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HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY MY FAITHFUL FRIEND!
I am an old man!

Posted by boyo on Apr 25, 2012 19:21 (Apr 25, 2012 19:21)

I had my ZX Spectrum given to me as a present for Christmas in 1983 from my parents. It was the best Christmas that I have ever had - I also went Skiing in Italy that year as well for New Year!

The games I had on the big day were Manic Miner and Lunar Jetman - two of the best games that appeared on the platform in my opinion.



I am not sure what the next game(s) were but suffice to say there were many C90 tapes produced over the years, and lots of peripheral acquired for my new friend - the ZX Microdrive and Interface 1, DK'tronics keyboard, Currah Speech, Lightpen and various joysticks and interfaces to name but a few.

So Happy Birthday my good friend - you have been with me all the way now for 30 great years!!!



 
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#12 Jun 1, 2012 19:06:42 ( Jun 1, 2012 18:06 )

Bobbus74
Yeah I know what you mean. I've tried it on my 37" Toshiba and 23" Samsung and get a lot of ghosting and dot crawl on both. I have got an old 14" CRT but I can't be bothered to set it up as they take too much space up.
The other solution is to do a composite mod but I'm not sure I trust myself to do it successfully.
#11 Jun 1, 2012 18:40:52 ( Jun 1, 2012 17:40 )

boyo
 Works well - need a TV though that works with a Speccy. The LCDs and Plasma we have do not do a good job of it. What do you use m8?
#10 Jun 1, 2012 16:30:41 ( Jun 1, 2012 15:30 )

Bobbus74
Hope you've been successful with the Speccy Tape app.
I've also managed to get some turboloader games working by playing them through my PC and connecting it to my Spectrum (tough to get them amplified properly though). I used a program called OTLA to convert the TZX images to accelerated WAVS. When it works, games load in about 25% of their normal time.
#9 May 31, 2012 22:19:10 ( May 31, 2012 21:19 )

boyo +1
 trying this now - gonna tune in my Speccy into a 50" Plasma....
#8 May 31, 2012 21:56:11 ( May 31, 2012 20:56 )

boyo
 Video sorted... thanks m8!
#7 May 31, 2012 20:12:30 ( May 31, 2012 19:12 )

Bobbus74
Damn, video didn't display. How do I edit my comment? Can't see a button anywhere.
#6 May 31, 2012 20:08:35 ( May 31, 2012 19:08 )

Bobbus74
Right, quick update for you. I tried converting a few TZX files to WAV but unfortunately the iPod Touch (or iPhone ) does not amplify the sound enough for the Spectrum to recognise it. I was about to edit the WAV's and increase their volume when I came across this fantastic little app...



It's called Speccy Tape and basically lets you download TZX images straight from the WorldofSpectrum site to your iDevice. It then converts and amplifies the image. I've tried a number of games through it and so far only had one that didn't load (Bubble Bobble). Well worth checking out mate.

#5 May 30, 2012 06:14:37 ( May 30, 2012 05:14 )

boyo
Let me know how you get on with that Bobbus - I have an iPhone and if that saves me buying a Divide then great!
#4 May 29, 2012 20:55:05 ( May 29, 2012 19:55 )

Bobbus74
Just received mty 48k Speccy in the post today, happy days
Been looking at Divides, nice bit of kit but you're right Boyo, they are a bit steep.
Think I'm gonna go down the TZX to WAV files route. Seen a few people using their iPhones to load turboloaded games. Anyone else tried this method?
#3 May 17, 2012 17:55:14 ( May 17, 2012 16:55 )

boyo
 Just having a Dk'tronics keyboard with Speccy inside delivered this week - thinking about getting a Divide - they are expensive but do make things a lot simpler.
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