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by Andy1979
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 8038

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Well just been to Coventry maplin and spent nearly £100 :) Closing down sale discounts of up to 50%...... Phill. Just picked up an Amprobe multimeter from my local branch, which I'd had my eye on for a while as my 25yr old Maplin 'white gold' meter isn't so accurate or reliable these days. All test...
by Andy1979
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 8038

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Here's a look at what happened to Maplin from a very different angle. It seems they may have had problems with tangled finances as well as the ones visible to us as geeks. An interesting read. I work as an accountant myself, although don't have massive experience of private equity / venture capital...
by Andy1979
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 110
Views: 8038

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

I used to work there too while studying for my A-Levels, 1996-98. I'd discovered the place a few years before, and it was a revelation because I could by components instantly instead of having to wait ages for an RS delivery, and the prices weren't too bad. It was slightly out of the way - more of a...
by Andy1979
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thermionic Valves
Replies: 81
Views: 5524

Re: Thermionic Valves

Interesting stuff. As a child of the 80s I missed out on valve gear, but always been aware of it from a general interest in hifi - and from my degree masters supervisor being very proud of his massive thyratron :lol: . Prices for Mullard valves on eBay are crazy these days. A few years back my (now)...
by Andy1979
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

For Christmas I received a Raspberry Pi Zero W, and an Arduino Uno with a big box of sensors, LEDs, servo motors and other toys. Really clever piece of kit.
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by Andy1979
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

Actually received a few weeks ago but haven't had time to play with it until today. A Fisher-Price blue Hakko FX888D solder station, as recommended in numerous threads on stardot. Glad I decided to spend the extra over some of the stations on Amazon/eBay - it's a quality piece of kit. IMG_4701.JPG F...
by Andy1979
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 63
Views: 5203

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

Used to love playing the Dizzy games (e.g. Treasure Island Dizzy) - seems these were available for most platforms, except the Beeb.
by Andy1979
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 79
Views: 8203

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

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
Most impressive work. That's a seriously hardcore mod with all those tiny wires. Great result.
by Andy1979
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Turbo XT
Replies: 2
Views: 733

Re: Turbo XT

Nice work Sarah - I'm glad mine didn't require that many modifications as I'm not sure I'd know where to start. My MFM drive, controller and 360K floppy actually came from an XT clone that I found in a skip at university about 16/17yrs ago. I didn't have space to keep the case sadly. I was sure I'd ...
by Andy1979
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: 386 Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Re: 386 Restoration

Project is now complete. Soldered pins in place of the CMOS battery and mounted a 3.6V NiMH pack from a cordless phone safely away from the motherboard using sticky velcro. Struck me that this would have been a good solution for my A3010. Seems to be keeping time and remembering the BIOS settings af...
by Andy1979
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: ArcEm on Pi - "Rom High..." error
Replies: 6
Views: 1309

Re: ArcEm on Pi - "Rom High..." error

ArcEm is great, but I also recommend giving !ArchiEmu a try as I find it much smoother on my Pi.

I downloaded my copy from here (site belongs to the author I believe): http://www.tellima.nl/riscos/
by Andy1979
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: 386 Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Re: 386 Restoration

Some further success. Found the jumper settings for the MFM controller, and after a lot of trial and 'ROM BASIC' errors it finally booted into DOS with a working copy of QBasic (yay - Gorillas!) It's very slow, but I love the physicality of the drive as you can see the servo turning back and forth. ...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: 386 Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Re: 386 Restoration

I find it odd that itt will only accept 4Mb of RAM IIRC the 386sx could address up to 16mb, and the motherboard has 8 sockets, so I would have thought that it should be able to access more. Though your simms do need to be fitted in pairs. It may be a genuine limitation, 386SX boards (particularly t...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: 386 Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

Re: 386 Restoration

Thanks both. Some success: IMG_3748.JPG Turns out I was an idiot and despite checking multiple times failed to spot a missing jumper on the I/O card. Amazingly the 81mb Connor IDE drive I am using seems to be in fine health. Will still replace with a CF card though for ease of getting files onto it....
by Andy1979
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: 386 Restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 1154

386 Restoration

Having gotten my Acorn kit up and running I decided to rescue another load of retro computer gear from my parents' loft. In addition to a Pentium 133 system in component form (which is now up and running, and awaiting IDE to CF and SD adapters) I found this 386, which I first cobbled together 15 yea...
by Andy1979
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

