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by poink
Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC 700
Replies: 21
Views: 3460

Re: RiscPC 700

Nope -there was a hydra card produced at one point to allow multiple ARM cards to be inserted, but I don't think anything really took advantage of it - certainly RiscOS doesn't deal with more than one core. See here:http://www.simtec.co.uk/products/AUHYDRA/files/api.txt I've got one :D More of a co...
by poink
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Belgium, again....and Electron questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1078

Re: Hello from Belgium, again....and Electron questions

but what video output does it have? Like the BBC Micro, the Electron has RF (aerial socket), composite video (yellow RCA), and TTL level RGB. The composite video is black and white, but there's a simple modification for colour. As you're in Europe, your best option is usually RGB via a SCART lead. ...
by poink
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Fun Type in games
Replies: 20
Views: 2271

Re: Fun Type in games

HOWEVER seeing as the eBay listing said BBC MICRO COMPUTER MODEL B - NEW PSU CAPS - FULL WORKING ORDER ... I feel that it SHOULD BE IN FULL WORKING ORDER! Yes, especially considering there's a usually a significant premium for a one described as 'fully working', especially over one with an odd inte...
by poink
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3020 clean up
Replies: 33
Views: 2836

Re: A3020 clean up

Internal HDD sounds easy enough but still need a solution for getting content to & from the machine without a supply of 3 1/2 inch discs. They wouldn't help me anyway as I haven't had a floppy drive in my PC for years. :D As RISC OS 3 supports DOS format floppies, the most straightforward method is...
by poink
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Development Suite/Engines
Replies: 34
Views: 2539

Re: Development Suite/Engines

jms2 wrote:maybe not the sprite ones though...
The sprite ones look to be missing; however, it does have rectangle move/copy, which might be sufficient for a some games.
by poink
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Pagemaker Pictures
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Re: Pagemaker Pictures

danielj wrote:Or deleted!
On that note, I was thinking that the combination of Princess Di, softcore pornography and Mother Theresa were a bit odd, and wondering what possessed someone to store them on the same disc...but then I remembered that it's what our foreign owned newspapers claim to be journalism.
by poink
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Development Suite/Engines
Replies: 34
Views: 2539

Re: Development Suite/Engines

It would be nice to have some on Platform tools ... here's a mockup.. SPRITEGEN :-) Reminds me a bit of the character designer on the Master 128 Welcome Disc (although, that had several other limitations (like two colours, 8x8 limit). Even if they came with some simple Assembly Routines to push the...
by poink
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Development Suite/Engines
Replies: 34
Views: 2539

Re: Development Suite/Engines

Whether they are BBC programs or External PC programs so that other people like myself who are hopeless at coding but have loads of the ideas for games can put something together that actually performs well. I think it's probably possible to rig up something that's somewhat acceptable (so long as w...
by poink
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Battery Damage - A3000
Replies: 29
Views: 2537

Re: Battery Damage - A3000

So, presumably the intention was (and maybe they did) fit inductors to "export" models. So as to help reduce the RFI output. But as the UK's regulations were different, they did not see the need to do so on UK models. Hence using zero ohm resistors (machine pickable wire links) instead. In terms of...
by poink
Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Post pictures of your beeb setup
Replies: 223
Views: 28768

Re: Post pictures of your beeb setup

I'm staggered this ancient, general purpose blocky-graphic micro - boxed only in plastic - still toils for real business purpose today. There's very little that's as accessible for hardware control than a 1980s micro - Beeb is particularly well served; the C64 has a user port (very similar to the B...
by poink
Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 5260

Re: What would you buy?

A neogeo would obviously be fun too and would go nicely in the lounge with the snes, ps1 and Saturn but it's silly money and a raspberry pi does such a seamless emulation job already. I believe that's why the traditional way with the AES has been to install a socket+UniBIOS ROM, then buy MVS carts....
by poink
Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: New member - Master 128
Replies: 17
Views: 1413

Re: New member - Master 128

Welcome to the forum! If not, has anybody had any experience with one of these: https://www.epapersign.com/products/lpt2usb I've not, one cause for concern is that the Beeb doesn't have a full Centronics parallel port; not uncommon at the time, but it can occasionally cause issues. Perhaps someone h...
by poink
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:45 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features
Replies: 65
Views: 8388

Re: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features

I'm intrigued that for all Acorn's forward planning for processors and stuff, there was no slot for a second 6502. Which is, of course, the Tube®. The Master even has an internal connector/slot (in addition to the external one). You could even buy a machine in which a 6502 was ready fitted internal...
by poink
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features
Replies: 65
Views: 8388

Re: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features

I didn't write that C+4 launch price was £50. I wrote that Jack Tramiel had plans to sell C264 at $79 in 1984. It was below 50 pounds maybe even less than 45. Bill Herd said about it in his 2006 interview http://plus4world.powweb.com/news/588 That only seems to confirm that was the pricing target. ...
by poink
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 5260

Re: What would you buy?

And I think it's a good one, as it tested me when my mother would ask what that old PET was for, which I rescued from the school skip in '92. I told her I could do little games for it if there was nothing in town any more. The problem is that, now, these machines are pretty much useless other than ...
by poink
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 5260

Re: What would you buy?

