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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby danielj » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:04 pm

sydney wrote:Got home half an hour ago to find a parcel arrived this morning contains the following:
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ARGH!

(can still remove the pins if you like)

Great to see everyone. Got Dave H's lx9 copro working again :), accidentally injured JBN's :( but DaveH will fix :)

Big thanks to Zarchos for the cake. I had a cake based lunch. Frankly obscene.

Really enjoyed Tricky's conversions, and jbn's dogfight game.

Thanks to Crowley for the lift to the station :) I hope you managed to escape!

Roll on the Halifax meet!

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby daveejhitchins » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:06 pm

Had a great time today. Arrived early (first there!) at 7:40am :D

Many thanks to Daniel who reprogrammed my matchbox co-pro (it now works again -thought I'd killed it) and downloaded the Electron Tube code for my ATI demo (sure it was there yesterday?).

Tried to load one of the Heyley adventure games (Dreamtime) from my HxC Floppy emulator . . . Couldn't load it - I'll follow up on the appropriate thread.

MGC - Hmmm! Need to work on the Displaying of the titles, how the titles are loaded and how they are run . . . not a lot to do then :? It didn't help that at one time I was trying to demonstrate it alongside a faulty AP3/4 - something else to fix.

Seemingly Arcadians repaired AP5 and my external DataCentre, on Jason's Electron, went down a storm =D>

Have come back with another faulty Plus 1, from Arcadian, and ElkTowers' Jaffa Mode 7 board . . . I've had a go at this once, repaired the connector, but didn't test it. I now need to get it working - draw the schematics out (has anyone done this already?) and see if it's possible to shrink the design and incorporate it into the new (honest, it's on the way :oops: ) AP6. The reason for this thinking its that it's currently a large board and really needs a good case. So, the Plus 1 case it ideal . . . Don't you think?

Some good new games - Didn't really have time to have a good look, but I'm sure others will be reporting on this.

Got to be intimate with some French Tarts, curtesy of Zarchos :lol: and jolly nice they were too :D And managed to persuade him (didn't take much!) to take my big multi sync monitor back with him to France. He's also going to test a 4MB memory upgrade, for the A3000, for me :D I have a few . . .

Had a good chat with Mark (RetroClinic) He may have an idea about getting some Cartridge Cases made . . . More as it arrives.

There seemed to be something going on in the other room, but didn't venture in there so can't comment 8)

And thanks to all who came for a chat :D Excellent day =D>

Dave H :D

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby BeebMaster » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:21 pm

sydney wrote:if you've met me you'll know I've had more than my fair share of cake!

Well, quite.
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby 1024MAK » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:28 pm

daveejhitchins wrote:Have come back with another faulty Plus 1, from Arcadian, and ElkTowers' Jaffa Mode 7 board . . . I've had a go at this once, repaired the connector, but didn't test it. I now need to get it working - draw the schematics out (has anyone done this already?) and see if it's possible to shrink the design and incorporate it into the new (honest, it's on the way :oops: ) AP6. The reason for this thinking its that it's currently a large board and really needs a good case. So, the Plus 1 case it ideal . . . Don't you think?
Dave, do you mean the Plus 1 schematics (in which case, they are available here somewhere) or the schematics for the Jaffa Mode 7 board?

Edit: Link to the Plus 1 schematic added :mrgreen:

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby daveejhitchins » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:34 pm

1024MAK wrote:or the schematics for the Jaffa Mode 7 board?
Mark: The Jaffa board . . . It would make fault finding so much easier.

Thanks - Dave H :D
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby 1024MAK » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:38 pm

daveejhitchins wrote:Mark: The Jaffa board . . . It would make fault finding so much easier.
Sorry Dave, I don't know of any existing schematics for the Jaffa board :(.

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby 1024MAK » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:42 pm

This may be useful for the MODE 7 MKII

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby daveejhitchins » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:40 pm

1024MAK wrote:This may be useful for the MODE 7 MKII

Mark
Ah! My fault . . . I should have said it's a MK1 board :oops:

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:19 am

Just sharing the photos I took (before I nod off!) ... didn't get as many as usual, as I spent rather a long time loitering in the car park with Xavier & Steve!

Anyway, for starters here are a few general shots of the "StarDot room".
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:26 am

Some shots of the ABug (Acorn & BBC User Group) stand, arranged by Simon (Sydney)
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Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:28 am

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Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:31 am

Dave Hitchins' Retro Hardware stall, which featured lots of nice, new products for the Electron!
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby richardtoohey » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:32 am

Thanks for the write-ups & pictures, much appreciated. =D> :D

Will try and get to one Acorn show next year [-o< but it's a bit of a journey.

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Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:41 am

Then next to RH was Steve's "Rasterman" stall, which was combined with Xavier's "Quantum" stand (aka La Pâtisserie!). Xavier very generously brought boxfuls of delicious cakes and pastries for all visitors to the show to enjoy. Yum ...
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:50 am

Continuing in a clock-wise direction, next up we had the first of two Retro Software demo tables.

