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by English Invader
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: general
Topic: Apple goes ARM
Replies: 66
Views: 3791

Re: Apple goes ARM

I don't wish to be a troll here but what do you guys see in Apple products? As far as I can tell, all they do is combine the inflexibility of Windows with the limited software support of Linux and ask two grand for the privilege :? .
by English Invader
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: general
Topic: Never use Hermes!
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Never use Hermes!

I've had a somewhat mixed relationship with them. At first, I didn't like the way they just left packages outside your front doorstep if you weren't there to receive them then it changed a bit; the service became more localised and you knew the driver(s) in your area and they became a lot more relia...
by English Invader
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 56
Views: 1944

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

I ordered one of these this morning. I'm really excited about it. I was only an infant when the micro revolution was happening (my first computer was an Atari ST) so I see this as my chance to get a brand new micro computer and be part of a coding revolution while it's happening instead of looking a...
by English Invader
Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: VideoNuLA boards
Replies: 177
Views: 31316

Re: VideoNuLA boards

I'd like to add my name to the list, please.
by English Invader
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: ADFS floppies to GoTek - advice needed
Replies: 6
Views: 280

Re: ADFS floppies to GoTek - advice needed

There is a program called DirCopy which may be of use to you. I had the opposite problem when I found out I couldn't use a Gotek to transfer DFS files over to my ADFS CF hard drive and then copy them over to original disks. DirCopy only works with ADFS so it might be what you're looking for.
by English Invader
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Turbo SPI vs Smart SPI
Replies: 27
Views: 890

Re: Turbo SPI vs Smart SPI

I remember seeing the Owl cased MMC device while I was looking to buy one but I decided to go for for a later micro-SD based model that ran straight off the user port without any additional complications. I also bought a Gotek around the same time. The MMC has been working very nicely with my model ...
by English Invader
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: My system doesn't like Zalaga
Replies: 16
Views: 624

Re: My system doesn't like Zalaga

lurkio wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:47 am
The Play It Again Sam re-release of Zalaga on bbcmicro.co.uk seems to be Master-compatible:

http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=2460

:idea:
That wasn't my experience. It crapped out just like all the others. The STH link is the only one that worked for me.
by English Invader
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: My system doesn't like Zalaga
Replies: 16
Views: 624

Re: My system doesn't like Zalaga

Problem solved. I did a search in the forum engine and found a link to the Master revised version from the STH site and gave it a go. It gave a line error in model B mode and is working perfectly in the Master mode.

Thank you to everyone for your help.
by English Invader
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: My system doesn't like Zalaga
Replies: 16
Views: 624

Re: My system doesn't like Zalaga

jms2 wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:05 pm
I believe that Zalaga is simply incompatible with the Master. it uses illegal 6502 opcodes which are only found in a 6502A.
And that would include a Master that's been upgraded to include a 3-way mod for model B and B+ compatibility?
by English Invader
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: My system doesn't like Zalaga
Replies: 16
Views: 624

My system doesn't like Zalaga

This game crashes on my Master 128 in all three switch modes (128, model B and B+) and with each of the versions I've tried - the ones on the Econet hard drive the seller set-up on my system, the one that was ready-installed on my Retro Clinic Gotek and the ones I've downloaded from the BBC archive ...
by English Invader
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: RISC OS Direct for Dummies
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: RISC OS Direct for Dummies

I'd like to use Arculator but I'm on Linux Mint and, while there is a Linux port, I'm hopeless at compiling from source without very specific guidance. Plus I'm the kind of person that needs a dedicated piece of hardware in front of him before he can take a system seriously; something that allows me...
by English Invader
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: RISC OS Direct for Dummies
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: RISC OS Direct for Dummies

Is there any chance of Arculator ever being ported to RISC OS to address the limitations of ADFFS?
by English Invader
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: RISC OS Direct for Dummies
Replies: 8
Views: 512

RISC OS Direct for Dummies

I'm thinking of running RISC OS on a Raspberry Pi as a means to explore the Archimedes games library. How compatible is the contemporary RISC OS? Is it 100% compatible? Is it 95% compatible? 60% compatible? Or compatible in the sense that a few games might work here and there but most of them will h...
by English Invader
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 318
Views: 34081

Re: what should i write next?

The first column remains at 0 but changes to 1 if I press fire on the joystick. The second and third columns read 327/8 for the first 3 digits and the last two columns move and flicker very fast. The second column records the horizontal axis of the joystick and reads 65 when moved left and 7-somethi...
by English Invader
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 318
Views: 34081

Re: what should i write next?

run this code and tell me what the smallest and largest number you get for each of the three columns are. REP.:P.ANDVAL(0) AND 3, ADVAL(1), ADVAL(2):UN.0 And yes, not much auto fire in early 80s games. Astro Blaster also has auto fire. I've tried typing the code in various different ways in terms o...
by English Invader
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 318
Views: 34081

Re: what should i write next?

