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* The FAQ exists in english, french, german, spanish and dutch. The
* spanish and german translations arent up to date. They are are archived on :

  - first site :
  - second site :
  - FAQ archive (english text only) :

  The french translation was done by Pierre Guerrier and then by Pierre
  Thevenet. Thanks to them.

  This FAQ is posted twice a month on the 4th and 19th to
  comp.sys.amstrad.8bit, and only once on the 4th to comp.answers and

  Lines preceded by '+' have been added since the last FAQ
  Lines preceded by '*' have been modified since the last FAQ

  This FAQ is written by :

  - Emmanuel Roussin,, section A (CPC), D (PcW16), E (PDA600)
  - Mark Ray,, section B (Notepad)
  - Frank van Empel, section C (PCW)

  If you have any ideas for the FAQ, send an email to the correct
  person. About parts written by E.R., as english isn't my mother
  tongue, this FAQ has certainly typing mistakes, grammar errors, etc...
  I welcome the corrections.

  This FAQ is freeware, you can use it freely for your personal use, but we
  retain the copyright. For commercial use, you must ask our permission

  Parts of this FAQ are taken from the documentation of CPCEMU, some are
  from the main faq keeper (E.R.) and Mark Ray (Notepad part), other
  parts are taken from articles of the newsgroup, thanks to : (Noel Llopis) (Robert Steindl) (Kenneth Crawford) (Dr S.J. Harris) (Ben Williamson) (rrotz) (Peter Sorensen) (David Long) (Klaus Weber) (Ian Macdonald) (IAN RODERIC IZETT) (K.E.W. Thacker) (Roger Bradley) (Richard Fairhurst) (Steffen Huber) (Dirk Eismann) (Martin Krausse) (Pierre Guerrier) (Gilles Blanchard) (Cliff Lawson) (Simon Matthews) (David Cantrell)


  Table of Contents


  A - Amstrad CPC

  A0) Amstrad CPC(+), KC Compact and GX 4000 presentation

  A1) Emulators and utilities

    A1.1) emulators
    A1.2) utilities

  A2) Sources of emulators, ROMs, programs, new hardware/software

    A2.0) IRC
    A2.1) FTP
    A2.2) WWW
    A2.3) BBS
    A2.4) Using programs with emulators or real CPC
    A2.5) New hardware/software

   A3) Transfer between CPC and PC

    A3.1) 3" drive on PC
      A3.2.1) 3,5" or 5,25" drive on CPC
      A3.2.2) 3,5" or 5,25" drive on CPC+
    A3.3) parallel cable
    A3.4) RS 232 / RS 422 (Macintosh)
    A3.5) Companies
    A3.6) Tapes

  A4) Maps, solutions, pokes, basic loaders

    A4.1) Maps and Solutions
    A4.2) Pokes
    A4.3) Basic loaders

  A5) Hardware problems

    A5.1) Internal drive
    A5.2) External drive
    A5.3) Components

  A6) How can I help the Amstrad world ?

    A6.1) Updating the FAQ
    A6.2) Commercial games becoming freeware
    A6.3) Adding files to
    A6.4) Updating ALL_CPC, ALL_HW, ALL_ROM, ALL_UTIL

  A7) Programs

    A7.1) Commercial programs which are now PD, freeware or shareware
    A7.2) New non commercial games

  A8) Useful addresses and information

    A8.1) Snail mail addresses
    A8.2) Information
    A8.3) Email addresses

  A9) Fanzines

    A9.1) on paper
    A9.2) on disk

  A10) Additional hardware

    A10.1) Hard disk
    A10.2) Multiface II
    A10.3) Rombox
      A10.3.1) ROMCARD and RAMCARD
      A10.3.2) Inicron ROM-RAM-BOX
    A10.4) Sound Player 1 and 2
    A10.5) Network
    A10.6) Future OS
    A10.7) Memory extensions
      A10.7.1) 2 Mo RAM extension
      A10.7.2) Inicron RAM-BOX
    A10.8) Card Tridge
    A10.9) CPC ISA
    A10.10) Amstrad MP1 & MP2
    A10.11) CD-ROM
    A10.12) Mouse

  A11) Upcoming CPC meetings

  B - Amstrad Notepad (NC100/150/200)

  B0) NC 100/150/200 presentation

  B1) Emulators

  B2) How can I buy one ?

