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by chinnyhill10
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 15982

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

It's easy to forget that due to its position as the leader in education, there were a wealth of peripherals, high-quality educational software and documentation available for the Beeb that just weren't there for other machines. Etc. .. Those are good points too. But there still comes a point of mar...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 15982

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

But there must have been some IT syllabus? Into the 90s, there certainly was at our secondary school and we Microsoft Office'd the hell out of it. Well technically there was as they included it in "CDT". But they didn't actually teach anything. You got a term on the computers, the rest of the time ...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 15982

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Schools bought the BBC for so long because it was the machine they received grants to buy and because of the time it took to gain ubiquity. Plus teachers took so long to persuade to buy a BBC in the first place, they would have been doubly reluctant to upgrade to the next superwonder before getting...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 15982

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Weren't they still selling the BBC Micro at that price in the late 80's when you could buy an Amiga for that? The Master range was released in 1986, so the BBC B would have still been on sale up to then. The Master 128 was discontinued in 1993 (see here ). The last version of the Master was discont...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 15982

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Just doubling ram chips to 8 I reckon would have made it a much bigger success even with the slipped date. But then that's all said with hindsite knowing when the bubble in market burst and knowing ula was gonna cause the delays and knowing how competition performed in games (which is where it real...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 15982

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Even Acorn (or, rather, Dixons) managed to shift heavily-discounted Electrons late in its commercial life to the detriment of things like the C16: back in late 1986, the Spectrum was apparently briefly dislodged as the best-selling micro in the UK at the time. Yes, it's remarkable that even in 1986...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Obtaining An A3000

The more modern rechargeable batteries will be OK if they are kept charged. This means that the machine will need to be powered on at least once a month. It is when the cells become completely discharged that trouble occurs - that happens when machines are put in storage for 25 years or so. If I'm ...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Obtaining An A3000

mr-macrisc wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:32 pm
There is an a3000 for sale 8n Cambridge on the FB acorn bbc for sale group on fb
Thanks. May be the one someone else showed me. Going to get it from Robc as he knows what he's doing and I won't have the "well it worked when I last used it in 1996" problem.
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Obtaining An A3000

The a3010 does do the same PAL RGB modes as the A3000. As Rob says though, the cmos is a pretty straightforward fix if that's all that's gone... If you're going to be anywhere near Wakefield for the riscos show in April, we can get you fixed up there? d. Bit out of the way for me I am afraid but th...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Obtaining An A3000

Depends on the batteries, where they're mounted and if it's left unused for too long. The early big-box Arcs have non-rechargeable batteries mounted away from the PCB - although you see corrosion on the battery packs, it's very rare for this to damage the machines. The A3000 has space for the batte...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Obtaining An A3000

I may have a working A3000 - it's been a while since I used it but I had replaced the old battery. It's probably not the prettiest but it has a CF hard drive. Would be more than happy to take £250 for it as I need to make room in my collection. I can dig it out if you want. EDIT: If it's just the C...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Obtaining An A3000
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Obtaining An A3000

Short version of a long story, I've been trying to obtain a working A3000 for ChinnyVision for a couple of years now. The first machine I obtained was basically rot across the entire battery area. Basically I think that entire part of the board was destroyed with bits just falling off. For 6 months ...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"

I'd suggest you get the owner of your donated machine to check the cmos battery! He put a new one in before he sent it and it was all fine. It's owned by Rod from The Future Was 8 Bit so he knows his onions. My money is on it not having enough charge or the CMOS RAM having also taken damage from th...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4318

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

So who did do this work? Are we referring to VIC and SID? If so that did not seem to work out for even Commodore in the long run. None of those making 8 bit home computers went on to long term success making games consoles. We're drifting wildly off-topic but Commodore was a company that kept shoot...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4318

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

Guys, just a reminder that a flame war will end up with the moderators taking action. And some of the recent posts here are also off topic. So just think carefully about what you are saying before you post. Mark Unless posts have been deleted, I've seen no evidence of a flame war. Just a civilised ...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4318

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

We had a BBC owning kid in class in '86 and '87. I went to his house and saw the games he kept on banging on about, Killer Gorilla and Repton. Both looked, sounded and played like something from 2 years before in an era where games were developing so quickly. By 1987 we were playing Zarch on the Ar...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4318

