bin").  - I did not test it, so please let me know if it works or not :)
I have just tested it.
I had my 464 with English modified ROM and M4 already on slot 7 (as done by original ROMUP464.bin). I copied newer file (using same name ROMUP464.bin) and run it. It worked like a charm. Modified spanish ROM (working with multiload games).

Then I reset m4 by removing romslots.bin and romconfig.big in M4 folder. Verified that I was back to BASIC 1.0 and M4 ROM at slot 6 (default). First try I do not know what I did wrong but executing RUN"ROMUP464 did nothing. I repeated the process starting with English ROMUP464 and then again with Spanish ROMUP464 both from clean situation. Both times it worked well.

So it works great. Now I can play any game. A good game to test is Terminator II from http://cngsoft.no-ip.org/cpc_lzx.htm. I say it is good as it uses multiload. It even makes you reload first phase if you die there too  :o . I remember it being a pain in the neck to play on tape due to this. With unmodified lower rom and/or M4 rom on slot 6 it starts tape (you can hear the click of the relay) and nothing is loaded beyond start screen. With modified OS ROM and M4 rom on slot 7 it works perfect. You can see messages regarding TAPE access (turn it over, loading) for a few seconds and then you can start playing.

As a side note it would be great to make Spanish ROMUP464 version also available from your site and document it on your manual for others to come (you know that Spanish CPC legion is not a small one).

Thank you very much for everything @Duke  ;)

Devlin

With regards to the original thread topic - A while back, I compiled a small list of games for the usifac2 which I believe will also work on the M4
https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/games/usifac-ii-direct-load-games/msg207736/#msg207736


You're welcome to add them to your bundle if you so desire :)
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m0rtadelo

By the way I do not know if it is due to the ROM upgrade or what but many subdirectories and paths have been messed up. Has someone else experienced this?


Shaun M. Neary

#60
In the next couple of days I hope to have a nice gift for you M4 fans. :D

A few years back, I went and compiled a massive .dsk set of original disks of games reviewed by Amstrad Action from 84 (AA came out in 85 but they did a good chunk of back reviews of games in their first couple of issues) right up until 1994, including their PD stuff for my trusty Gotek.

I've replicated about 90% of these to working games on my M4 config (CPC6128, M4 in ROM 6, AMSDOS in ROM 7 and Modified lower rom in ROM 31). Most of these should work on 64k, either natively although some cracks may require a RAM expansion so your mileage may vary. I've used @Mr. DVG's set as a base, but I'm in the process of adding adding a whole lot more! Obviously there'll be a few omissions due to incompatibility but that's to be expected.

I've already done 0-9 to S so far, which means I've only got T to Z to do and when it's done, I'll throw it up on a file share site. @Duke if you wanna pull this down when it goes up and add it to the set you have hosted, feel free. :)

I've already put a couple of weeks into this project. Mostly as I was recovering from a nasty bout of Covid-19 so it kept my mind occupied. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of this week.

Next post on this thread is when it will be finished.

Edit - Forgot to mention, these will be extracted into respective folders. So USIfAC II users may or may not be able to benefit from these too. :)
Currently playing on: 2xCPC464, 1xCPC6128, 1x464Plus, 1x6128Plus, 2xGX4000. M4 board, ZMem 1MB and still forever playing Bruce Lee.
No cheats, snapshots or emulation. I play my games as they're intended to be played. What about you?

Animalgril987


Shaun M. Neary

Quote from: Animalgril987 on 18:40, 30 March 22Nice one, Shaun  :D
Cheers! :) 

T got done yesterday, meaning I've about another 100 games left between U-Z. All goes according to plan, I'll have it done tonight / early tomorrow morning. :) 
Currently playing on: 2xCPC464, 1xCPC6128, 1x464Plus, 1x6128Plus, 2xGX4000. M4 board, ZMem 1MB and still forever playing Bruce Lee.
No cheats, snapshots or emulation. I play my games as they're intended to be played. What about you?

Animalgril987

Wow, that's quick! But then maybe not so many titles beginning with X or Z? :D

Shaun M. Neary

Currently playing on: 2xCPC464, 1xCPC6128, 1x464Plus, 1x6128Plus, 2xGX4000. M4 board, ZMem 1MB and still forever playing Bruce Lee.
No cheats, snapshots or emulation. I play my games as they're intended to be played. What about you?

Animalgril987


Shaun M. Neary

#66
It's here!!!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gly2nApsCjjt51DpL2-k7dYXeEAEzZSy/view?usp=sharing

@Duke, if you feel like updating this to your archive, feel free. Just let me know when you have it down and added to your set as I can't keep this on my drive forever. :)

As mentioned before, these were tested on a CPC6128 with the M4 in Rom 6, AMSDOS in Rom 7 (some CNG cracks may need AMSDOS removed to work) and the modified lower ROM in rom 31.

