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Mon, 17 Aug 2015, 14:38
gameleaper
I know this is an amiga nostalgia kind of site I had one but I find myself dreaming of a spectrum 128k
Mon, 17 Aug 2015, 21:31
Dabz
You'll probably find the majority of us go way beyond that and are children of the Amstrad CPC!

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015, 21:55
gameleaper
Wow I had a CPC too, I started on a mainframe , then a ZX81 , then a spectrum and onward
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If I remember right the CPC was a z80 cpu? so a specy repackaged by Lord Sugar
Mon, 17 Aug 2015, 23:34
gameleaper
I can see the READY cursor now
Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 02:40
steve_ancell
The Amstrad CPC was unique, nothing like the Spectrum.
Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 06:01
gameleaper
Im sure I programed in z80 assembly on both CPC & Spectrum ,but Its a long time ago
Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 07:01
steve_ancell
Yeah they both had z80, but that was about all they did have in common. Even the screen was handled differently, the Spectrum's 2D coordinates were (y, x) as opposed to Amstrad's (x, y).
Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 07:15
steve_ancell
Bottom line is though, if you can program one then you can probably manage to program both.
Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 10:15
spinal
C64 here, which was from what I can gather, similar in capability to the cpc, although I think the resolution was a little higher.

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Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 10:33
steve_ancell
Amstrad was neutral ground, I managed to avoid the ZX Spectrum/C64 playground feuds.
Tue, 18 Aug 2015, 10:39
steve_ancell
When I got the Amiga I also managed to avoid the Commodore/Atari wars. My argument was that the Amiga's vanilla casing caught my eye as opposed to the Atari ST's grey casing, I liked both but the Amiga is what I ended up with.
Wed, 19 Aug 2015, 19:41
gameleaper
I also Had an Amiga wow a disk drive, it fab, the ST was one I missed.
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I had a C64 too
Thu, 20 Aug 2015, 06:14
steve_ancell
Did anyone here have the Amstrad floppy drive?, I had one and it was the size of two house bricks.
Thu, 20 Aug 2015, 06:25
Jayenkai
My 6128 had an internal one, so no need for a separate drive. But, yes, judging by the size of my AtariST's external drive, I'd imagine Amstrad's attempts would be shockingly bad!

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015, 13:31
steve_ancell
It was more than shockingly bad. Most of that size contained a PSU, that didn't include the controller which was a big arsed interface that plugged into the CPC itself.
Thu, 20 Aug 2015, 13:35
steve_ancell
This is the bugger, the power cord plugged directly into the disk drive, the rest of it went into the edge connector.



Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 05:11
Dabz
You've got to love it though... Big is indeed... Beautiful!

Dabz

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 08:47
gameleaper
The Spectrum got a disk drive, but My dream of owning one never came true
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 08:59
steve_ancell
Don't get me wrong, it was a handy piece of kit. It did take up a lot of space and got quite hot on the rear end though.
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 09:15
Jayenkai
I'm sure plenty of people have memories of Alan Sugar's hot rear end...

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 09:33
gameleaper
do you remember the Amstrad PCW? I hated it realy but I had to use one at work.
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 10:05
steve_ancell
Jayenkai I'm sure plenty of people have memories of Alan Sugar's hot rear end...

Probably just as hairy as his moosh.


gameleaper do you remember the Amstrad PCW?

Yeah, the school school typing classroom was full of 'em!
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 10:32
spinal
Lots c64 owners loved the floppy drive, i eventually got one. i didn't really see the appeal, the damn thing was nearly as slow as tapes for loading games. the only good thing was to hook it up to my pc and copy downloaded games to floppys. whitch lost its appeal once i'd copied the hand full of games i still played.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 10:47
Jayenkai
I was always amazed by how slow the C64s disk drive was!

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 16:26
therevillsgames
I had the Amstrad 464 CPC with the cassette drive... it took forever to load games!! And since games back then were rock hard I would only play them for 10 mins or so before loading another!!
Fri, 21 Aug 2015, 18:29
steve_ancell
I found that if you turn the 464 off and then back on without cutting the power to the disk drive, the game that was in memory before still remains in memory and will run again if you use the same call address that's in the block loader.

I transferred quite a few games to disk by using that glitch.

Didn't work for every game but did for most of them.
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