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by Rod C
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:29 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 6136
Views: 702044

Re: Today I received.....

Finally got a Dell U2410 monitor which works a treat with my Acorn A3000. Thanks for the tip @af0l. The monitor is a Dell U2410, great with all the old stuff. I was really pleased to see it pick up the 15KHz horizontal refresh from the A3000 as the published specs for this monitor indicate approx. 3...
by Rod C
Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 54
Views: 876

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

Getting my score up again but doing it the right way instead of, well... let's just call it the "other way" :oops:

Apologies if I caused any confusion.

Still enjoying this game. :D

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by Rod C
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 54
Views: 876

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

I just had a look at this, and if you start from 3,5 or 7 which you can at any time - press E to move level - each time you complete the first screen you get a bonus, but the next screen completions don't seem to give any bonuses. if you leave it as default you get no bonuses after level completion...
by Rod C
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 54
Views: 876

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

Well, that was fun! I managed to break 100K. However, I want to check that I'm not breaching any competition rule. The game allows you to press "E" to select your starting level, initially offering 1,3,5,7. When you gain higher (odd numbered) levels these are added to the offerings. I'm us...
by Rod C
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 54
Views: 876

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

I'm enjoying it too. Tempest is a pretty good name for this game.


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by Rod C
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 54
Views: 876

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

Within a moment of beating level 25. Just a moment... #-o

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by Rod C
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 54
Views: 876

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

Still a bit confused by this but I seem to be improving.
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by Rod C
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 54
Views: 876

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

Well, this is a bit frenetic! I don't really understand what happened, but somehow I got what seemed a very generous bonus!

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by Rod C
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Venger wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:25 pm
My best is 1240
Nice! 8)
by Rod C
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Another 1000 point boost but still the same level. This tells me that I'm just getting a bit more efficient and gaining those lives on level 10 around the 10k points helps a lot too.......just not enough skill these days any more. Chin up, Ed! Your game's looking pretty good from here. :D Here's so...
by Rod C
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

How fitting, I just got my best score and glanced down to see that I had finished in Australia! Didn't recognise anything there though. :lol:


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by Rod C
Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

After some piddling improvements, a bit of a jump.

HA, just noticed my clever screen capture. 8)

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by Rod C
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Still hacking away at level 5 but getting there.

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by Rod C
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Got through level 3 via the shortcut glitch and finished on level 5.

Should be able to work this one out soon, I think.
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by Rod C
Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Landing on the invisible corners of sprites like the nasty green bushes Yes, I did that once and just sat there like a Christmas ornament for a while. It didn't help though! Employing the level 3 glitch strategy I managed to gain a couple of hundred more points. It's not without it's risks though! ...
by Rod C
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Level 3 super glitch - in images and words: These hidden features liven up the game a bit I think. I'm sure these are little surprises left by the programmer. Here's what I found. A bit simpler, I think. Jump 1, a simple jump from the conveyor gets two keys and looks like you will get the one under...
by Rod C
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

With the jump through the wall it is possible to get the top left key and continue through the platform to the section below! Guess that makes it a double glitch. Maybe even get three keys in one jump? I certainly got two.

I'll give it another go tomorrow. Should help me out with this level.
by Rod C
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Making sloow progress here! #-o

Losing lives at the start of level 3 is killing me - repeatedly. :roll:


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by Rod C
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1752

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

I'm missing my Psycastria adrenaline rush!

Currently balked by those flying lips.

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by Rod C
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?

OK that's good to know. Thanks for the informative replies.
by Rod C
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?

Ah! Thanks, that all makes sense. I kept thinking it might be Test Pad but couldn't find any reference to it.

Am I right in thinking there is a set of test points together somewhere on the board?
by Rod C
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?

OK that keeps it easy. Thanks, Ian.

Do we know what TP1 stands for? Just trying to make sense of this.
by Rod C
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:14 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?

IanJeffray wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:13 am
Your understanding is correct - NC = Not Connected.
That's good, thanks.

Now, in the RiscPC the circuit is a little different and pin 7 connects to TP1. Where can I pick up that connection on the motherboard for testing continuity?

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by Rod C
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?
Replies: 9
Views: 197

CMOS Chip pin 7 NC?

Prior to replacing the CMOS chip in my A3000 I checked the connections on the motherboard for faults. Everything was OK and the new chip got the computer back in action but I was curious about the notation on the circuit diagram where pin 7 of IC6 is marked NC. Does that mean "Not Connected&quo...
by Rod C
Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 3 - Psycastria 2
Replies: 77
Views: 1795

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 3 - Psycastria 2

Made a breakthrough into the 60Ks and was feeling pretty good with 70Ks in my sights when suddenly and unexpectedly :wink:, I got shot down! :lol:

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by Rod C
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 3 - Psycastria 2
Replies: 77
Views: 1795

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 3 - Psycastria 2

A little more progress. I've since managed to reach level 3 but didn't better my score here from level 2. :roll:

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