  B3) What peripherals can I use ?

    B3.1) Printer
    B3.2) Extra Memory
    B3.3) Disks

  B4) How do I connect it to a PC ?

    B4.1) Which cable ?
    B4.2) Settings
    B4.3) Converting Word Processor Files
    B4.4) How do I connect it to a BBC micro


    B5.1) Where can I find basic programs ?
    B5.2) Can I use the Word Processor to enter listings ?
    B5.3) Can I make a program auto-run ?

  B6) Other Programs

  B7) I've just crashed it

  B8) I've just broken it

  B9) Where to ask help

  B10) Internet resources

  B11) Credits

  C - PCW

  C0) PCW presentation

  C1) Emulators and utilities

    C1.1.1) Joyce
    C1.1.2) Joyce MAC
    C1.1.3) M.E.S.S.
    C1.2) Utilities

  C2) Where can I find emulators and programs ?

    C2.1) FTP sites
    C2.2) WWW
    C2.3) Various sources 

  C3) Transferring between PCW and PC

  C3.1) 3.5" drive to a PCW
  C3.2) LocoLink for Windows
  C3.3) RS 232
  C3.4) 3" drive on PC
  C3.5) Acoustic communication

  C4) Shops supporting PCW

  C5) Hardware

    C5.1) Printer
    C5.2) Keyboard
    C5.3) Disc drive

  C6) Additional hardware

    C6.1) Memory up to 51k2kb 
    C6.2) Memory beyond 512kb
    C6.3) Interfaces (various purposes)
    C6.4) ProScan
    C6.5) MasterScan
    C6.6) Electric Studio Light Pen
    C6.7) Electric Studio Digitiser
    C6.8) Robotics Hegatron Grafpad II
    C6.9) Intergem interface
    C6.10) Disc drives
    C6.11) Hard disks
    C6.12) Margin Maker
    C6.13) Mice & other input devices
    C6.14) Teqniche keyboard
    C6.15) LocoLink & LocoLink for Windows
    C6.16) d'kTronics sound synthesiser
    C6.17) ISA card
    C6.18) Various DIY layouts

  C7) Fanzines

  D) PcW 16

  D0) PcW 16 presentation

  D1) Emulators

      D1.1) CP/M v2.2 and 3.1 for the PCW16
      D1.2) M.E.S.S.

  D2) Support

  E - PDA600

    E0) PDA600 presentation

  F - CP/M



  The vote for the creation of this newsgroup passed on 28th July 1994
  with 148:36, it was effectively created on 4th august 1994. It was the
  idea of Marco Vieth and David Long.

  This unmoderated newsgroup comp.sys.amstrad.8bit is open to
  discussions about the Z80 Amstrad computers : CPC (464, 664, 6128,
  464+, 6128+), GX4000, PCW (8256, 8512, 9256, 9512, 9512+, 10),
  NC100/150/200 and PDA600.

  Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to :

       - CPC, GX4000, PCW, NC, PDA hardware and software,
       - emulators,
       - specific Amstrad CP/M files, overlays...
       - ads for selling/buying the relative hardware and software.


  The only topic that is excluded :

      discussion of Amstrad PC-compatible (1512, 1640, 2x86, 3x86 and
      others Amstrad compatible I don't know) because these computers
      are really compatible, so* newsgroups must be
      used, especially

  For questions about these PC see

  For easier reading and filtering, please use the following tags at
  the start of your subject line :

  - announce posts : [announce]
  - unrelated topic : [i]
  - for buying items : [want to buy]
  - for selling items : [want so sell]
  - for post in another language : [french], [german], etc..., but put
    a short summary in english to not ignore people who dont understand
    your language, also you will get much more help if more people can
    read your post.

