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by BeebMaster
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: ACORN WORLD @ Retro Reunited/12-13 Sep/Hudd'field
Replies: 205
Views: 24942

Re: ACORN WORLD @ Retro Reunited/12-13 Sep/Hudd'field

Given that it will be 4 this year, and 0 for all of the last 32 years, I reckon so!
by BeebMaster
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Advice with recent BBC acquisition needed!
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: Advice with recent BBC acquisition needed!

A little 8-way DIP switch is quite easy to fit to the BBC keyboard. Even I've been able to do it without burning the house down (mind you, I did have solder joining together all 8 legs on one side of the switch at one point while I was doing it). Lickle piccy here: http://www.beebmaster.co.uk/Statio...
by BeebMaster
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: ACORN WORLD @ Retro Reunited/12-13 Sep/Hudd'field
Replies: 205
Views: 24942

Re: ACORN WORLD @ Retro Reunited/12-13 Sep/Hudd'field

I've just bought my ticket. Sadly I won't be bringing anything as I'm accidentally coming by train from London on the Sunday only.

Looks good, looking forward to it. It will be my fourth event this year!
by BeebMaster
Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Console Combat / 25-26 July 2009 / Manchester
Replies: 36
Views: 4623

Re: Console Combat / 25-26 July 2009 / Manchester

I really enjoyed Console Combat. It's a shame I didn't get a picture of the insides of the box containing the C64 sound chip connected to the BBC Master. Tom had screwed it back together by the time I got round with the camera, and I didn't want to unscrew it all because I knew the screws would roll...
by BeebMaster
Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Advice with recent BBC acquisition needed!
Replies: 13
Views: 1142

Re: Advice with recent BBC acquisition needed!

If the Beeb has a disc interface then "DFS" should show up in the HELP message. Try pressing D-BREAK to see if you get an "Acorn DFS" (or similar) message, or *DISC to see if anything happens. Failing that, you will have to look inside. IC78 is the place to look, it's a 40-pin ch...
by BeebMaster
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: What Do You Throw Away?
Replies: 22
Views: 1866

Re: What Do You Throw Away?

I've got every calculator I ever bought when I was growing up and their boxes ! and the odd LCD game as well. I've still got my calculator from School, although it's the second one I had. The battery has long gone, so you have to hold it up to the light to get the solar panel to work. It's got bina...
by BeebMaster
Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Torch ZDP
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Torch ZDP

If it wasn't normal for mains-coloured cable to be used for these Torch setups then it probably is that same one, but it was 3 or 4 years ago or more I think.
by BeebMaster
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Econet Sub-Board?
Replies: 1
Views: 767

Econet Sub-Board?

How about an Econet sub-board? It encompasses hardware, software and even games, so it doesn't fit easily in one of the existing categories.

And as we're now living in a multi-Beeb-ownership world, everyone can have their own Econet and learn all about it on an Econet sub-board!
by BeebMaster
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Torch ZDP
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Torch ZDP

Was this little lot on E-Bay a few years back by any chance? I was e-mailed some pictures of a similar setup, and I remember being most alarmed at the way the mains seemed to be soldered on the Beeb motherboard. I gave quite a bit of help as I recall, hoping I might be given first refusal on the gea...
by BeebMaster
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:18 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: What Do You Throw Away?
Replies: 22
Views: 1866

What Do You Throw Away?

This is in a Beeb context, obviously! What, if anything, do you throw, and have you thrown, away of a Beeb nature? My mother thinks I'm a bit of a hoarder, and it's true I won't throw anything Acorn-related away. I tend not to cannibalise machines like some people do, and I very, very rarely chuck a...
by BeebMaster
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Sick Master 128 :(
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: Sick Master 128 :(

You can press CTRL-BREAK-(anything except F or A) to get the machine to start up out of ADFS, eg. CTRL-BREAK-D will go into DFS, and CTRL-BREAK-nearly-everything-else will go into the Tape filing system. BBC keyboards like to be used, and get upset if they've been neglected for a bit. You have to be...
by BeebMaster
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Retro Software: our first release - Zap!
Replies: 60
Views: 3811

Re: Retro Software: our first release - Zap!

I got my copy at Console Combat (along with everyone else in attendance who didn't already have one).

I played it a few times during the weekend, quite good fun!

Scored nearly 200!
by BeebMaster
Tue Aug 04, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Teletext unit PSU
Replies: 27
Views: 2233

Re: Teletext unit PSU

It's a sad end for Teletext and the short-lived Telesoftware. I'm storing as many pages as possible but I very much doubt there is any historic Teletext page captures anywhere, say from the 1980s and 1990s. When I was younger I could never understand why you couldn't record Teletext. On Channel 4 th...
by BeebMaster
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Name the Game (PLEASE!!!)
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: Name the Game (PLEASE!!!)

I've not come across this one, but I do have several hundred floppy discs recovered from schools, many of which contain little-known or -documented educational software. There are lots of titles by Anita Straker, might be one of hers.
by BeebMaster
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Sony MPF920-Z 3.5" Jumpers?
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Sony MPF920-Z 3.5" Jumpers?

