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by fordp
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Beeb FPGA port to Spectrum Next
Replies: 104
Views: 9624

Re: Beeb FPGA port to Spectrum Next

And here's a challenge for programmers - what about if it could take one Pi and run both the Tube and 1MHz bus?! My initial thoughts were that it wouldn't be possible from a RPi GPIO pin availability point of view, but with a bit of cunning logic on the level shifter it might actually just be possi...
by fordp
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: AMX Pagemaker/Stop Press Documents
Replies: 1
Views: 61

AMX Pagemaker/Stop Press Documents

Hi,

If anybody has and Disks (SSD/DSD/MMB Format) with AMX Pagemaker documents I would like like a copy. I am looking at writing an extractor for a modern PC so you can view and print them again.

Many Thanks.
by fordp
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Running AMX PageMaker Plus without Floppy Drive
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: Running AMX PageMaker Plus without Floppy Drive

Sorry to jump in on this thread but does anybody have a Pagemaker work disk (SSD) with some DTP documents on they are willing to share. I want to add extraction to BMP so you can view/print them on a modern PC?
by fordp
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Is GOTO ever not evil?
Replies: 47
Views: 766

Re: Is GOTO ever not evil?

I would say line numbers are the real issue goto label is way better.
by fordp
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Spectrum PCB foil delamination
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: Spectrum PCB foil delamination

My Spectrum 16K was like that from new. It had no impact on it working.
by fordp
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: PyAcornDFS
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: PyAcornDFS

I have hopefully fixed the directory issue: PyDFS.png The program is now usable at least by me. Python is great to write and maintain but not so good to package and install. I will look into options to get this installed. I have tried it on both Ubuntu 20.04 and Windows 10. I think it works on both....
by fordp
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: PyAcornDFS
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: PyAcornDFS

I have added another capability and the software can now de-tokenize BASIC-II programs. It still puts things in the same directory as the program. I will work on that in the near future. Thanks to the BEEBASM authors and Matt Godbolt for some examples to "borrow" from: (https://xania.org/200711/bbc-...
by fordp
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD

RobC wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:50 pm
Excellent - that looks really good.
Just for context here is that board for real
IMG_20200723_202600.jpg
33 years old!
by fordp
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: PyAcornDFS
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: PyAcornDFS

I have just realized "software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix" is a better place for this thread can an admin move it, please!!
by fordp
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD

IMG_20200719_200110.jpg
I found my mouse finally. It works and has a GUI on the BBC!
by fordp
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: PyAcornDFS
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: PyAcornDFS

I found a few more hours and I think it does something now. It is still pretty rough and the only thing that works is extracting files from SSD or MMB and also making SSD images from MMB files. The extracting SSD images from MMB files was the main thing I wanted but I will hopefully get time to add ...
by fordp
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: PyAcornDFS
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: PyAcornDFS

DFS.png
A bit more progress. It is still not useable. But it can display some information from within an SSD.

I have a busy weekend coming however so it may be while before I can make it actually useful.
by fordp
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: PyAcornDFS
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: PyAcornDFS

I never got on with Perl I found it a write only language. This is in Python and will have a simple TK GUI. I want to make it so people can reuse and extend the code to do what they like. I started it because I needed it which is a good reason to write some code! I may have a useful version in a few...
by fordp
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: PyAcornDFS
Replies: 9
Views: 593

PyAcornDFS

I have left off trying to Archive my 32016 Programs for now (My floppy died and I could not face taking it apart yet again). I now have both a FlashFloppy (Gotek) drive as well as my MMFS SD Card system. I thought I would knock some modern code to help to move between FlashFloppy and MMFS. I have wr...
by fordp
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Pi-based Co-Pro on the cheap - 100MHz 6502 for £10? (now 274MHz)
Replies: 1234
Views: 150668

Re: Pi-based Co-Pro on the cheap - 100MHz 6502 for £10? (now 274MHz)

Is the right way to fix this to detect the language transfer and if the header isn't ARM just ignore the data being transferred.? This sounds correct. I would guess that all the official non-6502 CoPro's do have examples of best practice. I would guess you can reverse engineer what Acorn did on B_EM?
by fordp
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Pi-based Co-Pro on the cheap - 100MHz 6502 for £10? (now 274MHz)
Replies: 1234
Views: 150668

