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by roganjosh
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: BBC Master - Calendar shows 1920 not 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 224

Re: BBC Master - Calendar shows 1920 not 2020

One of the first things I did on my Master was to program a TIMEFIX ROM to load into sideways RAM. https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12816 One advantage is that it stores the century in an unused byte in the configuration RAM, so it survives reboots. It was mainly done as an interest...
by roganjosh
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Faulty Master???
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Faulty Master???

Yrrah2 wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:29 pm
And your ADFS version?
And can you switch from MOS version?
ADFS 1.53.
Yes, same results with MOS 3.2

Alan
by roganjosh
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Faulty Master???
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Faulty Master???

Yrrah2 wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:44 am

May I ask what your Master configuration is? (MOS/ADFS/DFS etc.)

Cheers

It was running MOS 3.5, DFS 2.45, RAMFS 1.04 (with datacentre).

Alan
by roganjosh
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Faulty Master???
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Faulty Master???

Did anyone try to run the AMX disc image on a master? The CTRL-Break behaviour is as you describe on my Master. I've known the "Bad sum" error happen when ROM code is loaded into sideways RAM and the initialising code tries and fails to grab memory for itself. In such cases one workaround has been ...
by roganjosh
Sat May 23, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Holmfirth!
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Re: Hello from Holmfirth!

Good luck. You're from a lovely area, though you won't need telling. I used to have an aged relative who lived opposite Park Head Fisheries and took the opportunity to combine visits with walks around the area (Diggle dam etc). I even have a couple of Ashley Jackson paintings from that (pre-LOTSW) p...
by roganjosh
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Slow Speech from TMS6100 Emulator
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Slow Speech from TMS6100 Emulator

The instructions do, however, say that "this is a simple matter of adjusting VR2". As you'll find out it's not quite that simple as one of the upgrade ICs is in the way. Still, it's much easier that with earlier issue boards than yours where the value of R32 needs to be adjusted. I made the mistake ...
by roganjosh
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 6056
Views: 641269

Re: Today I received.....

Received, as a gift, a nice little Z84 single board computer. Lots of bank-switching flexibility and even the possibility to run CP/M from a CF card. http://linc.no/products/linc80-sbc Also got with it a digital IO card, ROM card, busboard (backplane) and Z50Bus prototype card. It'll make a nice sib...
by roganjosh
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Master spray job
Replies: 36
Views: 3657

Re: Master spray job

Aye, I was careful to say in my post that I'd used the Brillo Bone formulation. After 18 months I've become thoroughly used to the colour and am very happy with it. It looks, to my adjusted synaptic pathways, close enough to a virgin machine, though it's obvious that there is a difference from it im...
by roganjosh
Wed Mar 25, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: general
Topic: Master spray job
Replies: 36
Views: 3657

Re: Master spray job

I haven't tried Champagne. I was quite likely put off because that just happens to be the colour of the bathroom suite! I also made a mistake above when I mentioned that "ivory" looked too dark. That should have been "Natural" is too dark. I've corrected that.

Alan
by roganjosh
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc

I noticed that none of the version 4 images work with the Master 128. This is due to the ROM header specification combined with a subsequent osbyte 8E call. I've modified the version 4 image to correct the problem. This image should now work on both M128s and Bs: EP104M.ROM This is based on the file...
by roganjosh
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

Masters of the Universe - Super Adventure: Another one with SAVE/LOAD problems under 'Play'. It appears happy with the SAVE GAME command but doesn't produce a file on disc after choosing a numerical slot. It works OK from download.

Alan
by roganjosh
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc

The EPROM programmer is now working. It took longer than expected to fix as a UK supplier sent me some bad 8255 ICs. You also have to be very careful with suppliers of 2564 EPROMS. A heuristic seems to be that if the ICs don't have a raised platform around the window then they're probably not 2564s....
by roganjosh
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

Lords of Time (both versions using 'Play'). These suffer from the usual kinds of SAVE/RESTORE failures owing to WP/ACCESS settings.

Alan
by roganjosh
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

Something to bear in mind when testing games via the Play button on bbcmicro.co.uk is that you can switch to the experimental (and still slightly broken) installation of a more up-to-date version of JSBeeb by changing the text "jsbeeb" in the URL to "jsbeebng". Useful info thanks. Neither version c...
by roganjosh
Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

The version of Contraption on bbcmicro will certainly not work on a Master. Amongst other things it messes about with the system row multiplication code.

