This page is dedicated to the Amstrad PC1640 and how to emulate it in MAME
If you want to emulate the Amstrad PC1640 you will first need the Amstrad PC1640 BIOS Files
As of Mame 0.235 (probably also earlier)
I found no changes in the checksums of the BIOS Files compared to the recent version Mame 0.240
Necessary BIOS Roms names and Checksums for Amstrad PC1640
| File Name
| 40044-1 8809.ic132
| 40043-1 8809.ic129
| 40044 8738.ic132
| 40043 8738.ic129
| 40044 88xx.ic132
| 40043 88xx.ic129
These files are necessary to emulate the Amstrad PC1640.
As it is policy that no Rom Files are distributed here , please use your googleFu (or whichever search engine you prefer)
to find an Internet Archive of these Files.
They can be placed directly in Mame's Rompath or you can put them in .7z or .zip archives (named pc1640.zip/pc1640.7z)
System Disks EN,FR,DE
After you succeeded finding the roms, you will still need something to put into the "Disk Drive"
I am happy to provide the set of necessary disks here
Amstrad PC1640 System Disks EN,FR,DE
This Archive can be places either in the same Rom Folder where the BIOS resides or to keep a better overview in a separate directory referenced in the rompath inside mame.ini (Note the _flop appended to the archive name to sign mame that this archive contains floppies for the specified device)
How to use them will be covered in the next chapter
Boot from Disk
'Prerequistes reachable by Rompath in mame.ini
| Rom Bios Files
| System Disks
- Let us start with booting up the Amstrad for the first time, For this example I've choosen the 20MByte version (any would do here)
cd <your Mame Directory>
- You will be greeted with
this shows that you got the BIOS Files at the correct location, you can simply press any key now
- and will now be shown a warning
- you can simply press a key again to get rid of it and after a few moments the emulated device will ask you for a boot disk
You need to enter UI enabled mode now which is by default done by pressing the <Scroll Lock> Key (again to turn it off later)
this allows you to press <tab> to bring up the Mame Menu
Outside of UI enabled mode pressing the <tab> key will simply send <tab> to the emulated machine ( it will still do this in UI enabled mode, so be aware of inputs going to the device when inside of the menu! ).
Now inside of the Filemanager Menu select the Floppy Disk Drive as target
- and then we select an image from the Softwarelist
- next step is and the disk is nearly in the drive:
- last step now Select Disk 1 here.
- Now you can leave the Mame UI by pressing <ESC> (do not press too often or you are closing the Mame Process!)
System Hard Disks
While with the provided System Disks you can create your own harddisk installation, I am planning to provide here Basic Installations in all three available languages.
How to create your own PC1640 HDD
- Have the prerequisites ready #Prerequisites #System Disks EN,FR,DE
Basic Mame handling of PC1640
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts
While using Mame it is always good to have these ready, note that inside the emulation the keys are not recognised by Mame until you enable UI mode!
|| Description (UI enabled Mode!)
| <Scroll Lock>
|| Switch UI enabled/disabled
|| Exit Mame
|| Soft Reset
|| Open/Close Mame Menu
|| Pause Emulation
Supported versions of Amstrad as of Mame 0.240
get a list of available Amstrad PC1640 versions in Mame:
mame pc1640 -listclones
the output will give this information (without Notes column and minues the first row)
|| Clone of:
|| PC1640 Single Disk version
||PC1640 with Two Drives
|| PC1640 with Disk Drive and 20 MByte HDD (pictured on this page)
|| PC1640 with Disk Drive and 30 MByte HDD (pictured on this page)
Knowns issues =
Amstrad PC1640 on Old-Computers.com
Museum Group. Amstrad PC1640 computer. Y2008.33.5Science Museum Group Collection Online. Accessed February 14, 2022.