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by PitfallJones
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Show us your retro computers
Replies: 23
Views: 460

Re: Show us your retro computers

I can see two Masters, a CPC6128 and what looks like a Speccy +3?

Well spotted (Because one is never enough... I think some other people here can attest to that!)
There's also some interresting accessories - and what about the Joysticks?
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

I never noticed the AT+CLIPSEND command in my ESP8266 documentation, only an AT+CIPSEND (note that there is no L in the last command) which has a bit more complicated syntax. Sorry I meant CIPSEND. Anyway The device I actually bought is not the ESP8266 and uses a different set of commands and now I...
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Hi, Thanks again for all the help - I discovered in the end my Wifi Device didn't actually support handshaking after all - the manual mentions it doesn't even when it's web interface suggests it should. Anyway by setting $FE09 directly and adding a suitable delay sending commands to the device worke...
by PitfallJones
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Thanks so much Guys!

The Magic command is ?&FE09=Y%

With that I've finally got a response from the Device - so stay tuned as I attempt to get it doing something useful!

PJ
by PitfallJones
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Do you mean you turned CTS/RTS handshaking off at the PC end? Yes I don't think you can turn it off at the BBC end and use the OS to send stuff can you? What's the osbyte call for that? Well the only call I could find is 138 and I think that is handshake only (unless there is some other call that c...
by PitfallJones
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 187

RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Hi, I've been experimenting with using the BBC serial port communicating to and from a PC. I have Sprows BBC to DB9 serial cable that I believe swaps the CTS/RTS lines. With handshaking on that works brillantly in that sending and receiving work fine. With handshaking off however sending data from t...
by PitfallJones
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: software: games
Topic: How much did Cybertron Mission sell for when new?
Replies: 12
Views: 284

Re: How much did Cybertron Mission sell for when new?

I didn't know this at the time but Cybertron was a ripoff of another C64 / Atari800 game called Shamus:

http://www.c64-wiki.com/wiki/Shamus

Shamusattack2.jpg
by PitfallJones
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: FOR.. NEXT to Seconds converter?
Replies: 46
Views: 657

Re: FOR.. NEXT to Seconds converter?

Wow! - this is the same (almost) question I have at the moment - only in machine code

How do you do a wait( some_ms_amount ) call?

It's for some serial communications code I'm writting that needs an absolute delay.

PJ
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: variable volume for the BBC
Replies: 13
Views: 320

Re: variable volume for the BBC

I've actually disconnected my internal speaker all togther and take the audio out of the phono port at the back of the BBC straight into some powered pc speakers - that sound alot better and have their own volume control!
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

Typically you'd power larger external devices from the Aux power socket, underneath the Beeb (it's where floppies are typically powered from). Other potential places would be the user port and the analogue port. Thanks for the suggestion - I'll keep that in mind for the future. In the meantime this...
by PitfallJones
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

Hi, Thanks for all the Replys. I came to the conclusion that at ESP8266 with a ESP01 to convert 3.3v to 5v will do the job: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP8266-Serial-Wi-Fi-Wireless-ESP-01-Adapter-Module-3-3V-5V-Compatible-Arduino-/201604719274?hash=item2ef093e2aa:g:jSQAAOSwvg9XYZtM Although it's not ex...
by PitfallJones
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Wires? Pah.....
Replies: 798
Views: 89907

Re: Wires? Pah.....

Did you ever have the Pico-Plug working through the serial port on the BBC?
Or was it only with a UPURS cable to the user port?
Thanks
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em
Replies: 64
Views: 6023

Re: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em

Thanks - that's great!
PJ
by PitfallJones
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em
Replies: 64
Views: 6023

Re: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em

Do you have a .ssd of your program ABZTtxt?
Thanks
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection
Replies: 313
Views: 18448

Re: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection

Hi Mick, Could you give a link to download the latest versions, thanks, I'm not sure where they are posted - also do the disks have any method of identifing their version - like a date or number in the catalog? Actually do you think it would be possible to just zip the whole lot up into a single fil...
by PitfallJones
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BeebOPL choons
Replies: 42
Views: 1572

Re: BeebOPL choons

Hi,
I discovered you can also play all these great tunes on the PC with a WinAmp plugin available here:
http://www.adlibtracker.net/downloads.php
PJ
by PitfallJones
Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mike Cook is back!
Replies: 0
Views: 184

Mike Cook is back!

Hi There,

I just saw an article by him in the latest MagPi magazine:

Apparently he's been doing the Pi Bakery column for awhile now:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tag/mike-cook/

https://www.google.com/#q=mike+cook+pi+bakery

Just like the old days in the Micro User!

PJ

mike.jpg
by PitfallJones
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: software: games
Topic: Trying to identify a game....
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Trying to identify a game....

Sounds like Cybertron Mission:
cybertron-mission2.jpg
by PitfallJones
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: The BBC Micro bit
Replies: 42
Views: 2416

Re: The BBC Micro bit

Hi,

I've noticed recently that when typing "BBC Micro" into Google this thing has co-opted my results!
Very annoying...

PJ
by PitfallJones
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: software: games
Topic: BASIC Space Invaders
Replies: 39
Views: 1535

Re: BASIC Space Invaders

Sorry my message came out a bit garbled I meant the demo looks terrific - much closer to Real Space Invades than any previous BBC version. But it runs very slow of course (being Basic) - so an Assembler version could be a really great version! And if it's easier to write in Assembler why not? (Or do...
by PitfallJones
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: software: games
Topic: BASIC Space Invaders
Replies: 39
Views: 1535

Re: BASIC Space Invaders

Very Authentic looking!

Ok....

don't mess around ....

Just write it in Assembler!

It looks like it will be great!

PJ
by PitfallJones
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

Thanks for the help - of course ... use the serial port!

So just getting it working without wireless would be a good first step.

And I now see you can buy devices already made:
http://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=rs232+wifi

PJ
by PitfallJones
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebOPL - more kits and some assembled boards
Replies: 10
Views: 358

Re: BeebOPL - more kits and some assembled boards

That's good news - it's rather for the convience of leaving everything plugged in rather than trying to play them both at once.
Did you connect the BeebOPL first in the chain to the BBC or last?
Just have to find a ribbon cable now...
PJ
by PitfallJones
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: software: games
Topic: Everygamegoing Has A Random Valuations Browser
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: Everygamegoing Has A Random Valuations Browser

Wow - I never realized before - the scope of your site is amazing!
It should be called Every Machine Going... it must have taken ages to setup.
Have you any favourites?
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 725

How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

Hi there, Has this been done already? I'm thinking it would be really cool to be able to 'wget' info from websites and display it live. I'm thinking a Raspberry Pi 3 could probably do this the most easily and cheaply as it has wifi built in already - so it might be a variation on the co-pro setup - ...
by PitfallJones
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebOPL - more kits and some assembled boards
Replies: 10
Views: 358

Re: BeebOPL - more kits and some assembled boards

Hi, Got mine today Impressed with the whole package with the manual - very professional I had to wait till I got the correct power cable and now I'm up and running... Sounds brilliant - a very 'warm' sound. Clever how it streams large files straight from the disk. Has anyone sucessfully daisy chaine...

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