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by vanekp
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: BREAK+key to reset language on AP6 ROM?
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Re: BREAK+key to reset language on AP6 ROM?

what about using a switch (across C9) on the POR line :- POR (power on reset): On power up, the RC circuit connected to this input provides a +ve edge to reset parts of the ULA, and to cause the ULA to activate the RST line which resets the processor. I have not tried this on an Electron But I do a ...
by vanekp
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Games on ROM
Replies: 24
Views: 372

Re: Games on ROM

by vanekp
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc
Replies: 25
Views: 819

Re: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc

Many thanks for the extra details Mark. I'm going to have a look at cleaning the Cumana double disc drive, do you have any useful advice with that? I'm going to swap the cassette deck for another one in the short term as I don't have access to the tools or time to repair this one right now, but I h...
by vanekp
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc
Replies: 25
Views: 819

Re: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc

why not try loading from your pc/laptop using uef files using playUEF which will convert uef files to a wav file to then load into the BBC https://www.8bitkick.cc/playuef---bbc-micro.html that will at least eliminate the tape recorder and it works very well for me, only thing to to get the audio out...
by vanekp
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc
Replies: 25
Views: 819

Re: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc

so if you can load programs from SD card then the BBC itself must be mostly okay, some games don't work so well from a SD but I think the majority do work without problems. the disc problem could be a number of things, the disc's are damaged the drive is faulty or the heads from the drive are dirty ...
by vanekp
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc
Replies: 25
Views: 819

Re: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc

you have two filing system ROMS active and most games won't work with page set above 1900
by vanekp
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RPi FDC
Replies: 99
Views: 3010

Re: RPi FDC

Thought users of the BBC-FDC might be interested in this way to use the unit to facilitate drive-head cleaning. I do this before every disk I read now, and it's improved my success rate (read: number of discs not damaged by flaky crap from the previous one) considerably. https://stardot.org.uk/foru...
by vanekp
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc
Replies: 25
Views: 819

Re: HELP: BBC Model B fails to load from SD, tape or disc

what is your page sitting at (PRINT ~PA.) it could we way above the normal 1900 for a DFS system and may cause problems trying to load things, as you say you have DFS and CS system.
by vanekp
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Did these games exist, or am I going mad?!
Replies: 16
Views: 2498

Re: Did these games exist, or am I going mad?!

Guys, Two years since I made this post, and after receiving a load of BBC computers/monitors and hundreds of discs, amazingly, the first disc I pulled out was this exact game. So a question - I would like this to be available to all. Is there any facility for getting these games onto the internet -...
by vanekp
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 111
Views: 5120

Re: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi

You both have had a big part to play in it all and we all do appreciate the effort that's been put in to it and the help that's also given to the community.
Thank you both for making this such a fantastic project, and follow it with intrest.
by vanekp
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 111
Views: 5120

Re: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi

oops my bad I had not specified the -ss switch for single sided capture and an .fsd image of Doctor who now worked using that.
looking forward to it supporting hfe v3 format as that can be put directly onto a gotek to use, and see several requests on gethub for it as well.
by vanekp
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 111
Views: 5120

Re: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi

.rfi is Picosonic's proprietary format for his own use and testing, so I'm not surprised nothing else will read it. The other two formats .fds and .scp I believe are a work in progress- Picosonic put some stuff on his github about this recently - https://github.com/picosonic/bbc-fdc I've only ever ...
by vanekp
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2884
Views: 347811

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

A very clean looking and boxed A3000 with monitor. Collection only "way down south" :cry: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333723401634 Note that the listing does say it's been stored in a garage, and that there's damp damage to the box, so be a little careful! And who knows what damage there is to the m...
by vanekp
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 111
Views: 5120

Re: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi

.rfi flux format is not much good HxCFloppyEmulator cant read it to convert it to any usable format. .fds files are unreadable by HxCFloppyEmulator or by beebjit so seems its a non standard .fds format. giving .scp a go see how that works, trying to open a .scp file in HxCFloppyEmulator is just sits...
by vanekp
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 111
Views: 5120

