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Amstrad 3.5" Floppy drive - DSK to Disc


Created on: 21-06-2019  By Gee
Install disc drive drivers CPCdiskXP main screen DKS file selected and ready to be written
So you've got the floppy drive all powered and plugged in, but got no Amstrad CPC software on 3.5" discs yet?
The first thing I done was to cover the high density hole on the floppy's I had then format them to data discs (using CP/M to format on drive B) then I downloaded discology and copied my 3" disc of CP/M to a 3.5" disc.
That done three things for me; Confirmed that the software I was using on my pc worked, the 3.5" floppy drive worked as it should and that I now have a backup of my rather old CP/M disc.

So how do you go about this I hear you ask. Well, If you read the fir... Read More!


Amstrad 3.5" Floppy drive Ribbon Cable


Created on: 18-06-2019  By Gee
Two drives. One for the Amstrad, one for the PC. Also note the old style floppy ribbon cable. Floppy drive attached and powered.
Part three of making a standard 3.5" floppy drive work with your Amstrad cpc 6128 is rather easy in one way, but not so easy in another.
The easiest way to get your floppy drive connected to the Amstrad CPC is to use a ribbon cable from an old PC. Old enough that it had a 5.25" floppy drive in it.
The reason for using such an old cable is that it just so happens to use the same connections you need for connecting your floppy directly to the Amstrad CPC with no modifications. One end being a normal floppy IDE connector and the other being an edge connector.
Sounds easy doesn't it? Well it is... once you have a cable. If you're lucky enough to have a stock of the cables, then fantastic! Otherwise you'll be searching the i... Read More!


Amstrad 3.5" Floppy drive Powering the drive


Created on: 17-06-2019  By Gee
Berg connector with wires 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!


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