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by tone76
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: VideoNuLA boards
Replies: 160
Views: 28700

Re: VideoNuLA boards

Pop me on the waiting list for a VideoNuLA, please.

Cheers.
by tone76
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges
Replies: 38
Views: 2004

Re: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges

Add me to the waiting list, please (+ postage to Australia). Just 4 more requests to go now. :D

BTW are the any plans to offer some sort of 3D printed case? Or is someone else out there planning on making one? (i'd be keen to buy one if/when available)

Cheers.
by tone76
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: BBC Micro User Guide [Remastered PDF]
Replies: 16
Views: 4084

Re: BBC Micro User Guide [Remastered PDF]

Many thanks for the hours of work everyone has put into this remaster. I just had to get my own hard copy made up.. I hope nobody minds! The spiral binding seems a bit large (and possibly incorrect), but that's on me. It's nice to have a proper manual to thumb through.

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by tone76
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Yet another Model B with a long beep.
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Yet another Model B with a long beep.

Any modification wires carried out by a manufacturer, service centre, repairer or technician at a dealer, is most likely to be on the underside of the PCB. Yep, I found that after I pulled the board out (no bodge wires around the Video ULA though). There are two makes of Video ULA / VideoProc, the ...
by tone76
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: How many sold? German tank problem:serial nums wtd
Replies: 308
Views: 101854

Re: How many sold? German tank problem:serial nums wtd

I recently acquired a number of Beebs, along with another Master 128 and a B+ 128. Hope these serials help. Electron 07-ALA01-0043006 Model B Issue 3 ICL 016277 Issue 4 AB 178266 Issue 7 02-ANB01-1009889 Issue 7 03-ANB01-3038095 Issue 7 03-ANB01-3067776 Issue 7 AB 199328 Model B+ 128K 01-AMB53-55114...
by tone76
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Yet another Model B with a long beep.
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Yet another Model B with a long beep.

Some thoughts on your Video problems: 1) Are the Video ULAs on both Boards the same part number? The Older Ferranti ULA MUST have a Heat Sink fitted or it will overheat and fail. 2) The later ULAs require a Wire-add on the Board to correct an error in the ULA which inverts the screen. If you are sw...
by tone76
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Yet another Model B with a long beep.
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Yet another Model B with a long beep.

Hi all. I'm in the process of getting my Wong's Issue 7 up and running (as per this post ). I've since procured a parts Beeb for cheap; it looks as though it may have been someone else's parts Beeb as the PSU is missing along with a couple of ICs, but the price was right and it has a complete keyboa...
by tone76
Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: New to physical BBC retrocomputing
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: New to physical BBC retrocomputing

Thanks tone76 - lovely detailed answer. I've washing the keycaps already now, not much dirt came off them - about to invest in some deoxit - though it's rather expensive stuff - might get a tube and apply it with a syringe, rather than an entire can. Much appreciated. True, DeOxit isn't cheap ... b...
by tone76
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 612275

Re: Today I received.....

Could have been caused by a falling monitor... Is the ZIF socket lever a bit skew-whiff as well? Possibly. The ZIF socket lever seems fine, though. Whilst part of me would like to restore this machine to original condition... How would you do that if you wanted to? Fill the holes with something? If...
by tone76
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 612275

Re: Today I received.....

I quite like the home-made air vents in the case, that's a good idea. Interestingly, the vents appear to be right on top of the PSU. I've seen this mod before, which makes me wonder if there was a template somewhere (maybe in a magazine or user group newsletter?) Whilst part of me would like to res...
by tone76
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: New to physical BBC retrocomputing
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: New to physical BBC retrocomputing

Welcome back to the Beeb! I'd be inclined to the the keyboard a thorough clean. Remove the keycaps, give the keyboard surface a good dusting with an anti-static brush or some compressed air, then try a little bit of contact cleaner/deoxidiser in each of the keyswitches (DeOxit is particularly good, ...
by tone76
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 612275

Re: Today I received.....

It was more like 2 days ago, but I received a Wong's Model B Issue 7. I tried livestreaming the unboxing but it was a bit of a fail, hence the grainy shot and weird pose. OzRetrocomp Live Stream - Random unboxing-zVUT33As8yg.png This one's a resto project. Several keys are missing, a couple others a...
by tone76
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 612275

Re: Today I received.....

This is more like 'last week I received'... elk2.png After nearly 3 months, my Elk managed to cross the ditch from NZ to Australia. Because pandemic. It's been great to finally scratch my Acorn itch, and it'll tide me over until I get around to recapping and generally zshooshing up my Master 128. :D...
by tone76
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Here are some scans of the Barson computers Electron Econet interface CCT and blank board
Replies: 33
Views: 1756

Re: Here are some scans of the Barson computers Electron Econet interface CCT and blank board

YES!! Thank you!! I'm in the process of making a video about using an Acorn Electron in Australia, and I was hoping to mention the Barson Econet adapter as part of this video. I recall reading about it in computer magazines of the period, but I haven't had a chance to revisit those mags just yet. Th...
by tone76
Fri May 22, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 612275

Re: Today I received.....