Re: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi

Thanks mine arrived today.
by vanekp
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Gotek Modify ssd names
Replies: 2
Views: 185

Re: Gotek Modify ssd names

only way I know is if to put the USB stick in a computer and renaming them there, on a gotek you can't change the file name of the .ssd
by vanekp
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Starting an archive of HFE protected disc files
Replies: 90
Views: 5579

Re: Starting an archive of HFE protected disc files

glad you got it working and your welcome, as I know it does not work properly if you are running an old version of flashfloppy. :)
by vanekp
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Starting an archive of HFE protected disc files
Replies: 90
Views: 5579

Re: Starting an archive of HFE protected disc files

current version is 3.16 which you can see if you have a gotek with oled display and you switch it on with no USB stick in.
by vanekp
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Model A Issue 7 Constant beep no keyboard
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Model A Issue 7 Constant beep no keyboard

Normally you can just push them back on and they work fine no need to glue it, I guess that's what happens sometimes if you use a chip puller, which is why I prefer to leaver them gently out of the socket.
by vanekp
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Repton 2 variants: diamond or no diamond?
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: Repton 2 variants: diamond or no diamond?

Here is a new copy of the files from 3 different version of Repton2 all from Chris. Repton_2_D1S1_40T_HG3_0756C3B1_1 is in the folder 4 Repton_2_D1S1_80T_HG3_64D80D49_1 is in the folder 8 Repton_2_FSD0178_1 is in the folder O the files REPA and REPB are both unencrypted further unaltered, the R file...
by vanekp
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Repton (1, the original) disc variants found
Replies: 7
Views: 694

Re: Repton (1, the original) disc variants found

I normal use exmon II to singe step through the short file with then normal loads the deleted data sectors for the main program. like Repton_2_D1S1_40T_HG3_0756C3B1_1.hfe has a file D.REPB which is the loader for the main part. it starts at &0970 if you do a brk at &09B4 you will find the main data ...
by vanekp
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Acornsoft Defender, Defender and Planetiod
Replies: 16
Views: 1127

Re: Acornsoft Defender, Defender and Planetiod

Surprisingly, the tape is just fine, despite being 38 years old. A bit of hiss and warble but nothing a real beeb cares about. Ironically, the issue was with modern tech. I have a modern cassette player that writes mp3s of the cassette to a USB stick. For some reason, it was dropping fragments of s...
by vanekp
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Two different Repton (1, original) discs
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: Two different Repton (1, original) discs

The tape version of Repton also at 1st came out with lots of copy protection and won't load past the mode 7 loading screen on most emulators because of the use of un-documented op codes and later version did not have this. intresting on the one that does not display a mode7 loader screen it has one ...
by vanekp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Got a bid in!
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: Got a bid in!

=D> =D> =D>
by vanekp
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2884
Views: 347811

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

BNIB pack of ten 16 hard sector 5.25" floppies. Listed as "BBC compatible" but actually 16 hard sector discs. I messaged the seller to suggest they change the title - but if you're after some hard sector floppies you might want to watch this one. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Box-of-10-Factory-Sealed-...
by vanekp
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Got a bid in!
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: Got a bid in!

good luck :)
by vanekp
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS
Replies: 94
Views: 4690

Re: Discbeast, new disc and archival utility -- NEED VOLUNTEERS

Dave Footitt wrote:
Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:53 pm
Ah OK

Well hopefully this is the 80 track version then!
looks good to me
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by vanekp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 111
Views: 5120

Re: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi

no problem whatever is easer for you, only trying to help :D
by vanekp
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 111
Views: 5120

Re: BBC-FDC floppy controller for Raspberry Pi

I don't mind if you send me the board and the bits I can always solder it myself, looks like a very simple board to put together.
by vanekp
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Safe archiving of 5.25" floppies?
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Safe archiving of 5.25" floppies?

I manually clean the head after every 2 or 3 disc that come from an unknown source plus I physically look at the disc surface to see if there is any sign that the disc may be damaged to prevent exactly that happening, and also listen very carefully for the eerie screeching noise that it makes if the...

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