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by SimonSideburns
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Greetings from another fellow stuck in the 80's
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: Greetings from another fellow stuck in the 80's

Greetings from sunny Hampshire. While Elite wasn't my cup of tea (I preferred puzzle games such as Repton, Boulder Dash, Xor, Imogen, and System Wadgebury to name a few), I admire those of you who did play Elite and made it pretty far, if not to elite status. Good luck and I look forward to hearing ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wtd: Viglen Sideways Rom cartridges +
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: Wtd: Viglen Sideways Rom cartridges +

Unfortunately (for you) I gave mine away at the last ABUG weekend as they were of no use to me.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Games on EEPROM
Replies: 43
Views: 5845

Re: Games on EEPROM

Back in the day there was a utility, most likely from The Micro User or similar that I had. It allowed you to transfer disk based software to load from ROM. Can't remember what it was called, however. If I find it I will let you know. this : https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8246&p=...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Games on EEPROM
Replies: 43
Views: 5845

Re: Games on EEPROM

Back in the day there was a utility, most likely from The Micro User or similar that I had. It allowed you to transfer disk based software to load from ROM. It even allowed you to insert a *HELP banner and you ran the program by using *<fsp> commands rather than CH."<fsp>". I used it to create a ROM...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Why does my Issue 4 BBC B have an Issue 2/3 modification in it?
Replies: 9
Views: 294

Re: Why does my Issue 4 BBC B have an Issue 2/3 modification in it?

On a related note but on a different part of the board, I had to desolder the red wire from the audio out socket before I could remove the motherboard. I’d like to replace this with some king of detachable connection so I can remove the board again without needing to use a soldering iron - are ther...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Woof woof
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: Woof woof

In case anyone else wishes to know, I've dug around online and the main Phoebe text is in a typeface called Pepita (MT or Std) and the Pantone colour is 110 C. Now I've got to find somewhere that can make a name tag based on this new information. I've found a few places that could print (including p...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Woof woof
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: Woof woof

Does anyone have any idea what the font is that was used for the Phoebe logo or the exact shade of yellow was used on the front cover of the machine's case? I will be looking for a name tag to be created for her collar and it has to be exactly right doesn't it? Poor phoebe ended up at the local PDSA...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Prototype MIDI (input) Interface for Music 5000
Replies: 14
Views: 1096

Re: Prototype MIDI (input) Interface for Music 5000

I have (somewhere) a collection of MIDI files. No idea which external drive/backup CD they're on, but shouldn't be too difficult to locate if you're interested in them. No idea what format they are in as they're from mixed sources. These recordings you've made are very good. Would your device work w...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: BBC AGD Games
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: BBC AGD Games

Oh wow, I'm blown away. I thought I'd never see the day the game would run on the Beeb.

Now if only we had more memory for a higher colour mode. something to think about for nULA I guess.

As for calling the game magnificent, what can I say except thanks.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Woof woof
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Re: Woof woof

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by SimonSideburns
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Woof woof
Replies: 11
Views: 450

Woof woof

I was going to post a comment to the "Today I received" topic, but it was only tenuously Acorn Computers related. My wife and I picked up a puppy from Uttoxeter on Friday, and then had a nerve wracking drive back to Hampshire with it. It's our first dog together, and we've named her Phoebe! She's an...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 65
Views: 2117

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

Spent a couple of hours this evening running your revised RamFS from sideways RAM and didn't experience any blanking of the Ram drives at all. I played some music, imported, browsed the USB drive etc. exactly as I did the other day, and all seems fine, touch wood. That seems to have fixed it. Using ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 65
Views: 2117

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

Sounds good, I'll have a go at the quick fix tonight. If you PM me your address I can post an EEPROM for testing! D I will, and thanks. If you'd like me to do a few tests before EPROM testing I can load it into the RAM on my ROM/RAM board. At least I could have an evening or two of testing before b...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: DataCentre and USB Devices
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: DataCentre and USB Devices

When I got my Datacentre I experimented with programming through the USB port. The first device I hooked up was the Maplin Robot Arm followed by a Vellman interface board, the K8055. It is a while since I used these devices but I still have the code. I know I showed off the Robot Arm at a WROCC sho...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: DataCentre and USB Devices
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: DataCentre and USB Devices

Something I have thought about before. But with the advent of smallymouse2, various SPI interfaces and the ESP Modem interfaces most of my things I was thinking about got solved in other ways. Yes, that's what usually happens. Other ways of doing things come along. It would still be nice to find ou...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 150
Views: 5796

