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Mod Master XT v1.01 for your PC XT (player of musical modules files) on Github

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The version 1.01 of Mod Master XT by FreddyV is available as source code on github.

This msdos utility lets you hear a lot of music modules formats on any PC even a PC XT (CGA), for example an Amstrad PC 1512/1640 or a PPC 512/640...



Exernal Gotek for Amstrad CPC 664 and 6128 by Amstrad Retro Geek

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Amstrad Retro Geek is presenting an Exernal Gotek for Amstrad CPC 664 and 6128 with personalize USB key, 2 colors LCD screen, activity LED, rottary button to choose an image, buzzer for the drive sound, choice of drive A or B in a 3D printed box by Benemerit (Madrid, Espagne). The video is well done with integrated subtitles in french and english.




Would you want an Apple 2 or 286 in your ISA Card PC (and still more)

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Tube Time has done many things, you can follow him on Twitter or Mastodon, and his github is a gold mine, notably :




HxC Floppy Drive Emulator v2.15.1.2 available on Sourceforge

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HxC Floppy Drive Emulator v2.15.1.2 is available on Github.

It's an utility to manage .HFE disk images to be used by the SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator, a replacement for the 3 inch disks drives of the Amstrad CPC.

There is a support forum for HxC products and also a facebook group.



Mariage in heaven : the PicoMem card and TCP NetDrive by Michael B. Brutman

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mTCP NetDrive is a new utility by Michael B. Brutman which lets you connect under ms-dos a network drive which is in fact an image disk hosted on a windows or linux server (disk drive or hard disk image) for only 6 Kb of RAM (adds the RAM for the packet driver though). A mariage in heaven with the PicoMem card by FreddyV.



From 64 Kb to 1 Mb of RAM on an Amstrad CPC 464 by Noël Llopis

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Noel Llopis presents in his new video how he goes from 64 Kb to 1 Mb of RAM on an Amstrad CPC 464.

The expansion card to be used should have been by Revaldino but some components being hard to get, it's finally the card by Rebobinando which has been used.



Video by Retro Erik showing an ISA bus extension for the Schneider EuroPC (8088)

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Schneider made the Amstrad CPC under licence in Germany. They also did create PC XT like the EuroPC (several models). Retro Erik is presenting an ISA bus extension which he saw in another Youtube video. At the end of the video he is announcing that he is working on an universal ISA bus extension with a friend of the Norway retro community.



mTCP v20230331 by Michael B. Brutman, TCP/IP for Ms-Dos

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mTCP v2023-03-31 by Michael B. Brutman is a set of TCP/IP applications for personal computers running PC-DOS, MS-DOS, FreeDOS, and other flavors of DOS. mTCP needs a 8088 processor (or +), 96 to 256 Kb of system memory depending on the application, ms-dos v2.1 (or +) and a network card (Ethernet adapter, or a device emulating Ethernet) that has a packet driver.

If you go on the mTCP web page, you must know that it's a 39 years old PC Jr which is running mTCP own http server.



The Amstrad CPC romboard using a raspberry Pico by Matronica now adds Albireo support

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Matronica wanted to load programs on his recently bought Amstrad CPC 464 (at the start of 2023). So he did create his ROM emulator using a Raspberry Pico which was announced in April 2023. In June 2023 he added on his card an USB port which let him use either the Albireo or Unidos ROM.

See the initial announcement on CPCWiki about his Amstrad CPC romboard using a Raspberry Pico, the sources are available on Github.



No more little problems with this Amstrad CPC sound chip replacement by vRetro

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The small compatibility problems for this replacement chip for the Amstrad CPC sound chip have been corrected with more releaxed timings. Instead of buying an original sound chip for too much money, it is more interesting to buy this functional equivalent AY-3-8912 by vRetro.





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