Dandanator CPC and load games instantly on your Amstrad

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Enjoy a console-like gaming experience with Dandanator CPC

Do you know the Dandanator CPC multigame cartridge? Just like its counterpart for Spectrum computers ZX DandanatorCPC dandanator is a massive support for games or programs in cartridge format compatible with all models of Amstrad CPC, to which it is possible to load a rom of up to 512kb loaded with games or utilities ready to run simply by pressing a button on the menu. To whom we must be grateful for this fantastic cartridge is Dandare, creator of the mythical DandanatorZX among others. Stay with us and we will tell you much more about this fantastic gadget.

Dandanator CPC, plug and play

If there is one point to highlight about the capabilities of the cartridge, it is its versatility and ease of use, as well as the speed with which we can start playing just by plugging the cartridge in and turning on our Amstrad CPC. Who would have had something like this when I was a kid, and not the tapes and their constant failures. How many hours of gameplay we would have had with instant loads.

Features of Dandanator CPC

  • 512kb of instant-on flash memory. Immediately loads both 128kb/48kb/ROM programs and games.
  • Menu-driven selection on the Amstrad CPC
  • Cartridge programming via USB
  • The programming software incorporates compression into the cartridge, making full use of the cartridge's capacity.
  • Operation without jumpers or configuration
  • It is compatible with any Amstrad CPC 464, 664, 6128 and the 464+ and 6128+ with adapter.
  • Supports SNA, CDT and DSK format images
  • Allows pokes to be selected from a WinApe compatible library or to be manually entered into the rom management software.
  • it is possible to "freeze" the splash screens at start-up for our enjoyment.
  • Offers software for creating, managing and transferring game romsets for Windows, MacOS and Linux.
  • It is possible to load games directly from the PC without saving them on the cartridge.
  • Dandanator CPC is supported on the emulators RetroVirtualMachine, CPCE, Arnold and ZesarUX
  • Test Rom by McLeod Ideafix
  • Public domain project

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Dandanator CPC, for your use and enjoyment

All Dandanator cartridges come loaded with a rom full of games so that you can start enjoying them from the first day. In addition, the Amstrad community has considerably expanded this repertoire of roms with which we will only have to replace the one included in our Dandanator CPC and put it to work.

To do this we will have to make use of the software created by OverCLK for the creation of romsets (requires JAVA) which you will quickly be able to see that it is really easy and intuitive to use. Just add the game images, either SNA, DSK or CDT and it automatically converts them to the format used by Dandanator CPC.

Download the romsets creation software ?

How to program Dandanator CPC with a new ROM

To program the Dandanator CPC, first of all we have to install on our pc the rom creation software, which is available in different versions on the Dandare website. Once this is done, it is important to install the usb driver so that it detects our Dandanator when it is connected to the PC.

If we have already created the rom with the game compilation or we have selected one of the available roms, we only have to prepare ourselves to record again our Dandanator cartridge. To do this, it is necessary to connect the dandanator to the cpc and in the initial menu that shows us dandanator press the L key, then the cartridge enters recording mode.

WARNING
Before programming our Dandanator CPC it is advisable to test the emulator. My recommendation is the emulator Retro Virtual Machinewhich emulates the Dandare hardware perfectly and is very intuitive to use.

Now on the PC we switch to programming mode in the software and if the com port is correctly selected, it will automatically start the recording process. Don't despair, it takes about 2 minutes and you can see a nice progress bar on the screen of your Amstrad CPC ?

If the burning process has been completed successfully, the Dandanator CPC cartridge restarts the computer, displaying the newly burned game catalogue. It's time to enjoy!

Do you want a Dandanator CPC? visit our shop and if they are not available at the moment, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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