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by iamaran
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Re: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

Hi again. So... I am a #-o This multimeter doesn't have a dedicated continuity mode so I've been using the resistance mode. This has a variable selector dial and I've had no idea what to set it to. The results vary - at the higher levels everything seemed to have a connection and at the lower, none ...
by iamaran
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Re: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

Thanks for the reply. I seem to be getting a reading on every pin of the TD63503P from the bottom output pin of HS with the multimeter in resistance mode. If this makes absolutely no sense, then the explanation is my poor eyesight and unsteady hand and I'll get my son to look at it with me tonight a...
by iamaran
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Does anyone remember this adventure game?
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: Does anyone remember this adventure game?

But I bet it's Dragon Adventure by William Stott, which I've never played but it ticks all the boxes: there's a dragon in the title, BLOW HORN is in the solution and it's for children. Unfortunately it's missing from the archive and the screenshot on CASA is the Archimedes version.
by iamaran
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Does anyone remember this adventure game?
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: Does anyone remember this adventure game?

You have to blow a horn in Level 9's Saga of Erik the Viking and there's also a dragon in it.
by iamaran
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Re: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

Thanks for your time and patience. This multimeter has crocodile clips and even though they're quite small it was impossible to touch the pins in isolation. Once I'd put pins in the clips it was slightly easier but still not a doddle! However, here are the (hopefully accurate and meaningful) results...
by iamaran
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Goldstar black and white portable television *GONE*
Replies: 1
Views: 375

Goldstar black and white portable television *GONE*

Model BIR-2050. Works but not the best cosmetic condition and a bit grubby from storage.
Offers, or maybe a swap for something interesting? It'd have to be a swap for something small as the reason the tv has to go is lack of space!
I'm in Leeds.
by iamaran
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Re: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

Hi. I own neither, but can borrow a multimeter on Monday. Thanks for your patience.
by iamaran
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Re: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

Thanks for the reply and information, Kazzie. With the HS jumper removed the solenoid does not move. The disk spins and the beeb reports "disk error". When the jumper on the MS pins it behaves the same as when it's on HS, i.e. bouncing up and down with the same pattern. The disk spins, "disk error"....
by iamaran
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Re: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

Hello again. Well, the shiny plate isn't obviously removable and I can't tell if the head is moving. Photos are attached - one from above, and one of the model number. It's an Epson SD-540. I removed the sticker to see whether it was covering over a different model number, but it is blank underneath.
by iamaran
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Magazines from the 80s
Replies: 92
Views: 4827

Re: Missing Magazines from the 80s

Just for you, Lee, the cataloguing of the listings (not the articles/reviews) is underway. My aim is pre-Christmas! When it's done I'll post a new thread and offer scanning on demand to anyone interested - no point in scanning stuff already archived elsewhere.
by iamaran
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Re: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

Thanks for the replies. 1. The disks are variable in quality, from a quick visual inspection, but nothing you wouldn't have at least tried in 1983! 2. It doesn't give an error code as such, just "Disk fault" when trying to execute a file. *CAT returns a list of files. 3. This drive is different! Lin...
by iamaran
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors
Replies: 40
Views: 1864

Cumana CS400 switchable drive - noises and disk errors

What a beast this is. Apart from a schoolmate in the early 80s that had 8-inch floppy drives rigged up to his BBC (down to his dad I assume), I don't think I've ever seen such a monstrosity. Even the locking button is massive (thought they all had levers). I can't remember what brand mine was back i...
by iamaran
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: FREE: Acorn User 1985 12 issues *GONE*
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: FREE: Acorn User 1985 12 issues *GONE*

Found the time to get these to you this morning, Hinotori.
by iamaran
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?

Q2: Why two BASIC ROMs? REPORT replies 1981 suggesting BASIC I. You don't need both. It's finding BASIC1 first, simply remove it and REPORT will reply 1982. Yep, that works. Thanks! Odd, because the previous owner was savvy and has 3 or 4 in his (now my) collection (DiscDoctor, Exmon etc) that he c...
by iamaran
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?

