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by Andrew_Waite
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 217
Views: 23612

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Trash to Treasure. PART 2 of RetroManCave's restoration of a Dragon 32, when the Dragon comes to life! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NUhKTe12v0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3yOtmxaVwjBa4kJ3cNpRoA2nWBREVrg8vuMXwwkrWzrMSvzoOEb9tgc2I PART 1, with Welsh choir music, is here : https://www.youtube.com/w...
by Andrew_Waite
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 217
Views: 23612

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

A new video from Computerphile on the Centre for Computing History's prototype Sinclair Spectrum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4NzvNZhc0
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Blinged up BBCs
Replies: 17
Views: 433

Re: Blinged up BBCs

White Spectrums are not new. There is some video of Sir Clive with the special WHITE millionth Spectrum made at the Timex factory in Dundee on Youtube. The link is below.

I wonder where this machine is now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1qMr-mdn2I
by Andrew_Waite
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 82
Views: 2471

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

I suppose you can say anything. Had Acorn not decided to sell the BBC 128 base unit alone for a monster £500 in 1985, they could have extended the BBC's life force? Would any of these changes have actually rescued Acorn or extended any dominance? 8-bit technology was pretty long in the tooth by 198...
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer

So you if swapped the Acorn MOS style entry points to be at FExx instead of FFxx (Due to additional high vectors on the 65816).. (I wonder how the Communicator handled this, or indeed the Jon Kortnik co processor using a patched HiBasic), maybe someone could write a Positron MOS for this new platfo...
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer

An update posted by ‎Lorin Millsap on the 'Commander X16 Prototype' Facebook page in the last hour or so. There will be an emulator and a kickstarter campaign : Ok, so a product announcement since I think people are ready for this. A common question has been asked about an emulator. I am pleased to ...
by Andrew_Waite
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: What would a Master 128+ look like?
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: What would a Master 128+ look like?

Youtuber 'The 8-Bit Guy' is building a new machine around a 65816, based on the 8-bit Commodore machines. The current spec has dual AY-8-8910 sound chips and a Gameduino for sprites and video out. Maybe when finished this machine can be modified to make a BBC Master+ ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by Andrew_Waite
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 217
Views: 23612

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

PET RESCUE
Adrian Black starts a series on restoring a Commodore PET 2001, with fine views of Oregon scenery!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn12tbIg5ec
by Andrew_Waite
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 217
Views: 23612

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Trash to Treasure, RetroManCave repairs a Dragon 32 :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mgeeG_ ... Ms8YuAt4Is

A previous episode restoring an Acorn Electron is here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_hv6bcYPaw
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Amiga A1200 recapping service
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Amiga A1200 recapping service

I really ought to get my Amiga A1200 recapped.

can someone recommend a recapping service they have used ?

Thanks in advance.
by Andrew_Waite
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: A brand new book on the Commodore C128
Replies: 0
Views: 113

A brand new book on the Commodore C128

"New C128 Book by the former tech editor of RUN mag. Didn't think I would ever use the words "new" and "C128" in the same sentence again." - Bil Herd. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vintage-Commodore-Personal-Computer-Handbook/dp/1090260814/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=Vintage+Commodore+128+Personal+Compu...
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 217
Views: 23612

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Some nice Commodore videos as we approach the 25th anniversary of Commodore International declaring bankruptcy on the 29th April 1994. 8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq_t-v0bDZ8&t=14s Bil Herd: Tales From Inside Commodore : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zpv...
by Andrew_Waite
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer

How easy would it be (given various peoples expertise in FPGA) to build an accelerated "Positron" which is essentially a 65816 style chip, an I/O chip like the Electron ULA, and so on? Hacking one of these new machines to make an 'Acorn Positron' would be a very nice project. In the meantime there ...
by Andrew_Waite
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master
Replies: 48
Views: 2252

Re: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master

Stunt Car Racer in IndieRetroNews.

"A mind blowing port released for the BBC Master"

http://www.indieretronews.com/2019/03/s ... .html#more
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: SAM : Vintage 1982 speech synthesis for the C64 - now online.
Replies: 3
Views: 222

SAM : Vintage 1982 speech synthesis for the C64 - now online.

