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by geraldholdsworth
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Repton: The Lost Realms
Replies: 34
Views: 3237

Re: Repton: The Lost Realms

TonyMay wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:10 am
Is it possible to obtain a copy of a reliable tape image of the Electron version of "Repton The Lost Realms"?
If you purchase the physical tape copy you'll get sent the tape image as well. Unfortunately, that is the only way to do it.

Cheers,

Gerald.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Repton: The Lost Realms
Replies: 34
Views: 3237

Re: Repton: The Lost Realms

Is it possible to obtain a copy of a reliable disk image of the Electron version of "Repton The Lost Realms"? I just took the supplied tape image and copied each file into a newly created disc image, created a !BOOT, set the boot option and it worked fine. I even did the same for an ADFS image. I c...
by geraldholdsworth
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Snapshotting RAM of an app ... or the whole computer
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Snapshotting RAM of an app ... or the whole computer

There is an application that will extract the BASIC program, while running. I can't remember what it is called, or where I got it, but I shall go hunting on my RISC OS system and get back to you. EDIT: It is called BASIC Ripper (!BASIC Rip) by Jonathan Hunt. The web address given is no longer valid,...
by geraldholdsworth
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Monitor for BBC / Electron
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Monitor for BBC / Electron

Get a GBS8200. Works really well, and outputs VGA. Doesn't cost much either.
by geraldholdsworth
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Level Data decoding techniques
Replies: 13
Views: 767

Re: Level Data decoding techniques

The Repton series uses similar techniques - it uses 5 bits for a character and these are stored as 5 bits, so a byte will contain part of another character.
Have a look at Decoding Repton where I've, hopefully, explained it better.
by geraldholdsworth
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Triple floppy drive
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Triple floppy drive

Is that all three connected at the same time into a Master?

I've still to do the mod to mine to allow a third drive, plus ADFS needs a patch.
by geraldholdsworth
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Needs must Two . . . Lots more items for sale . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1278

Re: Needs must Two . . . Lots more items for sale . . .

daveejhitchins wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:06 pm
eBay is always an option, if there are no takers on the Forum! Prefer someone here to have it, though . . .
I am interested, but I don't have the funds or enough justification to give the wife for purchasing it (or the room, for that matter).

Cheers,

Gerald.
by geraldholdsworth
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: general
Topic: UK rail departure boards on a Master
Replies: 18
Views: 1624

Re: UK rail departure boards on a Master

AJW wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:35 am
What made you move up north? (OT)
The wife (she's Scottish), the crowds, and the general peacefulness up here.
by geraldholdsworth
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: general
Topic: UK rail departure boards on a Master
Replies: 18
Views: 1624

Re: UK rail departure boards on a Master

Richard Russell wrote:
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:57 pm
I must have travelled on the Gravesend to Charing Cross service about 5000 times, and the same number back again!
Ditto - although my stop was Bexleyheath.
by geraldholdsworth
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Master vs Master Compact
Replies: 18
Views: 916

Re: Master vs Master Compact

All I can say is that I had a Master Compact, back in the day, and absolutely loved it. However, every so often I wished it had this-or-that, and longed for a full BBC Master (which I now have). I did add a secondary, 5.25", floppy drive and a DFS ROM. I could never get a mouse working (probably, in...
by geraldholdsworth
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Publishing Code on the Web
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Publishing Code on the Web

Sources at http://mdfs.net/User/JGH/Progs/php/ * bbc.php - takes the bbc.php?filename, validates it, does some guesswork based on the file extension, calls bbcbasic:detokenise within a header and footer * bbctok.php - provides bbcbasic::detokenise(file_get_contents($source_file), $source_file) whic...
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Publishing Code on the Web
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Publishing Code on the Web

I've updated it - added the BASIC V keywords and I realised that 6502 assembler mnemonics don't need to be in upper case, so changed that. This, however, causes an issue (although it was there before, more than likely) in that variable names can get confused for assembler if they contain the right s...
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Publishing Code on the Web
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Publishing Code on the Web

jgharston wrote:
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:05 pm
Some examples here: http://mdfs.net/User/JGH/Progs/
Neat - I like it.

Cheers,

Gerald.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Publishing Code on the Web
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Publishing Code on the Web

lurkio wrote:
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:11 pm
Do you happen to have a link for that?
Yep, sure:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4036&p=34884#p35094
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Publishing Code on the Web
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Publishing Code on the Web

I've been looking for something to make the code look nice which I publish on my website, mainly because what I've used on My website looks dire. I did toy with writing my own, but then found Code Prettify . OK, works fine for Javascript, HTML, CSS and PHP. There's even a language definition file fo...
by geraldholdsworth
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games
Replies: 22
Views: 1551

Re: Methods and ethics of cheating in retro computer games

sydney wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:40 pm
I did however buy a solution and map for Exile and possibly Codename Droid, would that be considered cheating?
I describe the Repton Resource Page as a help page, not a cheats page, because it has maps and passwords.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Emulators on A3010-20
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Emulators on A3010-20

Yes, it is.

