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by SimonSideburns
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cub Monitor Question
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Cub Monitor Question

Hopefully this diagram explains it a whole lot better: CUB Monitor jumpers to new switch.png I've grouped each set of three jumper pins into different colours (and I've deliberately not used red, green or blue for the groups). It doesn't really matter which ones are red, green or blue, as long as th...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cub Monitor Question
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Cub Monitor Question

Hey guys I worked on a diagram over the weekend, hoping to start wiring the monitor this week (once the bits have arrived) https://drive.google.com/file/d/11FRl0PsIXgJqAGxf5p-sg0_96vWmVQAy/view?usp=sharing Note, this is of a 3 pole toggle switch, though it has been suggested that i could use a rota...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source A3020 RAM
Replies: 44
Views: 2068

Re: Open source A3020 RAM

I have my two A3020s out of the loft, and I've even cut the batteries out and neutralised with vinegar.

I'm hoping they still work and I'll be bringing them either way.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3020 revisions and differences
Replies: 1
Views: 107

A3020 revisions and differences

I managed to bring my two A3020s down from the loft yesterday and having taken them both apart, I've removed the battery from both. I've been meaning to do it for some time (and have been procrastinating quite a bit), but now they may be useful at ABUG I've gone ahead and done it. I just want to mak...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cub Monitor Question
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Cub Monitor Question

I soldered them in, but I wasn't ever really expecting to have to desolder them at some point in the future, except for there being some problem or suchlike. With some hindsight, I would have used some sort of connectors (similar to the type of things of which there usually are a number that you con...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cub Monitor Question
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Cub Monitor Question

The pictures will have to wait until tomorrow as it's a bit dark now and daylight will help, but I used a switch like this one.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cub Monitor Question
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Cub Monitor Question

Would it be possible do you think, to hook up some sort of switch allow you to flick between modes? I've not tried this yes, but it's something that I really wouldn't mind giving a shot. https://stardot.org.uk/forums/download/file.php?id=35608&mode=view Exactly what I've done with mine. Was a right...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: *SAY "HELLO STARDOT"
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: *SAY "HELLO STARDOT"

Hello from another Hampshire based Beeb fan. If you like, add your details to the 'where are we all located' thread. I'm sure it's not called exactly that but you'll find it. It's a map I think. The "Where is everyone? An information gathering topic" thread? https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic....
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: *SAY "HELLO STARDOT"
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: *SAY "HELLO STARDOT"

Hello from another Hampshire based Beeb fan.

If you like, add your details to the 'where are we all located' thread. I'm sure it's not called exactly that but you'll find it. It's a map I think.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Portable Puzzle Collection
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Portable Puzzle Collection

Brilliant. I had everything correct but the only thing I wasn't sure of was what to do with single cells (I should have known however which has annoyed me!). Now I know, I can start to work out the Game IDs for all 100 puzzles in the book. Might take me some time, but I do like giving myself these c...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Portable Puzzle Collection
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Portable Puzzle Collection

Thanks for taking a look at this for me. I was getting to the point where I couldn't figure it out for looking. So this Puzzle 1 +=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+=====+ |30X |1- ' |1- ' |3- | | | ' | ' | | + - - +=====+=====+=====+=====+ - - + | ' |14+ ' |4 | | | ' | ' | | | +=====+=====+=====+ - - +=...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Portable Puzzle Collection
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Portable Puzzle Collection

I've always enjoyed playing puzzle games. On my phone (running Android) and my Windows laptop I have installed a set of puzzles called Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection (hereafter referred to as STPPC). One of those puzzles, Keen is the same as a Japanese puzzle called KenKen. You get a grid...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Shimmering Teletext on BBC/Master
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: Shimmering Teletext on BBC/Master

I love that sharp image of Mode 7. I don't think I've ever seen one so clear and precise.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 1005
Views: 74000

Re: Acorn Art Thread

I'd love to somehow gather together all the images in this thread (there must be a way for an Admin to do it without it being a manual step) and put them into a Screen Saver for Windows (or at the very least I could see them being in one folder together and having Windows pick one every so often to ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Transferring BASIC programs from old BBC B floppies
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: Transferring BASIC programs from old BBC B floppies

These methods will produce images from unprotected disks; 1. Use a serial method as Richard or Daniel have advised. UPURS needs a dedicated cable and a ROM, 2. Use OmniFlop on the PC to image the floppies, 3. Use a Datacentre if you can find one or borrow one, [-o< 4. Use a SD storage interface. I ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Royal Mail retro video games stamp collection
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Royal Mail computer game stamps

The Royal Mail is going to be issuing stamps with pictures on from computer games that were groundbreaking. The one of interest here is Elite, which gets a mention, but that's the only offering from the Beeb in the list. I don't think it was a particularly balanced list, but that's quite a subjectiv...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source A3020 RAM
Replies: 44
Views: 2068

Re: Open source A3020 RAM

I'll get up in the loft and do some rummaging on the next rainy day we have. Yay, that's today.

