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by JonC
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Atari joystick interface for BBC Micro?
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: Atari joystick interface for BBC Micro?

Not sure if Bryce is still selling these;
http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... =8&t=10187
by JonC
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: TODAY i am looking for
Replies: 20
Views: 881

Re: TODAY i am looking for

Stand offs. :D
by JonC
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RGB to HDMI using a Pi Zero and a small CPLD
Replies: 40
Views: 1211

Re: RGB to HDMI using a Pi Zero and a small CPLD

I'm wondering if this just work on a Zero, or would it work on other Pi's as well? Presumaby the Zero has sufficient oomph to do the job and the older ones not so much.. PS - This is a very cool project which could work well for a lot of retro machines potentially! I know one of the Amiga guys at wo...
by JonC
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Favourite/best games list
Replies: 86
Views: 11266

Re: Favourite/best games list

There was this space themed strategy type game I used to play a lot as a kid, was green screen, can't for the life of me remember what it's called. I think there was a Mode 7 graphic of a spaceship on the loading screen, realize that's not much of a description. Would love to know what that game wa...
by JonC
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Rombox Plus, Pegasus 400 Disk System etc. for sale
Replies: 10
Views: 481

Re: Rombox Plus, Pegasus 400 Disk System etc. for sale

I'm looking to dispose of an Acorn Electron with: * Slogger Rombox Plus * Pegasus 400 Disk System (400 Interface + 5.25" disk drive). Condition: used, working order. If you're in the Midlands, inspection/delivery may be possible. Any offers? Any chance of some pics? Cheers!
by JonC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: online study?
Replies: 25
Views: 939

Re: online study?

Generally speaking (from my own experience), online study is only worthwhile if; ⋅ You are in a specific career and the course will help you progress in it directly. ⋅ You want to get a qualification in a new career that you're planning to move into shortly. The above may seem ob...
by JonC
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Baildon Electronics IDE Interfaces - Replication
Replies: 103
Views: 8170

Re: Baildon Electronics IDE Interfaces - Replication

Please form an orderly queue! :lol:

I think Dave is going to be very busy. :mrgreen:
by JonC
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Upgraded A310 and software bundle for sale
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: Upgraded A310 and software bundle for sale

Hi Gary, I could be interested in the base unit (assuming you're willing to split), but it would of course depend on price. Would prefer to do that via PM though, so if you use the below link to contact an Admin, I'm sure they will turn PM's on for you. :D http://stardot.org.uk/forums/memberlist.php...
by JonC
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: WinPC + Avast help
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: WinPC + Avast help

CMcDougall wrote:also in browser's , use a advert blocker, this saves wasted time waiting for useless pictures to show :D
(if I wanted a washing machine :roll: , I would get one cheaper from Comet etc :lol: )


Or set yourself up a PiHole - works well.
by JonC
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2711
Views: 202304

Re: LOLPRICE

That looks like a pretty esoteric educational program to me. These days writing games software is like shooting a movie, with a cast of thousands. It's a shame, because the investment is so high that the companies that publish games only produce mass market stuff (just like formulaic Hollywood movi...
by JonC
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: WinPC + Avast help
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: WinPC + Avast help

I'd just use Windows Defender, it's built in and just as good as any of the others.
by JonC
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 4199

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

Not sure how useful CDFS would be, but ZIP Drive parrallel port support for Arcs with bi-directional printer ports would be useful for large file transfer. (I.e. The RO boot sequence for starters!) :D Edit: On further thought, support for removeable media such as SD/SDHC cards would probably be more...
by JonC
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Switchable/dynamic/expanded RISC OS
Replies: 25
Views: 958

Re: Switchable/dynamic/expanded RISC OS

Well, £2.88+VAT for the eproms would be £13.50, programming is free(ish, I certainly don't charge if I program eproms for people), postage is a couple of quid, so it'd be less than £20 to do a new set. In truth you could do it for even less with reprogrammable eeproms: https://www.mouser.co.uk/Prod...
by JonC
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Switchable/dynamic/expanded RISC OS
Replies: 25
Views: 958

Re: Switchable/dynamic/expanded RISC OS

I suppose if someone could work out a basic set of parts that you'd need to build either, that would put the costs in perspective?
Then you could gauge the level of interest. :D
by JonC
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mouse/Keyboard solutions for the Arc/RISC PC
Replies: 8
Views: 383

