Help & Technical Support for
The original PCW 8256 (left) and the later PCW 9512
Some quick links ...
.... or a bit of Background History first ....
The humble PCW has been around since 1985 and over 200,000 were sold in the UK alone. Though superseded by PC's for most applications these days, the good old PCW is still favoured by many people, especially authors and those who for health reasons find it difficult to handle a mouse. Its easy to use LocoScript word processor (or LocaScript to those in the USA) and user-friendly keyboard layout continue to have some appeal . . . . and it's not affected by nasty viruses!
The PCW is ideal for the job for which it was intended - a pretty flexible word processor - so it's a shame that when they do go wrong and a visit for advice is made to the local computer store, the average assistant ( having been born long after the PCW ceased production !) has never heard of them so recommends a sexy new PC and the local tip for the poor PCW ... all for the want of a rubber band or a bit of oil in so many cases. With sales staff also being totally ignorant of the possibility of converting LocoScript files on "those funny little discs" for use on said new PC, we shudder to think how many autobiographies, how much valuable research work, and how many literary masterpieces have already been lost for ever.
LuxSoft was based in the heart of the Cornish village of Luxulyan - hence the name - but re-located during Summer 2008 to the southern edge of Luxulyan parish, less than half a mile from the renowned Eden Project. We acquired one of the first Amstrad PCW 8256's in Autumn 1985 and soon released a series of Basic programs for PCW enthusiasts. Sales of this software raised over £500 each for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the RNLI (Lifeboats). LuxSoft became an Authorised Amstrad Business Dealer supplying new Amstrad computers until Amstrad pulled out of this market in the mid-1990's.
While so many PCW orientated businesses have ceased to trade in recent years or moved to newer PC pastures, our PCW business has been steadfastly maintained against the odds but as it cannot hope to pay for itself these days, it has to be funded by other business ventures. However, due to lack of demand and the high cost of postage, the supply of consumables, most spares and software sadly has now ceased, but we remain committed to continue support for venerable PCWs in the form of our Help, Tips and Tutorial web pages as well as through our renowned Disc Conversions to suit PC or Mac.
- CF2 3" discs for the Amstrad PCW8256, PCW8512 and PCW9512
- 3.5" 720k (MF2DD) for PCW9512+, PCW9256, PCW10 and 3.5" replacement drives
Above prices exclude postage as this depends on quantity.
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We regret that we no longer stock ribbons.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to previous customers.
However all is not lost as there are several suppliers still advertising ribbons at reasonable prices on the Internet, including on E-Bay.
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We do hope that this helps !
We are sorry that due to postal cost & difficulty, we are no longer able to supply complete printers or manuals but the following are still available, while stocks last :
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In a nutshell, if a printer is DOS compatible on a PC and you have the relevant printer driver for it on your Loco SoD disc, LocoScript 2, 3 or 4 could drive it direct from a PCW.
The PCW 9512/9512+ is fitted with a standard PC-type parallel port so, with the relevant "printer driver" file(s) on your Loco SoD, you can print to:
.... so at last you can have bold, italics, and a variety of type sizes as well as the luxury of auto sheet feeding ... even from Loco2.
The same applies to Amstrad 8256 and 8512's that are fitted with a CPS8256 serial/parallel interface or equivalent, but if you are still running the original LocoScript 1, you will need to upgrade to Loco2.28 or higher.
Please note :
For more info. please e-mail
If you want to ....
........ we offer a range of conversions from 3" CF2 or 3.5" LocoScript discs to a variety of PC & Mac formats (incl MS Word, MS Works and Kingsoft Office) from around £5 per disc.
"In Technology's Guard's Van rather than the Vanguard"
Tel (01726) 81 2257
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