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by VectorEyes
Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2877
Views: 334083

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

IanJeffray wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:47 am
A very clean looking and boxed A3000 with monitor. Collection only "way down south" :cry:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333723401634
Note that the listing does say it's been stored in a garage, and that there's damp damage to the box, so be a little careful!
by VectorEyes
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from London!
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: Hi from London!

Welcome, from a fellow Londoner!
by VectorEyes
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 64
Views: 1334

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

Quick game at lunchtime and I managed to get above 50k. I have a while to go before I'm challenging the current winners though.

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by VectorEyes
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RetroClinic DataCentre remake
Replies: 15
Views: 313

Re: RetroClinic DataCentre remake

The DataCentre does have several advantages over Goteks. Off the top of my head: Fast import and export from/to SSD files on a USB stick, a non-volatile RAM drive, and you can even connect a hard drive to it. If you have Beeblink (or various other similar systems) and some Goteks, you can do pretty ...
by VectorEyes
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring
Replies: 44
Views: 1075

Re: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring

The -boot option unfortunately defaults to performing a *RUN, which is no use for a Basic file. I did create a blank template SSD, containing a manually made !Boot file with the CHAIN"DROID1" in it. However, running the above command overwrites everything, which is a shame. I think you can work aro...
by VectorEyes
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 64
Views: 1334

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

I'm sure this game was easier back in my early teens! I remember being able to keep all three balls in play at once. Can't seem to manage that these days. I have been playing under emulation using JSBeeb, as my actual machine is currently only available for late night disc archival (which doesn't m...
by VectorEyes
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 64
Views: 1334

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

I'm sure this game was easier back in my early teens! I remember being able to keep all three balls in play at once. Can't seem to manage that these days. I have been playing under emulation using JSBeeb, as my actual machine is currently only available for late night disc archival (which doesn't ma...
by VectorEyes
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2877
Views: 334083

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

This looks interesting for someone local https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-computer-collection-acorn-collection-with-lots-of-software-and-parts/274490093165?hash=item3fe8e26e6d:g:UlgAAOSwKTZfWkh1&shqty=1&isGTR=1#shId That was a pretty good bundle. Three-slice RiscPC, two A5000s, an AKF85 (I think)...
by VectorEyes
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: BBC Master Reference Manual [Remastered PDFs]
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Re: BBC Master Reference Manual [Remastered PDFs]

Absolutely amazing, thankyou so much.

Now that I'm looking at these, I wonder how I got by with only the NAUG for the past two years!
by VectorEyes
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Minerva Games' Titles
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: Minerva Games' Titles

I'd love these, will PM you!
by VectorEyes
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: acorn & bbc micro user group (abug) events
Topic: Acorn Preservation Team meeting #1, Sunday 20th September 2020, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Acorn Preservation Team meeting #1, Sunday 20th September 2020, 6pm - 9pm

I can't really *not* attend this one, and it's at a time that I stand a chance of attending. Please put me on the list.
by VectorEyes
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring
Replies: 44
Views: 1075

Re: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring

Well done with building BeebAsm locally and creating SSDs! BeebVSC is great (I have it installed) but yes, it's more for assembler than BASIC. In the end, I didn't use BeebVSC's 'build' and 'run' features. Instead I just used Visual Studio Code's 'tasks' feature. I created some simple script files t...
by VectorEyes
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring
Replies: 44
Views: 1075

Re: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring

By the way, if what you want to do is create a BASIC program in a text editor and then run it under emulation, one way might be to use BeebAsm to create SSD files which contain the tokenised BASIC program and are already set up to auto-boot and run that program. You could then edit your BASIC files ...
by VectorEyes
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring
Replies: 44
Views: 1075

Re: Using a Mac or PC for BBC games authoring

I'm running B2 on Catalina. I built it from source without too much difficulty.

I've just checked and it will let you paste text, there's an option in the 'Edit' menu.
by VectorEyes
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: RGBtoHDMI boards
Replies: 34
Views: 1494

Re: For sale: RGBtoHDMI boards

Could you put me down for one RGBtoHDMI built and one analogue board built please?