Re: Mouse/Keyboard solutions for the Arc/RISC PC

What would be really nice is something that converts keyboards as well as mice.
Plug it into a mouse or mouse/keyboard port and convert to a couple of USB HID ports. :D
by JonC
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 4199

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

Just a thought, if you build a daughter board to repace the ROMS (a-la RO2 to RO3 daughter board for the A3x0 and A4x0), would it be better to put something modern and programable (chip wise) on the daughter board to make updates/fixes/patches easier just be reprogramming it? That way people could d...
by JonC
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron 6502 desolder / socket pics + Max 10 FPGA in CPU socket
Replies: 34
Views: 1347

Re: Electron 6502 desolder / socket pics

When I was much much younger, I wrote to Slogger to suggest that they take the Electron mainboard out of it's case and give it a bigger one (a bit like the master compact), leaving the Keyboard where it was. Maybe someone could do this as their next project giving you highrise options for your CPU b...
by JonC
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC lost network access
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: RiscPC lost network access

I would aim for 4.02, has a decent amount of backwards compatibilty, network support and functionality over 3.x and supports long file names.
by JonC
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Gauging Interest: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 2094

Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

I will be able to make this one!

Hopefully there's decent parking at the hotel for our boots full of kit? :lol:
by JonC
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC lost network access
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: RiscPC lost network access

I'm guessing the EL600 you moved to the working machine still worked? If so that rules the card out completely. Are you getting a link light on your router and/or any activity lights? Are you getting an IP address on DHCP, if so what is it? Do you have IP and MAC address binding turned on on the rou...
by JonC
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC lost network access
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: RiscPC lost network access

Just had a quick look at my EtherLAN600 issue. Cable is fine in another machine, swapped over the EtherH with a working one, same issue. I've tried static IP and DHCP on both RISC OS 3.71 and RISC OS 5.23 and have updated to the ROM and drivers from NICDrivers.zip EHTest reports: Interface media: 1...
by JonC
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC lost network access
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: RiscPC lost network access

Sounds like you have MAC address binding turned on in your router.
As long as you keep the same IP with that network card, it should be ok.
by JonC
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC lost network access
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: RiscPC lost network access

Router IP address is a.b.c.d, so IP address of network card configured to a.b.c.(d-1) Netmask 255.255.255.0 Routing gateway set to Router IP address Primary & secondary DNS server as given by ISP; tertiary name server as router IP address Hosts file amended with Host name and address a.b.c.(d-1...
by JonC
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC lost network access
Replies: 34
Views: 1153

Re: RiscPC lost network access

Silly question maybe, but are you getting activity lights? It could be a duff network cable? :D
by JonC
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2711
Views: 202304

Re: LOLPRICE

I know it's not a bad looking A300 series keyboard that probably just needs a good clean but.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-Archimedes-keyboard-/172971638895 I'm pretty sure I've seen entire systems sell for less than this keyboard alone :-o Paul Wow, I have 3 in a drawer. Time to give 'em a ...
by JonC
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released
Replies: 70
Views: 4442

Re: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released

You need to solder in a header first: http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/pcb-headers/2518086/ Yup, this works. Flashed mine using some soldered on jumpers and a creatively bodged serial cable. Worked like a charm :) Unfortunately, never got it to work properly on my Archie's so probably get a config set...
by JonC
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ST506 HDD woes
Replies: 37
Views: 2169

Re: ST506 HDD woes

It's a shame there's no ST506 to CF Card converter out there, breath new life into those factory fit ST506 controllers in the A4x0's :mrgreen:
by JonC
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 139
Views: 8151

Re: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD

Unfortunatley I can't go to this now Alex. :(
My place can be freed up for the next person in the queue.
by JonC
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: NuLA - A 'softer' palette for games
Replies: 7
Views: 727

Re: NuLA - A 'softer' palette for games

Just had a thought (shocking I know! :lol: ), but how about creating colour 'profiles' for different games?
Not just softer colours but completely different pallette sets for alternative looks.
by JonC
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC SD Card on Ebay
Replies: 12
Views: 1031

Re: BBC SD Card on Ebay

I think it's a great idea. :) Pulling together a solution for the less technical that works pretty much out of the box and isn't stupidly over-priced. :D Edit: Just to be clear, I wasn't implying that others should feel obliged to do this, or anyone else that does do this should feel slighted. :shock: