Today I received.....

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby trixster » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:27 pm

Today I received another Sonnet! And this one actually works, thank goodness. Frickin expensive and now rather rare

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A3020 | A3000 | BBC B + 128K RAM/ROM + 20K Shadow + RPi2 CoPro + VideoNuLA
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby markdryan » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:17 am

Slightly off topic as I found these in my dad's garage rather than receiving them in the post. The only member of this collection in good working order is the Atom! There's a sticker on the BBC saying faulty power supply and the keyboard and some other chips seem to have been removed from it. The Master is missing some keys on the number pad, needs a new power supply and battery pack and someone has cruelly burnt it with cigarette. The A3000 needs a new battery and there's been some leakage. I'm going to remove the old battery today and clean up the board a little. Haven't tried turning it on yet. I hope to be able to get the Master and the A3000 up and running again. No idea yet whether the disk drives work. There also seems to be a Raven 20k shadow RAM board, a Soliddisk 32k SW RAM board and some ROMs, some labelled some not.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Multiwizard » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:21 am

markdryan wrote:Slightly off topic as I found these in my dad's garage rather than receiving them in the post. The only member of this collection in good working order is the Atom! There's a sticker on the BBC saying faulty power supply and the keyboard and some other chips seem to have been removed from it. The Master is missing some keys on the number pad, needs a new power supply and battery pack and someone has cruelly burnt it with cigarette. The A3000 needs a new battery and there's been some leakage. I'm going to remove the old battery today and clean up the board a little. Haven't tried turning it on yet. I hope to be able to get the Master and the A3000 up and running again. No idea yet whether the disk drives work. There also seems to be a Raven 20k shadow RAM board, a Soliddisk 32k SW RAM board and some ROMs, some labelled some not.

Oh, what's on the tapes?

And what kind of PCB is on the top left next to the Atom?


Greetings, Wim... :-)

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby markdryan » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:47 pm

And what kind of PCB is on the top left next to the Atom?


I think that's the sideways ram. I have no idea what the blue board on the right is. Something to do with the disk drives maybe? Here's another picture with all the tapes and boards. The tennis box is empty I'm afraid.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby cmorley » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:12 pm

markdryan wrote: I have no idea what the blue board on the right is. Something to do with the disk drives maybe?


Looks like a Watford Electronics 1770 disc interface upgrade (plugs in the 8271 socket).

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby 1024MAK » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:25 pm

It looks like both green PCBs have some DRAM chips on board to form extra RAM.
The chip with part of the code number PB05 is a Acorn BBC BASIC 2 ROM.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby DutchAcorn » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:54 pm

The middle PCB (Raven-20) is a 20K RAM expansion for the BBC. See here.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Lardo Boffin » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:52 pm

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A QED SQART to connect my zeddy to the ZX Chroma (soon to arrive)
A DIVMMC future.
A lumafix for my (sorry, my wife's) C64C.
Some hopefully working zeddy games.
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: Today I received.....

Postby 1024MAK » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:13 pm

Hmm, I use a inexpensive 1m long SCART cable for my toys from Paul Farrow :lol:

And use cheap £4 to £5 half metre long SCART cables to link together SCART devices on the TV's in the house. Never did understand why people wanted one metre long SCART cables to link items that were right next to one another :shock:

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Lardo Boffin » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:02 pm

1024MAK wrote:Hmm, I use a inexpensive 1m long SCART cable for my toys from Paul Farrow :lol:

And use cheap £4 to £5 half metre long SCART cables to link together SCART devices on the TV's in the house. Never did understand why people wanted one metre long SCART cables to link items that were right next to one another :shock:

Mark


It was cheap on eBay :D

Half meter would have been fine but the selection was limited...
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: Today I received.....

Postby EdwardianDuck » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:33 am

An internal PiTubeDirect level converter + Pi Zero + micro SD card from Kjell Sundby for my Master 128. All preconfigured, I just had to plug it in.

That basically completes my planned BBC setup.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby CMcDougall » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:30 pm

Thanks to Stephen P =D> on fbook (could be on here too as likes MMFS!)
Some more elk tapes I did not have, will upload the UEF / CSWs when on lappy.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Lardo Boffin » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:53 am

Thanks to a very helpful seller in the USA!

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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: Today I received.....

Postby 1024MAK » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:11 am

Nice 8)
Have you figured out how to get a video signal displayed yet?
If yes, does it work?

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Lardo Boffin » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:56 pm

1024MAK wrote:Nice 8)
Have you figured out how to get a video signal displayed yet?
If yes, does it work?

