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by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 27
Views: 659

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

here is my Crazee Rider from BITD, needed for the Solinet group that had Solidisk / Watford / other DFS that would not load it :D also folk with the Watford Rom/Ram 144k boards, pressing Option3 (instead of 1 or2) would load the M128 version into a beeb :mrgreen: cr3.png so the dummy files "*!BLANK...
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 27
Views: 659

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

I did BITD too, easy, even for a 10year old! :shock: it's basically this : https://www.stairwaytohell.com/articles/RETROBBC-Protection.html I'm quite aware of that guide :wink: I use to make a "dummy" file to pad the tracks, so the 'unprotected' game was sitting on correct track/sector, this way, a...
by billcarr2005
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 27
Views: 659

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

Ordinarily, only one file was protected, usually but not always the final one to be *RUN, so the graphics would possibly have been viewable, on some titles at least...
by billcarr2005
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )
Replies: 27
Views: 659

Re: Game software protection list ( Kevin Edwards )

I remember the "Hac Man" columns inside the Micro User often used to publish cheat pokes for Superior Software 5.25" disc games. The problem was that this code made it absolutely trivial to copy the Superior disc titles (things like the Superior Collections 1 and 2) that you had protected. The only...
by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: STH Elite disc image

I'm slowly finding more discs that don't have a 40-track compatible version on STH. Repton 1 is another one. But at least Repton ( the version here? https://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/archive/diskimages/Superior/Repton.zip ) is undersized and can be padded out if necessary. The fact that the SSD sa...
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: STH Elite disc image

The original disc has an unformatted track and also several tracks where the physical and logical track numbers don't match, so a straightforward SSD isn't possible... but there shouldn't be any reason why the STH version won't write to a 40 track disc, just delete $.ELTDEMO and $.ELTCODE (the ELITE...
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: STH Elite disc image

On the original disc, drive 0 was 40 track and if an 80 track drive was detected the data was loaded from drive 2
by billcarr2005
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: STH Elite disc image

The maximum size for a standard-formatted 40 track disc is 256 bytes per sector * 10 sectors per track * 40 tracks, which gives exactly 102400 bytes. So, what's with this image? I'm guessing it used some non-standard sector format to squeeze the extra data in there -- can anyone confirm? It's an 80...
by billcarr2005
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Stryker's Run
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: Stryker's Run

On the original disc, S.game and $.game are the protected files.
Perhaps the enhanced title could also be added to bbcmicro.co.uk? :shock:
by billcarr2005
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: DFS Explorer
Replies: 18
Views: 1167

Re: DFS Explorer

pau1ie wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:08 pm
I have updated this because it struck me that it would be nice to be able to see the code inline.
Fantastic addition! =D>
by billcarr2005
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: beeben save preferences
Replies: 6
Views: 158

Re: beeben save preferences

Could depend on your Windows settings?
You might need to run BeebEM as an administrator?
by billcarr2005
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Acorn Copied BBC Microcomputer Service Manual
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Acorn Copied BBC Microcomputer Service Manual

Since it mentions both the PET and FIT which I've got in a cupboard somewhere, this might keep them company well, providing nobody actually wants / needs it to make "proper" use of it? :)
Feel free to PM me to give / get any details that are required...
by billcarr2005
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Electron Cumana Utilities disc
Replies: 7
Views: 781

Re: Electron Cumana Utilities disc

CJEMicros has a copy for sale if you can't locate it anywhere else. http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/micros/individual/newprodpages/prodinfo.php?prodcode=CUM-EUDSH I enquired about this yesterday and was told it couldn't be found and appears is not in stock. Unless somebody snapped it up on Tuesday! :roll:
by billcarr2005
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread
Replies: 35
Views: 957

Re: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread

FWIW, i've just checked the cassette I discovered to have in my collection and it's Mak Jukic, version BBC-b/126, the same as the UEF :)
by billcarr2005
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread
Replies: 35
Views: 957

Re: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread

leenew wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:42 pm
Hi Col,
Do me a favour and load the Hulk tape.
Does it mention the version being by Brian Howarth? Or Mak Jukic?
Cheers

Lee
On the UEF...

