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MikeKee
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Hello!

Postby MikeKee » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:19 pm

Hiya

Just joined, so a bit of an intro!

I bought an Electron in 1985, mainly for games. I added a Plus 1 and View in 1986, when I started a PGCE course and needed something to type up essays on and print them (and my god were printers expensive at the time). I quickly found out that I had around 3k left with the Plus 1 and View so I sent my Elk off to Slogger to get a Master Ram Board fitted. It was great, and I could write a lot more pages with 28K of memory. I still find old cassette tapes, wonder what they are, play them and hear the classic data sounds of my long-ago saved essay files.

I still have my Elk. It's moved around with me a lot over the last 30 years, but hadn't been switched on at all since around 1990. It was well packaged up and in a plastic storage box and over Christmas I retrieved it from the attic, unwrapped it, got an RGB to SCART cable and plugged it into the TV. It started up immediately and the Turbo and 64k modes still work too! The Plus 1 seems to have died, though, sadly - maybe I need to clean the connectors or something.

So, plans for the future: I want to get the Plus 1 going, or get another one, and perhaps get an SD card drive (is GoSDC any good?) to plug into one of the slots so I can play games again. Quite tempted to use View for a bit of nostalgic word processing, too. I did try bidding on Plus 3 units on ebay, but they seem to go for crazy prices for something that might fail, being so old, so an SD card based solution seems best. My 11 year old son, a gamer geek and Minecraft addict, is fascinated by dad's 'primitive tech' and wants to see more.

Oh, and I also run RISC OS on my original Pi Model B 512k :-)

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Re: Hello!

Postby davidb » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:27 pm

Welcome from a fellow Electron user! :D

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Re: Hello!

Postby danielj » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:03 pm

Welcome, Mike! If you've got a plus one, you've got disk drive and solid state drive options for much less than a plus 3 :)

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Re: Hello!

Postby CMcDougall » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:46 pm

welcome Mike :)

Those GoSDCs are a utter pain :(

use a 33p china mmc interface, MMFS1.3x rom, feed 5v to a spare printer pin, bobs yer uncle!
(thread for this is buried in hardware section)
((Search: Simple Electron MMC ))
cleaning all gold fingers on plus1 & elk end hopefully is the easy fix....
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Re: Hello!

Postby hoglet » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:59 pm

CMcDougall wrote:(thread for this is buried in hardware section)
((Search: Simple Electron MMC ))

http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... =3&t=12737

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Re: Hello!

Postby MikeKee » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:01 pm

Thanks for the welcome! Will certainly check out alternatives to GoSDC if it's such a pain to use. I'll also try cleaning the pins on the Electron and Plus 1 properly!

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Re: Hello!

Postby flaxcottage » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:27 pm

Welcome. :D

By all means clean the contacts on the back of the Electron. When I found my Plus 1 was dodgy, cleaning the contacts solved the problem. Also insert and remove several times to break through any residue on the contacts.

RISCOS is great on the Pi 1. Try RISCOS pico for that real retro feel and 224Mb free for BASIC! 8)
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Well, actually 2018 and the 21st. They haven't changed the banner yet!! [-X :lol:

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Re: Hello!

Postby tricky » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:32 pm

Welcome, glad to have you on board.
I got my Elk a little after you, but you have had yours about 1,500 times longer than I had mine ;)

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Re: Hello!

Postby daveejhitchins » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:15 am

Welcome to the Forum, MikeKee . . . Enjoy . . .

If you're looking for Electron bits try searching for ARA, ABR, ATI, AP5, AP6, MGC :roll: :- :-D

And yes . . . The connector on the back of the Electron does suffer from dirt. I use a combination of plastic rubber (eraser! - the Staedtler type) and a cotton bud soaked in IPA. Your Plus 1 Will be just fine [-o<

Dave H :D
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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!

Postby Multiwizard » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:39 am

Hi,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


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

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Re: Hello!

Postby oss003 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:13 pm

Hi Mike,

Welcome and enjoy the forum .....

Greetings
Kees


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