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by VectorEyes
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Newbie PSU recap questions
Replies: 23
Views: 983

Newbie PSU recap questions

Apologies, I know that the question of PSU recapping comes up a lot but I couldn't find the answers to the specific questions I have. I'm basically new to soldering. The last time I did any was when I fixed a modem cable over 20 years ago. I've been watching YouTube videos on how to do it. It's fasc...
by VectorEyes
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Black Angel
Replies: 46
Views: 4653

Re: Black Angel

I always wanted to play Black Angel back in the day. I'm not sure why I never got hold of a copy.

As soon as I can get my RiscPC up and running again I'm going to take a look at it!
by VectorEyes
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Black Angel
Replies: 46
Views: 4653

Re: Black Angel

Well, up until a few hours ago I was unaware of the existence of ADFFS! If it copies copy-protected discs then that seems like a good way of preserving the game, but dunkinator's post earlier in this thread suggests that ADFs don't always play nicely with copy-protection. (Back in the day, I remembe...
by VectorEyes
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Black Angel
Replies: 46
Views: 4653

Re: Black Angel

Do you think you could find somebody with an Amiga and a copy of XCopy 3, and nibblecopy the discs a few times... So that those of us who'd like to play the game at some point in the next 20 years or so know there are good copies of the game discs out there? :)
by VectorEyes
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 1024
Views: 76831

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Just wanted to say that I'm really enjoying these pictures!
by VectorEyes
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn magazine collections question
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Acorn magazine collections question

I've recently been given a few boxes of Acorn magazines. Micro User, Acorn User, Archimedes World and A&B Computing. They're great for nostalgia, but realistically I'm never going to have time to scan them and I don't think there's much info in them that isn't already online. Hence my question: woul...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Do your family and friends 'get it'?
Replies: 25
Views: 1759

Re: Do your family and friends 'get it'?

Elminster wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:47 pm
Hmm, and mine would rather chew her own foot off than buy second hand, maybe that is the key. Although she would buy antiques. I did try telling her that Retro was the modern antiques, but didn’t work.
On eBay, Acorn computer stuff is listed under "Vintage Computing", if that helps!
by VectorEyes
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Microsoft to buy Github
Replies: 30
Views: 2007

Re: Microsoft to buy Github

Elminster wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:57 pm
VectorEyes wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:40 pm
I do work for MS though, so admittedly I may be slightly biased!
Which way :D ?
Little bit of column A, little bit of column B!
by VectorEyes
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Microsoft to buy Github
Replies: 30
Views: 2007

Re: Microsoft to buy Github

There's just no way MS would try to take ownership of the code on GitHub. The license when you create an account explicitly says that GitHub doesn't own the code. And they wouldn't be interested in it anyway, they know that even the slightest whiff of laying claim to the code will trigger developers...
by VectorEyes
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Backing up old hard drives in repaired RiscPC
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: Backing up old hard drives in repaired RiscPC

Thanks! Sadly, I only have one IDE interface, the one on the motherboard. A bit of research suggests this could be a problem, because, to quote the Risc OS FAQ, "the motherboard interface requires the drive to provide the /IOCS16 signal which has long been deprecated from the ATA standards", so appa...
by VectorEyes
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Backing up old hard drives in repaired RiscPC
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Backing up old hard drives in repaired RiscPC

Hi everyone, I recently resurrected my old RiscPC, got rid of the leaking CMOS battery, cleaned it up, and got it booting up. The next thing I want to do is to see whether the hard drives are useable, and if so clone them onto some kind of removable solid state system (SD card, pretending to be an I...
by VectorEyes
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 125
Views: 15114

Re: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

I never thought I'd see a SCUMM game on an Acorn machine! I wish I could have come down for the day -- especially as I have a BBC Master with display output problems and a Risc PC that I want to get fully working again -- but sadly family commitments meant I just couldn't get the time away. Hopefull...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: b2 - new emulator
Replies: 114
Views: 12845

Re: b2 - new emulator

Hello! I've been playing with B2. It's nice and easy to download and build on Windows. :) I wanted to see whether there was any way to quickly load a program, and set data read/write breakpoints. The debugger read/write breakpoint functionality is all present and correct in the codebase, but I could...
by VectorEyes
Wed May 30, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700
Replies: 20
Views: 1646

Re: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700

After several weeks of being too busy, waiting for air-blower canisters to be delivered, cleaning all the dust out of the PSU, borrowing a multimeter to check the PSU voltages, etc, I finally got everything put back together, took a deep breath, turned it on... ... and was rewarded with the supervis...
by VectorEyes
Wed May 30, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 597
Views: 64467

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

I'd quite like a VideoNULA at some point, but don't think I'd be able to make much use of it in the immediate future (ie next few months). Is there a limited supply so I should buy one now, or are they likely to be reasonably easily available for the foreseeable?
by VectorEyes
Wed May 30, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master 128 -- black screen
Replies: 1
Views: 259

