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by adrm
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400104

Re: Today I received.....

A RetroTink2x to go with the OSSC 05FA31A5-59E7-4CA6-83CD-BC74656CFEFA.jpeg The 3DO’s svideo output can now get the OSSC treatment, it’s never looked so good! Got my own RetroTink 2X + connector to OSSC today. Is it running ok? What are you using it with? The idea is to use it with the OSSC for HW ...
by adrm
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

Richard Russell wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:23 am
adrm wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:21 pm
If you had to choose, which one is the preferred choice (for a collector)?
BBC BASIC is available for the Amstrad, but not (AFAIK) for the Dragon! There's a free download here.
I decided to let both computers go to someone else, and hope for a CPC Plus-model to appear locally instead.
by adrm
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Vintage Collections
Replies: 50
Views: 2188

Re: Vintage Collections

Now, the pertinent question: Can you actually use all of them (or do you)? No need to answer. Just see how much dust has accumulated on each one. The follow up question is: Can you remember what you were doing last time you played with [insert computer here]? I get this thing whereby I start a proj...
by adrm
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Vintage Collections
Replies: 50
Views: 2188

Re: Vintage Collections

VectorEyes wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:07 pm

But even more than I'd love to own more, ... and have a large spare room to put it all in!
Ditto x2!
I hate the fact that I can't have all my nerd *cough*... I mean... nostalgia gear readily available and on display :evil:
by adrm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Vintage Collections
Replies: 50
Views: 2188

Re: Vintage Collections

5x Acorn BBC mod B 2x Atari XEGS Amiga A500 Atari 520STF Apple IIGS 2x Grundy NewBrain (I knew there was something I'd forgotten!) [ edit ] Acorn 6502 CoPro Acorn Z80 CoPro I know I once owned a broken ZX Spectrum 48. I only hope I didn't throw it away when I sold my house, and it's packed away wit...
by adrm
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: VP410/VP415 laserdisc player digital audio?
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: VP410/VP415 laserdisc player digital audio?

I have a hazy recollection from back when I still owned LaserDiscs that they all had an analog PCM track and newer discs usually also had a digital AC3 track.

Could be wrong, tough.
by adrm
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

Dang!

I must have a mental condition of some sort, but now I find myself really wanting that Dragon 32 :twisted:
by adrm
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: general
Topic: What to stock up on, before it becomes "unavailable"?
Replies: 12
Views: 969

Re: What to stock up on, before it becomes "unavailable"?

Stuff I have ordered since my original post, in case it gives people any ideas: :) Lots of wire, various colors, AWG 28 down to AWG 24 Dupont connector housings in various configurations + female connectors + crimping tool Lots of 16K x 1 dynamic RAM Thermal paste Lots of various IC sockets 50x M2 x...
by adrm
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400104

Re: Today I received.....

trixster wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:02 am
A RetroTink2x to go with the OSSC
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The 3DO’s svideo output can now get the OSSC treatment, it’s never looked so good!
Got my own RetroTink 2X + connector to OSSC today.
by adrm
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

Just seen this thread so catching up. I actually have a soft spot for both of these machines since they were ones that I owned back when they were out. My progression was ZX81 -> Dragon32 -> CPC464. I couldn't afford the Dragon 64 (or struggled to beg my parents for the 32 so the 64 was out of the ...
by adrm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

1024MAK wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:01 pm
Have a read through of this thread, lots of links in it to other forums and web sites for other machines and their groups :wink:

Mark
Excellent. I hadn't seen that one.
Thanks.
by adrm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400104

Re: Today I received.....

A working copy of Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror. As ever the idiot seller shipped it in a jiffy bag so there is some crushing damage to the case but it is minimal. I hate cosmetic damage to items that are potentially "irreplaceable". I say irreplaceable since mint or near mint condition retro ...
by adrm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

vanpeebles wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:23 pm
Ah that's not a QL, just a normal speccy :)

We do have users on the QL Forum from Norway, you might be better off joining a few forums, and putting up wanted adverts etc :)
Ahhh, right! Spectrum noob --> Me :oops:

I'll head over to that forum for a look.
*cough* Which one is it? *cough*
by adrm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

