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by Andy1979
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Elite Dangerous - free until 26 November
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Elite Dangerous - free until 26 November

Just thought I'd share that Elite Dangerous is currently free to download until 26th November through the Epic Games launcher. I've just added it to my library.

Thought this might be of interest to any Elite fans with a suitable PC to run it on.
by Andy1979
Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Apple goes ARM
Replies: 60
Views: 3532

Re: Apple goes ARM

Well, reviews are out and it would appear that this M1 chip is rather impressive, including its x86 emulation layer for older apps. https://www.theverge.com/21569603/apple-macbook-air-m1-review-price-specs-features-arm-silicon https://www.anandtech.com/show/16252/mac-mini-apple-m1-tested @SteveBagle...
by Andy1979
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Apple goes ARM
Replies: 60
Views: 3532

Re: Apple goes ARM

I don't wish to be a troll here but what do you guys see in Apple products? As far as I can tell, all they do is combine the inflexibility of Windows with the limited software support of Linux and ask two grand for the privilege :? . I guess for starters this thread is about Apple going ARM, so for...
by Andy1979
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 45
Views: 1366

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

Yeah, I like B-Em - runs great, but on a Pi 4 it is barely hitting 100% speed which is...frustrating...considering the Pi is the spiritual successor to the Beeb - having said that, I do think B-Em is an exceptional emulator when running on a faster Linux system and I'm not going to complain about s...
by Andy1979
Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 45
Views: 1366

Raspberry Pi 400

Well this looks fantastic: https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-400/?resellerType=home https://www.raspberrypi.org/homepage-9df4b/static/keyboard-lg-ea472ffb3ec4abfece72ef3d87ebb6d3.png Spiritual successor to the BBC Micro / A30x0? 4gb RAM and a heatsink to keep it running quickly. I th...
by Andy1979
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Getting an Acorn A3010 online
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: Getting an Acorn A3010 online

From my recent experiments in getting 32bit Acorn kit online is the level of expectation in what you are trying achieve. I have been meaning to do what you are describing for a few years now. I've even bought most of the bits, but failed to solder them together thanks to my A3010 being set up in an...
by Andy1979
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Arculator v2.0 released!
Replies: 75
Views: 12363

Re: Arculator v2.0 released!

I tried formatting the card in the A3000 previously using !HFORM. I still need to do a 'quick' FAT32 format on the SD card after writing the image back, before the A3000 will see the partitions on the card but some of the files are corrupted. I should add that after a while, the A3000 stops seeing ...
by Andy1979
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Arculator v2.0 released!
Replies: 75
Views: 12363

Re: Arculator v2.0 released!

Yes, that should work. Been using Arculator for several years. Thanks for v2! I wanted to create an image in Arculator which I could then use on my real A3000 (via a ZIDEFS and SD card to IDE interface ) After creating the image in Arculator v2 using the ZIDEFS IDE controller and writing the image ...
by Andy1979
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3020 is it worth working on
Replies: 14
Views: 692

Re: A3020 is it worth working on

Something strange has definitely happened to this board - let's hope it's repairable. Is the 'blue goo' near the battery melted capacitor plastic? (in addition to the obvious green battery leakage) It's your call, but I recently had an interesting experience as a seller of someone asking to return s...
by Andy1979
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3010 worthwhile/worthy?
Replies: 36
Views: 1550

Re: A3010 worthwhile/worthy?

I think they were mostly targeted at parents. When they came out, most schools used A3000s. The A3010 was compatible with all the school software and also had joystick ports for games, plus a modulator so you could use it with a portable TV if you really couldn’t afford a proper monitor. I got mine ...
by Andy1979
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Gotek case
Replies: 20
Views: 1039

Re: Gotek case

I have recently been pondering the same as I'd like to add a Gotek to my Master Compact but don't want to have to use the massive monitor base all the time. It will likely be a long time until I get around to sorting this out (currently going through my pile of Arc disks to get my A3010 set up as it...
by Andy1979
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I built ...
Replies: 86
Views: 12659

Re: Today I built ...

No soldering required, but I've finally assembled from assorted spares a PC system running Windows XP to serve as my RISC OS emulation / archiving machine. It's a 2.4Ghz Core2Duo, which is one of the last generation of machines to have a proper floppy drive interface on the motherboard. I've specifi...
by Andy1979
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: general
Topic: When to recognise you have a problem
Replies: 20
Views: 1339

Re: When to recognise you have a problem

Ahhh the loft. Its a good job I’m the only person that goes up there. :shock: :lol: Most of my stuff is in the loft at present, as our spare room was converted into a nursery last year. Sadly it seems babies get through stuff at a rate of knots, so now the loft is filling up with baby gear that we ...
by Andy1979
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Bush Internet IBX250
Replies: 31
Views: 2370

Re: Bush Internet IBX250

It was a very long time ago, but I'm pretty sure I only added a pin header to the board. I happened to have a PS/2 socket on a length of cable which came with a PC motherboard attached to a standard PC case bracket, and that's what I used. From the sounds of it, that would have been a header/bracke...
by Andy1979
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Bush Internet IBX250
Replies: 31
Views: 2370

Re: Bush Internet IBX250

It appears that Simtec would add a dual PS/2 socket and sound capability to a Bush STB for a small fee, I wonder if you can remember what components are needed to add a PS/2 socket? There are a few surface mount diodes next to the socket, other than these it doesn't look like much is required. It w...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Networking and Serial support
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Re: Networking and Serial support

