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by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4789
Views: 326812

Re: Today I received.....

Nice. =D> =D> Those maths CAL programs look to be MIA. Can you archive and share? [-o< [-o< I mist admit I didn’t do a thorough check before trying two of them. After they both failed I stopped. The three I didn’t try look fine but the first two have radial lines on them. Not sure if they were ther...
by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive not in STH
Replies: 573
Views: 57366

Re: Educational Archive not in STH

Kenelm wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:22 am

I have managed to circumvent the protection. In all cases the protection was as you describe. flaxcottage's post here saved me a lot of time.
Except it's better to skip the redundant read entirely, rather than ignore it's result :)
by billcarr2005
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive not in STH
Replies: 573
Views: 57366

Re: Educational Archive not in STH

I do plan to share all the Longman titles I have. I'm still checking the disk images. Some contain copy protection. Are you able to circumvent the protection? If it's the same as on some disks I have, track 1 is unformatted / strangely formatted and then there's an attempt to read it. This section ...
by billcarr2005
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Designer Castles..
Replies: 23
Views: 498

Re: Designer Castles..

klintworth wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:14 pm
Here's a pdf of my Designer Castles manual. Paul :D
Thanks for scanning & uploading this, saves me scanning mine!
by billcarr2005
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Designer Castles..
Replies: 23
Views: 498

Re: Designer Castles..

Better late than never! I've removed the old / original registration and replaced it with stardot. An 8 digit serial number is required, but this is only requested if registration hasn't already occurred. The "design" is stored / saved from &95F to &CFF, length &3A0. In theory, I guess the memory co...
by billcarr2005
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Dinosaur Discovery by 4mation
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Dinosaur Discovery by 4mation

I've got this!
It also has (C) Jacaranda Wiley Ltd 1985 on the title page, is this the standard program or a variant?
I Started a new quest, then get the following
DD-2.png
DD-1.png
DD-4.png
DD-3.png
At which stage is it hanging, after SPACE BAR, does it draw the grid?
by billcarr2005
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Acornsoft P-System
Replies: 45
Views: 1507

Re: Acornsoft P-System

could you check out the product code on the Elite disc /box, as am sure BillC said there is still a missing version ( something to do with coPro) he wants to archive.... unless it's found already :? or never existed to outside world... I think the box with Acornsoft written black on grey is likely ...
by billcarr2005
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: SSDs in Strange Sizes
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: SSDs in Strange Sizes

I've seen some protected disks have a low sector count so that if *VERIFY is used, it stops short of the non standard tracks and therefore doesn't error. I suppose there is no "perfect" way of knowing the type of disk, since there's no requirement of them being 102400 or 204800 bytes in length eithe...
by billcarr2005
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: CommunITel Version 2.1
Replies: 1
Views: 147

CommunITel Version 2.1

I noticed that on Flaxcottage's excellent educational resource he'd said

"Unfortunately the original discs were missing but 80T copies were included instead."

I checked in my box and found 40T originals of a later (1987 - 2.1 compared to 1984 - 1.0) version, so here it is :)
by billcarr2005
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Klax disc version (???)
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: Klax disc version (???)

This isn't quite the authentic original. I'd hacked my copy about a bit so it only needed 3 catalogue entries (and didn't work with the Acorn DFS). But I've undone all of that, hopefully, then copied over the loader parts from the STH copy, and with any luck you'd never know the difference ;) I've ...
by billcarr2005
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive not in STH
Replies: 573
Views: 57366

Re: Educational Archive not in STH

CMcDougall wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:53 pm
40T DFS.ssd's below, upped all for disc2s, so maybe make a worker... (or use progs from 1&2??).....
Archived on 1st January 2018 :wink:
All disks clean, no errors!
by billcarr2005
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 816

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

^Seems good here too BillC. One disc is the full 40T, the other only &F tracks, last files on discs are also fine, no 'FF's all over them. 8) Hadn't noticed that! It's how the original disk is... it's only used to report how many tracks are in use, which is where *VERIFY gets the maximum from... do...
by billcarr2005
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 816

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

scruss wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:35 pm
I found that disc 1 to be unreadable too
It seems fine here.
Perhaps the original download you found is fine too!
Can you describe the way in which it's corrupted / unreadable?
You may have some incompatible software, or wrong DFS...
by billcarr2005
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 816

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

scruss wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:33 pm
RobC wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:37 am
Isn't there a Hershey package for the Beeb? I think it may have been from Beebug?
Yup, from Beebug. Only copy I could find in any archives has a corrupted disc 1 of 2.
Since it's been mentioned :)
V1.1 of the program disk!

