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by RetroBob
Sat May 09, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from Nottingham
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: Hi from Nottingham

Hi! Welcome to the forum!
by RetroBob
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello everybody!
Replies: 19
Views: 568

Re: Hello everybody!

Nice one Dan, well done on getting this up and running, and welcome!
by RetroBob
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 37
Views: 1862

Re: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!

How's everyone doing? Time to learn something new? Doing more cooking? Barely scraping by?

Me... I have a (nearly) 3 year old and a 4 month old so busy with them. my Beeb and A3000 work is making slow progress!
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from Dorset
Replies: 11
Views: 349

Re: Hi from Dorset

Final question - I've got a 4 year old daughter that i'd like to start introducing to games, I thought it'd also be fun to do it as a blitz through gaming history (and the beeb seems a great starting point) - can anyone suggest some simple beeb games where the mechanics are simple and either no gam...
by RetroBob
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2975
Views: 300275

Re: LOLPRICE

flaxcottage wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:23 pm
Am I missing something here or what?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BBC-Micro-EP ... SwslJefg6Z
Someone's missing something apparantly. The plot.
by RetroBob
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Salford!
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Hello from Salford!

Welcome and well done for saving another!
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Cleaning of old computer hardware
Replies: 9
Views: 450

Re: Cleaning of old computer hardware

Things to note: Plastic parts can be cleaned with soap and water. This will remove most dirt and grime. You can also use washing up liquid in warm water. IPA ( Isopropyl alcohol , rubbing alcohol) on a cloth can be used to remove dirt and grime that are unaffected by soap or washing up liquid, incl...
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: BBC B long beep and (mostly) unresponsive keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: BBC B long beep and (mostly) unresponsive keyboard

Swapping keyboard for known working one.
What happened when you tried this?

Worth replacing the capacitors in the PSU before it blows.
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 37
Views: 1862

Re: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!

I checked my temperature today with a digital thermometer in the ear, and at one point it said 38.7 and then an hour later it read 35.7. Guess that's not to be relied upon all that much. I suspect we have the same thermometer! Since temperature is relative thing, one quick qualitative thing I do is...
by RetroBob
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: upcoming (and recent) other events + general event chat
Topic: Virtual ABug?
Replies: 22
Views: 1342

Re: Virtual ABug?

This is a great idea. Personal gmail accounts have a limit of 10 that can attend in a Hangout For G Suite users, it is better... Starting this week, we will begin rolling out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers ...
by RetroBob
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 37
Views: 1862

Re: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!

Fair play to you guys for getting on board with this. My parents are mid 70s and pretty proud/stubbon, had to have 'the talk' with them on Monday night to explain how this was a good idea for them and everyone else. They do feel a bit helpless, to which I explained... you are helping by a) not getti...
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3000 work
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: A3000 work

Makes sense, thanks.
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3000 work
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: A3000 work

Thanks Daniel - am I ok to soak the affected chips in vinegar as if it were IPA, or should I wait for the order to arrive (end of April).
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3000 work
Replies: 4
Views: 275

A3000 work

I opened up an A3000 knowing that it was going to need some work, or just for spares for another. First port of call is to get that battery out. I've no IPA to wash this down with, just a small amount (about 250ml) of surgical spirit which is 90% ethanol, 5% methanol + stuff. I was thinking to just ...
by RetroBob
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: Advanced User Guide (Remastered)
Replies: 21
Views: 2216

Re: Advanced User Guide (Remastered)

Wow, this is incredible work, bravo.
by RetroBob
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: MMBeeb question and thanks
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: MMBeeb question and thanks

Does anyone have a copy of the MMBeeb documentation? There's a link or two on some threads but they seem broken.