Could we see pictures of your dream machines? Just so I (at least) know you mean those exact ones. Couple of non-exhaustive examples; Data General Nova , PDP11/34 . Not so keen on the AS/400, TBH, not least because my experience of IBM software has been that it dumps error codes rather than human r...
by poink
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 5260

Re: What would you buy?

What's your definition (or examples of) minicomputer? PDP, Data General Nova etc., Wikipedia's list isn't too bad, although things like the VAX were usually termed 'superminis' at the time. The fun is that it's an impractically large and noisy computer with silly 64K memory/segment limits; so it's ...
by poink
Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features
Replies: 65
Views: 8388

Re: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features

This is my point too. I am writing that Master might have speed up modifications by default. I've never mentioned soldering. Of course it's theoretically possible but it just wasn't reasonably worth the engineering effort. The goal with the Master seems to have been to prolong the life of Acorn's 8...
by poink
Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 5260

Re: What would you buy?

I can definitely think of many ways I could spend £5000 on retro stuff without really realising I was doing so - a few Everdrives, a few machines (BBC Master Compact, the white PC Engine, NeoGeo AES), Econet setup, MAME cabinet etc., (My grail is a proper minicomputer.) However, I've got enough old ...
by poink
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Is the Retro Bubble going a bit flat?
Replies: 34
Views: 3268

Re: Is the Retro Bubble going a bit flat?

Suddenly selling hobby items on eBay becomes far more important than buying... True enough for the items we're talking about like Beebs. Meanwhile, hobby items with a reasonable potential of being used for a side income seem to have jumped up in price - which, of course, fits the thesis quite nicel...
by poink
Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: EPROM Programmer collectors roll call
Replies: 49
Views: 8039

Re: EPROM Programmer collectors roll call

not looked closely but i think is has to do with the timerchip ah=0 , int 1a(h) , what is not working anymore. but maybe i am wrong. The only reference to an EPP-2 programmer I can find is the one made by Art Programming Systems, which is a serial programmer, and has a simple text based protocol an...
by poink
Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features
Replies: 65
Views: 8388

Re: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features

All the drawing primitives used by BASIC are implemented in the OS VDU driver where they are invoked by writing a sequence (as if outputting text to the screen) but starting with a control code instead. Also, the PLOT command (which as you've said calls outputs VDU codes). the upside is that it all...
by poink
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: general
Topic: Death-dapters - Why you really don't want them...
Replies: 42
Views: 3673

Re: Death-dapters - Why you really don't want them...

the neutral wire nominally at earth potential and the live wire at 240V make it more dangerous than many other systems in the world. There's a lot of debate, but both will happily deliver current well past the 'let-go' threshold and both are well below the point where the skin stops acting as a die...
by poink
Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5448
Views: 430935

Re: Today I received.....

joachim wrote:"Now The Chips Are Down: The BBC Micro", Alison Gazzard (MIT Press, 2016), on clearance for $1 at the MIT Press Bookstore.
Ooh. The 'Platform Studies' series. The 2600 one is excellent.
by poink
Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: EPROM Programmer collectors roll call
Replies: 49
Views: 8039

Re: EPROM Programmer collectors roll call

i have a epp2 but no at or xt machine anymore software only in dos :) , for timerchip on the printer port that why the software is not working. It also has Windows 3.1 and 9x software . I suspect the only reason it doesn't have more recent software is that it was old enough that it wasn't worth dea...
by poink
Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Offered: BeebOPL an 'Ad Lib / Soundblaster' sound card for the Beeb
Replies: 52
Views: 10635

Re: Offered: BeebOPL an 'Ad Lib / Soundblaster' sound card for the Beeb

thecellartroll wrote:Totally beyond my expectations.
Agreed. The most I'd hoped for was a A4 sheet with assembly instructions, so I'm (very pleasantly) surprised.
by poink
Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: EPROM Programmer collectors roll call
Replies: 49
Views: 8039

Re: EPROM Programmer collectors roll call

From memory:

Dataman S4 (upgraded to 512K)
Batronix USB Chip Programmer
Technomatic Epromer II
by poink
Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How many people had a BBC Master at home?
Replies: 8
Views: 1465

Re: How many people had a BBC Master at home?

I had a Master, as a result of a neighbour (a teacher at a different school) who suggested a home computer to my parents. I was too young to remember when (I'd guess Christmas 1986 - so before the Amiga 500). However, it's doubtful that it would have made a difference - the Beeb was bought on the ba...
by poink
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: What's the most glittering demo for the BBC B?
Replies: 10
Views: 1246

Re: What's the most glittering demo for the BBC B?

I actually think it's because of the lack of colour - the Beeb has such a poor palette compared to the C64, Atari 800 and Amstrad. I think it's merely that the cost of a Beeb meant they were a rarity in homes, so many people who might have written demos for the Beeb owned a C64, Amstrad or Speccy. ...
by poink
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 277
Views: 31854

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Now how do we speed it up? The big thing slowing it down in the first one is the SOUND statement, the Beeb is waiting for the previous note to complete (and each not is 1/20 second) Using channel 19 (&13) (aka channel one, but asking for the previous note to be flushed is a lot quicker). This runs ...