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by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Megadrive 1 power regulators
Replies: 24
Views: 1538

Re: Megadrive 1 power regulators

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:52 am

£13 well spent. :D
Sorry I didn't see this earlier. C Sync is the answer. You shouldn't need to do anything else.
by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Megadrive 1 power regulators
Replies: 24
Views: 1538

Re: Megadrive 1 power regulators

vanpeebles wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:59 am
While it is in bits, you might as well wire up a 50/60hz switch and a region switch too :)
So easy even I have done it. On the original they may as well have put a big label on the links to say "mod here"
by chinnyhill10
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64C Reasonable price...
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: C64C Reasonable price...

50 to 60 for a C, about 80 for a bread bin seems to be the current rates. A good Ebay listing listed to end on a Sunday night showing a working 64 should find its own level. And yes, the PSU's are a menace these days. I reviewed a new replacement recently that I now use on my 64. https://www.youtube...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Does anyone know anything about Amstrad Mega PC
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Does anyone know anything about Amstrad Mega PC

Hi As per title is anyone on here familiar with the Amstrad Mega PC? I have one and two motherboards. One motherboard will boot into the PC side and format a CF card but will not play Mega Drive games. The other will play mega Drive games no problem but reports floppy disk and hard drive controller...
by chinnyhill10
Thu May 16, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Making the most of the sun
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Making the most of the sun

There are people currently experimenting without peroxide just using sunlight. The process is slower but they are getting results.

As ever with these things, treat with caution. It seems even chemical engineers don't seem to understand quite what is going on!
by chinnyhill10
Thu May 09, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn Electron press launch event: a shambles?
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: Acorn Electron press launch event: a shambles?

1024MAK wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 11:23 am
BigEd wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 8:28 am
But: green Electron rock! I wonder if anyone anywhere still has that - what's the shelf life of confectionery?
Possibly years... (unless it was eaten...)

But I don’t think I would try confectionery that old!

Mark
It'll be fine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmdLnPGZ0Rc
by chinnyhill10
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 13894

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

* Amstrad had ULA problems with Ferranti as well, legend has it that Alan Sugar picked up the phone and gave one of bosses a right earbashing and eventually LSI Logic made the chip for them. They commissioned LSI after Sugar used some 'industrial language" down the phone to Ferranti when the engine...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 236
Views: 26645

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

ChinnyVision looks at the A3000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDfg12OUS-g :idea: Thanks to the members of this forum that made the video happen, especially Rob. The main machine featured was owned by The Future Was 8 Bit but when that machine packed up just before I did the direct capture it was...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What a waste
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: What a waste

I suspect the computer (probably also immaculate) is in the small electrics skip. How many items end up like this? We should start a national awareness campaign! Breaks my heart. I once watched an operative destroy a C64 PSU (in the era before you could buy superior replacements). I begged him not ...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master
Replies: 60
Views: 3426

Re: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master

vanpeebles wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:31 am
Could of been on the keyboard?
I believe it's the C64 version only that does this and of course its the same code on the BBC hence why it does the same.
by chinnyhill10
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master
Replies: 60
Views: 3426

Re: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master

jregel wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:47 pm
A great review on ChinnyVision's YouTube page.

He does throw the gauntlet down for a Starglider port... :-)
Yes, sorry! Although someone else told me when I mentioned it they were thinking exactly the same thing!
by chinnyhill10
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Maplin are back ...
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Maplin are back ...

Only in the same way Woolworths came back as an online only outfit that everyone forgot about in five minutes flat. Only used them for distress purchases and killing time.
by chinnyhill10
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 3453

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

He knows nothing of an Amstrad version, though would've expected the Spectrum authors to have been involved. He was offered the C16 conversion but declined due to insufficient memory. OK, thank you for asking. I actually assumed that, because Amstrad took over Sinclair, the Amstrad Repton 3 and Sin...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Electron MicroSD Card Interfaces (SOLD OUT)
Replies: 105
Views: 4625

Re: Electron MicroSD Card Interfaces

All gone. I have parts and PCBs for new boards on the way. The next batch are going to be of a revised design that swaps the eprom for a flash chip and has the MicroSD reader attached to the main board, rather than on a cable. Hah, it was me that snatched the last one from Ebay as I wanted to do a ...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 13894

