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by MurrayCakaMuzer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Two-pin header on PC card
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Two-pin header on PC card

My first post here in nearly 8 years! How time flies! Just dusted off my RISC PC (mostly to replace the battery... I'm hoping it hasn't already caused irreparable damage but I guess I'll just have to wait and see) and found some rather odd things I can't find much about online. Firstly was a strange...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Dvorak
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Dvorak

Well, I've been using Dvorak on my desktop and netbook for quite a while now. In case you didn't know, Dvorak is a replacement for QWERTY, much superior to the latter (though, as with anything, it takes a lot of time to get used to). After half a year of use, I'm pretty much the same speed in QWERTY...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: R3PLAY / 6-7 November 2010 / Blackpool
Replies: 95
Views: 12362

Re: R3PLAY / 6-7 November 2010 / Blackpool

Right, I'll come. What hotel are you all staying at, and should I book? I'll be 16 by then, if that's relevant. I'll bring that lot of consoles (how many I'll have finished modding I'm not sure yet, hopefully most) that I was given. Is there a decent tram route from Blackpool North to the centre? If...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Printing Numbers from Assembler
Replies: 14
Views: 1843

Re: Printing Numbers from Assembler

Games often use binary-coded decimal. I don't understand it fully but I think it's using a byte to store from 0 to 99 rather than 0 to 255... I think that's how it works at least.
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Very weird overheating faults
Replies: 17
Views: 1846

Re: Very weird overheating faults

I had a batch of Masters a few years back from a school rescue which I initially put down to being "faulty" because they seemed to retain parts of ROM images in sideways RAM for ages after being switched off. I later discovered that this was happening because the monitor and/or disc drive attached ...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Hot Food Vending Machines
Replies: 18
Views: 2121

Re: Hot Food Vending Machines

Sabbath...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: I'm back
Replies: 1
Views: 545

I'm back

My GCSEs are almost over (one left, next Wednesday), so I've got a lot more free time than I did before, so I've come back!


While I was away I learnt Na'vi, the language from Avatar, to stop myself from going insane with all the exams. Eywa ayngahu, ma smuk!
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: INPUT Magazine Issue 13
Replies: 21
Views: 2879

Re: INPUT Magazine Issue 13

In the recycle bin?!? I'd die to have the whole Input series, I have the first two and love them!
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley
Replies: 153
Views: 17203

Re: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley

Don't you have one anyway, Beebmaster? Or did you dismantle it?
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is your main operating system?
Replies: 28
Views: 3411

Re: What is your main operating system?

I have repartitioned heavily used NTFS drives in the past after a defrag with no issues - the Ubuntu installer seems to be quite good at it. Though if you had Vista or '7 on the disk, moving the left boundry of the partition will corrupt it (not sure if this has been fixed or not, but it's safer in ...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is your main operating system?
Replies: 28
Views: 3411

Re: What is your main operating system?

Did I tell you about the time I didn't come out of my halls room for three days, living off one jar of peanut butter while I configured a Thinkpad's Linux kernel to my liking? Those days and that machine are long gone. I believe you told me at Aldershot... I personally haven't had any experience wi...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is your main operating system?
Replies: 28
Views: 3411

Re: What is your main operating system?

I "bailed out" around the middle-end of the XP era (mid-2006), and have been using GNU/Linux ever since! (Mainly Debian derivatives, especially Ubuntu derivatives). I'm fed up of most things relating to Windows. And don't get me started on Vista or 7, utter pile of crap, both of them. GNU/Linux Mint...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: ArcDFS on RiscPC + Risc OS 4
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Re: ArcDFS on RiscPC + Risc OS 4

Is your drive bad?
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 264399

Re: LOLPRICE

by MurrayCakaMuzer
Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What's with RAR?
Replies: 17
Views: 1870

Re: What's with RAR?

tar.bz2 FTW. I don't care if people using inferior operating systems have to extract it twice. That's their problem for using horribly crippled archive managers (and operating systems). tar.bz2 is better than quite a few other formats (including zip, not sure about rar or 7z), as it first combines t...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 40/80T drives
Replies: 7
Views: 1258

Re: 40/80T drives

You can enable software 40-track emulation for DFS using *DRIVE drive-number 40

Dunno about ADFS...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ceefax Creator
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Re: Ceefax Creator

