Incoming new core: Amstrad PCW

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Waow this is a great news I really like this forgotten computer. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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Hi everyone

I'm the developer of this core. Just working through some issues with the disk emulation then it should be in a reasonable condition. I hope to have a test version available shortly.

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I wrote my first articles on this thing!

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I'm really looking forwards to sharing it, so I can get feedback on accurate it is.

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great news

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Quick update. I have it booting games that do not require CPM. No keyboard input yet, so I can't actually start the game.

CPM almost boots, but gets stuck after displaying the copyright message and the number of drives.

https://youtu.be/MyE1c0D7HiE

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Looks promising thank you so much for the update.

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Quick update. Disk a lot more reliable but sitll not 100%. Keyboard now working.

https://youtu.be/1IrI-LB45WU

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Thank you, I'm waiting this core. Is the first computer that I touched.

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@steddyman
Are you going to release an alpha or a beta version... so we can test and help with bugs?
It's a very interesting core, CP/M native machine.
Thanks for your work !.

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ron wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:51 pm
@steddyman
Are you going to release an alpha or a beta version... so we can test and help with bugs?
It's a very interesting core, CP/M native machine.
Thanks for your work !.
yes ! thank you !!

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Yes I will be doing. I've been trying to figure out a really odd reliability issue which causes the core to randomly crash. Once I have that sorted I will release.

I've already added full keyboard support, and Kempston, Spectravideo and Cascade Joysticks, and also AMX, Kempston and Keymouse mice. When it doesn't crash most games and apps are playable.

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steddyman wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:00 pm
Yes I will be doing. I've been trying to figure out a really odd reliability issue which causes the core to randomly crash. Once I have that sorted I will release.

I've already added full keyboard support, and Kempston, Spectravideo and Cascade Joysticks, and also AMX, Kempston and Keymouse mice. When it doesn't crash most games and apps are playable.
Thanks very much ! ! !

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No news ?
any advance ?

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Hi

Yes, lots of advances. I have the disk reading now reliable at upto 32 Mhz and I've added DKtronics sound and joystick support. I expect to be releasing the core this week.

Here is a demo of the DKtronics support:

https://youtu.be/ShGYL9Fc8rM

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