Ah :( That is a lot! Indeed. Asking GBP 230,- for the Spectrum QL in that ad is way over what I'm willing to pay. Considering that he states "Item condition is as shown in the (rather small) pictures". I'd love to own as many different retro computers as I can get my hands on, but there is a thresh...
by adrm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

https://www.finn.no/bap/forsale/ad.html?finnkode=126002984 Yes, finn.no is the site I use for local purchases. However, prices for retro computers have gone bananas over the last 6-9 months. You wouldn't believe the prices asked for items in poor condition now. 12 months ago I could easily find an ...
by adrm
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

Speaking of power supplies ... I'm eagerly awaiting this unit being designed by Lotharek in Poland: https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=144 I believe it will be something like this: https://lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=217 but have much more flexibility. The way I understand it, he plans to...
by adrm
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

Thanks all. The Dragon seems to be a "collector item" only then, so £90 might be too much. I'll give the CPC 464 a bit of thought, because if I have to import from the UK, there will be Postage + VAT + VAT clearing charge in addition. I'm guessing the extras will add another £50 or more to the cost ...
by adrm
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

The amstrad (spit spit) Way more and better games :) But how about a QL? A QL would be nice too, but these two are being offered for sale here :) Advice re. Amstrad CPC 464: Is this model worth buying, or is it better to wait and hope that one of the later models becomes available? THE 464 looks ra...
by adrm
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

I have no previous experience with either computer.

Would you guys purchase either at (apx.) GBP 90,- each?
Both seem to be in good condition, but no noteworthy extras, like FDCs, are included.

If you had to choose, which one is the preferred choice (for a collector)?
by adrm
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400104

Re: Today I received.....

2x MOS 1.2 ROMs for the BBC
from here: http://sprow.co.uk/bbc/index.htm

Good service.
by adrm
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 67
Views: 6213

Re: Beeb Spotting

Beeb in prime position in this Norwegian educational program, about the 2 min mark. And, they then run a Richard T Russell version of Basic called Kontiki-Basic on the nearby Kontiki machine. https://tv.nrk.no/serie/datastart/FSKO03000383/01-10-1984 I've had a bit of a look at the Microprocessors e...
by adrm
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B

Kazzie wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:50 am

Apparently they did put the OS in two EPROMS on a header board, which was in turn plugged into the OS socket. See http://lists.cloud9.co.uk/pipermail/bbc ... 11986.html
That sounds somewhat familiar :D
by adrm
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: EIAJ E8M video connector
Replies: 0
Views: 260

EIAJ E8M video connector

If anyone has one of these lying about, I'd be interested in buying it, as I have a monitor with such an input:

They seem to be called EIAJ E8M but some refer to them as Hirose S-1308

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by adrm
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B

The OS/MOS will only work in IC51 position. If using an EPROM, isolate pin 1 from the socket (bend it out is easiest). Do the same for pin 27. Then, connect pin 1 and pin 27 to pin 28 using some fine solid core wire. Pin 28 is the +5V supply and pin 1 and pin 27 should be logic high for normal use....
by adrm
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B

I distinctly recall my first Beeb, back in the eighties, being equipped with unmodified EPROM(s) instead of the later ROM. Am I correct in assuming that these came fitted into sockets 52 and 53, then? The very earliest machines came with OS version 0.1, which was on EPROMs in the four right-most so...
by adrm
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B

If this EPROM is fitted in the socket marked IC51, then the modifications to the pins of the EPROM chip are required so that it will work in this socket. As the connections for this socket are not compatible with a EPROM. Socket IC51 is reserved for the OS / MOS chip only. The 6502 CPU Reset vector...
by adrm
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B

Good ideas, Kazzie.

Unfortunately, the switch was not the issue. I now suspect this machine has one or more HW issues, including RAM (sometimes garbled screen or random pixels when switching to graphics modes)

I now strongly suspect that NOS = Norwegian OS.
by adrm
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Stuff inside an issue 4 Model B

Still looking at the machine with the Watford Electronics 13 ROM board fitted. (I have removed the WE board for now, because it might cause damage when the machine is stored away.) I have found other stuff inside, and I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts on these: 1) The standard ROM sockets had 2x ...
by adrm
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Manual for the Watford Electronics 13 ROM board?
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Manual for the Watford Electronics 13 ROM board?

marcusjambler wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:54 am
I think its this one...

watford_rom_ram_board_pdf.zip
Ahh, yes! I didn't recognise it from the title.

Thanks a lot.
by adrm
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Manual for the Watford Electronics 13 ROM board?
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Manual for the Watford Electronics 13 ROM board?

Yes, checked there.

Thanks, Tricky.