… or Batman forever … forever
I always wanted to put my hands on Amstrad CPC 6128.
It was kinda exotic in my country back in a day.
Today, we have bidding portals and INTERNETZ so getting one is obviously not a problem.
I’ve 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 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 a wrong order :/
I had to spend extra time and correct it.
Power connector needed a small mod too. Simply removing a 12V line was enough to get a HxC up and running.
All that left was to play mandatory Batman Forever DEMO!
Cheers and see you next time 😉
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