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by AndyF
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: What are people happy soldering ?
Replies: 29
Views: 444

Re: What are people happy soldering ?

I would surmise that 'potential solderer's' will possibly baulk at the thought of SMT's, those who perhaps rarely solder the odd DIN plug on or whatever. I am myself not up on the SMT sizes you mention although I do not mind the larger SM devices, provided there are not too many as (to be honest) fo...
by AndyF
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: general
Topic: Best Basic Games
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Best Basic Games

When you say "B games" do you mean games for the BBC Micro Model B? Yes. Or possibly Electron. The reason I did not expand to say the B+ or M128 was simply figuring a year or two after release, 'games' would likely be in code rather than Basic. By "other platforms" do you mean non-Acorn machines? Y...
by AndyF
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Best Basic Games
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Best Basic Games

Thanks all so far, some interesting things to go and investigate. =D> I was thinking along the lines of erm "other platforms" where say the first year of release, quite a few games were Basic (or Basic with a snip or three of small code routines) given the relative "newness" of the hardware. I reali...
by AndyF
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Best Basic Games
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Best Basic Games

I was not sure if this should of gone into one of the other area's but they did not somehow quite seem to suit. If a kindly passing moderator want's to move it, I'm not fussed. :D Anyway I was thinking, what are the best (written in Basic) 'B games ? Not just a sprinkling of adventure type games, an...
by AndyF
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: New econet setup
Replies: 48
Views: 732

Re: New econet setup

FWIW, just as the default value for the file server is 254, the default value for the print server is 235. Although its off topic (sorry! Won't happen again) I wished 'back then' they had included some options in the FS startup to allow some PS options to be set as needed, it seemed a real shame to...
by AndyF
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 43
Views: 2840

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

'Worse Things Happen At Sea' (Spectrum) is quite original and would likely suit the 'B very well all in all

Booty (Spectrum/Amstrad/CBM) is another candidate that is a fun game that would also likely work well.
by AndyF
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 43
Views: 2840

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

I would've hoped for some of their earlier releases, Harrier Attack and Scuba Dive. I have a feeling one of them was briefly advertised but nothing came of it. They are both quite good games although I'm terrible at them. I wrote a cheat for Scuba actually allowing you to pass through the rocks/bac...
by AndyF
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 43
Views: 2840

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

Some of the Freescape games (Driller / Total Elclipse from Incentive) would possibly work reasonably well on the 'Beeb. Saboteur (Durell Software) may also of been one that should of possibly been 'dragged over' Loads of simpler platform games too like Frankenstein (PSS Software) or BombJack (Elite)...
by AndyF
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: New econet setup
Replies: 48
Views: 732

Re: New econet setup

I'm not sure this is going to be any help or not, but when I started out with a M128 server, I just had the ANFS chip in one socket, I can't remember which I do recall fiddling with the links to sort it. I then realised as I had one of Marks's DualOS (as I preferred it in 3.5 seemed fractionally mor...
by AndyF
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Phillips CM8833 Troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Phillips CM8833 Troubles

Someone else will be able to advise on that point I expect. I looked at the manual and thankfully the power supply diagram is separate from the rest, the bottom part of Page-16 , if it was me that is where I would start, being aware that mains voltage or higher is exposed , usual safety precautions ...
by AndyF
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Acorn games on other platforms
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Acorn games on other platforms

Thinking about this again, Beach Head actually plays very well on the 'B , compared to other platforms its 'feel' is just as good but it is more difficult (to me) than other variants.
by AndyF
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Phillips CM8833 Troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Phillips CM8833 Troubles

Without specific knowledge of this monitor although I've seen them in years past (and they are a decent thing usually with Stereo out in some cases, at least the ones I saw commanded relatively high prices in good nick) , the biggest clue I saw in your post was the fact the power light / neon / led ...
by AndyF
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master 128 keyboard odd problem
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Master 128 keyboard odd problem

Assuming the keyboard connector is correctly positioned (I only mention this as I had one once where it was not!) , is it the later/rare? 'membrane' type keyboard ? These afaik are more likely to fail as the membrane 'flat thing' is the same type of thing used in Amstrads, Spectrums etc. You'll know...
by AndyF
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master 128 Volume
Replies: 11
Views: 197

Re: Master 128 Volume

guddler wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:44 am
Yup, that config option is only for the system beep (bell) and is ignored by pretty much everything and everyone :lol:
Oh its been ages since I had one to try/remember.