The first stall contained some of Tricky's arcade conversions: Carnivale, Astro Blaster and Circus (which wasn't actually a conversion; rather a simulation/emulation of the arcade game's software roms ... incredible stuff!). Richard even built his own paddle-style controller!

Will post a video link shortly ...
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:29 am

Jason (JBNBeeb) was responsible for setting up the second Retro Software stall.

It featured the first public showing of JBiplane - Jason's ace, 2 player dogfight-style game. And I've still got the 'Magnificent Men in their flying machines' theme playing over and over in my head. (I did take a few more snaps of JBiplane but they turned out fuzzy, unfortunately ... :( ).

An Electron completed the setup, which was running David Boddie's new Castle Raider game. Lots of people commented on how smooth the scrolling was for the Electron.

Both games were very popular - and they were constantly in use throughout the whole day.
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Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:31 am

The final occupant of our room ... the charity stand (looking a little bare compared with last year, I think?).
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:38 am

Last three images, including a couple of the main RISC OS area of the show.

Chris Hughes (last picture, bottom right) was given a well-deserved round of applause in recognition of his dedication to the Wakefield Show: I believe this year's event was the 20th Wakefield Show on-the-trot which has been organised by Chris.
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:41 am

As promised, a short video of Tricky (Richard) talking about his simulation of Exidy's "Circus" arcade coin-op, running on a BBC Micro (apologies for the background noise, as you can tell I didn't have an external mic!).

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Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:01 am

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby flaxcottage » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:07 am

Thanks, Dave, for the pictures. They capture the event exactly.

It was interesting to note the two young lads in several of the shots. As soon as they were put in front of a BBC/Electron they were hooked and had to be prised away! :D I had a longish conversation with their dad and he confessed that he did have a beeb but it was in the loft. :shock:

I bet this morning dad will be up in the loft. :lol:
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Prime » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:40 am

Was a good show and good to catch up with people again, sorry I couldn't stay longer but I really didn't feel to good. At least I managed to make it this year :)

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby daveejhitchins » Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:56 am

Prime wrote:Was a good show and good to catch up with people again, sorry I couldn't stay longer but I really didn't feel to good. At least I managed to make it this year :)
Phill: Hope you're feeling better? I forgot, in my post above, to thank you for the PC motherboard. I can now build a DOS machine to run some of my Retro PC software including CUPL (PLD sw) and Master Designer (PCB sw).

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby Elminster » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:40 am

flaxcottage wrote:Thanks, Dave, for the pictures. They capture the event exactly.

It was interesting to note the two young lads in several of the shots. As soon as they were put in front of a BBC/Electron they were hooked and had to be prised away! :D I had a longish conversation with their dad and he confessed that he did have a beeb but it was in the loft. :shock:

I bet this morning dad will be up in the loft. :lol:


I don't think children ever lose that facination even when technology moves on.

My daughter would have loved it as well, she liked playing all the games on STH, but getting her out of bed at silly o'clock is never easy. She is currently playing minecraft on the iPad when she is meant to be eating breakfast.

And my cover is blown, I am lurking in the background of one of the photos.

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Postby davidb » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:44 pm

Wow! Thanks to Jason (JBNBeeb) for going the extra mile with presentations of the games! I'm very impressed with how they look. :D And thanks to DaveM for all his usual hard work, and for sharing his photos. I must try and make it to a Wakefield show one of these years! :)

It looks like everyone else had a good time, which I'm sure was partly due to a supply of French pastries. :) I hope there were some interesting items on the charity stand for Zarchos to add to his collection.

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Postby Arcadian » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:58 pm

davidb wrote:And thanks to DaveM for all his usual hard work, and for sharing his photos.

To be honest there was very little for me to do! Jason took care of the first Retro Software table whilst Tricky took care of the second. Whilst Simon (sydney) supplied everything for the ABug stand! :)

davidb wrote:I hope there were some interesting items on the charity stand for Zarchos to add to his collection.

Oh don't worry - Xavier left with a van chock full of Archimedes/RISC OS goodies!
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby flaxcottage » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:10 pm

The A3000 I got from the charity stall provided some much-needed spares.

Battery damage on the motherboard was so severe that it was a write-off, consequently it was cheap. I bought it for the case upper, which has cleaned up really well and only needs some label residue removing now.

A bonus was the serial interface chips, which were missing from mine. There was also a memory expansion adding another 3Mb. This worked perfectly. :D Unfortunately the floppy drive was useless and the keyboard needs a lot of attention but will, at least, be a source of key tops.
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby jbnbeeb » Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:30 pm

HI,
was great to meet everyone at the show.

A small gathering of us were in the bar night before - Tricky (Richard), Prime (Phil) and his other half, Sean - a newcomer to the forum and the show I think, Crowley (Jonathan) and oswrch (Mark).

