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by jms2
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: PiTube on Electron not copying language across
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: PiTube on Electron not copying language across

Hi Dave Your comment about ADFS enabled me to fix it. I still don't quite know what the problem was, but in the past I had fitted the AP5 with a 32k EPROM containing ESWMMFS 1.40 and ADFS v1.00 (to enable me to use either BeebSCSI or an MMC card connected to the user port). Both roms showed up OK in...
by jms2
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: PiTube on Electron not copying language across
Replies: 2
Views: 100

PiTube on Electron not copying language across

For the first time in a long while, I have dusted off my AP5/Pi combo and plugged it back into an Electron. This is probably a daft question, but whilst it prints the banner "Acorn TUBE 64k", then Acorn ADFS and RH Plus 1, it does not copy BASIC across. Instead it hangs. I don't have elk_mode=1 in m...
by jms2
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Free ram in Basic
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Free ram in Basic

An approximate answer is - about 20k. If using a disc drive there is a bit less, about 18k, but if you don’t need to use the disc again after loading you can reclaim this difference.
by jms2
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Beeb B Productivity Software
Replies: 11
Views: 272

Re: Beeb B Productivity Software

Bobbi wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:22 pm
An another note, at the risk of starting an emacs-vs-vi style war ... View or Wordwise?
I have noticed that hardly anyone ever mentions using Wordwise. So I guess that means View is more "popular".
by jms2
Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: DFS filetype question ...
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: DFS filetype question ...

Philb beat me to it: There are no filetypes on DFS (or ADFS on the 8 bit machines, for that matter). The only thing you have to go on are the load and exec addresses. I agree, it's quite challenging! As you have noticed, BASIC files are normally load=&1900 and exec=&8023 (for BASIC 2). The exec addr...
by jms2
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Huge score in Macclesfield?
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Huge score in Macclesfield?

Whilst there is something a bit odd here, if you look at the seller's other items they do look consistent with what the note says, ie selling off a late husband's collection. I get the impression that the lady in question is maybe being helped by an experienced, and quite assertive ebayer maybe. Sad...
by jms2
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Cassette Motor LED
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: Cassette Motor LED

It's probably the solder joint where the leg of the LED meets the board. The legs are long and bendy - I had one fail like that. Very easy to fix though!
by jms2
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Elementum - new Elk/Beeb platformer
Replies: 125
Views: 4009

Re: New Elk platformer - playable demo

This is a beautifully animated game, but it is way too hard for me! I'm looking forward to those easy levels you mentioned...
by jms2
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: [SOLVED] SPEECH variants - help jog my memory
Replies: 15
Views: 328

Re: SPEECH variants - help jog my memory

I think maybe there was a Speech System ZIF socket (which took serial roms), and later on the option to have a ZIF socket wired for normal sideways roms. So the presence of a ZIF socket doesn't necessarily indicate a speech upgrade. As I understand it, no additional serial roms were ever produced so...
by jms2
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: [SOLVED] SPEECH variants - help jog my memory
Replies: 15
Views: 328

Re: SPEECH variants - help jog my memory

That is definitely Superior Software Speech that you are describing. It was available on ROM, so you must have had that. Incidentally the ZIF socket by the keyboard wasn't actually part of the Acorn speech system, although the "ashtray" was vaguely related to it in some way I think. The ZIF socket j...
by jms2
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Help fixing an Elk's keyboard
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Help fixing an Elk's keyboard

The usual course of action in this situation would be to contact Mark Haysman at Retroclinic. He's on this forum as "retroclinic" (so you could PM him), plus he also has a website at www.retroclinic.com.
by jms2
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Cheaper 2nd processor in preshadow days?
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Cheaper 2nd processor in preshadow days?

I have only just spotted this thread even though it is over a year old. I think the original question is an interesting one, and I can suggest another answer besides what others have already said. There actually was a low-cost 2nd processor for the BBC, which quite closely matched the bare bones spe...
by jms2
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: SOLD Mertec Companion
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: SOLD Mertec Companion

Thanks Ian for saving me from myself... I was thinking about buying this, then realised that I don't really need it and probably wouldn't use it! So I think its going to better home, and I won't feel guilty about acquiring more junk. :D
by jms2
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)

c0burn wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:04 pm
Will a Gotek work with the original, and as you noted, "weird" floppy cable?
Yes, it definitely does.
by jms2
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)

Yes, that's no problem, just use *DISC for DFS and *ADFS for ADFS. You can even configure which one the machine boots up in as a default. Having a single drive is the best option for you I think. Do you still want a dual drive cable anyway though? This thread includes some photos of inside the machi...
by jms2
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)

The cable is non-standard and has to be made up by hand. However, I think I have a spare one which I'd be happy to send you. Similarly, if I have a spare EPROM I could make you a DFS rom. There are also other members on here who could do it. The pitfalls with the dual-drive setup are: 1) The fascia ...
by jms2
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: New Disk Image Editor
Replies: 84
Views: 11299

Re: New Disk Image Editor

After several years of using it successfully, I find that Beeb image is no longer working on my machine (Windows 7). It loads, but then when I try to open an image I get an error message saying "Beeb image has stopped working". I tried downloading the latest version, but it turns out I already had t...
by jms2
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Gotek Bracket for Master Compact (3d printed?)