... some maintenance and upgrade goodies for my Master 128, from the good people at RetroClinic. It only took 2.5 weeks to get here from the UK, which is nothing short of amazing in these current pandemic-affected times. IMG_20200522_200015.jpg The obligatory PSU recap kit, along with a Raspberry Pi...
by tone76
Sat May 09, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: general
Topic: Retro Magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Retro Magazine

The QL article was interesting to me partly because it mentioned ICL's involvement early on in the project. I already knew that ICL had the One Per Desk which was a communication station - something that had some local processing as well a telephone handset but was also seen as the gateway to the c...
by tone76
Wed May 06, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: general
Topic: Retro Magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Retro Magazine

Thanks for the heads up. I've only read the Sinclair QL article thus far, and it was a cracking read. Hopefully I'll get around to reading the rest of it soon.
by tone76
Fri May 01, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 612275

Re: Today I received.....

My Acorn collection has now doubled in size thanks to a visit from the postie. This BBC Master 128 came up on eBay down under a few weeks back, so I just had to have it. These are even harder to find down here than Model Bs. master.jpg This'll be my everyday Beeb, as my Model B is too nice to use (I...
by tone76
Fri May 01, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Acorn Electron online? Any such hardware.
Replies: 160
Views: 9210

Re: Acorn Electron online? Any such hardware.

I am working on an interface for the Atom to use an ESP8255 wifi module to communicate with the Internet. It's nothing new and some people here have also worked or played with it. My base set up will be an extra interface board with a (dual) serial interface (ST16C2552CJ). One of the ports will be ...
by tone76
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: general
Topic: Mirror physical beeb display on a pc
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: Mirror physical beeb display on a pc

As a couple of other posters have mentioned, cheap USB capture cards are an option. If you go down this route, look for one with an eMPIA USB 2861 chipset on it, often sold as an "EzCap" or "Easycap" card. Picture quality isn't brilliant, but these cards are cost effective and they usually play nice...
by tone76
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface
Replies: 160
Views: 11079

Re: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface

I'm not necessarily going to order two at once. Hi tone76, I ordered two from Core Electronics in Australia by getting one of the special offer plus one from the bulk option as below. Their email notification was fantastic to tell me when they came into stock. Hope I ordered the right header. I hav...
by tone76
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface
Replies: 160
Views: 11079

Re: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface

Cheers, Ken! Looks like I'll need to order myself a couple of Pi Zeroes. :D Please be aware that they're actually quite difficult to get hold of. Any time they are in stock, orders are usually limited to one unit; although you can normally by one Pi Zero and one Pi ZeroW (assuming they're both in s...
by tone76
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: general
Topic: Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]
Replies: 16
Views: 1474

Re: Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]

Looking at the Wikipedia edit history, it looks like those comments were added by the user Rob Napier in 2013. Chris Dawkins' Econet book (scans in the other thread) mentions a Rob Napier at Barson Computers and, of course, there was a book about Econet written by Rob Napier. I wonder if there's a ...
by tone76
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface
Replies: 160
Views: 11079

Re: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface

Just a quick update on this thread, since the For Sale thread is still locked. The next batch of 1MHz boards are in the UK and tracking tells me that they're heading to my local Post Office sorting office. I'm guessing there won't be any deliveries tomorrow, but perhaps Tuesday. I'll hopefully be i...
by tone76
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]
Replies: 16
Views: 1474

Re: Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]

Thanks heaps for that, BeebMaster! That's given me some more clues. However it doesn't ring true to me that Acorn had them effectively writing the DFS and NFS software for the Beeb. Both filing systems had been around a while in earlier Acorns, all of which used the 6502, by the time of the BBC micr...
by tone76
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface
Replies: 160
Views: 11079

Re: New Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface

***POSTING ON THIS THREAD SINCE THE FOR SALE THREAD IS CURRENTLY LOCKED FOR POSTING*** For those on the wait list in my For Sale thread, manufacturing of the next batch of 1MHz level shifters is now complete and awaiting courier pick up from the factory. It's taken a lot longer than the original qu...
by tone76
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: general
Topic: Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]
Replies: 16
Views: 1474

Re: Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]

A trawl of Australian computer magazines for any Barson advertisments might help corroborate the second quote (and give a useful citation for Wikipedia too). Have you looked on archive.org? I've already started this process, although - at this point - it seems as though magazines from the UK and NZ...
by tone76
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: FS: Raspberry Pi to 1MHz and Tube bus interfaces
Replies: 103
Views: 6696

Re: FS: Raspberry Pi to 1MHz bus interface

Hi Ken,

I know you haven't got down to me on the list just yet, but I'd like to confirm my order for 1 x 1MHz interface and 1 x Tube interface. Underside (Option 1) versions of both, please.

Cheers.
by tone76
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]
Replies: 16
Views: 1474

Wikipedia articles on Econet and DFS [citation needed]

Hi all, I'm currently looking into the BBC Micro's history in Australia (and there's quite some history!), and I stumbled upon a couple of uncited claims on Wikipedia in relation to the development of DFS and Econet for the Beeb. On DFS In 1981, the Education Departments of Western Australia and Sou...
by tone76
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: 21st Century BBC Micro?
Replies: 14
Views: 1225

Re: 21st Century BBC Micro?

Two words: Raspberry Pi. I say this for a number of reasons: The RPi has been adapted to work with both the Tube and 1MHz bus ports on original Beebs. We've already seen what the Pi can do with the former, but I'm convinced there's a lot more that could potentially be done with the latter. For examp...

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