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The Memotech MTX Series

Memotech MTX Emulation

 

There are a number of emulators available which allow Memotech games and other software to run on more modern computers. Most software emulators require a copy of the original machine's ROMs which are not in the public domain. The MTX ROM images can be found on the ROMs page, strictly speaking, you should already own a copy of the ROMs, i.e., the corresponding Memotech MTX computer hardware, in order to legally download the ROMs, although some emulators distribute them inside the package and the original copyright holder is long since gone.

 

MEMU - The Best Emulator of a Memotech Computer

 

Andy's MemotechEMUlator

 

(MEMU)

Please follow the link to Andy's site to download MEMU.

 

[ Most of my screen shots of games and other MTX software were done using MEMU ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Andy Key

MEMU is a fully featured emulation of MTX/FDX/SDX hardware and is undoubtedly the best emulator available, written and maintained by an ex-Memotech programmer and modern day MTX expert.

MEMU is very powerful and supports a host of command line options to optimise the running of the emulator, depending on the hardware being emulated or the software being used. A small penalty for this flexibility is that you need to specify the right command line options.

There is are a couple of solutions to this minor issue :

 

MEMU Front Ends

GameBase

MTX GameBase

 

New

Version 0.2 (232MB)

(Includes all files)

   

Version 0.1

(GameBase only)

 

Check that the GEMUS MEMU

 option points to the location

where you installed MEMU.

GameBase is essentially a database application which, in it's own words "is an emulator front-end and database utility. You can use it to catalogue, browse and play all of your favourite old games from the golden age of videogaming."

The latest version of GameBase is available from SourceForge or you can download the Version 1.3 Setup program from here.

Paul Daniels has created a "GameBase" database for Memotech which makes loading Memotech games easy - all of the required command line options are preconfigured in the MTX GameBase.

Paul has generously allowed me to make his efforts available for download here. The GameBase includes screenshots of most of the MTX software, often showing the required keys to control the game.

The Version 0.1 download includes only the GameBase database,  not the associated software & games. You need to download and install both the MEMU and Gamebase programs in order to use the Memotech GameBase database.

This file contains scans of a number of the original game tape covers which can be displayed from within the GameBase too. (This file is a 20MB .rar download).

The Version 0.2 download includes the games, application programs, tape covers etc., and is 232MB !

MEMU Launcher

MEMU Launcher

Python is an open source, high level programming language, maintained by The Python Software Foundation (PSF). Available for a number of platforms, including Linux and Windows, it can be downloaded from the PSF website here.

Bill Brendling has created a "MEMU Launcher" in Python

A description of the options available using the Launcher, along with some specific notes for Microsoft Windows users, can be found on the Usage Notes page

Development of the Launcher is now finished, it supports all of the "standard" MEMU options, with the exception of the "advanced" options to create various diagnostic windows.

"Advanced" users are likely to prefer the command line for invoking those options anyway.

For the rest of us, Launcher provides a great "front end" for MEMU and saves having to use the powerful, but sometimes cryptic, command line options.

 

Example Windows config files

NB : You will need to edit the pathnames as required to suit your MEMU file locations.

Check the ROMs and Disks paths!

Run a game (.mtx) file

Just specify the "Run File", e.g., "ca.mtx"

 

Run CP/M interactively

Loads Andy's System disk as "A" and his Games disk as "C"

 

Place the config file(s) in the same location as the Python file

 

Alternative Emulators - but you should really be using MEMU!

MTX.arc

Emulator for the Acorn RISC PC, written by Martin Allcorn, c.1999

 

The emulator can itself be run on these RISC OS emulators :-

 

  RPCemu and RiscOS 3.70 or 3.71, or

  Arculator and RiscOS 3.1 or 3.11

MTXemu Version 1

Discontinued but functional

The Zip file contains the Microsoft Windows binary and 12 games

It is here for completeness, but you should really be using MEMU!

 

Multi Emulator Super System

 

Tandem project to Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator 

 

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