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Yet more Amstrads added to the collection - ALT-386sx and PCW8256


Created on: 29-07-2020  By Gee
Amstrad ALT-386SX CMOS battery leaking inside the 386 damaged traces under where the CMOS battery was
If you haven't guessed already, I like my Amstrad computers. Purely because of nostalgia and curiosity.
Recently whilst scouring eBay for all things Amstrad, I came across an Amstrad ALT-386sx laptop and thought it would be a great addition to my collection as it was both and Amstrad, and a 386 DOS machine. When I had bought that I called the gent to arrange collection and he then asked if I was interested in an Amstrad PCW8256 that he had lying around. Sadly, it had no keyboard or system disks. He told me he'd look for the keyboard, but when I arrived he told me he wasn't successful sadly.
386SX
BIOS
The first issue with the 386 machine was getting it to recognise the hard drive. The BIOS setti... Read More!


First delves into Assembly


Created on: 04-07-2020  By Gee
The two course books on amstrad CPC assembly language. Amstrad assembly language couse by Tim Herbertson The complete machine code tutor by Malcolm Evans
A good while ago I wrote my first BASIC program for the Amstrad CPC series. It's the first I wrote since I was a child copying from the CPC 6128 manual anyway. Back then I was too young to even know I was coding never mind know that the language was BASIC. After writing that and trying to condense the code down a bit, which I managed partially (It could still be better), I decided that I would try remake it in assembly language.
Why assembly? no real reason other than to learn another coding language. Also, if I can learn assembly then I should then be able to make more complex programs and possibly even games in the future. I thin... Read More!


Buy Amstrad CPC Controllers


Created on: 05-03-2020  By Gee
Just a quick post here as, in Jan Beta's latest video, he has advertised the controllers (£25+p&p) that I designed and made for the Amstrad CPC.
If you're looking for one of these, Send me a message via twitter or use the contact page and i'll get back to you.
These controllers take a while to make so I'll let you know if there's a delay to making them or not.... Read More!


Replacing my lost floppy drive ability


Created on: 15-02-2020  By Gee
My recent PC build has meant that I now have a super fast computer, in comparison to the old beast I had. I say had, because I gave it to a friend who was using an old mac laptop (and it also got the huge massive pc case out of the house where space it currently at a premium).
I didn't exactly want to get rid of the old computer due to a couple of reasons. The main one being I'm a hoarder Collector of computers. That PC was made when XP was still very much king. Windows Vista was new, but was slated for taking up so much system resources. Just like any new Windows OS on release I suppose. Yet again I digress.
The other reason I didn't want to get rid of that computer was due to it still having the ability to n... Read More!


A new desktop PC in over a decade


Created on: 28-01-2020  By Gee
When I was at college studying computing tech support, I built a PC with the best of things that I could reasonably put on my credit card and not feel too bad about the debt. I was young and stupid, now I'm just stupid.
That PC had a (brand spankin' new at the time) core 2 quad Q6600 2.4Ghz CPU in a XFX nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard. I fitted it with 2GB of DD3 RAM (which was fairly decent in 2008 AND DDR3 was quite rare to use then), Two XFX GeForce 8800 GS Graphics cards running in SLI and no idea what HDD I was using. This was a time when 4:3 aspect monitors were still available and that's what I was using for a while (until I bought something from a college friend). Windows XP was still king. Windows Vista was on the cards bu... Read More!


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