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by 1024MAK
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Grump grump grump
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: Grump grump grump

Stephen, sorry about your father. My father died after a long illness about 18 months ago :( . Dementia destroyed not only my dads brain, but robbed us of a loved family member bit by bit over the past ten years. There is nothing anyone can say that will help you, or the family. Only time and fond m...
by 1024MAK
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ZX81 emulator
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: ZX81 emulator

To be honest I mainly suggested it as an excuse to use the rather poor SpectROM pun but if it was actually possible that would be something! As I mentioned at the ABUG weekend, there was a hardware Spectrum emulator for the Tatung Einstein called the "Speculator"! I think SpectROM is a be...
by 1024MAK
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 16
Views: 203

Re: Which soldering iron?

You probably won't regret buying something like this if you haven't already got one. This one isn't necessarily a recommendation, just the first one that popped up. Nah, that's no fun. You can't beat having to improvise when you don't remember to bring all your tools and accessories, so have to nic...
by 1024MAK
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 16
Views: 203

Re: Which soldering iron?

Me on about my soldering irons... http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=9459#p110119 http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3981&start=150#p35495 http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5238&p=48375#p48375 http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?...
by 1024MAK
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: ZX81 emulator
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: ZX81 emulator

All the gory details of how the ZX81 (and ZX80) display system works are on these web sites: ZXdocs (Martin Korth) Wilf Rigter's ZX Video Tutorial (see notes below) Wilf Rigter's ZX Video Tutorial (mirror) (see notes below) Wilf Rigter's web pages will display incorrect characters and symbols. The d...
by 1024MAK
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 329

Re: ABug Manchester Friday 19th - Sunday 21st January 2018

Please put me down as a maybe (have to negotiate time off). The following weekend (26th -28th January) is better for me, as I have no commitments for this. Also possible are the first two weekends in February. I will be most likely be traveling by train this time, so how close is the venue to Manche...
by 1024MAK
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: ZX81 emulator
Replies: 26
Views: 492

Re: ZX81 emulator

=D> =D> =D>

Mark
by 1024MAK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 133
Views: 4190

Re: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD

Photos as promised... IMG_5688.JPG IMG_5690.JPG IMG_5691.JPG IMG_5692.JPG IMG_5693.JPG IMG_5694.JPG IMG_5695.JPG IMG_5696.JPG IMG_5697.JPG IMG_5698.JPG IMG_5699.JPG IMG_5700.JPG IMG_5701.JPG IMG_5702.JPG IMG_5703.JPG IMG_5704.JPG IMG_5705.JPG IMG_5706.JPG IMG_5707.JPG IMG_5708.JPG IMG_5709.JPG IMG_5...
by 1024MAK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Repairing Adventures for your BBC micro
Replies: 6
Views: 264

Re: Repairing Adventures for your BBC micro

@pau1ie - absolutely fascinating captain 8)

Thanks for posting =D>

The things you learn about on StarDot! :D :lol:

Warp speed...!

Mark
by 1024MAK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 133
Views: 4190

Re: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD

as otherwise it would be me standing in an empty room , asking myself stupid questions. =D> =D> =D> =D> Careful what you wish for Alex, you may find people would pay money for that :shock: (although it may be more like people tossing coppers at you :lol: ). @Robert, you were making progress, learni...
by 1024MAK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mods and ROMS
Replies: 13
Views: 437

Re: Mods and ROMS

rune wrote:Just fallen out of the loft and hit everything on the way down. I'll check when I stop felling sick and sore.

I hope you are all right [-o<

Mark
by 1024MAK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 133
Views: 4190

Re: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD

After a 155 mile drive, I'm back home. A smooth drive mostly on motorway and dual carriageway. Agree that it was another excellent event :D So once again, thanks Alex =D> Got two Beeb PSU's serviced, and fixed one of the Beeb's. And started investigating the Euro-Beeb. Started by replacing the Rifa ...
by 1024MAK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mods and ROMS
Replies: 13
Views: 437

Re: Mods and ROMS

A resistor is only needed if the control line has a manual enable/disable switch, for example, a write protect switch connected in the line to the signal /WE to pin 27.

But double check, better still, test with a meter to ensure that it is a 4.7k resistor.

Mark
by 1024MAK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: read / write to JIM
Replies: 28
Views: 595

Re: read / write to JIM

I think that maybe Acorn may not have fully thought the idea through, given how much RAM cost at the time that the Beeb was designed.

