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Amstrad Diagnostics ROM v0.91 by Noël Llopis (v1.0l WIP)

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Noel Llopis has written an Amstrad CPC diagnostic ROM which is already at version 0.91 and whose sources are available on Github.

The WIP version 1.0l will permit to test the keyboard, whatever the language (qwerty/azerty).

Changes since v0.8 :

  • Fixed ROM test hanging from upper ROM builds
  • Detecting and testing all upper RAM up to 4MB (it can take a LONG time to test the full 4MB!)
  • Esc aborts upper RAM test
  • C3 configuration test uses a pixel not visible on screen
  • Paging out M4 lower ROM to access system ROM
  • No need to press a key after low RAM tests
  • Holding ESC or Fire for 2 seconds exits keyboard test


A new version of Martine is available (v0.28)

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Martine v0.28.0 is an utility converting JPG and PNG images to Overscan screen or window for Amstrad CPC (and Plus series). The last available version is v0.28 which was released the 26th February. It is available for Windows, MacOS, ARM64 and linux.



Amstrad Diagnostics ROM v0.8 by Noël Llopis and video using it

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Noel Llopis has written an Amstrad CPC diagnostic ROM which is already at version 0.8 and whose sources are available on Github.

You can see the ROM being used in a video on Youtube about repairing a floppy disk controller. I invite you to see his other interesting videos.



A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque

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A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque is out (27th February 2021).

It's a windows utility to convert PC images to Amstrad CPC.



A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque

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A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque is out (11th February 2021).

It's a windows utility to convert PC images to Amstrad CPC.




WAV2AY by Roudoudou, an interesting audio utility

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Edouard Bergé wrote on CPCWiki about his newest utility : WAY2AY. It's an audio utility to transform a wave file to directly AY registers using fourrier transform to lower the file size output.

You can hear him (french inside) talking about this new utility on Youtube.



A new version of Martine is available (v0.27)

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Martine is an utility converting JPG and PNG images to Overscan screen or window for Amstrad CPC (and Plus series). The last available version is v0.27 which was released today.



A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque

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A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque is out (1st december 2020).

It's a windows xp utility to convert PC images to Amstrad CPC.



RASM v1.3 by Roudoudou, a multi platform assembler for Amstrad CPC

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The last version of RASM is v1.3 (24th November 2020).

Rasm is now available on Github (documentation included).

This multi platform assembler (linux, windows, but not only like MorphOS on Amiga) let you program for Amstrad CPC.

Changelog is :

  • extended cartridge support
  • new directive LZSA1, LZSA2 for crunched code sections
  • new directives INCLZSA1 and INCLZSA2 for binary import and LZSA crunching
  • new directives XORMEM and SUMMEM to generate checksum of a memory area
  • new directive TIMESTAMP to output date/time
  • new TAPE option for SAVE directive
  • new DMA import options with INCBIN directive (new checks & warnings)
  • new enhanced instructions LD IX/IY,BC/DE & LD BC/DE,IX/IY
  • new tag {SLOT} for extended cartridge management
  • new suffix .HIGH and .LOW to split 16bits register in macro definition
  • new option -msep to specify separator for labels inside modules
  • new option -amper to use ampersand for hex values
  • directive BRK now generates #ED,#FF opcode
  • bugfix byte order for Microsoft real format
  • bugfix DSK header with nightly build
  • bugfix 16bits PCM wav import
  • do not warn for missing file with INCLUDE in disabled condition
  • do not export struct definition with symbols
  • many warnings removed, cleanup, some draft for future functionalities



iMPdraw Ultimate Pack Edition ! by AST/Imp4ct is released

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iMPdraw Ultimate Pack Edition ! by Impact, their new graphics tools (ConvImgCpc & iMPdraw) but also iMPdos, for xMass management. This pack contains M4_Asic rom, a special rom made by Duke for Amstrad Plus ONLY !!! So if you own an Amstrad Cpc, don't install it. Latest Albireo rom is available on this Ultimate Pack Edition.

iMPdraw works on Floppy Disc A/B, Gotek A/B, M4 sd Card, Albireo Sd Card & Usb, & xMass expansion Board (iMPdos only).

Have a good fun, Bugs reports are welcome, run"install" to start.



A new version of Martine and 3 demos by Impact in 2020

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Martine is an utility converting JPG and PNG images to Overscan screen or window for Amstrad CPC (and Plus series). The last available version is v0.26 which was released the 22th January 2020.

Impact has also released 3 demos in 2020 :



Using an Iomega 100 Mb ZIP drive on any PC XT like an Amstrad PC 1512/1640 or a PPC

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You are the happy owner of an Amstrad PC 1512, 1640 or a portable PPC 512/640 (or another Amstrad XT model) but are lacking a hard disk, so you are limited to slow floppy drives, either a 360 Kb 5,25 or 720 Kb 3,5 inch floppy drives. Of course for older PC it's easy to use an 100 Mb Iomega ZIP drive (parallel, SCSI or IDE) but the official driver is using an instruction only available on an Intel 80186 (seldom seen) or a Nec V20/V30 processor (stated on wikipedia). The PPC 512/640 has a V30 but the official driver uses a lot of memory and needs msdos v4.0+ instead of msdos 3.3 on the PPC or v3.2 on PC 1512 (also 1640 ?).

Well, there is another solution for using a parallel ZIP drive (not the Plus version which also features SCSI), it's using PalmZIP by Klaus PEICHL which works with msdos 2.0+, even with a 8086, uses much less memory. The only limitation is using three 32 Mb partition (C:, D: and E:) if you are using msdos 2 or 3, with msdos 4 you can use the full 100 Mb with only one partition (but disks accesses will be a little bit slower). It's a shareware, you can test it for 7 minutes for free to check that it is working for you. If it is the case you will have to pay only 8 euros. I did it two days ago, five hours later I received a zip file by email with the registered version ! Yesterday I bought a ZIP drive and I was able to test it during the night. Happily I still had some ZIP disks I was using years ago and that I kept through several house moves.

Using the driver is simple, just add in your config.sys the following line :

device=palmzip.sys /c

/c is for loading the driver only if it is connected, though the driver is only 3 Kb. They are other options so I recommend to read the included documentation (english and german). You can use the /f option to treat the zip as a fixed disk for faster operation but then the zip disk must not be removed unless using the zipman utility.

Zipman must be used if you are using msdos 2 or 3 to format three partitions of 32 Mb each (FAT12 or FAT16), or an usual 96 Mb partition if you are using msdos 4 or above. Zipcopy is another utility for copying complete partitions within a disk. The partition assigned to the destination drive will be overwritten. The last utility is lpr_test which is designed to check if your parallel port(s) supports the bidirectional data transfer mode. The PalmZIP device driver runs a similar test to determine the correct mode of operation.

You can see a youtube video by Retro Erik using the PalmZIP driver on an Amstrad PPC 512. You should check his youtube channel as he has several videos about Amstrad PC computers.



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