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by vectorlight
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3010 worthwhile/worthy?
Replies: 36
Views: 1350

Re: A3010 worthwhile/worthy?

Had my A3010 since '93 ish, my mum bought it "as it was what was used in schools", all we used it for was games, Star Fighter 3000 being my favourite. It seemed quick at the time but when retrieving it from the loft a couple of years ago it really is a bit too slow when using the RISC OS desktop in ...
by vectorlight
Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Today I overclocked my A3010
Replies: 442
Views: 47311

Re: Today I overclocked my A3010

I haven’t so far. The machine has been running ok for the last 3 hours testing zarch, ArcElite, 6502Em and Sf3000 - no problems so far. The Arm250 feels only slightly warm to the touch. Nice to see others running the ARM250 at these speeds :D Have you put a heatsink on the RAM? When I first did thi...
by vectorlight
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?
Replies: 194
Views: 26814

Re: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?

Received mine today, great machine :D

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by vectorlight
Sat May 19, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

I haven't done much on my Acorns for a while so yesterday I thought I'd try to apply this IDE modification to an Adelaide machine: http://www.vectorlight.net/assets/images/retro/a3010-ide-modification/v1-1/adelaide/_/original/0/a3010-adelaide-harddrive-mod Making it fit with the ARM3 upgrade was a c...
by vectorlight
Sat May 19, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

number-one wrote:Have you a list of know working compact flash / sd card readers and cards with the IDE Mod ?
I tend to stick to 512mb sandisk cards. They usually work, though not all of them I'm afraid.
by vectorlight
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

trixster wrote:Hi Vectorlight!

I don't suppose you have an IDE boards left do you? I'd love to get hold of one.

Thanks,

Andy
Sorry these are now all gone.
by vectorlight
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

number-one wrote:Hello Vectorlight congratulations for your website.
I am not authorised to compose private message for now.

I want to buy one of your A3010 IDE interface.
You can reach me on alouest AT gmail DOT com.
Sure, I will try to email you now. All I ask is you cover the postage (£1). :D
by vectorlight
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A5000 woes
Replies: 72
Views: 6628

Re: A5000 woes

I had a similar dead A5000 recently with the usual battery damage. The fault with mine was the ACT74 (IC61?) chip that feeds the 25mhz signal was dead. I suppose if you have a scope, you could check the clock pin on the ARM3?
by vectorlight
Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

I'm having a clearout and have 4 of these boards left, 1 of them is mostly populated but not tested. If anyone wants one send me a PM. Sorry I can only post to the UK. :D
by vectorlight
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Fixing up a ST506
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Fixing up a ST506

Hi All, I want to see if it is possible to get an old Rodime ST506 drive working. Currently when turned on the disc spins up but after a few seconds the head makes a load noise and the drive just shuts down. Is there any recommended guides for fixing up one of these drives or shall I just throw it a...
by vectorlight
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A440 Long RAM test failure
Replies: 2
Views: 678

Re: A440 Long RAM test failure

IanS wrote:I had a similar issue with my R140 (A440 with a different badge)

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=14064

Try a set of test roms, should tell you which chip is faulty (it did for me)

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=12252
Thanks! I'll have a read of those :D
by vectorlight
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A440 Long RAM test failure
Replies: 2
Views: 678

A440 Long RAM test failure

Hi All, Can anybody explain what a "Long RAM test failure" is? When turning my A440 on it flashes the floppy drive with this fault. When it has finished it continues and boots to the RO 3.1 desktop and seems to work okay. I always thought that any RAM test failure would prevent the machine booting a...
by vectorlight
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A5000 Only Showing 1MB of RAM
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Re: A5000 Only Showing 1MB of RAM

Thanks Rob, I'll have a look at that tonight :D
by vectorlight
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A5000 Only Showing 1MB of RAM
Replies: 2
Views: 788

A5000 Only Showing 1MB of RAM

Hi All, I'm attempting to fix one of my A5000's that has been sat in the loft for a while. It suffered from the usual battery leak but I've cleaned it up and repaired some of the tracks around the RTC chip area and the computer boots to the desktop okay. The only problem is it reports only 1MB of RA...
by vectorlight
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: general
Topic: The Acorn C5?
Replies: 12
Views: 2029

The Acorn C5?

Just stumbled upon this on indiegogo:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/acor ... 13392156#/

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by vectorlight
Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Dead A3010 help... PSU maybe?
Replies: 26
Views: 2649

Re: Dead A3010 help... PSU maybe?