I would have thought that RETURN would be OK as it is mostly just held down to auto-fire. I didn't realise it was auto-fire :oops: . That makes a big difference. I've just managed to get on the high score board for the first time. I don't know how to give you answers to your question about the joys...
by English Invader
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 318
Views: 34081

Re: what should i write next?

Is there any chance of you improving the joystick support (or at least adding an option for user defined keys) in your port of Centipede? It's an excellent conversion but the joystick support won't work with my analogue to 9-pin adaptor and the Return key wouldn't be my preference for fire - I find ...
by English Invader
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: what should i write next?
Replies: 318
Views: 34081

Re: what should i write next?

I've been trying to get on with turning my Rally-X tech demo into a game, but am as usual finding motivating myself hard. I know I have a bunch of other half finished stuff as it is, but would like to work on something new for a while. Does anyone have any ideas? It probably has to be 50hz, run on ...
by English Invader
Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Guide to Saving and Loading Football Manager on Turbo MMC
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Guide to Saving and Loading Football Manager on Turbo MMC

Played on a bit more and the version included in the Turbo MMC game menu crashes with a line error at the end of the first season. Use the version from the BBC archive site as this goes into the new season just fine and you can also save and continue with your game without having to Ctrl-Break: http...
by English Invader
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Guide to Saving and Loading Football Manager on Turbo MMC
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Guide to Saving and Loading Football Manager on Turbo MMC

I finally cracked this after starting two threads on the subject and spending hours going round in circles before the pennies dropped. This thread is meant to be a Beavis and Butt-Head educational level guide to save time for anyone who looks for help in the future rather than forcing them to naviga...
by English Invader
Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Advice please - cooling
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: Advice please - cooling

So...don’t over think it...appears to be the answer. I’m beginning to wonder if what I really want is a lot of projects, rather than a tricked-out beeb. Gadget UK has a conflicting opinion and he is quite an old hand at repairs for a number of different systems. What he has to say is worth listenin...
by English Invader
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Just bought a heavily upgraded Master 128
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Just bought a heavily upgraded Master 128

Very nice (apart from the Econet port being re-used for IDE drives when there is a perfectly good 1 MHz bus already for this purpose) but the Master does already come with 4 sideways RAM banks as standard... The seller stated that he used the Econet port in order to free up the bus and user ports f...
by English Invader
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Just bought a heavily upgraded Master 128
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Just bought a heavily upgraded Master 128

Just bought this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/193644871908 I've been thinking of buying a Master for a few weeks now and this one came up with all the important upgrades and repairs carried out (the listing didn't say the battery had been replaced but the seller confirmed it had been) so I went for i...
by English Invader
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs

Thank you for your help. I'm back on the right track now.

The book said something about not leaving spaces to conserve memory but it's something you clearly need to exercise judgement over.
by English Invader
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs

Just ran the second program in BeebEm and it ran fine. Tried it again on the real Beeb from a clean boot and it ran fine. The error in the first program still persists, though. Just worked out that the problem in the first program happened when I added lines to a previous program. The original prog...
by English Invader
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs

Just ran the second program in BeebEm and it ran fine. Tried it again on the real Beeb from a clean boot and it ran fine. The error in the first program still persists, though.
by English Invader
Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs
Replies: 6
Views: 344

No Such Variable Errors in Two Different Programs

This has come up on two different programs that I'm trying to run. The Division One football sim in the other thread is stuck at line 1570 and a learner program from The Better Guide to the BBC Micro has the same problem. Here are the pertinent lines from Division One: 1550 FOR J=P5+1 TO 0 STEP -1 1...
by English Invader
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Z80 Co-Processor Enquiry
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Z80 Co-Processor Enquiry

I recently learned that many BBC users back in the day used a Z80 processor in the tube port to run CP/M but did anyone ever look any further than that? Matthew Smith coded Manic Miner on a TRS-80 and used a home-built cable to port the code over to the ZX Spectrum thanks to both systems having a Z8...
by English Invader
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Type-in program bug
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Type-in program bug

Esc seems to have got me back on the yellow brick road. I identified a typo on line 100, fixed that which led to another on 150 and now another on line 160. Still haven't got past the instruction text but the debugging path seems clear now. Thank you both for your help. It's difficult for me to copy...

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