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M4FE v2.0.1, a frontend in ROM for the Amstrad CPC wifi extension card M4 Board

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The new version of M4FE v2.0.1, a frontend for the wifi M4 board by Abalone is available. It corrects a problem with CATart not displaying correctly.



Using Amstrad CPC+ cartridges with a Raspberry PI ?

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I dont know if it is possible to use Amstrad CPC+ cartridges on a Raspberry PI, but I certainly know that it is possible with MSX cartridges and this cheap computer, with the BlueBerryMSX or OpenMSX emulators.

Well, maybe I will give an idea to someone ?




New v2.0.5b11 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 11.

This version corrects the loading of CPC+ cartridges which was broken by a previous beta.



M4FE v1.9.9, a frontend in ROM for the Amstrad CPC wifi extension card M4 Board

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The new version of M4FE v1.9.9, a frontend for the wifi M4 board by Abalone is available. It needs at least v2.0.5b8 firmware of the M4 wifi board for the support of long file names.



New v2.0.5b10 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 10.

It adds the ability to launch hack menu via external button. It requires soldering two wires to the M4 PCB (the wifi module).

If you are happy not using Hack Menu or just launching it from the WEB interface, no reason to make this modification. If you decide to solder on the switch, be aware it is at your OWN risk.

Be careful not to short the wires to the metal housing of the ESP12F module. I recommend to isolate the wires at the resistor and button to avoid an accidental short.



An Amstrad PCW 8256 in a case by Sebastian Blanco

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What could you do if you had a spare PCW 8256 main board ? You could put it in a case like Sebastian Blanco did, see below.













New v2.0.5b9 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 9 :

  • Fix Hack menu - Flaw in IM 2 detection
  • Fix Hack menu - Resume "some games" (Pinball Fantasies, atleast on my one CPC)
  • Added Hack menu - AZERTY keyboard support (Huge thanks to @dxs for the painful keymap table! And thanks to @ZbyniuR for the keyboard detection method)


M4FE v1.9.8, a frontend in ROM for the Amstrad CPC wifi extension card M4 Board

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The new version of M4FE v1.9.8, a frontend for the wifi M4 board by Abalone is available. It needs the last firmware for the M4 : v2.0.5b8 for the support of long file names.



New v2.0.5b8 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 8 :

  • Fix DSK file size 0 bug
  • Fix |longname / C_FSTAT bug, now (again) displaying long filenames properly
  • Fix Hack menu - Slowdown keyboard reading
  • Added Hack menu - Support full keyboard character set (QWERTY only for now)
  • Added Hack menu - Pokes (Press ESC when done entering pokes)
  • Added Hack menu - Display memory


CP/M Box v1.8 by Habi Soft, an Amstrad PCW emulator

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CP/M Box by Habi Soft, an Amstrad PCW emulator, is available in version 1.8, with a lot of new things : new video system (with color support), new languages system, actions, video recording, a new better debugger, more hardware options, light pens, mass storage, test PCBs, fast loading, keyboard redefinition...





RetroVirtualMachine v2.0b1 WIP, an Amstrad CPC emulator

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RetroVirtualMachine v2.0 beta 1 by jcgamestoy was released the 22th December 2018. It's an Amstrad CPC WIP emulator for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

The precedent version did add the support of the Dandanator expansion card..




New v2.0.5b6 of the firmware for the wifi card M4 Board by Duke

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The M4 Board which let you add wifi on your Amstrad CPC just got another firmware v2.0.5 beta 6 :

  • Fix do not erase ESP flash, if CRC error in ESPFIRM.BIN
  • Added RSX command |ROMSOFF
  • Added upgrade report, that is generated in root of microSD, called report.txt


M4FE, a frontend in ROM for the Amstrad CPC wifi extension card M4 Board

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Abalore is the author of M4FE, a frontend for the wifi M4 board created by Duke.

It is written in assembler, it lets you move through the directories and launch programs. It supports 64k files for each directory, joystick (2 buttons), snapshots, reading text files, search for a file or directory, it remembers the last directory used..

Comments and suggetions to the author are welcome.



Odroid GO with keyboard support in C64 emulator, still nothing for Amstrad CPC...

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The Odroid GO supports now a QWERTY keyboard with is used by a C64 emulator (the second C64 emulator in fact).

Sadly, still no Amstrad CPC emulator in sight, but we can still pray for one, especially with this keyboard which would really help such emulator.




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