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by Andy1979
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Bush Internet IBX250
Replies: 30
Views: 1475

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: 30
Views: 1475

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: 181

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: 181

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: 330

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: 392

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: 1414

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: 549

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: 283

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: 2294

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: 30
Views: 1475

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: 387

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: 786

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: 446

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: 575

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: 786

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: 608

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...
by Andy1979
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: RISC OS presentation to my Linux user group
Replies: 7
Views: 793

Re: RISC OS presentation to my Linux user group

It's a difficult sell though with the lack of certain categories of software, such as real presentation software for instance. I used Linux to present.. In theory it must be possible to port LibreOffive or OpenOffice to RISC OS because the source files are available. The main questions is: who want...
by Andy1979
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC) BOTH ITEMS NOW TAKEN
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC)

z0m8ied0g wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:50 pm
Can I please have the Turbo Drivers if they are still available.

Cheers

Stephen
Certainly Stephen - send me a PM and let me know where to send them.
by Andy1979
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Virtual Assistants - Return of the command line?
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Virtual Assistants - Return of the command line?

Slightly random post, but I recently received a Google "Home Hub" smart display as a freebie with my new Pixel phone contract, and I already owned a couple of Amazon Echo devices. While trying to get the Google hub to play my music through my surround sound, and grappling with the Alexa 'Skill' for ...
by Andy1979
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC) BOTH ITEMS NOW TAKEN
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC) BOTH ITEMS NOW TAKEN

Having a bit of a clearout after our first baby arrived 8 weeks ago, who's been keeping me quite busy ever since :lol: Would like to offer the following to someone who will appreciate them before they become e-waste. I don't want any money for these, but would appreciate if you could cover postage. ...
by Andy1979
Fri May 31, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5868
Views: 533608

Re: Today I received.....

That’s a great bargain you got there! =D> Mark I'll echo that. Well done. :D =D> It's in amazing condition, barely a scratch on it. Sadly though, the plastic in the battery compartment holding one of the battery contacts has become brittle and needs a little repair, and one of the hinges is showing...
by Andy1979
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: ADFFS 2.72 released
Replies: 2
Views: 822

Re: ADFFS 2.72 released

Have now imaged some of my old games and thought I would share what works and what doesn't. UPDATE: Thanks for activating my account Jon, have now shared this on JASPP forums. https://forums.jaspp.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&p=3935#p3935 I'm using a Pi2B with a recent build of Risc OS 5.27 and AD...
by Andy1979
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Maplin are back ...
Replies: 8
Views: 788

Re: Maplin are back ...

There's a token nod to the hobbyist with some Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits, but it's a sad state of affairs when you can't purchase a soldering iron or multimeter from them. Hopefully they'll grow their range over time, but I expect eBay/Amazon will continue to be my source of electrical bits and b...
by Andy1979
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: ADFFS 2.72 released
Replies: 2
Views: 822

Re: ADFFS 2.72 released

Finally got around to updating my Raspberry Pi 2 from RISC OS 5.21 to latest version, and the first thing I did was install ADFFS. What can I say, absolutely fantastic work. Enjoyed playing some Lemmings, Cannon Fodder, Pacmania and Manchester Utd Europe. They all play just how I remember them, with...
by Andy1979
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Exile and GoSDC
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Re: Exile and GoSDC

Try this thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13795&p=228207&hili ... sd#p228207

Haven't tried it myself, but did have problems getting Exile going under MMFS on my Master Compact, so plan to try it when I get chance.
by Andy1979
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 2726

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

Maybe this half-counts, but tonight's episode of BACK IN TIME FOR SCHOOL saw today's kids use the BBC in an 80s environment: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0002jvr/back-in-time-for-school-series-1-episode-6 It's on Iplayer a while. Torch can download it properly if you want to keep it. p070...
by Andy1979
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: general
Topic: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?
Replies: 23
Views: 1931

Re: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?

My Information Systems coursework in 1995 involved using CommunITel to set up a teletext-style school message screen. Plotting out the school logo in 2x3 characters on graph paper also tested the limits of my artistic skills! I edited the source code to allow for shortcut buttons connected via the u...
by Andy1979
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Retro upgrades, value for money, eBay & why bother?
Replies: 58
Views: 3939

Re: Retro upgrades, value for money, eBay & why bother?

That sounds absolutely outrageous. You get "problem customers" in all areas of life, it's just unfortunate that the internet makes it so easy for them to display such nonsense as your review. I suspect that retro kit attracts a few different kinds of buyer. At one end you have those who've owned the...

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