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by topcat96
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Maplin are back ...
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Maplin are back ...

LordVaderUK wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Above link is broken.... this one works :-)

https://www.maplin.co.uk

Could have sworn they went bust!
My bad ... original post amended.

News report here: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/collapsed-ret ... 00443.html
by topcat96
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Maplin are back ...
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Maplin are back ...

Online ordering only ...

Not sure if this is still a viable company anymore, but somebody seems to have enough faith to give it a go.

https://www.maplin.co.uk
by topcat96
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2893
Views: 247855

Re: LOLPRICE

Andy1979 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:19 pm
You'd think for £999 they could have found a better solution for mounting it than cable ties!
£50 per cable tie don't you know ... :lol:
by topcat96
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - R2 - Arcadians
Replies: 41
Views: 1023

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - R2 - Arcadians

Can anyone help me remember the name of another space invaders, please? You started off with a very small spaceship but after the first level you could dock with a larger one giving you more fire power, then after level 3 there was another docking station. Ring any bells? Mooncresta ..? https://www...
by topcat96
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WANTED: Case and Function key plastic
Replies: 15
Views: 549

Re: WANTED: Case and Function key plastic

Package on it's way :-D
by topcat96
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WANTED: Case and Function key plastic
Replies: 15
Views: 549

Re: WANTED: Case and Function key plastic

And if that fails, I have a complete BBC B case that is slightly yellowed with no external writing or ex-school markings on it ... comes with a fairly clear function key strip and an intact ashtray. Shout or PM me if needed/wanted/drooling for it to head in your direction accompanied by a friendly c...
by topcat96
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 59
Views: 5097

Re: Beeb Spotting

Not sure if posted somewhere on here already, but came across these adverts for both the BBC and Electron earlier today ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPdx5P1izwI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmnilpSD64
by topcat96
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Season 11 Game Nominations
Replies: 12
Views: 856

Re: Season 11 Game Nominations

In no particular order ...

Acornsoft's Missile Base
Acornsoft's Planetoid
Atarisoft's Donkey Kong Jr.
by topcat96
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: 3D Printing
Replies: 11
Views: 740

Re: 3D Printing

Am considering getting one of these for myself ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Comgrow-Creali ... B07GYXP9ZL
by topcat96
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Happy Holidays!
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Happy Holidays!

Hey buddy, LTNS :!: Sadly RAMagic got disconnected after a long and faithful service a while back ( even if I did try my best to kill it by connecting a fly lead to the wrong chip in the BEEB when I first installed it #-o ... Personally I blame the guy who wrote the manual for my error :lol: ). Now ...
by topcat96
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Happy Holidays!
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Happy Holidays!

Apparently it's not the size that matters, it's what you do with it :lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD3-YBaFQvw
by topcat96
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Happy Holidays!
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Happy Holidays!

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by topcat96
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Superior Software Posters
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: Superior Software Posters

A4 scan of the Ravenskull A4 POS poster.

https://images2.imgbox.com/be/38/JNpBytR3_o.jpg
by topcat96
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Superior Software Posters
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: Superior Software Posters

Here's the link to a decent scan of the A4 POS poster for Crazee Rider if you don't have it already.

https://images2.imgbox.com/ad/32/zIz89JdH_o.jpg
by topcat96
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted/Swap - Electrical components.
Replies: 1
Views: 305

Re: Wanted/Swap - Electrical components.

Nevermind, found some! =D>
by topcat96
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted/Swap - Electrical components.
Replies: 1
Views: 305

Wanted/Swap - Electrical components.

6 pin 3.96mm pitch connector plugs and corresponding sets of terminal pins Only 2 sets required to finish off a hardware project. Am prepared to either buy or swap with 10 complete sets of 2.54mm pins, headers and blocks. Required.jpg Does anybody have any spares floating around their soldering sta...
by topcat96
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S10 - R7 - Chuckie Egg 2009
Replies: 45
Views: 1568

Re: High Score Challenge S10 - R7 - Chuckie Egg

FourthStone wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:41 am
Hey Ed, I believe I chose Chuckie Egg and Topcat96 chose Chuckie Egg 2009, not really a big deal but wondering if it was one or the other.


