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by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 207
Views: 12157

Re: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD

Hello all! I would love to come to this, but am still trying to convince my family to let me drive up Friday evening and spend the Saturday there. I'd quite like to bring a broken dual 5.25" floppy drive and see whether anyone had some time to help me take a look at it, and was thinking about bringi...
by VectorEyes
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

I had one of those. I remember the sense of magic when you depressed the plunger and the machine would lock up except for the caps lock and shift lock lights cycling, and then you could press keys to do various things, if I recall. So useful for saving tape games to disc. It wasn't called Action Rep...
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Archimedes World
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: Wanted: Archimedes World

I don't mind sending you a few! I'm afraid I won't be able to sort it out for a few weeks, but if you can sort out a UK address then I'm happy to put a few in an envelope and post them. I haven't got time to read them anyway!
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Unreleased games
Replies: 42
Views: 3514

Re: Unreleased games

I certainly don't remember those last five ever having been released for the Arcs or Risc PCs.
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC Model B and Cumana disk drive - free to collect Surrey
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: BBC Model B and Cumana disk drive - free to collect Surrey

Cool! I'll drop out then. Slightly sad to miss out on a free Beeb, but I'd rather it went to someone who doesn't have one yet!
by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Unreleased games
Replies: 42
Views: 3514

Re: Unreleased games

I bought The Flight Trainer, and I also found it boring to play. Beautifully presented, and brilliantly programmed, but dull. On reflection, I can't imagine how the full game as described would have been possible on an Archimedes. The thing is, it's pretty obvious that the programmers were highly c...
by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Archimedes World
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: Wanted: Archimedes World

I've got some physical issues, I can send you a few if you like!
by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: software
Topic: Unreleased games
Replies: 42
Views: 3514

Re: Unreleased games

I bought the flight trainer when it was released, on the basis of the adverts and the hype about how amazing the final game would be. Played it for about 10 missions and then got bored and stopped. The Flight Trainer, as released, was an interesting experiment but really quite boring. It's a real sh...
by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC Model B and Cumana disk drive - free to collect Surrey
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: BBC Model B and Cumana disk drive - free to collect Surrey

Hi Liz, I have several Beebs but am on the lookout for more to use for some long-term projects that would need several machines. I'm driving distance to you so would be interested, but not able to collect for a few weeks. if somebody who doesn't have a Beeb yet wants it perhsps best to give to them ...
by VectorEyes
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 264634

Re: LOLPRICE

Maybe it's some kind of weird tax dodge thing? This item you listed for £1000 only sold for a fiver, so you've 'lost' £995 you can offset against tax, that sort of thing?
by VectorEyes
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 264634

Re: LOLPRICE

But absolutely nobody is going to pay £1000 for one used VHS tape, are they? Nobody could be *that* desperate! Does the seller seriously think anyone's going to buy at that price? It's insane!
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from the South Wales - Where beebs were made
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Hello from the South Wales - Where beebs were made

Welcome! Amazing to hear from someone who actually saw the venerable Beebs in production. I know nothing about the mass production of decades-old computers but I must admit I'm very curious about how they were actually made! Could you share some details? Were there lines and lines of people solderin...
by VectorEyes
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Quick measurement
Replies: 28
Views: 1099

Re: Quick measurement

I should have mentioned that mine is an issue 7.
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Quick measurement
Replies: 28
Views: 1099

Re: Quick measurement

DISCLAIMER: I know very little about electronics (I'm having flashbacks to A-level physics!) and I only bought my multimeter so I could check I'd recapped my PSUs properly. That being said, I *think* my approach of finding some wires, jamming one end into the socket and pressing the multimeter probe...
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Quick measurement
Replies: 28
Views: 1099

Re: Quick measurement

Ok, I've been trying with solder wire but can't get a good connection. Give me a few hours and I'll take the lid off and get to the connections from the inside.
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: UPURS cable and rom ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1552

Re: UPURS cable and rom ?

Hi @Back2skooldaze,

I think what this comes down to is that if you send MartinB a message, he might be able to give you some advice about getting hold of UPURS cables and ROMs. I can personally attest that he's really helpful!
by VectorEyes
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Quick measurement
Replies: 28
Views: 1099

Re: Quick measurement

Might be able to do this, if my multimeter probes will fit into the sockets ... Stupid newbie question, but that diagram is as if you're looking at the analogue socket from outside the case not inside, yes?
by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: development tools
Topic: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?
Replies: 33
Views: 1976

Re: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?