I fitted a Gotek to a Compact recently, but I didn't have any existing floppy drives or the complete front fascia of the machine, so I got a new fascia made with drive slots that were only 25mm high (not the original 32mm). This allowed me to use a standard Gotek case and a standard modern floppy dr...
by jms2
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Bladedancer
Replies: 20
Views: 1561

Re: Bladedancer

A fantastic read John, I loved it! And I feel your pain in not being able to afford an Archimedes, although as I'm a few years older than you I had managed to get an A3000 by 1993. I was frustrated by the decline of the BBC micro in 1990, so I can't imagine how it would have been by 1993. Those "pre...
by jms2
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: BBC Elite source, now fully documented and explained
Replies: 75
Views: 3116

Re: BBC Elite source, now fully documented and explained

One of the aspects of Elite that always intrigued me was the potential to get trapped in Witchspace and attacked by the Thargoids. On the Electron version, which I had at the time, it was never clear whether this was possible, and there were various rumours suggesting how to make it happen (I seem t...
by jms2
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?
Replies: 15
Views: 984

Re: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?

I didn’t realise until now that the male character in the photos is ‘Wolf’ out of Gladiators. Apparently. It does look like him.
by jms2
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?
Replies: 15
Views: 984

Re: Barbarian Controversy - Was It All Fake News?

That's my recollection too. Certainly Acorn User ended up insisting that Superior crudely airbrush a dress onto Maria Whittaker. Mark Moxon (the former editor around about that time) is on these forums so might remember just how many angry letters they got. Wikipedia says that in Germany, by contras...
by jms2
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: BBC Elite source, now fully documented and explained
Replies: 75
Views: 3116

Re: BBC Elite source, now fully documented and explained

Having read a bit more of this, I realise that my initial comment doesn't do it justice. You really have written an absolutely superb explanation here. I love this kind of thing; very complicated subjects explained in a clear way. It's a joy to read, especially when so much of the technology we are ...
by jms2
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: BBC Elite source, now fully documented and explained
Replies: 75
Views: 3116

Re: BBC Elite source, now fully documented and explained

This is fascinating. Brilliant work! =D>
by jms2
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: A GAME IN BASIC V
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: BASIC V SPRITES

Great! You are getting somewhere! I don't understand what you are saying about supp.zip though. Is there still a problem? It would be useful to understand what is on your hard disc. Is there a !Boot, and is it a file or an application? You can check this by holding Shift and double clicking on it. T...
by jms2
Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: A GAME IN BASIC V
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: A GAME IN BASIC V

That doesn't sound quite right. You need to use !Sparkplug to unzip the file "Supp.zip", not the folder !ChangeFSI. It sounds like you have already done the unzipping of Supp.zip on a PC. Step 1 - drag supp.zip onto !Sparkplug Capture.PNG Step 2 - !Sparkplug shows what is inside. At this point the i...
by jms2
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: A GAME IN BASIC V
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: A GAME IN BASIC V

Aha, I thought maybe you might run into that problem. The ADF file is an image of a complete floppy disc. It would be useful with a Gotek drive, but I didn't realise that you don't have one. What you will need is the zip file of the application, and then unzip it using !Sparkplug on the A3010. The z...
by jms2
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: A GAME IN BASIC V
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: BASIC V SPRITES

I found it and extracted it onto this ADF image for you - along with the Risc OS port of the Great Escape from the Spectrum (which just happened to be on there already...!)
ChangeFSI.zip
(375.4 KiB) Downloaded 6 times
by jms2
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: A GAME IN BASIC V
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: BASIC V SPRITES

Not sure if this can output sprites?

https://www.dfstudios.co.uk/software/bb ... converter/

EDIT: Just checked and it doesn't. I thought ChangeFSI was on the RiscOS 3 applications disc but I can't find it...
by jms2
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: A GAME IN BASIC V
Replies: 43
Views: 1370

Re: BASIC V SPRITES

By the way, I have found my old BBC BASIC reference guide (for the Archimedes). This has a chapter on sprites, and tells you to use all the old-fashioned techniques such as *SGET, *SCHOOSE etc. These use the System Sprites area, which does require the user to adjust the size of the area first. I don...

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