SymbOS on the Amstrad CPC 6128 – Part One

SymbOS is a GUI operating system available for the Amstrad CPC, PCW and the MSX range of computers. There are 2 ways to run SymbOS on the CPC : Floppy disk or ROM. I decided to go down the ROM route.

If you want to use EPROMS, you need the following hardware.

  • ROM board/box
  • 4 * 27(C)128 EPROMS

When you turn the CPC on, you get the following screen.

Amstrad CPC 6128 with SymbOS and Parados

To start SymbOS, you type in |SYM or |SYMBOS. The OS starts up in about 2 seconds, then you are presented with the desktop – doesn’t it look familiar.

SymbOS Desktop

Pressing the Start button present this familiar menu.

SymbOS Start Menu

In part two of this article, I will be putting applications onto 3″ and 3.5″ disks. Hopefully I will be running some video and playing some music. I will also take a video of SymbOS running. I may even be able to get my Dk’tronics mouse interface working!

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