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Timepilot2084

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #40 on: June 01, 2014, 05:22:01 pm »
On menu just select "Load Disk A" option and a file browser will appear. Select the disk you want to load and press A. If the disk is loaded correctly you will see a yellow "File loaded!" message and disk will load automatically (as @Gab1975 just explained). You can return to main menu pressing select+start or pulling power slider.

Hmmm...  all the files are in .dsk format, unzipped.  After navigating to the folder and selecting a file, I see the yellow "File loaded!" message alright.  Then, it switches to the blue screen with yellow text (Amstrad 128K Microcomputer... and so on) and automatically types RUN"NAME OF GAME.BAS and then hits RETURN.  The CPC then prompts me with a "Press PLAY then any key:"  but when I hit a key, it just locks up.  I thought perhaps it was loading, and so waited for a few minutes, but got nothing even after 5 mins., plus I'm thrown off by the "Press PLAY..."  (A message generally reserved for tape loads.)  Perhaps my .dsk files are bad?  Doubtful, though.  Any suggestions?  Thanks again, for reading and answering.  I'm an old hand at emulation, but unfamiliar with the Amstrad CPC.
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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2014, 08:13:43 pm »
On menu just select "Load Disk A" option and a file browser will appear. Select the disk you want to load and press A. If the disk is loaded correctly you will see a yellow "File loaded!" message and disk will load automatically (as @Gab1975 just explained). You can return to main menu pressing select+start or pulling power slider.

Hmmm...  all the files are in .dsk format, unzipped.  After navigating to the folder and selecting a file, I see the yellow "File loaded!" message alright.  Then, it switches to the blue screen with yellow text (Amstrad 128K Microcomputer... and so on) and automatically types RUN"NAME OF GAME.BAS and then hits RETURN.  The CPC then prompts me with a "Press PLAY then any key:"  but when I hit a key, it just locks up.  I thought perhaps it was loading, and so waited for a few minutes, but got nothing even after 5 mins., plus I'm thrown off by the "Press PLAY..."  (A message generally reserved for tape loads.)  Perhaps my .dsk files are bad?  Doubtful, though.  Any suggestions?  Thanks again, for reading and answering.  I'm an old hand at emulation, but unfamiliar with the Amstrad CPC.

It should start automatically just after the run" command. I'll take a look today after dinner.

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #42 on: June 01, 2014, 08:18:21 pm »
Hmmm...  all the files are in .dsk format, unzipped.  After navigating to the folder and selecting a file, I see the yellow "File loaded!" message alright.  Then, it switches to the blue screen with yellow text (Amstrad 128K Microcomputer... and so on) and automatically types RUN"NAME OF GAME.BAS and then hits RETURN.  The CPC then prompts me with a "Press PLAY then any key:"  but when I hit a key, it just locks up.  I thought perhaps it was loading, and so waited for a few minutes, but got nothing even after 5 mins., plus I'm thrown off by the "Press PLAY..."  (A message generally reserved for tape loads.)  Perhaps my .dsk files are bad?  Doubtful, though.  Any suggestions?  Thanks again, for reading and answering.  I'm an old hand at emulation, but unfamiliar with the Amstrad CPC.

Did you put the amsdos.rom in the $HOME/.cap32/bios folder? This ROM is needed to enable the floppy disk emulation...

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #43 on: June 01, 2014, 08:22:04 pm »
Did you put the amsdos.rom in the $HOME/.cap32/bios folder? This ROM is needed to enable the floppy disk emulation...

I think emulator should crash if amsdos.rom is not present. I'll take a look to code later.

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #44 on: June 01, 2014, 08:42:08 pm »
I tried to remove the amsdos.rom and the result is the same of Timepilot2084... the disk image is loaded and in the Amstrad CPC BASIC screen appears the system message "Press PLAY then any key:"

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #45 on: June 01, 2014, 09:32:53 pm »
I tried to remove the amsdos.rom and the result is the same of Timepilot2084... the disk image is loaded and in the Amstrad CPC BASIC screen appears the system message "Press PLAY then any key:"

I've just tested it and you are totally right. Thank you!

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #46 on: June 02, 2014, 02:51:14 pm »
YES!  The AMSDOS.ROM was the issue.   ::)  The BIOS folder that Ker provided did the trick.  Thank you guys for taking the time to figure this out.  I was about to just live without Amstrad emulation!  It works great now.   ;D
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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #47 on: June 02, 2014, 09:19:19 pm »
YES!  The AMSDOS.ROM was the issue.   ::)  The BIOS folder that Ker provided did the trick.  Thank you guys for taking the time to figure this out.  I was about to just live without Amstrad emulation!  It works great now.   ;D

And live without Knight Lore, Batman, Sabre Wulf, Head over heels, Alien 8, Get Dexter, Gryzor, The great escape, Abu Simbel...  noooooooooooo

Amstrad system was very important in my country. It's called our "Gold software age". Great spanish software companies worked on Spectrum and Amstrad: Opera Soft, Erbe, Topo Soft, Dinamic,... They made a lot of fantastic games as Livingstone Supongo, Army moves, Navy moves, Abu Simbel Profanation, La Abadia del Crimen, Goody,.. Surely few systems had a bullfight game  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D (not everything could be good)

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #48 on: June 02, 2014, 11:40:56 pm »
To me, this is the perfect example of what makes the GCW-Zero great.  I have never seen an Amstrad; now I get to play with one.....have to start digging and learning. 

