Tindie Weblog | New Cartridges for the ZX Spectrum

Ah, the nice ol’ Speccy. This pc put the cherry on high of Clive Sinclair’s computing enterprise, and firmly cemented Sinclair Computer systems within the historical past books. Like many residence computer systems of the early Eighties, most software program was launched on cassette tape, and loading might be a irritating expertise. Your quantity stage needed to be good, the tape heads needed to be clear, and also you needed to maintain your tongue at simply the correct angle whereas urgent PLAY. Nevertheless, software program might additionally come on cartridges, and although the Spectrum didn’t make as prolific use of ROMs as, say, the VIC-20 did, it was a viable choice (and definitely higher than tape or, heaven forbid, the microdrives!) Now you will get model new cartridges pre-loaded with diagnostic software program or the ROM pictures of your alternative!

In the identical footprint as the unique cartridges, Tindie vendor HAL’s Mates has managed to squeeze in 4 occasions as a lot storage, which means you may have 4 ROM pictures on a single cart. Merely swap the DIP swap to pick the picture you wish to use, and pow — the software program might be loaded earlier than you may blink! Additionally they promote another nifty peripherals for traditional residence pc, so examine them out.

Observe that you simply do want a Spectrum Interface 2 with the intention to use ROMs with the ZX Spectrum, nevertheless it looks as if the overwhelming majority of homeowners have already got this peripheral because it additionally provides two joystick ports — a must have if you wish to benefit from the enormous library of video games.

The included diagnostic software program is nice to have for those who’re having points together with your ZX Spectrum. It would totally take a look at all parts on the motherboard and assist you to diagnose and resolve any points you is likely to be having. Is the ULA having points? Is the RAM getting flaky with age? Are all of the I/O ports working correctly? Having a diagnostic cartridge makes troubleshooting a lot simpler. Additionally, for those who are having points together with your ULA — we have now these too!

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