Perhaps it should of read *CONF VDU7/BEL :lol:

Understood! :)
by AndyF
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master 128 Volume
Replies: 11
Views: 197

Re: Master 128 Volume

I've not tried the software in question but I'm assuming *CONF QUIET is too quiet (or ignored) yes ? Regarding the switched socket, something like this I was thinking of but forgot to include in my post above: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400454771474/ , maybe cheaper elsewhere just picked one at rand...
by AndyF
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master 128 Volume
Replies: 11
Views: 197

Re: Master 128 Volume

I have a SCART cable from Retroclinic which also has audio that plugs into the telly. I disconnected the internal speaker and now just get sound through the telly. Couldn't the jack socket on the Master be replaced with one that has a switch, which then disconnects the internal speaker when somethi...
by AndyF
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Acorn games on other platforms
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Acorn games on other platforms

Thanks for the replies so far, some interesting games to look at. :) I'm trying to exclude those where erm 'other platforms' had a better*** version than us, its mainly "what 'B games are well worth looking at on (insert 8bit machine name here)" :D *** Having said "better" , actually for some reason...
by AndyF
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Acorn games on other platforms
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Re: Acorn games on other platforms

This Archimedes classic recently appeared on Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FalafeloGames.Cataclysmm That looks quite good. :) Its a bit too modern for me though, Its not relatively that long ago I changed my Nokia 6210 (yes really) for a new N100 or N105 can't remember ...
by AndyF
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Acorn games on other platforms
Replies: 16
Views: 431

Acorn games on other platforms

Just to throw this out there, what games we have on our B's /Masters or maybe Archimedes (although personally I'd rather stick with the 8bit machines for this topic) that had reasonable versions on other platforms ? I realise some software would of "started life" on other machines and been ported ac...
by AndyF
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Econet Expansion Rom
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: Econet Expansion Rom

Thanks both, appreciate your thoughts on it. :) I've not yet had chance to sit down and (properly) try it out yet, likely at the weekend I guess. I did have a quick look at it the other day but not to any decent degree. I can see what is said about some command duplication, I can only really think t...
by AndyF
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: USA spec BBC model B
Replies: 33
Views: 841

Re: USA spec BBC model B

My US beeb kind-of works but has lots of graphic issues, that may be related to a link set incorrectly, but I can find no documentation of the correct settings - and all links are numbered differently to the UK beeb :( I'd suspect originally there would of been some "addendum" or at a push a US-Spe...
by AndyF
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Reading the screen mode
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Reading the screen mode

lurkio wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:29 pm
Have a look at this:
Perfect thank you! =D>

I knew it must be somewhere as it was such an obvious ( ? ) question! :oops:
by AndyF
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Reading the screen mode
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Reading the screen mode

This might well be a bread/butter question but a search did not reveal what I wanted. Simply put how from Basic can I read the current screen mode ? For instance: IF M=6 THEN "We're in Mode 6!" Can I use something like OsByte 255 / #FF to determine this ? :-k I do note from looking at my help ROM (y...
by AndyF
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive online
Replies: 20
Views: 603

Re: Educational Archive online

As of the latest update there are over 500 programs on the website available for download. :D In fact, there are so many I had forgotten that I had them! :? All the programs have been tested and should run on an emulator or from a floppy disc/tape when converted to the real thing. All I can say is ...
by AndyF
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Econet Expansion Rom
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Econet Expansion Rom

Just after a bit more information on this if possible please. I'm not 100% sure its useful if you have ANFS , perhaps it was intended at the time to sit alongside say NFS 3.4 or 3.6 ? Output from from *H. NETEXP >*H. NETEXP CONT <st.list> FATAL <st.list> HALT <st.list> PEEK <stn>;<dst.ad>;<len>;<src...
by AndyF
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: USA spec BBC model B
Replies: 33
Views: 841

Re: USA spec BBC model B

I do suspect there was a 'Welcome' type pack for the machines 'across the pond' or if not that pack, something would of been bundled into the box, aside from any retailer added bonus aka a random game disc/tape or three. Yep, attached. Probably came from somewhere else on the forum but not easy to ...
by AndyF
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron Joystick Interface - Identification? - Sorted
Replies: 21
Views: 471

Re: Electron Joystick Interface - Identification?

Unsure on if it is a RAM Electronics unit or not. I have (as mentioned they did ZX Peripherals) Ram Turbo Joystick/Cart interface from them and internally it does not look like that at all in terms of 'build'. Obviously it is a completely different thing but... By that I mean the pics posted look li...
by AndyF
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: USA spec BBC model B
Replies: 33
Views: 841

Re: USA spec BBC model B

Ian's results with the "Welcome!" software was quite interesting (link in my post above I think) although the differing resolutions did explain this. I do suspect there was a 'Welcome' type pack for the machines 'across the pond' or if not that pack, something would of been bundled into the box, asi...
by AndyF
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Remember the great 8271 shortage ?
Replies: 19
Views: 494

Re: Remember the great 8271 shortage ?

Thats just the copyright date. Oh I see. Thanks. I thought that was the production date. Now you mention it, they do have a Ⓒ next to it usually. :oops: Just pulled one out of a Beeb - datecode on the bottom is 8331. First week in August 1983 then I would suspect. :) I'm assuming its mean to read "...
by AndyF
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Remember the great 8271 shortage ?
Replies: 19
Views: 494

Re: Remember the great 8271 shortage ?

I'd read (somewhere ages ago cannot find it now) the original thought was something to do with the fact that the 8271 was designed for the 8" drives ? I've not researched this to double check, its just something that has stuck in my mind. I do note the datestamp on most 8271's is something like '78 ...