Does RISC OS come with an emulator already? 65Host?

Or, much better, is BeebIt from Michael Foot - don't have the download address to hand, but I'm sure a quick web search will reveal it.
by geraldholdsworth
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?
Replies: 58
Views: 2349

Re: TURBO MMC or GOTEK ?

I've got both, and a couple of internal User Ports, in my BBC Master. OK, I haven't set the Gotek up yet, so I'm debating how to connect it as I already have two floppies (a 5.25 and a 3.5). I've got the parts to put in a third drive, just need to software updated to cope with the extra drive. Oh, a...
by geraldholdsworth
Fri May 22, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Defects on ADFS floppies
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Re: Defects on ADFS floppies

Could the defects even be part of some fancy copy protection? ("Attempt to read sector x; if it succeeds, then this isn't a legit copy" -- I've heard of stuff like this being done on Amiga games or similar.) EGO: Repton 4 on the Archimedes (and later on, the new version of Archimedes Repton 3) had ...
by geraldholdsworth
Wed May 13, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Scalers / line doublers which are BBC friendly
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Scalers / line doublers which are BBC friendly

I've found that a Kramer VP-428 works well, and outputs a HDMI signal. However, it does require a VGA signal, so I use a GBS8200 which is relatively inexpensive and works well. If you need the HDMI output, you might be able to find a Kramer unit on auction sites pretty cheap, but if you don't need a...
by geraldholdsworth
Mon May 11, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: general
Topic: Convert RISC OS Font to True Type Font
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: Convert RISC OS Font to True Type Font

Dr Fonty worked like a charm, in RISC OS 5 too. However, it would only export to Postscript font file, but the online convertors took this and produced a TTF and WOFF (and WOFF2) file for me ( This one is pretty good). The application for going back the other way was just for future reference. Many ...
by geraldholdsworth
Sun May 10, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Convert RISC OS Font to True Type Font
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: Convert RISC OS Font to True Type Font

Thank you - I'll give them a whirl.
by geraldholdsworth
Sun May 10, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Convert RISC OS Font to True Type Font
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Convert RISC OS Font to True Type Font

Is there a converter to convert a RISC OS font to a True Type Font, and back again?
by geraldholdsworth
Sun May 10, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: master.ttf
Replies: 20
Views: 2391

Re: master.ttf

Good work. I've converted them all to WOFF and WOFF2 (attached) for use in a browser, if one would so wish to do so.
by geraldholdsworth
Fri May 08, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC Master ANFS Chip
Replies: 4
Views: 479

Re: BBC Master ANFS Chip

Well I have a Master and an (original) internal and (original) external 6502 co-pro. However, I'm not sure how the ANFS chip would help me, but it would be nice to put it together with the co-pro.

Cheers,

Gerald.
by geraldholdsworth
Wed May 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Step by Step Programming Series
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: Step by Step Programming Series

My original version doesn't work on my Windows BeebEm either...unsurprisingly. Haven't investigated much further than that (aside from playing with OSRDCH). The source code for the menu is (please excuse my rather rusty assembly knowledge): MODE135 maxlength%=28 datasize%=0 datapkt%=1+maxlength%+1+7...
by geraldholdsworth
Wed May 06, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Step by Step Programming Series
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: Step by Step Programming Series

iamaran wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 10:03 am
The menu works in B-em 2.2 but not BeebEm 4.14 (both for Windows).
Hmmm...interesting. I used BeebEm 4.0a on a Mac to write it. I shall need to investigate...
by geraldholdsworth
Wed May 06, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Step by Step Programming Series
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: Step by Step Programming Series

No it wasn't typed from the book. I originally wrote it in BASIC and had a !BOOT to EXECute it, but then ran out of catalogue so had to convert it to machine code. It uses OSRDCH to get the character (A-O or SPACE) which then CHAINs the appropriate file. If it's easier, maybe revet back to the BASIC...
by geraldholdsworth
Tue May 05, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Step by Step Programming Series
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: Step by Step Programming Series

Is there anywhere to down load the book itself I couldn't find them online, so I presume not. I have been contemplating scanning them in but was dubious because I thought that they were bigger than A4...but, I popped a pad of A4 writing pad on top (just by accident) and they should easily fit my sc...
by geraldholdsworth
Sat May 02, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Step by Step Programming Series
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: Step by Step Programming Series

It's a double sided DFS image. Anything that can open an ssd should be able to open a dsd, like BeebEm for example.

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