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by Andy1979
Wed May 03, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 79
Views: 8214

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

@Andy1979 : I've got one of these memory upgrades, and in fact it's a 3 Mbytes RAM upgrade (it's even written on it). It means if you wanted to install some 50 ns RAM chips, you'd have also to replace the onboard 1 Mbyte. (if you're interested by the other fast A3010 project). It's OT in this threa...
by Andy1979
Wed May 03, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Is the Retro Bubble going a bit flat?
Replies: 34
Views: 3119

Re: Is the Retro Bubble going a bit flat?

I guess we are lucky that due to the success of ARM we can run RISC OS natively on new hardware - and very cheaply in the case of the Raspberry Pi - rather than needing to rely on relatively expensive upgrades to older machines. I'm quite shocked at the value of my Acorn / BBC machines. I nearly sol...
by Andy1979
Wed May 03, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Vectorlight's A3010 IDE mod : step by step guide
Replies: 79
Views: 8214

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

This is great work Vectorlight - suspect it would have been quite a big seller back in the day. Afraid I am not brave enough to try it on my Adelaide A3010 as I already have a working IDE podule. Looks from that photo like Munchausen has the same Simtec 2mb -> 4mb upgrade that I do. Wonder if someth...
by Andy1979
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: ArcEm running too fast on RiscOS on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 2217

Re: ArcEm running too fast on RiscOS on Raspberry Pi

numbersix wrote:Where could I find !ArchieEmu? I've been struggling to run it to ground.
Think I downloaded my copy from here: http://www.tellima.nl/riscos/
Believe it's the current website for the author.
by Andy1979
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: ArcEm running too fast on RiscOS on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 2217

Re: ArcEm running too fast on RiscOS on Raspberry Pi

You could try a different emulator.

I have been impressed by !ArchiEmu which allows you to choose the CPU (ARM2,3,250) and turn various CPU features on and off. I am only using an original Pi1 256mb though, so no idea how fast it would run on a Pi3.
by Andy1979
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Psion 3a repair
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Psion 3a repair

Recently retrieved my Psion 3a 2mb from my parents' loft. Unfortunately it has suffered the dreaded hinge failure during storage. Luckily I was able to source another Psion from eBay which had perfect hinges but a broken display cable. Let the transplant surgery begin: IMG_2981.JPG I followed the ex...
by Andy1979
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 With Serial Mouse
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: A3010 With Serial Mouse

I remember using it (or something similar) back-in-the-day with a cheap mouse from Escom for a short time on an A3020 which had blown a fuse on the mouse socket. It worked well enough, although the serial mouse wasn't quite as smooth as the original. Does your A3010 have RiscOS 3.10 or 3.11? Mine ha...
by Andy1979
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Repairing a broken Archimedes A3000 ... Update 14.05.17 - mouse progress - the mouse fully works too! I think, it's done
Replies: 159
Views: 9453

Re: Repairing a broken Archimedes A3000 ... Update 21.04.17 - DESKTOP!

Thanks Andy ... :wink: - i heared, that the A3000 (or any other Arc) is not able to move the mouse pointer with the keyboard keys. I know tools like "keymouse" but i haven't tried it so far. - Think I used to use a program called !warfarin at school as a mouse replacement. Don't think I have a copy...
by Andy1979
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Resurrecting an early A3010
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Resurrecting an early A3010

Some further success. I tried the IDE interface with some older CF cards - one 256mb Crucial (which identifies as Samsung) and two 128meg 8x Lexar cards. All three format perfectly, and all three successfully verify. I also tried the 512mb card I've been using in a USB CF reader in my Pi. It works p...
by Andy1979
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Repairing a broken Archimedes A3000 ... Update 14.05.17 - mouse progress - the mouse fully works too! I think, it's done
Replies: 159
Views: 9453

Re: Repairing a broken Archimedes A3000 ... Update 16.04.17 ... almost all keys work, but pin15 keys don't ...

Pleased to see your persistence with the keyboard has paid off =D> If there was track damage to the keyboard it is likely the same is true of the CMOS circuit. As others have said, should be repairable in the same way as the keyboard. Failing that, when researching the same topic before retrieving m...
by Andy1979
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: software
Topic: RiscOS 3.10 Uniboot module versions
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: RiscOS 3.10 Uniboot module versions

Some success. Set up RPCEmu on my PC and used !Zap to save MessageTrans from RiscOS 3.6 ROM to HostFS, copied it to a floppy, and put it in !System on the A3010. Also had to update Toolbox within !System, so went with latest version from Risc OS Ltd (1.71). !PsiFS now working beautifully. It's a nic...
by Andy1979
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: software
Topic: RiscOS 3.10 Uniboot module versions
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: RiscOS 3.10 Uniboot module versions

Thanks Bryan - at least that suggests Uniboot isn't broken, it just needs modifying for the modules I find I need. Been in Norfolk with the family over Easter, so not had chance to play. Not sure if there's a more up to date browser for RiscOS 3.10? Probably have an equally outdated copy of Webster ...
by Andy1979
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: software
Topic: RiscOS 3.10 Uniboot module versions
Replies: 3
Views: 787

RiscOS 3.10 Uniboot module versions

It seems that I've forgotten a few things during my 20yr absence from RiscOS. I also have very limited time to play, which keeps curtailing my problem solving, so apologies if the answer to this is already included in the forums. I have read a few online resources, including Paul Vigay's excellent U...
by Andy1979
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Compact option for beeb MMC
Replies: 17
Views: 2323

