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by VincentVega
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10....
Replies: 167
Views: 12952

Re: Windows 10....

My work PC flatly refuses to install update 1803. It gets as far as rebooting, but when I try and enter my password, it says it's wrong (it isn't). There's also no wireless internet. I reboot to see if that makes it any better and the machine rolls back the update to the previous version of Windows ...
by VincentVega
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Philips BM7522 amber monitor
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Philips BM7522 amber monitor

Brilliant, thanks for that! I shall keep an eye on it. The last one went for nearly £80 - hopefully this one will be a bit cheaper!
by VincentVega
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Spring Cleaning the Motherboard
Replies: 18
Views: 378

Re: Spring Cleaning the Motherboard

On the last Beeb I bought, I used a brush (an ancient one from a hoover) to get rid of the loose dust and gunk from the motherboard and then splashed distilled water (originally bought from an car parts shop) all over it. Once it looked nice and clean again, I poured IPA over the board, left it in t...
by VincentVega
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: John Kortink's BBC HDMI
Replies: 19
Views: 567

Re: John Kortink's BBC HDMI

Perhaps he would have had a bigger response if he'd ventured beyond social media. I'd certainly be interested in at least one.
by VincentVega
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Thank you for the feedback - much appreciated!

The folder thing is because I missed out a step from the compile stage. Before you type the 'qmake' command, you need to change directory into the 'qt5' folder within 'src'. I'll tweak the instructions accordingly.
by VincentVega
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

As promised, I have a patch ready for testing. You can download it here: here . The download is around 84K in length and contains the following: * "rpcemu-0.9.0-mac.patch" - a patch file in unified diff format. * "macosx" - a folder that contains icons in various sizes for the Dock icon. To apply th...
by VincentVega
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Thanks for all the kind offers of help! I'm still on holiday (it's so nice not to think about work!), but I managed to find some time yesterday and today to start working on putting together a proper patch. It's going pretty well (C/C++/Objective C are very different to .NET, and making them work to...
by VincentVega
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Football
Replies: 9
Views: 305

Re: Football

Apparently, there have been lots of trains cancelled tonight due to "illness". How strange! I'll be glad when all this is over - it's tiresome. All people talk about at work is football, football, football. England must have had the easiest World Cup in history - they've played one decent team, and ...
by VincentVega
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Not so long ago, a new version of RPCEmu (0.9.0) was released, featuring a new (and much improved) QT front end. As with most RPCEmu releases, I eagerly compiled it on my Mac, only to find that the keyboard doesn't work! It seems that when you get keyboard events from QT on the Mac, you don't get a ...
by VincentVega
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Archimedes A3000 to AKF30, possible ?
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Archimedes A3000 to AKF30, possible ?

CJE sell a 9-pin to 9-pin cable, though it is £15:

http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/micros/indiv ... CAB-AKF309
by VincentVega
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Modern mice
Replies: 20
Views: 713

Re: Modern mice

I use a Logitech gaming mouse - G402 - as my main mouse, despite not being much of a gamer. Unfortunately it has a blue LED, but other than that, I like it a lot. It's proved very reliable thus far. I use it with Steermouse on my iMac, as I've always found Apple's "normal" mouse tracking a bit weird...
by VincentVega
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: Wanted - Banana branded 5.25” floppy discs

My dad had a bunch (!) of these; he wouldn't let me anywhere near them. I had to make do with Parrot and the like (I've still got my old Parrot floppy drive box, though I have no idea how the discs inside are doing, nearly thirty years later).
by VincentVega
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 606
Views: 61415

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

A "rare" (in capital letters, naturally) Electron User magazine:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Electron-Use ... Sw9vlaid9s

So rare, you can't see it!
by VincentVega
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Burning EPROMs
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Burning EPROMs

Just to complete the story, I managed to find some time this afternoon and had a successful session burning EPROMs for my B+ and Master. There was a brief head-scratching moment when the Master wouldn't detect anything plugged into one of its sockets, but after a web search, I found a post on here t...
by VincentVega
Thu May 31, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Burning EPROMs
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Burning EPROMs

Yes, it does help (very much!). Thank you everybody for your assistance.

