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by msknight
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mainframe - Talk To Me
Replies: 6
Views: 871

Mainframe - Talk To Me

Hi Folks, My BBC related activities have been quiet for a while as I've been digitising my record collection and doing my cack handed repair of walkmans and things. Anyway, I came across, "Talk To Me," by a short lived group called, "Mainframe." They released code on the B side of the record which b...
by msknight
Sat May 13, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Volume mod gone wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 1306

Re: Volume mod gone wrong...

I believe Robofruit followed one of my videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb05bcuafK4 - in which I was more than ham fisted with a pair of snips and found out the hard way just how strong the volume pot actually is. He hasn't listed his hardware board revision, so I've dropped him a reminder. ...
by msknight
Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ATX to Xbox
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

Re: ATX to Xbox

A bit more discussion on the leaky clock cap for anyone interested... http://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/forum/viewt ... f=6&t=3024
by msknight
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ATX to Xbox
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

Re: ATX to Xbox

Actually, no I hadn't seen that. Many thanks for the heads up.
by msknight
Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:36 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ATX to Xbox
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

Re: ATX to Xbox

Welcome back Michelle! You've been sorely missed.... :wink: Awww... *blush*... thanks :-) Sadly, I'm on two weeks training in London starting next week, then a handover, and when the dust settles from that, I'll be spending my birthday at Play in Manchester, with some friends... so it'll probably b...
by msknight
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ATX to Xbox
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

ATX to Xbox

Hi Folks, I know, I've been off for a long while, as work took me to a long ass commute. The one year project turned in to three and a half. Last day on Friday, and then after some re-training, it's back to my regularly scheduled gig. Anyway... I need help... as usual :-) Xbox, version 1.6 - bit con...
by msknight
Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:44 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

Hi Folks,

Thanks for all the advice. I've now gone through all the discs and rescued a few but they were all educational software and nothing special was found.

Still, nothing ventured ... and I've still got enough IPA to last me a life time!

Michelle.
by msknight
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

Is it possible that my IPA cleaning could be wrecking these discs?
by msknight
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

Well, I've confirmed that the hardware is working by replaying an image to one of the floppies and using it. The problem now seems that Disk Fault 18 is rife. The low coercivity disks just haven't lasted the years. I don't think I'll actually get a fully working disk out of all this lot. Still, noth...
by msknight
Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

Hi Dave, You are correct, that LED is working ... the one I mullered wasn't recognisable after I'd finished with it :-) so I had to photograph another one from the case. I managed to find two LEDs which were rectangular, but obviously completely incorrect, and I've wired them in and all is working b...
by msknight
Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

Hi Mark,

You overestimate my abilities in this field; when it comes to equipment of this type, I definitely would be considered a, "user" :-)

Also, "normal supplier"? You mean flea-bay? Do you mistake me for someone who knows how to handle a soldering iron without getting burned? ;-)

Michelle.
by msknight
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

I might be getting there, but I'm going to need some replacement LED's, however I don't know my electronic parts from my ... um ... bungee jump rope strain?!
by msknight
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

Fault "appears" to be the switch. I'm working on it but it is darn fiddly and I can't easily get the unit under my magnifying set up. Doh.
by msknight
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Re: Troubleshooting floppy trouble

Scratch that ... I'm now convinced that my main drive is now jammed in 80 track mode. Now I've got to try and troubleshoot this.

I'm not comfortable around equipment where there is an exposed transformer inside an open case :-( I'm not at the same level as you guys!
by msknight
Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Troubleshooting floppy trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 1893

Troubleshooting floppy trouble

I've got a load of floppies that I'm trying to recover/sift through. The sacrificial drive I've got seems worn out, the motor just doesn't sound like it has the strength to spin its way out of a paper bag. My mains powered dual 40/80 switchable units are also having trouble... I have a suspicion tha...
by msknight
Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cleaning floppies
Replies: 11
Views: 1630

Re: Cleaning floppies

Thanks folks! That's exactly the information I need. I haven't fired up my Beebs in some considerable time due to a busy life and being landed in a load of new technology. *sigh* Manuals never get easier to read with age. The chances of me finding anything of any use in among this lot are miniscule;...
by msknight
Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cleaning floppies
Replies: 11
Views: 1630

Cleaning floppies

Hi Folks, Yes, I know, I've been busy. Anyway ... I've got this pile of floppy disks that I won in an auction some time ago, (hoping that there might be a gem/missing program among them) and I've got a sacrificial drive because I don't want to risk my main drives with old, gunked up disks. The inten...
by msknight
Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: S-video to PVR
Replies: 4
Views: 931

Re: S-video to PVR

The cable length seems to have been the problem.

