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Video: Reviving a dead Amstrad CPC 664 – The Egyptian mummy

Introduction I bought this CPC 664 from ebay, it looked nice but it was advertised as “for parts or not working”. It came from Cairo in Egypt as was evident from the dust all over the motherboard and inside… As … Continue reading

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Ram tests and more with the Dandanator from Hobby Retro

Introduction I’ve heard a lot about the Dandanator from various websites so decided to get myself one. This device is designed by a very clever guy called Daniel Leon and is available as an open source project for anyone to … Continue reading

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Connecting an Amstrad CPC 6128 to an external LCD

Introduction I have 3 CTM 644 monitors in various states, all work but one is missing RED. However they take up so much space in my little retro corner, so I wanted to use an old LCD I had in … Continue reading

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Dead on arrival CPC 664

Introduction I’m a sucker for these computers, here’s another 664 but this one is sadly dead. It makes a distinct noise when connected to power (the FDD motor doesn’t stop) so there’s that. If I disconnect the 12v line then … Continue reading

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Disassembling my old code part 8 – Processing HEX text in the left pane

Introduction This is part 8 of a blog series I’m doing to catalog some of the programs I wrote back in 1988 on the Amstrad CPC 6128, starting with a disc sector editor I wrote called Disced. I’m doing this … Continue reading

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Another CPC 664 for the collection!

Introduction Oops, I’ve done it again, gone and bought another CPC 664, this one certainly looks beautiful sitting right next to my trusty CPC 6128. The colour looks to me like it was painted, that might explain the lack of … Continue reading

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Using ROMs with a ROMBO Rombox

Introduction When I started out learning how to program in Z80 machine code back in the late 1980’s, I purchased a Rombo Rombox which allowed me to plug in various ROM’s. These ROM’s contained code that could be called upon … Continue reading

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My retro corner

This is  a short post to show what my retro corner currently looks like. I’ve setup two small desks in a corner of my office and connected two CPC computers to CTM 644 monitors. On the left is a CPC … Continue reading

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Disassembling my old code part 7 – Drawing rectangles

Introduction This is part 7 of a blog series I’m doing to catalog some of the programs I wrote back in 1988 on the Amstrad CPC 6128, starting with a disc sector editor I wrote called Disced. I’m doing this … Continue reading

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Disassembling my old code part 6 – Processing disc activities

Introduction This is part 6 of a blog series I’m doing to catalog some of the programs I wrote back in 1988, starting with a disc sector editor I wrote called Disced. I’m doing this because I like doing it, … Continue reading

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