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by jms2
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: WE 32K RAM Card Repair
Replies: 41
Views: 1331

Re: WE 32K RAM Card Repair

How long do you plan to make your cable?
by jms2
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: WE 32K RAM Card Repair
Replies: 41
Views: 1331

Re: WE 32K RAM Card Repair

Just measured the old ribbon cable. It was 25.5cm long before I chopped the dodgy bit off the end. Now its 24cm. This is long enough to be able to assemble the machine (I think) but it's not ideal for getting the lid on and off. I guess that's not really a show stopper though.
by jms2
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: WE 32K RAM Card Repair
Replies: 41
Views: 1331

Re: WE 32K RAM Card Repair

There's a massive Watford 12-rom board in there, plus a 1770 daughter board. Sounds like I should be abandoning hopes of making it easy to get the lid off!
by jms2
Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: WE 32K RAM Card Repair
Replies: 41
Views: 1331

Re: WE 32K RAM Card Repair

I'm underway with repairing my "32k Ram card" BBC now. I'd just got the machine working fine without the ram card, but then some magic smoke came out! This was a surprise because I'd already recapped the PSU (back in about 2001 I think). I reckon that at the time I only replaced the affect...
by jms2
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: general
Topic: "Beebon" magazines on 8bs
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: "Beebon" magazines on 8bs

Yes, I'd spotted that reference in PCW as well. This apparently quite widespread use of this unexplained term comes across as rather cliquey doesn't it? I think what we are missing is some prior article, in a very popular magazine such as PCW, which explains that the Proton has been taken on by the ...
by jms2
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: general
Topic: "Beebon" magazines on 8bs
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: "Beebon" magazines on 8bs

Aha - in that case, I think Kenny Everett's Thargoids must be the common ancestor of both! So it looks like we have convincing explanations for both the Thargoids and the name Beebon. :D Beebon makes perfect sense if it originated at Acorn. I note that the nickname "Elk" also originated at...
by jms2
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: "Beebon" magazines on 8bs
Replies: 7
Views: 240

"Beebon" magazines on 8bs

Just out of curiosity, I was having a read of the three scanned copies of "The Beebon" magazine which are available on 8BS.com. This was a very early (1982) magazine published, I think, by Beebug before the later Beebug magazine appeared. I was struck by three things: - The name of the mag...
by jms2
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: community projects
Topic: BASIC ROM User Guide
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: BASIC ROM User Guide

You've done a beautiful job with these two BASIC rom books, I'm very impressed! =D>

EDIT: The cover illustration is just incredible!
by jms2
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Fault finding index
Replies: 78
Views: 15367

Re: Fault finding index

I didn't mention that there was also a definite fault with the ribbon cable for the 32k ram card, as I suspected there might be. However this wasn't the main problem with the machine as it still wouldn't boot with all the Watford kit stripped out. I have not put the shadow ram card back for the time...
by jms2
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Fault finding index
Replies: 78
Views: 15367

Re: Fault finding index

Symptoms: BBC B Issue 7 which does not boot. Black screen, long beep. Solution: Removed WE 12-rom board, 32k RAM card and 1770 daughterboard. This did not help. Removed/swapped various components including VIAs, 6502 etc. Again no change Fitted new IC14. This fixed the problem! :D The machine emitt...
by jms2
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: WE 32K RAM Card Repair
Replies: 41
Views: 1331

Re: WE 32K RAM Card Repair

KenLowe wrote:
jms2 wrote:Col's right - the card is useless really.

I disagree. As Trixter has already posted, Lancelot and a number of other Level 9 games relied on both shadow and sideways ram to get the full visual experience.

I'm keen to try those out once I have fixed it. :D
by jms2
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: WE 32K RAM Card Repair
Replies: 41
Views: 1331

Re: WE 32K RAM Card Repair

I've just spotted this thread - must have missed it for some reason when it first appeared. I have the same card, and like Robert's mine doesn't work either. It was OK when I first got the machine, but started to become increasingly unreliable. I found I needed to periodically thump the machine to r...
by jms2
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

Brad asked me for a disc image of the !IDEmgr application. I found two, which might be identical... the first one is !IDEmgr v1.10, not sure what the other one is but it is labelled as being for the v5.00 rom.

idemgr.zip
(69.51 KiB) Downloaded 4 times

HCCS IDEMGR for V5_00.zip
(84.24 KiB) Downloaded 2 times
by jms2
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

Opinions differ on the use of Retrobrite. I've used it, and it seems to work OK. I have not tried bleach - not sure whether that works.