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #49 on: June 03, 2014, 06:47:12 am »
During the '80s the Amstrad CPC 464/6128 was one of the most widespread home-computers in Europe, after the Commodore 64 and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K/128K ! ;)

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #50 on: June 03, 2014, 07:37:22 am »
During the '80s the Amstrad CPC 464/6128 was one of the most widespread home-computers in Europe, after the Commodore 64 and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K/128K ! ;)

I really loved my CPC464 with green screen!! C64 wasn't so common in Spain

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2014, 08:57:33 am »
I really loved my CPC464 with green screen!! C64 wasn't so common in Spain

My first home computer was a Commodore 128... in practice I used it almost always as a C64 ! :P

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #52 on: June 03, 2014, 09:14:49 am »
I really loved my CPC464 with green screen!! C64 wasn't so common in Spain

If I'm not mistaken, the spanish version of Amstrad CPC 464 was the CPC 472 (64KB + additional 8 KB RAM).
This change because in the '80s in Spain there was an import tax on computers with 64KB or less RAM. Then the Amstrad soldered extra 8KB (this extra RAM was "not functional", because it wasn't connected to the system bus).

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2014, 04:53:44 pm »
By that time I had a MSX, so when I get to play CPC 464 with friends, I absolutely hated the loading time :)
My msx had a cartidge port and I got all the future konami sucessfull franchise in better version than what you could find (or could'nt, like metal gear or castlevania) on amstrad's computers, but gryzor was cool and I recall really loving target renegade :)

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #54 on: June 03, 2014, 06:59:38 pm »
By that time I had a MSX, so when I get to play CPC 464 with friends, I absolutely hated the loading time :)
My msx had a cartidge port and I got all the future konami sucessfull franchise in better version than what you could find (or could'nt, like metal gear or castlevania) on amstrad's computers, but gryzor was cool and I recall really loving target renegade :)

Space and time (and patience) have a different meaning for all who played with a cpc464 (as I do). That crappy "Read error b" after minutes of "turbo load" drove me crazy. I still had that "modem like" sound in my brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXuTJgpKY9o

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #55 on: June 03, 2014, 08:56:41 pm »


The "powerful" storage device of our "childhood" ! :P

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #56 on: June 03, 2014, 09:12:26 pm »
The "powerful" storage device of our "childhood" ! :P

Ack, loading time 11.40?! Makes me glad I had a floppy drive for my C64, even those <5 minute loading times tested my patience... it made me laugh years later when one of the N64's selling points was supposed speed of cartridge over CDROM, when even single-speed CDROM seemed like lightspeed to me compared to the booting times I had endured with floppies.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we had never advanced beyond cassette tape for data storage?

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #57 on: June 03, 2014, 09:39:10 pm »
40 compact cassettes, about 30 hours of loading time... and Windows XP is "served" ! :P

PS: I began with the datassette and after I moved to the floppy disk drive! ;)

edit: I didn't read the writing on the compact cassette: "TAPE 1 of 458"... so I was too optimistic... the loading time should be at least of 320/330 hours ! :P
« Last Edit: June 04, 2014, 06:55:10 am by Gab1975 »

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #58 on: June 05, 2014, 06:36:01 pm »
By that time I had a MSX, so when I get to play CPC 464 with friends, I absolutely hated the loading time :)
My msx had a cartidge port and I got all the future konami sucessfull franchise in better version than what you could find (or could'nt, like metal gear or castlevania) on amstrad's computers, but gryzor was cool and I recall really loving target renegade :)

Space and time (and patience) have a different meaning for all who played with a cpc464 (as I do). That crappy "Read error b" after minutes of "turbo load" drove me crazy. I still had that "modem like" sound in my brain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXuTJgpKY9o

My msx had a tape player too, I remember recording basic programs that take me hours of typing long data chains :)
I still have my H.E.R.O tape from activision :)

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Re: Caprice32 (Amstrad CPC)
« Reply #59 on: July 09, 2014, 07:05:56 am »
If I remember well the original dingux-caprice has an option to enable/disable the v-sync... in other words, a switch from SDL_HWSURFACE | SDL_DOUBLEBUF to SDL_SWSURFACE ... it may be interesting to add this function... ;)

« Last Edit: July 09, 2014, 09:41:21 am by Gab1975 »

 

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