(Basically trying to find out how I can save my own stuff to the card)
by RetroBob
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: MMBeeb question and thanks
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: MMBeeb question and thanks

sweh wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:20 pm
That was likely cabled in series to the speaker to create a simple headphone socket; plug headphone in and it disconnects the speaker.
Ah thanks yes it does look headphone like. Someone must have reversed this along the way as it goes nowhere on the inside.
by RetroBob
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: 2 Questions... 1) Whats this? 2) Power supply... fizzzzzz
Replies: 4
Views: 301

2 Questions... 1) Whats this? 2) Power supply... fizzzzzz

Two things here folks... 1) Does anyone know what this board is for? It's in a socket above the keyboard https://i.imgur.com/xqMmaO3.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jcUACIM.jpg?2 https://i.imgur.com/sR0nL3C.jpg 2) Later on after about 30 mins of typing out a program, got to the final line and... fizzzz pooo...
by RetroBob
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: MMBeeb question and thanks
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: MMBeeb question and thanks

If you aren't using floppies, I would remove any other filing systems. SHIFT is only checked part way through the break, so keep any other keys down until the break has completed. If you aren't sure about the ROMs, post a pic and we'll take a look. If it is a B, you might need to remove the keyboar...
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Things I haven’t received yet...
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: Things I haven’t received yet...

Weird, it's worth letting the seller know that you've not received it, since they may have had it returned or possibly had other issues before. I contacted the seller on the 27th of February. And followed up and informed him when I was told that it was being held by customs. Mark Ah good, then they...
by RetroBob
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Things I haven’t received yet...
Replies: 13
Views: 678

Re: Things I haven’t received yet...

Weird, it's worth letting the seller know that you've not received it, since they may have had it returned or possibly had other issues before.
by RetroBob
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Where to find retro kit...?
Replies: 8
Views: 640

Re: Where to find retro kit...?

I used to go car boot sales before 'retro' was in and you could get a lot of stuff for cheap but as has been suggested, those times are LONG gone now. For the things I was looking for at the time (games consoles and games), things were starting to tail off 10 years ago (given we are in 2020!).
by RetroBob
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Drop Ship Joystick support
Replies: 3
Views: 764

Re: Drop Ship Joystick support

Drop Ship was rock hard with my fingers going nineteen to the dozen...not sure if joystick would help. I really loved that game as a kid - not sure why really as I don't think I ever got that far in it! I was thinking the same re: joystick. I love this game, wasn't great at it when I was a kid but ...
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Centre for Computing History, Cambridge
Replies: 14
Views: 710

Re: Centre for Computing History, Cambridge

I've been a few times, first to look around similar to you, and then on dedicated Retro Game Nights. Definitely worth a visit - don't be afraid to ask questions or for help with a particular exhibit. I keep meaning to go again! Since you're planning ahead, it might be worth giving them a call to che...
by RetroBob
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: New user
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: New user

Welcome, glad you've found what you needed so far.
by RetroBob
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: High-res pro photos of Acorn machines ?
Replies: 8
Views: 465

Re: High-res pro photos of Acorn machines ?

I'm sure I found a site the other day that had good quality Acorn related images that the owner said were good to use, not sure if this was linked from here, does this ring a bell with anyone?
by RetroBob
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from Bremen in Germany
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Hi from Bremen in Germany

Excellent, welcome to the forum!
by RetroBob
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: My 'new' Acorn Atom
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: My 'new' Acorn Atom

Looks like you've done a really nice job there.
by RetroBob
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: general
Topic: Floppy Days Podcast coming on the BBC Micro - Need HELP
Replies: 18
Views: 1182

Re: Floppy Days Podcast coming on the BBC Micro - Need HELP

Well, Randy found the perfect host! Weirdly I am listening to The Retro Hour at the moment where Steve is a guest! He certainly explains everything well, which is helpful.
by RetroBob
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: MMBeeb question and thanks
Replies: 8
Views: 512

MMBeeb question and thanks

Not sure if this is a software or hardware issue, apologies if this ends up being in the wrong forum! A couple of years back I won a BBC Micro at the Retro Games Night at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, and whoever put this in the raffle had recapped it, and also installed MMBeeb. Not...

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