If you don't hear from me later this evening please send rescuers.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Open source A3020 RAM
Replies: 44
Views: 2068

Re: Open source A3020 RAM

Would you like me to ferret around in the attic and try to find one of my A3020s to bring along to ABUG this month?

I might bring both (if I can find them) as they both might have original batteries inside which I really ought to have removed years ago.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Happy Xmas Stardot to you and yours
Replies: 11
Views: 614

Re: Happy Xmas Stardot to you and yours

Seasons Greetings to you and yours - have a great time . . . I've just finished opening all ten presents from my wife . . . We allow ourselves £10 for ten useful presents from the £1 shop! - You wouldn't believe how difficult this is . . . but absolutely great fun :lol: Dave H :D My wife and I usua...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The very best Beeb tunes?
Replies: 21
Views: 984

Re: The very best Beeb tunes?

If you've never heard it, the music that was part of the intro on the disk user disks was good. I believe it even got named by a reader. Something along the lines of Fidgety Digits if my memory serves me correctly. I can still find myself humming it to myself at times even after around 30 years sinc...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020: NOW FULL
Replies: 104
Views: 4433

Re: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

I can only speak on my behalf but suffice to say I try my hardest not to over-indulge in unhealthy snacks, and I don't like unnecessary waste, so here's a suggestion. Reduce the number of unhealthy snacks and bring some fresh fruit. A bunch of bananas, some apples, pears, grapes, satsumas or similar...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020: NOW FULL
Replies: 104
Views: 4433

Re: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

helpful wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:43 pm
SimonSideburns wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:10 pm
our puppy Phoebe..
Is she yellow? :D
Sadly, no. She's got a yellow ID tag though. Not the official Phoebe colour but close enough.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020: NOW FULL
Replies: 104
Views: 4433

Re: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

That was quick. I barely left it for 5 minutes and when I went back to the first post my name was already in the list.

Blimey.

Brilliant and speedy service.

Thanks for organising this.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020: NOW FULL
Replies: 104
Views: 4433

Re: ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

I've booked the hotel for Belinda and I and our puppy (who will be 9 months old by then) Phoebe. So please put me down for a table for the whole weekend. I'll even bring my own table if that helps you out. Thoroughly looking forward to this one, and nothing's going to get in my way this time as the ...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 22 to 24 November 2019 - NOW FULL
Replies: 179
Views: 7943

Re: ABUG SOUTH 22 to 24 November 2019 - NOW FULL

Wah, jealous! Wish I was there! I've been getting soggyer and soggier in the rain. I don't care what happens, I'm ensuring I'm getting to the next meet-up. Me too. I'm more determined to make the next one in January. I spent most of Saturday outside (in the pouring rain for half of it) in the garde...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 22 to 24 November 2019 - NOW FULL
Replies: 179
Views: 7943

Re: ABUG SOUTH 22 to 24 November 2019 - NOW FULL

Enjoy yourselves guy. Just wish I could have been there with you. Looking at the weather, it's not going to be a completely dry weekend so I maybe could have come, but the weather forecast changes on a daily basis and one minute Sunday looked fine for the bricklayer coming, now it says it's going to...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: *FOUND* PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON

Found it. It's by Rob Anderson and is a 32K (or 64K with additional chips) Veroboard based add-on that connects to the 1MHz bus, comprising of 32K static ram and supporting chips, doubling up the ram for the 64K version. Check out page 74 onward in the July 1990 edition of The Micro User for the cir...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: *FOUND* PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON

The floppy that came with Volume 8 issue 6 of TMU includes software to test a RAM board and firmware for a RAM board.

I guess that may well be the issue I'm looking for.

I will see if there's source code for that ROM.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: *FOUND* PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON

I've looked at the ROM using the ADT *MEX command (memory examine) and here's a snippet of the commands the ROM accepts. 8AF0 PCAT -.PLOAD ].PSAVE ..PCLEA 8B0C R Y.PFREE ..PFORMAT ..PDELET 8B28 E f.PRENAME ..PBLOAD ~.PBSAV 8B44 E I.PCOMPACT ....bad format. 8B60 no room.file not found.illeg 8B7C al f...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 22 to 24 November 2019 - NOW FULL
Replies: 179
Views: 7943

Re: ABUG SOUTH 22 to 24 November 2019 - NOW FULL - but accepting names for reserve list

Everyone has now paid. Thank you for doing so so promptly. I am now declaring the event definitively full. Unless someone drops out, there is no capacity for anyone else, even people who just want to casually drop-in. If there's still a slight possibility of me dropping in on one of the days just t...