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New v2.0.5b8 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 8 :

  • Fix DSK file size 0 bug
  • Fix |longname / C_FSTAT bug, now (again) displaying long filenames properly
  • Fix Hack menu - Slowdown keyboard reading
  • Added Hack menu - Support full keyboard character set (QWERTY only for now)
  • Added Hack menu - Pokes (Press ESC when done entering pokes)
  • Added Hack menu - Display memory


CP/M Box v1.8 by Habi Soft, an Amstrad PCW emulator

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CP/M Box by Habi Soft, an Amstrad PCW emulator, is available in version 1.8, with a lot of new things : new video system (with color support), new languages system, actions, video recording, a new better debugger, more hardware options, light pens, mass storage, test PCBs, fast loading, keyboard redefinition...





RetroVirtualMachine v2.0b1 WIP, an Amstrad CPC emulator

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RetroVirtualMachine v2.0 beta 1 by jcgamestoy was released the 22th December 2018. It's an Amstrad CPC WIP emulator for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

The precedent version did add the support of the Dandanator expansion card..




New v2.0.5b6 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 6 :

  • Fix do not erase ESP flash, if CRC error in ESPFIRM.BIN
  • Added RSX command |ROMSOFF
  • Added upgrade report, that is generated in root of microSD, called report.txt


M4FE, a frontend in ROM for the Amstrad CPC wifi extension card M4 Board

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Abalore is the author of M4FE, a frontend for the wifi M4 board created by Duke.

It is written in assembler, it lets you move through the directories and launch programs. It supports 64k files for each directory, joystick (2 buttons), snapshots, reading text files, search for a file or directory, it remembers the last directory used..

Comments and suggetions to the author are welcome.



Odroid GO with keyboard support in C64 emulator, still nothing for Amstrad CPC...

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The Odroid GO supports now a QWERTY keyboard with is used by a C64 emulator (the second C64 emulator in fact).

Sadly, still no Amstrad CPC emulator in sight, but we can still pray for one, especially with this keyboard which would really help such emulator.




WIFI232, network for all computers with RS232, an Amstrad Notepad NC100 for example

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Seen on BYTECellar, the WIFI232 created by Paul Rickards (see his page on the WIFI232) is an electronic card (with an ESP8266 micro-controller) which you connect on any computer with RS232 (DB9 or DB25 with an adaptator) so you can get like a good old modem used with AT Hayes commands to connect to an internet BBS, for an Amstrad Notepad NC100 for example. See this video for using TCP/IP encapsulated with pppd.

You can buy a WIFI232 at Simulant (U.K.), this address was in a comment at BYTECellar.




The engineering miracle of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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From time to time, an article not about Amstrad computers, well till 1986 when Amstrad bought the computer part of Sinclair Research.

OSNews mentions an interesting article about the making of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, its colour clash and graphics engines like Nirvana+ which allow nice games without this colour clash like Gandalf released in 2018 (see the video below).





A possible portable Amstrad CPC with an Odroid GO ?

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The Odroid GO is a portable video game console with a LCD screen (320 x 240), battery, direction pad and 6 buttons (easy to build). It uses the ESP32 SOC microcontroller. The builtin firmware emulates old consoles (GB, GBC, NES, SNES, SMS, GameGear and Colecovision). More interesting, it can emulate a ZX Spectrum, MSX both using a Z80. So of course, it could lead to a possible Amstrad CPC firmware.

Reading the last page of the September Odroid magazine, Andrew ARMSTRONG intends to use an Odroid Go to transfer to and from an Amstrad CPC 464.





RetroVirtualMachine, a new WIP Amstrad CPC emulator is supporting the Dandanator expansion card

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RetroVirtualMachine by jcgamestoy is a new Amstrad CPC WIP emulator for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

The v2.0 WIP does support the Dandanator expansion card..




Symbiface III being worked on since at least April 2018

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TMTLOGIC gave informations in April 2018 about the developpement of the Symbiface III card (see CPCWiki source too) :

  • USB mass storage device FAT32, tested with an speed of 700Kb/sec, seen as drive D
  • USB wireless mouse
  • 512 KB RAM
  • RTC (not compatible with the SF2 RTC) and a battery
  • OLED display

The final choice of the features isnt frozen, you can propose other features on CPCWiki.



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