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by chinnyhill10
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs
Replies: 183
Views: 50565

Re: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs

Samsung's website does state that using 4:3 mode for prolonged periods is not recommended as this may cause problems with the TV. I've never heard that one before :shock: I do know that some TV manufacturers cite DOG's (Digital On-Screen Graphic) as a problem in instructions and manuals. But most b...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How to modify your MMC Games Menu
Replies: 15
Views: 1016

Re: How to modify your MMC Games Menu

I also might have a look at making a WiFi/SDCard interface like chinnyhill10 mentioned. If anyone has been on my personal Twitter this evening, they'll have seen me wet myself in excitement as someone 40 miles away resets my CPC and uploads files directly onto it. Just amazing. And it's am ARM proc...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: general
Topic: Retrobrite streaking
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Retrobrite streaking

Thank you both. The video was particularly interesting. I think I'd agree with his choice of words - my Master looks worse now it's been Retrobrited. I ordered five litres of hydrogen peroxide from eBay last night, so I can try immersing instead. I find the wrapping a bit difficult - clingfilm isn'...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: How to modify your MMC Games Menu
Replies: 15
Views: 1016

Re: How to modify your MMC Games Menu

I love my MMC but goodness me it's hard to get a new game onto the menu. So much so if I'm doing a review and its not on there I'll opt for tape loading instead. The Beeb led the way with SD card access. First 8 bit system I had a solid state drive in. But the ease of use of the MMC system now lags ...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 1808

Re: Commodore 64

danielj wrote:@Chinny - did you try the lumafix board? it sorted out the picture on all my LCD sets?


No. It's on the list of potential things to do. But my S-Video capture is clean so that's the main thing.
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 1808

Re: Commodore 64

The OP only wants a setup for his wife (and him) for games usage ... an Ultimate 1541 is a bit of an overkill in that regard. :D Indeed. I own an Ultimate 2 and an SD2IEC While the Ultimate 2 is lovely, it is very expensive and does stuff the average games player won't care less about. The SD2IEC i...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 130
Views: 10117

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Thanks for the review, the beeb doesn't get much love on youtube and I think you were very fair. You might have a preference for the MSX and a strange dislike of the BREAK key, which is invaluable for writing assembler with the built in assembler, but it didn't detract from the review for me. Only ...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 130
Views: 10117

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

algenon_iii wrote:Chinnyvision teardown and review of the BBC Master
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86s8cWfRso


IIRC I do apologise to everyone in this forum in advance for any mistakes! And I apologise again!
by chinnyhill10
Fri May 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Re: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128

Fantastic work!! =D> Actually during my last encounter with them I got put through to a manager, like you did. However in my case the manager saw through my act straight away and was extremely abusive, I mean unbelievable so, threatening my family and so on. This took me by surprise to be honest, a...
by chinnyhill10
Fri May 12, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128

A nice man rang up asking to help with my computer. So I let him......

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by chinnyhill10
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New Release: Castle Defender
Replies: 30
Views: 3244

Re: New Release: Castle Defender

Be brave! :idea: Just cautious as I rely on that card so much for the Youtube channel. It's not like the Spectrum where it's a quick and easy operation. Perhaps if I'm feeling brave over the weekend but my instinct says "leave alone". Wish the Beeb had a solution where you could run an SD...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New Release: Castle Defender
Replies: 30
Views: 3244

Re: New Release: Castle Defender

Any pointers to getting this running on a real BBC Master with MMC interface and the standard menu system (which I use as I'm a dummy). Type *EXEC !BOOT Good luck! :idea: Cheers. Blimey that sounds complicated.I don't want to mess up my SD card as everything is currently running just right. Might j...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New Release: Castle Defender
Replies: 30
Views: 3244

Re: New Release: Castle Defender

Looks lovely. Any pointers to getting this running on a real BBC Master with MMC interface and the standard menu system (which I use as I'm a dummy). Cheers.
by chinnyhill10
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Electron Power Supply
Replies: 48
Views: 2610

Re: Electron Power Supply

Memotech used an external PSU that is just a transformer, but that one has multiple tappings (outputs). There may be other reasons. Of course, there are some disadvantages as well. Mark Picked up a Tandy Colour 2 this week on Ebay for next to nothing. Listed as having no power supply. Turned up, on...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Electron Power Supply
Replies: 48
Views: 2610

Re: Electron Power Supply

If your Elk works fine, then don't worry about it. But I just wanted to clear up the electrical theory and practice :wink: The 18V AC lines on the expansion port are normally only used when a Plus 3 is attached, because the Plus 3 then supplies the Elk with power, with a higher current (higher powe...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Electron Power Supply
Replies: 48
Views: 2610

