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by BeebMaster
Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acorn AKF12 Monitors Causing Problems
Replies: 8
Views: 816

Acorn AKF12 Monitors Causing Problems

Both of my AKF12 monitors are on the blink! To be fair, the first one has been on the blink for some time, it works for a bit and then the picture goes off and it needs a good wallop to get the picture back. Now the second one has died on me. It was running off the Solidisk/Dodgy Video ULA BBC B and...
by BeebMaster
Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Solidisk DFS Manual
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Solidisk DFS Manual

Does anyone have a copy of the Solidisk 2.0 DFS manual? The version at BBCDocs is for version 1.4 which doesn't have all the features of version 2.0. There is a scan at 8BS but only 2 out of the 16 TIFF images appear to be working.
by BeebMaster
Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Plans for floppy drives
Replies: 5
Views: 1015

Re: Plans for floppy drives

Learning rapidly from the BeebMaster Health & Safety bible, I see! I haven't done that yet, although I have experienced strange results with hard drives coming into contact with other metal objects whilst they are running. Curiously my Olivetti laptop will only run now with a sheet of paper stuffed ...
by BeebMaster
Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Fault finding index
Replies: 96
Views: 23766

Re: Fault finding index

I'll try to help with this if I can.

However I'm more likely to be of use in reverse - ie. identifying actions which turn a perfectly-functioning Beeb into a smoking pile of embers!
by BeebMaster
Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Curious Screen Display Fault
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Curious Screen Display Fault

I've tried the RAM test, it's not that. The fault is most pronounced in mode 0 but appears to be intermittent in modes 1 & 4. The part of the display which is "missing" in the pictures is in fact red, and sometimes the fault disappears and then re-appears, and on other occasions the red colouring ap...
by BeebMaster
Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Damn these monitors!
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: Damn these monitors!

retroclinic wrote: http://www.microvitec.co.uk/products/de ... 201404.htm......yum yum....
Wow, it's a Cub! As in a Cub!! Do they still make these then?
by BeebMaster
Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Curious Screen Display Fault
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Curious Screen Display Fault

I've just resurrected an old Beeb which turned out to be quite an interesting subject, it had an ATPL Sideways ROM board in and Solidisk DFS. However, the display in the graphics modes is not working properly. Modes 2 and 5 seem to be OK but the other graphics modes are distinctly dodgy: http://www....
by BeebMaster
Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley
Replies: 153
Views: 15440

Re: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley

8 now, 'cos I've just booked!

The next task is to see if I can charter a rail carriage for all the gear....
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Best error message ever
Replies: 24
Views: 2105

Re: Best error message ever

I was sure WON'T was an actual error condition of the 8271 or 8272/765... no sign of it in the datasheets. Not sure, but it's a genuine Econet error, and the equivalent in ADFS is "No!" It happens with the load address of a file is set to &FFFFFFFF and its execution address is 0: http://www.beebmas...
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley
Replies: 153
Views: 15440

Re: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley

All being well, I should be there. Sounds like it's going to be a good do!
by BeebMaster
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?

Right, I've cracked it! Forget all that Loader business, some mods to the menu will allow the keyboard or mouse to be used. This is it: LOAD"$.WELCOME.MENU" 30mouse%=FALSE:*KEYS 1460IFa0%=32 PROCmouse 4000DEFPROCmouse 4010IFmouse% mouse%=FALSE:OSCLI"MOUSE 0":OSCLI"KEYS"':ENDPROC 4020mouse%=TRUE:OSCL...
by BeebMaster
Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: AtomMMC 2.0
Replies: 101
Views: 13937

Re: AtomMMC 2.0

Looking good, I'm getting excited about actually being able to run some software on my Atoms apart from type-ins from Atomic Theory!
by BeebMaster
Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Marconi/MEDL trackerball
Replies: 27
Views: 1957

Re: Marconi/MEDL trackerball

This ROM is specifically for the Master Series by the looks of it, as it has a *CONFIGURE option. It is probably crashing on a BBC B when it tries to do the CMOS RAM service call. I've got the patched version working now. I think the User option is for User port, because I've tried it with the Maste...
by BeebMaster
Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Best error message ever
Replies: 24
Views: 2105

Re: Best error message ever

retroclinic wrote:Aww...they got all sensible with that error on the 32016...
But not with ARM BASIC - it's even better:

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by BeebMaster
Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Best error message ever
Replies: 24
Views: 2105

Re: Best error message ever

I thought this was quite amusing:

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by BeebMaster
Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Best error message ever
Replies: 24
Views: 2105

Re: Best error message ever

My A5000 occasionally displays completely inexplicable error messages:


http://www.beebmaster.co.uk/A5000-4.html
http://www.beebmaster.co.uk/A5000-8.html
by BeebMaster
Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: BBC Micro Transfer Data Issue
Replies: 24
Views: 3156

