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by Andy1979
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5613
Views: 468246

Re: Today I received.....

Cheap eBay EPROM programmer, a new 32k EPROM and some used 27C128 EPROMS. All I need now is my cheap eBay UV eraser and should be OK to burn some ROMs. My Master Compact currently has one 32K socket free, and I can replace Interword with a 16K EPROM. I've found threads on here about combining 2 x 16...
by Andy1979
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Missing old/new Electron Expansions
Replies: 76
Views: 3012

Re: Missing old/new Electron Expansions

I’m a big fan of any mods that give an old machine access to modern storage formats (SD/USB) or data services. Beyond that, I think provided the machine can still run original software natively, then anything is fair game. There were lots of unofficial upgrades available back in the day and the rema...
by Andy1979
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Re: Commstar II

Scanned PACE Micro Technology Commstar II manual - it's been scanned to PNG at 300dpi - it's just a load of files zipped into a folder in my Dropbox at the moment: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uizafkyq5fs6zjw/Commstar%20II.zip?dl=0 Share & Enjoy! That's brilliant, thanks so much for going to the troub...
by Andy1979
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5613
Views: 468246

Re: Today I received.....

A jiffy bag of capacitors, allowing me to bring this sorry looking Pentium 3 motherboard back to life after 10yrs in the loft. Amazingly it now works, although I also had to swap out the PSU which is similarly affected (smaller bag of capacitors now on order). This will form the basis for a Windows ...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1
Replies: 109
Views: 24322

Re: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1

That's amazing - what an adventure =D> Sorry to hear about your monitor - can't believe it chose that moment to fail, you couldn't make it up. Most important thing is that you have your files back. There are a few good RiscOS3.10 emulators available for RiscOS - I eventually plan to 'clone' my A3010...
by Andy1979
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1
Replies: 109
Views: 24322

Re: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1

I haven't tried using an SD to IDE adapter on an Acorn, but I did recently try one on a Pentium system. The problem I found with my brand of adapter was that it wouldn't work with a secondary IDE device attached. Supposedly it supported 'cable select' mode, but I couldn't make it work. Ended up goin...
by Andy1979
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: CommunITel software and documentation
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: CommunITel software and documentation

That's fantastic - haven't seen this since my GCSE coursework 22yrs ago.

@danielj - page 173 looks helpful re. baud rates.
by Andy1979
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Re: Commstar II

So, I've finally got myself organised, and I'll be visiting the CCH later this month, on the weekend of the 23rd/24th. I've contacted the very helpful CCH people, and I'll be scanning the Commstar II manual, if it hasn't materialised by then, along with the L4FS network manager's guide. That’s fant...
by Andy1979
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 9099

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

I've been popping in to quite a few picking up bits and pieces. But it seems it might be the end of the line, all my local ones are closed now, anyone noticed any still open? My local one in Essex has closed. Was in London this morning and popped into the Moorgate store. Loads of stock and the disc...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Re: Commstar II

Found this - https://www.4corn.co.uk/archive/showpdfs/10%20Acorn%20User%20July%201887%20-%20Barbican/Pace%20Micro%20Technology%20-%20Commstar%20II.pdf - not the manual, and possibly you’ve already seen this, but it does look as though it contains some clues. I see that the CCH have Commstar II in t...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Commstar II
Replies: 11
Views: 1056

Commstar II

As you may have seen on 'Cheap wifi modem' thread, I've been using Commstar on my Master Compact to "dial in" to @John_Newcombe's excellent Telstar viewdata system, using @danielj's modem design. It works well, but I've found a few incompatibilities between Commstar and the Master Compact - it doesn...
by Andy1979
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

*0# to get back to the main page :) hash being enter in commstar. d. Thanks for that. Realised that the problem was Commstar not mapping the keyboard correctly on my Master Compact. On the numerical keypad '#' displays an 's' and on the main keyboard Shift-3 generates a '£' sign. All working now I'...
by Andy1979
Thu May 31, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello fellow Acorn users
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Hello fellow Acorn users

Welcome As someone who's also getting back into things after a few decades away I've found this forum, and especially the people on it, extremely helpful. For the same cost as a few beers and a bit of soldering I now have MicroSD storage on my Master Compact, hundreds of games, and can telnet into B...
by Andy1979
Tue May 29, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 9099

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

In normal business, they threw out stray leads and allsorts. Though take a look at this. I once rescued a broken videotape as I could easily have mended it to record on but forgot all about it. Many years on I mended it and played it, only to find myself doing a day's work. Especially now the place...
by Andy1979
Mon May 28, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

