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by 1024MAK
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Head magnifiers with lamp
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: Head magnifiers with lamp

I use a extendable lamp that has a large magnifying glass.
Like this one (but I can't remember where I got mine from).


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by 1024MAK
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes

As you indicate, it is very much a risk with untested items. If the magnetic media was good quality in the first place, it has been stored correctly and has not been damaged, there is a good chance that it may be okay (I have various disks, 5.25" and 3.5" that work okay for example). But a...
by 1024MAK
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 603
Views: 58651

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

Presumably this is the computing equivalent of that Simpsons episode when Homer put "speed holes" in his car. I give you cooling holes, Beeb-style: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-BBC-Micro-Computer-Model-B-Modified/183191180202?hash=item2aa70b93aa:g:vLoAAOSwfZta3KYD Oh dear. That's a ne...
by 1024MAK
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SWRAM protection at power down
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: SWRAM protection at power down

Unless the reset circuit has a specific brown out detect feature, it will not help. For example, on the BBC Micro, the normal reset is generated from a NE555 timer configured as a monostable. Once it has timed, it will stay in the stable state, even during the start of the collapse of the 5V rail. [...
by 1024MAK
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron: no output from RGB but video and UHF out OK
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: Electron: no output from RGB but video and UHF out OK

Good that you have finally found the problem. And thanks for reporting back.

Well done :D

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by 1024MAK
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700

It's not a good idea to try to desolder anything at this stage. The alkaline battery leakage affects the solder, making it very difficult to get it to heat up and flow. So clean the affected areas as described above. Start by a wash with white vinegar only. Then take photos of the affected areas. Th...
by 1024MAK
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Safely working on older equipment?
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Re: Safely working on older equipment?

For future reference, it's wise to either mark the board with a marker pen (showing the + and - leads), and / or take photos showing the polarity of electrolytic capacitors before replacing them. If an electrolytic capacitor is fitted with the incorrect polarity, it is very likely to go bang with th...
by 1024MAK
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (near Camberley)
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Re: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (near Camberley)

Yes, looking at the StarDot members who have already said that they will be attending, there should be a number of people present that may have hot soldering irons at the ready :D

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by 1024MAK
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Video Timing
Replies: 15
Views: 377

Re: Video Timing

I don't think the chip manufacturer expected it to be reprogrammed dynamically!

Remember, at the time, it was designed to drive a text screen and be controlled with (the relatively) slow microprocessors of the day.

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by 1024MAK
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700

Sorry, I disagree with you Simon on the dilution of the white vinegar. It's better to use it as is. It will not damage any tracks or components any more than they already are, as it will only be on the board for a matter of minutes. It's very important that any remaining alkaline is dealt with, or i...
by 1024MAK
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Printing to a Level 4 Econet Printer Server from a BBC Micro
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Re: Printing to a Level 4 Econet Printer Server from a BBC Micro

Before I discovered StarDot (read: what feels like a lifetime ago :shock: ) I had a Beeb printing via RS423 / RS232 to a Windows 95 PC. IIRC this was just a comms program on the PC that captured the ASCII text. Or I may have been running a GW BASIC program (can't actually remember). Then I just prin...
by 1024MAK
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Commando -Elite Systems1985- Space Invasion??
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: Commando -Elite Systems1985- Space Invasion??

CMcDougall wrote:PS the beeb & elk versions are exactly the same(apart from loader screen is either Red or Green on some),
so just a money spinner to buy both BITD :|

Does not surprise me with Elite Systems...
by 1024MAK
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ECONET WOES
Replies: 28
Views: 948

Re: ECONET WOES

Do you have a multimeter?
The bias network / terminator should define the 'static' levels on the network when no station is transmitting.

Checking the voltages may give a clue.

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by 1024MAK
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SWRAM protection at power down
Replies: 8
Views: 327

Re: SWRAM protection at power down

You can use a 74HCxxx gate powered from the battery supply to control the SRAM control inputs. Plus any suitable device to detect when the main +5V supply is low. This then feeds some of the 74HCxxx gate inputs. The other inputs being the normal SRAM control signals like /WR and maybe/CS. If you get...
by 1024MAK
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: DFS fault codes
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: DFS fault codes

Keep in mind that a floppy disk drive is fairly dumb. It switches the motor on/off and steps the head forward or back on in response to the control signals from the computer. Also if the drive is to write to the disk, and the write data. With double sided drives, the computer can also choose which d...
by 1024MAK
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron: no output from RGB but video and UHF out OK
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: Electron: no output from RGB but video and UHF out OK

The later PCB issues have a buffer chip between the RGB outputs from the ULA and the DIN socket.

