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by VectorEyes
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Ideas please for BBC Micro splash screen
Replies: 51
Views: 1844

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: 3889

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: 953

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: 758

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: 758

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: 4086

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: 1801

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: 1704

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: 1704

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: 57
Views: 2801

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: 5671

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: 8242

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: 436

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: 12192

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: 436

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: 12192

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: 332

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: 108683

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: 494

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: 494

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: 2592

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!
by VectorEyes
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Building B-em with Visual studio
Replies: 60
Views: 2592

Re: Building B-em with Visual studio

In nearly all cases, one type shouldn't be cast to another where the desired is to use the same bit pattern for two different things. The "correct" way to do it is to have a union with both in and then use the member that does what you want when you want it. Or use reinterpret_cast! EDIT: Actually ...
by VectorEyes
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 925
Views: 63708

Re: Acorn Art Thread

pixelblip wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Sly Stone
Love this one!
by VectorEyes
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31741

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

reupped - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llp8Hirpmzc - @Vectoreyes, did you see yourself in the vid? When I have time to stare at over an hour of low-res video looking for myself, I'll let you know! One problem is that there are several geeky-looking boys with glasses there and I'm not sure whethe...
by VectorEyes
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2936
Views: 271596

Re: LOLPRICE

As possibly the ultimate LOLPRICE so far … the Watford Electronics dustcover for the BBC Micro … that went for £102... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Watford-Electronics-Dust-Cover-For-the-Acorn-BBC-Micro-Computer-/132802993370?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true (Discussion with friends and colleagues suggests t...
by VectorEyes
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Trackball for BBC Micro
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: Trackball for BBC Micro

No idea if this is any good or within your budget, but I just noticed this on eBay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Marcus-Track ... 2959503561
by VectorEyes
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Need major PSU advice on my new beeb...
Replies: 16
Views: 930

Re: Need major PSU advice on my new beeb...

There's a lot of good advice here but in all honesty if it was me I think I'd be watching eBay for spare BBC Micro power supplies or even for machines that are sold as not working out whose PSUs are probably functional!

I'm really curious what the weird replacement PSU in your machine looked like!
by VectorEyes
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Anyone here own "Essential Maths on the BBC and Electron Computers"?
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Anyone here own "Essential Maths on the BBC and Electron Computers"?

... if so, could you tell me whether the examples are in BASIC or 6502 assembly, and if you find the book any good?
by VectorEyes
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 276
Views: 31741

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

davidb wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:42 pm
Acorn RISC PC Launch - 16th April 1994 (Home Video Recording) (via the RISC OS Open forums) - is that really how product launches were done back in the 90s? :shock:
It really is. I was there. (As a rather awkward 17-year-old!)