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by VectorEyes
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How to recap Master PSU, Astec 13830
Replies: 13
Views: 475

How to recap Master PSU, Astec 13830

Hi everyone, I'm attempting to recap a Master I obtained recently. The PSU seems to be a little different to the 'usual' one. It's an Astec 13830. I've found the 10v 200uF Startup Cap -- mounted on a separate board mounted sideways to the main board -- and I've found the 100nF RIFA capacitor, but I ...
by VectorEyes
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Anyone have any motherboard power connectors?
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Anyone have any motherboard power connectors?

Thanks Martin! Have asked Mark, and if no dice then it looks like I'm ordering 100 from Farnell!
by VectorEyes
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 134
Views: 6983

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

It's just occurred to me that I completely forgot to return the 4-way power switch with the long cable to the person who lent it to me, whose name, embarrassingly, I don't know! They seemed like someone who was involved in organising the event or at the very least someone who had come very well prep...
by VectorEyes
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Anyone have any motherboard power connectors?
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Anyone have any motherboard power connectors?

So I managed to break two of the little metallic power connectors off the mainboard of one of my Beebs. I wanted to recap it, so obviously had to remove all the power connections. Never had a problem before (I've done a Master and several Beebs previously) but this time I think the metallic 'sockets...
by VectorEyes
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 134
Views: 6983

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Had a great time at ABUG. Met some new people, and also totally failed to chat to several people I'd intended to say hello to! Confirmed all my external CoPros are working, got my internal RaspPi CoPro up and running, actually made use of a Cub for the first time in, ooh,30 years? ... and did a few ...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 134
Views: 6983

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

I was meant to be arriving today late evening, but had to go on a business trip last-minute so I'm now planning on Saturday before Noon. Many apologies. But looking forward to Saturday and Sunday!
by VectorEyes
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Newbie questions: Programming tools and graphics
Replies: 16
Views: 889

Re: Newbie questions: Programming tools and graphics

beebasm has a sample program that I think prints dots on a rotating sphere, by plotting single dots in MODE 1, or a reshaped version of it. You might also find some useful stuff on http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk which used to be the programming section of *. Try the wiki or maybe search the forum. ...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5232
Views: 388639

Re: Today I received.....

That X68000 is beautiful, both the case and the tech spec. Now I want one! :)
by VectorEyes
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Ideas please for BBC Micro splash screen
Replies: 51
Views: 1517

Re: Ideas please for BBC Micro splash screen

Just wanted to thank dv8 for his long and detailed description of the Owl ROM, which I shall certainly be returning to should I ever want to create a ROM myself!
by VectorEyes
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 3102

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

You can play Minecraft on the Wii. There are many elements of that game that require engineering principles, and it even has a sort of visual programming language built into it. It's not "traditional" programming, but there are many routes to learning software development open to children today, I t...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: MINGW misery
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: MINGW misery

Are you running out of hard drive space? Have you tried turning on verbose mode (v option) and seeing whether it prints any additional diagnostics. Aside from that, if it succeeds sometimes then it sounds like some kind of race condition. It might be interesting to see whether you can restrict ar.ex...
by VectorEyes
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What New Language Should I Learn?
Replies: 21
Views: 611

Re: What New Language Should I Learn?

Does nobody else use PowerShell? If you have a Windoze PC it’s already installed and so is the IDE. Gives you a relatively simple interface to .NET so programmable access to whatever Windows can do and can even run other programs (I use it with ImageMagick to caputure jpg’s from a CCTV camera, conv...
by VectorEyes
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What New Language Should I Learn?
Replies: 21
Views: 611

Re: What New Language Should I Learn?

Personally I'm a big fan of C#. Easy to pick up, very powerful, and a wealth of libraries ready to use as and when you need them.
by VectorEyes
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3174

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Aye. I was just about to post "a palette with a wider range of colours" as my one change. 27 colours would do (a la Amstrad CPC) but 4096 would be ideal.
by VectorEyes
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Free ICs to Good Home.
Replies: 37
Views: 1507

Re: Free ICs to Good Home.

I should probably mention that I asked for one of each type of 6845 CRTC, via PM.