The main "compatibility" issue we had making games was that the millennium 1 didn't do texturing! The firegl 1000 was also a pain, not doing alpha blending with translucency, but with stippling (now back again as alpha to coverage!) I had a mystique and my friend had a Millennium 2 and neither of o...
by Andy1979
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

I have a Matrox Millenium in my old PC (built to transfer files to/from CP/M disks - the US guys at VCF call them "tweener" PCs). It has never worked properly with Win95 (resource conflict). Anyway, is there any reason to be pleased at owning one? Is it special in any way? I seem to recall that Mat...
by Andy1979
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

Another haul of 'treasure' from my parents' loft. Pretty much all IBM PC stuff this time. Plan to build a couple of retro PC systems. 20170716_185718.jpg Virtually unused IBX-100 Bush internet box, already modded with a PS2 port. I'd planned to turn this into a RISC OS machine, but never got round t...
by Andy1979
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

Thanks, LardoBoffin. =D> =D> IMAG0862.jpg My CommunITel folder looks the business with a genuine floppy disk. :D Awesome. Remember being handed a folder just like that and told to use it for my GCSE Information Systems coursework (setting up a screen in the school foyer and charging people to place...
by Andy1979
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

A Psion 3Fax modem (boxed), and the extremely rare PC Card modem adaptor for the Psion 3A. The PC Card adaptor also contained an unbranded PCMCIA CD-ROM interface, with what looks like a small SCSI connector. Will have to dig out my old Compaq laptop and see what Windows 2000 thinks it is. 20170607_...
by Andy1979
Tue May 30, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !

Spent most of the long weekend doing jobs in the garden, but did manage to solder up another MAX3232 interface for the Pi - this time using one of the tiny eBay breakout boards. Same result as before - works great for terminal comms but PPP drops out a lot. Probably the Psion is the problem, and lac...
by Andy1979
Tue May 23, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !

Great info @Andy1979 - thanks - I have a clutch of Psion 3's and it would be amusing to get one connected. Then over to http://retro.hackaday.com/ ! Like this you mean :D 20170522_225106.jpg Unfortunately the browser is so old that I had to pass it through the HTML2TXT website from the linked artic...
by Andy1979
Mon May 22, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !

@Elminster - instead of the 5mx I had a Palm IIIc with a cable to my trusty Nokia 5110 which allowed me to send/receive emails on the move before smart phones had become a thing. The irony of this setup is that the Raspberry Pi has a 40Mbps VDSL connection available wirelessly, but it's the last met...
by Andy1979
Sun May 21, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !

So after spending most of the last few weekends sorting out domestic electrical problems I finally got chance to have a play with 'pppd' on the Raspberry Pi. Linux is not my strong suit, but managed to cobble together the correct commands from a number of different guides, and this is the result: IM...
by Andy1979
Thu May 18, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

Cheap and useless DOMs : they are 8 Mbytes and I misread I thought they were gigabytes ... Use the voucher if you wish. What's the interface on those? Are they drop-in replacements for disk drives on some kind of PC expansion slot, or something else? Looks like 44pin IDE - same as a 2.5inch HD? 8mb...
by Andy1979
Thu May 18, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400116

Re: Today I received.....

SteveBagley wrote:
Zarchos wrote: Nope...
Have a look again ...
Serial chip? :-)

Steve
If it's not that, or the interesting looking memory upgrade, then the IOC says "Albion" on it (VL2311-QC), which I think means it's an early 'Issue A' machine?
by Andy1979
Wed May 17, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !

Excellent - be interested to see how you get on. I have the skills to follow instructions, but sadly not the knowledge to work these things out for myself from scratch, so I'm hoping that the various guides out there will see me right. Since my last post I have connected the '99p' serial module to m...
by Andy1979
Fri May 12, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !
Replies: 14
Views: 2068

Re: Wifi for all Acorns with serial port !

Interesting indeed. I know some people on here have already used these modules with a beeb. Not aware of anyone using one with an arc: http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12426&hilit=esp8266 I bought a MAX3232CPE module to turn a spare Raspberyy Pi into a PPP router, which is a fairly w...
by Andy1979
Thu May 11, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A5000 keyboard socket a bit loose
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: A5000 keyboard socket a bit loose

Other than putting some conductive paint (the kind used for repairing PCB traces) on the keyboard pins (if that's even possible), I think the closest you'd find is something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MG9X3VG/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i1?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pd_rd_i=B00MG9X3VG&pd_rd_r=9WZW...