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by AndyF
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Can anyone get this game to run in an emulator?
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: Can anyone get this game to run in an emulator?

Welcome! At this moment I do not have a tool to assemble that into a disc image from the .inf files, not to hand anyway. No doubt someone will be along shortly with something to assist. I'm not on my regular machine so I'm lacking in utils as I write. :) But I'll say a quick 'welcome' anyway. I can'...
by AndyF
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

(With just the slight disadvantage that it would be possible to mis-fit the ROM and cause havoc!) I suppose that's true. :D Mind you I would guess (just a guess *** ) a fair few roms/eproms had an "early retirement" due to being fitted a pin up/down or possibly back-to-front :) *** By that I just m...
by AndyF
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

How about socketing the Elk's 6502 to allow for easy aftermarket accelerators? That's a good idea. It does seem to vary a bit (with quite a few manufacturers) when you look at different issues of boards to find things socketed or not. Sometimes they go back to a socket I'd noted. And some small cha...
by AndyF
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Regarding the suggestion for the larger Elk case, this would of likely meant the PSU could of happily lived inside as well instead of being an external brick. While I'm here talking of Elk's, another 'one change' suggestion would of been the inclusion of perhaps a couple of ROM sockets. I did consid...
by AndyF
Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S9 - R7 - Creepy Cave
Replies: 65
Views: 3288

Re: High Score Challenge S9 - R7 - Creepy Cave

Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I do not want really to derail the 'hiscore' nature of the topic itself. This was one game that I actually got on tape with a machine***, expecting it to be terrible I was very pleasantly surprised by it, although I think I've only ever got past the second sc...
by AndyF
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

I thought again about my 'B memory suggestion. I think I may want to revise that idea to having some kind of shadow screen ram built in. In other words, none of this 'Bad Mode' business if you have say a large listing and want to switch to Mode2. Also think of the possibilities for games if they did...
by AndyF
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Its probably possible just to see the difference in the two black levels on a CRT I guess, less likely if possible at all on a LCD monitor. I've not tried! I don't think my eyesight is good enough and I don't have a suitable CRT monitor now to try it. It was me (obviously!) who did the topic there a...
by AndyF
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Spectrum 'bright black' is the same colour as black, so the Spectrum has 16 logical colours but only 15 physical colours. Yes. :) Although I phrased it slightly badly I suspect. :) All I meant was it was quite possible to have the same 'ink/pen' and 'paper' colour (both black) and also have the 'br...
by AndyF
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

bah humbug etc :lol: . Have a nice 'seasonal' smile instead:
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by AndyF
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Cassette Motor light
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Cassette Motor light

Required specifications, something I'd not considered. :) That does seem more likely. I guess all I was saying in a way was why not a power light instead as per the M128, unsure if my initial thoughts on "tape players without motor control" bears much to it apart from it being a visual indicator it ...
by AndyF
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

The brightness control was suggested before and I concur its probably a good idea. For the (probably not that many) of those here who are not aware of how this is done on the ZX platform as that was indicated as a good example of it, here is a small pic: br_br.png As you can see from this there's a ...
by AndyF
Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Cassette Motor light
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Cassette Motor light

My only question is why ? The Master did not have this , so why the 'A and 'B ? , I do not think the Elk or Atom had one but I've not looked at one for a long time so I'm not sure. Just not sure why they did not have a power light, even though caps is on anyway so you have two illuminated at cold st...
by AndyF
Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Excellent suggestions so far generally. Thanks all, still love to hear more! :) I'm pleased to see at least two have said replacing flash with bright (aka Speccy style or similar) which would of been quite a good idea. One more from me: A single inbuilt 3.5 floppy on the M128, side-mounted (CBM Amig...
by AndyF
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

It's hard to pick just one I know! I had several ideas but had to just grab one really otherwise it would probably be too much of a silly topic if we were say putting two or three bits/changes into a model. :) :) I like your suggestions too. For what little its worth I was half split on the Elk cho...
by AndyF
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Season 11 Game Nominations
Replies: 12
Views: 974

Re: Season 11 Game Nominations

I could not see it suggested for previous rounds ( I missed out on Creepy Cave but I was never able to get past the second screen! :oops: ) anyway what about Bruce Lee ?

http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=363
by AndyF
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Some good thoughts here. Thanks so far. In regard to the M128 sound that leads me to expand on one suggestion: The socket should of been a 3.5 or 6 mm jack with the contacts to disable the internal spaker (typo is deliberate) upon inserting said plug the same way a tape player disconnects its intern...
by AndyF
Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3243