  A - Amstrad CPC

  A0) Amstrad CPC(+), KC compact and GX 4000 presentation 10/26/2001

  Amstrad made the following CPC systems :

  - 1) CPC 464 (Arnold 1),
  - 2) CPC 664 (Arnold 2),
  - 3) CPC 6128 (Arnold 3), there was also a CPC6128 cost down (Arnold 4
    which was identical in operation to the original 6128 but had a new
    PCB and ASIC that reduced the board size and chip count to a mere
    fraction of the original size. If you open up a 6128 and the board
    fills the entire space you've got one of the originals. If you open
    one up and the board only occupies about 1/4 to 1/3 of the available
    space with a LOT of surrounding fresh air then you've got an Arnold 4.
  - 4) CPC 464+ (Arnold 5),
  - 5) CPC 6128+ (Arnold 6),
  - 6) GX 4000, the Amstrad 8 bit console.

  The CPC+ and GX 4000 have enhanced graphics and sound (DMA), colour
  palette of 4096, hardware sprites, hardware scrolling, and used
  128 Ko to 512 Ko carts.

  Amstrad used CRTC (Cathodic Ray Tube Controller) from different
  manufacturers, which worked the same in the main, but do have many
  different characteristics. This is the reason why a demo designed
  for CRTC type 1, may not display correctly (or even at all), on a
  CRTC type 0 :

  - CRTC 0 : chipset HD6845S,
  - CRTC 1 : chipset UM6845R,
  - CRTC 2 : chipset MC6845,
  - CRTC 3 : CPC+ Asic,
  - CRTC 4 : ?

  The KC compact (KC mean KleinComputer = little computer) is a clone
  of the Amstrad CPC. It was made by VEB Mikroelectronik in East Germany
  (the old DDR) in 1989. It was made the year before the Berlin wall
  came down, and ceased production soon after.

  The KC compact is 95% compatible to the CPC. The functions of the
  Gate-Array are simulated by TTL-Logic and a Zilog Z8536 CIO. The ROMs
  are a patched English CPC6128 Operating system ROM (includes setup code
  for the Z8536) and a unpatched Locomotive BASIC v1.1 rom.

  The only incompatibility lies with the interrupt generation mechanism.
  Any program that relies on exact interrupt generation behaviour may
  fail to work.

  In some respects, the KC compact is actually more powerful than the CPC,
  because the interrupt frequency can be programmed, in theory the resolution
  could be reprogrammed, and the colour palette changed (replacing the colour
  rom). More details are available at

  If you can read french and want to learn more about Amstrad CPC
  history, you should order the excellent book "Ces ordinateurs sont
  dangereux" by Fran‡ois Quentin (
  for 25 Euros (postage included, send an international postal order
  by going to your post office) to :

  Fran‡ois Quentin
  9 Nonneville
  28140 Loigny la Bataille


  A1) Emulators and utilities

  A1.1) emulators

  There is a commercial spectrum emulator for the CPC, reviewed in
  Amstrad Action.

  The best emulator for DOS is Caprice32. For win9x, the emulators are
  quite good : Arnold, Winape32 and MTMW. All win9x emulators emulates
  CPC+, NO$CPC is the only DOS emulator which emulates CPC+.
  On Amiga, Emu-CPC should be the best emulator.

  A1.1.1) CPCEMU (PC) 06/25/98

  CPCEMU by Marco Vieth, last version is 1.5b1, get

  A1.1.2) Caprice32 (PC) and CPE (for PC and Amiga) and  10/23/2001

  CPE, first written by Bernd Schmidt and then by Ulrich Doewich
  (report bugs, suggestions to since v5.1

  Get, or if you have a
  386, get
  For sources :

  CPE is now replaced by Caprice32, a 32bit emulator for dos (v1.11 or
  2b2) or win9x (v3.0), get them at :

  Amiga CPE (68000, 1 Mo), last version is February 95, get

  A1.1.3) A-CPC (PC) (06/01/97)

  The Amstrad CPC emulator (v0.55beta) by Herman Dullink on PC, get

  Current beta version is v0.56

  A1.1.4) PC-CPC (PC)

  A PC v0.40 of AMI-CPC by Ludovic Deplanque (see A1.1.7), go or get and
   for conversion between .CPC and .DSK images disks.