Mark
by 1024MAK
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron Joystick interface and 'pokable' ports
Replies: 17
Views: 458

Re: Electron Joystick interface and 'pokable' ports

It would be best if the CPU Phase 0 clock (shown in Acorn documentation as phase 2, but the actual signal on the expansion port has been found to be phase 0, it appears Acorn dropped the ball, as it should have been the phase 2 signal...) is included in the control logic. The reason being, is that t...
by 1024MAK
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 232

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

What type of disks are they? The last IBM/PC disks were high density and have a different magnetic coating. They are not normally suitable. Also I f a disk has a alien format, the quickest, easiest method is to erase them using a bulk eraser. But as not many people have one, stick them next to a pow...
by 1024MAK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 232

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

There is another possible cause of trouble. If the disks were originally used with a 40 track drive, the width of the head on a 40 track drive is wider than the head in an 80 track drive. So the 80 track drive may not be able to override all of the magnetic field made by the 40 track drive... Mark
by 1024MAK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Thinking of selling some of my collection...
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Thinking of selling some of my collection...

Note that I have edited my post above...
by 1024MAK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Thinking of selling some of my collection...
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Thinking of selling some of my collection...

@Stephen It may help if you let people know whereabouts you are in the world, as some potential buyers may want to collect. While others may need this information in order to get an idea of postage costs... When adding attachments, you can use the "Place inline" button, then you can copy a...
by 1024MAK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: EEPROM - the Holy Grail of Sideways Rom?
Replies: 341
Views: 25951

Re: EEPROM - the Holy Grail of Sideways Rom?

In my case, it's more of a "not discovered the limitations due to being too lazy and or too busy, or distracted by other shiny new items"... So, with Martin's tools, I have never bothered with the softlock, as I use a physical write protect switch. I have also never tried the checksum comm...
by 1024MAK
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 133
Views: 4190

Re: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Winter Warmer) 17-19 November 2017 (Leicestershire) BOOKING THREAD

lazarusr wrote:I’ve been here for hours now. Where is everyone?

Um, you did reset the date on your watches and clocks in accordance with day saving time? In October we put the date back one day...
by 1024MAK
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For free: two boxes of Acorn mags
Replies: 10
Views: 324

Re: For free: two boxes of Acorn mags

Ah yes Mr. Lurkio, but due to the small print in my "beeb-time contract" that Mrs. leenew made me sign, I am not allowed to have the laptop in bed... but I *am* allowed to read a magazine.... so therefore I can get more done with the real mags :D Lee. That's not the reason you gave me for...
by 1024MAK
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Sounds weird...
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Sounds weird...

As an aside, the test file on this web site allows you to check your upper hearing limit. Well, assuming your playback device has a good audio system...

I could just about hear the 15kHz on an iPad mini.

Mark
by 1024MAK
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Sounds weird...
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Sounds weird...

I thought that was a weird audio range. Given that human hearing tops out at around 20kHz to 22kHz (assuming you are young), why would they have a system that went as high as 62.5kHz?

Mark
by 1024MAK
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: MiniPro TL866 Eprom Programmer
Replies: 11
Views: 193

Re: MiniPro TL866 Eprom Programmer

For a 2764 EPROM, the 5V supply current when active can be as much as 150mA alone. The programming current can be as much as 30mA (at 21V). Some EPROMs may need around 50mA. If the DC/DC step up converter was perfect (no losses), 30mA at 21V equates to 126mA at 5V. Assume that it is 75% efficient an...
by 1024MAK
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: WE 32K RAM Card Repair
Replies: 70
Views: 2196

Re: WE 32K RAM Card Repair

And the resoldering of a Watford Electronics PCB of the week award goes to....
























jms2
Well done =D> =D> =D>

Seriously, glad that you have it working okay now. Fancy a bit of reverse engineering to keep you busy... :mrgreen:

Mark
by 1024MAK
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Beeb to SCART Aspect ratio switching?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Beeb to SCART Aspect ratio switching?

For testing (as in asking users to test their TV), you will see that I suggest using a PP3 9V battery. The aspect switching input should not be too current hungry. What does have a 75 ohm impedance, is the fast blanking / Composite/ RGB input on pin 16. But for RGB, that only needs 1V to 3V. Mark
by 1024MAK
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: retro-kit.co.uk has gone SSL
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: retro-kit.co.uk has gone SSL

With Google Chrome and all the other browsers moving towards the target of forcing all sites to have some form of SSL on them even if it's just got a simple contact form on it, I've upgraded my site to SSL. I've put a couple of URL re-write rules into place so all non-SSL links should still work bu...
by 1024MAK
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Unable to Load on BBC B
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: Unable to Load on BBC B

I've not tried a 'modern' cassette deck with any of my machines. But it may be that the cassette deck that you have limits the volume at too low a volume level.

Mark
by 1024MAK
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron Joystick interface and 'pokable' ports
Replies: 17
Views: 458

Re: Electron Joystick interface and 'pokable' ports

On some auto-fire joysticks, pin 7 is used for a +5V supply to power the electronics. On other designs of auto-fire joystick, the power is "stolen" from the fire button circuit via the pull-up resistor. But this arrangement can be unreliable if either no pull-up resistor is used, or the va...

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