Re: BBC Micro Transfer Data Issue

I have a Beeb Master I'd wondered where I've been lately! I usually use floppy discs for file transfers between BBC and PC. The serial link method works but I always used to find it pretty slow. At the time I was using the serial transfer software, there was a problem with running it on Windows XP ...
by BeebMaster
Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Using 720K DOS Floppies on Linux
Replies: 1
Views: 1635

Using 720K DOS Floppies on Linux

My preferred method of transferring files between PC & BBC is to use a 720K DOS 3.5" floppy. In the bad old days on Windows it used to be simplicity itself: stick the disc in the drive, navigate to the A drive, drag some files into it, take the disc out, bung it in the Master 128, select Sprow's DOS...
by BeebMaster
Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?

I'm afraid there isn't any documentation for the PMFS ROM for the Master Compact, it would certainly help if there was! I did ask Acorn back in 1992 but drew a blank: http://www.beebmaster.co.uk/AcornLetters/Acorn%2010th%20March%201992.html http://www.beebmaster.co.uk/AcornLetters/Acorn%2013th%20Apr...
by BeebMaster
Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Marconi/MEDL trackerball
Replies: 27
Views: 1957

Re: Marconi/MEDL trackerball

I can't get the Trackerball ROM to do anything either. Dumping the contents, it appears to have some similar commands to those found in VFS and PMFS, such as TSET, TMAX etc. There is also supposed to be a configuration option, so this was clearly intended for the Master 128 even though it is dated 1...
by BeebMaster
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Marconi/MEDL trackerball
Replies: 27
Views: 1957

Re: Marconi/MEDL trackerball

I haven't got the official Domesday trackerball, which is Acorn branded and has the buttons marked for the Domesday functions, ie. CHANGE, ACTION etc. but apart from that, the Marconi ones appear to be identical. I have a MEDL one and a Marconi RB2 one: http://www.BeebMaster.co.uk/Domesday/TBall.htm...
by BeebMaster
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?

I found that if you interrupt the sequence, you get a Bad command error before the desktop is loaded. !Boot chains QLoader which moves PAGE and then chains Loader. If you just try to run Loader, where the *KEYS fix is needed, it doesn't work. I haven't tried running it off a CF drive, but I can't se...
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:17 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master which ROM socket?
Replies: 10
Views: 1078

Re: Master which ROM socket?

When I was grabbing Teletext pages last year, I did have a lot of problems with Channel 4 seeming to refresh very often. I had a grabber routine running which would wait for a page then save it, move to the next sub-page and eventually the next page etc. Sometimes it would get stuck for hours on end...
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?

Just reading the original post again - what fiddling did you have to do to get the desktop to load? I've never had any problem with this on a Master 128, just the issue with the pointer.
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?

The answer is no, it doesn't work with a Master 512 mouse. I also tried using a Master 512 mouse plus VFS loaded into sideways RAM but that didn't work either. Whilst doing this, I noticed that the commands in PMFS, which is loaded into bank 5 of sideways RAM when the Master Compact Welcome disc is ...
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master which ROM socket?
Replies: 10
Views: 1078

Re: Master which ROM socket?

That's interesting, I don't have analogue TV any more as ours was switched off in November, but I thought ITV were doing away with their transmission of Teletext in December for the whole country, even areas still with analogue broadcasts. There were various advert pages being transmitted on ITV men...
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Marconi/MEDL trackerball
Replies: 27
Views: 1957

Re: Marconi/MEDL trackerball

Support for the trackerball on the Domesday System is built into the VFS ROM. Have a look here: http://www.BeebMaster.co.uk/Domesday/UsingVFSCommands.html and specifically here: http://www.BeebMaster.co.uk/Domesday/UseMse.html These commands also work if you use a Master 512 mouse instead of a track...
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: Question: Compact WIMP on a master?

I discovered this problem recently when I was making some screenshots of the Master Compact desktop thing. I wanted them in colour, but the Compact doesn't have colour composite video, which is what I use to do my screenshots, so I thought I would run it on a Master 128 and was very surprised when t...
by BeebMaster
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Master which ROM socket?
Replies: 10
Views: 1078

Re: Master which ROM socket?

ITV Teletext has been abolished, it was switched off in December. Are you getting an ITV header still?

What is this combined Teletext/Econet ROM?
by BeebMaster
Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Using a 5.25" PC Drive on a Beeb
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: Using a 5.25" PC Drive on a Beeb

Thanks for that, it would seem to make sense, if only I can find the right jumpers to change back to 720K mode. I did have a skim through the other thread, a lot of it was a bit much for me, so sorry if this is addressed elsewhere, but do 5.25" drives not detect HD or DD discs and change mode accord...