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by flaxcottage
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Scanning
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: Scanning

In addition to the music I find a good Malt makes the scanning fly by. Mind you the last few pages need a bit of editing to get them square. :lol:
by flaxcottage
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: general
Topic: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?
Replies: 17
Views: 360

Re: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?

No pictures I am afraid. :( But ... On the level 1 Econet managed to beat the 12K file limit so we could load Sphinx on all computers. Wrote a Teletext server so that a *TELETEXT command typed on any user station logged the station into the server. *BBC1, *BBC2 etc could change channel. The server p...
by flaxcottage
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: portable USB 320gb drive - format FAT32 ??

I used SwissKnife for my 320Gb HDD. It came as NTFS, which was useless to host films for my USB-equipped TV. Formatted to FAT32 no problem and quickly too. :D
by flaxcottage
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Greeting
Replies: 10
Views: 247

Re: Greeting

Welcome. :D
by flaxcottage
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Two CF to IDE adapters as Master/Slave
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: Two CF to IDE adapters as Master/Slave

Not tried two singles but I do have two datacentres using dual CF adapters. These work as master and slave, well actually drives 0/1 and 2/3 and give me 2Gb storage total from two 2Gb CF cards.

The dual adapters also work in my A5000 and A4000 to give me two HHD drives.
by flaxcottage
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Does anyone have this PCW software?
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Re: Does anyone have this PCW software?

Got the Best of Software pack - tape + book. It is on my to do list for my archive. What do you need?
by flaxcottage
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 160

Re: Hi from Australia

Welcome, Rod. :D

Please backup that Winchester disc as soon as you can. It may fail at any time and the software may be MIA as well as interesting.
by flaxcottage
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello, its great to be a part of the comminuty
Replies: 14
Views: 264

Re: Hello, its great to be a part of the comminuty

Welcome, Lee. :D

It looks like you are already infected with the Acorn virus. It gets worse, you know, and there is no known cure. :lol:
by flaxcottage
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Need help with BBC just picked up please
Replies: 169
Views: 3027

Re: Need help with BBC just picked up please

I second that. Mark fixed my misbehaving B+ in no time at all. =D>
by flaxcottage
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello - former electron user.
Replies: 13
Views: 210

Re: Hello - former electron user.

Welcome. :D
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Shuffling a pack of cards
Replies: 17
Views: 511

Re: Shuffling a pack of cards

When shuffling and dealing cards I use the algorithm below. Don't know if it is efficient but the random numbers cannot be repeated so the shuffle is as random as is the Beeb's random number generator. The code is written in BBCB4W but should work on any BBC BASIC variant from the model A right up t...
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Totally O/T External Domestic Wiring
Replies: 13
Views: 267

Re: Totally O/T External Domestic Wiring

I've seen this sort of wiring in lighting circuits before. Generally the red lead is a live input and the black lead is a live output to the rest of the lighting circuit. In the light fitting there will be the neutral wire also coloured black. The two blacks connect to the light bulb. In some of my ...
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: What Ho!
Replies: 12
Views: 258

Re: What Ho!

Welcome, Gordon. :D What to do with just one Beeb? Hmm. A Gotek drive is a good suggestion but that can only do so much. There is nothing to beat a real floppy drive clunking away. :D Get a real 5.25" floppy drive so you can investigate those floppies you have left. Best would be to get a dual drive...
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Can someone try some simple 6522 VIA queries for me on a real BBC?
Replies: 34
Views: 565

Re: Can someone try some simple 6522 VIA queries for me on a real BBC?

Thanks John. Looks like something exotic is going on with that B+, those &FE60 / &FE62 values are all over the shop for a cold boot. An emulated B+ in b-em doesn't give values anywhere near as interesting. Maybe some non-default ROMs are peripherals are connected? Assuming MOS 2.0 sets up the print...
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Can someone try some simple 6522 VIA queries for me on a real BBC?
Replies: 34
Views: 565

Re: Can someone try some simple 6522 VIA queries for me on a real BBC?

Using my B+ with OS2.00 I get these values. I don't have a model B connected at the moment. The B+ plays Pacman perfectly OK, though.

&FE60=107
&FE61=0
&FE62=159
&FE63=255

After the pokes
&FE60=11
&FE61=0
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: More noob questions about mmc/sd
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: More noob questions about mmc/sd

CMcDougall wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:16 am
^may be out of date.

