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by Alessandro
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Thermal paste for +2 ULA?
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Thermal paste for +2 ULA?

The +2 was in almost pristine condition when I bought it so I exclude dirt having accumulated under the ULA chip. It still smells as new in fact! I don't have a spare ULA, and replacements at £ 30 with postage are not exactly cheap. Furthermore, I noticed that the issue does not arise under every ci...
by Alessandro
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: List of games with converted music / sound FX from Amstrad CPC / MSX / Atari ST
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: List of games with converted music / sound FX from Amstrad CPC / MSX / Atari ST

Pity that the vast majority of them do not have added in-game music, but just to those intros with cheats - intros are boring, and cheats are for sissies :P On the other hand, in-game music, from the ST, Amstrad or MSX versions, really adds atmosphere. I wish programmers did it from the start back i...
by Alessandro
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Do you know how many ......... appear in ZX Spectrum games?
Replies: 20
Views: 561

Re: Do you know how many ......... appear in ZX Spectrum games?

R-Tape wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:37 am
That pic is a fake btw.
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by Alessandro
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Thermal paste for +2 ULA?
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Thermal paste for +2 ULA?

There are no fins of sort, it's just a long and thin U-shaped aluminium heatsink in fact (see the thread linked in the first post). If it was designed that way from the start (we are talking about the case hosting a standard Amstrad-manufactured Spectrum mainboard, not an ATX one with multiple fans ...
by Alessandro
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Thermal paste for +2 ULA?
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Thermal paste for +2 ULA?

Recently I decided to dig my faulty +2 out again and examined its behavior. The issues - graphic and memory corruption while pressing the keys of the 0x7FFE port half-row, up to crashing and reset - seem to point to an overheating of the ULA. I then decided to remove the heatsink from the chip and n...
by Alessandro
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Little bugs in the database 2
Replies: 456
Views: 33639

Re: Little bugs in the database 2

As already mentioned here , some programs from Load 'n' Run are incorrectly listed as demos, while they are simply advertising. This error was carried over from the WoS database. Campagna abbonamenti means "subscription campaign" and shows what you should do in order to subscribe to the magazine. Pu...
by Alessandro
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Load'n'Run.... "Pirated" games?
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: Load'n'Run.... "Pirated" games?

Einar Saukas : if you just wish to catalogate the original software, then the task is much easier, since Load 'n' Run stopped publishing reader-authored sofware from issue 62 (September 1988), RUN lasted for just 14 issues, and everything for which the author/s is/are mentioned is original. Just re...
by Alessandro
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Load'n'Run.... "Pirated" games?
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: Load'n'Run.... "Pirated" games?

Sabre Wulf: released unoficcially on Load'N'Run 14 As Esploratore I remember it, it was on the March 1985 issue and I even completed it ;) Just to clarify what I wrote above, Sabre Wulf appears as: - Esploratore on Load 'n' Run 14 - Africa Nera on Super Spectrum (a special issue of Tutto Spectrum w...
by Alessandro
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Little bugs in the database 2
Replies: 456
Views: 33639

Re: Little bugs in the database 2

This author... https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.php?cat=999&label_id=845 "Andevi" Is credited as "A. De Vivo" for the game La Perla in Load'n'Run issue 19... http://laxdelzx.altervista.org/Lnr/Lnr_Zx_Ita/LNR_Zx_Ita_n19.pdf Andevi is a pseudonym of Andrea, or Antonio, De Vivo in fact. I remembe...
by Alessandro
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Load'n'Run.... "Pirated" games?
Replies: 17
Views: 492

Re: Load'n'Run.... "Pirated" games?

We are talking about almost a thousand of titles to put in that spreadsheet. That would be a mammoth task to say the least, even if it's just a matter of copy and paste from the list on Gerard's website. Not to mention the fact that Load 'n' Run was just one of the many "tape magazines" of the era, ...