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by KayjayUK
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

Well, I'm going to try something else while waiting for that little device to come through the letterbox. I have a laptop running on Win 8 and I also have several old Beebs, I'm in the process of changing the caps in the power supply of one ......... my wife hates the stinky smell :) Once that's don...
by KayjayUK
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

At the risk of introducing yet more variables into an already confusing situation, have you considered getting one of these -- http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=12689#p162891 -- and trying to transfer data via SD card instead? :?: Yes, it's worth a try, at the price it certainly ...
by KayjayUK
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

Could this particular problem with Xfer be connected with the PC running on Win10?
by KayjayUK
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

OK so the W.E. DFS will work ok with Xfer. Are you referring to the Watford DDFS which you mentioned earlier? What makes you say that it "will work ok with Xfer"? (I ask because you then go on to describe an error, which suggests that the Watford DDFS won't actually work ok with Xfer!) :?: I'm goin...
by KayjayUK
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

OK so the W.E. DFS will work ok with Xfer.

Does anyone have any ideas as to why it should hang on the Beeb after the PC asks for a filename and drive for transferring to with the message ' Problem changing to DFS' ?

Keith
by KayjayUK
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

I am trying serial transfer to see if corruption is occurring during the transfer with the Datacentre though I think that highly unlikely the serial method will prove the fact. I have a serial cable that I got ( I think ) from Sprow and I'm using Xfer51 which I assume is the latest iteration. I foll...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

This gets weirder and weirder, taken all ROMs out apart from those two. I reformatted the disc with Watford DFS instead of Disc Doctor, no difference to the problem except when I formatted in DD it just gave garbage when booting Quill, single density and it's the same or rather it clears the screen ...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

Well, using your file has created a difference, it now boots up and ends with the screen showing (c) Gilsoft 1985 Do you have a dual drive? Smith >- As you can see it asks about the drive then it tries to enter part of the copyright message adding the end of the authors name as the reply for the qu...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

Well, using your file has created a difference, it now boots up and ends with the screen showing (c) Gilsoft 1985 Do you have a dual drive? Smith >- As you can see it asks about the drive then it tries to enter part of the copyright message adding the end of the authors name as the reply for the que...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

I've got the Datacentre issue 3 so I put the file on a memory stick, plugged it into the Datacentre and used *DISC *IMPORT -D0 QUA03 Looks fine. I normally include the .SSD extension in the filename of the disc-image in the IMPORT command ( *IMPORT -D0 QUA03.SSD ) because it never occurred to me to...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

Firstly, the QuillA03 file available from http://8-bit.info/the-gilsoft-adventure-systems/ does it run directly on a BBc B or has it been modified to run on emulators? A03 is a later version than the one that Col linked to. A03 hasn't been modified to run only on emulators. (I'm not sure if that's ...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

Re: A Little Quill Advice Please

http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=7772&p=80917&hilit=quill+disk+disc#p80917 try the real one on the linky... Strangely this is worse in a way, it leaves *RUN Quill as before but on the next line it reports Bad Command There is clearly something amiss here with my computer not the...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A Little Quill Advice Please
Replies: 22
Views: 1151

A Little Quill Advice Please

Firstly, the QuillA03 file available from http://8-bit.info/the-gilsoft-adventure-systems/ does it run directly on a BBc B or has it been modified to run on emulators? If there is a difference that is, I've never used any. I have copied the file over to a disc and after booting it leaves the screen ...
by KayjayUK
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Gremlin ROM Manual
Replies: 4
Views: 557

Gremlin ROM Manual

Does anyone have a copy of or a link to a manual pdf or anything where I can get access to this manual. All I can see on google searches is links for a game and to the movie etc. but this is a utility ROM that was published by Computer Concepts.

Keith
by KayjayUK
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Basic for Z80
Replies: 33
Views: 3176

Re: BBC Basic for Z80

Whilst no doubt correct, that does strike me as being a little non-obvious. So, if I understand correctly, this is about interleaving the tracks from the sides of a disk so for other's benefit..... Acorn DFS and CP/M both treat double-sided disks as two single-sided disks, assigning a separate driv...
by KayjayUK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB - HCR Micron EPROM Programmer
Replies: 0
Views: 437

WTB - HCR Micron EPROM Programmer

Does anyone have a HCR Micron eprom programmer they wish to part with? Either the HCR or the Watford Electronics equivalent will do.
Happy to pay a reasonable price and of course postage or will collect if in my area

Thanks .