Re: Pi-based Co-Pro on the cheap - 100MHz 6502 for £10? (now 274MHz)

The BAS135 used on the native CoPro does not use hardware floating point as stated above the source only supports FPA which is not available in modern ARM cores. The Raspberry Pi's support VFP floating point. The 32016 core does emulate the 32xxx FPU using hardware VFP. It is however not that fast d...
by fordp
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: BBC Micro ROM ripping software
Replies: 20
Views: 3541

Re: BBC Micro ROM ripping software

jgharston wrote:
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:11 am
*SRSAVE <filename> 8000+4000 <romnum>
http://mdfs.net/Mirror/Archive/JGH/ROMS1.zip
http://mdfs.net/Mirror/Image/JGH/JGH006.ssd
I maybe wrong but I think SRSAVE calls the built in one on the Master that will only copy sideways RAM.
by fordp
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: Connect a 80287 to a 6502 computer?
Replies: 12
Views: 527

Re: Connect a 80287 to a 6502 computer?

I am aware of a maths CoPro attached to a Z180 8 bit processor. I think the project is something like Yet Another Z180 and is on GitHub. If you want fast maths on a Beeb the the PiCopro 32016 with Bas32F if you want BASIC or PiCopro with C or Assembler for super fast everything (compared to a Beeb o...
by fordp
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Using Beeb.mmb with an emulator?
Replies: 8
Views: 300

Re: Using Beeb.mmb with an emulator?

I think B-Em has native support for mmb.
by fordp
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: So, here's a thing...
Replies: 29
Views: 7309

Re: So, here's a thing...

Optical 'n' all :) mouse.jpg It's the £2.60 mouse + £4's worth of cable/components. I'll pop the build instructions up tomorrow. d. Took me a while to find this post. Strangely I was not searching for "So, here's a thing...". Maybe "Optical Mouse Conversion for Acorn Computers" would give more hits...
by fordp
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Converted optical mouse for Archimedes for sale
Replies: 10
Views: 2777

Re: Converted optical mouse for Archimedes for sale

However, danielj posted the details on how to make the conversion yourself for just a few £, providing you're comfortable with a soldering iron - see his post here: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=8197&p=86703&hilit=optical+mouse#p86703 That looks like the wrong link, this is a...
by fordp
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD

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I found my ROM marked AMX ART and got a bit further it seems to be loading!
by fordp
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: So, here's a thing...
Replies: 29
Views: 7309

Re: So, here's a thing...

Thanks everyone for posting on this topic. I've successfully built a cable and simple board to use my 2 button Amiga mouse with my Master / Pi CoPro combination. I've double checked the cabling (and checked again) and everything is fine except up and down are inverted, i.e. push mouse up, pointer m...
by fordp
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: Atom Printing
Replies: 17
Views: 2424

Re: Atom Printing

Thanks Dave. I want to write an emulator. I need to as a lot of my software drove my Canon PW 1080A.
by fordp
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: Atom Printing
Replies: 17
Views: 2424

Re: Atom Printing

It was not that hard to do screen dumps with a 7 bit interface, the Amstrad computers all had that issue. You just use the top 7 pins on the 9 pin printer and then feed 7 pins down and do another 7.
by fordp
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: Atom Printing
Replies: 17
Views: 2424

Re: Atom Printing

Hi all, I'm after some pointers on printing from the Atom. Today I added the printer socket to my real Atom and connected this to Kaga Taxan KP-810 printer (same as the Canon PW1080A and I think Epson FX80 compatible). I can print text with ^B, but I wanted to have a go at printing a CLEAR 4 screen...
by fordp
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD

IMG_20200628_161452.jpg
Here are the clues I left myself when I boot from the floppy.

As I will need the User Port for the mouse maybe I should switch to flash floppy for the backup. I have my Gotek here waiting to be updated and upgraded!
by fordp
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD

Thanks that would be it. I have the mouse somewhere. Looks like the software runs on a BBC Micro and need a 32016 copro, Graphics Extension ROM, and AMX Mouse ROM. I wonder if I can get it working on BEm!
by fordp
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Micronova Systems Limited PCB CAD

Well, less than a year and a house move later an I am back on to this. I have a disk that I used BITD and have read some data off it. I am struggling to get IDTOM (MMFS Disk copying software) working on my Master and my many Beebs are all broken at the moment. I am loading what may well be the BASIC...

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