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by frankoid
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Prosound, MidiWorks, StudioSound, Overload Software, DR DOS 5.0 User Guide
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: Prosound, MidiWorks, StudioSound, Overload Software, DR DOS 5.0 User Guide

Yes if nobody replies in the next few days who can collect I can do that. I'm just being a bit lazy really, I have a lot of stuff to clear out at the moment (not just these Acorn-related items). I should note that I've verified the 3 Oregan disks and they all verify OK. They are copy protected and a...
by frankoid
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Prosound, MidiWorks, StudioSound, Overload Software, DR DOS 5.0 User Guide
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Prosound, MidiWorks, StudioSound, Overload Software, DR DOS 5.0 User Guide

Prosound, MidiWorks and StudioSound software packages (all by Oregan). One of them (can't remember which for sure) contains a letter from the author to the original owner replying to a bug report and suggestions for enhancements. Overload game DR DOS 5.0 User Guide (from The Learning Curve package) ...
by frankoid
Wed May 16, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Games for the Beeb Master
Replies: 21
Views: 3569

Re: Games for the Beeb Master

On a related note - is there a list anywhere of games that got converted to the Master (or had documented hacks to make them work?) I don't know about a list, but I have the following (attached): Boffin - M128 patch by Rich Talbot-Watkins plus cheat (author unknown) Sim - M128 patch and infinite li...
by frankoid
Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:32 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Programming
Replies: 11
Views: 2050

Re: Programming

There's also DoggySoft's Diss, a desktop disassembler. Demo here: http://www.doggysoft.co.uk/prog2.html.
by frankoid
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs
Replies: 186
Views: 69792

Re: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs

Does anyone know whether the Samsung SyncMaster 510MP (or any other LCD monitor for that matter) will accept 15KHz video into the VGA input (as well as the SCART one). The reason I am interested in this is because it would be useful for games on 32-bit Acorns. I suppose I could make a VGA->SCART ada...
by frankoid
Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3020 HDD Formatting Shenanigans
Replies: 10
Views: 1379

Re: A3020 HDD Formatting Shenanigans

I'd be interested to know if all of the 6.5GB is available in the A3020. I think you can technically do this as a bit of a cheat, I bought a couple of c. 1.5GB drives off E-Bay a few years ago which were formatted on an A7000 or A7000+. It appears to work in the A5000 even though the maximum disc s...
by frankoid
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 3-button serial mouse on RiscOS3.1x
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

Re: 3-button serial mouse on RiscOS3.1x

I have a 3 button serial mouse. It's switchable between 2 protocols (can't remember which, sorry, don't have it to hand at the moment) and one of the protocols works with RiscPCs. However, it's much less smooth than my proper archimedes mice, as if the mouse movement is being sampled at a lower rate...
by frankoid
Thu May 12, 2011 12:39 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 / A3020
Replies: 30
Views: 4218

Re: A3010 / A3020

Elite does play, but goes into a type of widescreen mode, any ideas to get it running on a normal screen ? If your monitor supports TV resolutions (sounds like it does from what you said about using it with other old computers) you can do "*CONFIGURE MONITORTYPE 1" to fix this. The GUI equivalent t...
by frankoid
Tue May 10, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash
Replies: 47
Views: 4193

Re: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash

Basically SanDisk customer support said that my CF card doesn't support being partitioned. That's weird! I thought that partitioning an IDE device simply involved writing partition table data to a location near the beginning of the device (i.e. it's just writing data as far as the device is concern...
by frankoid
Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: And todays broken pencil award goes to.....
Replies: 14
Views: 3731

Re: And todays broken pencil award goes to.....

Another alternative is to run proper RISC OS in emulation and intercept the windowing calls allowing them to be drawn into the Linux desktop, WinRisc[2]/Virtualbox/Parallels style. The upside is that applications which rely on modules and RISC OS's, ah, lax security model should 'just work'. If I h...
by frankoid
Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:43 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Arc games that run in higher res than 320x256?
Replies: 3
Views: 1490

Re: Arc games that run in higher res than 320x256?

You can choose the screen resolution in Spheres of Chaos. Not sure whether this is available in all versions - it might not have been implemented in early versions of the game.
by frankoid
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash
Replies: 47
Views: 4193

Re: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash

If you don't get it working with the real hardware then these somewhat convoluted steps using a PC and an emulator (e.g. Arculator) might work: 1) Connect the HD to your PC and make an image of it (e.g. with dd under Linux) 2) Make an image file the same size as your CF card 3) Start Arculator with ...
by frankoid
Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:38 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Master Compact Built In Games
Replies: 4
Views: 1179

Re: Master Compact Built In Games

Change the emulated model to Master 128 (Hardware -> BBC Model -> BBC Master 128 on the Mac version of BeebEm). I couldn't get the menu to work (the pointer wouldn't move), but I got Aqua Attack to load with the following commands: *ADFS *DIR WELCOME.GAMES.ARCADE CH."Aqua" You could also try the Mas...
by frankoid
Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Master Compact Built In Games
Replies: 4
Views: 1179

Re: Master Compact Built In Games

Hi, We had a Master (non compact) and it came with Aqua Attack and Adventure, which sound like the games you're talking about, on the Welcome disc. The Master Compact welcome disc can be downloaded from http://www.stairwaytohell.com/essentials/acorn/BBCMasterCompact-WelcomeDisc.zip. Aqua Attack was ...
by frankoid
Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Basic Draw File Converter
Replies: 2
Views: 1319