I think I've used PerlHost, on Linux, and I'm pretty sure hoglet has too. (It's been a while.) Edit: reference http://mdfs.net/Software/Tube/Serial/ because I keep getting confused about host software vs client software. A bit of hacking around last night suggested to me that nobody has been using ...
by VectorEyes
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Enhanced mode 1 pictures
Replies: 108
Views: 14844

Re: Enhanced mode 1 pictures

This quote is correct, but only for the first pixel generated from the byte. For the next pixel the ULA shifts the byte to the left, introducing a random bit on the right (on a model B). Which still works using a standard palette for the reason explained above. Ah, now I see, thanks. Just went back...
by VectorEyes
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Enhanced mode 1 pictures
Replies: 108
Views: 14844

Re: Enhanced mode 1 pictures

I shouldn't have used the term 'speckling', I was meaning to refer to the 'noise' that Tom Seddon and Tricky referred to, where on some of their Beebs (but apparently not Masters?) some of the bits end up as random values, not 1s as expected. Which seems like a serious defect! It's not a problem in...
by VectorEyes
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Enhanced mode 1 pictures
Replies: 108
Views: 14844

Re: Enhanced mode 1 pictures

Ah, I see. So theoretically they might look even better on a CRT where the pixels blur into each other? I shouldn't have used the term 'speckling', I was meaning to refer to the 'noise' that Tom Seddon and Tricky referred to, where on some of their Beebs (but apparently not Masters?) some of the bit...
by VectorEyes
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?
Replies: 33
Views: 1976

Re: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?

Point well made -- and taken on board! -- about the perils of optimising your build pipeline instead of getting on with actually developing something! Martin, thanks so much for offering to make the cable and ROM. I'll send you a private message a bit later. To be honest, UPURS plus Hercules seems l...
by VectorEyes
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Enhanced mode 1 pictures
Replies: 108
Views: 14844

Re: Enhanced mode 1 pictures

Those pictures are amazing. If I'd seen that BITD I'd have been blown away. I'm sure I read in one of the 'advanced Beeb coding' books I've been leafing through that the Video Processor (ULA) shifts in 1s from the right every time it shifts. So I'm surprised that you see speckling on the Beebs, as t...
by VectorEyes
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?
Replies: 33
Views: 1976

Re: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?

I franchised-out the cable making to others on here because I constantly have Beeb-project bandwidth issues 🙄. I do still make the odd one and I wouldn’t see you stuck but just now I’m away on hols for a couple of weeks plus, I’m not convinced I have the D-types in stock so overall, if you need me ...
by VectorEyes
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?
Replies: 33
Views: 1976

Re: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?

OK, and where do we get the Beeb user port -> serial cable? Or do I need to get the soldering iron out again...? :) EDIT: Found the UPURS manual, working my way through it. Er, Martin, I may be contacting you about sourcing a cable... :) Second problem, looks like Tubehost doesn't like Windows 10......
by VectorEyes
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?
Replies: 33
Views: 1976

Re: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?

I've become spoiled I suppose. I've spent the last 10 years working on systems where you build, hit the "deploy and run" shortcut, and whatever piece of hardware you were targetting wakes up, receives its payload of code and data, and runs it! Ok, I will be digging into UPURS. First question is to e...
by VectorEyes
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?
Replies: 33
Views: 1976

Re: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?

Can you plug a FlashAir into your datacenter? The newer ones have WebDAV, so you can map a drive on Windows etc. I use one for Spectrum development, it works pretty well. I think you can. After some faffing around with the Sandisk Connect drive I realised that I could actually map it using WebDAV a...
by VectorEyes
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: development tools
Topic: Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?
Replies: 33
Views: 1976

Deploy-and-run from PC to Beeb?

Morning all, I'm playing around with Beeb development and at the point where I want to be able to build using BeebAsm on my PC, and deploy-and-test to my Master. It's got an internal DataCentre, but currently it's a bit of a pain because I have to copy files to a USB stick, then plug it into the Dat...
by VectorEyes
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: software
Topic: Acorn Archimedes Disk Image
Replies: 18
Views: 2222

Re: Acorn Archimedes Disk Image

Out of interest could I ask which USB->IDE adapter you used to do the original backup, and whether there were any issues you encountered / funny setup steps needed to do the dd backup using Linux? I have some RiscPCs with IDE drives that I want to preserve, and I was originally planning to get hold ...
by VectorEyes
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Spring Cleaning the Motherboard
Replies: 18
Views: 877

Re: Spring Cleaning the Motherboard

I has assumed that the insertion and extraction tools were the same, Only in the same way you can use a crowbar (pry bar) as a hammer. Best not to use either of those in this context though. I don't know, I had an awful lot of difficulty getting a 6502 into a RAM/ROM expansion board last week... :)