  A1.1.5) NO$CPC (PC) 02/04/2001

  Another german emulator by Martin Korth, get the dos version :
  for win9x :
  Go to

  A1.1.6) Richard Wilson's emulators 12/23/99

  Richard Wilson (author of ParaDOS) wrote no less than 3 emulators, get
  them at :

  - RWCPC for msdos :
  - CPC emulator for windows 3.1, with debugger and assembler :
  - Win Ape 32, the CPC(+) emulator for win9x, it comes with
    a built-in compatible Maxam assembler, get v1.8b at

  A1.1.7) AMI-CPC (Amiga) 02/15/98

  A french CPC emulator for Amiga, by Ludovic Deplanque. Last version is
  v0.46, get,
  includes sources. See

  A1.1.8) A-CPC (Amiga)

  A CPC emulator for Amiga by Kevin Thacker. Get
  It's an evaluation version of the real shareware. Don't forget the web
  page of Kevin (see A2.2).

  A1.1.9) Emu-CPC (Amiga) 04/15/99

  Another french CPC emulator on AMIGA by Stephane Tavenard, get EmuCPC
  v0.7 at

  A1.1.10) !CPC (Acorn) 07/18/99

  !CPC is a CPC emulator for Acorn RISC OS machines (Archimedes/RISC PC)
  by Mark RISON. Get

  Get the sources at or get

  A1.1.11) !CPCemu (Acorn)

  This emulator for Acorn RISC OS machines is written by Andreas
  Stroiczek, aka Face Hugger. Get v1.10 at
  or on

* A1.1.12) CPC++ (Unix and MAC) 03/02/2002

  This emulator for SunOS, Linux and MAC is written by Brice Rive.
* Go at

  A1.1.13) SIMCPC (PC)

  Presumably the first CPC emulator written, for PC XT/AT by GHE,
  Aachen. It is only black and white, with additional ROMs.

  A1.1.14) Multi-Machine, or MTM (win9x) 01/11/2000

  Get MTM v1.30b by Paul Hodgson (

  MTM is a win9x multi-machine emulator. It emulates Amstrad CPC(+),
  Sinclair ZX80/81 and Spectrum,  Jupiter Ace and Elan Enterprise.
  It can read .WAV or .CDT (digitalized Amstrad tapes).

  A1.1.15) Arnold (win9x, MACos and Unix/Linux) and Arnold Junior (Java) 10/24/2001

  A CPC(+) emulator by Kevin Thacker for win9x, get binaries and
  sources at

  Get the MACos conversion by Richard Bannister at

  Andreas Micklei is working on the Linux version, get patches at

  Arnold Junior is a different emulator, the emulation is very simple.
  It uses the z80 emulation from Jasper (Spectrum emulator at
  The source to Arnold Jnr is available from

  A1.1.16) Zsim (PC) 02/17/98

  Zsim v2.41 by Jurgen G. Weber, it simulates a CP/M Z80 machine. It
  DOES NOT simulate CP/M. It includes a PD CP/M  compatible operating
  system and a program to format CP/M disks, so you can run CP/M
  programs. It can read DATA and SYSTEM disks directly. Get

  A1.1.17) Yage (PC) 07/15/99

  Yage v0.91 by Antoine Pitrou, a CPC emulator which handles demos like
  'The demo' and 'divine megademo'. Get

* A1.1.18) CPCE (PC) 11/24/2001

  The first spanish Amstrad CPC emulator by CNGSOFT, go
* ou

  A1.1.19) CPC-emulator (Linux/Unix) 02/05/2001

  CPC-emulator for Linux/Unix with X11 version 023 by Ulrich Cordes,
  features .DSK (with large formats : 720 Ko), sound, debugger.
  go or get

  A1.1.20) M.E.S.S. (PC & MAC) 10/23/2001

  Multi-Emulator Super System (Amstrad CPC, PCW, and NC) v0.37b15 is
  available on (msdos, win9x and MAC) :

  For using PcW16 emulation, get

  A1.1.21) Arnimedes (PC) 04/22/2000

  Arnimedes for msdos by Oliver Lenz, get v0.8a here or on

  A1.1.22) XCPC (Unix/X11R6) 10/24/2001

  A new Amstrad CPC emulator by Olivier Poncet for unix and X11R6 at :

  A1.2) Utilities

  A1.2.1) SNA2GIF (PC)

  SNA2GIF v1.1 by Marco Vieth is included in CPCEMU, it extracts
  screens from snapshots to GIF format.