Mark


It outputs RF to a reasonable quality level on one of my TVs!


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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: Today I received.....

Postby VincentVega » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:36 pm

A bunch of components from RS:

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This will be used to create some additional cables for a SmallyMouse2 (to enable it to be used with an Atari and an Amiga) and some battery packs for various Acorns.

Something I got a while ago (but forgot to post here due to having a brain like a sieve) is a Framemeister XRGB-Mini. I had to order it from Japan (here), though I think it came via Germany in the end to avoid customs duties and the like. I tried it out with an Electron, a Beeb, a Master and my Atari and the picture quality is absolutely superb, especially with the 8-bit machines.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby z0m8ied0g » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:57 pm

Some light reading...

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby 1024MAK » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:56 pm

Earlier this week:
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K&H LP-420D uP Digital Logic Probe

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Three SmallyMouse2 modules and two cables for Arcs

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Ten TMS2532A-45JL EPROMs

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Some Panasonic 1.5F 5.5V memory capacitors and a bag of 50 M16 grommets

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Three Hammond aluminium cases, type 1411KU (only one shown)

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Farnell Stabilised V/I Supply Type C1

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Farnell Stabilised V/I Supply Type C1

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Farnell Stabilised V/I Supply Type C1


And today:
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UDG 4 ZXpand and some 3.5mm mono jack plugs and sockets
(The brown marks on the jack plugs are from the packing tape)

Thanks to the various forum members for the Logic Probe, the SmallyMouse2 and the UDG 4 ZXpand. The other items came from Farnell (not the Farnell Supply though, that was from eBay) and eBay.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Commie_User » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:56 pm

A complete thrillseekers' guide to modems is a truly freaky concept, these days. Nowadays, the Virgin media guy (or whoever) comes round, plugs it in and does whatever with his phone to enable it and that's your lot. So long as you pay the bills and keep away from illegal material, nothing can go wrong.

You had to hunt and make in those days. You had to be a lot more enthusiastic.

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That's been edited! :lol:

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby z0m8ied0g » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:19 am

Commie_User wrote:You had to hunt and make in those days. You had to be a lot more enthusiastic.


That was where the fun was, finding a BBS and getting lists of other BBSs from it to call, it was like DNS but manually done :)
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Commie_User » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:31 pm

Maybe, but there many more of the haves and have-nots before the Web and Google levelled a few more playing fields. If you had no way or ingenuity to find a lot of the gold, you probably just had to make do with the news and freebies.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby VincentVega » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:04 am

Nintendo Snoopy Tennis:

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I managed to find an Amiga on eBay that wasn't too expensive and hadn't turned yellow, so I bought a few bits for it for when the seller finally gets around to sending it:

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Clockwise from top-left: Kickstart 3.1 ROMs; SCART lead; Workbench 3.1 floppy discs; PCMCIA to CF adapter. I've never used an Amiga before, so I'm interested how it's going to be, especially compared to my ST. Back in the day, I was a big Atari fan and didn't think much of the Amiga.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby CMcDougall » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:09 pm

A internal data centre , thanks Mark!
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby daveejhitchins » Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:51 pm

CMcDougall wrote:A internal data centre , thanks Mark!
Should have gone for the external one . . . Then you could have played on your Elk too, next week :?

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby FourthStone » Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:23 pm

Today I received the first bit of kit I've gotten in years, thanks Rob! Now how do I fit it into my PC so it works with BeebEm :lol:
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Lardo Boffin » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:37 am

A ZX Chroma and a Spectra SCART - no more dot crawl for my Spectrums (almost an emulator quality image now) and the possibility of colour on my ZX81s! Awesome.

Sadly the Chroma doesn't work with my TS1500.


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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: Today I received.....

Postby DutchAcorn » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:26 am

An Atom Disc Pack. As yet untested..
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby oss003 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:27 am

DutchAcorn wrote:An Atom Disc Pack. As yet untested..

With the original diskdrive .... Nice catch Paul.

Greetings
Kees

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby tricky » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:39 am

My eTicket for the Arcade night at the Computer History Museum tonight in Cambridge, where we have had a couple of ABUG events.
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/43848/The-Arcade-Experience-2-September-2017/

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby CMcDougall » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:49 pm

daveejhitchins wrote:
mel wrote:A internal data centre , thanks Mark!
Should have gone for the external one . . . Then you could have played on your Elk too, next week :?

add a 5v USB mobile phone adaptor to it, becomes external one, especially in a sandwich box ! :D
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