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Amstrad 3.5" Floppy drive Powering the drive


Created on: 17-06-2019  By Gee
USB to berg connector complete and attached. Removing the 12v and unrequired ground wire soldering the wires together using a test board purely to see if it works
After getting the ready signal sorted on the floppy drive, the next thing that was needed was to get the drive powered.
I done some research on what kind of amperage a floppy drive needs to run correctly and came up with the recurring answer of around 700ma from a 5v DC power supply. The great thing about this is that it means that I was able to use a USB cable to power the drive. Seeing as I have numerous USB cables in the house, I cut the end off of one and then set about finding a way to connect it to the drive itself.

The floppy drives use a Berg Connector to connect them from an ATX power supply. I have an old ATX power supply in my loft, waiting to be use... Read More!


Amstrad 3.5" Floppy drive Getting the Ready signal


Created on: 16-06-2019  By Gee
Hey again folks.
I now have a working 3.5" floppy drive that I have loaded software onto using my pc, then it has read fine on the Amstrad.
This has opened up a whole plethora of software for me to be able to use on my Amstrads, and what do I go and use on it? An address book! I've been meaning to note down all my families addresses for an age, so this gave me an excuse to use my Amstrad for something constructive.

So! how is it done? Well, it's quite simple actually. I read over an article on how to set the ready signal on a specific drive. After which I found, and bought two of them on eBay. The ones I bought were Mitsumi newtronics d359t5 a... Read More!


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!


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