Some people prefer to keep their Beeb in an authentic yellowed state though.
by jms2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Some question about my A3010. Adelaide & IDEtoCF
Replies: 18
Views: 541

Re: Some question about my A3010. Adelaide & IDEtoCF

Nice page, thanks for the link.

"el Acorn A3010 es una maquina muy curiosa" =D>

I like that... it makes the A3010 sound very exotic!
by jms2
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: First word plus to PC
Replies: 12
Views: 245

Re: First word plus to PC

Hello and welcome to the forum! Chances are, there probably won't be an Archimedes owner living all that close to you, so the most practical way forward would be for you to post the discs to someone who can extract the files. It would help to know how many discs are involved. I'd be happy to do a co...
by jms2
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: using beebem to save exile
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: using beebem to save exile

It should work as per the original game. But there is an easier way... just use 'save state' in the emulator.
by jms2
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

#-o I should have remembered to suggest formatting the disc on the Arc. In my experience it always does a better job of formatting DOS discs than a PC does.

The A3000 can't cope with 1.44Mb floppies, only later Arcs can do this.
by jms2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

:lol: Assuming that it works, and also assuming I'm asleep by that point, I have one further tip for you: The !IDEMgr application is fairly straightforward on the whole, but it has one facility which is a bit tricky to use. The partitioning screen uses a kind of multi-coloured bar thing to indicate ...
by jms2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

HardDiscs changes the number of ST506 disks you have IDEDiscs changes the number of IDE disks you have IDEFSDiscs changes the number of external IDE interface disks you have. Thanks... I was never quite clear on the distinction between the different types, ie whether there was some degree of overla...
by jms2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

Sorry for the idiot question, but what is the fastest way to get a file called HCCS.idemgr.arc onto a floppy format that the Archimedes will understand? It's actually not too hard, this is what you'll need to do: 1) Ideally use an Amiga type double density disc rather than an HD disc. 2) Use Linux ...
by jms2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

No need, mine just has a short section missing from the cable. I reckon your setup is proof that this gap is not needed - must have been a bridge to suit the original 80Mb drive. I tried an SD adapter with mine, because people say they work well. However, maybe it was due to the ribbon cable, but it...
by jms2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1035

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

Hello Brad Your IDE card looks exactly the same as the one I have - it is an HCCS podule. You have done everything right in terms of commands. Presumably on the desktop you see a hard disc icon at the bottom left of the screen? What happens if you click on that? If its not there, you'll possibly nee...
by jms2
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Destroying Electronics with a Sharp TV
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: Destroying Electronics with a Sharp TV

This issue might have affected me too. I found exactly the same thing (sparking) and reported it on here. I was using a tv at the time as well.
by jms2
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: P.R.E.S. AP5 - Original and Re-Design
Replies: 224
Views: 11537

Re: P.R.E.S. AP5 - Original and Re-Design

I see you've got me down for a cased one Dave, but not whether I want kit or built up. It's definitely the kit please, building these projects is half the fun! :D
by jms2
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: software
Topic: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files

I think what Jon means is, have you renamed the image files? Only the last digit of the filename is used, which denotes the disc number in sets. The ID used to run the boot script comes from the metadata within the JFD. Ah, that makes sense! I knew about the last digit arrangement, but I thought th...
by jms2
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: software
Topic: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files

I think what Jon means is, have you renamed the image files? Along with all the other clever things that it does, ADFFS looks in the filename for the JASPP reference number and the runs a special !Run file which is in ADFFS.Obey with the filename being the reference number. This is effectively a pat...
by jms2
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: software
Topic: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files

Hmm... You are definitely doing it correctly. I think I had similar problems until I got hold of the correct floppy images, but I can't remember as it was well over a year ago.

Is this on a Pi or a real machine?

I'll check if mine work.
by jms2
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: software
Topic: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Installing the 3 jdf Wolfenstein files

Whilst I'm not entirely sure how to do it myself, I do think I have this running on my A440 so I must have figured it out once! You do have ADFFS running? That's the first step. Then you need to set the file type of the jfD files to "floppy". Then double click the first one and select boot...
by jms2
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: ADFFS on Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 5
Views: 305

Re: ADFFS on Raspberry Pi 2

Fixed it! It was my fault - I failed to read the ADFFS instructions closely enough. You need to put the command "disable_mode_changes" into a new file called CMDLINE.TXT... not in CONFIG.TXT. Everything now seems to work fine, except I would imagine the memory stick is probably still a bit...

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