I'll see if I can find time this weekend to try it out; Wordwise Plus will be my test ROM.
by VincentVega
Wed May 30, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Burning EPROMs
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Burning EPROMs

(I did see that there's another recent thread relating to EPROMs, but that's more of a buying recommendations one.) I've bought myself a Batronix EPROM programmer, together with some 27C256s so I can burn my own ROMs. I've hooked up the programmer to my Mac (in Windows), and inserted a chip, and the...
by VincentVega
Wed May 30, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4742
Views: 320889

Re: Today I received.....

Inspired by a thread elsewhere on here, a Batronix EPROM programmer, together with some EPROMs. They're the OTP type, which is probably fine for my use. (I didn't want to risk getting fakes on eBay). They came in what has to be the longest anti-static bag I've ever seen. http://maemagel.com/f/sd/201...
by VincentVega
Mon May 28, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Forum GDPR compliance?
Replies: 58
Views: 1002

Re: Forum GDPR compliance?

Me too.
by VincentVega
Mon May 28, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2807
Views: 224506

Re: LOLPRICE

I see that "bzsp1" is at it again: CPC mouse - £150 - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/P-CPC-Mouse-for-Acorn-Archimedes-A440-A310-A410-RISC-OS-RiscPC-quadrature/273241350906?hash=item3f9e7422fa:g:Ir8AAOSwHPdalyAS Acorn mouse - £180 - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/P-Mouse-for-Acorn-Archimedes-A440-A310-A410-R...
by VincentVega
Wed May 23, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4742
Views: 320889

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin: how noisy is your VM box? I have one of those in my bedroom and it's distractingly loud, even when I'm watching the TV (it's turned off the rest of the time). I can hear a constant droning noise from a fan or the hard drive.
by VincentVega
Mon May 21, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?
Replies: 22
Views: 810

Re: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?

Could anyone who's done this before tell me what tools they used? I used a normal Stanley knife. It's rather a crude tool for such a job, but it was good enough. I cut vertically first at either end of the connector. with the bottom of the case in its normal position. Then I went horizontally betwe...
by VincentVega
Fri May 18, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Mac Arculator
Replies: 31
Views: 1906

Re: Mac Arculator

I see RPCEmu ripped out Allegro entirely and replaced it with Qt5... that looks worth investigating too, because it would give us a cross-platform UI too. The last time I tried compiling one of the beta versions of RPCEmu against QT5, the keyboard didn't work, as there's apparently no way to get na...
by VincentVega
Mon May 14, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 25
Views: 1251

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

I'd be interested in a starter kit for three machines - Model B, B+ (if possible) and a Master, please.
by VincentVega
Tue May 08, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Case screws available anywhere?
Replies: 15
Views: 2198

Re: Case screws available anywhere?

I bought some of these (no. 8, 3/4"):

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-Pozi-F ... 2749.l2649

They aren't *exactly* the same, but they're not far off.
by VincentVega
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Sideways RAM on the BBC Micro
Replies: 44
Views: 2056

Re: Sideways RAM on the BBC Micro

Is there something like the BooBip boards that is suitable for the B+? The BooBip board I've got in my normal 32K Beeb is fantastic - easy to set up, convenient and nice and quick. Someone mentioned piggy-backing chips in a previous post, which sounds like a recipe for disaster with me and my clumsy...
by VincentVega
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 606
Views: 61415

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

Presumably this is the computing equivalent of that Simpsons episode when Homer put "speed holes" in his car. I give you cooling holes, Beeb-style:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-BBC-Mi ... SwfZta3KYD

Oh dear.
by VincentVega
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Do your family and friends 'get it'?
Replies: 25
Views: 1081

Re: Do your family and friends 'get it'?

Brother and mum are interested insofar as it lets them (very occasionally) play games we all used to play in the late 1980s, in particular Mr Ee, Crazy Painter and Chuckie Egg. I think my dad is possibly intrigued but he's happy with all the modern stuff like Android and his Linux laptop. As for fri...
by VincentVega
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4742
Views: 320889

Re: Today I received.....

On Thursday, I received a BBC B+ (the 64K variant). Unfortunately I can't take any photos as the case and key tops are in the bath waiting to be cleaned and the rest of it is strewn around the upstairs of the house. It's rather dirty, unfortunately and the keystrip is is cracked. This Beeb proved qu...