Re: Compact option for beeb MMC

Thanks for the helpful guide - looks very neat. Great to have all the relevant forum threads in one place too. Just ordered one of these little boards. When the slow boat from China arrives my plan is to attach it directly to a DB9 connector for the joystick/user port on my Master Compact. Hoping th...
by Andy1979
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Resurrecting an early A3010
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Resurrecting an early A3010

Thanks both. The error message isn't especially helpful, but my suspicions are similar - that if this was a data corruption issue I would have gotten a 'standard' verification error, whereas this looks more like the podule asking the card to do something it can't do. Similar to you Zarchos, after I ...
by Andy1979
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Resurrecting an early A3010
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Resurrecting an early A3010

So, today I hooked up a 512mb compactflash card in place of the harddisc. It's one I bought about 12yrs ago, which the Powertec software identifies as a Samsung, despite the 'Bytestor' label. IMG_2975.JPG !Hform doesn't work with this IDE board, and luckily(?) the formatting software doesn't need an...
by Andy1979
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mouse refurbishing
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: Mouse refurbishing

Always thought the plugs were standard 9 pin Mini DIN. If so, RS sells a complete cable with moulded plug, though they are on backorder until late June. http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/din-cable-assemblies/7241150/ Farnell seem to have this plug http://uk.farnell.com/schurter/4850-191/plug-mini-din-9p...
by Andy1979
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from Derbyshire
Replies: 14
Views: 1517

Re: Hi from Derbyshire

Welcome and enjoy

Just rediscovered my beeb and think I'll be spending a lot more time in the loft from now on!
by Andy1979
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Resurrecting an early A3010
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Resurrecting an early A3010

!Boot issue solved - hard drive was configured as Drive 7 for some reason. Now back at default of 4 and all is well. Have ordered a CF adapter to see if I can make use of an 'old' 512mb card. Would also like to see if I can get it networked using PPP and a Raspberry Pi. Current method of file transf...
by Andy1979
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master Compact
Replies: 7
Views: 985

Re: Master Compact

Success. Replaced the X2, and the 220uF electrolytic since I had a spare, and it lives again. Just need to remind myself how to use it properly now! :) Fortunately I also have the welcome guide.
IMG_2946.JPG
by Andy1979
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Resurrecting an early A3010
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Resurrecting an early A3010

Seems I was very lucky indeed. AAA battery holder now in place with a cheap nimh cell. Seems to be holding time. Everything functional, including the hard drive - just need to remember the right settings to get it to run my !Boot structure on startup. Found the utility disk for the IDE podule. If an...
by Andy1979
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Resurrecting an early A3010
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Resurrecting an early A3010

Snipped out the battery today. It was only a small leak, confined to the battery connector area. Cleaned it up with vinegar followed by distilled water. It's now drying out - will try powering it up tomorrow. Hoping I got lucky. All the capacitors look OK too, but the proof is in the pudding. IMG_29...
by Andy1979
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 Adelaide PCB troubleshooting
Replies: 163
Views: 11236

Re: A3010 Adelaide PCB troubleshooting

Opened it up today to snip out the battery. Definitely has the 'low' Adelaide board. Can't see any other obvious differences. Did notice that mains transformer is bolted to the board, which I know some aren't. Numerous serial numbers on the board itself. IMG_2923.JPG IMG_2916.JPG Having cleaned up t...
by Andy1979
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Essex
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: Hello from Essex

TopBanana wrote:Welcome Andy

Which end of Essex are you ?
Thanks. I'm at the London end - SW corner.
by Andy1979
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: WD PiDrive
Replies: 2
Views: 760

WD PiDrive

In addition to getting my old Acorn hardware up and running, I'm interested in using a Raspberry Pi as a modern RiscOS machine as I will only be able to leave the older machines set up in my "workshop" (boarded loft). Currently I have set up RiscOS on my original, 256meg Pi B, and have also installe...
by Andy1979
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is the average age on here??
Replies: 271
Views: 27584

Re: What is the average age on here??

I'm 37 Used beebs from the age of 5 and then Arcs at school from 1991. Really got the bug when we looked after a Master Compact from the school my mother worked at one summer (1989 I think) as they didn't want it getting stolen while the building was empty. We bought an Atari ST after that, replaced...
by Andy1979
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5275
Views: 400650

Re: Today I received.....

In addition to A3010 and Master Compact retrieved from parents' loft, I also found my old Psion 3a. Sadly it has suffered the dreaded hinge failure while in storage. Managed to find an identical non-working model on eBay so I can do a case transplant. IMG_2903.JPG Sold my first gen Acorn Pocket Book...
by Andy1979
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Resurrecting an early A3010
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: Resurrecting an early A3010

Received a PM about the PowerTec board from another owner. Can't respond to it as my account here is too new. If the board works I'll be happy to help any other owners to the extent I can. Remember the IDE board being a temperamental thing when new. I think we ended up sending it back twice, though ...
by Andy1979
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 Adelaide PCB troubleshooting
Replies: 163
Views: 11236

Re: A3010 Adelaide PCB troubleshooting

Came across this thread when looking into what might be involved in bringing my own A3010 back to life. I don't think the Adelaide board has been lowered, as it looks to be at the same height as mine, and that's certainly never seen the warm end of a soldering iron since it was made. Perhaps some va...