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by billcarr2005
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 22
Views: 464

Re: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)

Not sure if you can format a track with 20 sectors can you? I had a feeling that 18 128 byte sectors was pretty much the limit. I think i must've got the idea from the following The most significant 3 bits of the number stored in parameter block &09 contain the sector size code (column 2 of fig...
by billcarr2005
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive not in STH
Replies: 458
Views: 40686

Re: Educational Archive not in STH

CMcDougall wrote:some of the list:


Was there nothing protected? :?
by billcarr2005
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New Release: Retro Software's WHITE LIGHT by Sarah Walker
Replies: 33
Views: 1029

Re: New Release: Retro Software's WHITE LIGHT by Sarah Walker

Anyone know what the hell this ROM does that seems to cause so many problems? I just use it for its disassembler! Enigma Disc Imager's *DISS and *MEDIT are probably useful substitutes You could write a little basic program in the loader saying IF &130=&0D then PRINT"TURN OFF DISC DOCTO...
by billcarr2005
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 22
Views: 464

Re: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)

I guess the other thing you need to do when trying to make a sector dump is to try reading each sector with every possible sector size, not just the one reported in the IDs. (I presume you get an error when trying to read a sector with a different size to its actual size?). A "Data CRC error&q...
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The Giddy Game Show
Replies: 8
Views: 1461

Re: The Giddy Game Show

The file 1.ALPH1 is corrupted (as is 1.ALPH2) , only starting from line 270... must be missing a sector or two. Perhaps Dave E has a working copy somewhere?
by billcarr2005
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Goblin Winter
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Goblin Winter

lurkio wrote:Nice find! But after playing Part Two (the main game) through to the end and then choosing option c at the menu, I get a "Bad program" error:


I think I played it through from a single boot, selecting the options in turn... on BeebeEM 4.14, Watford DFS 1.30 :?
by billcarr2005
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 22
Views: 464

Re: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)

My 8271 disk copy program had a similar display but was very slow (it read/wrote one sector at a time). Every time a new disk wouldn't copy it got tweaked and the display was my debugging. The FSD transfer works on a sector a time and you're right, having a display does quickly help pinpoint any pr...
by billcarr2005
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Ski Slalom with Light pen support
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Ski Slalom with Light pen support

Arcadian wrote:Ooh, nice - thanks. Gives me an excuse to finally set up my RH Light pen (20 years after first acquiring one!)


Got it off the disk you gave me, that was bad. Track 0 didn't exist, but after several read attempts, all other tracks were fine! :wink:
by billcarr2005
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Ski Slalom with Light pen support
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Ski Slalom with Light pen support

Mentioned here, some 6 years ago http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4562#p40692 I did a version of "Ski Slalom" to work with the light pen as well as keyboard / joysticks but I'm not sure if that version is available on the net. Finally wrestled this off an old disk and m...
by billcarr2005
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Goblin Winter
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Goblin Winter

Another find
by billcarr2005
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: SPARTACUS
Replies: 0
Views: 80

SPARTACUS

Found two original disks by Spartacus, The Russian Revolution and The World of Scylla.
A cursory check didn't turn anything up, so posting them here!
by billcarr2005
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: MIA - Polar Perils (BBC VERSION, UEF)
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: MIA - Polar Perils (BBC VERSION, UEF)

CMcDougall wrote:just checked the EW DVD, and it's not in the DFS Squirrel folder :shock:
so, here it is on disc for the electron! 8)
working fine in ElkulatorV1


That was already in the ELK UEF thread, here
viewtopic.php?f=32&t=14141#p187700 #-o
by billcarr2005
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: MIA - Polar Perils (BBC VERSION, UEF)
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: MIA - Polar Perils (BBC VERSION, UEF)

Dave_E wrote:I couldn't find it when I looked in the BBC Micro tape downloads link on StH. Maybe I looked in the wrong place.


