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by chinnyhill10
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Acorn factory friday special B+

When Amstrad moved all manufacturing for the Spectrum to the Far East with Orion (who did the CPC, PCW and would be doing the soon to be launched PC's), Sugar threw the Timex factory the bone of assembling his DMP2000 printers. By the way, do you know who Amstrad used to assemble the U.K. made vers...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Acorn factory friday special B+

Issue two. See if you can spot the missing resistor! 336E76BD-5B25-40EA-B08F-36E321DDBD37.png Issue 2 will be Timex. When Amstrad moved all manufacturing for the Spectrum to the Far East with Orion (who did the CPC, PCW and would be doing the soon to be launched PC's), Sugar threw the Timex factory...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Acorn factory friday special B+

1024MAK wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:40 pm


Erm, my post that you quoted was in relation to the first post in the thread :lol:

Mark
Sorry!
by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Acorn factory friday special B+

I don't know what you're complaining about, it's hard for the workers to get everything straight and true whilst the whole factory in Wales is being shook by the the 5.4 magnitude earthquake (that occurred on 19th of July 1984) :mrgreen: Mark Dundee. Numerous stories about that place. Very bad indu...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Acorn factory friday special B+

I had a Spectrum that was missing a resistor. It all worked fine until something was plugged into the edge connector then the keyboard went funny! QC indeed. Was it a Dundee built 16k or 48k? The QC at Timex was non existent. The trouble is, how to tell where it was made? Mark Board revision usuall...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 444

Re: Acorn factory friday special B+

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:55 pm
I had a Spectrum that was missing a resistor. It all worked fine until something was plugged into the edge connector then the keyboard went funny! QC indeed.
Was it a Dundee built 16k or 48k? The QC at Timex was non existent.
by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cassette player maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 233

Re: Cassette player maintenance

If you are in the UK, Asda currently have cassette players suitable for the BBC for just £15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eL2yQUafGM To cut a long story short: Advantages: Brand new Cheap Seem to work reliably with my Master, MSX and Spectrum Have functioning remote socket. Disadvantages: Cheap ...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 157
Views: 16174

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Not BBC Micro related strictly speaking but fascinating from a Southern Belle perspective. Mr PSB re-enacted the run we did on my BBC Master in modern Train Sim. So a similar steam loco on the modern track. Interesting to see the points they choose to model in the Hewson game including the ornate tu...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 157
Views: 16174

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

I enjoyed it, thanks. Seems amazingly complicated though, I think I will stick to watching the demo! It really isn't once you understand how the train works (Mr PSB does a good job explaining). You can do a run like we did non stop with the basic controls and its fairly straightforward. It's only t...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Green Beret
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: Green Beret

tricky wrote:Anything that distracts you from the gameplay isn't all bad!
Hey, it's bad but at least it isn't the C16 version in which you run along making obscene gestures at the enemy!
by chinnyhill10
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 157
Views: 16174

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Not sure if self plugging is the done thing but as the use of the BBC Micro for this was partly inspired by the members of this forum.... Mr PSB (train fanatic and Train Sim expert) and I drive the Southern Belle to Brighton on my BBC Master. To complicate things, Mr PSB is on the other side of the ...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Sega Mega Drive II with Mega-CD and 32x
Replies: 10
Views: 973

Re: Sega Mega Drive II with Mega-CD and 32x

. Any help/advice is appreciated. Mark Make sure both sides of the connection and clean. What looks clean may not actually be clean. Proper contact cleaner and a toothbrush in the Megadrive end and a swab on the edge connector end then leave to dry overnight. Do it in a ventilated room, contact cle...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 92
Views: 8450

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

A reworded memory of Aldershot has returned though: wasn't there also a shop that specialised in secondhand hardware somewhere on what a map tells me is the A323, shortly after the roundabout? I remember fantasy browsing in there. Definitely also did software, but I think less obviously? Was it one...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 92
Views: 8450

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Has anyone mentioned south of the Thames yet? :shock: There was also definitely a six-month period probably around 1992 that a place probably called Software Plus in Aldershot spent failing to provide the new cassette lead we had ordered. Software Plus was great. Certainly compared with the competi...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs
Replies: 186
Views: 61550

Re: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs

Samsung's website does state that using 4:3 mode for prolonged periods is not recommended as this may cause problems with the TV. I've never heard that one before :shock: I do know that some TV manufacturers cite DOG's (Digital On-Screen Graphic) as a problem in instructions and manuals. But most b...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How to modify your MMC Games Menu
Replies: 18
Views: 2344

