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3D printing


Created on: 13-03-2019  By Gee
Ender 3 3D printer
Oh it's been a busy few weeks with work and home life. Not really had much time to update anything on here until now.
As you can see from the topic title, this topic is about 3D printing!
I have been thinking about how I was going to make the controller cases for a while and thought about all sorts of ways. The easiest way was, of course, to just get a 3d printer and print them. At least that'll mean I can finish the prototypes for feedback on the next models!

So a while back I ordered a cheap 3d printer with an ok bed size (220x220x250). It arrived shortly after. I set about building it then trying to work out why I was getting cable snag in a couple of places. After I had the thing built I thought I should re-... Read More!


Amstrad Controller PCB's


Created on: 23-02-2019  By Gee
It's been a while since I last posted, yet again. I've been paying a fair bit of attention to the website code itself and not had much in the way of tinkering with the Amstrads and such.
The good news is that the website code is almost done. Although I doubt it'll ever be totally finished as I'll think of more and more things to add into it.
ANYWAY! I few weeks back I made my prototype controller and I then learned how to use some PCB designing software. Once the schematics were made I then designed up some PCB's and ordered them. I only ordered a small amount as they themselves are the next step in prototyping. There are already a couple of changes I'd like to make.
So today the PCB's arrived and I set about adding the... Read More!


GT65 Monochrome Monitor


Created on: 05-02-2019  By Gee
Back in the 90's the family computer was an Amstrad cpc 6128 with a monochrome green screen GT65 monitor.
Since I started getting back into Amstrads I've been looking for one of these monitors again and I found a few in all sorts of different locations. Mostly in England and a few in Wales. Also find them in Germany and France, but never any really in Scotland.
That is until last week when one came up for sale in Edinburgh. I felt that the £30 asking price was a little higher than usual (I've seen them being given away or being sold for £10) but I wasn't too fussed as I knew that if I bought one from England, the couriers would probably destroy it on its way to me and the delivery charge would end up being the same overall.... Read More!


Gaming on the 464


Created on: 05-02-2019  By Gee
Now that I have a usable controller to use with my amstrad(s) in the form of a prototype, I have been looking for games to play with it.
There was quite a bit of Hype about the CPC retro Dev 2018 on various social media platforms and forums. I seen one game in particular a few times and that was Operation Alexandra. I downloaded this, recorded it to cassette, fired it in and loaded it up. The start up story was great to watch (the first couple of times) and made me smile with nostalgic feelings. I played this for a few minutes and felt like my prototype controller was ... Read More!


CPC464 blue power LED


Created on: 27-01-2019  By Gee
This modification is one that was done just for the hell of it. I have so many LED's for creating my Ben Eater computer, and I'm not that far on with it yet as I've been doing other things like making this website.
I hope to get a bit more of it done in the coming months and document it on here.
Anyway! I digress again.

I opened up the CPC464 that I have for modding and took the keyboard out to get access to the power LED circuit. After de-soldering the old LED, I simply put in a blue one from my packet and made it fit as far down onto the pcb as I could, as it was a slight bit bigger than the original.
It was a tight fit, but it all went back together fine, and I now have a blue power light on my second ... Read More!


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