I meant the disk image, which is already in the archive, without the initial loading screen, which is better on the Electron version...
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: MIA - Polar Perils (BBC VERSION, UEF)
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: MIA - Polar Perils (BBC VERSION, UEF)

Although it's already in the archive... this has the additional Squirrel Soft loading screen.
Transferred to disk without anything needing to be changed, already loaded in disk friendly memory and had the relocation code! :)
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Wanted: Tanks inlay by Design People
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Wanted: Tanks inlay by Design People

Lucky you didn't ask for the instruction booklet, since that would've taken longer to scan in!
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: MIA: Polar Perils by Squirrel (Electron) - HELP ALSO NEEDED
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: MIA: Polar Perils by Squirrel (Electron) - HELP ALSO NEEDED

Just required relocating.

Doesn't work properly on a BBC (tried under emulation on BeebEM and B-Em) due to what happens when the demo/attract mode has finished, but is probably too fast anyway!
by billcarr2005
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Archimedes/RISC PC-era Look and Read games
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Archimedes/RISC PC-era Look and Read games

Thought I'd posted this already, since mentioning it two years ago, but discovered I hadn't made an SSD of it! :D
No doubt the Archimedes version contained improved graphics, but the challenges are probably the same, I presume...
by billcarr2005
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 22
Views: 464

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

What Disk Analysis software created the sector dump, by the way? It's a BBC BASIC for Windows program that just looks at the FSD file and produces a report. The format is heavily borrowed / copied from Enigma Disc Imager's *IDDUMP, as is the FSD maker program! I think on some disk controllers you c...
by billcarr2005
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 22
Views: 464

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

I have a feeling that Disc Duplicator III (the freeware version) had additional "finishers" to make copies of Mini Office II and AMX Pagemaker (amongst others - perhaps something by Clares) work correctly... although I can't find the disk image anywhere at the moment... EDIT: Found DD3...
by billcarr2005
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Tree of Knowledge loading programs
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Tree of Knowledge loading programs

Or just use the native disk version? :)
FRUIT and CLASS are ready made trees
by billcarr2005
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Acornsoft Workshop inlay instructions?
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Acornsoft Workshop inlay instructions?

I'll try to get this sorted, when time permits, unless somebody posts it in the meantime...
Any specific settings i should be using when scanning?
It's a little A5-ish size booklet.
I've got the keystrip too!
And the disk image :)
by billcarr2005
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: DiskToUSB error (paging jgharston)
Replies: 19
Views: 759

Re: DiskToUSB error (paging jgharston)

A weird, clever method of copy-protection? Or corruption while imaging the disc? Or..? Wouldn't be corruption, i don't think, since all the data is there and readable. Could have something to do with the emulation of the size of the sectors, at a complete guess, since I'm not used to ADFS... Th...
by billcarr2005
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: DiskToUSB error (paging jgharston)
Replies: 19
Views: 759

Re: DiskToUSB error (paging jgharston)

So far as I can tell... !BOOT is at offset &700 of the file STARCH.ADL Amen is at offset &2000 Acha at &3600 Aim1 at &5300 (screen) Aim2 at &A300 (screen) MENU is just filled with "G" When *DUMPing Amen, the resulting data is from offset &4000 of the file STARCH.ADL...
by billcarr2005
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile
Replies: 49
Views: 3293

Re: Exile

Were all of your copies protection and / or novella check free? The review copy had the "well good evening i hope you're having fun" track and no files visible. Since the screenshot was in the May 1988 issue of Micro User (released to shops in April?) and still spoke of it having "scr...
by billcarr2005
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Help identifying BBC Micro game
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Help identifying BBC Micro game

If you're playing it on an emulator you'll need to enable writing to the disk / remove write protect.
by billcarr2005
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Help identifying BBC Micro game
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Help identifying BBC Micro game

Is it the one uploaded here? :)
viewtopic.php?t=7190#p73892

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