Cheers,
FS
Correct.

http://www.bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1840
by topcat96
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 phase 2 of repairs

Definitely not something for a rubber band to be used as a quick fix. However, it does prove the C2N works so that's good.

If you haven't already got a proper drive belt, you can buy from here: https://www.thefuturewas8bit.com/c2nbelt.html
by topcat96
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 phase 2 of repairs

Cleaned the heads now, and whilst the cotton bud didn't come out visibly dirty, tape loading now seems to work - at least for some games. I have not re-tried the ones that didn't work initially, but others certainly work. Games that use turbo loaders are notorious for needing a fully working C2N ta...
by topcat96
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2893
Views: 247855

Re: LOLPRICE

CMcDougall wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:39 pm
I have loads up loft from school 1991, but have naughty films on them by the Kane group :oops:
(they are on DVD now) :lol:
Tut ... naughty boy [-X
by topcat96
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2893
Views: 247855

Re: LOLPRICE

One grand for a small box of common variety VHS tapes. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-x-blank-video-cassette-tapes-VHS-E-180-4-hour-6-LP-used-ready-to-tape-sleeve/162912587999?hash=item25ee58d0df:g:R4IAAOSwo4pYRri- Greed just gnaws into them. That's for a single video tape, not the box ... :lol: :lol...
by topcat96
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S10 - R2 - Bounty Bob Strikes Back
Replies: 35
Views: 1342

Re: High Score Challenge S10 - R2 - Bounty Bob Strikes Back

CMcDougall wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:30 pm
never had or played this BITD :?
instructions give no help either, unless had a inlay card too ? (I dont have)
might try again later... time.....
http://www.miner2049er.net/category/bou ... -back/bbc/
by topcat96
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 phase 2 of repairs

Enjoy your break 8)

If you are heading somewhere nice on this planet then don't forget to send us a postcard! :lol:
by topcat96
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

It looks like there's still a possible issue with the RAM, but that could also indicate a bad VIC-II (overheating?) so best swap it out for a known working one. Also try anything that clears or updates the screen; RUN/STOP+RESTORE, SHIFT+CLR/HOME and scrolling down (or rather, causing the screen to ...
by topcat96
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

Good to see there's finally video output from the C64! =D> Here's a quick program from C64-Wiki to give the SID a small workout ... Not sure if it will produce "noise" but it's worth a try. 0 REM *** C64-WIKI SOUND-DEMO *** 10 S = 54272: W = 17: ON INT(RND(TI)*4)+1 GOTO 12,13,14,15 12 W = 33: GOTO 1...
by topcat96
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

You could try loading a cassette game, preferably any one by Ocean with loading music. See if you get any screen output and sound that way.
by topcat96
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

You may have a faulty character ROM. Plug in a game or utility cartridge as they usually hold their own font data and bypass the machine's. If they work okay then it's another pointer towards it

As you already have output from the dead test cartridge, try the above and see what occurs.
by topcat96
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

The board does seem to be getting the right voltages. I'm not sure what to look for at the on/off switch though - there's no visible arcing, but is that a reliable guide? The fact that I got different results on occasion could possibly indicate inconsistent behaviour at the switch, maybe? Although ...
by topcat96
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

You've probably already done so (but good to ask anyway) ... have you also checked that the board itself is receiving the correct voltages and that the on/off switch is properly soldered and not arcing?
by topcat96
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 1236

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

After a quick scan of your previous thread concerning this ... Does the breadbin switch on? LED light up? Get any form of tv signal in its current state? http://personalpages.tds.net/~rcarlsen/cbm/c64/c64-ic.txt Quick guide to chips and problems associated with them. EDIT: Can't speel fore tofey :)