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Amstrad Mega PC - Restoration and Repair by RetroManCave

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A new video by RetroManCave about restoration and repair of the suprising Amstrad Mega PC, an hybrid of PC and Mega Drive game console :





Imperium Solo firmware v1.0.4 by Duke, an adaptator to connect an USB joystick or mouse

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The firmware v1.0.4 of the Imperium Solo by Duke is available. It's an adaptator to use USB joysticks (PS4, Xbox One...) on a standard joystick port of an Amstrad CPC (and later ZX Spectrum, C64, Amiga and Atari ST).

  • Added support for iNNEXT SNES WIRELESS
  • Added support for Microsoft XBOX 360 Wired
  • Added support for Power A Batarang Wired Controller



Imperium Solo firmware v1.0.3 by Duke, an adaptator to connect an USB joystick or mouse

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The firmware v1.0.3 of the Imperium Solo by Duke is available. It's an adaptator to use USB joysticks (PS4, Xbox One...) on a standard joystick port of an Amstrad CPC (and later ZX Spectrum, C64, Amiga and Atari ST).

The split cable which the CPC and the adaptator is included for the price of 15 euros, add shipping and paypal cost too.



Cherish your Amstrad CPC 464, offer it the protection that it deserves !

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Do you really love your Amstrad CPC 464 ? Then you must buy a protection when you are away from it, made by Gifeda420 as seen on this tweet.



Imperium Solo by Duke, an adaptator to connect an USB joystick or mouse on joystick port

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Duke has released his Imperium solo which is an adaptator to connect USB joysticks (PS4, Xbox One...) or mouses on a standard joystick port for Amstrad CPC. It will be available for other computers later thanks to an update done with the USB port (ZX Spectrum, C64, Amiga et Atari ST).

He will soon start to ship the pre-orders, if you want one it is time to order one but you will have to wait for all pre-orders to be shipped first. I have ordered two adaptators myself.

Check Duke's site about Imperium Solo.

The split cable you see in the video to power the CPC and the adaptator is included with the adaptator for the price of 15 euros, add shipping and paypal cost too.





Repoker de Ases, games by 4Mhz in a Dandanator in my mailbox

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I happily received my Repoker de Ases par 4Mhz which is a compilation of games made by 4Mhz in a cartridge, a dandanator in fact.

With its 1 Mb RAM and 1 Mb ROM, I was able to launch the only 1 Mb demo on Amstrad : bad apple, nice also with SymbOS with so much memory. Dont forget the 512 Kb RAM drive and also the wifi like the M4 board by Duke. It is only lacking more AY for more sound channels, but it will be for the next release as stated by 4Mhz.

P.S. : the first paragraph is the truth, it is quite possible that the second one is an April fool.



The PC That Cracked Europe, Amstrads PC1512 and 1640, by RetroManCave

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A new video by RetroManCave about the Amstrad PC 1512 and Amstrad PC 1640 which started the compatible PC train in Europe.




An interesting way of using an Amstrad Notepad NC100

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Michael Wessel is using an Amstrad Notepad NC100 link with the serial port to a vocal synthetizer DECTalk DTC01 dating from 1984 in a youtube video.

In another video, the DECTalk is singing this time with a Tandy TRS 80.





Push hardware to its limit, the speaker of the first PC

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What is the common point between the PC speaker and the Amstrad CPC : Fantasy World Dizzy.

In a interesting article on Habr, we learn how the simple PC speaker is allowed to make music despite its obvious limitations.



Repoker de Ases, games by 4Mhz in a Dandanator

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Repoker de Ases par 4Mhz is a compilation of 4Mhz's games in a cartridge, more exactly in a Dandanator, so it has a 64 Kb RAM expansion, nice for an Amstrad CPC 464.

BEWARE, there are only 150 of them, so be quick to order one.



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