Re: How to modify your MMC Games Menu

I also might have a look at making a WiFi/SDCard interface like chinnyhill10 mentioned. If anyone has been on my personal Twitter this evening, they'll have seen me wet myself in excitement as someone 40 miles away resets my CPC and uploads files directly onto it. Just amazing. And it's am ARM proc...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: general
Topic: Retrobrite streaking
Replies: 6
Views: 891

Re: Retrobrite streaking

Thank you both. The video was particularly interesting. I think I'd agree with his choice of words - my Master looks worse now it's been Retrobrited. I ordered five litres of hydrogen peroxide from eBay last night, so I can try immersing instead. I find the wrapping a bit difficult - clingfilm isn'...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: How to modify your MMC Games Menu
Replies: 18
Views: 2344

Re: How to modify your MMC Games Menu

I love my MMC but goodness me it's hard to get a new game onto the menu. So much so if I'm doing a review and its not on there I'll opt for tape loading instead. The Beeb led the way with SD card access. First 8 bit system I had a solid state drive in. But the ease of use of the MMC system now lags ...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 3360

Re: Commodore 64

danielj wrote:@Chinny - did you try the lumafix board? it sorted out the picture on all my LCD sets?
No. It's on the list of potential things to do. But my S-Video capture is clean so that's the main thing.
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 3360

Re: Commodore 64

The OP only wants a setup for his wife (and him) for games usage ... an Ultimate 1541 is a bit of an overkill in that regard. :D Indeed. I own an Ultimate 2 and an SD2IEC While the Ultimate 2 is lovely, it is very expensive and does stuff the average games player won't care less about. The SD2IEC i...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 157
Views: 16174

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Thanks for the review, the beeb doesn't get much love on youtube and I think you were very fair. You might have a preference for the MSX and a strange dislike of the BREAK key, which is invaluable for writing assembler with the built in assembler, but it didn't detract from the review for me. Only ...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 157
Views: 16174

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

algenon_iii wrote:Chinnyvision teardown and review of the BBC Master
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86s8cWfRso
IIRC I do apologise to everyone in this forum in advance for any mistakes! And I apologise again!
by chinnyhill10
Fri May 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Re: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128

Fantastic work!! =D> Actually during my last encounter with them I got put through to a manager, like you did. However in my case the manager saw through my act straight away and was extremely abusive, I mean unbelievable so, threatening my family and so on. This took me by surprise to be honest, a...
by chinnyhill10
Fri May 12, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Windows Technical Support v a BBC Master 128

A nice man rang up asking to help with my computer. So I let him......

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by chinnyhill10
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New Release: Castle Defender
Replies: 30
Views: 5180

Re: New Release: Castle Defender

Be brave! :idea: Just cautious as I rely on that card so much for the Youtube channel. It's not like the Spectrum where it's a quick and easy operation. Perhaps if I'm feeling brave over the weekend but my instinct says "leave alone". Wish the Beeb had a solution where you could run an SD card inte...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New Release: Castle Defender
Replies: 30
Views: 5180

Re: New Release: Castle Defender

Any pointers to getting this running on a real BBC Master with MMC interface and the standard menu system (which I use as I'm a dummy). Type *EXEC !BOOT Good luck! :idea: Cheers. Blimey that sounds complicated.I don't want to mess up my SD card as everything is currently running just right. Might j...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New Release: Castle Defender
Replies: 30
Views: 5180

Re: New Release: Castle Defender

Looks lovely. Any pointers to getting this running on a real BBC Master with MMC interface and the standard menu system (which I use as I'm a dummy). Cheers.
by chinnyhill10
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Electron Power Supply
Replies: 49
Views: 3860

Re: Electron Power Supply

Memotech used an external PSU that is just a transformer, but that one has multiple tappings (outputs). There may be other reasons. Of course, there are some disadvantages as well. Mark Picked up a Tandy Colour 2 this week on Ebay for next to nothing. Listed as having no power supply. Turned up, on...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Electron Power Supply
Replies: 49
Views: 3860

Re: Electron Power Supply

If your Elk works fine, then don't worry about it. But I just wanted to clear up the electrical theory and practice :wink: The 18V AC lines on the expansion port are normally only used when a Plus 3 is attached, because the Plus 3 then supplies the Elk with power, with a higher current (higher powe...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Electron Power Supply
Replies: 49
Views: 3860

Re: Electron Power Supply

Running my Elk on a 9v DC 2 amp supply and it's fine. According to someone I spoke to last year, 9V is the idea voltage if you are looking to run a DC supply instead of an AC supply. The rectifier won't get any warmer than if using 18v AC so I was told. May all be rubbish but the Elk is stable, fine...