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by Marvin
Sat May 01, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Auntie Wants Me To Sign In
Replies: 59
Views: 1378

Re: Auntie Wants Me To Sign In

A license is not required to operate a TV as long as you don’t record or watch TV broadcasts, or watch or stream programmes live on an online TV service (using any device), or download or watch any BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer. So if I wish to use a TV as a TV (i.e. to watch television broadcasts)...
by Marvin
Sat May 01, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Auntie Wants Me To Sign In
Replies: 59
Views: 1378

Re: Auntie Wants Me To Sign In

they will need to show that they are providing a service to some healthy number of people. For all their flaws, they operate in a highly political environment, need to fight for their survival, and I'd much rather a world in which they continue to exist. There are other ways they could measure how ...
by Marvin
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Auntie Wants Me To Sign In
Replies: 59
Views: 1378

Re: Auntie Wants Me To Sign In

Vote with your feet, there are loads of sites that are far better than the BBC that don't make you jump through hoops to access. If their content is viewed less they might get the hint that they are pissing us all off. Once upon a time the BBC was something special, however I can see the licence fee...
by Marvin
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Eh? Aye?
Replies: 24
Views: 581

Re: Eh? Aye?

I think the answer is the difference between code and data. A observation by Ada on Babbage's machine was that it could only do what we could instruct it to do. And in a sense, yes. But what if we can instruct it to learn? Then it may learn to do something we can't do: and indeed, at backgammon, ch...
by Marvin
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Eh? Aye?
Replies: 24
Views: 581

Re: Eh? Aye?

I'd argue we'll never see true AI, the best we'll get is fancy software that tricks us into thinking it's intelligent. When a computer decides to invent something by itself then we'll have AI. If you think about it, you are born and you are taught a bunch of stuff but then for whatever reason you ge...
by Marvin
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Plus One Rom - D2732C
Replies: 12
Views: 416

Re: Plus One Rom - D2732C

Why do you want to stick to such a small ROM ? I've got a 27128 16k EPROM in mine with the PRES Plus 2 image burnt in it (I bought it from PRES back in the late 80's). It's a replacement for the original Plus1 ROM with loads of handy extra commands. I think there is a Slogger support ROM image that ...
by Marvin
Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Quark File Server BBC
Replies: 12
Views: 2024

Re: Quark File Server BBC

I believe (although I'm happy to be corrected) that at the time it stood for I Love Tracey For Ever More (I L T F E M) Doh! I should of thoughts of that, of course it'll be the legendary "Tracey Dianne Nicholson" as mentioned in many of his games from around the time. It was always a bit ...
by Marvin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Quark File Server BBC
Replies: 12
Views: 2024

Re: Quark File Server BBC

Until we found out this - *I am Partis,ILTFEM - which logged you in as level 7 (System designer). You could only drop a user to a lower user level if you were a higher level. I wonder who the initials TFEM refer to, Gary had a habit of including the initials of the current lady to pull his heart st...
by Marvin
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: New owner of an Archimedes 440
Replies: 67
Views: 1766

Re: New owner of an Archimedes 440

cheshirenoir wrote:
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:32 am
As for the OS, it seems to have RISC OS 3 roms. the first ROM has 0296, 041-01 on it as identification. (The rest proceed to 044-01)
It's definitely got Risc OS 3 fitted as you've said it's flashing an error code on the floppy light and that function didn't exist before Risc OS 3.
by Marvin
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: 32bit hardware clearout
Replies: 10
Views: 836

Re: 32bit hardware clearout

Hi I'm interested in ...

Atomwide triple serial podule
1 of the 486 DX4 100MHz PC Card for RPC

How much for these or do I have to make an offer ?

I think I'm too late for one of the 486 cards but if anyone drops out...
by Marvin
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Electric Cars - A general discussion platform
Replies: 62
Views: 1853

Re: Electric Cars - A general discussion platform

I think they will introduce road pricing at some point. I think I will be retired by then, however. We do need to raise tax for the services we need. The cost savings per mile are nice while they last. You must be planning to retire in the next few years then, I can't see electric cars getting a fr...
by Marvin
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Electric Cars - A general discussion platform
Replies: 62
Views: 1853

Re: Electric Cars - A general discussion platform

When I charge at home overnight it means I drive at less than 2p per mile compared to 9p I used to pay for my Turbo Diesel. Have you factored in the taxation on Diesel ? I suspect not, wait until the Government tax electric vehicles at a comparable rate to dead-dino juice and the cost advantage wil...
by Marvin
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 1 - Elementum
Replies: 129
Views: 4739

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 1 - Elementum

If you can get to level 13 or 14 in one go, and have the time to look at and reply to comments, why don't you enter a score and participate in the competition? I'm sure that everyone here will agree with me that the more participants we have, the better :) . I only manage the odd half hour on here ...
by Marvin
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 1 - Elementum
Replies: 129
Views: 4739

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 1 - Elementum

Here's what works for me... sometimes: Bob the electron has that dash in the middle of him that rotates. When it's in the vertical position, Bob will fall through smaller gaps. Armed with that knowledge you can roll from the middle part of the top platform to the right and, with the correct placeme...
by Marvin
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Acorn Electron keyboard Fault
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Re: Acorn Electron keyboard Fault