  A1.2.2) SNAP GRAB (PC)

  SNAP GRAB v1.1 is a freeware by Georg Schwarz to extract screens from
  snapshots to Multiface II format, which can be seen on real CPC even
  with a multiface. If you want to see the picture on your PC, you will
  need CPC2x (see A1.2.3), get SNAPGR11.ZIP.

  A1.2.3) CPC2x (was CPC to TIFF) (PC)

  CPC2x v2.0 by Michael Stroucken converts Amstrad CPC screens to the
  graphic TIF and GIF format. Get CPC2X.ZIP with sources and
  binaries for MSDOS and CP/M.

  A1.2.4) CPC file system (PC) 10/24/2001

  CPCfs v0.85.3 by Derik van Zutphen, it transfers CPC files between .DSK
  files and DOS files, in the two ways. There is a useful batch mode.

  Better get CPCXFS, the updated version by Kevin Thacker which
  supports now extended .DSK, bugs removed, other updates, at :

  A1.2.5) Multiface II to Snapshot (PC)

  M2TOSNA v1.1 by James McKay converts CPC Multiface II files to 64
  Ko and 128 Ko snapshots files. Look for M2TOSNA1.ZIP.

  A1.2.6) CPDread and CPDwrite (PC) 06/03/99

  Copy Protected Disk reader v3.24 by Ulrich Doewich, for transferring
  CPC disks into the common DSK file format of CPC emulators. It uses
  the extended DSK format which manages copy protected disks better.
  Get CPDR324.ZIP

  CPDwrite v1.03, for writing back .DSK to a disk, even with protected
  games, get CPDW103.ZIP

  A1.2.7) MACTerm (MAC)

  Transfer files between CPC and MAC with a parallel cable, get CPCTERM.ZIP

  A1.2.8) 22disk (PC) 08/06/2000

  22disk is a shareware utility by Sydex ( which
  can read/write/format CP/M disks on PC. It can read CPC disks formats
  with a file called CPMDISKS.DEF which comes with CPCEMU, or EURO.DEF
  ( or my
  own file (
  You shouldn't use it under OS/2 or win95, unless you have the last
  version (

  Sydex has removed 22disk since 2000 from public distribution, but is
  still for sale on their web site.

  A1.2.9) DIC (PC) 06/14/97

  Disc Image Copier by Tim Rieman, transfer DATA and SYSTEM disc from
  CPC to PC with a parallel cable, get :

  For conversion from PC to CPC, see A1.2.11

  A1.2.10) AIFF decoder (Unix, PC, Amiga) 02/28/2000

  AIFF decoder by Pierre Guerrier, a tool for retrieving data from
  sampled Amstrad CPC tapes, C sources included. Get programs from
  author homepage or :

  - MSDOS port v1.2 by Ulrich Doewich :
  - Amiga port by Kevin Thacker :

  A1.2.11) PC2CPC (PC)

  PC2CPC v2.0 by James Churchill converts CPC emulator EDSK images to 3"
  disks via the CPCEMU parallel link, look for

  For conversion from CPC 3" disk to PC .DSK see A1.2.9

  A1.2.12) DSK-CPC (CPC) 09/01/99

  DSK-CPC by Divine Coding ( reads a .DSK or
  .EDSK image from a 3.5" 720Kb DOS disc and writes the image to a CPC
  disc, thus recreating the original software disc. It can can cope
  with copy-protected software. Get it at :

  A1.2.13) CPCKEY (PC) 06/08/2001

  CpcKey v0.3 for msdos use the CPCEMU parallel link for :

  - command/replace CPC keyboard with the PC keyboard,
  - send files between CPC and PC
  - modify the CPC memory, poke during games
  - automatic procedures, etc...
  - compatible Intel HEX format

  A1.2.14) SEND2 (CPC) 06/15/97

  SEND2 v1.2 by J.GUEZENNEC ( is a complete parallel
  transfer package which is an amelioration of CPCPARA.BAS :

  - 3" disk transfer (DATA, SYSTEM, IBM),
  - ROM transfers,
  - tape transfers.

  A1.2.15) TransCPC

  CPC transfile project, a project aimed at simulating a small file
  system on the Amstrad CPC with the files being stored on a PC hard
  disk. The project is complete, there is no plan to improve it. Get
  The CPC asm code needs Devpac or similar to be compiled, and any PC
  assembler for the PC asm code.

