Amstrad PCW 8256/8512
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Sun Apr 29 14:58:16 CDT 2007
On 29 Apr 2007 at 12:22, Chris M wrote:
> I obtained one of these at a computer show yesterday.
> I was told that the 3" disks are still available in
> the UK. Is this so?
You might even find some old stock on this side of the pond. They're
known as "CF2" floppies and I sometimes see them on ePay.
I just picked up a Joyce for the floppy drive. I'll probably scrap
the rest of the unit, since there doesn't seem to be a lot of
interest in the PCW in the US. I do know that people replaced the CF
drive with standard 3.5" drives quite often. That may be your best
bet if you're interested in running software. IIRC, there was also a
Yamaha diskette drive (MDR-1) that hooked to Yamaha organs like the
FX-20 that also used them. You can still get them NOS from overseas,
but the prices aren't for the squeamish:
> This page: http://www.seasip.demon.co.uk/Unix/Joyce/
> states that there is a "hideous hybrid" of an upgrade
> that effectively turns it into an PEECEE/AT. I demand
> to know where I can find one.
Looks a little ridiculous to me--just like that thingummy that fit
around the Classic Mac to get you PC capabilities--it cost more than
a PC IIRC. I don't remember the name of it.
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