The attached version should work, though I haven't played it through. IIRC it's a version that has previously been posted to stardot.

Alan
by roganjosh
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

Hi Mick,

Splendid. The ideal solution. Thanks.

Alan
by roganjosh
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

Thanks Lee & Mick, Mea culpa. I had the sound off - it seemed a shame to disturb the hound while she's happily snoring away. I suppose a pedant might say that the prompt should disappear once a key is pressed but that would seem like stupidly trying to justify my error. I'll take your word about Laz...
by roganjosh
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

Leapfrog (IJK): After a nice long patch of not finding any problems I find two titles in a row. This one isn't severe though. When run the program displays "PART ONE HAS NOW LOADED PRESS ANY KEY". At that point it is very unresponsive to key presses except, unusually for a commercial title, for the ...
by roganjosh
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

Lazer Cycle is showing a couple of things that appear wrong. First, there seems to be no way of skipping the painfully slow-scrolling intro text (pressing Escape just starts the scrolling from the beginning). Secondly, the main game seems to be particularly unresponsive to key presses, though I coul...
by roganjosh
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc

They were all LS types. The 7400 still is, the 74138s are currently HCT types. Thanks for the floating info; I did refer back to 74 series data sheets yesterday and didn't chance upon any that said what happened to voltage levels of unused gates. From what you say, following best practice may defini...
by roganjosh
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc

Here's a just-completed schematic for the programmer. Please let me know if something looks wrong. WE-Eprom-Programmer.pdf It should be a help in sorting it out and vital for working out the correct FCxx addresses to use. It was not possible to extract the 8255 without damage to the socket. Having r...
by roganjosh
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc

Thanks, but the design of the WE programmer is such that an internal 8255 is programmed by the ROM software to route the pins properly.

Alan
by roganjosh
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

Re: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc

Thanks Dave. For completeness there is this v4 posted elsewhere in this forum: 8ccf49a17e39f2d9ce22c03afbf99147 "EPROM V4 Mark David (C) MDM Software 1984" WTFEPRM.ROM The ROMS on http://archive.retro-kit.co.uk/bbc.nvg.org/rom/Watford/util/index.html are covered in your zip (as v4 and v8). The ROM i...
by roganjosh
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi, from Katikati New Zealand!
Replies: 13
Views: 1226

Re: Hi, from Katikati New Zealand!

Please pass on our regards to The 3rd Disgusting Fusiliers.
Coincidentally some of your kit is in the post to me. Good to see you on here.

Alan
by roganjosh
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc
Replies: 16
Views: 1469

WE EPROM Programmer. ROM images etc

I recently acquired a Watford Electronics Eprom programmer from eBay. It's not an Adder and doesn't say 'Mk II' on the case (though it does look like one). I assume it may be a 'Mk I'. It was in a bit of a state. Ultra-thin mains cable, blown chassis fuse, shorted bridge rectifier, the leads of some...
by roganjosh
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: EPROM?
Replies: 8
Views: 1021

Re: EPROM?

I'm assuming you mean the "TL866 II plus", in which case the command line tool 'minipro' appears to work under Fedora Linux after doing a "dnf install minipro" dmesg then shows: [ 6406.745914] usb 1-13: new full-speed USB device number 11 using xhci_hcd [ 6406.874020] usb 1-13: New USB device found,...
by roganjosh
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

"Johnny" is showing some minor consequences of tape to disc conversion. First, the instruction screen disappears too quickly. Secondly the 'SAVE' command gives the option of "Tape or Memory" whereas disc is the permanent storage medium used. Thirdly, the save to disc bombs out owing to write protect...
by roganjosh
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 93
Views: 9966

Re: Games with problems

International Megasports is the next misbehaving title. Under, at least, the following circumstances it crashes with an "at line" error. a) Press space bar to get through to "World Records" b) Press '1' to start c) Press 's' thrice to get past the player name screen (with name "AAA") d) Press 'N' at...
by roganjosh
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Master underside port clips
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Master underside port clips

It's worth contacting Mark at RetroClinic, suppling the photo. He's provided me with a latch in the past.
by roganjosh
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: DataCentre RCOPY
Replies: 0
Views: 493

DataCentre RCOPY

The original RCOPY utility (v1.00) supplied with the DataCentre doesn't work on, at least, a Master 128 as it needs to operate from an initialised DFS whereas it always contrives to start up from a RAMFS environment. This caused "Bad string" errors at track 00. Having disassembled the program I've c...

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