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by paulv
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Metal case for EUP (Electron UPURS) - Interested?
Replies: 11
Views: 170

Re: Metal case for EUP (Electron UPURS) - Interested?

I'd be interested in one or two...
by paulv
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebSCSI mini
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: BeebSCSI mini

Sold out already! Are you planning on doing another run?

Paul
by paulv
Fri May 19, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Elite Dangerous
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Elite Dangerous

I was a backer on Kickstarter but only started playing it finally about 10 weeks ago. At the moment I'm about 8k Ly out on my way to the Formadine rift and have been exploring for most of my time. I'm loving it but can see how it could become boring after a while unless you mix it up a lot with PvP,...
by paulv
Mon May 15, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Simtec IDE Podule Drive Icons
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Simtec IDE Podule Drive Icons

Ummm, I quite like the RISC OS 4 drive icons that Simtec provide... There should be a RISC OS 3.x folder on the Simtec support disc however which has the icons you're looking for...

Paul
by paulv
Sun May 14, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: When does a device become retro?
Replies: 42
Views: 663

Re: When does a device become retro?

It's interesting to read all the different replies on this. It seems that the general consensus is that there's no real overarching definition, it's more of a subjective item by item, use type thing. I'm happy with my initial definition of retro in that respect for me. I was just interested if other...
by paulv
Fri May 12, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128

SteveBagley wrote:I once had the idea to write a program to convert the several gigabytes of a typical windows installation into Spectrum loading sounds and then play them it while 'I wait for Windows to load'… :-)

Steve


Perfection!

=D> :lol:

Paul
by paulv
Fri May 12, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: When does a device become retro?
Replies: 42
Views: 663

When does a device become retro?

When do you regard an old computer or games machine "retro"? Is it age or generation or a mix of the two? For instance, a Wii might be eleven years old but is it "retro"? I think it's just old at the mo but I do regard the NES, SNES and PS1 as retro whereas, like the Wii, I think...
by paulv
Fri May 12, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: VIDC enhancer pins on the A540 : question
Replies: 12
Views: 212

Re: VIDC enhancer pins on the A540 : question

The VIDC Enhancer circuitry is on the motherboard on the left hand side just under your hand in the photo. You can see the extra oscillators. As for your mystery add on board.... Not a clue as to what that could be at the moment.

Paul
by paulv
Fri May 12, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: VIDC enhancer pins on the A540 : question
Replies: 12
Views: 212

Re: VIDC enhancer pins on the A540 : question

I doubt it's a VIDC Enhancer as the A540/R260 had that circuitry built in on the motherboard. Thats' why RISC OS 2.01 exists.

A photo of the area you're talking about would be useful in id'ing the hardware.

Paul
by paulv
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 With Serial Mouse
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: A3010 With Serial Mouse

http://www.retro-kit.co.uk/page.cfm/content/Serial-Mouse-adapters-for-Archimedes/

I'm not sure if you need the adapter for the A3010 but the driver on the page above should work...

Paul
by paulv
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: general
Topic: thebbclives website gone.
Replies: 30
Views: 1348

Re: thebbclives website gone.

<snip previous quote> Ahhh, thanks. I actually fixed all that lot over a year ago. Since then however, I've moved from old 32-bit hardware to brand spanking new 64-bit hardware and the application software has had quite the upgrade. The fix was to have a custom 404 error handler which could convert...
by paulv
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: general
Topic: thebbclives website gone.
Replies: 30
Views: 1348

Re: thebbclives website gone.

It is complete, however I'm hosting it on a non-PHP server and it was a PHP site to the fact that it runs at all is a bit of magic ;) If you can point me at the files you're having issues with accessing, I can fix those parts of the mirror so it is at least a bit more workable. Paul Many of the lin...
by paulv
Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A5000 keyboard problems
Replies: 8
Views: 221

Re: A5000 keyboard problems

The first thing I'd do is strip down and clean the keyboard. If there's a lot of dust in there then it can cause issues. There are a lot of screws in an A5000 keyboard so make sure you have a good pot to keep them all in before starting the strip down. Second thing to check is whether the keyboard f...
by paulv
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 3954
Views: 195614

Re: Today I received.....

The official news that I'm 18 months cancer free :D

Paul
by paulv
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: thebbclives website gone.
Replies: 30
Views: 1348

Re: thebbclives website gone.

