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by RobC
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro Serial ULA
Replies: 7
Views: 122

Re: BBC Micro Serial ULA

cmorley wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:22 pm
Have you tried Mark Haysman (Retroclinic)? He might well have a drawer full of serial ULAs rescued from dead boards.
Mark was selling Compact serial upgrade kits on eBay so might well have some.
by RobC
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Help needed: M128, PiTubeDirect, Datacentre and GEM 2
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Help needed: M128, PiTubeDirect, Datacentre and GEM 2

Glad you've been able to make progress. Is there a way I can convince it to use the files from c drive instead? It might be worth trying CD A:=C:\directory replacing C:\directory with the actual path to the files. This is the DOS Plus equivalent of the MS-DOS SUBST command. However, I can't remember...
by RobC
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Help needed: M128, PiTubeDirect, Datacentre and GEM 2
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Help needed: M128, PiTubeDirect, Datacentre and GEM 2

Thanks so much for the image Rob, initially when I used the image and did *dosboot my beeb went a little crazy beeping at me and displaying jiberish I think I usually boot into DOS by doing CTRL-A-Break (with the 80286 co-pro enabled). It then auto-boots. Do you know if there's a way to inject the ...
by RobC
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 61
Views: 1913

Re: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD

The only CoPros that start up are the four 6502 ones. Will there be somebody at Cambridge who can reprogram it? Might be worth checking the soldering on the RAM chip on the back. When I reprogrammed trixster's, I couldn't get all the co-pros to boot up and then I noticed that some of the pins on th...
by RobC
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC 2nd Processors: Ribbon cable connectors
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: BBC 2nd Processors: Ribbon cable connectors

1024MAK wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:39 pm
I found this on eBay (link)
I've bought these in the past and they seem reasonable value.
by RobC
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: SCSI / SCSI II adapaters?
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: SCSI / SCSI II adapaters?

I have an original Oak SCSI card that's hooked up to a more modern Seagate drive (2GB I think). I found that some Seagate drives can be persuaded to switch to 256-byte sectors - I did this by issuing the relevant SWIs on my RiscPC. There are some threads on here about it somewhere. I also have an Ak...
by RobC
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: TMS-5220 & Arcade Speech ROMS
Replies: 19
Views: 447

Re: TMS-5220 & Arcade Speech ROMS

I think this would be awesome if it could be done. There's always a thrill when a game uses the speech upgrade and to use it in such an authentic way would be brilliant.
by RobC
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 342

Re: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

As a kid in primary school when computers first appeared, getting to use the school's Beeb for a day was a big thing. However, computers were new and exciting at the time and few of us had computers at home - I had a ZX81 so getting to use the Beeb was still very exciting. I think it's inevitable th...
by RobC
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 5663

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Elminster wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:31 pm
I think I have seen on the 8 bit guy he used something to do with car brakes for some or other but if it gets on the main case you end up with a pile of goo.
This stuff was definitely sold as contact cleaner and I didn't have any problem with it melting plastic!
by RobC
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Help needed: M128, PiTubeDirect, Datacentre and GEM 2
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Help needed: M128, PiTubeDirect, Datacentre and GEM 2

I can point you at a CF card image that has a known good installation of DOS and GEM if that would help. It's the one I use with my DC and Pi co-pro...

PM me if you want the link.

Best wishes,

Rob
by RobC
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 5663

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

1024MAK wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:50 am
Which one, at one stage Maplin had about six or seven different brands/types of 'contact cleaner'.
Think there was only one type in our local store. Had a green lid.
by RobC
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 5663

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Elminster wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:37 am
I thought maybe halford in car section.
Halfords sell contact cleaner. I've found it to be better than the stuff Maplin used to sell.
by RobC
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New version of Scramble for the beeb (going well)
Replies: 64
Views: 3528

Re: New version of Scramble for the beeb (going well)

A real 'B' give the correct image as do the two Masters that I have tried using MMC, but the two Masters that I have tried with data centres give the image on the left, but I'm not sure how far off the timing is. Hi Tricky, I've just briefly tried this on my Master 128 with DC and it looked fine. I...
by RobC
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: IDE interfaces - hardware details
Replies: 43
Views: 1491

Re: IDE interfaces - hardware details

aotta wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:14 pm
my burner accept only .jed files for GAL programming, and i didn't find an easy tool to compile source if3.PLD posted by IanS: anyone can attach the jed files please?
Try the attached file - I've just created it with WinCupl so haven't been able to test it etc.
by RobC
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Elan Enterprise
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: Elan Enterprise

uIDE looks great Jon.

Do you know if it's possible to use the same PCB in an Amstrad CPC6128, Einstein and Enterprise? Ideally, I'd like to upgrade all three machines with hard drives...