I have the MMFS+ version that used the useless printer buffer, so page always stays at &E00. Obviously with DFS226 page jumps to &1900.
Have you got a copy of that MMFS+, Col, or a link to a download. I'd like to experiment with it in my machine. [-o<
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: More noob questions about mmc/sd
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: More noob questions about mmc/sd

DFS and MMFS reside in the same 32K ROM with MMFS at a higher ROM location; in my case these are ROMs 4 and 5 respectively. By ROM here I meant a PROM. It is a 32K program once only, non-erasable device that is pin compatible with a 27256. It is unmarked though they are current stock from RS-Online.
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: More noob questions about mmc/sd
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: More noob questions about mmc/sd

I run a B+ with MMFS and DFS on the same machine. In my set up only one filing system is active at a time though both claim workspace so that PAGE is at &1B00. DFS and MMFS reside in the same 32K ROM with MMFS at a higher ROM location; in my case these are ROMs 4 and 5 respectively. All the ROM sock...
by flaxcottage
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Chalksoft Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 2273

Re: Chalksoft Collection

OK - the Centre for Computing History it is. :oops:
by flaxcottage
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: It's been a while : a re-introduction
Replies: 18
Views: 447

Re: It's been a while : a re-introduction

Welcome back. Glad to see you've kept the same avatar. :D
by flaxcottage
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Chalksoft Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 2273

Re: Chalksoft Collection

Puncman 1&2 and Puncman 3&4 have been added to my archive. There is a Puncman 5, 6 & 7 out there somewhere. Does anyone have a copy. [-o<

The museum in Cambridge has one, I believe.
by flaxcottage
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Chalksoft Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 2273

Re: Chalksoft Collection

In theory Puncman 3&4 is in my archive waiting to be uploaded to the website. The documentation is missing in any case. I'll see if I can see to it this weekend.
by flaxcottage
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Econet clock?
Replies: 15
Views: 481

Re: Econet clock?

johnkenyon wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:28 am
... because low voltage transformer power supplies with linear regulators are so 20th century.
:lol: :lol: :lol: =D> =D> =D>
by flaxcottage
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Econet clock?
Replies: 15
Views: 481

Re: Econet clock?

Looking at the circuit board there appear to be some unpopulated holes. Could these be for terminators or clock speed changing?
by flaxcottage
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Floppy drive cleaning
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Floppy drive cleaning

I had a floppy drive which wouldn't format or read properly. It turned out to be a lump of oxide residue stuck to the read head. The residue was so hard it would not dissolve with IPA. I got drastic and scraped the reading surface with a scalpel blade (very, very lightly) which removed the gunk and ...
by flaxcottage
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: general
Topic: How much of this is just rose-tinted specs?
Replies: 21
Views: 582

Re: How much of this is just rose-tinted specs?

Amazing, this thread has captured some of my thoughts over the past two days. I grew up when thermionic valves ruled and transistors were hailed as the new wonder device that would revolutionise electronics. I love science fiction and back then authors were imagining the future in which computers we...
by flaxcottage
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Micro UK101
Replies: 17
Views: 506

Re: Micro UK101

jgharston wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:43 pm
and I'm sure you can get BBC BASIC running in a UK101 environment. :)
Now that would be very interesting. 8)
by flaxcottage
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Simple Electon MMC Interface
Replies: 65
Views: 6036

Re: Simple Electon MMC Interface

=D> =D> =D>
by flaxcottage
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Leicester) 9-11 November 2018 - BOOKING NOW on THIS THREAD
Replies: 117
Views: 3780

Re: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Leicester) 9-11 November 2018 - BOOKING NOW on THIS THREAD

jgharston wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:40 pm
... Helped FlaxCottage with something. Too tired to remember!...
The order of precedence of Boolean operations in an IF statement. :oops: :oops:
by flaxcottage
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Leicester) 9-11 November 2018 - BOOKING NOW on THIS THREAD
Replies: 117
Views: 3780

Re: ABUG EAST MIDLANDS (Leicester) 9-11 November 2018 - BOOKING NOW on THIS THREAD

Yes, this was a great meeting. I loved the Vixen beer. :lol: Thanks to Alex for organising it. =D> =D> =D> Managed to get my Beeb working with Chris's Boobip gizmos. I shoved in a new Issue 4 motherboard (well not new but you know what I mean). The board looks for all the world like a model A that h...