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by Banjo
Sat 17 Oct, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: HeadStart Explorer
Replies: 7
Views: 1505

Re: HeadStart Explorer

So... nobody knows any more about the system and possibility of emulating it? I wasn't expecting it to be immediately emulated or anything, or even have it widely know about, as I'd never heard of the machine myself until now, but I just wondered if anyone who'd owned one had any fondness for it or ...
by Banjo
Wed 07 Oct, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: HeadStart Explorer
Replies: 7
Views: 1505

Re: HeadStart Explorer

omarsis81 wrote:
Tue 06 Oct, 2020 12:49 pm
Never heard of it either but according to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE0zuQnY-WU is boots DOS 3.1 and then it launches a GUI
Here is more info (with files that might be really helpful). Apparently, DOS and the OS were stored in the ROM.
by Banjo
Tue 06 Oct, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: HeadStart Explorer
Replies: 7
Views: 1505

HeadStart Explorer

Does anyone know much about the HeadStart Explorer, an old XT from 1989? Would it be possible to emulate one using PCEm at some stage (obviously, the right patches and roms would be needed)? Just asking because I had never heard of this PC before, but recently learned about it and am fascinated by i...
by Banjo
Wed 19 Sep, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is drive sound emulation possible?
Replies: 23
Views: 16480

Re: Is drive sound emulation possible?

this may or may not be something i'm working on Some theories crossed my mind during sleep and thus, sound_stuff.c was born on Sep 16 2018 - reads 2 48khz 16bit mono raw PCM samples from roms/ - there's a very subtle speed variation with a sine on the whirr - the write sound is just naively read fr...
by Banjo
Wed 12 Sep, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Emulating an Amstrad PC5286
Replies: 9
Views: 8172

Re: Emulating an Amstrad PC5286

Thanks for the awesome info, folks! I am going to see what I can do about getting my (very) old 5286 out of storage and if by some miracle it boots, I will dump the bios. It seems saveROM is pretty straightforward... I just boot and run it with a "saverom romfile" command, right? Any way to test it ...
by Banjo
Tue 11 Sep, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is drive sound emulation possible?
Replies: 23
Views: 16480

Re: Is drive sound emulation possible?

I'd love all those sounds, but drive sounds are my only real "must have" for a nostalgic feel. Getting various fan whines and hums would be awesome, but probably a lot of work for something that would (at least in my case) be drowned out by my real PC's fans, keyboard clacks, etc. anyway. Nothing so...
by Banjo
Tue 11 Sep, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Emulating an Amstrad PC5286
Replies: 9
Views: 8172

Re: Emulating an Amstrad PC5286

Thanks for the replies (and Sarah, I'm loving PCem sooo much... thanks!). It's probably way outside of my abilities, but what would be involved in dumping the bios if I had a *real* PC5286 on hand? Zup, where would I go to talk to those folks? I've used MAME in some form for many years, but never us...
by Banjo
Sun 09 Sep, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is drive sound emulation possible?
Replies: 23
Views: 16480

Is drive sound emulation possible?

Since I'm new to PCem, forgive me if this is commonly asked or indeed can be done and I just don't know it yet... but can we use "drive sounds" for floppy drives in PCem like you can in things like WinUAE (Amiga emulator)? Until I started messing with PCem, I didn't think I'd ever want such a thing,...
by Banjo
Sun 09 Sep, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Emulating an Amstrad PC5286
Replies: 9
Views: 8172

Emulating an Amstrad PC5286

For the sake of nostalgia (it was my second computer ever), I'm really wanting to emulate an Amstrad PC5286 (1mb memory, 3.5" floppy, 40mb HDD, AdLib card). Thanks to PCem, I'm having an absolute blast emulating an old Amstrad PC1512 (my first computer!) but it seems PCem is only able to recreate Am...