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019

I might also bring this book I have:
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I might hand it back to Alex, but if he doesn't want it I might get it signed by him :-)
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 150
Views: 5796

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019

One full table for me please for all weekend (Friday to Sunday). I had so much fun at the last one I wouldn't want to be away knowing you guys are there enjoying yourselves. If I haven't replaced the caps in two PSUs by then I hope to bring them to get done, and if the RamFS has been revised or the...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: DataCentre and USB Devices
Replies: 6
Views: 355

DataCentre and USB Devices

Hi I have listed the program USBMSE that resides in the NVRAM drive 4 on the DataCentre and can see where it polls for the device, and how it checks if buttons have been pressed on a USB Mouse, but I don't really understand how it is done. To write any sort of code to control a USB device, one must ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 150
Views: 5796

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019

One full table for me please for all weekend (Friday to Sunday). I had so much fun at the last one I wouldn't want to be away knowing you guys are there enjoying yourselves. If I haven't replaced the caps in two PSUs by then I hope to bring them to get done, and if the RamFS has been revised or the ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 65
Views: 2117

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

I think I may have spotted a possible source of the problems in RAMFS, if an error occurs in any RAMFS handled command or service call that causes a BRK then the jim device select is left "undefined"...what that translates into is if you issue a filing system command that fails while an ample tune ...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 65
Views: 2117

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

Hi Dom I don't recall really doing much other than trying to play tunes on Ample to see if I could specifically reproduce the problem. My next idea is to remove the AMPLE Neucleus ROM, a few others like EXMON and ADT and then try again with just DC and M500 running to see if the same happens. That w...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebZIF kits now available
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: BeebZIF kits now available

retroclinic wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:48 pm
Hi, not seen a PM from you as yet, you can always email me, or contact me through my Facebook page of the same name. Thanks.
How odd.

I have now sent you a message on facebook. Fingers crossed that gets to you.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebZIF kits now available
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: BeebZIF kits now available

I have sent Mark at retroclinic a private message. Hopefully he got it as I forgot to save a copy in the Sent Items so I have no record that I actually sent him one. I'm sure I turned that option on in the forum software, but do I have to do it on every sent message if I want a copy? I often forget.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: ZIF socket for Beeb ashtray
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Wanted: ZIF socket for Beeb ashtray

I don't see it on the RetroClinic website or on ebay, so I've asked in the post that Mark used to announce them way back.

Hopefully I'll get a reply and fingers crossed he still has them.

Thanks for providing the link. Much appreciated.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebZIF kits now available
Replies: 13
Views: 1340

Re: BeebZIF kits now available

Not one to resurrect old posts usually, but do you have one of these available Mark? Could be just what I need.

How much are they (I didn't notice a price and the ebay listing has long since vanished).

Thanks in advance.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 65
Views: 2117

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

Here we are again, and a few days have passed since I was able to play with my Beebs. Thanks for looking at all this Simon, it is really appreciated. I have to admit to not really understanding M500 or Ample! So it looks like it works ok but when the ROM crashes it is goosing the DataCentre. This ma...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: ZIF socket for Beeb ashtray
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Wanted: ZIF socket for Beeb ashtray

Hi I've got a box of EPROMS (that I brought along to ABUG in Cambridge) that I ought to go through and archive, but I don't fancy leaving the lid off the machine and continually pushing in and prising out the packages as I don't want to put too much strain on the main board or the ROM board. I'm in ...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - Now FULL
Replies: 244
Views: 10353

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - Now FULL

gallery of palette extenders[/url]. Ta. Remember the interesting twist (pun intended) with the cabling. For some reason, pin 1 (the red end of the ribbon cable) is at one end of the cable at one end of the connector and the opposite side at the other end. This caused no end of grief on the first ev...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 65
Views: 2117

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

I already have a copy of the AMPLE ROM from my machine that I made a copy of some when I first got the multi-coloured Beeb.

Here it is in a floppy image with other ROM images from the same machine.:
144-EPROMS.SSD
(200 KiB) Downloaded 5 times
by SimonSideburns
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 65
Views: 2117

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

However, I got an el-cheapo TL866 copy off ebay and so far it has been great - once I'd worked out the slightly odd UI and which settings to use for unsupported chips to get them to work. I think it was about £30 from AliExpress, theres loads on ebay/amazon but you never quite know what you're goin...