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Spectrum Emulator

Post by Managarm » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:38 am

Hi All,

Can anyone recommend a good Spectrum emulator for Windows please? I've tried Zero, which wasn't bad, but my new Windows 10 laptop doesn't like it. Also ZXSpectrum4Net which I wasn't mad on.

Ideally it should do full screen, save states, pokes and accept USB control pad input.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

I've started reading this...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Speccy-Nation- ... 1479193925

...and I want to try some of the games out it mentions!

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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by joefish » Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:22 pm

Spectaculator if you're willing to pay for a really good one.

http://www.spectaculator.com/2012/12/sp ... -released/


Otherwise ZXSpin.

Version 0.666 here: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/emulators.html#pcwin

Version 0.7 has more features but can have the odd bug, though mostly only apparent to people using its development tools: https://sites.google.com/site/ulaplus/h ... -and-basin

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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:28 pm

ZX Spin for me. Bought Spectaculator and there's no doubt it's a quality product, but Spin just suited me better so I always go back to it. Works fine in Windows 10.
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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by ArchaicKoala » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:30 pm

Another vote for ZX Spin here, I've used it for years and it does everything I want from a Speccy emulator :)

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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by Sokurah » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:36 pm

I find ZXSpin to be very buggy...but that being said I actually prefer it over Spectaculator (which I've bought), so it's still a winner to me. :-)
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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by leespoons » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:29 am

I tend to go between Spectaculator and SpecEmu these days, but the best thing to do is try a few and see which you like the best.

Some more links for you (note I haven't tested any of these on Windows 10)

Fuse
EightyOne (this has ZX80/81 support too, hence the name)
SpecEmu - the latest version that I know of is here (direct link to zip file)

edit: Woody just posted an alternative link to SpecEmu on WoS forums, think it's newer than the one I posted: http://bit.ly/29msZao

Have fun :)
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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by Managarm » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:00 am

Thanks for the replies everyone - I've given ZXSpin a go and it seems to do the job nicely. Haven't had a chance to try out Fuse yet, but I will.

I tried another one called ZX32 that very oddly when you do a save state, brings up a requestor with a little pic of Clive Sinclair's face and tells you that there's a chance the save state won't reload. Might leave that one alone.

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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by leespoons » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:01 am

Managarm wrote:I tried another one called ZX32 that very oddly when you do a save state, brings up a requestor with a little pic of Clive Sinclair's face and tells you that there's a chance the save state won't reload. Might leave that one alone.
ZX32 was a great emulator 15 years ago. Bit old now though :wink:

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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by greenberet79 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:04 am

I didn't realise there were speccy emulators out there that could do full screen - is that at original resolution? I've always used Fuse (for Mac) and the screen is tiny haha.
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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:03 am

Most emulators since the dawn of time have offered full screen, usually with a variety of scaling options to either filter and soften things (eurgh) or just as a straight pixel resize.

With Spin, you can just use the normal Windows 'Alt-Enter' key combo to go full screen at your leisure, choose it from a menu, or set it to default to that.

Oh, while I remember, there's a portable Windows emulator just called 'Speccy' by Marat Fayzullin that runs straight off the executable without needing any installation. I couldn't possibly condone using that on a works computer...
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Re: Spectrum Emulator

Post by greenberet79 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:20 am

The dawn of time? Pah, that's not retro enough for me!
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