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sardine
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Hello from Amibay.

Postby sardine » Mon May 22, 2017 8:49 pm

Hi,

I'm a moderator on Amibay and was speaking with a good friend (TheCorfiot) about a find I stumbled across.

He suggested I post here 1st as this forum specializes in all things Acorn.

so what did I stumble across.

not a doomsday but a BBC Master Advanced Interactive Video system,

I got the monitor,
the BBC Master with scsi (not opened it yet or powered it on (no I wont plug it in)),
the cover for the BBC Master which holds a 5-1/4 drive and a 20mb HDD.
the LV-ROM Laser disk Player with a folder of 5.1/4 software disks + Laser disks,
I could not find the trackball.

It is a "ford" statistical Process Control interactive video course.

I was going to get the PSU in the BBC master serviced and then use myself but I already have a very nice BBC B for what I want, and I know absolutely nothing about the LV-rom or where to start to have this inspected / repaired or even plugged in.

I dont know how this was all stored, its very dirty, dry but neglected for MANY years in a factory in Runcorn Cheshire and found during a clean out. no one knew what it was except me :) and I took it home (with permission of course which took a few months to sort out).

I have no idea what to do with it as I wouldnt know where to start, so I think I will put it up as a lot, eBay is not my 1st choice and I would prefer it to go somewhere that would actually try to get it running, so there it is..

I guess I will create a trade thread ??
I'll take some photo's of it all, I'll take the top off the BBC and see if a co-pro is inside or just the SCSI.

I will not plug anything in, i was so tempted to try the HDD but I don't want to break it (if its not already broken).

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby davidb » Mon May 22, 2017 9:02 pm

Welcome! :D

It sounds like an interesting find you have there. I think you've brought it to the right place. :)

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby Multiwizard » Mon May 22, 2017 9:10 pm

Hi,

welcome to this great Forum... :D

Oh, a SCSI board for the Master,, nice,, yes please... =P~


Greetings from my little Dutch Acorn Attic, Wim...:-)

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby flaxcottage » Mon May 22, 2017 10:13 pm

Welcome. :D

Never even heard of anything like this. Nice find.
- John

Currently running Level 4 Econet with BBC B, BBC B+ 128K, Master 128K, 4Mb A3000, 4Mb A3020, 4Mb A4000, 4Mb A5000 dual FDD; UK101; HP41CX setup; Psion 3a, 3mx and 5mx; Z88; TI-58c, TI-59 and printer, HP-16C programmer's calculator

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby Zarchos » Mon May 22, 2017 10:17 pm

Declaring interest :lol:

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby sardine » Mon May 22, 2017 10:18 pm

hi thanks,

I will open the BBC this week and take a look inside.

the LV-ROM is a VP415/05

it has British Broadcasting Corporation on the front

same as this link but no where near as clean, this has been seriously neglected.
http://picssr.com/tags/lvrom

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby Zarchos » Mon May 22, 2017 10:19 pm

oh oh Multiwizard will be happy to know that ...

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby sardine » Mon May 22, 2017 10:34 pm

Here is a quick photo before I go to bed, not as bad as I thought mostly dust.

ill take shots all around when I have day light, it is pretty clean, small dent on the back, very small amount of rust.
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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby tricky » Tue May 23, 2017 4:50 am

Welcome and thanks for thinking of us, both of you.

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby Multiwizard » Tue May 23, 2017 5:22 am

Zarchos wrote:oh oh Multiwizard will be happy to know that ...

Oh indeed I am... :D

The only thing he needs is my address to send it to... :mrgreen:

I got enough spare parts to make this 415 run again... 8)

But it will never be, to get nice things like this you need magic, or in my words, lots of money, I got a lot of things in life, but sadly (lots of) money isn't one of them... :(


Greetings, Wim... :-)

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby sardine » Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:14 pm

just a quick update,,,,

sorted a bit of space to take photo's

will probably do it tomorrow night.

took a quick inspection of the BBC master, very clean inside and it does have a 6502 co-processor as well as the scsi, I have no idea if its a standard 128k or expanded. you chaps will know i guess from the photo's

as it was so clean and the caps look like new (no swelling) I powered up the BBC,

1st boot attempt was a continuous 2nd beep with flashing cursor, so I googled the cmos reset procedure.

held down "R" and hey presto, BBC powered up with cmos cleared press break :D .

followed a guide and setup the cmos,

no idea how to test the 2nd processor a 6502 issue 2 it says or how to connect the harddisk and floppy (I don't have any beeb disks anyway I use a MMC on my BBC B)
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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby sweh » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:09 am

sardine wrote:no idea how to test the 2nd processor

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*CONFIGURE INTUBE
*CONFIGURE TUBE


Now on control-BREAK it should say something like "Acorn TUBE 6502 64K"

(To disable it, "*CONFIGURE NOTUBE")
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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby sardine » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:07 pm

ok that worked.

so its alive :)

I had to clear the cmos again as the battery pack is dead.
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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby CMcDougall » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:30 pm

welcome Sardine :)

nice find, now get the hoover out! =D>
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Re: Hello from Amibay.

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby cmorley » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:38 pm

I'm a bit confused by Amibay... I got some Amiga stuff recently in bundles and there are bits I don't want - a Vortex at-once for an A500 for example - so I tried to register and got banned with a failed registration?! I contacted the admin email and was told "the location you declared doesn't match what the server detects and as such banned". So are you doing geolocation on IPs? That's going to find my ISP not me and we are in different regions of the UK... odd.

Edit just for those hardware junkies wondering what a "Vortex at-once" is:
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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby daveejhitchins » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:46 am

cmorley wrote:So are you doing geolocation on IPs? That's going to find my ISP not me and we are in different regions of the UK... odd.
Looking forward for a reply on this!
cmorley wrote:Edit just for those hardware junkies wondering what a "Vortex at-once" is
That a great image . . . But it still doesn't tell us WTH it is :? More info, please :D

Dave H :D
Parts: UM6502CE, GAL22V10D, GAL16V8D, AS6C62256A, TC514400AZ, WD1772, R6522, TMS27C512, AT28C256
Products: ARA II, ABR, ATI, AP6, MGC, AP5 . . .
For a price list, contact me at: Retro Hardware AT dave ej hitchins DOT plus DOT com

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby Zarchos » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:59 am

daveejhitchins wrote:
cmorley wrote:So are you doing geolocation on IPs? That's going to find my ISP not me and we are in different regions of the UK... odd.
Looking forward for a reply on this!
cmorley wrote:Edit just for those hardware junkies wondering what a "Vortex at-once" is
That a great image . . . But it still doesn't tell us WTH it is :? More info, please :D

Dave H :D


I checked with Google it's a PC (286) emulator...

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Re: Hello from Amibay.

Postby daveejhitchins » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:02 am

Zarchos wrote:I checked with Google it's a PC (286) emulator...
Goodness . . . am I that lazy :roll: :lol: No answers on a postcard, please [-X

Dave H :D
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