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by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: programming
Topic: How do you save a screen
Replies: 448
Views: 17415

Re: How do you save a screen

b-em might give you a performance boost compared to beebem. I don't think optimising the 6502 code is going to make it run fast enough - the emulator will be just too slow on an Atom. But that is all guessing - best testing/benchmarking the real apps on the target hardware. Sounds like there are oth...
by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...
Replies: 24
Views: 1849

Re: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...

The changing file name is ... Please Wait ******** Superman M O S Is Now Loading ******** (c) 1989 Tynesoft Computer Software L.t.d. ******** Code By Kevin Blake Of Artcrew Prods' But looks like you can ignore all that. It's just the big blue Tynesoft animated logo. If you do *TAPE then */SUPER1 ......
by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: programming
Topic: How do you save a screen
Replies: 448
Views: 17415

Re: How do you save a screen

Might be worth trying b-em? But Intel Atoms are ... under-powered, yes.
by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BeebOPL choons
Replies: 45
Views: 3709

Re: BeebOPL choons

Not sure if it helps anyone/it is probably a bit pointless now, but if I go to https://github.com/lazarusr/BeebOPL/blob/master/bin/high_page/droplay.ssd it shows on-screen as 155 KB. Download it and: $ ls -l Downloads/droplay.ssd -rw-r--r-- 1 xxx yyy 158976 Feb 4 15:09 Downloads/droplay.ssd $ head D...
by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Trying to identify a game....
Replies: 7
Views: 641

Re: Trying to identify a game....

Wow, that screenshot (Lee's) blasted me back 30-something years :shock: ... had forgotten all about that game. :D

Played it for a while, but forgotten all about it until now; will have to give it another go.
by richardtoohey
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Just a slight bit of track damage...!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 1431

Re: Just a slight bit of track damage...!!!

No ideas for (1) and (2) but interested (as a complete electronics know-nothing-but-wants-to-learn-more) to see how you fix it. :-k :?: :-D
by richardtoohey
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...
Replies: 24
Views: 1849

Re: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...

Had a quick look. LOADER is first, BASIC program that does *RUN BONZO BONZO Then a &15 block file where the displayed file name changes each block - something like block 0 "Please" block 1 "wait" block 2 "loading" etc. SUPER1 START SUPDATA GAME1.L GAME1.1 GAME1.2 GA...
by richardtoohey
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...
Replies: 24
Views: 1849

Re: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...

I'd have to remind myself where I got to, but my vague memory of this was that it wasn't so much the protection as the fact that there were lots and lots of little files trampling all over what would be DFS memory space. So not so much a cracking challenge as a fiddly trying to glue a whole bunch of...
by richardtoohey
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4322
Views: 253279

Re: Today I received.....

It's much like my disappointment when I received this: And discovered it was just yet another beginner's book on the principles of assembly language. :( Yes, it's a nice book but very little meat ... thought I'd be coding a Snapper or JCB Digger after getting the book but very little on the true gu...
by richardtoohey
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: The Darkness of Raven Wood
Replies: 66
Views: 4671

Re: The Darkness of Raven Wood

=D>

Well done on sticking at it until finished.

Looks great (nice to see it on the old machines, too.) :D

Will try and have a go.
by richardtoohey
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge - S6 - R8 - Tapper (Beginner)
Replies: 47
Views: 1927

Re: High Score Challenge - S6 - R8 - Tapper (Beginner)

Ye gods. How do you manage to score so highly on this? Come join me at the bottom of the score tables. I need the company, it gets lonely down here. :( :-({|= The others getting high scores - well, Ed gets his pets to play, and the rest are super-human. :?: Either that, or I'm just utterly hopeless...
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: projects
Topic: Atari 2600 Combat style multiplayer tank game
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: Atari 2600 Combat style multiplayer tank game

I was thinking of Combat myself; even started looking at the disassembly of it (the VCS version) and playing it on Atari 2600 emulators.

But even the simple (!) logic was enough to move it to the too-hard-for-now basket.

Will be interested in your progress. :D

And I'll get back to it one day.
by richardtoohey
Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: general
Topic: the best 8-bit computer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1574

Re: the best 8-bit computer...