I use these drives for my Sony single & dual drive kits. The only jumpers I touch are the DS0 and DS1 jumpers. They will work without modification on a 1770 BBC just by connecting a ribbon cable and power cable. They work most of the time on 8271 DFS if you use the modified DNFS 1.21 Obviously t...
by BeebMaster
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Hard Drive
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: Hard Drive

Somebody had one of these at Byte-Back, I got within about two feet of it. That's the closest I've ever been to a Midwich hard drive!
by BeebMaster
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: BeebMaster in Hiding
Replies: 3
Views: 541

BeebMaster in Hiding

I've just been mauled on the mailing list by JGH, so I'm going into hiding for a bit...

Too scared to go to Huddersfield now...
by BeebMaster
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Possible Reason for Magic Smoke Discovered !
Replies: 21
Views: 2052

Re: Possible Reason for Magic Smoke Discovered !

* By the way, I heard recently of a Dragon (yes, of all things) that was running continuously for eight and a half years. It was apparently controlling some sort of industrial process (the guy never made that exactly clear ... maybe he simply forgot it was left on, and was too embarrassed to admit ...
by BeebMaster
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Solidisk Winchester for the BBC Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Re: Solidisk Winchester for the BBC Master

This has already been done. As far as I know, the magic inside the Retroclinic CF drives is an adaptation of the IDE interface available for the Beeb. It needs a modified ADFS (v.1.53) to make it say and hear IDE things instead of SCSI/SASI things.
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Solidisk Winchester for the BBC Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Re: Solidisk Winchester for the BBC Master

I think *BYE does the trick for parking the drive heads, assuming the landing zone has been set correctly when the disc was formatted. I think *PARK is a bit more involved; some code I have seen suggests it takes a copy of the first cylinder of the disc and saves it at the end of the disc when shutt...
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: The Domesday Project - Data Collection Program
Replies: 6
Views: 943

Re: The Domesday Project - Data Collection Program

Didn't find 'em on the web ... I found it myself in a box of discs I was given a while back ... though I can't even remember who gave me the box of discs. The photos you have on BeebMaster include the accompanying paperwork ... I don't have any of that unfortunately, just the loose disc. In theory ...
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Digistore Tape Streamer ROM
Replies: 18
Views: 1781

Digistore Tape Streamer ROM

Does anybody have a ROM image for the Digital Services Digistore Tape Streamer? It's a unit the same size as an Acorn Winchester disc used as an Econet file server tape backup, and plugs into the 1MHz Bus. But it needs its own ROM, which is called something like "Streamer 0.05". I have a c...
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: The Domesday Project - Data Collection Program
Replies: 6
Views: 943

Re: The Domesday Project - Data Collection Program

Where on the web did you find these? At the 2009 Wakefield Show, Joel was handed a set of Domesday collection documentation including two identical-looking discs (which had slightly different contents). I've got backup copies at home, but I haven't got round to trying them yet. It'll probably have t...
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: SR Ram command confusion
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Re: SR Ram command confusion

*SRLOAD <filename> 8000 4 Q (8000 is the start address, 4 is the RAM bank, and "Q" means Quick. You can also add "I" to get the ROM to initialise without having to press CTRL-BREAK) I didn't know about the "I" parameter - is this available on BBC B DFS 2.xx and MOS 3.50?
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ST506 Winchester Disc Controller Boards
Replies: 0
Views: 350

ST506 Winchester Disc Controller Boards

Does anybody know of any way a PC ISA card style ST506 Winchester controller board could be adapted for use with a BBC?

Or, an Archimedes Winchester Disc Podule?
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Possible Reason for Magic Smoke Discovered !
Replies: 21
Views: 2052

Re: Possible Reason for Magic Smoke Discovered !

I think this is a common problem with Beebs, but they seem to still work after the PSU goes pop. I had this happen with a monitor I got out of the garage after about 6 years. It started smoking clouds of smoking after about 10 minutes. I took it Console Combat the next day and had an Atom running of...
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mystery Board
Replies: 20
Views: 1619

Re: Mystery Board

A long time ago, Chris at 8BS sent me a CD of fitting instructions for the Cox Genlock board. It involves a lot of soldering and other tinkering. I can dig out the CD if anybody is interested.
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Solidisk Winchester for the BBC Master
Replies: 19
Views: 2044

Re: Solidisk Winchester for the BBC Master

I haven't seen Solidisk Winchesters before. The PSU is almost identical to a Master 128 PSU. Would this have been the original power supply? I have an NEC drive identical to the one shown, but I haven't seen the Western Digital Controller board before, just read about it as one of the BBC compatible...
by BeebMaster
Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: More About Wedges
Replies: 24
Views: 2056

Re: More About Wedges

Im getting a 6502 wedge in the next couple of weeks. Apart from the special edition of elite, what else is worth running on it? You can use the 6502 second processor to run a Level 2 or 3 Econet Fileserver. Just add Econet interface, NFS ROM, cables, clock, terminators, hard disc and a few more Bee...
by BeebMaster
Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Bbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr BEEP!
Replies: 8
Views: 921

Bbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr BEEP!

How else to introduce myself! I'm here at last, after years of gentle nudging!

I'll be at the Sunday session of Acorn World in September, hope to see many of you then!

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