Domino DIN plugs arrived and now have this working with flow control. Not sure what I’m doing wrong but I’m struggling to navigate Prestel once connected - doesn’t seem to respond to pressing # to return to the main menu, hitting enter works but then can’t find my way back from e.g. the news page. H...
by Andy1979
Sun May 27, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 9099

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Couldn't resist a souvenir from my final visit - some useful drawers for the garage. Came with a few diodes and a MAX3232 which I actually needed.
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by Andy1979
Sun May 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 93
Views: 13595

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Pretty sure my Dad bought our Atari ST from Tandy in Coventry. When the power supply went pop we had it fixed by JBC Micros - think they still exist, but have migrated to IT training and cloud computing services these days. Subsequent purchases of kit came from Evesham Micros, but I think our A3010 ...
by Andy1979
Mon May 21, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 9099

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

As you say, the mountains of HDMI and USB cables were so overpriced to begin with that 50% off is still higher than Amazon prices. Just back from my local store, and they are now 80% off, which brings them more in line with elsewhere. Indeed. Local store now entering its final week. Not much left, ...
by Andy1979
Sun May 20, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5613
Views: 468246

Re: Today I received.....

Another satisfied Retroclinic customer - RS232 port upgrade for my Master Compact. Works great with danielj's Wifi modem instructions.
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by Andy1979
Sun May 20, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

danielj wrote:So I've had a bit of a poke with Communitel
Thanks for trying that out. Sounds like it'll be easier to stick to Commstar.
by Andy1979
Sun May 20, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: MMC card interface
Replies: 692
Views: 98480

Re: MMC card interface

Another satisfied customer, finally got around to soldering up the cable for my Master Compact. Means that in the space of a weekend I've added an RS232 serial port, Wifi modem and 1gb of SD Card storage to it - not bad for a 30yr old machine :D . Seems to work fine using *SRLOAD with MAMMFS 1.40. T...
by Andy1979
Sun May 20, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 81
Views: 9410

Re: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide

This must now be one of the most modded A3010s around :D : ARM3 overclocked to 45mhz, 50ns RAM overclocked to 22mhz and now twin IDE drives :D Seriously impressive work - I'm not brave enough to do that to mine! (or good enough at fine soldering) =D> In terms of further expansion, the only thing th...
by Andy1979
Sat May 19, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

danielj wrote:Well done! - Did you manage to get commstar V2 to work with it and viewdata? I couldn't get to grips with it :?

d.
No, used Commstar 1.4 for Telstar. Commstar II seems to have viewdata and terminal as separate apps. Might give Communitel a try.
by Andy1979
Sat May 19, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

Yes, that'd potentially do it as the beeb won't think it can send. d. That's sorted it. Must have a crack at the version with flow control at some point. Am using one of the eBay double-sided MAX3232 boards with level shifters, which I think might even fit inside a 5 pin DIN connector. IMG_5206.JPG...
by Andy1979
Sat May 19, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

No, you're probably nearly there. Which version of the firmware are you using? With or without the flow control? Depending on when you downloaded it, it may have had the flow control in by default, the current version has it disabled? d. Edit: More: Check you've set both send and receive to 2400bps...
by Andy1979
Sat May 19, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

OK, now have all the parts (I'm using a Wemos D1 mini board, having had good results with them before). Mixed results so far. The ESP8266 modem is working. Tried it out with my Psion 3a first of all and was able to connect to bat.org. Got Commstar onto an ADFS floppy via my Arc, and works with SRLOA...
by Andy1979
Wed May 16, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

Yes they are domino, I got them from cpc :) UPURS is much faster :) d. They seem to be out of stock at CPC, but do have the 'locking' version. Any idea if that will fit, or does the locking mechanism get in the way? http://cpc.farnell.com/deltron-enclosures/590-0520/5-pin-domino-locking-din-plug/dp...
by Andy1979
Mon May 14, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

It's a shame my Master Compact is lacks the serial upgrade to make use of this, but plan on building one for use with my Arc and Psion 3a. There's some discussion of implementing flow control on an Atari forum thread I found when researching a similar project: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.p...
by Andy1979
Mon May 14, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)
Replies: 137
Views: 8392

Re: Cheap web-modem for the beeb/master (and arc if ya like!)

It's a shame my Master Compact is lacks the serial upgrade to make use of this, but plan on building one for use with my Arc and Psion 3a. There's some discussion of implementing flow control on an Atari forum thread I found when researching a similar project: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.ph...
by Andy1979
Mon May 14, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 9099

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Think it now depends what's in your local store. Popped into mine at the weekend and they've now moved all the stock to the front half of the store and started to sell the fixtures and fittings, so don't imagine it'll be open for more than a few weeks. All I picked up was a small d-sub enclosure and...