Thanks,

Rob
by RobC
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Elan Enterprise
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: Elan Enterprise

Thanks for all the links. It seems that the SD Apadpter Premium is only available to pre-order but it might still be my best bet. The 1MB memory expansion is available and looks very interesting. I've been playing with the EP128EMU emulator and the Enterprise got far more games than I'd realised. Th...
by RobC
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2656
Views: 218710

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

Interesting coprocessor! https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-VINTAGE-ACORN-BBC-MODEL-B-MICRO-COMPUTER-w-Opus-Disk-Drive/263797161782?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D52962%26meid%3D770ae942d99e4d67868670c19a7228a2%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D263797161782%26itm%3D263...
by RobC
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Elan Enterprise
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Elan Enterprise

I picked up an Enterprise earlier this week and have been having a little play with it. I've been quite impressed with it and would like to turn it into a more useful machine. My first project is to make up an RGB cable an then I'd like a convenient way of getting software onto the machine. Does any...
by RobC
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Design case history: the Commodore 64
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: Design case history: the Commodore 64

1024MAK wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:51 pm
Commie_User wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Are the BBC's ADSR registers in hardware too?
ADSR :?:
He means envelopes. And I believe the answer is no - it's done in software. Still, the Beeb has to do something with all that extra processing power :D
by RobC
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Sound Out
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: Sound Out

VGM export for an emulator is jolly good, but it doesn't really help me get things from a 2DD floppy disc where I havew saved my work from my BBC Master. Do you have a PC with a floppy drive? Omnidisk or Omniflop will produce a disk image that you can then use in an emulator. Alternatively, if you ...
by RobC
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"
Replies: 203
Views: 16219

Re: "Outline specification for the BBC MICROCOMPUTER system"

I also think the XZ81 served a very useful purpose. It was my first computer and was cheap enough that my parents were prepared to risk buying one when it was not certain that I'd take to it Completely agree. My first computer was also a ZX81 - my uncle had built one from a kit and I was amazed the...
by RobC
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn's Palette Enhancer for the BBC Master/Domesday
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Acorn's Palette Enhancer for the BBC Master/Domesday

Thanks for pointing this out Steve - I don't remember seeing this BITD and it's really interesting. If so, it's probably nothing more than a variant of the usual palette extenders but using the 1MHz bus (since the user port was used for the mouse/trackball)… You may well be right but I'm not entirel...
by RobC
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Atomwide A5000 8MB
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Atomwide A5000 8MB

Had a look through my A5000 8MB expansions. Two are by Simtec and the other is by Atomwide but not the one shown in this thread.

However, it does have two GALs fitted - it's possible that they are similar to those intended for this card.
by RobC
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2656
Views: 218710

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

What are the cards in the box? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BBC-MICRO-JOB-LOT-LARGE-QUANTITY-OF-STUFF/253714530155?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 One says "Acorn 80x25vdu" on the silkscreen. So tempting! ... but I bought a whole bunch of Beeb stuff a few weeks ago, I'm not...
by RobC
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Missing old/new Electron Expansions
Replies: 76
Views: 1212

Re: Missing old/new Electron Expansions

- With Viewdata board etc .... no mode 7 on Electron (tried the ROM but dont like it) .. no remake of the slogger board - With videonula demos ... Well just need to prod RobC somemore on that one I guess On these, I think we need a coordinated approach to the development of a new Elk ULA. I know it...
by RobC
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Watford IDE podule and partitions
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Watford IDE podule and partitions

Thanks. ZIDEFS may do the trick though have a vague thought it was for the Ian Copestake interface - but too long since I've looked to be more than very vague! Think I tried ZIDEFS in my full size podule but don't believe it worked. It's probably just a case of hacking some addresses but I don't hav...
by RobC
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: NOVA 18 demoparty: 22nd - 24th June, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Replies: 26
Views: 806

Re: NOVA 18 demoparty: 22nd - 24th June, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Awesome demo - really excellent =D> =D> =D>

Loved the use of dithering and the music is some of the best I've heard on the Beeb. Even my wife was impressed :D
by RobC
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 84
Views: 2283

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Sure, how to use productivity software is more appropriate in a secondary school. But surely word processing should be in the English class? And learning how to use a spreadsheet (when used for mathematics and logic etc) should be in the mathematics class? Maybe things are changing as this is exact...
by RobC
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: BeebSCUMM
Replies: 22
Views: 860

Re: BeebSCUMM

marcusjambler wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:40 pm
Looking like this will be epic Sarah =D> =D> =D>
Agreed - it'll be great to see such a seminal game on the Beeb :D =D>
by RobC
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: PICO-8: a fantasy game/dev console
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: PICO-8: a fantasy game/dev console

I love the look of these games. A few months ago, I briefly wondered whether it might be possible to build a Beeb version using the Pi co-pro and NuLA.

I decided that I lacked the Lua knowledge. Perhaps someone else would be up for the challenge? [-o<