[Deleted attachment due to updated archive below]
by billcarr2005
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Music 5000 file not found
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Music 5000 file not found

After *DUMPing JUKEBOX, I think the menu items are looking for the following Keyboard - general sounds "kins1" Keyboard - special sounds "kins2" Recorder - basic mix "rmix1" Recorder - advanced mix "rmix2 from COSMIX "concert" from AMPLE Bytes Back "pavane" from Notes "ppach" from Music City "virgin...
by billcarr2005
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Designer Castles..
Replies: 23
Views: 498

Re: Designer Castles..

alex_farlie wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:20 pm
... In using the Printware ROM on a Master128 I don't recall it's image appearing in more than one ROM slot, so I am sure it's a 16K ROM ...
It is indeed a 16K ROM :)
by billcarr2005
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive online
Replies: 20
Views: 591

Re: Educational Archive online

alchresearch wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:52 am
I've found this in a pile of RM software. Does it need digitising?
Based on other AVP titles, track 1 may be unreadable and the catalogue could be prevented for viewing by control codes :)
by billcarr2005
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Designer Castles..
Replies: 23
Views: 498

Re: Designer Castles..

I *think* i recently acquired this.

I'll image and upload it later, unless somebody beats me to it, or it turns out I don't have it :lol:
by billcarr2005
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S10 - R1 - Jet-Pac
Replies: 57
Views: 1110

Re: High Score Challenge S10 - R1 - Jet-Pac

Got to level 4. Probably the most I've ever played it :D
by billcarr2005
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S10 - R1 - Jet-Pac
Replies: 57
Views: 1110

Re: High Score Challenge S10 - R1 - Jetpac

Quick hack to change the controls to the "more usual" Z/X for left & right and * for thrust, might be helpful to somebody :)
by billcarr2005
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?
Replies: 111
Views: 5230

Re: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?

I wrote this program this evening, and I think it fits the bill. Eight physical colours on the screen at once in Mode 0! 10 MODE 0:FOR N%=0 TO 169:PRINT "THIS IS MODE 0 ";:NEXT 20 REPEAT:*FX19 30 VDU19,0,0;0;19,0,1;0;19,0,2;0;19,0,3;0;19,0,4;0;19,0,5;0;19,0,6;0;19,0,7;0;19,0,0;0;:UNTIL FALSE With t...
by billcarr2005
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New version of Scramble for the beeb (going well)
Replies: 112
Views: 6000

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

Crashed!
(on BeebEM 4.14, but in BBC Model B mode)
Scramble.png
by billcarr2005
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Today I hacked ...
Replies: 96
Views: 10021

Re: Today I hacked ...

oke this is the fix still not sure if it runs oke ? too hot to try ? As Col wrote here, there's already a fully working version (not that another version / method can hurt!) https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9061&start=60#p208824 The "hack" part is stored in !BOOT, then relocated an...
by billcarr2005
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2677
Views: 223428

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

Elminster wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:55 am
Only 35 years or so left to wait.
Isn't it 70 years after the death of the author? (as per "Written, dramatic, musical and artistic work")

https://www.gov.uk/copyright/how-long-copyright-lasts
by billcarr2005
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Today I hacked ...
Replies: 96
Views: 10021

Re: Today I hacked ...

yeah, but how ? if a discchip(8271or1770) reads a sector it is the hole sector 128 bytes, (like &e00)you can set you memory 51 bytes futher that you can do so the next sector comes &e52 and so on. but then you must know which sector is the start . if a track has more the same sectors id , the you h...
by billcarr2005
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Today I hacked ...
Replies: 96
Views: 10021

Re: Today I hacked ...

how do you see that happening ? if id is the same the first good id that the head finds it loads in memory ? so how is it only 51 bytes ? or is there a program that knows load sec and then if same read again ?? I didn't see it happening, because i don't have the disk. Low level code to access the d...
by billcarr2005
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: 3D Tank Zone controls
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: 3D Tank Zone controls

The controls are checked using keyboard scan (OSBYTE &79) It's located at &1510 (when relocated, &3910 when ZONE is *LOADed) The value in X is EOR'd by &80 to get the internal key number Cursor key control must be stored somewhere else, possibly within the BASIC program... i didn't check this. Locat...
by billcarr2005
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Today I hacked ...
Replies: 96
Views: 10021

Re: Today I hacked ...

[snip] Then I had a eureka moment, may be track1 had sector's 1to9 hidden. BillC confirmed this looking at the *RUN !boot only. ..... This is a first for having 8x Sector0s on Track1 :| The sectors aren't hidden, just duplicated IDs, so most copying programs don't find anything past the first (uniq...
by billcarr2005
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Moving House - Items to go
Replies: 35
Views: 1658

Re: Moving House - Items to go

Watford Electronics Diagnostics Utility Disk & Manual. Would be nice if whomever gets this could image the disk and scan the manual. Although it's mentioned here (different disk) https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12170&p=154386#p154386 and here (cracked version) https://stardot.org....
by billcarr2005
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 816

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

RobC wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:47 pm

Also, does anyone have MiCAD which is supposed to support the Plotmate?
No idea if the ROM will still be required to make the software recognise the Plotmate...