Amstrad CPC 464

This is my Amstrad CPC 464. I didn’t really know much about Amstrad computers until I started collecting vintage computers a few years ago. Even though the CPC was a tough Speccy competitor in Europe, this is not a computer I had ever seen or even read about it back when I was a kid in Brazil. I got my well preserved model in a pretty good deal from a Spanish guy and ended up buying it more out of curiosity than anything else.

The CPC 464 looks and feels somewhat similar to my Spectrum 2+ (both from Amstrad of course) with the most notable similarity being the onboard cassette player. But if you look closely, the two computers are different in many ways. For one thing, the CPC is much wider. Second, it has this unusual color scheme on the keyboard, along with some weird key shapes:

One big problem with importing this computer is that the old CRT monitors were just too expensive to get. Oddly enough, the original connection between the computer and its monitor was done in a way that had the power cable coming from the monitor into the computer. So to use the computer without the monitor you need to buy an alternative power supply along with a video cable. I got this package from RetroComputerShack which comes with both the power supply and the video cable. The power supply works fine but the only video cable I found was a SCART one which doesn’t help me much since TVs in the US have no SCART connectors. My current workaround is a SCART to Composite adapter but my image shows black and white, which kind of makes playing games in the CPC a lot less fun. I am still looking for a better solution here so if you know of any please shoot me an email.

Update: Found a solution for my problem! SCART to Component!

Technical Specs:

NAME   CPC 464
MANUFACTURER   Amstrad
ORIGIN   United Kingdom
YEAR   1984
END OF PRODUCTION   1990
BUILT IN LANGUAGE   Locomotive Basic
KEYBOARD   QWERTY mechanical keyboard
Numeric keypad and edit block with arrow keys
CPU   Zilog Z80
SPEED   4 MHz
RAM   64 kb (42kb left for user)
VRAM   16 kb
ROM   32 kb
TEXT MODES   20 x 25 with 16 colors
40 x 25 with 4 colors
80 x 25 with 2 colors
GRAPHIC MODES   160 x 200 with 16 colors
320 x 200 with 4 colors
640 x 200 with 2 colors
COLORS   27
SOUND   3 channels, 8 octaves
+1 noise channel
I/O PORTS   Printer port
Bus port
1 Joystick plug (Atari standard)
Floppy Disc Port
DIN plug for Amstrad monitor
Headphone / Sound stereo jack output
BUILT IN MEDIA   Tape Recorder (1000 or 2000 bauds)
OS   AMSDOS or CP/M
POWER SUPPLY   5v DC (powered by an Amstrad monitor)

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