Archives of Genesis8 Amstrad Page from 1999 to 2020 about hardware
Willy by PulkoMandy, an Amstrad CPC(+) adaptator for using parallel PC sound cards
On Serdashop you can found audio and video cards to be used mostly on PC. For example there are two cards which are connected to the parallel port of a PC, especially those which can't use ISA/PCI sound cards such as old portables :
An Amstrad PPC 512 operated by Noël Llopis (repairing, upgrading, screen changing) in 5 videos
Noel Llopis did start 4 months ago a serie of videos about an Amstrad PPC 512 whose screen has suffered just a little bit... The videos are very interesting and my resume below cant show how interesting these videos are. Take the time to see them from start to end as I did.
first video in which he will open the beast and trying to replace the broken screen with another screen from a PPC donor. Then he will use the CGA2SCART PRO made by Retro Erik. The CGA2SCART Pro permits to replace a CGA/EGA screen with a television using a SCART cable (RGB signal). Then he is running two of his msdos programs he wrote mayn years ago : Return of Frankenstein (3D isometric game) and Bouncing Ball
second video where the screen will be repaired after many tests, a real work of a police investigagor but in electronics
third video, it's time for upgrading (adding and testing a Gotek, adding and testing more RAM to get 640 Kb) and some reparations (the handle and the protection hatch at the back) to finish by dumping the spanish ROM of the PPC which wasnt available on internet, to be used with an emulator (MAME or PCEM)
fourth video, the screen has been repaired but it's not perfect. So the original screen will be changed, two solutions being tested : MCE2VGA (which I use with my own PPC 640) and the GBS 8200
fifth video, it's the part two of the fourth video where he is using a third solution to replace the original screen with a Raspberry Pi zero and the HAT RGB to HDMI which allows the use the HDMI output of the Pi (bare metal emulation, no raspbian OS used)
Amstrad PPC 640 replica running RetroPie by Bill Kar
You have a dead Amstrad PPC and you heart is too heave to throw it inside the bin ? Then why dont you use a magic wand to transform it into a retro console or better to use PCEM to emulate an Amstrad PPC ? It's what Bill Kar did with its PPC 640.
Fix: Upper RAM test on Plus and GX4000 working again
Improved keyboard layout in keyboard test
Support for 464/664, 6128, and matrix keyboard layout (use TAB to cycle through them)
Tries to autodetects Amstrad model and pick correct keyboard layout automatically
Tries to autodetect ROM language and picks Spanish or French keyboard layout if necessary
Fix: Upper RAM test doesn't trigger FDC
Four videos on several Amstrad CPC models by Rodrik Studio (french inside)
Rodrik Studio which you can read on the System-CFG forum (french) (a good forum on older computers), has done four videos about 3 differents Amstrad CPC models (videos by the oldest to the more recent) :
So in this video he is testing an XTIDE, memory card (to 640 Kb and some UMB), sound card using the unisound (universal sound driver) and a CGA/EGA card. So he launchs Prince of Persia with OPL2 (sound blaster) and EGA.
More Amstrad content should appear on his youtube channel later as states in the commentaries, so stay tuned and subscribe to his channel like I did.
Amstrad Diagnostics ROM v0.8 by Noël Llopis and video using it