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Hall of Fame / Martin Galway's desktop
« on: 2018.January.25. 22:49:41 »
Hi there,

I've had a response to a Facebook post from the well-known C64 Musician, Martin Galway, two years after the original post.

There should be below a lovely picture of his desktop/studio, with all manner of 8-bit goodness. This includes an Enterprise machine.

I asked the question if he had ever done anything with it, the answer is in the caption to the side of the picture.

Games / Does the Enterprise have a Bomberman clone?
« on: 2015.February.06. 22:05:35 »
If not, here's an interesting possibility from another closely followed platform :-)


Other topics / A letter to Micromart - Spreading the word
« on: 2012.June.08. 00:37:34 »
Here's a copy of a recent contribution to the letters page of Micro Mart magazine issue 1212 from yours truly  :ds_icon_cheesygrin:

It followed a nice article in issue 1210 about ten interesting alternative computers that didn't get the recognition they deserved. Two of my personal favourites, the Enterprise and Atari Falcon were in there. In an outburst of nerdiness, I felt that some of the information was missing from that article. The writer's description of the Enterprise as 'fairly standard hardware in a nice looking case' needed rectifying especially!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this printed effort to spread the word.


Here's a tiny mini-gallery of the Retro Computer Museum (RCM) Open day at the Snibston Discovery Museum, 8th April 2012.

I didn't get to bring one of my own Enterprises to this event, as issues closer to home stopped me organising anything. However, someone else with an Enterprise 128 did allow the museum to borrow his for the weekend.


This is the Enterprise 128 in question. The 'pack in game' on show was Cybernoid, the Amstrad conversion, which was a reasonable demo of the machine. Loading was done from an .MP3 of the tape file on an iPod Nano.


A sideways view. The machine next to it is an Acorn Atom, another one of Dave Toop's projects, a much earlier and even rarer machine. It was hosting a very mean and vicious version of Space Invaders!


An overall view of the main gallery area, nearest is a Vic 20. In the background, a home-made MAME cabinet can be seen.

Hi there lovely people,

I'm dropping a line as I've stopped lurking and decided to ask to take part in this forum. I do have an interest in this interesting hardware. Indeed I was one of those rare original UK Enterprise 64 owners, back in the day, having rediscovered there is still a community some time ago, and very very slowly getting around to taking a slightly more active part.

 I was responsible for writing the following article at http://alive.atari.org/alive12/ent64.php which neatly details my early history on the Enterprise 64. If you look really hard, there was even an article by me in issue 9 of the Private Enterprise magazine!

I have fond memories of this machine, because of the all-round coolness, and well everyone with taste and intelligence has got to have some underdog to love in their life  :mrgreen: The Enterprise was the nearest hardware platform to which I came to having any sort of reasonable programming or coding experiences. (Nothing too stunning to shout about, before you get too hopeful). My other minority computing interests are the Atari ST/Falcon family and the demoscene respectively.  If anyone has any questions on these areas, feel free to ask, at the very least I can steer you in the right direction if I can't help directly.

I am intending to do 'something' with the Enterprise, starting at a low level and then see what happens. No promises or timescales, but I am mulling one or two ideas in my head.

For now, I have some queries about tape images and their usage with real hardware, so here goes...

1. I now have real hardware (Enterprise 64 and 128) which is great, and I'm looking for tape images and similar. The best success has been with the EPTE player. Are there any tips and tricks for getting more reliable and consistent loading from that player and audio files, sound settings for PC soundcards etc? I downloaded EPTE and a few TAP images a long time ago, but it seems the archives have disappeared off the internet now?

2. Related to this, are the more 'modern' tape images used with the EP128emu not compatible with loading into a real machine? I get lots of errors there.

(Mr Prise, in the course of registering me for this board has advised of the alternative tape image file loader 'TAPir' which I will give a try shortly.)

3. Are there any .WAV files, TAP or TFX images of some of the more graphically interesting or 'modern' Enterprise games out there? I am thinking of taking my hardware to a retro computing museum open day and would like to show off something that isn't obviously a ZX Spectrum port (with all due respect to the ZX Spectrum of course!)

4. A totally frivolous question which deviates from the topic above. How about adding this http://pouet.net/prod.php?which=58887 to the list of Amstrad conversions ;-) - They are thinking of developing the engine into a full game. Also please add the new Amstrad versions of R-Type and Bubble Bobble to the list of neat things to do sometime!

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