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by Lardo Boffin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2612
Views: 215541

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

Beeb-bot! https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Clwyd-Technics-Trekker-Robot-Vehicle-BBC-Micro-Computer/163109204112?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Dec8569b83d8c4e4aa6542957b2a5016e%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D163109204112%26itm%3D1631092041...
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312563

Re: Today I received.....

A disc cleaner frame, some lint free cloths and by coincidence some discs of unknown pedigree that I can practice on before trying any of the more expensive ones. The video link from the purchase suggested using rubbing alocohol (IPA?) but advice on here was distilled water - which is the best way f...
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312563

Re: Today I received.....

Well sadly it is doa. When I switch it on nothing happens and neither of the leds come on, nor does the disc try to spin. I have cycled the switch a good few times but to no avail. Having taken the lid off, the rf shield (of which there is a lot) runs under the PSU at the back so presumbly the PSU h...
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312563

Re: Today I received.....

jonb wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:28 pm
Oh yeah, those STFM mouse / joystick connectors under the keyboard. What a poor design.
From what I can see they used to be where the disc drive ended up being put when they started fitting them internally. Shame they didn’t put a but more effort into finding a better home for them.
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312563

Re: Today I received.....

An Atari 520STFM! Also the mouse, leads and some games. Is there anything I need to check before switching this on? No sources of magic smoke etc.? Magic smoke, not normally, no. Typical faults are:- Faulty PSU on/off switch, non-functional or crackles.... Mark Thanks Mark. Doesn’t sound like anyth...
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2612
Views: 215541

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

Well watching an A3010 on ebay There are 2 bidders with 0 feedback pushing the price up Doesn't feel legit I don't mind loosing to genuine bidders , this just feels wrong Thats worked to my advantage a few times. So long as you only bid what you are willing to pay and don’t get carried away with it...
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312563

Re: Today I received.....

An Atari 520STFM! Also the mouse, leads and some games.

Is there anything I need to check before switching this on? No sources of magic smoke etc.?

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by Lardo Boffin
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Having a clear out
Replies: 43
Views: 1154

Re: Having a clear out

paradroid90 wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:07 am
Hi Lando

Interested in the Cassette Recorder and Joystick :-)
All yours! I will PM some details.
by Lardo Boffin
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Having a clear out
Replies: 43
Views: 1154

Re: Having a clear out

Monsters disc by Acornsoft. I have added this to the Battle of Britain disc earlier on.
by Lardo Boffin
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Having a clear out
Replies: 43
Views: 1154

Re: Having a clear out

ANF03 cassette player. I have run a head cleaner through this and spend some time cleaning the pinch roller. I have never tested saving with this but it loads fine. It is missing a little paint on the front, under the plastic by the looks of it. £10 plus p&p. 4B8B6C7A-B6BC-4C0E-BF6D-0B0124084390.jpe...
by Lardo Boffin
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Having a clear out
Replies: 43
Views: 1154

Re: Having a clear out

A generic joystick! At least they tried to do beeb colours. £5 plus p&p. It wasn’t working when it arrived but I cleaned up the contactors and reattached them and now all is well. Hopefully the selotape will last another 30 years! The handle has yellowed somewhat. This is switch based so not much us...
by Lardo Boffin
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 440

Re: Acorn factory friday special B+

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 usually helps. For example revision 4S is made my Samsung in South Korea. Earlier revisions are guaranteed to be Timex. Issue two. See if you can spot the missing r...
by Lardo Boffin
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn factory friday special B+
Replies: 16
Views: 440

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.
by Lardo Boffin
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

Bards Tale (and similar such as Wizardry). :D

I spent a lot of time playing them on my mate’s Apple II
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs
Replies: 9
Views: 400

Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

Its just a nostaliga thing to be honest.

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I have vague memories that they came in a nice happy yellow box as well.
by Lardo Boffin
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Acornsoft Labyrinth
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Acornsoft Labyrinth

I think you can maybe do *DCAT? This lists the disc contents one at a time but without all the typing. Not 100% sure as I have not used one for a while.
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre
Replies: 49
Views: 663

Re: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre

Sadly it appears that switching between the Editor and C while in co proc mode kills it. I guess something is trampling on workspaces? Certainly once you transfer back from Edit and try to compile your changes it all goes horribly wrong. I get the same issues with Word (also built into the Master). ...
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre
Replies: 49
Views: 663

Re: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre

Ok so coproc running is very simple, once in the co proc:

Start C (*C)
Assuming you are in the root of the drive type *CSP

Done. Faster everything, especially in the 274 mode of the Pi co proc.

I suspect at this stage ‘disc access’ may be the speed limiting factor.
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre
Replies: 49
Views: 663

Re: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre

I have managed to get it working on the CF card attached to my data-centre. I used TREECPY (thanks JGH) to copy the working DFS image to the root of the drive 0. Unfortunately you get a mess of folders: 7710F380-F77A-4F13-BE2C-DF7A1B40FFB9.jpeg You then have to set the *LIB to $ and it works. EADC16...
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 606
Views: 60791

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

‘Rare’ =D>
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by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre
Replies: 49
Views: 663

Re: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre

Thanks. It ran fine on my 1.2 DFS and normal floppies as well.

I’m trying to avoid buying more hardware - how much do BeebSCSI’s go for? I have not got it working in ADFS yet - need to figure out the folder structure!
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre
Replies: 49
Views: 663

Re: Gotek noob - trying to get beebug C to work on a datacentre

These are the versions I am using. Once the ROMs are in sideways RAM type *C to boot up C. Then providing the disc image is in the appropriate drive you should be able to type COMPILE WELCOME LINK WELCOME RUN WELCOME without any errors reported. This works fine on my Master running from floppy (wit...
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cleaning Floppy Discs
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: Cleaning Floppy Discs

Intersting. Just need one for 5.25” floppies!

Edit. There is one. Ordered it and will see what it is like when it arrives.
by Lardo Boffin
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Floppy disc MOT program
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Floppy disc MOT program

Excellent. I figured it would probably be archived somehwere but doubt anyone would spot it.
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Having a clear out
Replies: 43
Views: 1154

Re: Having a clear out

Some cassettes and a disc game. The four games in the first photo have all loaded. I could not get the language tapes to load or Knight Lore sadly. However Knight Lore’s case and instructions are in reasonable shape and may be of use to someone. White knight loaded ok but the volume had to be just s...
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Floppy disc MOT program
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Floppy disc MOT program

I wasn’t sure if anyone has posted this one before but I saw an interesting article about floppy disc ‘servicing’! The program listed seems to read in the data, reformat the track and write it back again, filling in any dodgy bits with 0. This ‘refreshes’ the disc as if just written. I can scan the ...
by Lardo Boffin
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cassette player maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Cassette player maintenance

Thanks. I need to change belts on at least one so I may as well do them all (I have a couple of C64 datasettes as well).
by Lardo Boffin
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cassette player maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Cassette player maintenance

or could it have been the tape itself having become fragile? ^This never use old tape decks from 1982~ [-X use a new Sony HiFi Walkman ONLY :wink: if auto stop always kicks in, copy it on a Hi-Fi to a good TDK D90, then play that. this way, you don't kill the last copy in the universe :mrgreen: A n...
by Lardo Boffin
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cassette player maintenance
Replies: 14
Views: 232

Re: Cassette player maintenance

Thanks all. Plenty to try!