A first for me this year was that I didn't wake up with a hangover - and also I don't recall winding anyone up this time - at least intentionally :) . In the bar, I remembered that I was setting a stand up the following day, and so switched to soft drinks and lots of water before heading to bed at about 1am.

After a hearty breakfast (I forgot to heed ZarchOs's advice to leave room for his incredibly vast array of cakes!) , Crowley kindly helped carry my stuff in to the exhibition room. Though I wasn't hungover, I was tired from little sleep, and setting up the kit in an incredibly hot room (all those people+kit+low ceiling and no open windows) was bit gruelling. What nearly wiped me out was carrying a box full of DaveM's Beebs and seemingly non working disk drives from his car and up three flights of stairs!

Still, it was worth it, with a bit of help from Tricky (built in scrolling on his monitor!) , Dave H and osrwrch, plus DaveM's cool 10" scart TV, we had a fully working jbnbeeb+dboddie RS stand adjacent to Tricky's brilliant and growing collection of faithful reproductions (or emulations!) of early 8bit arcade games.

With some plastic stands for instructions for the RS games , plus a rolling Powerpoint presentation giving an overview and screenshots/artwork of the games, I thought the two RS stands looked pretty good IMHO.

Tricky kept things fully retro to best display his smooth flicker free games - old CRT portables for running at 50hz.. in fact one of his tech demos won't run on an LCD due to critical timings with scanlines.

Zarchos's stand had an impressive Archimedes graphic demo which was also manipulating scanlines to produce wavey animation on the screen. Zarchos explained to me this was no mean feat as detailed documentation of the Arch video hardware wasn't overly available, as Acorn emphasised strict use of OS calls even more so than in the Beeb days.

Dave H had an excellent collection of Electron interfaces available and was also demonstrating a work-in-progress MegaGamesCartridge.

Meanwhile DaveH and danielj were working on updating Matchbox co pros. Sydney's little contraption didn't quite work I understand, but daniel was on hand with pins to be soldered on to the underside of the copros.


Big thanks to DaveH for lending me his AP Plus 5 and External Datacentre. This enabled me to get dboddie's Castle Raider up and running on an Electron rather than a Beeb. I really wanted to do this to show off his wonderful achievement of Elk smooth full screen scrolling, all without hardware help (as hw scrolling isn't possible on Elk).

Incidentally, the Elk set up on the RS stand got a lot of interest re the hardware set up, what with a rare in-the-wild sighting of the AP5 and DC plugged in to an Elk, and also going through a DV204 scan converter so the Elk display could be put through one of my 19" LCD monitors (no SCART fitted).


I also later spotted LeeNew and danielj using a Kryoflux set up. LeeNew had the novel travel arrangement of a Beeb in a suitcase! Perhaps a Beeb did go with him whilst on his honeymoon :)

Flaxcottage (John)'s stand was impressive with his array of old educational titles as well as a demo of his Raspberry pi running pico RISC OS (is that the right name?) - which looked really weird! Like a Beeb on steroids on account of pico RISCOS a) booting up in to Mode 7 and b) stripped of the RISC OS GUI .. I think it displayed the number of MB free (a LOT) in the OS boot strapline at top of the screen.

Sydney (Simon) had an ABUG stand to inform attendees about our Acorn gatherings in conference rooms unaccustomed to playing host to electronics wizards, retro micros and many soldering irons. His stand had several machines for some impromptu and mind blowing high score achievements from one of the Wakefield visitors - not sure he's on the forum or not - but he should be to take part in the Stardot high-score competitions!!

The last thing I'd like to say here is - SORRY! for the jBiplane intro music being so loud (and looping constantly). I was so proud of having managed to get the music going (I completed the music routine on Thursday before the show) that I was keen to show it off. My beeb was initially inaudible, so I removed the lid and keyboard to adjust the volume pot - too enthusiastically :)

Cheers everyone and thanks to DaveM for posting the photos.

I'm off to Replay in Blackpool next weekend - let me know if any of you are attending.

PS I will post up the disk image and source code for jbip on RS very soon and post on Stardot. I might slip in a "sound off" option before doing so :)
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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby davidb » Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:34 pm

jbnbeeb wrote:Big thanks to DaveH for lending me his AP Plus 5 and External Datacentre. This enabled me to get dboddie's Castle Raider up and running on an Electron rather than a Beeb. I really wanted to do this to show off his wonderful achievement of Elk smooth full screen scrolling, all without hardware help (as hw scrolling isn't possible on Elk).

Thanks, Jason - and extended thanks to DaveH, too. :D

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Re: Wakefield RISC OS Show 2015 / Sat 25th April 2015

Postby hoglet » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:40 pm

Thanks to everyone for the show reports - sounds like a great time was had by all. And thanks to DaveM for the excellent photos.

Is there going to be a hackathon again in August?

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