Hi from a newbie to the Micro

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Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby Heydave88 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:40 pm

Hi there!

I'm a newbie both here and to the Micro. Although I used one when I was very young I haven't had much experience with the computer, but have come here as I've started a mission to get a working machine for a nostalgic friend as a surprise.

The only game I can recall him vividly talking about was "Qwak", so although I've managed to track down a tape of it, I'm now struggling with getting a console with a tape deck and then...figuring out how you actually use it!

Nice to meet you all!

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby Elminster » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:05 pm

Welcome.

Unless you are going for full experience there are easier way to load games than via tape.

Otherwise tape decks come up from time to time. Unfortunately I recently got rid of one to someone else recently.

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby Lardo Boffin » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:07 pm

Welcome on board! You can buy tape players on eBay for not much and can get cables as well. The tape player will (I believe) have to be a mono cassette player (I.e. old!)

I have one of these cables:-

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-BBC-B-Mic ... Ciid%253A1

It works well and should connect to pretty much any mono tape player. You don't have to buy a Beeb with a tape player in the same package!
Get a Beeb with the User Guide and all will be revealed as to how to use it. Or just ask questions on here - someone will always have an answer.
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Retroclinic Datacentre + HDD, matchbox co-proc, Viglen twin 40/80 5.25" discs, acorn cassette
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc, Acorn 6502 coproc

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Lardo Boffin
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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby Lardo Boffin » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:11 pm

In fact I have one of these -

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/FERGUSON-VINTAG ... Ciid%253A1

This one is a bit scruffy but looks to be working.
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Retroclinic Datacentre + HDD, matchbox co-proc, Viglen twin 40/80 5.25" discs, acorn cassette
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc, Acorn 6502 coproc

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby davidb » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:42 pm

Welcome! :D

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby Multiwizard » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:59 am

Hi Dave,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


Greetings from my little Dutch Acorn Attic, Wim... :-)
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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby danielj » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:08 am

Hello Dave :)

(wanna buy some pegs?)

d.

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby flaxcottage » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:37 am

Welcome. :D
- 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

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby tricky » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:22 am

Welcome, I know it's not original, but some sort of "mmc" device (see elminster's signature) makes it easy to show off what you used to use on a beeb. They do reduce the "buy in" to a game so aren't all good.

Try Qwak! Here http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=789

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby DutchAcorn » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:38 am

Welcome! Enjoy the forum and good luck on your quest to collect a working set! :D
Paul

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby daveejhitchins » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:03 am

Welcome to the forum, Heydave88 . . . Enjoy . . .

Hope you hang around a bit, even when you've managed to get Quak up and running :D

Dave H :D
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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby 1024MAK » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:34 am

Welcome on board Heydave88!

:D :D :D

You can put yourself on the map by sticking a pin in it at this link :P
If you're feeling brave, go now and make your confession here here
Once you have got a real machine (if you can't touch it, it's not real... :lol: ), you can list your Acorn machine vitals (including Acorn expansions) here :D

Good luck :D

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby Heydave88 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:53 pm

Thanks for the replies, everyone!

Lardo Boffin wrote:In fact I have one of these -

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/FERGUSON-VINTAG ... Ciid%253A1

This one is a bit scruffy but looks to be working.


Awesome!! Thanks so much for the advice! I was about to post a topic to ask what kind of tape deck I should be looking for! If you have any other recommendations please let me know!

Lardo Boffin wrote:Get a Beeb with the User Guide and all will be revealed as to how to use it. Or just ask questions on here - someone will always have an answer.


Oh God I didn't even think to search for a user guide, but from googling "how to load a game from a tape on BBC micro" I'm beginning to realise I grossly underestimated the second part of my plan... :p

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Re: Hi from a newbie to the Micro

Postby Lardo Boffin » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:33 am

Heydave88 wrote:Thanks for the replies, everyone!

Lardo Boffin wrote:In fact I have one of these -

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/FERGUSON-VINTAG ... Ciid%253A1

This one is a bit scruffy but looks to be working.


Awesome!! Thanks so much for the advice! I was about to post a topic to ask what kind of tape deck I should be looking for! If you have any other recommendations please let me know!

Lardo Boffin wrote:Get a Beeb with the User Guide and all will be revealed as to how to use it. Or just ask questions on here - someone will always have an answer.


Oh God I didn't even think to search for a user guide, but from googling "how to load a game from a tape on BBC micro" I'm beginning to realise I grossly underestimated the second part of my plan... :p


I won't be able to check for a week but I think I have a spare user guide - not brilliant condition but you are welcome to it for p&p (prob £2.80 as they are large!). Otherwise they are always on eBay.
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Retroclinic Datacentre + HDD, matchbox co-proc, Viglen twin 40/80 5.25" discs, acorn cassette
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc, Acorn 6502 coproc


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