VA5000 (the precdecessor to Virtual RPC) runs RISC OS 3.1 and has networking ability. It's not free, but an upto date version can be bought for £15 here http://www.riscos.com/shop/products/106/index.htm Thanks I've looked at VA5000, including downloading a version from the Qube RiscOS server site t...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Networking and Serial support
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Networking and Serial support

Struggling to find this, so apologies if I missed it. Are there any emulators for Risc OS 3.1 that support networking or serial comms? Think Virtual RPC supports networking, but ideally want to stick the version of Risc OS I know if possible. Also know that I could point HostFS to a network drive, b...
by Andy1979
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Not enough memory in module area (VA5000)
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Re: Not enough memory in module area (VA5000)

Classic RiscOS is interesting, but from my brief experiments with it on my A3010 it does add a lot of stuff on top of the original operating system, so I don't know if that has broken something? (see you're using same OS in Arculator, but VA5000 may have been designed around a 'standard' RiscOS 3 in...
by Andy1979
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: GUI for BBC MASTER ?
Replies: 4
Views: 660

Re: GUI for BBC MASTER ?

Others will have more insight, but I think the simple answer to this is no in terms of the standard Beeb/Master. The closest thing is probably the GUI on the Welcome Disk for the BBC Master Compact http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/Computers/MasterCompact.html https://upload.wikimedia.org/w...
by Andy1979
Thu May 21, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: ROMS - lots and lots
Replies: 39
Views: 2236

Re: ROMS - lots and lots

a) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/High-Speed-TL866II-Plus-Programmer-USB-EPROM-EEPROM-FLASH-BIOS-AVR-AL-PIC/331655694602 b) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XELTEK-SuperPro-610P-Universal-Programmer-48-Universal-Pin-drivers-20-Adapters/232403957598 That b is a lower midrange, you very quickly go up in price ...
by Andy1979
Mon May 18, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: A5000 IDEFS Formatted CF Card
Replies: 7
Views: 880

Re: A5000 IDEFS Formatted CF Card

Hi Folks, I’ve just installed an IDE to Compact Flash interface and formatted as IDEFS via a wizzo rom. I have been loading it up slowly via the floppy drive and gotek. Is there a way to connect my cf card to my pc or an emulator to upload my apps more easily. I have ADFS Explorer which I believe c...
by Andy1979
Fri May 01, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: BBC Master Compact sometimes does not start correctly
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: BBC Master Compact sometimes does not start correctly

DFS 2.45 rom from MOS3.50 (image in emulators) also can use printer port to put on a MMC interface like I did , then install M128 MMFS rom. Agreed on DFS - especially if you are thinking on adding a Gotek. Without hijacking thread - interesting that you are using printer port for your MMC. I'm usin...
by Andy1979
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Wrecked Master Compact ADD04 base unit
Replies: 47
Views: 3296

Re: Wrecked Master Compact ADD04 base unit

I'm quite pleased with this.... That is brilliant =D> Even more so considering you didn't have the original item to copy. From the photos of original compacts, you may have noticed that the original drives (probably unobtainable now) are taller than a standard PC-style 3.5 inch floppy. Your solutio...
by Andy1979
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Bush Internet IBX250
Replies: 31
Views: 2370

Re: Bush Internet IBX250

Used to have an IBX100, which I bought went Toys'R'Us were selling them off for £20 back in 2002-ish. Original intention was to get a working RiscOS desktop out of it by adding a parallel ZIP drive, and there was a significant investment by a couple of people at the time (through the sites others ha...
by Andy1979
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn Communicators on TV… in 1996
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: Acorn Communicators on TV… in 1996

I do remember Acorn having some kind of massive stock clearout in the mid-90s around the time of one of the Acorn User/Acorn World shows at Wembley that I used to go to with my Dad (those were the days). Remember being most intrigued by the "Briefcase Communicator" on the list, but was not allowed t...
by Andy1979
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Archimedes World CD
Replies: 11
Views: 1255

Re: Archimedes World CD

Were there any more Archimedes World CD's, I have a stack of Acorn User CD's. I'm not sure. I only have that CD and the first two Acorn User CDs. I didn't have a CD-ROM for my A3010, so had to use one at school to copy the files I wanted onto floppies. It was around that time (1996) I wanted to get...
by Andy1979
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Mirror physical beeb display on a pc
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Mirror physical beeb display on a pc

Back in they day, a TV capture card would have been to tool for the job. I believe they now exist in USB form. That'll be the cheapest way to do it, although you'll probably have to suffice with composite video. I used one of those (an Honestech I think) to watch and copy VHS videos on my PC. While...
by Andy1979
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What do we actually use?
Replies: 9
Views: 907

Re: What do we actually use?

It isn't possible to correlate what we use with what we need. We need everything we have, otherwise we would already have got rid of it. I suspect every household has this scenario very regularly split over about 3 months: Principal Female (for instance) : Why do we need those 12 <insert name of ho...
by Andy1979
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: general
Topic: Archimedes World CD
Replies: 11
Views: 1255

Re: Archimedes World CD

I have this CD. I believe the ISO format can't handle multiple tracks, so .bin/.cue is the right format to rip it to (or a proprietary equivalent such as Nero .nrg). I use ImgBurn for things like this. The blu-ray drive in my PC didn't want to rip it, but I had success (I think) with an older extern...
by Andy1979
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: SD to IDE adapter on RiscPC?
Replies: 6
Views: 782

Re: SD to IDE adapter on RiscPC?

Anyone had any success with these? I have a cheapo eBay one but it wouldn’t let me format the disc. It works on a USB to IDE thing on my Linux box but of course that’s a totally different beast! I could just get something else of course, it only cost a few quid! I haven't tried one of these on an A...

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