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gary foster
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need help

Postby gary foster » Sun Aug 01, 2004 2:42 pm

<br>
can anyone help me?<br>
i'm a total novice and i'm having trouble.<br>
i've download a game and need to know how to start playing. what do i need to download?<br>
i'm using windowsXP <br>
thank you <p></p><i></i>

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melchett
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Re:Need Help

Postby melchett » Tue Aug 03, 2004 6:49 am

Hi,<br>
<br>
You need to download an emulator for the game you downloaded to work with (unless you have a proper BBC but I'm assuming not..). I've put some instructions for some of the various emulators available below and have assumed you're using Windows XP/2000.<br>
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Tom Walker's B-Em available from <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://b-em.bbcmicro.com/">b-em.bbcmicro.com/</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
1) Download the B-Em for Windows zip file by clicking on the link at the top of the screen (don't download the DOS version)<br>
2) Extract the files from the zip archive to a suitable directory e.g. B-Em.<br>
3) Download a disk image from this site's software archive e.g. <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/archive/diskimages/reclist.php?sort=name&filter=.zip">www.stairwaytohell.com/bb...ilter=.zip</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
4) Extract the disk image e.g. "Repton.ssd" to "<path>-emdiscs"<br>
5) Start B-Em by double clicking on B-Em.exe in the "<path>-em" directory<br>
6) Right click anyway in the screen to display the menu at the top of the screen<br>
7) Select Disc->Load Drive 0/2<br>
<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START 8) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/glasses.gif ALT="8)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> Navigate to "<path>-emdiscimages" and select "Repton.ssd"<br>
9) You'll be returned to the BBC boot basic prompt<br>
10) Press the SHIFT key together with F12 to auto-boot the disk (note if this doesn't work, then autoboot is enabled on the disk image and you'll need to CHAIN "<PROGRAM NAME>" or *RUN <PROGRAM NAME>)<br>
11) Play the game...<br>
<br>
Tom Seddon's Model available from <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://modelb.bbcmicro.com/download.html">modelb.bbcmicro.com/download.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
1) Download the DirectX 8 verion zip file by clicking on the link at the halfway down the screen <br>
2) Extract the files from the zip archive to a suitable directory e.g. <path>modelb.<br>
3) Download a disk image from this site's software archive e.g. <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/archive/diskimages/reclist.php?sort=name&filter=.zip">www.stairwaytohell.com/bb...ilter=.zip</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
4) Extract the disk image e.g. "Repton.ssd" to "<path>modelbgames"<br>
5) Start modelb by double clicking on modelb.exe in the "<path>modelb" directory<br>
6) Select the File->Drive 0->Load... menu option<br>
7) Navigate to "<path>modelbgames" and select "Repton.ssd"<br>
9) You'll be returned to the BBC boot basic prompt<br>
10) Press the SHIFT key together with F11 to auto-boot the disk (note if this doesn't work, then autoboot is enabled on the disk image and you'll need to CHAIN "<PROGRAM NAME>" or *RUN <PROGRAM NAME>)<br>
11) Play the game...<br>
<br>
<br>
BeebEm available from <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.mikebuk.dsl.pipex.com/beebem/Rickynet/index.html">www.mikebuk.dsl.pipex.com...index.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
1) Download the BeebEm 1.41 zip file by clicking on the link at the top of the screen<br>
2) Extract the files from the zip archive to a suitable directory e.g. <path>eebem<br>
3) Download a disk image from this site's software archive e.g. <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/archive/diskimages/reclist.php?sort=name&filter=.zip">www.stairwaytohell.com/bb...ilter=.zip</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br>
4) Extract the disk image e.g. "Repton.ssd" to "<path>eebemdiscims"<br>
5) Start beebem by double clicking on beebem.exe in the "<path>eebem" directory<br>
6) Select the File->Load Disc 0... menu option<br>
7) Navigate to "<path>eebemdiscims" and select "Repton.ssd"<br>
9) You'll be returned to the BBC boot basic prompt<br>
10) Press the SHIFT key together with F12 to auto-boot the disk (note if this doesn't work, then autoboot is enabled on the disk image and you'll need to CHAIN "<PROGRAM NAME>" or *RUN <PROGRAM NAME>)<br>
11) Play the game...<br>
<br>
There are a number of other emulators out there which I haven't documented here such as the JBeeb (java based, more complex set up as you have to install a Java Runtime Environment first) and PCBBC (10 minutes of play only unless you buy it). I think you're better off with the emulators above if you're a novice for the time being, as much as I rate JBeeb and PCBBC...<br>
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Hope this helps. <p></p><i></i>


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