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by billcarr2005
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: ROM archive?
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: ROM archive?

Never seen a manual. There are a few different ROM images of Ice-Box out there, and I've not been able to get any of them to do anything useful in emulation. Was it sold as a ROM, or on floppy to use in sideways RAM? I've got an original floppy of ICE-BOX 1.40 somewhere, loads into sideways RAM. I'...
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Copying disk problem 18
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Copying disk problem 18

Please find attached!
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Copying disk problem 18
Replies: 5
Views: 173

Re: Copying disk problem 18

It's sector not found, probably because track 1 has non standard sector headers.
It's possible that it's not only part of a copy protection scheme, but also allows the disk to work on both 40 and 80 track drives.
by billcarr2005
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Game... "Flying Fingers"?
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Everygamegoing says it's from The Micro User Vol.4 No.11 from January 1987, but I can't find it anywhere :(
http://www.everygamegoing.com/egg/landi ... ype/games/

It's missing on 8BS

http://8bs.com/catalogue.htm#The%20Micro%20User
by billcarr2005
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: New music conversion - Castlevania III
Replies: 17
Views: 1071

Re: New music conversion - Castlevania III

The directory should look like this
CastlevaniaIII.png
It's then *EXEC !BOOT, which *RUNs VRC6PLY
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Merry Christmas from Bitshifters!
Replies: 10
Views: 603

Re: Merry Christmas from Bitshifters!

kieranhj wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:04 pm
A festive greeting from Bitshifters for your BBC Micro!
=D>
by billcarr2005
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?

As you well know, if UPURS can’t figure what to do with bum sectors and/or tracks when reading a source disc, it defaults to writing bytes of $FA to the image because, given I had to pick some value, I went with FA as an acronym for F*#k A*l :shock: [-X Would it be better perhaps if it used $E5 to ...
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Games with problems
Replies: 73
Views: 4414

Re: Games with problems

The version of Contraption on bbcmicro will certainly not work on a Master. Amongst other things it messes about with the system row multiplication code. The attached version should work, though I haven't played it through. IIRC it's a version that has previously been posted to stardot. Alan Presum...
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?

Options "3 Edit graphics" and "4 Edit levels" don't work correctly due to the disc image having &FA on some of the tracks / sectors :(
The protected file loaders are different versions that on the other Pipeline disc too, although the deleted data is in the same place, I presume.
by billcarr2005
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: community projects
Topic: New Advanced User Guide (Remastered)
Replies: 20
Views: 1612

Re: New Advanced User Guide (Remastered)

Seems like I missed this the first time around, great work! =D>
by billcarr2005
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?

It'll get the free size from the &320 (80 track) or &190 (40 track) on track 0, sector 1 and since the 40 track disc reports 80 track as it's probably a straight sector copy then it's misrepresented :)
Track 22/&16 is "just" a Data CRC error :(
by billcarr2005
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?
Replies: 9
Views: 395

Re: Pipeline - Superior 51/4" disc V my demo?

I think I've got a copy of Spycat which is the same. Maybe the copies they sent out to magazines? The scroll text messages are there. Seems that ?&2300=&A9 instead of &31 which it is currently, fixes that. Track &1D is where the deleted data starts, not sure if that would trip up the copier. So none...
by billcarr2005
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Philosophy of Disc Preservation
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: Philosophy of Disc Preservation

danielj wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:52 pm
In a way the protection is as much a part of the history of a piece of software as the software itself!
I'd like to point out that I've been archiving all of my disks with the protection intact and easily viewable :wink: :P
by billcarr2005
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Help archiving MIDI software
Replies: 14
Views: 1685

Re: Help archiving MIDI software

Which is broken as it throws essentially random numbers around instead of reading the actual default vector from the actual default vector table pointed to by the actual default vector table vector. If the "essentially random numbers" happily coincide with the actual numbers, then I suppose it woul...
by billcarr2005
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...
Replies: 30
Views: 3720

Re: I know I've asked this before a thousands times BUT...

