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Nov 24, Amstrad CPC , 64Kb RAM; Amstrad CPC , 64Kb RAM (only sold in Wiituka is the first release of a fantastic emulator of this 8bit A comfortable Interface that tries to resemble "Virtual Console"; With online support. Jul 20, What is it? XCPC is a portable Amstrad CPC // emulator written in C. XCPC is designed to emulate these Amstrad CPC systems. Online Help Files This is one Amstrad CPC emulator you Windows users cannot afford to be without and with more features than any other CPC emulator for.
But according to the guide I needed a 5V power supply, so at first I had to use the 5V connection from the Amstrad, but if I did that my Amstrad wouldn't power up and I couldn't use the power in line connection either from the HxC as one side of the connections is different.
Thankfully I had a power supply from an Amstrad-TV kit, which is exactly the right power requirements. Finally I am at a stage when I can give this device the proper play test, of which I have been looking forward to for some time. This was lacking in the hardware review, that needed deeper software delving to be set up.
However one thing I would've liked was an LED on the emulator hardware to say it was getting power and the selected device. Lights don't just look good but it gives peace of mind for the user. This manager software enables the gamer to select each game file to a disk slot on the hardware device.
Which means when you press the disk change buttons on top of the addon you can swap between each saved disk to be played and not have to worry about all that annoying disk swapping. As a first test we loaded up the awesome Batman demo, which sounded and looked fantastic. It is also thanks to Piotr who provided the 8GB stick, that already had the software installed including the manager and a number of demos and games.
This is not something that comes with the purchase but he has said it can be available for 5 GBP extra and without games, only config and few demo's.
Amstrad CPC - Wikipedia
After the game test, I was about to say everything was working sweet and the review was almost done. But I ran into problems of which I mentioned above. Just turning off the computer and on again, it could no longer read the hardware emulator. It just kept on coming up as Drive A: I turned it off and on again, still the same thing. So I decided to run a different game this time and picked the awesome Pacman, sure enough for the most part it worked fine But as soon as I switched the Amstrad off and on and to play another game No reset switch?
So I took the entire device out from the back, put it back in and it worked, at least I thought it was working until I found out that every time I turned my Amstrad off and on, it had lost all the saved disk slots. Which should not be happening on any HxC based device. Before I gave up and decided it was faulty, I swapped over the power supply connection and used the purchased power supply to power the Amstrad and the main Amstrad 5V to power the Amstrad CPC USB Floppy Emulator and to my shock everything worked.
The Amstrad was working fine, the games were playing as they should and what's more it was saving everything to each disk slot and they stayed there, even when the accessory hardware was powered up after being powered off. Now I'm not sure why the power supply would make a difference as it was by specification in the buying guide and powered my Amstrad all these months without fault It is the recommended one for this Amstrad and is 5V. So making sure the configuration files such as Autoboot.
TOSEC: Amstrad CPC (2012-04-23)
Sure enough as I expected really, it worked great! HFE saved to a slot and loaded without fault. Which was a good test for anyone wondering if they could play their own converted games rather than any demos just listed on the USB stick, if you decide to pay the extra. If you don't want to pay for a USB stick with inclusive configuration software, you can follow my previous review and as I said just use the NoRecess downloadable manager.Emulating the Amstrad CPC - LaunchBox Tutorials
Its features are not fully used in order to cut costs, namely DMA transfers and support for single density disks; they were formatted as double density using modified frequency modulation. Discs were shipped in a paper sleeve or a hard plastic case resembling a compact disc "jewel" case.
The casing is thicker and more rigid than that of 3. A sliding metal cover to protect the media surface is internal to the casing and latched, unlike the simple external sliding cover of Sony's version. They were significantly more expensive than both 5.
This, combined with their low nominal capacities and their essentially proprietary nature, led to the format being discontinued shortly after the CPC itself was discontinued. They also found use on embedded systems. Expansion[ edit ] Back of the case of a CPCwith the mini-jack, joystick and printer ports. The hardware and firmware was designed to be able to access software provided on external ROMs. The Amstrad firmware is deliberately designed so that new software could be easily accessed from these ROMs with a minimum of fuss.
Popular applications were marketed on ROM, particularly word processing and programming utility software examples are Protext and Brunword of the former, and the MAXAM assembler of the latter type. Such extra ROM chips do not plug directly into the CPC itself, but into extra plug-in "rom boxes" which contain sockets for the ROM chips and a minimal amount of decoding circuitry for the main machine to be able to switch between them. These boxes were either marketed commercially or could be built by competent hobbyists and they attached to the main expansion port at the back of the machine.
Software on ROM loads much faster than from disc or tape and the machine's boot-up sequence was designed to evaluate ROMs it found and optionally hand over control of the machine to them. This allows significant customization of the functionality of the machine, something that enthusiasts exploited for various purposes. It is, however, documented in the official Amstrad firmware manual.
The machines also feature a 9-pin Atari joystick port that will either directly take one joystick, or two joysticks by use of a splitter cable. The original interface came with a Book of Spells for facilitating data transfer between other systems using a proprietary protocol in the device's own ROM, as well as terminal software to connect to British Telecom's Prestel service.
A separate version of the ROM was created for the U. Software and hardware limitations in this interface led to its replacement with an Amstrad-branded version of a compatible alternative by Pace.
It is particularly notable for providing easy access to the machine's video and audio resources in contrast to the POKE commands required on generic Microsoft implementations. A C compiler was also written and made available for the European market through Tandy Europe, by Micro Business products.
Roland[ edit ] In an attempt to give the CPC a recognisable mascot, a number of games by Amstrad's in-house software publisher Amsoft have been tagged with the Roland name.
However, as the games had not been designed around the Roland character and only had the branding added later, the character design varies immensely, from a spiky-haired blonde teenager Roland Goes Digging to a white cube with legs Roland Goes Square Bashing or a mutant flea Roland in the Caves. The only two games with similar gameplay and main character design are Roland in Time and its sequel Roland in Space.
For the same reason, the Schneider CPC features micro ribbon type connectors instead of edge connectors.