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Posted: 11th Feb 2018 13:31 Edited at: 11th Feb 2018 13:40
Ok after my Commodore 16 conversion I decided to hit the good old Commodore 64
This time I went to town and really took my time to do this as professionally as possible ..
I was pretty happy with the results

















And onto the next project
Any suggestions ..
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Posted: 11th Feb 2018 17:38
Sinclair ZX81.
Been there, done that, got all the T-Shirts!
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Posted: 11th Feb 2018 23:00
Very neat, looks great .

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Posted: 11th Feb 2018 23:03
Great job! Nostalgia always gets the best of me! Warms my cockles, so to speak, lol.
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Posted: 12th Feb 2018 03:28
That is really cool.

Nicely done!
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Yeah, awesome stuff - nostalgic to say the least!

I recon there is as much fun (if not more) playing with hardware as there is with software......

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Posted: 12th Feb 2018 13:23 Edited at: 12th Feb 2018 14:57
Thanks Guys ... Really having fun doing these

Quote: "AmenMoses ... Sinclair ZX81. "

Believe it or not I can do it ..
Problem is I need to get hold of the USB Keyboard converter which was only made by " Tynemouth Software " who no longer make it
However if I do find one I already have a small enough Motherboard that will do the trick and runs windows 10 pretty well

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Wow! That's really well done Synchromesh! Do those function keys on the right work? Actually, how did you connect the keyboard to that MB?
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Posted: 14th Feb 2018 19:38 Edited at: 14th Feb 2018 19:42
Quote: "Do those function keys on the right work? Actually, how did you connect the keyboard to that MB?"

The keyboard works perfectly in fact there are Two modes ...

PC mode so it is in fact a desktop PC
And C64 mode which turns it into a c64 keyboard when running Emulation
The trick is a special board that converts it to a USB keyboard.
With a slight modification though I can connect the board internally to a USB port allowing me to build it the way I have
Cutting the whole for the backplate though is the crucial bit and takes a lot of time .
I have been buying up parts to build more perhaps for Ebay
I'm literally building another now for someone else ..

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Posted: 23rd Feb 2018 21:35 Edited at: 23rd Feb 2018 21:39
Just finished my C64 launcher for my little Evolution machines as well ..
Install Click and Play

Loading Screen


Main Menu


Games Selection ( 375 at the moment )
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How about an Amstrad CPC 464 synchromesh
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Posted: 27th Feb 2018 15:29
Quote: "How about an Amstrad CPC 464 synchromesh "

Well I have just ordered one on ebay ... untested for parts
Lets just hope it doesn't work or I may not have the heart to chop it ..
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Posted: 28th Feb 2018 17:54
So cool I had an amstrad many many years ago, some of the games are really still very good for a quick play on emulation.

Tau Ceti, Get Dexter, Amaroute, amazing stuff
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Posted: 28th Feb 2018 19:15 Edited at: 28th Feb 2018 19:15
Dammit it came today ... Just as I feared it works perfectly well ..
Not sure whether to feel lucky or not
I also purchased an adapter kit so I could run it through a scart ...
I need to get another that's really broken and perhaps keep this one myself

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Posted: 1st Mar 2018 08:53 Edited at: 1st Mar 2018 08:54
Looks good, I liked the Amstrad CPC, not sonically as good as the C64, but the CPC had some great games,

Some good ones are:

Tank Busters - a battlezone clone, amazing game.



Dark Star - by Design Design Software. (Star Wars Arcade Clone)

Tau Ceti - fantastic little 8 bit gem.
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I had the CPC 6128, with the 3" disk drive, cos i was special

Used to love playing games on that, some of the old classics like Bomberman, and Mr Do

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Ye I'm thinking of making a Amstrad CPC 464 games launcher like my C64 one above ..
I just need to find a good emulator first
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Posted: 1st Mar 2018 12:04
I think there is an emulator called Arnold. There are a few here.

http://www.emucamp.com/amstrad_cpc.html
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Posted: 2nd Mar 2018 19:43 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2018 19:47
Ok so usually I make a launcher after a mod rather than before but I figured I would try a few of the Emulators to see if it worked well .. What do you think ?

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