Keith
by KayjayUK
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Unusual BBC IO Board
Replies: 26
Views: 3162

Re: Acorn Electron Bundle for Sale and also Voltmace 14b Joystick

1024MAK wrote:
vanpeebles wrote:...repaired with a block thingy...
Ahh, more commonly known in my trade as a chock block (slang for chop), Belling Lee or screw thermal block...


Mark
We always referred to them as a 'choc block' because they look like a chocolate block.

Keith
by KayjayUK
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

There is another possible cause of trouble. If the disks were originally used with a 40 track drive, the width of the head on a 40 track drive is wider than the head in an 80 track drive. So the 80 track drive may not be able to override all of the magnetic field made by the 40 track drive... Mark ...
by KayjayUK
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

BITD 5.25" floppies came in a variety of versions; - single-sided 48TPI that formatted to 40T - as above but double-sided - single-sided 96TPI that formatted to either 40T or 80T - as above but double-sided Your discs could be DS/DD 48TPI and so they may not reliably format to 80T. I do know BITD w...
by KayjayUK
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

It only takes one disk with bad surface to gunk up the heads - the horrid squeak noise or chirp noises means you should clean the heads before doing anything in my experience. A disk which has been shedding surface looks more like a vinyl record (with grooves) rather than the normal uniform brown. ...
by KayjayUK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

Another reason for drive failure to read/write or format unreliably is the drive belt perishing, I would recommend replacing before taking any further action. Trevor Thanks Trevor. The drives are 'new' just bought a couple of weeks back from Mark at Retroclinic (see thread above yours) so there wil...
by KayjayUK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

Since writing the lead post in this thread I've played around some more with thediscs I have and have found that they format perfectly every time as 40 track. I have a lot to try and refresh from the 80's as I've only just brought out the Beeb since then. I am surecI would have known the answer to m...
by KayjayUK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

martinw wrote:Mark at Retroclinic sold me some, a while back now ....

https://en-gb.facebook.com/RetroClinic/

Martin
I shall pester Mark once again with my custom :) Well, I'll enquire anyway.

Keith
by KayjayUK
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: WTB: 5.25" Floppies

Out of interest. Have you given your heads a really good clean? I have found that old disks can shed their coating and it sticks to the heads. Enough so that it stopped one perfectly good drive from formatting/verifying properly. A brief panic then head clean later and the drive was fine. Good tip ...
by KayjayUK
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 5.25" Floppies
Replies: 15
Views: 793

WTB: 5.25" Floppies

Does anyone have any discs of good quality they can pass on or perhaps knowledge of a supplier, if there are any now! My discs are aged or at least I think that's my problem, they won't consistently format, sometimes ok sometimes can't find sector at start of disc. I don't want to commit data to the...
by KayjayUK
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Basic for Z80
Replies: 33
Views: 3176

Re: BBC Basic for Z80

Had cpm running from a turbo MMC albeit have still to work out how to change MMC disks from cpm. If you have a CPM boot disk with the SJCCP instead of the DRCCP you can issue *commands from the CPM> prompt. See also JGHCPM1 disk. I suppose I'm being dumb again but why a single and a double sided di...
by KayjayUK
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Basic for Z80
Replies: 33
Views: 3176

Re: BBC Basic for Z80

jgharston wrote:
Andrewcee wrote:Had cpm running from a turbo MMC albeit have still to work out how to change MMC disks from cpm.
If you have a CPM boot disk with the SJCCP instead of the DRCCP you can issue *commands from the CPM> prompt. See also JGHCPM1 disk.

This is defintely interesting, Thanks JGH !

Keith
by KayjayUK
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Basic for Z80
Replies: 33
Views: 3176

Re: BBC Basic for Z80

Have succeeded running Z80 basic program on Master with Pi copro earlier today, a new first. Used half dozen lines of code looping round with calls via oscli to format & verify a dozen floppies. Definitely a 27128 needed or equivalent swr. Had cpm running from a turbo MMC albeit have still to work ...
by KayjayUK
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Basic for Z80
Replies: 33
Views: 3176

Re: BBC Basic for Z80

Darn it .... of course !! no wonder it doesn't flippin' work ... Yes, that's the one, thing is I can't put a 128 onto the WE 12 rom board can I. I could pull the board out and use the standard beeb sockets and switch S33 over but I still wouldn't have enough sockets .... You should be able to use a...
by KayjayUK
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Basic for Z80
Replies: 33
Views: 3176

Re: BBC Basic for Z80

So is the Z80ROM corrupted, is my Pi zero software corrupted? I bought a micro sd ready programmed with the software from Kjell so I'm assuming it's correct but hey ... you never know. So has anyone got any ideas at all ? Is this the ROM we are talking about? http://mdfs.net/Software/BBCBasic/Z80Ba...