  A1.2.16) ReadScr (PC)

  A PC utility for ms-dos by Ark for viewing Amstrad CPC screens, with
  palettes or not, get

  A1.2.17 CPC2TAPE (PC) 08/16/99

  A dos utility (comes with C sources) to transfer Amstrad files from
  a PC to the CPC directly via the sound card, or to tapes, get

  A1.2.18) SLIP/IP stack 04/24/99

  A SLIP/IP stack developped by for Amstrad
  CPC6128s with Amstrad serial interfaces.  Using this, you can
  establish a SLIP connection from your Amstrad and then ping it. To
  find out more, go to

  It's probably easiest if you connect your CPC to a Linux box,
  using a null modem, and the instructions assume this, but there's
  no reason in principle why you couldn't connect via a modem.

  A2) Sources of emulators, ROMs and programs

  ROMs are now included with CPCEMU and CPE, with the permission of
  Amstrad and Locomotive Software.

  If you have ROMs on a romboard, you can get them for use with an
  emulator, get CPCEMU, it comes with a basic program to transfer a ROM
  to a file.

  A2.0) IRC 03/27/2001

  You can exchange files with Internet Relay Chat, but its primary goal
  is to chat with other internet users. There are 3 IRC channels :

  - #CPC, every days on IRCNet, see ;
  - #CSA8, every SUNDAY at 3:00 pm, on Undernet (best server is
    the London Netcom server, see ;
  - #CPC, on

* A2.1) FTP sites 01/18/2002

  If you have problems accessing FTP sites, use the following method :

  -, thanks to Remy Card, (HTML front-end with
    the list of all files, size and description included).

    all questions about this site should be directed to
    files comes from 'Genesis, the 8bit generation BBS' (see A2.3).

* -, thanks to Sergio Bayarri
+ or creating the site, and to Kevin Thacker for maintaining it. Send
+ what you have in /pub/cpc/ADATE/incoming. This site contains tape
+ images (.cdt) and disk images (.dsk). The aim of this site is to
+ preserve games, so only original games are allowed. No hacked or
+ modified games will be allowed. Please see the documentation at this
+ site about creating tape-images using existing tools. (voc2tzx)

  -, thanks to Arnt Gulbrandsen for
    creating the site, and to Nicholas Campbell for maintaining it.
    Send what you have in /pub/cpc/incoming or email  to,
     look  for the HTML front-end :

    mirror of

  -, thanks to Paul Martin, specific
    Amstrad CP/M related files. Paul Martin (
    will send anyone, who can give him proof (photocopy of the CP/M disk
    with the serial number for example) that they have original Amstrad
    CP/M Plus, the binary ROM images of his "CP/M Plus ROMs" for free.

  -, mirror of lip6 and nvg

  - Two Mag FTP site

  A2.2) WWW 04/24/99

  You will find them at :

    the FAQ maintainer homepage with Amstrad news, the AFC association
    (sells belts, 3,5" drives, the zine Amstrad Live, a CD with all
    lip6 files and other 8bit computer files), FAQ (english, french,
    german in HTML and text), all emulators, gallery of CPC users,
    the most comprehensive Amstrad links, list of books and hardware, etc...

  Two other important web sites :

    the official Amstrad web site

    the biggest Amstrad web page by Kevin Thacker

  A2.3) BBS 01/20/2001

  - Genesis the 8bit generation (2:320/220) : +33 1 53 95 32 43
    (modem/ISDN) & 44 (modem), Paris (FRANCE), sysop : Emmanuel
    Roussin. There are about 139 Mo of Amstrad files (CPC, PCW, NC and

  - ZNODE 51 : +49 89 961 45 75, in Germany, from 15:00 to 3:00 CET
    (MEZ), up to V32b, CPC files.

  - The Dream Machine (2:442/600) : +44-1222-689812, Cardiff, Wales,
    U.K., V21 through v34/VFC, sysops : David J. Thomas and Rachael
    Munns, this bbs carries CPC and CP/M files, and the c.s.a.8 newsgroup.

  - Chill out zone : +49 821 2290356, Augsburg, Germany, v21 to v32b,
    sysop : Dark Sector, CPC files (coming from Razormaid).