Could these be fault switches or a fault on the ribbon cable. is there anyway to fix? It's unlikely to be the key switches as they all share data line A6 (pin 16), so it's either the diode that's failed (unlikely) or a bad connection. It's most likely to be the ribbon cable at fault. I've bodged re...
by Marvin
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 63
Views: 4005

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

I used to have a 2MHz system with 32k of RAM. Oh hang on, I still do... Same here, you've only got to look at what 0xC0DE has achieved with his latest game Elementum with only 32K of RAM in total. I'd wager that a single icon on tarcus69 bloated Pi4 install requires more memory than that. I find it...
by Marvin
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 63
Views: 4005

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

Also I have several 4Bs including an 8 gig version, they're still often painfully slow as a desktop system. What the heck are you running on it ? It must be some seriously bloated software. We used to "manage" with computers with CPU's that ran in the hundred mhz and only had a few megaby...
by Marvin
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: How do you add a second hard disk?
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: How do you add a second hard disk?

Incidentally how do you configure the number of CDROMs I can see nowhere to set it or is it a *CONFIGURE thing? Currently the CDROM does not show up at all on the icon bar so I assume the setting was lost when the battery was replaced. How do I reinstate it if indeed I can. The CD is loose inside s...
by Marvin
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Electron Plus 3, some questions.
Replies: 26
Views: 2411

Re: Electron Plus 3, some questions.

We've tried a new 20V 3.25A DC PSU on it. It will power the electron o.k. Powering the plus 3 without the electron the disc drive powered up and spins, light comes on etc. Connecting the electron and trying again and the light on the disc drive flickers for a second and then stays out, drive doesn’...
by Marvin
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: How do you add a second hard disk?
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: How do you add a second hard disk?

If you do replace the CD Drive with a 2nd Hard Disc don't forget to configure the number of CDROM drives to 0 unless you like having unused/unnecessary drive icons on your Iconbar. The CDROM drive bay is a good place to mount additional hard drives, all you need is a couple of bolts up through the b...
by Marvin
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Elk Audio Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Elk Audio Mod

That break mod could be handy, not that I ever press break rather than delete :^o For audio, I think if I were to use headphones rather than connecting to the TV, I'd probably want to add a volume control. Funny how a simple mod seems to lead to more and more :) If you want pics of the Break Key mo...
by Marvin
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Elk Audio Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Elk Audio Mod

For extra credit if anyone fancies attempting this. I expect you could get a 3.5mm socket that lets you break a connection when a plug is inserted. Switching between the internal speaker to be used or headphone/TV automatically. I might look into that another day. Yup did that 30+ years ago, I used...
by Marvin
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: new bbc and electron games from 'retro software'
Topic: Elementum for Electron and BBC Micro/Master
Replies: 46
Views: 4364

Re: Elementum for Electron and BBC Micro/Master

hicks wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:05 am
have you also considered a running deaths counter.
Noooooo!

I really don't want to know how many times I've "died", It's got to be in the many hundreds by now... :lol:

And as for adding a harder mode, that's just sadistic :D
by Marvin
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Cub monitor - can't correct pincushion
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re: Cub monitor - can't correct pincushion

Are all the steering coils on the tube secure ? The reason I ask is many years ago I had a CRT display that suffered from terrible distortion, I can't remember if it was pin cushioning or barrel but what had happened is one of the coils that steers the beam had moved so no amount of electrical adjus...
by Marvin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RIP SIMM slot
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: RIP SIMM slot

Do all the pins buzz out okay on the other slot ? Because if they do I'd be trying to get the machine operational first and then fix the dodgy simm slot later once I'd proved it was a goer rather than try fixing that simm slot and perhaps still having a dead motherboard.
by Marvin
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 3087
Views: 408225

Re: LOLPRICE

Acorn SCSI card just went for £132 :shock:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/324341976999

I know that they are one of the few SCSI podules that work with Risc iX but is that really what they are worth ? Am I being naive or tight ?
by Marvin
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RIP SIMM slot
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: RIP SIMM slot

Just thinking laterally for a moment why not just remove the socket and not replace it, the Risc PC has 2 memory slots, surely you can fit a big enough stick of ram in the other socket for the machine to be useful ?

or is that one knackered as well ?
by Marvin
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Electron Watchdog? (Soak tester)
Replies: 39
Views: 1986

Re: Electron Watchdog? (Soak tester)

It looks as if the interrupt is constantly triggering the LS122 so keeps it's output Low. If it misses an interrupt or they stop (not worked out the TC yet) the working LED may either flash or go out altogether (dependant on TC) and the Low LED with flash or stay on. Not sure how the High LED would...
by Marvin
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Electron Watchdog? (Soak tester)
Replies: 39
Views: 1986

Re: Electron Watchdog? (Soak tester)

So we any idea what it does, does it short anything or send anything to elk to make it carry out the soak test? It only monitors the Electron, it in no way that I can see controls or triggers the machine so I can't see it doing any harm in plugging it in and seeing what happens. I'm curious what pl...
by Marvin
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Now someone's pinched my capacitors!
Replies: 21
Views: 1061

Re: Now someone's pinched my capacitors!

For what it's worth, an experienced hardware repair person from the Apple II world advised me they just remove those filtering caps and don't replace them. You are correct - they filter nasty harmonics from the SMPS from getting back onto the mains lines and affecting other devices. I think this wa...

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