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by MartinB
Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Electron Advanced User Guide
Replies: 22
Views: 3914

Thanks very much Steve, sounds like it's the usual DIY learning curve then and I'm sure I'll be back.... :? Uh Oh Colin..... Two 'Twisted Evils' and a 'Very Mad' :shock: Thanks for the cartridge tip, I'll give it a go. I did plug one in but resisted switching on until someone gave me a warm feeling ...
by MartinB
Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:06 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Electron Advanced User Guide
Replies: 22
Views: 3914

Riding in a timely fashion on the back of this Electron knowledge thread...... I confess, it was me who bought the Electron ACP Plus 4 from eBay last week and to save amateur sleuthing, I am that f00landhism0ney! Anyway, after excitedly winning the auction, I spotted the 'Elk Mode 7 Adaptor' thread ...
by MartinB
Fri May 30, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Display Problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4600

Yes, it's a thorny area when there's perhaps a fault in the very memory the machine needs to run a program to find the fault! You are of course absolutely right in everything you say but there's something of a paradox here in that the very best, 100% effective memory test program would probably need...
by MartinB
Wed May 28, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Cleaning the BBC
Replies: 7
Views: 1765

Hi.

I've tried just about everything but all without much success. Reading this article, probably the best I've seen on the subject, I think failure seems inevitable... :(

http://www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/189

Martin
by MartinB
Tue May 27, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Has anyone got one of these ?
Replies: 0
Views: 631

Has anyone got one of these ?

According to dictionaries, Brevity is the quality of expressing much in few words; terseness; Brevity is the soul of wit. So, how about this Beeb accessory (and seller’s other items) for a witty giggle then.... :lol: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290234020216 Martin :wink:
by MartinB
Tue May 27, 2008 3:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Display Problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4600

I know there are 1001 different memory testers out there but here's one I wrote for quick first-look testing when there's obvious display symptoms. It tests the whole of user ram from &E00 to &7FFF and by running it from a low (normally illegal) PAGE of &900, it will work fine on tape an...
by MartinB
Mon May 26, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Something for the weekend....
Replies: 4
Views: 1213

Yeah, it's pretty much all about reactions and not letting my Beeb 'O' player get the better of you! :x Incidentally, I meant to say (more clearly) in the original post, the challenge was not so much about the game as written but for anyone into a bit of logical programming having a go at writing a ...
by MartinB
Thu May 22, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Something for the weekend....
Replies: 4
Views: 1213

Ahem! I don't do bugs.

Come on now, hands up everyone who didn't read the document.... :D
by MartinB
Wed May 21, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Something for the weekend....
Replies: 4
Views: 1213

Something for the weekend....

Since the board is a bit quiet at the moment I thought I'd offer you a chance to (gently) flex your retro programming and logic skills on the Beeb. This is something suitable for beginners, re-beginners and experts alike and you might just enjoy the 'challenge'. I was dusting off old discs recently ...
by MartinB
Sun May 11, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Wizzy's Mansion
Replies: 19
Views: 3456

Sorry, that's fc /b file1 file2 (too many OS's to remember.....)
by MartinB
Sun May 11, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Wizzy's Mansion
Replies: 19
Views: 3456

If you're using Windows, 'fc' (file compare) works well. Goto the pseudo-dos prompt and type fc/? for the details. Basically fc -b file1 file2 does the trick but it gets a bit hairy if you need to list the differences.
(You may know all this but just in case it helps.)
by MartinB
Thu May 08, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Flair
Replies: 3
Views: 1617

Not an Arc person but I wonder if you're spelling it correctly - was it perhaps Flare because there's references (only) here... http://acorn.cybervillage.co.uk/emulation/riscos2/index.htm and here... http://productsdb.riscos.com/swcat/graph.htm The references seem to confirm that you are not dreamin...
by MartinB
Tue May 06, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: BeeBugs Toolkit and Exmon
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

I'm more of a 'B' person but I do have and use some Master 128's. I've been forced to get to know them better recently with some hardware I was developing and for that I needed a low-level monitor so I plugged in Exmon II (2.02) and it works fine! Not sure exactly how to determine BASIC 4 but my Mas...
by MartinB
Thu May 01, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Smoking BBC!
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

Oops! Apologies to sorvad and others, I didn't realise this had all been done before.

Newbies eh, who needs 'em...... :)
by MartinB
Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello World...
Replies: 5
Views: 1517

Hello World...

Hi to all. I’ve just posted for the first time today but haven’t done the intro thing – very remiss of me! I’ve followed STH for years but never got round to joining until recently and then when I did there didn’t seem to be any active threads I could usefully contribute to. That’s why I enthusiasti...
by MartinB
Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Smoking BBC!
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

It's actually quite simple but I guess it's a subjective issue depending on how adept the user is with these things. Before we go on and to satisfy H&S issues etc. I should just say that any messing with PSU internals should only be carried out by suitably qualified persons since dangerous volta...
by MartinB
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:00 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Smoking BBC!
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

They generally survive this apparent trauma but it does to some extent depend on the nature of the final demise of the offending capacitor. If it goes short-circuit it can take out the internal mains fuse which is again, not a 'user-serviceable' item since it also requires dismantly of the PSU. I've...
by MartinB
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Smoking BBC!
Replies: 28
Views: 5536

Hi. It's actually a Capacitor and does indeed act as an RFI filter to reduce the interference from the Beeb Switch-Mode PSU to other equipment. The Beeb will run ok without it but if you leave it as is the smoke will get thicker and more acrid until the remains finally burn away - not good! The cap ...

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