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by Elminster
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: NOVA 18 demoparty: 22nd - 24th June, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: NOVA 18 demoparty: 22nd - 24th June, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Very nice. Well done. We have a table runner in the same patten and colours as one of the scenes. I shall forever think of this demo when looking at the table.
by Elminster
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Fitting slogger turbo driver
Replies: 39
Views: 1837

Re: Fitting slogger turbo driver

Hmmm. I had two slogger turbo’s in two electrons. Don’t remember changing anything though, but I pulled both those boards and fitted Prime’s improved MRB instead. Never had any issues with the turbo boards that I remember, in a box somewhere. Edit: Although one of my Electron’s play up after I warms...
by Elminster
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Convert master psu to bench psu
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Re: Convert master psu to bench psu

...would I need a couple of electrolytic caps? Yep, if you’re going to do the 5v regulated to 3.3v as Chris suggested, just use a 10uf Tantalum (hence electrolytic) from the regulator input to ground and a second from the output to ground. Don’t think I have those in the parts bin, will have to ord...
by Elminster
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Convert master psu to bench psu
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Re: Convert master psu to bench psu

I have a load of 7805s for 12 to 5 but nothing for 5 to 3.3. would I need a couple of electrolytic caps?

I admit the 50p over £12 option is pretty tempting, will look at data sheets later.
by Elminster
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Convert master psu to bench psu
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Convert master psu to bench psu

Had a new psu for the master sitting around for a couple of years, SimonI project, next on my todo list. I was thinking I might reuse the old psu as a bench psu, should provide enough amps for what I need and already had caps replacement done. This is often on ATX PSUs. The only issue with the maste...
by Elminster
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 1423

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Let’s hope so, although we won’t know if it worked for another decade. Besides I only have time to do code club in one school, a lot more out there. I did see on one of the computerphile interviews (I think) with Eben that computer science up take as a degree has been going up since introduction of ...
by Elminster
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 1423

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Most schools do scratch these days from what I understand, as it is easiest way to cover the curriculum bits. I don’t think there was anyone in my code club that hadn’t done scratch before, and they all knew how to use it. They have no trouble completing my programming sessions in scratch with minim...
by Elminster
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Moving House - Items to go
Replies: 23
Views: 719

Re: Moving House - Items to go

2 x a500 and a keyboard collected. Very competitive storage rates are available. Will calculate for September. :)
by Elminster
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 1423

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

That's the mistake that adults often make, to teach one thing at a time. Nature does not work that way. Hence why IMHO, modern tools (that is computers with word processing) should be used in English lessons. Most primary schools at best have 20 to 30 PCs, and not enough money or space for more. It...
by Elminster
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Need help connecting BBC Master to Internet
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Need help connecting BBC Master to Internet

Anyway wish me luck and if I am successful I will document everything for the next clueless guy that comes along :D . Good luck. It is documented ... just not in one document ... so feel free. It is usually time and duplication that are the issues. I.e. people are short of time and don’t always col...
by Elminster
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix
Replies: 44
Views: 398

Re: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix

None for me today as was on a climbing course.

What is the finish date for this, think a copy and paste issue with the date at the start of the post.
by Elminster
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 1423

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Hopefully the work from CAS/BCS, the royal society means the govement do get it. But I suspect thing like raspberry pi, Arduino and people running code clubs and makers space will probably have more effect. Just because it will take a while for teacher training to work through the system after the c...
by Elminster
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released
Replies: 140
Views: 10674

Re: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released

Magic stuff, I might try glue instead spot solder, dry joints might be an issue.

I should probably write some notes so that if I build a third one in a year I don’t have to put any thought into.
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released
Replies: 140
Views: 10674

Re: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released

Yes that worked, I just dump various ssd to the flash and they worked without padding.

Another random question, in your (DanielJ) you tube vid above (I flicked through it quickly again today) you used sticky pads to fit the speaker to lid.I just hot glued it to the base, why did you do it that way?
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Soldering and Hotair station options
Replies: 38
Views: 1579

Re: Soldering and Hotair station options

On the ABug side of things, then I was the guy trying to get the Apple II's working. Ah yes, who can forget people diving head first into the apples. Would have liked to have had a look see myself but never got the time. We need two week ABUG boot camps. I also use Mark’s other tip all the time, bl...
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Soldering and Hotair station options
Replies: 38
Views: 1579