I'm getting a better signal now, but the colours are quite weak.

Is there anything straightforward I can look at to possibly boost them?
by msknight
Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: S-video to PVR
Replies: 4
Views: 931

Re: S-video to PVR

Hi Mark, Thanks for the info and the willingness to help me out on this. I can tell you the following. Games BBC B - wired for S-video and was using s-video to feed to a conversion box that then churned out a vga signal, so over a short distance, I've had perfect signal from it. Work BBC B - also wi...
by msknight
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: S-video to PVR
Replies: 4
Views: 931

Re: S-video to PVR

I've got one BBC working; the one that is a lot closer to the PVR. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsLG1tXMyx8 The sound is slightly ahead of the video; but I'm not actually using any capture software, I'm just copying the PVR stream straight to a file. Also, the usual command to set fps isn't being ...
by msknight
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: S-video to PVR
Replies: 4
Views: 931

S-video to PVR

Hi Folks, I finally managed to get the BBC connected both to the TV via RGB-Scart and also to the PVR by S-video. However, I've got bad results from the PVR - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQMZlHMHX0E - for those interested, the audio kicks in at about 30 seconds in. I'm happy with the sync. The mo...
by msknight
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:09 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TV advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: LCD TV advice

Hi BeebMaster! LDC's are here to stay, until they are replaced. I know that a CUB monitor would be the ideal but if it went West then I don't have the skills to repair it and it is getting harder to shift the tube tech. My last CRT TV, a 32" beast of a thing, had to be taken to the dump by me (no lo...
by msknight
Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TV advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: LCD TV advice

Ah ... that explains it. In the search listing it just lists the prices in pounds. It isn't until you go to the item itself that it lists the dollars and pounds.
by msknight
Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TV advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: LCD TV advice

Ah! That makes sense. I wonder why I didn't pick up on that? Must have been the lunchtime pints of cider.

Good to hear from you again!
by msknight
Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TV advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: LCD TV advice

HA! Here's one for LOL price - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Samsung-SyncM ... 5aefd8db75

One person has bid at £26.02 but I wonder if they've seen the £71.33 postage charge!
by msknight
Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TV advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: LCD TV advice

Many thanks for the heads up.

There is a 710MP in Redhill which isn't too far from me. I might put a small punt on that one.

Cool advice. There might be some more BBC videos from me in the future once I've got everything hooked up properly!
by msknight
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: What have we all had from Retroclinic..?
Replies: 26
Views: 2618

Re: What have we all had from Retroclinic..?

BBC B with internal datacentre and loads of superb manuals.
6502 Co-pro
keyboard spares
dead mobos to practice soldering skills *ahem*
and anything else that I can't currently remember...

...and some great quality plastic bags which have been re-purposed as equipment covers!
by msknight
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TV advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

LCD TV advice

Hi Folks, Yes, I'm back again :-) Life threw a few curve balls but I'm dusting off the Beebs and getting them fired up once more (now that I can PVR the audio and video!) After going nuts over video conversions (trying GVS boards, scart to hdmi converters and all that junk) I've settled on the RGB r...
by msknight
Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: When exactly is the Beebs 30th b'day
Replies: 15
Views: 3784

Re: When exactly is the Beebs 30th b'day

I was reading through Beebug 1/1 and they do write the following in April 1982.... "If you remove the lid of your machine you will be struck by the rather quaint heatsink on the ULA chip for the video. This is apparently not to prevent it sizzling, but to keep it ultra cool. Unfortunately the heatsi...
by msknight
Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:13 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Software Manuals
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Re: Software Manuals

Cool. IM me an address. I've got Interbase as well, apparently!