Re: Basic Draw File Converter

Interesting, I always loved !Draw so it's nice to have a way to translate files...although I haven't seriously used !Draw since I stopped using RISC OS as my main OS about 10 years ago :-( Thanks for releasing, especially with source (which makes it easier to use it on non-Windows OSes). Perhaps the...
by frankoid
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash
Replies: 47
Views: 4193

Re: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash

You could try DiscKnight. It's another filesystem repair tool for RISC OS and it can create an undo file, which you save to another disc and can use to undo its repairs if they make things worse. I'd be tempted to image the old drive and attempt to repair the image in an emulator though, that way yo...
by frankoid
Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: software
Topic: .adf extraction
Replies: 10
Views: 2963

Re: .adf extraction

Here's a little RISC OS desktop proggy that I use to read/write floppy disc images. Sorry I didn't post earlier, could have saved you some time... By Richard Terry with modifications by me. Version history: 1.00: First release. Loads image file (up to 800k) into memory and writes it to a disk 1.01: ...
by frankoid
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: AKF18 Monitor
Replies: 6
Views: 750

Re: AKF18 Monitor

I don't think it's the same monitor, it doesn't have audio and AFAIK it never came with beebs, only with ARM-based computers. I got my first one with an A4000 and second with an A5000. I had to make an adaptor to use it with the beeb (similar to a Beeb->SCART lead, i.e. some resistors in series, but...
by frankoid
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Office clear out
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Re: Office clear out

Oooh, I'm sorely tempted, I really wanted a copy of the PRMs back when I was at school. I had to rely on StrongHelp and reverse-engineering because I couldn't afford them - I once worked out how to use the Squash SWIs by compressing and decompressing things with !Squash and looking at the parameters...
by frankoid
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: AKF18 Monitor
Replies: 6
Views: 750

Re: AKF18 Monitor

AKF18s were infamous for "exploding" - mine didn't actually explode but it did make a loud bang once and ended up being returned 3 times! The dealer (Micro Power, Leeds) told me that there was a mod that Acorn did to improve reliability, so it might be worth trying to find out what that was. I still...
by frankoid
Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Games disk Compliation using LZ compression
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: Games disk Compliation using LZ compression

Cool! Reminds me of using ArcFS etc to cram as much stuff as possible onto Archimedes floppies. I've always been fascinated by compression, would have loved to have seen this back when I was first using Beebs.

What's the compression ratio?
by frankoid
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Disc protection / 8271 commands
Replies: 6
Views: 1128

Re: Disc protection / 8271 commands

There is an interesting interview with Rob Northern, who wrote copy protection systems for the BBC, Amiga and ST, at http://whdloadrules.tripod.com/rob_northen_interview.html . He talks about Trace disc duplicators being used to produce copy protected discs, so perhaps some protected disc formats ar...
by frankoid
Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Two player games...?
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Re: Two player games...?

I've got Star Battle to work on the Master - download it from here :D
by frankoid
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:50 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Two player games...?
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Re: Two player games...?

Star Battle is a fairly simple but very fun 2 player game.

Unfortunately the version I linked to doesn't work on Masters, and I've lost the version I used to have that does.
by frankoid
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Bad picture on TV with SCART lead
Replies: 4
Views: 887

Re: Bad picture on TV with SCART lead

I opened up my cable today and discovered that one of the solder joints had broken :oops:. After I repaired that my cable worked fine. So I'm going to have a spare SCART lead - probably not such a bad thing because the soldering in the one I've got now is pretty ropey.
by frankoid
Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Bad picture on TV with SCART lead
Replies: 4
Views: 887

Re: Bad picture on TV with SCART lead

Thanks Colin. Feeling lazy (and have heard good things on this site about the ebay ones) so I've ordered one from ebay. If it has the same problem then I'll try changing the resistors in my home-made one.
by frankoid
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Bad picture on TV with SCART lead
Replies: 4
Views: 887

Bad picture on TV with SCART lead

I decided to move my Master into the living room today, and connected it up to the TV using a SCART lead. The picture isn't great though, as you can see from the first and third photos. The problems only happen with white though, other colours are fine. The same SCART lead with the same TV and (I th...
by frankoid
Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: The Micro User/Acorn Computing Cover Disc JAN 1994
Replies: 51
Views: 5783

Re: The Micro User/Acorn Computing Cover Disc JAN 1994

I can't see any 8 bit stuff in them either :(
by frankoid
Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: The Micro User/Acorn Computing Cover Disc JAN 1994
Replies: 51
Views: 5783

Re: The Micro User/Acorn Computing Cover Disc JAN 1994

I downloaded the Archimedes discs to have a look at Prime Solver. I couldn't read it in RPCEmu (see screenshot) but I did find a directory called "8 bit disk" which I've converted to an SSD and attached to this post...
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by frankoid
Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Archimedes Screenshot Capture
Replies: 21
Views: 2589

Re: Archimedes Screenshot Capture

You could also give Desktop Hacker a try. It lets you suspend single-tasking programs (e.g. games) and return to the desktop, and (among many other things) lets you save a screenshot as a sprite. I bought a CD-ROM with it on a while ago - can't remember which one but I can find out if you're interes...