Re: Soldering and Hotair station options

Can you guess which tip I use most (Dont tell Mark if you work it out!)
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Soldering and Hotair station options
Replies: 38
Views: 1579

Re: Soldering and Hotair station options

Just ordered the Aoyue 2703A as a result of the recommendations in the thread, and actually seeing Phill's 2702 unit at ABug. Hampshire? Were you there on Saturday, I was using my 2703a all day, I have half a dozen tips but tend to use pointy one rather than the chisel, even though it is nearly ill...
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn Master and Electron cartridge breakout
Replies: 44
Views: 1125

Re: Acorn Master and Electron cartridge breakout

Mine has arrived - has been built and is now waiting for connectors from RS . . . Cable will have to be in two pieces, but not an issue! Do you have extra excited protons and electrons (not Acorn) that are going to jump between the two bits of cable? I think he means that he is going to use two bit...
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312845

Re: Today I received.....

Wouldnt killing mold with distilled water be like trying to put out a fire with a sock?

Edit: I use mold killer from Lakeland on my walls, probably best not to use on floppy disks but it is good stuff. So IPA sounds good.
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: My Turbo MMC Misadventures
Replies: 20
Views: 433

Re: My Turbo MMC Misadventures

Semi on topic. I have been using these plastic thingy me bobs to remove ROM chips recently, just using a screw driver to get them going if a bit tight. I started using them after breaking an IC socket a few days ago with a screw driver (should have used the chip tweezers, broken EPROM more disarable...
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn Master and Electron cartridge breakout
Replies: 44
Views: 1125

Re: Acorn Master and Electron cartridge breakout

Mine has arrived - has been built and is now waiting for connectors from RS . . . Cable will have to be in two pieces, but not an issue! Do you have extra excited protons and electrons (not Acorn) that are going to jump between the two bits of cable? Mine is also built but had not scsi cables about...
by Elminster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID 2.4 design files.
Replies: 25
Views: 1319

Re: BeebSID 2.4 design files.

Building my 2.4 at the moment. SwinSID on order. I already have a working 2.3 with a real SID, but it is in the loft and easier to build a new one that try and find it! I'd be interested to know if you get that going, I tried an erlier incarnation of the SwinSID, but could not get it to work proper...
by Elminster
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix
Replies: 44
Views: 398

Re: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix

The swirly things are a bit unpredicatble. They can be on the other side of the screen, suddenly change direction and speed and come for you. Its like they are a live. Although earlier I manage to go straight through the middle of one as I went parallel to the lines , was an accident, probably unrep...
by Elminster
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix
Replies: 44
Views: 398

Re: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix

Quite while I am ahead today I think

New best, but still losing ground to you all

5110
by Elminster
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID 2.4 design files.
Replies: 25
Views: 1319

Re: BeebSID 2.4 design files.

Building my 2.4 at the moment. SwinSID on order. I already have a working 2.3 with a real SID, but it is in the loft and easier to build a new one that try and find it!
by Elminster
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released
Replies: 140
Views: 10674

Re: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released

Ah ha. I hadnt tried copying them without padding! Even simpler then. That is the trouble when you are jumping between 3 or 4 gotek topics trying to work it all out :) I checked I have one with 0.9.21 and one with 0.9.22 on. Was on my todo list to take both to latest version, just because I havent t...
by Elminster
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released
Replies: 140
Views: 10674

Re: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released

Yes USB seemed quite easy in the end, but was very little info, just tried it and it worked.

GOTEK all works, although using Electron SSD's on MAster not so well. Has anyone Gotek'erized (i.e. fixed sized) the BBC Archive? I could do it but i dont wish to reinvent the wheel.
by Elminster
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released
Replies: 140
Views: 10674

Re: Open source firmware for Gotek floppy emulator released

The howto's for sorting out the hardware is very comprehensive, the sorting out the USB stick is a bit vague and barely covered on the flashfloppy wiki. I did download the hxc floppy emulator software but was at a bit of a loss what to do with it. In the end I just FAT formated a USB stick and stuck...
by Elminster
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix
Replies: 44
Views: 398

Re: High Score Challenge S9 - R0 - Kix

One final slight improvement and I shall call it a night. 'Night'

Drum roll ...... 4225 .... Doesnt change my position but feels like an improvement.
by Elminster
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Post Edits
Replies: 36
Views: 851

Re: Post Edits

Coeus wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:33 pm

I also want to say thanks for moderating the forum. I having much fun here and learning too so please don't take anything I have said a whinge.
Ditto