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Hello from Essex UK.

Postby BrianR. » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:48 pm

Hi all!
I bought my first 'BEEB' ( A bog standard model B) in about 1984, to complement my Commodore PET 2001.
I was trying to learn 6502 programming at the time, so the BEEB was a logical choice.

After several years I bought a tailor-made IBM compatible PC (from Solidisk) and donated my trusty old BEEB (with CEEFAX adaptor and twin floppy drive) to a local school, where the BEEB was still being used in their computer lab.
Fast forward to about 2000, and my Ham radio club had about 20 BEEBs at one of our monthly junk sales (all from local colleges). Well, after a while, when all but 3 of the BEEBs had been auctioned off, I bid £1 for one of them. I wasn't outbidded, and no-one seemed to want the remaining BEEBs so I was presented with all 3, and was told to just dump any I didn't want.
After testing them out at home, they went into storage, until about 2 months ago when I 'rediscovered' them.
The PSU on one of them was completely shot but the mainboard was OK, SO I've kept the MB and keyboard from that one (for spare parts) and dumped the case. The other 2 were fine, although the PSU of one of them blew the filter caps, with a spectacular cloud of smoke and a frying sound. I've now re-capped them both, but having now caught the BEEB bug, I bought a Master 128 from fleaBay. This was in a filthy condition, but I've cleaned it up really well and now it looks almost like new (apart from the yellowing and some stencilling of a school on the case)
I've now re-capped this and changed the battery pack and added the excellent MMC adaptor and the MultiOS adaptor (all from ctorwy31 on eBay)
On one of the model Bs, I have added a DIY 32k sideways RAM.
I also have a 5.25" floppy drive (but no cable or disks) and would like to get that working again too.
Righto then, that's enough from me for now. I hope I haven't bored you all (if you even read this far).

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby DutchAcorn » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:52 pm

Welcome and thanks for the intro! Good luck on getting the disc drive to work. :D

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby Multiwizard » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:54 pm


welcome to this great Forum... :D

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

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby danielj » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:56 pm

Hullo there :)


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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby davidb » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:00 pm

Welcome! :D

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby tricky » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:01 pm

Welcome, we love stories.
Just finished at the centre for computer history, the retro computer event is on again tomorrow.

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby aerworuld » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:24 pm

Well met and good luck with the restoration!

Stuart :)

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby flaxcottage » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:56 pm

Welcome. :D
- John

Currently running L4 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 and a bakery of Pis.

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby daveejhitchins » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:25 am

Welcom to the Forum, Brian . . . Enjoy . . .

BrianR. wrote:dumped the case.
[-X We don't do that :shock:

Dave H :lol:
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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby Multiwizard » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:42 pm

What Dave said... :D

Cutting a Atom in half with a jigsaw or grinder maybe :mrgreen: , but not
BrianR. wrote:dumped the case.
... :(

Greetings, Wim... :-)

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby oss003 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:10 pm

Welcom Brian,

enjoy the forum ......


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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby roland » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:57 pm

Hello Brian,

Welcome to this forum, enjoy your visits here.

Greetings from the South of the Netherlands,
256K + 6502 Inside
MAN WOMAN :shock:

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby CMcDougall » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:11 pm

welcome Brian :)

hope you find some good blank 51/4" discs, or your heads will be a nice brown colour....

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby martinw » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:12 pm

Welcome Brian :)


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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby helpful » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:00 am

Welcome Brian with an i :-)

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Re: Hello from Essex UK.

Postby BrianR. » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:44 am

Thank you all for the warm welcome.
Regarding my faux pas over the dumping of the case of one of the BEEBs, yeah :oops: sorry about that.
In retrospect I probably should have kept that too, but at least I dumped the case that was in the worst condition.(It was pretty bad!)
The floppy drive I have needs a cable with an edge connector at the drive end, and a Molex connector for power.
I've ordered what I hope is a suitable cable, and a BBC to Molex connection lead.
Fingers crossed, that will get me up & running disk wise. =D>

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