Also, thankyou very much for offering these to us all!
by VectorEyes
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Puzzling graphics glitch on my Beeb
Replies: 45
Views: 1415

Re: Puzzling graphics glitch on my Beeb

What happens if you change the palette? E.g. Set the background to black, foreground to blue, and then try the reverse (background blue, foreground black). Or indeed foreground black, background black -- should be a totally black screen, are there still artefacts?
by VectorEyes
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Puzzling graphics glitch on my Beeb
Replies: 45
Views: 1415

Re: Puzzling graphics glitch on my Beeb

You say that the dots aren't static but disappear/reappear all the time, but the photos show obvious structure to the pattern, e.g. you can see that there's a pattern that repeats every 5 columns but shifted down a bit. Is it the case that there's a pattern, but that any dot within that pattern (ie ...
by VectorEyes
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Vintage Collections
Replies: 50
Views: 2089

Re: Vintage Collections

Compared to many here I'm an amateur! 6x BBC Micro model B, in various states of repair, some with upgrades. 2x Master 128. One pimped out with NULA, MultiOS, DataCentre etc. 1x Microvitec Cub. Which I am ashamed to say I still haven't tested! 1x Commodore 64G. (Didn't realise it was a 'G' when I bo...
by VectorEyes
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 63
Views: 5031

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

I'd like to see them even attempt an ATTACK OF THE MUTANT CAMELS clone, seen the Atari. We didn't even get it looking this cool on the C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqeONHBdE1o You know, I've just watched that video, and I can't help feeling that if you had a VideoNULA, implementing that gam...
by VectorEyes
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 134
Views: 6983

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Table for Saturday and Sunday please. I'll be arriving either Friday very late or Saturday morning.
by VectorEyes
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master internal Pi CoProcessor plus VideoNULA...?
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Re: Master internal Pi CoProcessor plus VideoNULA...?

RobC wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:55 pm
I have one spare set of extender pins that I can pop in the post if you want them...
Yes please! I'll PM you.
by VectorEyes
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SpectROM - Speccy emulator for the Pi co-pro
Replies: 182
Views: 10901

Re: SpectROM - Speccy emulator for the Pi co-pro

Totally agree that this is amazing! I find myself wondering what the limits are. Can it can handle the more extreme abuses of the CPC hardware, e.g. recent demos such as still rising (https://youtu.be/dDVAzMjA7bM) or phX (https://youtu.be/6wBwbRYL-F4) [And by the way, I know it's unrealistic (possib...
by VectorEyes
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master internal Pi CoProcessor plus VideoNULA...?
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Master internal Pi CoProcessor plus VideoNULA...?

Just wondering if anyone has successfully fitted an internal Raspberry Pi Coprocessor board in the same BBC Master as a VideoNULA? I was considering getting an internal CoPro, but it looks like it would need to be in the same physical space as the NULA, because the CoPro board fits between the two i...
by VectorEyes
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SpectROM - Speccy emulator for the Pi co-pro
Replies: 182
Views: 10901

Re: SpectROM - Speccy emulator for the Pi co-pro

My God... If ever there was an excuse to get a Pi CoPro, I think this was it!
by VectorEyes
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master 128 cartridge slot covers
Replies: 2
Views: 274

BBC Master 128 cartridge slot covers

Does anyone know where I might be able to find spare covers for the cartridge slots on a Master 128? Somehow I seem to have broken one of mine. (Anyone got any sitting around spare, hint hint?) I'm also wondering how you go about replacing them. It looks like the metal rod is held in place by melted...
by VectorEyes
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 102122

Re: BeebSID

I'd quite like one but not sure I have the soldering skills!

Ah why not. I'll take one!
by VectorEyes
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: beebasm - incbin or EQUBs sometimes crash my program
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: beebasm - incbin or EQUBs sometimes crash my program

Great minds think alike, Sydney! :)
by VectorEyes
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: beebasm - incbin or EQUBs sometimes crash my program
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: beebasm - incbin or EQUBs sometimes crash my program

Did you mean you're at ORG &900 or ORG &1900? There are several pages between &900 and &3000 that are used by the OS. This has some details: http://8bs.com/mag/32/bbcmemmap1.txt So e.g. page 13 (&0D) is the OS workspace and page 14 (&0E) is the start of DFS workspace, so if you're assembling code ov...
by VectorEyes
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Building B-em with Visual studio
Replies: 60
Views: 1658

Re: Building B-em with Visual studio

Just wanted to say massive thanks for doing this. Being able to build and run B-Em under VS2017 would be great!