If you get a File type error in some of the management games, it's most likely because it doesn't like BASIC 1.1, try it on a CPC464.

Enjoy guys! :D
Currently playing on: 2xCPC464, 1xCPC6128, 1x464Plus, 1x6128Plus, 2xGX4000. M4 board, ZMem 1MB and still forever playing Bruce Lee.
No cheats, snapshots or emulation. I play my games as they're intended to be played. What about you?

VincentGR


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Duke

#69
Quote from: Shaun M. Neary on 00:53, 31 March 22It's here!!!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gly2nApsCjjt51DpL2-k7dYXeEAEzZSy/view?usp=sharing

@Duke, if you feel like updating this to your archive, feel free. Just let me know when you have it down and added to your set as I can't keep this on my drive forever. :)

As mentioned before, these were tested on a CPC6128 with the M4 in Rom 6, AMSDOS in Rom 7 (some CNG cracks may need AMSDOS removed to work) and the modified lower ROM in rom 31.

If you get a File type error in some of the management games, it's most likely because it doesn't like BASIC 1.1, try it on a CPC464.

Enjoy guys! :D
Great job, thanks !
I uploaded it here, as is:
https://www.spinpoint.org/CPC_games_reviewedAA.zip

Or you mean I should merge it with the archive from DVG?
https://www.spinpoint.org/M4backup.zip


Mark_wllms

This looks amazing, and I imagine most of them will also work on USIFAC II. I will cross-post in the appropriate thread.

d_kef

Wow! That's amazing!
Thanks Shaun!

d_kef

Shaun M. Neary

Quote from: Duke on 06:46, 31 March 22
Quote from: Shaun M. Neary on 00:53, 31 March 22It's here!!!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gly2nApsCjjt51DpL2-k7dYXeEAEzZSy/view?usp=sharing

@Duke, if you feel like updating this to your archive, feel free. Just let me know when you have it down and added to your set as I can't keep this on my drive forever. :)

As mentioned before, these were tested on a CPC6128 with the M4 in Rom 6, AMSDOS in Rom 7 (some CNG cracks may need AMSDOS removed to work) and the modified lower ROM in rom 31.

If you get a File type error in some of the management games, it's most likely because it doesn't like BASIC 1.1, try it on a CPC464.

Enjoy guys! :D
Great job, thanks !
I uploaded it here, as is:
https://www.spinpoint.org/CPC_games_reviewedAA.zip

Or you mean I should merge it with the archive from DVG?
https://www.spinpoint.org/M4backup.zip


Either or, Duke. You're hosting it so if people want to search through both (as there's a bunch of stuff on DVG's archive I omitted) so I can't see it being any harm. :) 
S. 
Currently playing on: 2xCPC464, 1xCPC6128, 1x464Plus, 1x6128Plus, 2xGX4000. M4 board, ZMem 1MB and still forever playing Bruce Lee.
No cheats, snapshots or emulation. I play my games as they're intended to be played. What about you?

ikonsgr

Quote from: Shaun M. Neary on 22:50, 29 March 22In the next couple of days I hope to have a nice gift for you M4 fans. :D

A few years back, I went and compiled a massive .dsk set of original disks of games reviewed by Amstrad Action from 84 (AA came out in 85 but they did a good chunk of back reviews of games in their first couple of issues) right up until 1994, including their PD stuff for my trusty Gotek.

I've replicated about 90% of these to working games on my M4 config (CPC6128, M4 in ROM 6, AMSDOS in ROM 7 and Modified lower rom in ROM 31). Most of these should work on 64k, either natively although some cracks may require a RAM expansion so your mileage may vary. I've used @Mr. DVG's set as a base, but I'm in the process of adding adding a whole lot more! Obviously there'll be a few omissions due to incompatibility but that's to be expected.

I've already done 0-9 to S so far, which means I've only got T to Z to do and when it's done, I'll throw it up on a file share site. @Duke if you wanna pull this down when it goes up and add it to the set you have hosted, feel free. :)

I've already put a couple of weeks into this project. Mostly as I was recovering from a nasty bout of Covid-19 so it kept my mind occupied. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of this week.

Next post on this thread is when it will be finished.

Edit - Forgot to mention, these will be extracted into respective folders. So USIfAC II users may or may not be able to benefit from these too. :)

Incredible work many thanks for it! Btw, USIfAC II most probable can run all of the games, as it supports direct file loading, along with dsk image access (through low level 765 FDC emulation  ;D  )

stevensixkiller


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