Schneider (Amstrad) CPC 664 surprise

Created on: 11-09-2020  By Gee
My two Schneider CPC 664's as they got to me New keyboard membranes So dirty inside!
As a collector of Amstrad machines, the holy grail to me is the Amstrad CPC 664. Only manufactured for a limited amount of time between the CPC 464 and the 6128 (although their productions never stopped either), they are getting rarer and rarer. However, now and again they pop up on eBay and the likes so I keep my eyes open. I never though I'd ever actually get one to add to my collection.
Lets go back in time a couple of weeks when I'm doing my usual search on eBay of all things Amstrad and Schneider. Up crops a Schneider CPC 664 with some branding on it that shows it as the state property of a German speaking country. Naturally I'm intrigued as I always wanted a Schneider to add to the collection, so this would tick two boxes with ... Read More!

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.
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!

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