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Hardware test of the Amstrad NC100 Notepad Computer by ChinnyVision

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Another hardware test by ChinnyVision about the Amstrad NC100 Notepad Computer sold in 1992, an interesting portable computer, which existed also for the french and italian market as the Notepad NC150, and a later model the Notepad NC200 with a disk drive (1993).

The Amstrad Notepad NC100 has a Zilog Z80 processor like the Amstrad CPC and PCW, 64 Kb of RAM, a RS232C serial port, printer port, PCMCIA port to add a memory card (1 Mb maximum). The LCD screen has 8 rows of 80 characters (480 x 64 pixels). Used with 4 AA cell batteries, the NC100 can run for about 20 hours. The english manual of the Notepad NC100 is available for download.

Its features are :

  • Protext word processor (already on Amstrad CPC and Amstrad PCW)
  • spreadsheet (only on NC150 and NC200)
  • diary (word processing entries with a date)
  • address book
  • time manager (configurable alarm)
  • calculator
  • BBC BASIC interpreter
  • games (only on NC150 and NC200)

The Amstrad notepad NC100 can be used with the original interface/OS or with ZCN by Mark Russel wich is a native CP/M, or with Fuzix which is an unix (system 5) by Alan Cox.

You can emulate an Amstrad NC100 (and also NC150 and NC200) with nc100em (still by Mark Russel) for linux or ms-dos and a windows (port by Stefano Bodrato). The MESS emulator also supports the 3 Amstrad notepad NC. If you dont have the original NC100 ROM, you will need the ZCN.BIN file included in ZCN v1.3.

You will find more informations about the Amstrad Notepad NC on the excellent Tim's Amstrad NC users site where you will find programs for your NC100, see also the ZCN page.

Others youttube videos about Amstrad Notepad NC computers :



Test of the personal assistant Amstrad PenPad PDA600 by ChinnyVision

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For once ChinnyVision doesnt test an Amstrad CPC game, but some Amstrad hardware : the Amstrad PenPad PDA600, a personal assistant which was able to recognize hand made writing with his Z180 processor.

Tomorrow, he will test an Amstrad Notepad NC100.



FPGAmstrad on MiST-board revision r005.8.14 by Renaud Helias (hardware Amstrad CPC emulation)

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New version of the Amstrad CPC core for MiST by Renaud Helias is available.

  • IO_ACK trigger in edge, not in state (better in some scrolling...)
  • WAIT_n generator ignoring M1 while IO_ACK
  • OSD entry : "MEM_wr" mode : quick or slow. quick by default.

quick : Arkanoid II, Prehistoric II. Ecole demo. Pinball Dreams
slow : Saboteur 2. Still Rising demo.





Amstrad CPC disk labels scanned by Les Crackers velus in 600 DPI

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Les Crackers Velus scanned the labels of different brands of Amstrad CPC disks, 3 inch of course. In this pack, there should be at least one who will give you a happy flash back.

Thanks to them.



C4CPC and nocart, vitamin for your Amstrad CPC+ and GX4000 console

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Shame on me, I didnt have yet written about the C4CPC which is for the Amstrad CPC+ and GX4000 cartridge port what the HxC drive emulator was for the disk drive. It is created by Gerald.

BEWARE, using the C4CPC with a GX4000 console and its original alimentation will give you a nice clipboard, for the explanation, it's here.

And of course, with 3D printing, some people went for it to make a C4CPC cartridge with a better look :

Nocart v1.4 for windows will let you convert Amstrad CPC programs in a .CPR file (cartridge image) usable on the C4CPC. Beware, some programs wont work : the keyboard will not work, it means the game must be patched for CPC+ firmware.



FPGAmstrad on MiST-board revision r005.8.13e by Renaud Helias (hardware Amstrad CPC emulation)

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The MIST is a Field-programmable gate array (FGPA) board designed to implement classic 16 bit computers like the Amiga and Atari ST(E) as System-on-a-Chip using modern hardware. But it equally well supports 8 bit systems like the Atari XL, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, C64, Atari VCS, Atari 5200, Colecovision, Apple II, Sega Master System, NES, Odyssey2 and of course the Amstrad CPC.

Renaud Helias has written an Amstrad CPC 6128 core for this Mist Board. The last revision of this core can run correctly the Still Rising demo by Vanity (see the youtube video).




An Amstrad CPC 6128 upgraded to 4 Mb of RAM by Zaxon

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Zaxon has upgraded his Amstrad CPC 6128 with 4 Mb of RAM internally and play on it the video of Take on Me by A-ha.

Go to 1mn10 of the video to see the interior of the modded Amstrad CPC.



Prototype of an IDE hard drive working on an Amstrad PCW 9256 by JonB

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JonB wrote an IDE driver for CPM PLUS on Amstrad PCW 9256, with a hardware prototype.

He wants to know before making boards if other persons are interested. If you are, please click on the source link below (CPCWiki's forum).



Amstrad CPC X-Mass, ACMEDOS and YANCC (by SOS)

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Everybody knows the hardware interfance X-Mass by ToTO for Amstrad CPC, a MX4 mass storage expansion with 128 Mb of flash for storing files on your beloved computer.

AcmeDOS is an Amstrad CPC ROM which lets you use the Microsoft FAT file system with the X-Mass.

YANCC (Yet Another Norton Command Clone) is a text interface to manage your files on the X-Mass and the AcmeDOS ROM with an interface not unknown to olders : ms-dos and norton (or linux and midnight commander).





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