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by Andy1979
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Serial / RS232 on Master Compact
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Serial / RS232 on Master Compact

I did the telnet/BBS thing on my Master Compact a few years back - scant details in this thread: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15076&p=203452&hilit=master+compact+esp8266#p203452 A cheap ESP8266 module, flashed with appropriate 'retro modem' firmare (I used an Arduino...
by Andy1979
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3020 now working - what to do with it?
Replies: 9
Views: 317

Re: A3020 now working - what to do with it?

Head on over to the JASPP website ( https://forums.jaspp.org.uk/ ) and download ADFFS. Lots of ex-retail games legally available for free. A3020 can read DOS high density floppies, so that's one method to transfer over the games assuming you have a PC with a floppy drive? Alternatively, if you own a...
by Andy1979
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: Why was dizzy series not on the Beeb
Replies: 21
Views: 691

Re: Why was dizzy series not on the Beeb

Absolutely loved Treasure Island Dizzy on my Atari ST, and the various sequels (think we had one on the Megadrive too). Was only playing it recently using Hatari on my Pi 400 - forgot how hard it is to time the jumps, and when you die it sends you back to the very start! Would love a Beeb and/or Arc...
by Andy1979
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Is this really what we ought to be doing?
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: Is this really what we ought to be doing?

Saw this today whilst trawling eBay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Refurbished-Acorn-Archimedes-A3000-Computer-GOTEK-16GB-USB-Warranty/133656069241?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20201204115724%26meid%3D5687a4d2f9744ad08337aceed398b439%26pid%3D100276%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D...
by Andy1979
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Risc OS 3.1 hard disk imaging and transferring files to an emulator
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: Risc OS 3.1 hard disk imaging and transferring files to an emulator

As you are using Windows, have you tried to image the drive using something like Win32DiskImager? I've done that for my A3010, but I'm using a Compact Flash card as a hard drive. Once I had the image file I played around with the various IDE podules in Arculator until I found one that would load it ...
by Andy1979
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 6133
Views: 701278

Re: Today I received.....

daveejhitchins wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:16 pm
Insurance claim? Or wasn't it insured :shock:

Dave H.
Always worth checking the courier exclusions on parcel insurance. A lot exclude any IT equipment >20yrs old - Hermes one of the worst for this.
by Andy1979
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Raspberry Pi Pico.. but does it run RISCOS?
Replies: 18
Views: 1201

Re: Raspberry Pi Pico.. but does it run RISCOS?

It may not run RISCOS, but if you check out this month's Hackspace (which comes with a Pi Pico on the cover), they have ported a version of Zarch to it:

https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/
by Andy1979
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: IDE - request for information
Replies: 13
Views: 571

Re: IDE - request for information

I've got an Alsystems PowerTec IDE minipodule in my A3010. It came with partitioning software. Refers to the filesystem as IDEFS, but not sure if it's fully compatible? Believe Gary Partis still supports the PowerIDE partitioning software, so not sure there's anything I can share?
by Andy1979
Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Earliest examples of each machine?
Replies: 50
Views: 11018

Re: Earliest examples of each machine?

A3010 2mb Learning Curve (since upgraded to 4mb):
A3010Serial.jpg
01-ALC15-0000024

As you'd expect it's an adelaide board.
by Andy1979
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 63
Views: 3455

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

It's not especially speedy, as these benchmarks show: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Raspberry I tried the official Raspberry Pi 64-bit build of Ubuntu 20.10 on it yesterday and it was usable but a bit slow, think I'll be sticking with Raspberry Pi OS. Running it all from an...
by Andy1979
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 63
Views: 3455

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

Well, look what I got as a birthday present this week. There are now some very clear instructions on the RiscOS website on how to get this running, didn't take long at all. IMG_0511.jpg Not done anything with it yet, when I get time I'll transfer over my files from my Pi2 and see if everything works...
by Andy1979
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Elite Dangerous - free until 26 November
Replies: 1
Views: 255

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: 66
Views: 4865

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: 66
Views: 4865

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: 63
Views: 3455

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: 63
Views: 3455

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: 648

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: 104
Views: 16511

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: 104
Views: 16511

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: 884

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: 1886

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: 1298

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: 13876

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: 1575

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: 2817

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: 2817

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: 509

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: 509

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: 794

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: 781

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...

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