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by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 63
Views: 5638

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

well I never!! :shock: You learn something new, was it just not available? I don't ever recall seeing it in mail order catalogues? I recall it being reasonably well advertised, or at least reviewed in most of the magazines at the time, and available mail-order (and probably in whatever shops were s...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 63
Views: 5638

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

There were a few games I always wanted on the Beeb:- Top of the list for me was Bubble Bobble back then, (I know there is a version now but was it unreleased at the time?) Uridium Wizball Treasure Island Dizzy Gauntlet Zarch (Micro User Aprils fools?) Er, Uridium was on the Beeb, and it was pretty ...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New version of Scramble for the beeb (going well)
Replies: 140
Views: 13788

Re: New version of Scramble for the beeb (going well)

Hello! I just wanted to mention that I was looking at the internals of my two Masters today and one of them had a Hitachi HD6845SP, but the other had a Toshiba part! The markings on the chip were: TOSHIBA TC8505AP JAPAN 9303EAI It's a very late Master, one of the ones with a Cherry keyboard. If you'...
by VectorEyes
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5436
Views: 427011

Re: Today I received.....

I think I have a WE Digitiser and a Z80 CoPro sitting around somewhere in my parents' house. Really should get round to either using them or offering them for sale here!
by VectorEyes
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?
Replies: 14
Views: 745

Re: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?

Thanks guys! I am having vague flashbacks to 30 years ago when, IIRC, my Beeb had page at &1900, now that I come to think of it. So I'm coming round to T/MMFS! More compatible if I ever want to move it to a machine without SWRAM as well. (And I didn't suggest one of each because I don't want to put ...
by VectorEyes
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?
Replies: 14
Views: 745

Re: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?

That's a relief! Ok... So assuming the BooBip boards have write-enabled on boot, I suppose this comes down to a trade-off between losing a bank of SWRAM vs. having page at &E00., If the most common one for TurboMMC is T/MMFS, does that mean that most people have no problems with page at &1900? Are t...
by VectorEyes
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?
Replies: 14
Views: 745

Re: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?

Thanks Hoglet. It's a BBC B, and it's about to get a BooBip 32kB RAM/ROM expansion (http://www.boobip.com/hardware/32kb-ram-32kb-rom). Would T/ZMMFS be the one to use?
by VectorEyes
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?
Replies: 14
Views: 745

Re: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?

Thanks Coeus! Really appreciate your offer. I've just been told about cmorley's 64kb eeprom solution, and I'm evaluating whether I should go with that or get a dedicated rom, and if I go for a rom whether to get the version that leaves page at E00 (but needs swram) or the one that leaves page at 190...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?
Replies: 14
Views: 745

So, how *do* I get hold of an MMFS ROM?

Hi everyone, I've recently got hold of an MMC reader and a TurboMMC ROM (from TopBanana. Thanks!!) Specifically this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-BBC-Micro-B-Master-MMC-solid-state-disk-drive-DFS-ADFS-transfer-software/323346367020 I'd like to use it to play all the games I used to play years a...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2790
Views: 267916

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

Looks like a good-condition Master with fully kitted-out DataCentre, Raspberry Pi, MultiOS, etc... If I didn't already have too many machines I'd be very tempted to bid!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-BBC-Ma ... 3407743381
by VectorEyes
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2936
Views: 270814

Re: LOLPRICE

I'm sure an Apple II Europlus is very rare and interesting, but just look at the state of the case!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-COMP ... 3054179723
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Elite BeebAsm Source
Replies: 17
Views: 1687

Re: Elite BeebAsm Source

Newbie question. If there are 0 bytes left, but the cassette version was missing stuff compared to the disc version, then where does all the extra stuff fit? Actually never mind I've just answered my own question haven't I? The extra stuff is dynamically loaded from disc when you enter and leave a s...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?
Replies: 22
Views: 1202

Re: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?

Elminster wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:54 pm
I can confirm. You could drive a bus through on the Beeb, but the master is almost no gap.
I see what you did there!
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?
Replies: 22
Views: 1202

Re: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?