Did anyone ever get the disk version of Summer Olympiad cracked? I've got an original copy here, that claims to be for the BBC/Elect. Whilst I haven't cracked it, I have run it through Greaseweazle, converted it to HFE, and copied over to my Gotek USB. It seems to load up ok on my beeb. I never rea...
by billcarr2005
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Philosophy of Disc Preservation
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: Philosophy of Disc Preservation

Some, for example, rely on BBC model B hardware or the 8271 DFS chip to be present. I like using Master computers and Econet. I would think that 99% of titles could have their reliance on the 8271 removed, by fully removing the protection. In this way, some titles within the flaxcottage archives ar...
by billcarr2005
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Philosophy of Disc Preservation
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: Philosophy of Disc Preservation

If you want me to put a greaseweazle together for you I'm more than happy to :D the only hardware bit is connecting the right wires up in the first place. After that just connect a floppy drive and away you go.. "gw.py read filename.scp <comport>" and it'll hoover the image off. d. That would be ve...
by billcarr2005
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Philosophy of Disc Preservation
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: Philosophy of Disc Preservation

One thing that I've been spotting on original discs, which is quite interesting, is the duplication data that appears on track 81. It's usually just a few bytes. From XOR for Schools Program Disc 2 01 02 03 04 05 00 02 04 10 80 01 08 10 00 87 09 € ‡ 03 21 11 14 21 01 1F 35 32 33 2D 30 33 37 43 20 !...
by billcarr2005
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Philosophy of Disc Preservation
Replies: 20
Views: 726

Re: Philosophy of Disc Preservation

I've branched this off into something on the "philosophy" of preservation :D I don't see that as being a problem, because they're not striving to make anything seem complicated, they're just storing more information about what was actually there. So far as the end user is concerned it doesn't matte...
by billcarr2005
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Help archiving MIDI software
Replies: 14
Views: 1685

Re: Help archiving MIDI software

When I checked the SSD version the code ran up to the MIDI Tracker screen and I could get no further since, I assume, the hardware was missing. With the change made the software runs just as it did before, which is weird. If the program is run and DEMO1 loaded up, then P to PLAY, you'll find that t...
by billcarr2005
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Help archiving MIDI software
Replies: 14
Views: 1685

Re: Help archiving MIDI software

:lol: the beauty of HFE is that there is no need to understand it! Consider it a photocopy of the disk surface :D The "problem" with any low level files is that they strive to make disk images *seem* more complicated than they genuinely are :roll: The MIDI Tracker Performer has just been archived a...
by billcarr2005
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Help archiving MIDI software
Replies: 14
Views: 1685

Re: Help archiving MIDI software

Has this been sent / received / archived yet? [-o<
by billcarr2005
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale - A2 Posters: Elite, Zarch, Ravenskull, Codename Droid, Crazee Rider, Palace of Magic, Repton
Replies: 40
Views: 2100

Re: A2 Posters: Elite, Zarch, Ravenskull, Codename Droid, Crazee Rider, Palace of Magic, Repton

All posters sent Saturday/Today with the exception of SpaceFlightOrange's (still waiting for your address...) Thanks for everybody's orders, would love to see some photos of them on display in your offices/mancaves! ;) Received today (I presume - didn't open the tube). All my wall space is filled w...
by billcarr2005
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Circus Games (Tynesoft)
Replies: 21
Views: 2672

Re: Circus Games (Tynesoft)

It's not possible because CORE relocates itself over &E00 and &F00 (this can be seen by manually *RUNning CORE instead of SHIFT-BREAKing) Rather than rewriting the code used in all four parts of Circus Games, it's far easier to change the locations of the files from within S.CGC Which is LOADER 00 0...
by billcarr2005
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated
Replies: 30
Views: 1173

Re: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated

Is this the kind of thing you had in mind? I was thinking of A2 portrait, with a larger logo at the top, similar to the ELITE design, but then you'd lose so much detail of the map by having it smaller. The only other graphics are from the loading screen, which isn't so colourful or the picture from...
by billcarr2005
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated
Replies: 30
Views: 1173

Re: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated

Do you have the full screenshot map at original size with 8 colours? If so if you can email it across to me I can definitely look into it! The one in the game help section https://www.stairwaytohell.com/gamehelp/MAP-Exile-BC.png is 7072 x 5856 pixels, each screen would've been around 320 pixels acr...
by billcarr2005
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated
Replies: 30
Views: 1173

Re: The iconic BBC Elite box screenshot, recreated

Slightly off topic (for ELITE) but regarding posters, would it be possible to have an EXILE poster with the fantastic :wink: screenshot map and the logo from the box in the sky?
by billcarr2005
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Midi Track Performer v2
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Midi Track Performer v2

I think it could be protected as it doesn't seem to copy. I guess I should maybe try to create an copy/image using XFER? Just haven't given it a go before. If you could catalogue the disk it might help Or attempt a *VERIFY The disk I have is a standard 40 track, nothing exotic. Although I think the...
by billcarr2005
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS232 to USB
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: RS232 to USB

I saw this too, although on eBay. Clearly some kind of software would be required on the BBC side to initiate the transfer. I wondered if they would be advocating the "borrowing" (or stealing?) of MartinB's excellent UPURS suite of utilities :? EDIT: I *think* that the auction mentioned it being abl...