Hi, So yes, 8bs.com is another great site, with a lot of magazine scans, which I do have fully backed up already. (lets hope it comes back.) Also.. archive.retro-key.co.uk/bbc.nvg.org is not a very complete reproduction of the original site, try clicking on any of the archive software links and you...
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: general
Topic: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.

Zarchos wrote:EDIT : What's the tune used in your vid ?


No idea! I just picked some ambient youtube royalty free music that matched the length of the video which didn't offend me too much and was reminiscent of the sort of music they'd play when transmitting "Pages from Ceefax".

Paul
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: general
Topic: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.

A VIDC Enhancer does change the timings of the VIDC yes, in so much as it makes an A3000 the same as an A3010, A3020, A4000 or A5000. As different Arc's have different standards in this respect, a VIDC Enhancer makes the older ones the same as the later ones so in effect "standardises" th...
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: general
Topic: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.

A VIDC Enhancer does change the timings of the VIDC yes, in so much as it makes an A3000 the same as an A3010, A3020, A4000 or A5000. As different Arc's have different standards in this respect, a VIDC Enhancer makes the older ones the same as the later ones so in effect "standardises" the...
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: general
Topic: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.

It could well be the difference between the TV's in France and the UK. Although I'm not entirely sure these days about support for different standards being built into TV's but in the UK we have PAL, in France you have SECAM which is similar to PAL but not quite the same and sends colour information...
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: general
Topic: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.

No, it's plug and play. Which is easier than installing a VIDC Enhancer to get proper refresh rates but you don't get quite as good a display as a VIDC Enhancer because the GBS82xx is effectively sampling and upscaling the signals so you can have jitter and artefacts as Daniel has observed. With a V...
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: general
Topic: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.

You don't need a power supply in a SCART cable for the A3000. That's only for "auto" detection purposes. Most TV's have manual input and aspect ratio selection capabilities.

Paul
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: https certificates?
Replies: 12
Views: 648

Re: https certificates?

I should qualify my statement by saying I've not had contact with Let's Encrypt certs for several months so browser support may well have been improved through addition of the CA to the accepted browser lists. As a software developer, I encountered even more issues with Let's Encrypt users because o...
by paulv
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: general
Topic: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: CJE dual VGA output upscaler. Questions.

Pretty sure it's an overpriced GBS8220 in a box.

Paul
by paulv
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: https certificates?
Replies: 12
Views: 648

Re: https certificates?

I have several clients that have tried the Let's Encrypt route and all but one has gone back to a more traditional certificate because they've found that many browsers simply aren't happy with the Let's Encrypt certs. I'd be quite happy to chip in to an SSL certificate fund if there was such a thing...
by paulv
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: What to do with a Grundy Newbrain?
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: What to do with a Grundy Newbrain?

Just a quick update. Dave sent me his spare key cap last week which arrived last Saturday, I've finally got around to fitting it so here's a before and after shot... Before: NewBrain-NoKey.jpg After: NewBrain-NewKey.jpg It might not be the correct key cap for the key in question but any key cap is b...
by paulv
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 556
Views: 42252

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

Sorry, but CJE should know better... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-Cheese-Wedge-Case-Design-Prestel-or-Teletext-Adaptor-Refurbished/182507848953 Acorn "Cheese Wedge" Case Design Prestel or Teletext Adaptor (Refurbished) The PSU is guaranteed to work but not the Prestel or Teletext interf...
by paulv
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: I laughed considering I was 20
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: I laughed considering I was 20

Before anyone watches it....

Be warned... High flicker :-o

Paul
by paulv
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Repairing a broken Archimedes A3000 ... Update 14.05.17 - mouse progress - the mouse fully works too! I think, it's done
Replies: 159
Views: 3513

Re: Repairing a broken Archimedes A3000 ...

I had the same problem with mine. I don't think it is possible to buy a new keyboard socket, but I would be delighted if someone was able to source an equivalent. The best thing to do is use a multimeter to check continuity of all the tracks in the area, and then repair the bad ones with Kynar wire...
by paulv
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 Adelaide PCB troubleshooting
Replies: 163
Views: 7237

Re: A3010 Adelaide PCB troubleshooting

Really? The rare becomes even rarer then with two variants of A3010 with an Adelaide board. I've seen plenty of Adelaide boards with the taller legs and only the one pictured above (and now yours it seems) with the shorter legs...

Paul

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