Funny that this thread has come back to life today. I literally just borrowed a Proxxon cutting tool to make the necessary cuts in my Master's case. The Datacentre installation documentation says that you only need to cut the slice out of the case if you're routing the cable underneath the motherboa...
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Galaforce 3 Teaser
Replies: 11
Views: 1363

Re: Galaforce 3 Teaser

Looks really nice. I like all the different enemy patterns. I never played Galaforce 2 though... Are the patterns different / new?
by VectorEyes
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard

At the moment, I don't even know whether the existing crystal has been damaged or not. I need to recap the machine's PSU, then I'll see whether I can scrape the gunk off the case of the crystal, and take a good look for corrosion on the motherboard (I didn't see any last time, but will double-check)...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard

Interesting. OK, I'll have a go at cleaning it and see how bad the damage is. Think it might have to be lower priority than actually getting my Beebs running and copying all the 5.25 inch discs I have onto something a bit longer-lasting! Now... if I need to replace it... where do I get hold of a rep...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Moving House - Items to go
Replies: 39
Views: 2954

Re: Moving House - Items to go

By the way, my MMC reader turned up a few days ago. Many thanks TopBanana!
by VectorEyes
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard

I wonder whether this was the culprit: WERamRomBoard.jpg A Watford Electronics RAM/ROM board, with a highly suspicious leaking battery. There's quite a bit of corrosion: WEBoardCloseup.jpg ... which has leaked through to the underneath: WEBoardUnderneath.jpg I'm guessing that when something's this b...
by VectorEyes
Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: trying to track down a one-line game, possibly called "One Line"
Replies: 24
Views: 1796

Re: trying to track down a one-line game, possibly called "One Line"

Talk about a blast from the past! I remember playing this in our school computer lab as well! I don't think it was a one-liner though. Or if it was, somebody had later split it into multiple lines because I'm sure it was easy to find the BASIC line that defined the angle of the line (default 45°) an...
by VectorEyes
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Twisted Brain Demo
Replies: 39
Views: 5041

Re: Twisted Brain Demo

6502 newbie here so perhaps this is obvious to everyone else... But can I ask why there are 9 nops but the comments say they take 16 cycles? Wouldn't it be 18?
by VectorEyes
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 127
Views: 6111

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Time to buy a nice big external hard drive! Or two. :)
by VectorEyes
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Re: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard

In the first picture, I think you are talking about the manky stuff on the case of the crystal. The crystal is encapsulated in a sealed metal can. I've never seen one go like that before :shock: Also just the Crystal has been eaten on one face, but the rest of the board seems okay. And in the wrong...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard
Replies: 15
Views: 696

Corroded components on BBC B Motherboard

Next up in what will hopefully not be an endless list of questions related to my attempt to resurrect some Beebs... One of my machines seems to have a component that has corroded pretty badly. It's just to the right of IC2 (the CRTC), just underneath the relay: CorrodedComponentNextToCRTC.jpg Could ...
by VectorEyes
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Newbie PSU recap questions
Replies: 23
Views: 831

Re: Newbie PSU recap questions

Since the thread title is "Newbie PSU"... Please be careful when powering it up on the bench. Doubly so if you have the PCB out of the case. Use an RCD plug. Double check your earth connection with a meter in ohms mode before powering on. Be very wary of the 400VDC main input filter caps. Current k...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Emulator display issues in Windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: Emulator display issues in Windows 10

You really should be able to run hardware-accelerated DX9 stuff with no problems on that card. The Win10 Creators Update minimum specs are for a DX9 WDDM 1.0 card, and the Intel HD3000 is much better than that. It won't be blazingly fast but for something like Beeb or Arc emulation it should be fine!
by VectorEyes
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2790
Views: 267916

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

What are the cards in the box? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BBC-MICRO-JOB-LOT-LARGE-QUANTITY-OF-STUFF/253714530155?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 One says "Acorn 80x25vdu" on the silkscreen. So tempting! ... but I bought a whole bunch of Beeb stuff a few weeks ago, I'm not...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Emulator display issues in Windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: Emulator display issues in Windows 10

I believe Windows 10 is supposed to ship with all required DirectX 9 runtime files, but because DX9 is getting pretty old these days it's possible that they've deliberately excluded some of the DLLs from newer installations. (All applications that made use of DirectX were supposed to ship with a 're...
by VectorEyes
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: NOVA 18 demoparty: 22nd - 24th June, Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Replies: 26
Views: 1882

Re: NOVA 18 demoparty: 22nd - 24th June, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Twisted brain and Teletextr have become my default "keep my daughters entertained and give them something to dance to while I get them ready for bed" videos. :) (Sadly Bad Apple is deemed less impressive because "there aren't any colours daddy". There's no pleasing some people!) Edit: I keep noticin...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Newbie PSU recap questions
Replies: 23
Views: 831

Re: Newbie PSU recap questions

I think that's just its normal colour. Does the PSU work? If so, leave well alone :) (and well done!) :) d. Thanks. I compared to another PSU (I have four to get through!) and the other one's C12 was plain white, it looks almost like rough white ceramic underneath the rubber. I'm tempted to turn it...