Re: Electron Power Supply

Running my Elk on a 9v DC 2 amp supply and it's fine. According to someone I spoke to last year, 9V is the idea voltage if you are looking to run a DC supply instead of an AC supply. The rectifier won't get any warmer than if using 18v AC so I was told. May all be rubbish but the Elk is stable, fine...
by chinnyhill10
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

It's odd, but though I would have assumed those L* parts are inductors I'm pretty sure they are just links. Perhaps someone more familiar with old schematics can have a look, because they are marked in an unusual way, but they don't appear to have any function: A3000 mouse socket.png R7 is a 180R r...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

A set of "jewellers" small screwdrivers, well the flat bladed ones are a handy size for digging rubbish out of places as well. Mark Had a set with me but wasn't making an impact on the green inside the connector. Was thinking of finding some fine sandpaper wrap around the smaller screwdri...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

Looking more closely at your photo, the damage does not look too bad. :D R7 is in series with the battery so when you renew the battery it would be possible to install the resistor off board. Make sure you clean up those sockets for the keyboard membranes. This machine looks fixable. Didn't have an...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

JonC wrote:Last time I emailed Mark (retroclinic) on something Archie related he said he was focussing on Beebs and wasn't inetersted. :?

That's not to say he won't help you, but just be prepared. #-o


I've popped him an email so hopefully he may respond. If not I'll have to find a plan B.
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

Good news... The "L" things are simply links, otherwise known as zero ohm resistors. They physically resemble resistors, but you can replace them with wire links. That should be within your soldering skills hopefully. As for the SMD item, that will be a resistor. But there are some redund...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

A few Acorn users I know on Twitter have recommended a chap called Retroclinic so I've emailed him. The rest of the stuff seems fine and dandy. A nice Acorn monitor with a SCART connector on the back. Wonderfully useful. Feels like a rebadged Philips to me. Pity they skimped and only put a single sp...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

The items with a 'L' prefix are RF chokes / inductors, not resistors. Really need the schematic and parts list to know their values and properties. Mark Thanks. This is why I need someone to take off my hands to fix it. I suspect some traces have gone as well and it needs an expert eye and not a bu...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

danielj wrote:Where are you, and can you get to Bolton for the November abug meeting? :D

d.


Hampshire. So Bolton is a little far.
by chinnyhill10
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 1286

Battery Damage - A3000

Hi, Some of you may possibly know I run a Youtube channel devoted to using original hardware. The number 1 most requested system for quite a while has been the Archie, but alas funds have never allowed (always seems to get beaten on auctions). At the weekend an A3000, monitor and loads of stuff turn...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: ChinnyVision: Elk teardown and review
Replies: 0
Views: 359

ChinnyVision: Elk teardown and review

Something slightly new for ChinnyVision. Instead of reviewing games using the original hardware I've attempted a teardown and a system overview of the Elk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbG_zlYPXxY It's somewhat an experiment and departure. The teardown isn't in huge detail but there is a glimpse ...
by chinnyhill10
Fri May 29, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Yie Ar Kung Fu on the Master 128
Replies: 25
Views: 2573

Re: Yie Ar Kung Fu on the Master 128

Just to update everyone, my review of Yie Ar Kung Fu has just gone live. Thanks to everyone who helped get it up and running. Sadly I had no idea there was a separate Elk version so I didn't mention it. However the omission of the MSX version is intentional as it is a totally different game. https:/...
by chinnyhill10
Wed May 27, 2015 11:17 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Jetpac
Replies: 19
Views: 1616

Re: Jetpac

I played JetPac alot BITD, but not as much as Nightshade =P~ , why not re-release the red tape head cleaner that came with the original :-k :lol: Crashes on the Mode 7 loader screen on Beebem running as a Master Playing the original tape on the M128, it does load the Mode7 screen with the 'stars' d...
by chinnyhill10
Wed May 27, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Jetpac
Replies: 19
Views: 1616

Re: Jetpac

Why did Ultimate not release Underwurlde / "Sabre Wulf 2" for beeb :?: The CPC didn't get a version either which is odd considering a port from the Spectrum would have been fairly trivial and Ultimate produce CPC games after this. Perhaps it didn't perform as well as expected on the Spect...
by chinnyhill10
Mon May 25, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Jetpac
Replies: 19
Views: 1616

Re: Jetpac

My eyes nearly leapt from their sockets in horror! Chunky (albeit colourful) graphics and Jet Pac misses the original's ability to hover by using the down control. Ah that's what I was hoping for you see. A rare (pardon the pun) example of Ultimate doing shoddy coding. This only makes me want to pl...

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