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by LordVaderUK
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

Thanks everyone. Yep, I was putting 12V into the Gotek which is why of course my USB sticks were frying...!! Now that I've reverted it to 5V, guess what -- it works!! Well... to a point... certainly the rotary knob works, I can list files with *. and see what's on the disk image, etc. But Shift-Brea...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

OK, thanks danielj and tricky for your help, and patience. I'm still stuck. The Gotek drive is set up with a jumper on S0 (which is correct, according to the Wiki). I have copied all the files from tricky's GOTEK folder onto my USB drive. When I insert the USB stick, it flashes continually. Nothing ...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

Light flashing is normal. Can you cycle through with the buttons instead of the rotary encoder? SD needs to be FAT32, that's all. Make sure you've got some images on there with the correct suffix. (e.g. dsd or ssd), and the ff.cfg file set up as per the wiki? d. OK, encouraging, thanks. The buttons...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

This normally happens when you plug the floppy power lead in upside down? The USB stick gets 12V straight to it? d. I think the power lead is OK - the red LED comes on, the OLED powers up OK, so I am assuming power is as it should be... And actually now having done some more fiddling, it seems as t...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

Thank you, everyone for your help. I managed to flash the device, using a USB-TTL adapter, and after much experimentation and googling, a piece of software called STM32CubeProgrammer. I even managed to attach an OLED display (confirming FlashFloppy successfully installed) and a rotary encoder. Sadly...
by LordVaderUK
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

Thanks all for the advice so far, but I'm struggling... I am on a Mac so have searched for an STM flash programmer which will work on OSX. I found https://www.st.com/content/st_com/en/products/development-tools/software-development-tools/stm32-software-development-tools/stm32-programmers/stm32cubepr...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

OK - not on my phone anymore :) The question is how much do you want to spend? The neat way to connect the encoder to the main board is to put headers in, then crimps onto the wires to the encoder, then plug them in. The cheap (and quicker) way to do it is just to solder wires from the encoder dire...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

Thanks - however my queries are more basic I think... I've ordered the rotary knob and the OLED display. But I have no connectors, pin headers, or wires to plumb it all together. I found RS Components very confusing (bearing in mind I don't know anything), to the point that I couldn't even work out ...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Re: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

Hi Danielj, thanks for the quick reply - sorry if that was you on the video I meant no disrespect, it was more an expression of frustration that I couldn't find the info I needed on the internet! You're way ahead of me, I am a total beginner. Thank you for the links :wink:
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...
Replies: 37
Views: 3019

Putting together a GOTEK, what do I need...

Hi all, Getting back into retro computing and having fun. I now have a BBC B+ and an Electron. I've bought a GOTEK drive, plus an LCD display and a rotary dial. However I assume I'll also need some other bits, like a ribbon cable, some wiring, headers (is that what they're called?) to solder onto th...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Electron MicroSD Card Interfaces (SOLD OUT)
Replies: 107
Views: 9332

Re: Electron MicroSD Card Interfaces (now Mk2)

Hi all, I've just finished a small batch of Electron MicroSD interfaces. They're designed to be as cheap as possible, no frills at all, just a card interface and MMFS in an eprom flash. It can use MicroSD cards up to 8GB. 10/03 - I'm now shipping the second version of this card, which mounts the Mi...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5990
Views: 614880

Re: Today I received.....

Is there a guide somewhere for how to recap/futureproof an Electron?? No, because there are no capacitors that need renewing normally. The internal Elk PSU is normally very reliable. The external PSU (which is just a transformer in a plastic case) suffers from the low voltage cable suffering breaks...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5990
Views: 614880

Re: Today I received.....

Just collected this very nice looking Electron, still in its original box/polystyrene packaging, and even with the edge connector plastic protector still in place. It came complete with power supply, aerial cable, pristine manuals, and a pile of software. PLUS the original sales receipt from Rumbelo...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Maplin are back ...
Replies: 10
Views: 1195

Re: Maplin are back ...

