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by Commie_User
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4223
Views: 225246

Re: Today I received.....

Looks like there's a Jetpac game in there too. I shouldn't get my hopes up but I was a bit disappointed with the BBC version of the real Jetpac. The asteroids come in a blizzard on that one. Way too much.
by Commie_User
Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4223
Views: 225246

Re: Today I received.....

I'll have a second look.... Looks like they were trying for a Spitfire alright. But it doesn't look rounded enough where the wing meets the body for my taste. And the body looks thinner like a Stuka. That's my impression anyway. But I suppose I can only judge the book by its cover. That's probably p...
by Commie_User
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4223
Views: 225246

Re: Today I received.....

Already back in it’s Jiffy bag and on its way to be scanned. Wait, is that a Stuka on the cover? On balance, I don't know whether I'd prefer being on the receiving end of one of those or given the task of typing any of these suckers in! Will these scans be OCR'd? I've enjoyed a few PDFs where the t...
by Commie_User
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 21
Views: 1564

Re: Beeb Spotting

Amazing. It looks like some operator's only just left it.

Reminds me a little of that reopened US embassy which had closed for ten years, in Iran or somewhere, which still had the computers and furniture and Coke cups just lying around from when they vacated. Less mess here, though.
by Commie_User
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Unusual tape loaders
Replies: 13
Views: 987

Re: Unusual tape loaders

I like those loader musics, not to mention the fastloaders. Pity BBC programmers were unable to make fastloading routines where the data just whisked in to the accompaniment of raster bars, music and a mini game at the same time. On the 64, you had your own acid house, right there. (But then, given ...
by Commie_User
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 21
Views: 1564

Re: Beeb Spotting

I found a beeb during our summer holiday in the Nothe fort in Weymouth. Bonus points for spotting the printing error. 20170721_114523.jpg Right, so this is a museum exhibit, given all these bits have labels on. So why would a fort show off a BBC Micro? Surely that's decades out of the way? Lord Wha...
by Commie_User
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: How do I enable joysticks on Electron Ghouls?
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: How do I enable joysticks on Electron Ghouls?

Hmm. Both with and without joysticks on both systems, I couldn't even get past that plant (or whatever it is) on the first level.
by Commie_User
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: How do I enable joysticks on Electron Ghouls?
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: How do I enable joysticks on Electron Ghouls?

There's no joystick option at all on there. There's only three buttons to play on the keyboard but I hate keyboard control!
by Commie_User
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: How do I enable joysticks on Electron Ghouls?
Replies: 8
Views: 132

How do I enable joysticks on Electron Ghouls?

The game throws two questions - joystick address and code. (0 if unknown.)

So what do I type in to have this working on Beeb-Em (and my real BBC)?

Thanks.

ghouls.jpg
by Commie_User
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn machines in the movies / TV
Replies: 34
Views: 2000

Re: Acorn machines in the movies / TV

Archimedes machines on Panorama. BLAIR'S BRITAIN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP8ftY2JxjI
by Commie_User
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: if you make me mad, i will
Replies: 42
Views: 988

Re: if you make me mad, i will

Too right! I'm now having trouble working out how anybody would program anything via the 'monitor' on the Action Replay for the C64, along with the machine code monitor... or whatever all this (mostly) garbled mess was called. SDC10136.JPG All I know is that I could change a game's scrolling text wi...
by Commie_User
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: "Beebon" magazines on 8bs
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: "Beebon" magazines on 8bs

lurkio wrote:But also...


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Those dank, alternate existence days before the Commodore 64 completed reality!

Though I wonder why The Computer Programme never called it Beebon.
by Commie_User
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: general
Topic: if you make me mad, i will
Replies: 42
Views: 988

Re: if you make me mad, i will

I suppose it depends how serious you want to do it. (Or more exact, how serious I want to do it.) I found my level in the past with BASIC compilers, though success was variable trying them on Commodore BASIC games apparently not meant to be compiled. They seemed to have a mixture of BASIC and machin...
by Commie_User
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: general
Topic: if you make me mad, i will
Replies: 42
Views: 988

Re: if you make me mad, i will

You go through all that just to print HELLO?? I had the idea that assembler was both quicker and more concise. I suppose it still must be if you're doing a lot more complicated things in the same space. It's faster anyway but I think there's more need for assembler on the Commodore machines than the...
by Commie_User
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: if you make me mad, i will
Replies: 42
Views: 988