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

It's easy to forget that due to its position as the leader in education, there were a wealth of peripherals, high-quality educational software and documentation available for the Beeb that just weren't there for other machines. Etc. .. Those are good points too. But there still comes a point of mar...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 13894

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

But there must have been some IT syllabus? Into the 90s, there certainly was at our secondary school and we Microsoft Office'd the hell out of it. Well technically there was as they included it in "CDT". But they didn't actually teach anything. You got a term on the computers, the rest of the time ...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 13894

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Schools bought the BBC for so long because it was the machine they received grants to buy and because of the time it took to gain ubiquity. Plus teachers took so long to persuade to buy a BBC in the first place, they would have been doubly reluctant to upgrade to the next superwonder before getting...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 13894

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Weren't they still selling the BBC Micro at that price in the late 80's when you could buy an Amiga for that? The Master range was released in 1986, so the BBC B would have still been on sale up to then. The Master 128 was discontinued in 1993 (see here ). The last version of the Master was discont...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 13894

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Just doubling ram chips to 8 I reckon would have made it a much bigger success even with the slipped date. But then that's all said with hindsite knowing when the bubble in market burst and knowing ula was gonna cause the delays and knowing how competition performed in games (which is where it real...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 13894

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Even Acorn (or, rather, Dixons) managed to shift heavily-discounted Electrons late in its commercial life to the detriment of things like the C16: back in late 1986, the Spectrum was apparently briefly dislodged as the best-selling micro in the UK at the time. Yes, it's remarkable that even in 1986...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Obtaining An A3000

The more modern rechargeable batteries will be OK if they are kept charged. This means that the machine will need to be powered on at least once a month. It is when the cells become completely discharged that trouble occurs - that happens when machines are put in storage for 25 years or so. If I'm ...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Obtaining An A3000

mr-macrisc wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:32 pm
There is an a3000 for sale 8n Cambridge on the FB acorn bbc for sale group on fb
Thanks. May be the one someone else showed me. Going to get it from Robc as he knows what he's doing and I won't have the "well it worked when I last used it in 1996" problem.
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Obtaining An A3000

The a3010 does do the same PAL RGB modes as the A3000. As Rob says though, the cmos is a pretty straightforward fix if that's all that's gone... If you're going to be anywhere near Wakefield for the riscos show in April, we can get you fixed up there? d. Bit out of the way for me I am afraid but th...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Obtaining An A3000

Depends on the batteries, where they're mounted and if it's left unused for too long. The early big-box Arcs have non-rechargeable batteries mounted away from the PCB - although you see corrosion on the battery packs, it's very rare for this to damage the machines. The A3000 has space for the batte...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Obtaining An A3000

I may have a working A3000 - it's been a while since I used it but I had replaced the old battery. It's probably not the prettiest but it has a CF hard drive. Would be more than happy to take £250 for it as I need to make room in my collection. I can dig it out if you want. EDIT: If it's just the C...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Obtaining An A3000

Short version of a long story, I've been trying to obtain a working A3000 for ChinnyVision for a couple of years now. The first machine I obtained was basically rot across the entire battery area. Basically I think that entire part of the board was destroyed with bits just falling off. For 6 months ...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"

I'd suggest you get the owner of your donated machine to check the cmos battery! He put a new one in before he sent it and it was all fine. It's owned by Rod from The Future Was 8 Bit so he knows his onions. My money is on it not having enough charge or the CMOS RAM having also taken damage from th...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 3453

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

So who did do this work? Are we referring to VIC and SID? If so that did not seem to work out for even Commodore in the long run. None of those making 8 bit home computers went on to long term success making games consoles. We're drifting wildly off-topic but Commodore was a company that kept shoot...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 3453

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

Guys, just a reminder that a flame war will end up with the moderators taking action. And some of the recent posts here are also off topic. So just think carefully about what you are saying before you post. Mark Unless posts have been deleted, I've seen no evidence of a flame war. Just a civilised ...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 3453

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

We had a BBC owning kid in class in '86 and '87. I went to his house and saw the games he kept on banging on about, Killer Gorilla and Repton. Both looked, sounded and played like something from 2 years before in an era where games were developing so quickly. By 1987 we were playing Zarch on the Ar...