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by chrissawer
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from the North East of England!
Replies: 7
Views: 110

Re: Hello from the North East of England!

Welcome! I remember seeing that beeb on eBay, so it's nice to hear that it has gone to a good home.

If you do a blog post on it, I will be interested to read how you get on refurbishing the CUB monitor.
by chrissawer
Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 2 - Creepy Cave
Replies: 71
Views: 1010

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 2 - Creepy Cave

My best score so far - 75935

Don't think I'll be heading into the millions on this game I'm afraid
by chrissawer
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 1 - Elementum
Replies: 129
Views: 2742

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

I played this game a bit last year when it was first released. Finally found a couple of hours to have a go in hard mode. Best score so far 2335. I'm not great at the precision timing required for the jumps and struggled for quite a while on level 5. Got several of the flags on level 6 but more prac...
by chrissawer
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Forgetful Television
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Forgetful Television

Unlikely I would say, assuming it's a modern flat panel TV. Most modern electronic devices will use a form of flash for persistent storage and would probably only have a battery if they have a Real Time Clock - but most TVs will get the time/date from the TV signal if they need it. If just being use...
by chrissawer
Sat Dec 12, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 6078
Views: 675995

Re: Today I received.....

"Making music on the BBC computer" by Ian Waugh

I was the only bidder on eBay and Hermes actually delivered on time! Looking forward to getting stuck in.

There is a PDF version with SSD of the programs here (which saves me scanning it): http://8bs.com/othrdnld/manuals/publications.shtml
by chrissawer
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Replacement black plastic BBC keyboard surround
Replies: 31
Views: 1163

Re: Replacement black plastic BBC keyboard surround

e668ecp wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:56 am
Question is... do we want a perforated ashtray?
Just noticed for the first time that my Issue 3 beeb doesn't have a perforated ashtray. So it would be authentic not to have one!
by chrissawer
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: past weeknight 'developer' sessions
Topic: Weeknight 'Virtual' Dev session #8, Thursday 10th December 2020, 7pm - 10pm
Replies: 11
Views: 463

Re: Weeknight 'Virtual' Dev session #8, Thursday 10th December 2020, 7pm - 10pm

I hope to join too, please send an invite if the zoom details are different to last time
by chrissawer
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Faulty Risc PC – sell / break / scrap?
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Faulty Risc PC – sell / break / scrap?

Please do not scrap it! I think in a bundle "sold as seen" for spares/repair you would get at least £100, possibly more, depending on whether you are willing to courier it or only offer collection. The parts may well be worth more broken up but without a functioning RiscPC to try the vario...
by chrissawer
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents
Replies: 21
Views: 497

Re: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents

Glad to hear you got into your image in the end. In case anyone finds this thread in the future and wants to look at the contents of a disk image on Linux after doing the dd, you need a command like the following to mount the image as if it were a physical hard disk. This can be very useful for extr...
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Exile SD2BBC help
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: Exile SD2BBC help

I'm having trouble running Exile from an SD2BBC using SmartSPI. I can get as far as the menu screen but when I press F0 to "run game" the screen flashes and nothing happens. All of the other menu items work. I've seen mention of a patched version of Exile. Is that what I need? Hi Chris, w...
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents
Replies: 21
Views: 497

Re: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents

sudo mount -t adfs /dev/sdb /mnt/sdb I can't remember if Linux ADFS support includes write support, but I suggest adding a "-r" in there before -t to mount the drive readonly nontheless. Good point, that will minimise the risk of corrupting the filesystem. In fact before even trying to mo...
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents
Replies: 21
Views: 497

Re: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents

I have VirtualBox running on my Laptop but the VM's are old versions of Windows. I haven't used Linux at all. I thought the Win32DiskImager software under Windows should have worked as other threads here seem to suggest that it can recognise ADFS partitions and create images of them. The hard disk ...
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents
Replies: 21
Views: 497

Re: Risc PC – error code 00000399 / blue screen / recover hard disk contents

I recovered both of my RiscPC hard drives using an IDE -> USB adapter and an Ubuntu 18.04 Linux PC which allows both imaging of the entire hard drive, and mounting the adfs volume to look at what files are present. You may be able to achieve similar with a Linux VM (eg. Virtualbox), let me know if y...
by chrissawer
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Frak! - PC style for testing (Private invite to regular HSC competitors only)
Replies: 235
Views: 7113

Re: Frak! - PC style for testing (Private invite to regular HSC competitors only)

To make sure you're on the latest version: * Library * Right-click on Frak --> Properties * Updates tab * (Make sure this is set to "Always keep this game up to date") * Click on "View Frak! update history" I am struggling to update through this method. I don't think the game ha...
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Frak! - PC style for testing (Private invite to regular HSC competitors only)
Replies: 235
Views: 7113

Re: Frak! - PC style for testing (Private invite to regular HSC competitors only)

I am in too! Looking really good and playing great, I have only tried a couple of levels so far. Initial observations: - On the beeb version, if you descend a rope leading to a platform with another rope directly below, holding down the down key allows you to keep going down the second rope. On the ...
by chrissawer
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: PCBs
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: PCBs

These ones aren't my designs, but came with a bundle of stuff on ebay. From poking at the green one, that has socketed ICs, they seem to be 16K to 2x8K adaptor boards with a copy of MOS on. When the model B is up and running, I'm thinking of testing them in there to see if they still work. Also the...
by chrissawer
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 6078
Views: 675995

Re: Today I received.....