Pernod wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:08 pm
iamaran wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:40 pm
Q1: Are my ROM assumptions correct from the photo? I do miss the *ROMS command!
Correct, though I would like to see a dump of the DFS 0.9H.
As soon as I'm in a position to do so, I promise to do this.
by iamaran
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?

It lives! BBC Computer 32K Acorn DFS BASIC *H. WORDWISE-PLUS 1.48 DFS 0.9H DFS UTILS OS 1.20 The 5 ROMs are (I think): IC51 HN613128PB04 OS 1.2 IC52 Torch Computers (but would appear to be Acorn) DFS .9H IC88 Wordwise Plus 1.48 IC100 HN613128PB05 BASIC II IC101 HN613128PB01 BASIC I And Kenneth Kenda...
by iamaran
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Magazines from the 80s
Replies: 92
Views: 4827

Re: Missing Magazines from the 80s

Hi Lee. I'll scan it today. There may well be others as this box file is stuffed with pages.
by iamaran
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Magazines from the 80s
Replies: 92
Views: 4827

Re: Missing Magazines from the 80s

Lee, I have been given a box file stuffed with BBC listings cut out from various multi-format magazines. I haven't yet had the time to go through it, but here are a couple of examples of games that are missing from bbcmicro.co.uk: World War I by Colin Pinder, Practical Computing November 1983 pp 186...
by iamaran
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New adventure - Send in the Clones
Replies: 13
Views: 1444

Re: New adventure - Send in the Clones

I did download it, and it's on my list of games to play (along with Ravenwood) but I never find the time.
by iamaran
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: FREE: Acorn User 1985 12 issues *GONE*
Replies: 4
Views: 506

FREE: Acorn User 1985 12 issues *GONE*

From a recent excellent Freegle collection of all sorts. I feel a little bad about disposing of them so soon after being so generously given them, but realistically they'll only go damp in the loft so better to re-donate them to anyone who wants them. Free for the price of Collect+ / Hermes, likely ...
by iamaran
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?

Right, thanks everyone. Replacing it will be beyond my skills! I will get the PSU done (though it does look ok to this novice) and see whether it powers on.
by iamaran
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?
Replies: 19
Views: 879

Re: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?

Thanks all. Now I look with eyes that aren't tired...
by iamaran
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?
Replies: 19
Views: 879

My new beeb - A to B? But why no analogue?

Back in the day I had an Issue 7 Model B (presumably in silicon heaven as I sadly sold it to fund an Amiga). Now I'm the proud owner of an Issue 3 ICL built model. My first impression of my new Beeb is that it is a Model A upgraded to B spec because 8 of the 16 RAM chips are clearly different. The R...
by iamaran
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5454
Views: 432710

Re: Today I received.....

It has a Torch Computers DFS .9H (1983) which I've not heard of before. I'm intrigued, photos and ROM dump please :) Quick snap of the DFS and the other 4 ROMs. Will dump if needed when/if I get it up and running. It amuses me that the only beeb I now own is older than the one I had in the 1980s!
by iamaran
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5454
Views: 432710

Re: Today I received.....

An ICL issue 3 Beeb, from a generous Freegler, serial number 003353. It has a Torch Computers DFS .9H (1983) which I've not heard of before.
No idea whether it works as it has the Astec AA11660 PSU and I don't know whether such a clumsy person as me should attempt the cap replacement!
by iamaran
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Magazines from the 80s
Replies: 92
Views: 4827

Re: Missing Magazines from the 80s

Scans of articles about The Valley from issues other than April 1982 are in the zip file here:
https://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/fraser.char ... Valley.zip

Happy Christmas, Cudgel :lol:
by iamaran
Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Poor manufacturing
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Poor manufacturing

It's the lightning cables that cost my household budget dear. They don't seem to stand up to any wear or tear, whereas the old style did, as do all variants of mini/micro usb/c for other devices.
by iamaran
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: PRES Advanced Plus 2 ROM documentation
Replies: 1
Views: 408

PRES Advanced Plus 2 ROM documentation

PRES Advanced Plus 2 ROM.pdf
by iamaran
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing BBC Games HELP REQUIRED!
Replies: 25
Views: 8311

Re: Missing BBC Games HELP REQUIRED!

Don't forget the Akom crosswords that Arcadian flagged up.