OK, this is the first of a series of write-ups about the Ceefax Creator. Pictures still coming soon, sorry! The real name of it is the Softel SE3010 Teletext Editing Terminal. The hardware The SE3010 is based on a BBC Master, with a few additions and minor alterations. The board itself is very simil...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ceefax Creator
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Re: Ceefax Creator

Blarg, forgot attachment again: To load: see above post To quit: Press Escape, S, U individually. I'm not surprised that the relay is broken - trying the software in my Master, it seems to think that ROMFS requires the cassette motor to be on to work - so it frequently toggles it when loading differ...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ceefax Creator
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Re: Ceefax Creator

ROM images. Insert both. To run, type:

*ROM
*RUN !BOOT




(not *EXEC)




In Beebem for Linux, it acts rather weirdly - it only takes up half the screen, and everything is squashed for some reason...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 264399

Re: LOLPRICE

Not yet LOLPRICE, but certainly LOLNUMBEROFBIDS - why does this Master, which is untested, lacks a power cord and has a good portion of the back faceplate missing, already have 8 bids?
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Plans for floppy drives
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Re: Plans for floppy drives

Scratch step 5 - I just blew up one of the drives with a loud POP and a horrible smell. That'll teach me never to place it on top of another (metal) drive whilst it's running...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:54 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Plans for floppy drives
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Plans for floppy drives

Since I have a massive load of 3.5" floppy drives doing nothing, I thought I'd come up with a master plan for them (;)) 1) Remove drive 1 from the Cumana dual 5.25" disk drive thing and replace it with a 3.5" drive 2) Put that 5.25" drive into my RISC PC 3) Put a 3.5" drive as drive 1 in my BBC Ceef...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ceefax Creator
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Re: Ceefax Creator

I tried putting the ROM cartridge in my Master, but I am unable to reproduce the auto-boot, so I assume it's something other than the ROM that is hijacking the boot... I'm just going to dump the two EPROMs with the program regregex posted in the other thread, and I'll post those along with pics and ...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ceefax Creator
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Re: Ceefax Creator

Aha - it uses the ROMFS - *ROM

Randomly it's just started wanting to boot the teletext ROM every boot now, not just every reset.




So, presumably the ROM is hijacking the boot process somehow, switching it to ROMFS and pressing Shift + Break virtually...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ceefax Creator
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Re: Ceefax Creator

Just tried loading a game (Zap!) - Mode 7 seems to either be modified for ease of Teletext creation (most likely) or slightly broken, as it seems control characters are displayed as odd little symbols (but they still have an effect). Will upload a picture of the Zap story screen later to show what I...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ceefax Creator
Replies: 12
Views: 2412

Ceefax Creator

I've received this lovely thing in the post today! Pictures to come! I booted and configured it according to http://lionels.orpheusweb.co.uk/CompNyb/TechStuff/8-Bit/Master128/128BatConfig.html but it seems to act quite oddly. Firstly, there is no break key on the keyboard - a bit of a pain, but seem...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Flash CS4 on 64 bit
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Re: Flash CS4 on 64 bit

They're really pumping them out now aren't they - which is a good thing because IE6 was god awful! (IE7 and 8 are still awful but not quite as bad...) If you're interested, I use Opera, one of the few non-FOSS pieces of software I use (along with drivers for my GPU, WiFi card and dialup modem, multi...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: master128 won't boot or display video.
Replies: 22
Views: 2824

Re: master128 won't boot or display video.

Maybe it's trying to load the floppy disk on boot, because of a corrupt configuration? Boot whilst holding R (I think) to reset everything to 0, then use *CONFIGURE to set up the options as defaults - I believe defaults are listed in the manual or online. Unless there's another problems somewhere I'...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cassette hum on Master
Replies: 29
Views: 2612

Re: Cassette hum on Master

Hmm - never noticed that +5V thing before. The brightness isn't unusually high on this monitor; rather, it's the same brightness as I use for the Amstrads. On my friend's monitor, the best brightness for the BBC is much lower than the best brightness for the Amstrads. This applies to the Beeb and th...
by MurrayCakaMuzer
Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cassette hum on Master
Replies: 29
Views: 2612

Re: Cassette hum on Master

Just tested, pin 5 is connected to the outer edge of both DC connectors (which have a positive tip).