Had 3 separate eBay things go missing recently, one with Yodel, two with Royal Mail. Thankfully all small and not particularly important, but it's frustrating nonetheless. Anyone else having problems with stuff being posted? I have had things arrive slowly with Royal Mail, up to a week after postin...
by chrissawer
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Help identifying this Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 565

Re: Help identifying this Model B

You are not the first person this year to discover a B+ with OS 1.20 - see this thread: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20732 You could leave it as it is or get someone to flash you an EPROM with OS 2.00 (ROM image in that other thread). This would give you access to the extra B+ memor...
by chrissawer
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Help identifying this Model B
Replies: 16
Views: 565

Re: Help identifying this Model B

Great to hear it's working! Looks like a B+ to me.

The output of *FX0 and *HELP would be useful in identifying the OS version.
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Can I use a PC Monitor on my StrongArm Risc PC
Replies: 17
Views: 830

Re: Can I use a PC Monitor on my StrongArm Risc PC

Thanks from me also, this thread has prompted me to strip down two RiscPCs ready for battery removal. Looks to be lots of useful info in this thread and the one linked by Phil. One RiscPC doesn't look too bad but the other one looks similar to the pictures posted in this thread. I will get the batte...
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Back again after a long absence from Lancashire
Replies: 12
Views: 597

Re: Back again after a long absence from Lancashire

Next up is a B that I've not yet had a chance to look at - all I get is a flashing cursor top-left... I seem to remember you used to have a scope on your desk at work! Actually you can do quite a bit of investigation on the 8 bit machines with just a multimeter. A quick search on the forum suggests...
by chrissawer
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Second Failure of Start-up Capacitor C9 on Beeb PSU
Replies: 13
Views: 450

Re: Second Failure of Start-up Capacitor C9 on Beeb PSU

My kit from IFEL (Steve) contained both Suntan and Rubycon capacitors for C9 giving me the choice of which to use. Just to clarify, slightly poor wording on my part, I have no connection to IFEL except as a satisfied customer on a couple of occasions. I should have said "The kit which I purcha...
by chrissawer
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Second Failure of Start-up Capacitor C9 on Beeb PSU
Replies: 13
Views: 450

Re: Second Failure of Start-up Capacitor C9 on Beeb PSU

See pictures above. I can't be sure because I have bought kits from both Steve Picton and Mark Haysman and was also given one kit by another user on here. My kit from IFEL (Steve) contained both Suntan and Rubycon capacitors for C9 giving me the choice of which to use. There is a short discussion o...
by chrissawer
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Back again after a long absence from Lancashire
Replies: 12
Views: 597

Re: Back again after a long absence from Lancashire

Just noticed the name - I believe we used to work together! Great to hear you have got the Master out again, and hope you have the time and space to get the Beeb and Risc OS machines going too. I also returned to 8 bit machines this year, I purchased a BBC B in the Summer and have enjoyed bringing i...
by chrissawer
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Any Acorn repairists?
Replies: 14
Views: 785

Re: Any Acorn repairists?

As others have stated, Mark at Retroclinic is well known for his repair skills. I fixed my beeb up myself but bought parts from Mark. Service was quick, friendly and professional If you have time to do a small amount of investigation you could check the following. BBC - should not be plugged in unle...
by chrissawer
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Model B Video Solutions
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Model B Video Solutions

May be worth taking a look at this thread on RGB to HDMI converters using a raspberry pi zero: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=20404 The first post contains a list of the supported systems. A second batch is being put together at the moment. I have put my name down for the seco...
by chrissawer
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 2313

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

I haven't played this game before and not got too far with it this week, my reaction times are just not good enough.

Best score this evening 25350
by chrissawer
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: RGBtoHDMI boards
Replies: 177
Views: 11747

Re: For sale: RGBtoHDMI boards

I am also interested in 1x RGB kit for the next batch, please add me to the list. Thanks!
by chrissawer
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn User games HELP
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Re: Acorn User games HELP

Michael Brown wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:58 am
I have managed to transfer all of them to disc.
All 4 games are on this disc.
Great job Mick! Nice to have these games archived without the copy protection. I successfully ran the games on my beeb using your DSD file, much more pleasant than waiting for the UEF or cassette to load.

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