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QUESTPROBE_ONE (tm)
featuring The Hulk
BBC version by Mak Jukic
(c)1984 Adventure International
by billcarr2005
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread
Replies: 35
Views: 957

Re: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread

CMcDougall wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:25 pm
/\ oyyy, that was my tape !
I linked to the native disc/disk version that I uploaded :?
by billcarr2005
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread
Replies: 35
Views: 957

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019

Hi, Is there is any software preservation happening at this meeting? If so, could I ask for *any* of the following to be preserved please: Time Traveler - Sulis - CH21038 -Software and inlay scans (1983) Lee. Time Travel(l)er is here https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=7830&p=80632#p...
by billcarr2005
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Cambridge Sept 2019 archiving thread
Replies: 35
Views: 957

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019

acorn wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:51 pm
And also,

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... k-Version/

would also be interesting, because this disk image hasn't been imaged as far as I can tell.
Here you go! :)
by billcarr2005
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: map and clues sheet for BBC Exile
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Wanted: map and clues sheet for BBC Exile

The pages have gone a lovely shade of off-white over the years...
by billcarr2005
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection
Replies: 533
Views: 66147

Re: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection

Hi Bill, In the Game file there is some sort of routine at &7700 that looks like it used to load something from disc. It may be something else, but looks like some sort of attempt at loading a file from disc to me. Or is it simply something to ignore? regards, Mick. PS Did the author create the dis...
by billcarr2005
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection
Replies: 533
Views: 66147

Re: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection

For an example of a game affected by not having a *TAPE routine fitted when it should, check out the STH disc hack of Acornsoft's Snooker and see how fast the balls shoot off when you break the pack. Then checkout my version or play the tape version and see how they should be. This is the main reas...
by billcarr2005
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: By Fair Means or Foul 128K version
Replies: 5
Views: 491

Re: By Fair Means or Foul 128K version

I think it was the other way round, in fact: Superior initially released it as BFMOF (around 1988). Superior released the game in 1988, and even the cassette release contained the enhanced Master version. Codemasters re-released it as a budget title in 1990 on cassette only, and again, included the...
by billcarr2005
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: By Fair Means or Foul 128K version
Replies: 5
Views: 491

By Fair Means or Foul 128K version

As mentioned during the following exchanges https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17253&start=30#p239530 https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17253&start=30#p239610 could the "complete* version of this title, with the enhanced version for the BBC Master be uploaded to bbcmic...
by billcarr2005
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: map and clues sheet for BBC Exile
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Wanted: map and clues sheet for BBC Exile

ISTR that Impact posters produced a printed map and hints that were possibly obfuscated... it's possible i've got that somewhere, if it's not already been uploaded anywhere...
by billcarr2005
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Martello Tower bug
Replies: 4
Views: 1358

Re: Martello Tower bug

I've got a copy of the original disk and TOWER2 contains the following line (variable names seem to have been changed)

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13215IFH<>15G$="I can't see where to cut it.":I=1:GOTO13250
There are different file names / sizes too ... i'm not sure if this is a later BBC release or not...
by billcarr2005
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Uridium and other games not working on JSBeeb
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Detecting BeebEm

I also posted a tentative fix, based on the version at bbcmicro.co.uk, which just involves moving an SEI instruction down a little bit so that it doesn't get "clobbered" by a CLI inside an OSCLI call. Although, as discussed in the post above, you've fixed a version which is broken in other ways :ro...
by billcarr2005
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Puff and DFS-0.9 vs. DFS-1.2
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Puff and DFS-0.9 vs. DFS-1.2

lurkio wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:17 am
(Btw, I believe there's a doc on mdfs.net somewhere that details some or all of the changes that were made between DFS versions.)
Could it be this?
http://mdfs.net/System/ROMs/Filing/Disk/Acorn/versions
by billcarr2005
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Level 9 games
Replies: 24
Views: 2080

Re: Level 9 games

Still looking for the following: Time and Magik trilogy (1988) - Only need the media (disc) Thanks! I believe this is one you're looking for? 8) I think last time I had it out of storage, I did verify it and it was fine... Unfortunately, the other two games in the picture aren't available for sale :P
by billcarr2005
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Puff and DFS-0.9 vs. DFS-1.2
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Puff and DFS-0.9 vs. DFS-1.2

Does the native disc version suffer the same problem? https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=15088&p=203190#p203190 Apparently not: http://bbcmicro.co.uk//jsbeeb/play.php?autoboot&disc=/play.php?autoboot&disc=http://bbcmicro.co.uk/gameimg/discs/2195/ES649Puff.SSD I suppose it shows that...
by billcarr2005
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Puff and DFS-0.9 vs. DFS-1.2
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Puff and DFS-0.9 vs. DFS-1.2

Does the native disc version suffer the same problem?

viewtopic.php?f=51&t=15088&p=203190#p203190