Thanks!
by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS
Replies: 94
Views: 4028

Re: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS

If you don’t issue FDRV then it copies them all to one drive, and on DataCentre the RAM drives 0 to 3 are all too small to contain 80 TRK files. If you issue FDRV n then it’ll copy to drive N and N+2 so in your case FDRV 0 should fix your disc full error by saving to drives 0 and 2.
by VectorEyes
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS
Replies: 94
Views: 4028

Re: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS

Right, so here's how I do it on a DataCentre: After turning machine on (assuming RAMFS is default filing system), import Discbeast files onto RAM drive 0, by doing: *DR. 0 *IMPORT DB041.SSD Then for each disc: *DR. 0 <shift-break> ... to run Discbeast FSYS RAM // This tells Discbeast to issue '*RAM'...
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: A new BBC Micro MOS Reassembly
Replies: 32
Views: 1418

Re: A new BBC Micro MOS Reassembly

Just been taking a look at this and I have to say, this is an amazing piece of work. Thankyou!
by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Microvitec Cub: Is it a 653 or 895?
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Microvitec Cub: Is it a 653 or 895?

I have an 895 but I've never had a chance to test it!

I seem to recall reading somewhere that the 895 has a noticeably blue tint, owing to the different CRT tube it contains. If you put them next to each other, does white on one screen look noticeably 'bluer' on the other?
by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: 8 colour mode 1 screens for games
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: 8 colour mode 1 screens for games

This is a really, really nice idea and those images look excellent.

Would you mind if I stole the idea and played around with it for future demo effects?
by VectorEyes
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: BBC B+/Master graphics upgrade?
Replies: 28
Views: 1145

Re: BBC B+/Master graphics upgrade?

There was code in an issue of Micro User around about 1988 that did this. On each display frame the displayed buffer was swapped, each buffer was displayed slightly offset to double the number of pixels. It inspired my software version. I don't suppose anyone has this code lying around, before I go...
by VectorEyes
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Safe archiving of 5.25" floppies?
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Safe archiving of 5.25" floppies?

Hi everybody, I've been doing a bit of disc archiving recently (some lightweight Discbeast testing, basically) and while I was capturing an early Acornsoft game (Meteors) the magnetic surface scraped off the disc and gunked up the heads. It may have even damaged subsequent discs that I tried to arch...
by VectorEyes
Sun Aug 16, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Autocue Teleprompter
Replies: 10
Views: 804

Re: Autocue Teleprompter

Bingo: From: http://www.mikesouthon.com/giving-back/ "He then realised that there were plenty of development projects for good programmers. He designed the first electronic version of the Autocue, and later realised that there was a relatively simple way to speed up the chip in the Acorn computer fo...
by VectorEyes
Sun Aug 16, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Autocue Teleprompter
Replies: 10
Views: 804

Re: Autocue Teleprompter

Indeed, I was just about to ask whether anyone had a closer shot of this chip!
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by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Autocue Teleprompter
Replies: 10
Views: 804

Re: Autocue Teleprompter

Didn't Alex van Someren mention at a Cambridge ABUG talk that he'd formed a company that manufactured teleprompters, using Acorn 8-bit hardware and replacing the 6845 CRTC with a 6345 CRTC which can do smooth (line-based, not character-based) scrolling (which is necessary for a teleprompter system)....
by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: new projects and releases: demoscene
Topic: New demo: 'Evil Influences' for the BBC Master
Replies: 10
Views: 819

Re: New demo: 'Evil Influences' for the BBC Master

Just a quick note to say that we've released version 1.1 of Evil Influences. A number of the transitions have been tidied up, one effect in particular massively improved, and a few other minor issues addressed. It's now the version that I wish I'd shipped two months ago! I've updated the links in th...
by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Kenda "The Professional" DMFS
Replies: 64
Views: 1638

Re: Kenda "The Professional" DMFS

Wow, excellent Nigel - really enjoying this. Is there anything I can do on the hardware? Is there any software or commands I can run that can interrogate registers, etc. on the FDC that could hint at which one it is? Paging @ScaryBeasts to this thread who may know just a little bit about talking to...
by VectorEyes
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: DIY floppy cleaner
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: DIY floppy cleaner

The advantage of a cleaning disc, though, is that you don’t have to open up the drive (and risk damaging the heads or other internal mechanisms). That might be very attractive for people who don’t want to open up the drive or just don’t have the time for more involved repairs.
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?
Replies: 28
Views: 916

Re: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?

The Dungeon A lot of Acorn games like Dungeon really annoyed me, because they could have been awesome but just... weren't. They were impressive technical achievements, but the game itself was pretty meh. I actually agree. I put it in the list because I did play it all the way to the end after I’d b...
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?
Replies: 28
Views: 916

Re: TOP 10 GAMES A3010?

Elite
Stunt Racer 2000
Star Fighter 3000
Chocks Away
The Dungeon
Zarch
Aldebaran

Anyone else want to add their favourites?

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