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Amstrad PowerPage 64


Created on: 07-05-2019  By Gee
I'd seen a while back about desktop publishing software that ran on the CPC range of computers and it made me want to have a go.
At Christmas I was gifted an Amstrad Action cover tape that had lemmings and a few other things on it. One of the few other things was PowerPage 64k version. I never really thought about it much as I was only in the possession of 464 computers and not a 6128 (I owned one but it wasn't with me at the time) and PowerPage required a disc drive to copy the data over to and then run from there.
If we fast forward to last week, My cpc 6128 was dropped off by a mate along with my two colour monitors. I set the 6128 up and had a little play about to check it over. I then set up the cassette input (as I had b... Read More!


Amstrad Controller STL files


Created on: 22-04-2019  By Gee
A pair of Gee-k MK1 controllers plugged into a test splitter.
I mentioned a while back that I was going to share the STL files so you can make the Amstrad controllers at home (if you have a 3d printer). So here they are!
I wanted to make sure I had the correct files as I had made several versions. This was due to testing several things then forgetting to write down which ones were the ones that worked best.
These files MUST NOT be used for making and selling the controllers under any circumstances. The designs are all my own work and belong to me. I am releasing them in good will to help the Amstrad community make their own controllers as they helped me and continue to do so with several things.... Read More!


Amstrad Splitter Cable PCBs


Created on: 17-04-2019  By Gee
Splitter PCB with ports placed on Splitter PCB with ports placed on stack of splitter PCBs
Ever since I realised that I could use 2 controllers or joysticks on the Amstrad CPC series, I had to try make some splitters.
A couple of weeks ago I drew up the schematics and then the PCB layout on CAD. Once I was happy with them I had the same company that produced my Controller PCBs make them.
Yesterday I took delivery of them and, they look great. Exactly what I was after, if not better!
Last night, when the little one was finally in bed, I set about soldering up the ports, diodes and the connecting cable that goes to the CPC. I soldered up one side and noticed that I was getting some odd results. The only button that was working when using the splitter was the fire 1 button. Then I found out that If I held down t... Read More!


Amstrad Controller


Created on: 16-04-2019  By Gee
After using my completed controller, I realised pretty soon that it wasn't very comfortable to use.
It worked great, but not very ergonomic. Now rather than redesign the whole thing, I made a surround for it to fall into. I drew it up pretty quick and then printed out a draft to see where I had made any errors. Thankfully, the errors I did make were quite simple and easy to fix. So I set about making another one with the corrections.
After this was all done, I had a great controller! Even if I do say so myself. I realise that it's a bit small, but it works well and is super easy to use.
The first night after it was all put together, the wife sat and had a game of Tetris with me.
I'm looking forward to sitting chi... Read More!


CPC 464 Audio in Jack holder


Created on: 10-04-2019  By Gee
Loading software from a computer with an audio file was working fine (with the correct settings on the computer), but the audio jack was just hanging out of the case through the datassette key hole. Meaning the whole jack was just loose on the wires. I thought this was something that would be good to fix.
I didn't want to drill my CPC 464 case as it was in ok condition, even though I bought the 464 in question to modify. So I thought about it briefly and came up with the idea of just using the air vents to hold something I 3d printed in place, which in itself holds an audio jack. The wires for which could be hidden inside this wonderful new item.
A few measurements later, I had something mocked up in CAD and then used the 3d p... Read More!


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