Above link is broken.... this one works :-)

https://www.maplin.co.uk

Could have sworn they went bust!
by LordVaderUK
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 71
Views: 7658

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

Wow, Lurkio, that is absolutely brilliant, thank you. Sadly my maths is pretty shabby and I would never have worked this out. Very grateful :)
by LordVaderUK
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 71
Views: 7658

Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

I'm trying to get back into really simple programming using my BBC B+ and BBC BASIC, just to teach myself what I have forgotten from 30+ years ago... :? To do this, I've written a really simple Hangman program (see attached screenshot, yes I know it's crude but it's early days!!). Can you guess the ...
by LordVaderUK
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: BeebEm Mac - Info
Replies: 195
Views: 17390

Re: BeebEm Mac - Info

lurkio wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:43 am
Select and copy the program-text in NEWFILE.BAS and then just paste it into BeebEm!

:?:
Well hot damn that works like a treat - thank you :-)
by LordVaderUK
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: BeebEm Mac - Info
Replies: 195
Views: 17390

Re: BeebEm Mac - Info

Thanks all for the pointers, I have managed to work it out, slightly convoluted but I guess that’s the joy of retro ;-) In case anyone else finds this thread and is wondering, here’s what I learned: On SDLIDE (BBC Basic editor) Edit and debug your program Save in TEXT file format (will save as .BAS ...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: BeebEm Mac - Info
Replies: 195
Views: 17390

Re: BeebEm Mac - Info

This should work just fine - I just tested it. Make sure you are running a floppy filing system: *DISC File / Disc Options / New Disc 0 (or CMD D) - as Lurkio says, ensure you specify an extension such as .SSD Drive 0 should automatically get write protection removed, but check with File / Disc Opt...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: BeebEm Mac - Info
Replies: 195
Views: 17390

Re: BeebEm Mac - Info

Newbie question (yes, another one, sorry). I've downloaded BeebEm4 and it's running on the Mac. Can load up the disk images that come with the package. But I don't know how to save stuff to disc. If I choose File>Disc Options>New Disc 0 and enter a filename (like DISC0), nothing is created in the di...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: How do you edit your BASIC programs?
Replies: 53
Views: 4654

Re: How do you edit your BASIC programs?

Hello all, Can someone help out a newbie (to retro computing, but not to computing generally) with what is probably a really BASIC question... I am writing a BASIC program, using the BBC Basic adaptation called SDLIDE, which seems pretty good. I can test and run the program in emulated mode on my Ma...
by LordVaderUK
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5990
Views: 614880

Re: Today I received.....

Commie_User wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:27 pm
That screen looks ugly. Are you sure you can repair the glass?
Just reflections in the photo - the glass is in undamaged condition, the metal case is a little battered...
by LordVaderUK
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5990
Views: 614880

Re: Today I received.....

A somewhat battered Microvitec CUB monitor... sadly forgot to order a cable so I can’t try it with the Beeb yet, it switches on without going bang and emitting magic smoke though... despite the incredibly poor packaging 😬 And a DataCentre courtesy of Mark from RetroClinic, haven’t had time to fit it...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Quest to become ELITE!
Replies: 78
Views: 13052

Re: Quest to become ELITE!

Can't wait to rejoin the Elite battle... currently my BBC B+ is awaiting a MMC drive so I can actually load something! However back in the day I spent what must be hundreds of hours hunched over my BBC B in my teenage bedroom, and did finally reach Elite status. Of course, I have no proof - you'll j...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 3213

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

chinnyhill10 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:15 am
My BBC Master came out of a 6th form Physics lab in 1995. 3 of us went down there and took one each, the rest went in a skip.
This made my heart break just a little bit... :cry: At least three more enlightened students saved three!
by LordVaderUK
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: BBC B plinth / monitor stand
Replies: 10
Views: 2527

Re: BBC B plinth / monitor stand

Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve just bought a CUB monitor, the glass will hold up to 30kg so I’m going to risk it...!
by LordVaderUK
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Back to the 1980’s
Replies: 10
Views: 1076

Re: Back to the 1980’s

Thanks all for the welcome. I found the “typeins for unattended beebs” thread, excellent! The BBC has arrived today, having some setup issues with a wobbly display (converting SCART to VGA not entirely successfully), and I’ve already managed to mangle a ROM chip trying to get it out of a socket :cry...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Back to the 1980’s
Replies: 10
Views: 1076

Back to the 1980’s

Hi all, thanks for allowing me to join this friendly forum. I got into computers as a teenager in the 80s, starting with computers owned by friends (or more likely their dads!) - ZX81, Atari 400 and 800, Dragon 32, Vic 20, etc. My first computer, after much pestering of my parents, was an Acorn Elec...

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