It could be this chip.

Sorry, I'm away from my Elks, so can't check to give you any further details.

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by 1024MAK
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Fault finding index
Replies: 96
Views: 20173

Re: Fault finding index

There is a whole thread about using EEPROMs in Acorn computers, so make some lots of time available and go and have a nice long read of this thread :wink:

Dave H. (A member on here) can supply the correct EEPROM chips for a very reasonable price.

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by 1024MAK
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RGB to Component Video
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: RGB to Component Video

A lot of the inputs on the GBS8200 board are just paralleled connections. So for example, with the multiway PCB connector (P11), the video input connections are connected to the video input connections on the 'VGA' input D-connector. You can use either to feed 15625Hz, 625 line 50Hz TV video standar...
by 1024MAK
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RGB to Component Video
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: RGB to Component Video

That device on Amazon looks like a GBS8200

That will work with the RGB outputs from a Beeb. See this thread for details :wink:

Also have a read through this thread :wink:

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by 1024MAK
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Is there a list of games that use co-pros?
Replies: 14
Views: 531

Re: Is there a list of games that use co-pros?

I'm primarily a hardware tinkerer rather than a assembly coder (although I have written bits and pieces of machine code for both the Z80 and the 6502, and many BASIC and some other high level language programs). But my thoughts are: as the program is designed to only run on a Z80 second processor, t...
by 1024MAK
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4540
Views: 293993

Re: Today I received.....

If you want the contents of the EPROM chip with the uncovered window not to decay, it's best to cover the window with either a paper label or black insulation tape. Yeah I noticed that. I'm guessing that whatever is/was on it wasn't that important to the previous owner Actually, wouldn't an EPROM b...
by 1024MAK
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: P.R.E.S. AP5 - Original and Re-Design
Replies: 279
Views: 20123

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

daveejhitchins wrote:
1024MAK wrote:I'm perfectly happy to have a kit with case instead.

Kit it is . . .

Dave H :D

Mine arrived today :D
See the Today I Received thread...

Thanks Dave =D>

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by 1024MAK
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4540
Views: 293993

Re: Today I received.....

Today...
Another box of delights from Dave H :D
IMG_6811.JPG

IMG_6812.JPG
AP5 kit with nice case

Thanks Dave =D>

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by 1024MAK
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Is there a list of games that use co-pros?
Replies: 14
Views: 531

Re: Is there a list of games that use co-pros?

@ Andy - go for it :wink: Actually, thinking about it, even if the existing OS Tube routines are used, it should be possible to port many of the ZX Spectrum / Amstrad CPC / Memotech MTX games where fast graphics / lots of graphic data changes are not a requirement. So adventure games and tactical ga...
by 1024MAK
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: IntegraB PAL Decoding
Replies: 41
Views: 1653

Re: IntegraB PAL Decoding

Well done :D =D>

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by 1024MAK
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ECONET WOES
Replies: 28
Views: 948

Re: ECONET WOES

by 1024MAK
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: AP5, Pegasus/AP3-4/EUPURS Metal Case Design
Replies: 24
Views: 1295

Re: AP5, Pegasus/AP3-4/EUPURS Metal Case Design

@Dave - blooming marvellous =D> =D> =D>

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by 1024MAK
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Restoring Beeb #5
Replies: 17
Views: 648

Re: Restoring Beeb #5

All the pins should be straight and true. The two eject arms/levers should sit so that the line socket can 'plug' in freely. On the line socket, none of the connector holes should be filled in or blocked. Maybe give the plug and the line socket a clean with IPA (IPA in a spray can / aerosol can is w...
by 1024MAK
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Restoring Beeb #5
Replies: 17
Views: 648

Re: Restoring Beeb #5

The problem with the 1MHz port is likely to be the pins being dirty and or tarnished. Try the usual trick of plugging/unplugging lots of times... Again, the problem with the ROM that contains BASIC not being recognised is likely to be contact problems. Remove the ROM chip and if they are dirty or ta...
by 1024MAK
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4540
Views: 293993

Re: Today I received.....

An "untested" BBC Model B Issue 2 with Sideways ROM (+RAM?) Board. Nice 8) . If you want the contents of the EPROM chip with the uncovered window not to decay, it's best to cover the window with either a paper label or black insulation tape. Also got an EEPROM programmer with it Do you me...