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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: 949

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: 949

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: 2837
Views: 231814

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: 2837
Views: 231814

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: 813

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: 949

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: 949

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: 949

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: 949

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: 949

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: 949

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: 949

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: 949

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 :)
by topcat96
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 phase 2 of repairs
Replies: 30
Views: 949

Re: C64 destroying 5v PSUs?

It's not the C64 destroying the PSU but the other way around. It's a known problem with the original power supplies output exceeding the norm of 5v as old age creeps in. Commodore in their infinite wisdom, made sure the power supplies were non-repairable by filling the case with epoxy. It's this tha...
by topcat96
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Downloading video from BBC website?
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: Downloading video from BBC website?

No worries :D
by topcat96
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Downloading video from BBC website?
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: Downloading video from BBC website?

Arcadian wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:03 pm
Hi, does anyone have any ideas on how to download a video from the BBC website (it's one that's embedded within an article, rather than an iplayer vid).
You got mail ...
by topcat96
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Season 10 Game Nominations
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: Season 10 Game Nominations

Here's my nominations:

Chuckie Egg 2009 by Organ Grinder's Monkey
http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1840

Nevryon by 4th Dimension
http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1183

Mega Apocalypse by Martech
http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=786
by topcat96
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4856
Views: 335098

Re: Today I received.....

Elminster wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:49 pm
A pair of bionic legs then?
We have the technology, we can rebuild him ... :lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoKwX5fLJ5E
by topcat96
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4856
Views: 335098

Re: Today I received.....

daveejhitchins wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:09 am
A new pair of socks? . . . :lol:

Dave H :D
Ahhh ... if only [-o<
by topcat96
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4856
Views: 335098

Re: Today I received.....

Image

Sigh!
by topcat96
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Elite - Whats It Worth?
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: Elite - Whats It Worth?

Jet Set Willy wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 3:06 pm
I reckon ill just keep hold in that case, this game was my first true addiction in life lol

JSW
Right on commander!
by topcat96
Thu May 31, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4856
Views: 335098

Re: Today I received.....

I have debated getting a JiffyDOS chip, does it really make a massive difference? I recommend you get one for the C64 and one for your 1541. As shown in the following table you can see the difference it makes: Taken from the c64 wiki ... All times in seconds. https://images2.imgbox.com/95/08/VEeTvh...
by topcat96
Thu May 31, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4856
Views: 335098

Re: Today I received.....

Interesting! I have a similar cart and it speeds my SD2IEC up dramatically. I recently got a 1541 disc drive so presumably I just get the 1541 24 pin version of this and plug it into the disc drive? Not actually opened the case yet but need to anyway as the eject mechanism is a bit reluctant. :| I ...
by topcat96
Thu May 31, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4856
Views: 335098

Re: Today I received.....

robheaton wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 6:28 pm
Something to speed up my 1541 arrived yesterday...
Get yourself a JiffyDOS chip for your 1541 too and watch it sprint instead of jog \:D/

http://store.go4retro.com/jiffydos-kern ... verlay-ic/
by topcat96
Sat May 26, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Forum GDPR compliance?
Replies: 58
Views: 1132

Re: Forum GDPR compliance?

You're lucky ... the board won't let me sign out without accepting the Cookie Policy first ... I keep going around and around in circles and am beginning to think I'm stuck in the game, 3D Maze :lol: :lol: :lol: Problem solved! The built in ad blocker in my browser was stopping the cookie accept bo...
by topcat96
Fri May 25, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Forum GDPR compliance?
Replies: 58
Views: 1132

Re: Forum GDPR compliance?

Heads up - since the upgrade, I can no longer navigate to any link as a popup appears saying: You cannot access links on this board until you have accepted the Cookie Policy. (The only way I was able to get here was by opening each link in new windows each time). Happy to accept the Cookie Policy b...
by topcat96
Wed May 16, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SD cards which don't work with MMFS/SmartSPI/etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 427

Re: SD cards which don't work with MMFS/SmartSPI/etc.

Have you checked that the 128mb cards are real and not those fake capacity ones that lurk on places like Ebay and Alibaba?

Some handy tools here to check if unsure ...

https://www.geckoandfly.com/22803/detec ... -ssd-disk/
by topcat96
Mon May 07, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Use old PC gamepad with Beeb: are they compatible?
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Use old PC gamepad with Beeb: are they compatible?

dhg2 wrote:I haven't been able to use it since around 2005 when gameports stopped appearing on new computers.
What you need is something like this to enable you to use the joystick again on your PC

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-to-Joyst ... 0846308058
by topcat96
Thu May 03, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: 40
Replies: 37
Views: 2200

Re: 40

pixelblip wrote:There was a firm that made one recently....a pie like BBC case....what were they called....and Ben Heck made one.
https://retropicases.com/products/bbc-m ... ry-pi-case