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by chinnyhill10
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31684

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

I'm going to plonk this down here because I think it's relevant to Beeb owners in what also been a great year for gaming for them. Stunt Car Racer surprised everyone. And now it's the CPC's turn with a port of Pinball Dreams. Batman Group have leveraged the same CRTC chip the Beeb has to do somethin...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Experiences with 4G broadband
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Experiences with 4G broadband

Boydie wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:27 am
TP-Link offer a free DynamicDNS service with their routers.
Ooh didn't see that. But then I wouldn't actually read the manual would I?

[mutter mutter, been using computers since 1985 I don't have to read that mutter mutter]
by chinnyhill10
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Experiences with 4G broadband
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Experiences with 4G broadband

Forgot to add that going to 4G means I have lost my fixed IP. No huge deal except I no longer have the novelty of having chums miles away drop files directly onto my Amstrad CPC via it's M4 card! Not essential but I do like to show off!
by chinnyhill10
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Experiences with 4G broadband
Replies: 16
Views: 381

Re: Experiences with 4G broadband

Late to the party here. Lived in this house for 10 years and the best ADSL we've ever had was 3 meg but often closer to two. In July I decided to try 3's unlimited plan with an external Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 aerial as 3 were the only unlimited party in town. The experience was mixed. It was much fa...
by chinnyhill10
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Capturing interlaced / 50Hz video
Replies: 37
Views: 923

Re: Capturing interlaced / 50Hz video

You have to deinterlace at some stage and turn it into 50p. Your choice of deinterlacer is down to you. I use a Pioneer DVD recorder to take the RGB, deinterlace it and then it squirts it out as component which I then capture. I could do it as HDMI but I prefer component. Then you upscale if you wis...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?
Replies: 143
Views: 14199

Re: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?

BeebSteve wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:29 pm

What's wrong with the c64 mini? I thought it was supposed to be decent?
When I reviewed it I found it laggy (even after the firmware update) and couldn't do anything a Pi could do far better. The included joystick was a total joke as well. Will stick with the real thing or a Pi.
by chinnyhill10
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Sega Light Phaser on a BBC Micro
Replies: 29
Views: 995

Re: SEGA

C6 has an interesting value! Definitely worth a try :wink: Does the Beeb have many light gun games? Mark Thinking aloud, would a Playstation 1/2 light gun be a better bet? Easy to get hold of, cheap, etc. Falling over the things at car boots and Ebay has loads. Makes it easier to get hold of if som...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31684

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Understandable given the problems of the high street these days. More space for your money and closer to home. Although of course less opportunity to just 'pop in' as I did for a browse when you are tucked a bit out of the way. True although Littlehampton isn't huge and for a retro day out you can ...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?
Replies: 143
Views: 14199

Re: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?

I avoided joining this kickstarter as I was still livid by the despicable Vega+ indiegogo fiasco. But now.. well, I'm wishing I'd ordered one. Best plan is to wait IMO. You only need to look at the Elite Spectrum, Vega and the C64 Mini to see the kind of rubbish you can end up lumbered with. Best t...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31684

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

The shop will still be there for a new weeks, but given how much he's spending on the racking alone for the new place I'd say it will be bigger and better! He covered it in his last wakefield talk - https://youtu.be/IieSKgokh6Y I think the new building is here - https://goo.gl/maps/4aaATXJm3j8bpUmU...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Amstrad CPC's
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: Amstrad CPC's

Colday wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:31 pm
Hi all.

If anyone needs any help with Amstrad CPC's then let me know.

I have 2x 6128's and 2x 464's. (664's are just too damned expensive at the moment)
664's will always be expensive. Not many made.
by chinnyhill10
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Disc or Disk. Silly-Season debate.
Replies: 93
Views: 1746

Re: Disc or Disk. Silly-Season debate.

Amstrad PC1640 User Instructions Which is funny, as the Amstrad PC1640 User Instructions book uses colour. Mark Amazing when you consider it was the same teams writing the manuals for all the machines. Must have been a conscious decision due to having to include the DRDOS, MSDOS and GEM manuals wit...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31684

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

It's a shame they're moving, I always thought I might take a trip up there one day for the pure nostalgia factor of walking into an 'Acorn' shop! (I'd inevitably end up buying lots of stuff of course!) Yeah, I couldn't resist Double Density floppies. Not cheap but will solve my woes of formatting m...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31684

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

It's a shame they're moving, I always thought I might take a trip up there one day for the pure nostalgia factor of walking into an 'Acorn' shop! (I'd inevitably end up buying lots of stuff of course!) The shop will still be there for a new weeks, but given how much he's spending on the racking alo...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31684

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

I know its not the done thing to honk about your own videos, but this one will be of interest to people on here. I was in Worthing working yesterday and at the end of the day I decided to go and find the computer shop who still sell Acorn stuff, CJE. It was well past five but I went for a walk and c...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Disc or Disk. Silly-Season debate.
Replies: 93
Views: 1746

Re: Disc or Disk. Silly-Season debate.

programs running on this laptop can read and write DFS disk images :roll: it's called emulate :roll: We are not American, Acorn was British, so it's disc, checks all install/manuals written by Acorn to confirm correct spelling #-o Both Acorn and Amstrad agreed on this. 3 inch compact floppies were ...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Megadrive 1 power regulators
Replies: 24
Views: 1806

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: 1806

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: 571

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: 373

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: 629

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: 584

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: 15006

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: 276
Views: 31684

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: 439

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: 61
Views: 4056

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: 61
Views: 4056

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: 559

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: 3879

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: 107
Views: 5514

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 ...