I've had 2 issues with the A3010 PSU dishing out the wrong voltage and in both instances was fixed by replacing the 2 big electrolytic caps (C10 & C17 I think) :D
by vectorlight
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Today I overclocked my A3010
Replies: 442
Views: 47311

Re: Today I overclocked my A3010

Really ? So which one did you use in your 26 Mhz machine ? Sorry I forgot. The Micron RAM can do 26.5mhz. It can probably do faster but the ARM250 doesn't like anything faster than that. :D https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MT4C1M16C3DJ-5-Z-new-and-original-quality-assurance-welcome-to-buy/1912718075...
by vectorlight
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Today I overclocked my A3010
Replies: 442
Views: 47311

Re: Today I overclocked my A3010

AndyMc1280 wrote:Ooo very nice :D :D

What speed does that work at ? :wink:
20mhz max for these Aliance RAM's. They don't overclock at all, but 20mhz is just what I want in my adelaide machine as MEMC can't go faster than 20mhz anyway :D
by vectorlight
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Today I overclocked my A3010
Replies: 442
Views: 47311

Re: Today I overclocked my A3010

Whilst I wait for munchausen's board :D :

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by vectorlight
Tue May 30, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A4 Laptop No Display
Replies: 38
Views: 4523

Re: A4 Laptop No Display

If the cap looks okay and doesn't look like its leaked I tend to rock them side to side until they snap off. Even if they look okay I replaced them as there's no telling when they'll leak and they are getting old now. For others that look like they've leaked, a hot air station, even then some of the...
by vectorlight
Sat May 20, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?
Replies: 194
Views: 26814

Re: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?

I'm down for 3 of em :D It's going to be great
by vectorlight
Fri May 19, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Leaky SMD Caps - How to avoid?
Replies: 2
Views: 891

Leaky SMD Caps - How to avoid?

In a couple of my machines (A4/A5000) are those annoying SMD silver caps that, in my experience, seem to leak gunk all over the PCB in these machines. Having sorted out the A4 I was wondering what the best practices are for storing these machines to try to avoid the caps leaking again in the future?...
by vectorlight
Thu May 18, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: PS/2 keyboard & mouse to Archimedes adapter MK II
Replies: 38
Views: 9157

Re: PS/2 keyboard & mouse to Archimedes adapter MK II

Thanks Mark :D

I've just realised that my regular eprom programmer can also do PIC, something I never new, so will try that now. :D
by vectorlight
Thu May 18, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: PS/2 keyboard & mouse to Archimedes adapter MK II
Replies: 38
Views: 9157

Re: PS/2 keyboard & mouse to Archimedes adapter MK II

Can anyone recommend a cheap but reliable PIC programmer? I grabbed this from ebay only for it to refuse to work correctly. (It'll be going back to the seller). Something that works on Win 10 would be perfect :D : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232306834954?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3A...
by vectorlight
Sun May 14, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

Awesome, well done! I was beginning to think that the ISS 2 board was going to be a real problem, but looks like you've figured it out :D Why there's a difference on the ISS 2 board I have no idea :? Have you tried different lengths of IDE cable as one issue I had with mine but could never figure ou...
by vectorlight
Sun May 14, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

Tell you what, this is slightly intense... Yeah probably the hardest part that bit, looks like you've done it though :D . Now, I'm not sure why, but my spidey sense suggests that wherever the track from pin 22 is leading, it should be cut? Wierd, I haven't noticed them wired together. I'm away for ...
by vectorlight
Thu May 11, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Diskettes not seen by A3010 disk drive
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Diskettes not seen by A3010 disk drive

I had something similar a while ago and I think it was pin 10 of the floppy connector (Sel0*), which if I recall, had a factory mod wire/resistor on it that had become disconnected. I'm not around this week so cannot say for sure :shock:
by vectorlight
Tue May 09, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Today I overclocked my A3010
Replies: 442
Views: 47311

Re: Today I overclocked my A3010

Another great project for the community ? In that case you're entitled to get a free one from me :D I'm okay for now thanks Zarchos, it's not holding me up at the moment, hopefully the board munchausen made is working :D The new project is a simple one, and one that many on here may not like :o But...
by vectorlight
Tue May 09, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Today I overclocked my A3010
Replies: 442
Views: 47311

Re: Today I overclocked my A3010

Have you managed to test any of these munchausen? :D I'm in need of another 4MB board for a project and I was hoping to avoid paying £90 to CJE for one :D
by vectorlight
Wed May 03, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 83
Views: 12787

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

Andy1979 wrote:Afraid I am not brave enough to try it on my Adelaide A3010 as I already have a working IDE podule.
Yeah I can understand, it's a fairly involved mod. That said, when I get my adelaide working again I will have a go :D

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