SAM (Software Automatic Mouth) vintage speech syntheses software for the Commodore C64 online!

https://simulationcorner.net/index.php?page=sam
by Andrew_Waite
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium
Replies: 35
Views: 4009

Re: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium

I spent a bit of time this evening playing Planet Nubium. Really good game, different from, but obviously very reminiscent of Manic Miner. Great job! Thank you for your kind comment. Planet Nubium originated from my love of Spectrum games. I was experimenting with the BBC Micro to see if I could co...
by Andrew_Waite
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master
Replies: 48
Views: 2252

Re: Stunt Car Racer for BBC Master

Superb.

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
by Andrew_Waite
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium
Replies: 35
Views: 4009

Re: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium

Planet Nubium now has game music!!! Through the genius of Kieran Connell the game can now play tunes ripped from the Sega Master System. The SMS has the same Texas Instruments SN76489 sound chip as the BBC Micro. Thanks Andrew. I would like to add that although I provided the music player the effor...
by Andrew_Waite
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Mega65
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Mega65

Well, if it's a 6502 you don't need to port 6502 BBC BASIC to it, you just need the appropriate host interface veneer. I downloaded Jonathan Harston's BBC BASIC for the C64 yesterday, and wrote a couple of simple programs on VICE including one using the the BBC BASIC's inline assembler. My aim was ...
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium
Replies: 35
Views: 4009

Re: New game for the BBC Master : Planet Nubium

Planet Nubium now has game music!!! Through the genius of Kieran Connell the game can now play tunes ripped from the Sega Master System. The SMS has the same Texas Instruments SN76489 sound chip as the BBC Micro. Version 1.6 of Planet Nubium is attached below. The .ssd disk is bootable, or type ' CH...
by Andrew_Waite
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Cleaning PCBs
Replies: 36
Views: 2127

Re: Cleaning PCBs

Lazy Game Reviews used a domestic oven to reflow the solder on a 'Barbie' PC 12minutes 30s into this video. Bake at 375degF for 7minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfhmBcBPNyc
by Andrew_Waite
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Proposed: "The Ultimate Electron Upgrade"
Replies: 300
Views: 20105

Re: Proposed: "The Ultimate Electron Upgrade"

One nice enhancement to the Elk's ULA would be to increase the number of bits that can be written to in the screen start address control register (SHEILA &FE02 and &FE03). The Electron's video hardware can do course side scrolling, scrolling 64bytes at a time. If bits A5, A4 and A3 of this register ...
by Andrew_Waite
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 220
Views: 12367

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

One thing that I think is sometimes lost sight of when speculating about "what if the Electron had been......" is what a fantastic machine the Electron already is. It looks great, shares the BBC Micro's OS, has the best 8-bit BASIC ever written and at 2MHz the highest clocked host processor of any 8...
by Andrew_Waite
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer

David Murray, 'The 8-bit Guy', has posted another update to the machine's specification, again on Facebook. "Just an update on possible video direction. I have been examining dozens of different video options and discussing them with other experts. Somebody has already modified the Gameduino 1 FPGA ...
by Andrew_Waite
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Acornsoft C
Replies: 17
Views: 633

Re: Acornsoft C

Would BCPL, the forerunner of both the 'B' and 'C' programming languages, be a suitable substitute for these folks who are looking for a C-compiler for the Beeb? BCPL for the BBC Micro seems to have an excellent pedigree, being marketed by a company set up by the brother of the language's inventor. ...
by Andrew_Waite
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer

Some more datails of the machine, via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/396408204443613/permalink/403531093731324/ Ok. This is not a big official announcement and many things may change but I thought I’d share what much of the overall design will likely be and some specs. CPU: 65c265 or 65c8...
by Andrew_Waite
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer

How realistic is it to build $50-$100 8/16-bit computers with multiple video modes and some I/O without FPGAs?

The Spectrum Harlequin does without either a ULA or FPGA, but replicating the functionality of the ULA takes ~40 logic chips!
by Andrew_Waite
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer
Replies: 27
Views: 1249

Re: The 8-Bit Guy's new 65816 based computer

From the video (at 12:30), the plan is to write a custom kernel. Cloanto will not licence the C64 kernel, either. His words are vague enough to be open to several interpretations, but it did sound to me like he's intending to write something similar to the C64 kernal. Given his extensive experience...