… or Batman forever … forever
I always wanted to put my hands on Amstrad CPC 6128.
It was kinda exotic in my country back in the day.
Today, we have bidding portals and INTERNETZ so getting one is not a problem.
I found a cool-looking unit on eBay … and before I decided that I’ll buy it … left mouse button clicked somehow. I have NO IDEA how that could happen! Who could have clicked it ?!!
… and pics of an inside
The plan was to clean this unit as usual and start playing with it but since I didn’t have any 3-inch floppy disks to load software from I had to change that plan a bit.
I had a spare HxC on the shelf – Cheers Lotharek 😀
HxC is a great device that emulates floppy drives – MORE INFO
The Plan evolved quickly:
- Clean a unit, whiten all keycaps, etc.
- Swap original floppy drive with HxC
- Burn DualROM and install a switch for it
- Design and 3D print a front panel
- Run Batman Forever DEMO 😀
Unstocking a stock HxC
I wanted to put tact switches, LEDs, and LCD on a front panel so I had to modify it slightly which simply involved desoldering all of ’em.
I did a slight trimming of a case just enough to create a slot for an SD card.
A 34-pin cable adapter was required to connect HxC to the original cable without cutting it. I’ve made it according to a drawing that Bryce put on a CPC wiki – Thx Bryce 🙂
I didn’t have a 34-pin header so I’ve trimmed a larger one.
Next, I had to mod an original 34-pin floppy cable.
Aaaaaaand …. after a bit of work I had an adapter NOT ready.
… as usual, I screwed up and soldered wires in the wrong order :/
I had to spend extra time and correct it.
The power connector needed a small mod too. Simply removing a 12V line was enough to get a HxC up and running.
All that was left was to play the mandatory Batman Forever DEMO!
Cheers and see you next time 😉
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