Bit of fun - One change only

I also posted this on another marque's forum (for their marques) to see. Its just a bit of fun really. OK, if you could of made one change to an Acorn model what would it of been ? Do not factor in cost too much into this please, as said its a bit of fun nothing more. :) Its limited to one change pe...
by AndyF
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B faults
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: BBC Model B faults

Does the ULA have a heatsink on it ? They can get a bit warm sometimes.
by AndyF
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Oric 1 power supply output
Replies: 5
Views: 574

Re: Oric 1 power supply output

May be worth considering replacing the internal 780x / 790x with a solid state device as if its like the later Atmos (I have one of these it almost works but more about that another time!) it can get very hot! If (again if its like the Atmos) you could use a Spectrum 48/48+/128 PSU the type with the...
by AndyF
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Chuckie Egg Levels
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Re: Chuckie Egg Levels

I don't know what happens with the level counter on these versions however on the ZX version (sorry) it shows level 100 as 00 then 01, same with the scrolly between each as it is only displaying two digits. Mind you the game play is very exciting at that point ( ! ) Watched a playback video of it.
by AndyF
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip
Replies: 20
Views: 1041

Re: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip

Nice comments in the listing, Andy! Re: Swordfish - annoyingly the fish was on top, and the sword looked like a knife. You're welcome. I'm fully aware there's a commented one (actually more than one already) however the comments on the above are my own take/wording on it, pretty much going to say t...
by AndyF
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Suggestion: Cheats, maps, tips, trainers and the like
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Suggestion: Cheats, maps, tips, trainers and the like

:) I can't see any need for a plugin or three to do this. They would be standard topics. The only slight annoyance may be if say there were a few topics and someone did not search to check if said game already had a topic and created a new one, a mod would have to merge it into the existing one. It ...
by AndyF
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip
Replies: 20
Views: 1041

Re: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip

Yes 'SwordFish' is how I know it. The teleport cheat if enabled does mean the 'ending' is not shown. In essence it does this: Move to the next cavern: 36904 LD A,(33799) ; 33799 = The current cavern number (0 to 19) 36907 INC A ; Increase that value 36908 CP 20 ; Is it now 20 ? If so that means (19+...
by AndyF
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Graphic adventures
Replies: 17
Views: 1135

Re: Graphic adventures

Interesting that the Spectrum (normally the most inferior machine graphically) is the most colourful of the four. Yes. Very very careful use was made to avoid any signs of attribute clash. You can see from the four 'combi pic' images. One I used a tool for (top left) the others I merely used an emu...
by AndyF
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Suggestion: Cheats, maps, tips, trainers and the like
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Suggestion: Cheats, maps, tips, trainers and the like

A thought occurred earlier to a few weeks ago but I never got around to posting it. Would a new forum for game maps, cheats (either manual listings or maybe ready made versions) , tips etc be an idea ? I have a vague idea of something along the lines of a single topic/thread for each game in questio...
by AndyF
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip
Replies: 20
Views: 1041

Re: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip

jonb wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:00 pm
FISH

OMEGA
I think that might have to be explained to me :oops:
by AndyF
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip
Replies: 20
Views: 1041

Re: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip

Am I OK to update the jswmm existing 'cheat' version (the immunity one) to offer this version as well please ? :) If you do, can you link to it here, please? We can get it uploaded to bbcmicro.co.uk too if no one objects. :?: I sort of "jumped the gun" with this, then realised I should of asked fir...
by AndyF
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip
Replies: 20
Views: 1041

Re: Manic Miner Level Select/Skip

Am I OK to update the jswmm existing 'cheat' version (the immunity one) to offer this version as well please ? :)
by AndyF
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Graphic adventures
Replies: 17
Views: 1135

Re: Graphic adventures

Actually mentioning Ransom again (sometimes known as 'Avinman' as well) here is a quick combi pic showing it on various platforms. I am aware its likely avaialable on others too but these are the most common 'official' ones: Top Left: Amstrad CPC Top Right: BBC Micro Bottom Left: Commodore 64 Bottom...
by AndyF
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Two CF to IDE adapters as Master/Slave
Replies: 5
Views: 319

Re: Two CF to IDE adapters as Master/Slave

I did once try it with two adaptors and it did not work despite my efforts, although I will admit I did not really spend a lot of time with it.

As above it does work fine with a 'combi' one though that holds two.