  - SchnickSchnackBBS (FidoNet: 2:2448/615): +49-234-9620318, Bochum,
    Germany, V34, X75, sysop: Armin Schaefer, this bbs carries cpc files
    and it is the home of CPCNet, a german speaking network for Amstrad
    8bit-users based on Fido and  ZConnect-technology. For infos on
    CPCNet write to

  - Chaos Cottage : +44 1736 756633, Hayle, Cornwall, U.K., V34,sysop :
    Nigel Woolcock (, CP/M file area (mainly PCW)
    with 5 Mo, AMSTRAD, CPM, CPMTECH fido echos and the csa8 newsgroup

  A2.4) Using programs with emulators or real CPC

  A2.4.1) DSK files

  These files are images of a disk, you "insert" a disk with F3 in
  CPCEMU, and F6 with CPE, then you can type CAT to see the files,
  RUN"file_name" to run a program (.BAS or .BIN).

* A2.4.2) CPC files 10/27/2001

  Three solutions to use plain CPC files :

  a) put them in the TAPE directory, type |TAPE then the usual RUN"

  b) WinAPE comes with a ROM image called CPCDOS. Simply select the ROM
  (probably best below AMSDOS in ROM 6), then you can use |DOS,
  c) inject them in a .DSK file with CPCFS (see A1.2.4) :

  - create an empty .DSK : CPCFS -nd empty.dsk (you can omit the .dsk)
  - inject files : CPCFS empty -mp *.* (the files must be in the
    current directory, the DSK can be somewhere else)

  To extract files from a .DSK : CPCFS image.dsk -mg *.*

  XTI by Pierre Guerrier can also put amsdos files into a DSK.
  Note that there are MAC and Amiga ports of XTI.

  A2.4.3) How to run programs with a CPC or emulator ?

  Type CAT to get the directory of the disk, mostly programs are run
  with a BASIC loader, so looks for *.BAS, then type RUN"name.BAS" (.BAS
  can be omitted). If there isn't a basic loader, run the .BINary
  program directly :  type RUN"name.BIN" (.BIN can be omitted).

  Some disks doesn't have a real directory, and must be launched with
  the CP/M command : |CPM.

  For running tapes on a real CPC, type RUN", the CPC will launch the
  first program on the tape.

  A2.5) New hardware/software

  A2.5.1) New hardware

  - You can buy a selection of games cartridges for the CPC+ and the
    GX4000, cartridges are unboxed and without instructions. Price ú7.99
    each including postage and packing in United Kingdom, also programs
    for CPC/PCW, go at

    John Thackeray (
    Trade in Post
    Victoria Road
    Shropshire TF11 8AF
    Tel/Fax : 00 44 (0)1952 462135

  A3) Transfer between CPC and PC

  Later mentions of DDI-1 can also be replaced by FD-1 (which comes
  without the interface for the 464)

  A3.1.1) 3" drive on PC (part one) 01/11/2000

  Porting files across from CPC to PC for use in CPCEMU is easy, at
  least, if you have a DDI-1 disk  drive it's easy!  You need to follow
  these instructions. Follow them exactly. As is usual with things like
  this, you do everything entirely at your own risk. I have done this on
  my own PC without damaging it, but cannot guarantee that it will work
  with yours. If you do damage your computer, it is YOUR FAULT.

  Note of the FAQ keeper, I have a report of someone trying out the
  following instructions, who had his controller burnt, and another
  whose 3" drive died, so beware.

  These instructions only apply to the DDI-1 package. They MAY work with
  the FD1 3" second drive, and will definitely NOT work with the
  internal drives on 6128s, 664s, and 6128+s.

  Install 22DISK! You will need to tell it you have no A: drive, and
  that B: is a 360K drive, physical unit 0, on the Primary adapter, with
  step-rate of 12 milli-seconds. You will also need the CPMDISKS.DEF
  file from CPCEMU.

  0 Install 22DISK with CPMDISKS.DEF coming with CPCEMU or the one from

  1 open your PC, following all usual precautions such as turning off
  the power and discharging any static electricity on your body!

  2 Unplug any floppy drives. This step is important. (See note 1)

  3 Find the connector that is meant for the B: drive. (It is probably
  on the same cable as the connector for the A: drive. The A: connector

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