Memotech MTX512 - best keyboard (or maybe the RM machines - 380Z?)
by richardtoohey
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron MGC
Replies: 425
Views: 32261

Re: Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron

=D> That looks neat! :D
by richardtoohey
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: May 12th-14th 2017 Cambridge ABUG (FULL) & Acorn World event at CCfCH
Replies: 190
Views: 12635

Re: May 12th-14th 2017 Cambridge ABUG & Acorn World event at CCfCH

Can't we have some sort of collection to save Dave from this terrible fate? :-k
by richardtoohey
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: general
Topic: The BBC Micro In Pixels
Replies: 20
Views: 1916

Re: The BBC Micro In Pixels

On a similar note, it'd be nice if the RetroGamer guys did a special collection of all their Beeb articles as they have done for Atari, Speccy & C64. They have, but not (so far as I know) a printed version - guess that is what you meant. @Dave_E - I'm interested, too. :D Never had a Spectrum (o...
by richardtoohey
Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge - S6 - R7 - Frogger (Tricky)
Replies: 43
Views: 1856

Re: High Score Challenge - S6 - R7 - Frogger (Tricky)

KarateEd wrote:I'm feeling a little bit like Richard amongst you elite players
Eh? :-k

You cad, sir! Pistols at dawn. :P :P

Here is my initial pathetic attempt!
frogger1.jpg


@tricky - as others have said =D> thanks for the game!
by richardtoohey
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Scott (Melbourne)
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Hello from Scott (Melbourne)

ssgoodwin wrote:The challenge is always finding the time to experiment.
Oh, yes, that's the biggie! Welcome. :D
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Programming Pandora on the 32016
Replies: 12
Views: 652

Re: Programming Pandora on the 32016

Well done on sorting it out. :D Sorry for the red herring - I was vaguely thinking about &FFFFnnnn indicating host versus parasite memory and was wondering if the poked data was ending up in the "wrong" memory. From what I've read now that is to do with LOAD/SAVE addresses (&FFFFnn...
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: general
Topic: How do I test the veracity of my tapes?
Replies: 16
Views: 805

Re: How do I test the veracity of my tapes?

The might be some sort of copy protection/dedicated loader.

Like you said, try backing it up and see if the copy works.

If there is protection, it's fun to try and break it to see how it works. :D (But safest doing that with a working copy rather than wearing out the old tape.)
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: programming
Topic: How do you save a screen
Replies: 448
Views: 17415

Re: How do you save a screen

It's a good effect. =D>

Reminds me a bit of Yoshi's Island (might just be me, though!)

yoshi.jpg
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Inserting and removing ROMs
Replies: 17
Views: 971

Re: Inserting and removing ROMs

jwhat wrote:Success
Well done. :D =D> Most times I go near components I end up with something breaking off or not working. :? Always feels very fiddly and delicate and I've got two left hands with fat fingers and not enough patience! :oops:
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Programming Pandora on the 32016
Replies: 12
Views: 652

Re: PanOS software list

Might be an utter red herring (in which case, sorry!) but peeking/poking &7000- is that the host or the parasite's memory that gets changed? And does it matter (especially in this context?)?

Sure there is hope :D but not sure it will arrive with me ... :oops:
by richardtoohey
Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: general
Topic: Happy new year
Replies: 11
Views: 528

Re: Happy new year

Same to you! :D

My New Year's Resolution - make more time for retro! (Cancelled some magazine subscriptions, that means less to read.)

Here's to a great 2017 :-D
by richardtoohey
Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Minor difference in text window+text-at-graphics-cursor behaviour between OS 1.20 and OS 2.00+
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: Minor difference in text window+text-at-graphics-cursor behaviour between OS 1.20 and OS 2.00+

This has bitten a couple of conversions of OS 0.1 to 1.2 games:

e.g. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=9615#p113162

OS 0.1 and the Master (think it was 3.2) had the same behaviour. Sounds like OS 2.0 as well.
by richardtoohey
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: XFER 4.0 sync string
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: XFER 4.0 sync string

So are you winning?

Or still stuck?
by richardtoohey
Sat Oct 22, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Do any emulators support debugging sideways ROMS?
Replies: 11
Views: 944

Re: Do any emulators support debugging sideways ROMS?

Does it have to be in the emulator?

Can't use something like Exmon II in the emulated machine?

(I am assuming you've thought of this, just raising in case not.)
by richardtoohey
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: have a master512? please run this for me!
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: have a master512? please run this for me!

george.h wrote:Phew! That took a bit of faffing but got there in the end!
=D> Kept looking at this thread and thinking I shouldn't be lazy :oops: but getting all the pieces together and then working through everything ... :shock:
by richardtoohey
Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Co pros
Replies: 7
Views: 820

Re: Co pros

Reco6502 Mini: http://www.zeridajh.org/hardware/reco6502mini/index.htm

Bit hard to know what you are after?

Cheap & cheerful, fast, widest compatibility?

There are a lot of options these days.

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