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by Andy1979
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356512

Re: Today I received.....

One problem with the clamshell design, is that eventually, the plastic case at the sides suffers from cracks, then these develop into breaks, then the case partly falls apart, such that you have to be very careful when opening or closing. Making them impractical to use :twisted: There also problems...
by Andy1979
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356512

Re: Today I received.....

The Psion clamshells are great pieces of kit. I have managed to assemble a mini collection of a 3, 3a, 3mx and 5mx along with a Siena and an Acorn Pocket Book 1. Fantastic bits of kit, that’s a great collection you have there. Haven’t used OPL in about 20yrs but remember it being my favourite progr...
by Andy1979
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356512

Re: Today I received.....

An Acorn Pocket Book IMG_0597.jpg Had one of these at secondary school and wrote loads of useful programs for it. Sold it to buy a Psion 3A (which I still have) but couldn't resist this for nostalgia value. Unfortunately the Comms port wasn't working properly, and trying to sync data from my A3010 w...
by Andy1979
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Vintage Collections
Replies: 48
Views: 1343

Re: Vintage Collections

My collection is mostly stuff I've held onto over the years, with a few additions to fill in the gaps, meaning I can access all my old files and software on original machines: Computers: - Acorn A3010 4mb, IDE podule with 256mb CF card and AKF17 monitor - BBC Master Compact with MMFS - Cobbled-toget...
by Andy1979
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010
Replies: 38
Views: 1775

Re: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010

Is that an ESP32 limit? The A3010's serial port was happy to communicate at 57600 or even 115200 bps if you were lucky. Have fun hubersn No, the ESP32 can probably go to well over 115200 bps. I just always thought 19200 was the reliable limit on A3010 due to lack of FIFO buffer. Would be delighted ...
by Andy1979
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010
Replies: 38
Views: 1775

Re: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010

Looks like someone has come up with a solution on the ESP32. Sadly I can't quite follow exactly how one is supposed to install the code, but I'm sure someone familiar with these things can make use of what's on GitHub. It's an ingenious solution - in addition to supporting BBS over telnet, as used i...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: PAL, MCU, EPROM, Flash programmer recommendations please?
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: PAL, MCU, EPROM, Flash programmer recommendations please?

Thanks for the replies. I've found the TL866 with a set of adaptors available from the UK for only £2 more than the Chinese listing Gerald found. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TL866II-Plus-USB-Universal-Programmer-EFPROM-FLASH-8051-AVR-MCU-GAL-PIC-Kit/362327119196?epid=8019725463&hash=item545c61155c:g...
by Andy1979
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SCART image quality
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: SCART image quality

Thanks everyone for the responses. In conclusion then it seems two of my screens are not well suited for BBC use. On the plus side I must have soldered my SCART lead correctly, and the picture on my big Samsung TV is great :D IMG_6201.JPG The 19 inch screen isn't totally unusable, so will make do fo...
by Andy1979
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: SCART image quality
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: SCART image quality

I'm nor sure how technical an answer you are looking for here. Thanks Dave. Pixel clocks point is interesting - could explain the disappearing image on the LG TV. Could it also explain the colour bleed? Know my photos aren't that clear, but don't think they are scaling artefacts. To be honest I was...
by Andy1979
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: SCART image quality
Replies: 9
Views: 467

SCART image quality

This weekend I soldered up an RGB SCART cable for my Master Compact using the wiring diagram shared in numerous threads (I think the Retroclinic design is similar). I've used 220ohm resistors, except for sync where I subsequently changed this to 270ohm (as per the diagram), which had no impact on im...
by Andy1979
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356512

Re: Today I received.....

So if you have two 8K byte ROM images that you want to use, put them in a 32K byte EPROM as if they were 16K ROM images (that is pad the 8K byte ROM image upto 16384 bytes, then combine with the second padded image) :wink: Thanks Mark. Sounds like to make most use of the space I should put two 16K ...
by Andy1979
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 120
Views: 7523

Re: Prince of Persia

EPROM burning/erasing equipment finally arrived, so got chance to try this on my Master Compact with MMFS. It's fantastic, can't believe how smooth it runs. Great work =D> Also recently installed the PC version on an old 386. Apart from the Beeb's more limited colour palette there is basically no di...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356512

Re: Today I received.....

So if you have two 8K byte ROM images that you want to use, put them in a 32K byte EPROM as if they were 16K ROM images (that is pad the 8K byte ROM image upto 16384 bytes, then combine with the second padded image) :wink: Thanks Mark. Sounds like to make most use of the space I should put two 16K ...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356512

Re: Today I received.....

