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by mjforbes
Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Christmas Games
Replies: 9
Views: 2577

Re: Christmas Games

There's no menu on "Xmas Crackers" - just CHAIN the program you require.
by mjforbes
Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Christmas Games
Replies: 9
Views: 2577

Re: Christmas Games

A quick scan over my collection of images gives these two - "Santa" by Icon (awful game, and I can't figure out how to descend the ladders), and a collection of rubbish from Micro User, optimistically entitled "Christmas Crackers" ...

Enjoy (maybe)

Matt
by mjforbes
Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Double Density Discs
Replies: 2
Views: 823

Re: Double Density Discs

Just a thought - I'm pretty certain that by default BeebEm will use the standard Acorn DFS, which can't handle Watford-format disks. If you try downloading the Watford DFS (try this one , and replace the DFS 'chip' in BeebEm Hardware -> Edit Rom Configuration then highlight the DFS/DNFS chip, click ...
by mjforbes
Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Drogna
Replies: 9
Views: 2416

Re: Drogna

Thanks for those guys; I thought it had to be something to do with colour/shape matching, but must be going daft as I couldn't figure it.

I know what I'm doing tonight as soon as the kids are zzz-ing.

Matt
by mjforbes
Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Atomic Theory & Practice
Replies: 4
Views: 1151

Re: Atomic Theory & Practice

Is this any good? Far from perfect, I admit, but might give you a head-start.

Regards,

Matt
by mjforbes
Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Drogna
Replies: 9
Views: 2416

Drogna

Does anyone have a copy of the instructions for Acornsoft's Drogna lying around anywhere that they could post? I've been trying (on and off) for ages to figure this one out, but have managed to get nowhere...!

Cheers in advance,

Matt
by mjforbes
Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:25 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Grand Prix Circuit
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: Grand Prix Circuit

"Grand Prix Circuit" was a PC game from the late 80's - I remember this as it was one of the first games I - erm - "acquired" :D when I got my hands on my first PC. Is it possible that the floppy you've found might be this?

Matt
by mjforbes
Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: STH 143 Disc compilation Excel list - Thoughts??
Replies: 259
Views: 39177

Re: STH 143 Disc compilation Excel list - Thoughts??

A good idea, but one thing you may wish to consider would be to add fields for system compatibility (A, B, M128, Electron etc.), emulator compatibility and perhaps loading instructions (shift-break, *run etc.) I've got a bit of time to myself until the new year, so if you want a hand, give me a shou...
by mjforbes
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: 5.25" floppy storage
Replies: 5
Views: 1128

Re: 5.25" floppy storage

There's a charity shop not far from me that had a load of 3.5" disk boxes, and I'm pretty sure that they had a few 5.25" boxes as well. I'm out of the area until tomorrow, but I'll try an d remember to pop in and see what they have and how much they're asking.

M.
by mjforbes
Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: general
Topic: BBC car badges BitD
Replies: 6
Views: 1181

Re: BBC car badges BitD

And that looks almost identical to the one that adorned a Y-reg Mini 1275 "Special". Cheap looking, but what would it be worth now? M, 'alf way cross the channel, 'cos we fancy croissants for breakfast. Sure - Sainsbury's in Southsea will have them, but a french breakfast item is best had in France ;)
by mjforbes
Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC car badges BitD
Replies: 6
Views: 1181

Re: BBC car badges BitD

I didn't have one, but I knew a guy at Portsmouth Grammar who had one on his Mini - it looked cheap and nasty (the badge, not the car, although that was a bit of a rustbucket ...)

Cheers,

Matt
Southsea
by mjforbes
Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: How code travelled in ye olde Pre-Internet days
Replies: 24
Views: 4601

Re: How code travelled in ye olde Pre-Internet days

Anyone remember *PIG ? We had that on one of the Beebs at school .... ;)
by mjforbes
Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: How code travelled in ye olde Pre-Internet days
Replies: 24
Views: 4601

Re: How code travelled in ye olde Pre-Internet days

Sometimes shop owners would allow me to come and play a title and make a copy without purchase so long as I left them a copy and promised not to distribute the game for around a month so they could sell their stock. Seriously Mike? Surely that'd be buying a one-way ticket to the bankruptcy courts! ...
by mjforbes
Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:03 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: How code travelled in ye olde Pre-Internet days
Replies: 24
Views: 4601

Re: How code travelled in ye olde Pre-Internet days

Interesting thread! Most of my stuff BITD came from friends at school - the after hours 'computer club' on Mon, Wed and Thu afternoon/evenings were never used for working on GCSE work, more copying games from each other. As a result, a lot of the stuff that I had was sourced locally (south Hants), b...
by mjforbes
Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: stardot FORUM
Topic: Happy birthday!
Replies: 18
Views: 3535

Re: Happy birthday!

It's my last day of being a "thirty-something" on Thursday 6th ...