BBC Master 128 -- black screen

Morning everyone, I've got a Master 128 which I bought around 20 years ago. Just had it recapped and replaced the battery, and was hoping to get it plugged into my TV and start using it again. Unfortunately, either it's just outputting a blank screen, or I'm doing something stupid. I'm using an RGB-...
by VectorEyes
Mon May 21, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?
Replies: 22
Views: 1363

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

I think Mark usually puts some card between the cable and the underside of the PCB and sticks the cable to the outside of the card using a glue gun (or similar). This prevents any of the legs/sharp bits of the the PCB from damaging the cable. I copied this when mounting my Pi co-pro inside my model...
by VectorEyes
Mon May 21, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?
Replies: 22
Views: 1363

Advice on internal Datacentre 1MHz bus cable installation?

Hi all, I bought a DataCentre a few weeks ago. I've finally arranged to get my Master 128 PSU recapped, so I thought it was high time I knuckled down and actually got it installed. Maybe it's a completely stupid question, but I've hit something I'm not clear about. I'd like to mount the 1MHz cable i...
by VectorEyes
Sat May 19, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Video Timing
Replies: 59
Views: 4900

Re: Video Timing

The Sony TV also has another problem with BBC machines, which is unrelated to Frogger. It sometimes can't do the sub-pixel antialiasing in Mode 7, displaying a sort of checkerboard effect instead. This tends to go away if you blank the screen (eg by changing mode). Some TVs have all sorts of signal...
by VectorEyes
Thu May 10, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: My final unanswered Exile question
Replies: 65
Views: 6297

Re: My final unanswered Exile question

I must admit, I have been very gently mulling over the idea of actually trying to make a sequel. The problems are that 1. I know virtually nothing about Beeb coding (yet!), 2. I have virtually zero free time and 3. It's difficult to think of improvements that wouldn't also somehow subtract from the ...
by VectorEyes
Wed May 09, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: My final unanswered Exile question
Replies: 65
Views: 6297

Re: My final unanswered Exile question

Just wanted to say that all the responses in this thread surpassed my wildest hopes. It's great to know once and for all what that bloody button does, and it's been a fascinating insight into how Exile works!
by VectorEyes
Wed May 09, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Which emulator to use: developing on Windows (VS2017)...
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Re: Which emulator to use: developing on Windows (VS2017)...

Thanks for all the replies! So far I'm leaning towards B2 simply because I was able to grab the sources, build, and get up and running inside an hour, with no need to install the June 2010 DXSDK. (I'm going to see whether there's any way I can also build B-Em and BeebEm without having to install old...
by VectorEyes
Tue May 08, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Which emulator to use: developing on Windows (VS2017)...
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Which emulator to use: developing on Windows (VS2017)...

Hello all, I have a half-formed plan to start doing some Beeb 6502 development, but because I'm new to the field, instead of becoming a 6502 opcode expert, I thought it might be more interesting to start by enhancing an existing emulator to support advanced debugging features. A sort of "learn by do...
by VectorEyes
Sun May 06, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700
Replies: 20
Views: 1646

Re: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700

Thanks guys, I really appreciate your replies. In that case I'll just get as much dust as possible out of the PSU and then put it back together again!
by VectorEyes
Sun May 06, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700
Replies: 20
Views: 1646

Re: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700

Thanks Daniel, I suspected as much. Back to gentle scrubbing with vinegar then!
by VectorEyes
Sun May 06, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700
Replies: 20
Views: 1646

Re: Where to start resurrecting a RiscPC 700

This is taking me a while. It's proving very difficult to get the yellow stuff out from one particular section of the motherboard. I've now scrubbed it four times with vinegar, rinsed with water then de-ionised water, left to dry ... and each time I find a few more components with the gunk on them! ...
by VectorEyes
Thu May 03, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile: Door Pass
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

Re: Exile: Door Pass

I once lured the homing-rocket-firing robot out of his little room, pushed him off the edge so that he landed down at the bottom of the cyan-walled area next to a yellow door. Then when I was fighting him down there one of his rockets hit me when I was standing right next to the door, and it blew me...
by VectorEyes
Thu May 03, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: My final unanswered Exile question
Replies: 65
Views: 6297

Re: My final unanswered Exile question

Yes, I was going to mention those two gargoyles but you beat me to it. They're definitely on the same x coordinate, I checked the map last night. So this thread has also ended up answering the question of why (as mentioned in the official solutions) blowing up one gargoyle also destroys the other! I...
by VectorEyes
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: My final unanswered Exile question
Replies: 65
Views: 6297

Re: My final unanswered Exile question

One extra thought: I wonder whether it's something to do with those switches being the only ones that control *two* doors at once? I'll have to go and look up whether there's anywhere else on the map where a switch controls more than one door at once.