Re: if you make me mad, i will

Hmmm. I had a look but it's mostly way over my head. I understood your reply, which is all I needed! :D

Perhaps I should also mention a tool in the MMC pack, which allows a disk filename search across all the disk images on the BBC itself. I've used it and it's been quite handy.
by Commie_User
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: if you make me mad, i will
Replies: 42
Views: 988

Re: if you make me mad, i will

You're missing nothing. These are variations on a PC disk formatting protocol from the dank days of DOS. Simple enough to set up when you know what you're doing, though, but in the 80s it was more of a nightmare. These days, you typically use it from within Windows to format other data devices. Righ...
by Commie_User
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: general
Topic: if you make me mad, i will
Replies: 42
Views: 988

Re: if you make me made i will

PS: What does the topic title mean?
by Commie_User
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: if you make me mad, i will
Replies: 42
Views: 988

Re: if you make me made i will

If we're talking MMB, what I do is load my .MMB image into MMB IMAGER on the PC and take a screenshot of the layout. You can then paste from the clipboard in Paint or whatever. Prt Sc / SysRq is a wonderful button even now and the result is quick, dirty and lovely! In this example, there's a menu to...
by Commie_User
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: What to do with a Grundy Newbrain?
Replies: 22
Views: 1130

Re: What to do with a Grundy Newbrain?

That's fantastic, especially the BASIC. I heard it was supposed to have FOTRAN or something. Now it's had a tune up, what's its remaining life expectancy? I've witnessed BBC and Commodore boards disintegrating and, of course, components go. I wonder how long before most original working micros becom...
by Commie_User
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 16
Views: 469

Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

Super Mario's an easy one: http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12020 Even we Commies yearned but had to make do with the Ocean Mario Bros licence, or the Giana Sisters hack for a pirate Super Mario. Still, we had Gryzor, which was NES Contra under a new name. But there must have bee...
by Commie_User
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?

EMR and EPE are what I shall look for to run with COMPOSE then. Thank you. Over on the Commodore, we have mainly MIDI software which is typically Passport/Sequential compatible or Datel compatible. Others are multi compatible or have been made for specific interfaces like the Moog. http://csdb.dk/gf...
by Commie_User
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?

Well I was thinking more about makes and models which behave right by default because I'm totally unaccustomed to BBC interfaces.

Is there anybody here prepared to make one for me? That would be very nice. Looks complicated though.
by Commie_User
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?

Thank you. So in other words, which are the compatibles - if anyone knows?

Or would it be more beneficial to write the the Beeb Em people and ask if MIDI can be included, as we have with WinVice, Steem Engine or WInUAE?
by Commie_User
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?

I assume it has to specifically be this one because COMPOSE was made for it. There may be compatibles.

Manual pages 27-28.jpg
by Commie_User
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4223
Views: 225246

Re: Today I received.....

Oooooooooooooooo, whoa.

Is there anywhere still for that to connect to?
by Commie_User
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?

Thank you. Though I feel like Catweazle looking at that, so I wonder where I can get one built.

Does anybody have a suggestion?
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Anybody have the EMR MIDI box?

Here it is: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... ce%20Unit/

Anything wanted for swaps?

(Though if it goes in the user port, can it be hot swapped after an SSD is loaded?)
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Beeb graphics ripper
Replies: 22
Views: 630

Re: Beeb graphics ripper

RobC wrote:There are a couple of hardware add-ons for the Beeb that do this sort of thing: the Care smart cartridge and Replay.


Oo, oo, oo oo!

viewtopic.php?t=8062#p84701

Ah, it's 'only' for the Master. But I can imagine a good bit of cracking was done with that beastie.
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Beeb graphics ripper
Replies: 22
Views: 630

Re: Beeb graphics ripper

Judging by the link, it's like having an Action Replay for the Beeb!

All it needs now is the game cheat trainer, poke screen, save state as self-running executable mode, printer dump, machine code monitor, music and sample stripper or sprite killer and they're away!
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

I'll very briefly explain why BBC educational titles fell into the abyss. Most BBC Micro games of this genre were distributed only to schools, and a quick browse through the pages of A&B Computing, which had quite an extensive educational section each month, shows they were incredibly expensive...

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