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Using an USB drive on any PC XT-AT being an Amstrad PC or not

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Retro Erik has done a vidéo on the use of a USB key for l'utilisation une clé USB sur un PC XT ou AT sous msdos (voir la page de Lo-tech).

FreddyV is working on a modification of the driver for better speed on a PC XT or AT. It will be easier then using a Compact Flash card with a XT-CF.

Retro Tech Chris has made a 3D model of a bracket for this ISA card.

See the thread on Vogons.





A new version of Martine by Impact is available (v0.35)

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Martine v0.35.0 is an utility written by the Impact group :

  • converting JPG and PNG images to Overscan screen or window for Amstrad CPC (and Plus series)
  • new tile map mode, which allow to analyze an image of a level game, and produce .imp and .til readable by tile tool from Impact

This version was released the 20th April 2022. It is available for Windows, MacOS, ARM64 and linux.



RASM v1.7 by Roudoudou, a multi platform assembler for Amstrad CPC

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The last version of RASM is v1.7 (11th April 2022).

Rasm is now available on Github (documentation included).

This multi platform assembler (linux, windows, but not only like MorphOS on Amiga) let you program for Amstrad CPC.




RECOIL v6.1.1, a multiplatform picture viewer including Amstrad CPC pictures

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RECOIL is an application for Android, Windows, macOS and Linux to view 20th century computer pictures, including the Amstrad CPC. Seven pictures formats of the Amstrad CPC are recognized (some I dont know) :

  • CM5+GFX (mode 5)
  • FNT (8x8 font)
  • HGB (HinterGrundBild)
  • PPH+ODD+EVE (Perfect PIX)
  • SCR+PAL (Advanced OCP Art Studio)
  • SGX (SymbOS)
  • WIN+PAL (Advanced OCP Art Studio)



The MIDI converter (in python) by LambdaMikel is available

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The python converter of MIDI music files written by Michael Wessel in python is availabe. It let you play MIDI files on an Amstrad CPC with two hardware expansions :

Source of the MIDI player in Z80 assembly is available.





Symamp v4.1 by Prodatron for SymbOS, a musical player

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Symamp by Prodatron is a musical player for SymbOS which let you play these formats :

  • MOD (4 canals)
  • SA2 (Surprise! Adlib Tracker 2)
  • SKM (compiled Starkos modules)
  • ST2 (Soundtrakker 128 modules)
  • PT3 (ZX Spectrum Protracker/6channel Vortex Tracker)
  • MP3

It supports the following sound cards/chips (all internal sound chips of course) :

  • Dave soundchip of the Enterprise 64/128
  • CPC Playcity expansion
  • MSX Darky catridge
  • Dk'tronics AY soundcard for the PCW
  • any MP3MSX compatible MP3 decoder on any platform
  • OPL4 (MoonSound, MonsterSound, OPL4 Shockwave, Dal So Ri)
  • carte Willy de Pulkomandy





WIP SYSco v1.0.1 by AST/Imp4ct, a file manager for Amstrad CPC(+)

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AST continues to work on SYSco which is a file manager compatible with many new DOS such as AlbiDos (usb/sd), Amsdos (Floppy A and B), iMPdos (X-Mass 128/512 partitionned) and probably the M4 board and Unidos later (if you use AlbiDos, you should move to Unidos btw).




UniDOS v1.37 by Offset, the lord of the DOS to rule them all

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Something I should have written about much sooner.

These last years several expansions allows you to use mass storage (USB or sd...) on Amstrad CPC, each needing a ROM to use it correctly.

And if you use two of these expansions, you will need to load two ROMs, so less RAM for your Amstrad CPC.

So Offset did write UniDOS and drivers to be able to use another expansion, needing only one ROM with features being the same whatever the expansion. Unidos can manage actually :

Offset also wrote UniDOS Cartridge Creator (v1.4) which is an utility to create Amstrad Plus cartridges equipped with a patched firmware which allows to add UniDOS and its DOS nodes. You can furthermore configure up to 30 additional tool ROMs (such as Utopia, Maxam, Protext..) in the cartridges (compatible with ParaDOS and Burnin' Rubber) without requiring a real ROM board. The tool also let you automatically download the latest UniDOS ROMs from the official web site.



Play MIDI music on Amstrad CPC with a Python converter and a player by LambdaMikel

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Michael Wessel (LambdaMikel) has written a python converter of MIDI music files which can then be read on an Amstrad CPC with a player with at least 2 hardware expansions (with 512 Kb support and soon 4 Mb support) :

MIDI was the ultimate sound during the msdos era before windows 95 and the coming of audio card with samples like the Gravis Ultra Sound, it is time that MIDI arrives on Amstrad CPC.




WIP SYSco by AST/Imp4ct, a file manager for Amstrad CPC(+)

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SYSco by AST/Impact is a file manager compatible with many new DOS such as AlbiDos (usb/sd), Amsdos (Floppy A and B), iMPdos (X-Mass 128/512 partitionned) and probably the M4 board later. It features :

  • quick and easy navigation
  • copies between all the drives mention on the top
  • creating directories
  • erasing files and directory
  • renaming files and dir
  • launching and running all basics and binaries files
  • Fast Format
  • Direct Hexa Edition on files
  • etc...


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