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

Amstrad would have still have mowed him aside with the PCW The PCW range used the 8-bit Z80 processor, Sir Clive with the QL was first out the gate with a 68k machine beating Atari by a year. The PCW sold 8 million. The QL sold in the tens of thousands. Sugar's point was that you didn't need fancy ...
by chinnyhill10
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: general
Topic: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"

Good news is that formatting on the Archie and renaming the image files to ADL worked superbly. The bad news is that the loaner machine I have crapped it's pants when I came back after dinner and no longer boots to desktop and appears to have a load of ROM's unplugged. It did this a couple of weeks ...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4318

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

This is off topic, but I do wish to point out that the QL graphics and sound were never intended to be suitable for games, as it was supposed to be a serious / business machine... Yes, getting a bit off the path here. Possibly time for a 'failed British computers thread' :D Getting back OT, I've ne...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4318

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

What if Sir Clive had spent the fortune squandered on the C5 fixing the QL? The QL had much going for it, Jan Jones's SuperBASIC, a 68k CPU and it's Psion productivity software. A 68000 CPU, more memory, and disk and cassette tape interfaces instead of the microdrives could have made the QL the Bri...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"

Running out of space may mean that the image was a 1.6Mb image made on a 3010, or higher or that OmniFlop tried writing a different floppy format. Yes OmniFlop will need a .ADF archive image changing to .ADL before trying to write to an A3000 disc. Just change the file extension. I think .ADF tries...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"

Format the blank floppy on the A3000 first to the same format the disk image expects. This latter can be difficult to determine but if you load the image into an emulator such as Red Squirrel (I mention this as it does not change the registry when installing) you can then look at the existing forma...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: general
Topic: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Re: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"

richardtoohey wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:10 am
Can't help with the problem but this might be better in the 32 bit | Hardware forum? :-k
Had a look in there but it seemed more like proper hardware stuff in there rather than someone using an XP box to create images onto floppy. 32 bit software didn't seem right either.
by chinnyhill10
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 2295

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

My BBC Master came out of a 6th form Physics lab in 1995. 3 of us went down there and took one each, the rest went in a skip.
by chinnyhill10
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"
Replies: 10
Views: 639

Disks from Omniflop on the Archie - "Bad Directory"

As usual I make my annual appearance on here to throw myself on your mercy. I currently have the loan of an A3000 with a hard disk so that I can FINALLY do a system review (after the machine I bought 2 years ago was basically rot on the inside). As its not my machine I can't really invest in a netwo...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 63
Views: 6114

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

I think some of the Atari 800 ports of Spectrum games work by using an interpreter/recompiler to convert the Z80 code to 6502. Something similar for the Beeb might make porting games easier. Be warned, this is how games like Feud run on the Atari 8 bit. They run like crap. Whereas, say, something l...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 63
Views: 6114

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

Which game do I wish was on the BBC?

Well the Atari 8 bit has just had a superb port of Stunt Car Racer. As a Geoff Crammond game it seems to me that if the A8 guys have the raw 6502, wouldn't it be lovely to get Stunt Car Racer onto the Master?
by chinnyhill10
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: general
Topic: Repairing hole in BBC Model B case
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: Repairing hole in BBC Model B case

Before you close the holes have you checked it doesn’t appear to be running hot? Would be a pain if you sorted case only for machine to keep overheating. Don’t think you said size of hole? hole is around 2 1/2 inches and 1 1/2 inches planning to do a full test of the machine to see if any issues - ...
by chinnyhill10
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 308
Views: 37048

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Thanks to RobC and Anthony Hope I've got a load of new content for the Beeb to review over the coming months. The first of which is the Twisted Brain Demo by Bitshifters which I have recorded at 50fps direct from an Acorn/Phillips CRT. Enable 1080p for the full effect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
by chinnyhill10
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 127
Views: 6760

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

U.K. System I analogue is 50 fields per second, giving 25 frames per second. U.S.A. System M analogue is 60 fields per second, giving 30 frames per second. Mark Although if you want interlaced movement on a modern progressive display you have to run it at 50fps or 60fps. I have to convert the outpu...