Cheap eBay EPROM programmer, a new 32k EPROM and some used 27C128 EPROMS. All I need now is my cheap eBay UV eraser and should be OK to burn some ROMs. My Master Compact currently has one 32K socket free, and I can replace Interword with a 16K EPROM. I've found threads on here about combining 2 x 16...
by Andy1979
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Missing old/new Electron Expansions
Replies: 76
Views: 1832

Re: Missing old/new Electron Expansions

I’m a big fan of any mods that give an old machine access to modern storage formats (SD/USB) or data services. Beyond that, I think provided the machine can still run original software natively, then anything is fair game. There were lots of unofficial upgrades available back in the day and the rema...
by Andy1979
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Re: Commstar II

Scanned PACE Micro Technology Commstar II manual - it's been scanned to PNG at 300dpi - it's just a load of files zipped into a folder in my Dropbox at the moment: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uizafkyq5fs6zjw/Commstar%20II.zip?dl=0 Share & Enjoy! That's brilliant, thanks so much for going to the troub...
by Andy1979
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356512

Re: Today I received.....

A jiffy bag of capacitors, allowing me to bring this sorry looking Pentium 3 motherboard back to life after 10yrs in the loft. Amazingly it now works, although I also had to swap out the PSU which is similarly affected (smaller bag of capacitors now on order). This will form the basis for a Windows ...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1
Replies: 71
Views: 19847

Re: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1

That's amazing - what an adventure =D> Sorry to hear about your monitor - can't believe it chose that moment to fail, you couldn't make it up. Most important thing is that you have your files back. There are a few good RiscOS3.10 emulators available for RiscOS - I eventually plan to 'clone' my A3010...
by Andy1979
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1
Replies: 71
Views: 19847

Re: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1

I haven't tried using an SD to IDE adapter on an Acorn, but I did recently try one on a Pentium system. The problem I found with my brand of adapter was that it wouldn't work with a secondary IDE device attached. Supposedly it supported 'cable select' mode, but I couldn't make it work. Ended up goin...
by Andy1979
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: CommunITel software and documentation
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Re: CommunITel software and documentation

That's fantastic - haven't seen this since my GCSE coursework 22yrs ago.

@danielj - page 173 looks helpful re. baud rates.
by Andy1979
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Re: Commstar II

So, I've finally got myself organised, and I'll be visiting the CCH later this month, on the weekend of the 23rd/24th. I've contacted the very helpful CCH people, and I'll be scanning the Commstar II manual, if it hasn't materialised by then, along with the L4FS network manager's guide. That’s fant...
by Andy1979
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 7056

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

I've been popping in to quite a few picking up bits and pieces. But it seems it might be the end of the line, all my local ones are closed now, anyone noticed any still open? My local one in Essex has closed. Was in London this morning and popped into the Moorgate store. Loads of stock and the disc...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Re: Commstar II

Found this - https://www.4corn.co.uk/archive/showpdfs/10%20Acorn%20User%20July%201887%20-%20Barbican/Pace%20Micro%20Technology%20-%20Commstar%20II.pdf - not the manual, and possibly you’ve already seen this, but it does look as though it contains some clues. I see that the CCH have Commstar II in t...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 622

Commstar II

As you may have seen on 'Cheap wifi modem' thread, I've been using Commstar on my Master Compact to "dial in" to @John_Newcombe's excellent Telstar viewdata system, using @danielj's modem design. It works well, but I've found a few incompatibilities between Commstar and the Master Compact - it doesn...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 118
Views: 4863

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

*0# to get back to the main page :) hash being enter in commstar. d. Thanks for that. Realised that the problem was Commstar not mapping the keyboard correctly on my Master Compact. On the numerical keypad '#' displays an 's' and on the main keyboard Shift-3 generates a '£' sign. All working now I'...
by Andy1979
Thu May 31, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello fellow Acorn users
Replies: 8
Views: 499

Re: Hello fellow Acorn users

Welcome As someone who's also getting back into things after a few decades away I've found this forum, and especially the people on it, extremely helpful. For the same cost as a few beers and a bit of soldering I now have MicroSD storage on my Master Compact, hundreds of games, and can telnet into B...
by Andy1979
Tue May 29, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 7056

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

In normal business, they threw out stray leads and allsorts. Though take a look at this. I once rescued a broken videotape as I could easily have mended it to record on but forgot all about it. Many years on I mended it and played it, only to find myself doing a day's work. Especially now the place...
by Andy1979
Mon May 28, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 118
Views: 4863

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

Domino DIN plugs arrived and now have this working with flow control. Not sure what I’m doing wrong but I’m struggling to navigate Prestel once connected - doesn’t seem to respond to pressing # to return to the main menu, hitting enter works but then can’t find my way back from e.g. the news page. H...
by Andy1979
Sun May 27, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 7056

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Couldn't resist a souvenir from my final visit - some useful drawers for the garage. Came with a few diodes and a MAX3232 which I actually needed.
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by Andy1979
Sun May 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 92
Views: 10241

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Pretty sure my Dad bought our Atari ST from Tandy in Coventry. When the power supply went pop we had it fixed by JBC Micros - think they still exist, but have migrated to IT training and cloud computing services these days. Subsequent purchases of kit came from Evesham Micros, but I think our A3010 ...