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by LordVaderUK
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Second 'Virtual ABug', Saturday 11th April, 9am - 5pm
Replies: 43
Views: 863

Re: First 'Virtual ABug', Saturday 11th April, 9am - 5pm

I will be there, not sure I can attend for the whole day but I will drop in and out if that's OK? I am really not an expert in anything much but would love to see what the real experts are doing, and "meet" some of the names who have been so helpful on the forum.
by LordVaderUK
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from the Chew Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Hello from the Chew Valley

Hi and welcome, great to have another subject matter expert here on this great little forum.

It’s easy and straightforward to replace the capacitors in the power supply, do a search or ask for help if you need it.
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Virtual ABug?
Replies: 22
Views: 1070

Re: Virtual ABug?

Not a massive response but enough for me to have a go at organising this. Some questions to those interested: What day(s) would be best? I presume Saturday and/or Sunday as many people will still be working or teaching their children for a midweek day. When should it take place? Is mid to late Apri...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Working at home: 1986 (for the Dutchies)
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Working at home: 1986 (for the Dutchies)

I haven't the faintest idea what's going on, but model railways and a BBC B setup - I'm in! :lol:
by LordVaderUK
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Brighton
Replies: 19
Views: 365

Re: Hello from Brighton

So on very basic inspection of BeebEm Mac it's built against the Carbon SDK which was removed from macOS Catalina 10.15. So it needs the GUI porting to AppKit which should doable. Might be worth wrapping the C code into SPM module and then writing the GUI application using Swift so that it will kee...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?

I spend many hours on that setup since we got the Beeb in 1981. I remember some long late nights in 1984-85 playing Elite and finally got there and sent off for the Elite badge that I still have today. Starship Command, Frak!, Chuckie Egg, Castle Quest, Speech! and Dare Devil Dennis were other favo...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?

That’s the sort of thing! I am currently locked down at my partner’s house, not my own place, so can’t dig through the photo albums for a while yet. I might ask my parents if they’ve got any - as they are almost certainly the ones who would have taken photos at that time, presumably while a spotty, ...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?

I found a thread on an Atari forum (don’t hate me) where people had posted photos of their setups back in the 1980s . Think lots of beige furniture, swirly wallpaper and orange carpets 😬 But some splendid images of “brand new” computers and peripherals too, with their young and enthusiastic users. I...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 1467

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

BigEd wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:31 am
I read a great piece on self-care, from someone who has been housebound for a while and has experience.
This is great, thanks for posting, I will share with friends and family.
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

Update, for those still interested... a replacement RGB -> SCART cable arrived today, and works perfectly. So it was a faulty cable all along... :roll:
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5714
Views: 492787

Re: Today I received.....

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Thank you Flaxcottage for this massive boost to my Acornsoft library! I think I’m gonna need a bigger bookshelf... :D
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: A blast from the past
Replies: 12
Views: 349

Re: A blast from the past

Blimey, the creator of Elite-A, we are not worthy! Welcome to the forum, very pleased to have yet another subject matter expert here on this excellent forum.
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: New Year, New Project (Skirrid)
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: New Year, New Project (Skirrid)

That looks great! Will have a go on my Master once I get the video working... :p
by LordVaderUK
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Virtual ABug?
Replies: 22
Views: 1070

Re: Virtual ABug?

Definitely up for this!
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 1467

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

Look after yourself Dave, and as far as possible enjoy this time - books, box sets and of course BBCs!

My mum is doing the same and she’s quite stoic about it - currently tackling the first of half a dozen fiendish jigsaws...!
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

The biggest problem with SCART leads, is not the Beeb, or the SCART lead, but that this is a standard that was developed long after the Beeb was designed. The SCART leads that I have includes one from Cool Novelties and it works fine for me. However, that is with the two LCD TVs that I normally use...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Acornsoft titles
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Wanted: Acornsoft titles

Bump! My shelf is looking better - five titles now - but lots of space for more... anyone looking to offload duplicates or make space?!
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

Hi Richard, it came from Coolnovelties and is supposed to be a custom cable for connecting the BBC to a SCART. Could be faulty, I suppose - I will ask if they can supply a replacement. Thanks for the suggestion.
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

There are several PCB links which affect the video output (e.g. 5, 7, 10, 15, 16) so I'd check that they are all correctly set to the UK specification set out in the service manual (chapter 4): chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/docs/Acorn/Manuals/Acorn_MasterSM.pdf I wonder if it's an NTSC thing?...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

Before going any further, which issue board is this BBC Master? And we are presuming that the monochrome picture is good, is it? Mark Hi, definitely an issue 1 board (it's printed on the board, and there is no LK11 position as per the photo - I checked...) Mono picture from Composite is good. Degra...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 13 to 15 November 2020 - Save the Date - NOT A BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 12
Views: 535

Re: ABUG SOUTH 13 to 15 November 2020 - Save the Date - NOT A BOOKING THREAD

Thank you. It's in the diary, and I'll be there to finally meet some of you!
by LordVaderUK
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

Bumping this as I’m a bit stuck for any reliable way to see colour on my Master. I’ve tried on two TVs, 1) a big old plasma and 2) a much more recent flat panel. Results... UHF - 1) output is unusable, horizontal / vertical sync is out. 2) colour visible but lots of interference. Plug doesn’t seem t...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Acornsoft titles
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Acornsoft titles

Don't make the mistake that I did of trying to collect all Acornsoft titles because all you remember from BITD were a few games. :roll: I got quite a few titles ... and then found some Acornsoft catalogues ... :-| Crikey, did they release THAT many titles?! :-({|= Got any duplicates you want to off...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

... as in, "worse than what you'd expect with an RF output" (implying there's a fault in that area of the circuit, which is ported over to the composite output when you fir the capacitor), or just "RF output always looks rubbish"? It's corrupted and cannot be properly viewed. So maybe it's an issue...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Acornsoft titles
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Acornsoft titles

eelco108 wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:31 pm
I'm just seeing your PM from March 10 - which has no (external) e-mail listed to use.
I cannot reply to that PM (or any PM) yet ...
Ah ok - have resent PM...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Acornsoft titles
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Acornsoft titles

eelco108 wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:59 pm
I cannot sent or reply to PMs, as I've only recently joined this forum ... could you PM me an e-mail address to reply to?
Have already done so - check your PMs :-)
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Acornsoft titles
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Acornsoft titles

There are some very nice 3d box images of Acornsoft games here: https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/1141-bbc-micro-3d-boxes-acornsoft-games/ However, I can only see 4 of the 45 but then I haven't downloaded the file from Launchbox (I think you need to register), perhaps they're all in there...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

Kazzie wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:26 pm
Do you get colour output through the RF output?
Yes, but it's terrible quality...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 897

BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

Hi all I have carefully followed the instructions here and here , soldering an appropriate (I think) capacitor between two transistors in the video circuit. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked, all I get is degraded B&W output. If I remove the capacitor, then it returns to normal. I’ve attached a photo o...
by LordVaderUK
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: All Elite versions on one SSD
Replies: 2
Views: 298

All Elite versions on one SSD

Can anyone direct me to a download for the disk image for this combined version of the various Elite versions, with the selection menu??
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