:oops:
by mjforbes
Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Zarch and other Archimedes games/software
Replies: 32
Views: 7605

Re: Zarch and other Archimedes games/software

Whether this happens is anyones guess, but I am trying and hope that something comes of it, they also have plenty of Repton 3 mugs and badges too. Now I'd be *VERY* interested in one of those - I was gutted a few years ago when the handle fell off mine, and the mug hit the patio and - well - it was...
by mjforbes
Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The Stairway to Hell archive
Replies: 33
Views: 6445

Re: The Stairway to Hell archive

That Graphics Research "Minefield" game looks suspiciously familiar - NOW we know where Microsoft got the idea for "Minesweeper" from ... :D
by mjforbes
Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:22 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Z80 CoPro Manuals
Replies: 19
Views: 4588

Re: Z80 CoPro Manuals

No idea why I said I'd be back on Monday - we're heading to the UK now ("Normandie" this time - a **proper** cruise ferry! Yay!)

nbel - drop me an email (mjforbes at gmail dot com) with your (postal) address, and I'll bung it in the post on Monday after I've done the school run.

Cheers,

Matt
by mjforbes
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Z80 CoPro Manuals
Replies: 19
Views: 4588

Re: Z80 CoPro Manuals

Enjoy MSM - one of my favourite places :D :D even if you are only there briefly doing taxi duties :-) :D :D The thing sticking out of the sea is truly wonderful. The white thing that carries it's name is a f*****g monstrosity - that won't fit into St Malo (closest proper port to MSM itself). Anyway...
by mjforbes
Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Z80 CoPro Manuals
Replies: 19
Views: 4588

Re: Z80 CoPro Manuals

I'm off to France in about 20 mins (or as soon as they decide to throw the ropes.) (*) I'm not going to get an ebay-type fistfight going, but if anyone *really* wants it, then I'll whack it in the post. Regards, Matt "Mont St Michel" - 0730 Portsmouth - Ouistreham (grab my dad, quick pression, then ...
by mjforbes
Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Z80 CoPro Manuals
Replies: 19
Views: 4588

Re: Z80 CoPro Manuals

Don't know if it's any use, but whilst looking for something else, I've just found a copy of "Introducing CP/M" on the BBC Micro Z80 Second Pocessor" (Bruce Smith, 1985). It's ex-Library stock, so not in perfect conditioin, but if you're it might be of some use, then it's yours for the cost of posta...
by mjforbes
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Z80 CoPro Manuals
Replies: 19
Views: 4588

Re: Z80 CoPro Manuals

Don't know if the attached are any use ... PDFs of the Z80 Basic User Guide and Z80 Second Processor User Guide.

Regards,

Matt
by mjforbes
Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Electron Game Cartridges
Replies: 8
Views: 1954

Re: Electron Game Cartridges

Back in the mid-late 80s I had an Elk with a Plus 1, and had Hopper and Snapper on cartridge - apart from the "Mode 7" oddness, there was no difference between the ROM-based version when compared with the tape equivalents (apart, of course, from the virtually instantaneous loading, and the lack of "...
by mjforbes
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:06 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi Everyone!
Replies: 11
Views: 1597

Re: Hi Everyone!

Hi Nigel - welcome to the forum; explore & enjoy! Would have said "hi" earlier, but thanks to the weather, we've been stranded in the arse end of nowhere cutting trees down so as to get out of the in-laws place and do stuff like "going to the shops". Ferry home this afternoon, and the girls have had...
by mjforbes
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2995
Views: 321873

Re: LOLPRICE

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Trackball-Optical-1-0-PS2-USB-Compatible-Maus-100-/160762570544?_trksid=p3284.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D21%26pmod%3D370594137982%26ps%3D54 Microsoft Trackball Optical 1.0 How Much ?!!?! Bought one of th...
by mjforbes
Wed May 30, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Writing IBM XT floppies on BBC B
Replies: 8
Views: 2798

Re: Writing IBM XT floppies on BBC B

CMOS settings seem to have been lost (which, if it's been unused for XXX, is highly likely, as the battery will have gone six feet under). As it's an XT, I'd risk a guess that the BIOS settings are only tweakable by use of a setup (bootable) disk, but have you looked at the screen that comes up when...
by mjforbes
Wed May 30, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Tandy Catalogues
Replies: 3
Views: 1740

Re: Tandy Catalogues

Fantastic! You've just made an otherwise dull train trip a million times better! Some of the stuff in the '84 cat I remember sooooo well!!!

Cheers Darren!

Matt
Somewhere between Gatwick and Portsmouth, but don't really care where - now; where's the bird with the trolley? It's gone beer o'clock.
by mjforbes
Tue May 22, 2012 7:38 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Citadel on the Master Compact?
Replies: 27
Views: 6981

Re: Citadel on the Master Compact?

Off topic - shocking :shock: It gives the impression that we're not geeks when you do that and that we may, possibly, if you look hard enough, actually have some interpersonal skills. Geeks? Us? Nah! And are you Elite yet ? Oh yesss, Sir Banana! Time to restart and annoy people for another few mont...
by mjforbes
Tue May 22, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Citadel on the Master Compact?
Replies: 27
Views: 6981

Re: Citadel on the Master Compact?

I presume the shop no longer exists. The shop itself is still there, but hasn't been Electronequip for nearly 20 years. When they bulldozed the old bus station and most of the other buildings on the south side of West Street, there were plans to clear the 'older' shops between the middle and west e...
by mjforbes
Tue May 22, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: identify game from very vague description
Replies: 45
Views: 5878

Re: identify game from very vague description

=D> Hope you have a pleasant crossing. Nothing out of the ordinary - left Ouistreham on time, managed not to crash into anything mid-channel, and the typical 70 minute crawl from the Nab Tower into Portsmouth. Managed to get home in time to kiss the girls goodnight and catch Family Guy with a large...

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