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by poink
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 9
Views: 1481

Re: Hello!

Hi there! I'm now living it up Stateside which is... well... somewhat lacking in any kind of Beeb recognition! I'd actually be interested to hear about anything Acorn tried to introduce over here (a la the Timex Speccy), but I'm not holding out for much. At the very least there was a (failed) US mod...
by poink
Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro and MIDI
Replies: 33
Views: 5320

Re: BBC Micro and MIDI

I think there's some projects that work on other hardware using the SN76489, so if you're looking for the sound and not the effects of the BBC's opamp, you might also like to look into MIDI projects with the Sega Master System, for which it's more likely you can find something that you could plug in...
by poink
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

Re: BeebSID

Each composer (and quite probably software house) had specific routines they used (for example http://codebase64.org/doku.php?id=magazines:chacking5 - scroll down to the "The First Rob Hubbard Routine") - so it would just be a case of patching that routine and you would then be able to play a bunch...
by poink
Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

Re: BeebSID

I'm not sure that many SID players on the C64 are written in Basic - most are 6502 routines and patch the system IRQ at $314/5 to play under interrupt. That code is part of the SID file - ie., SID files contain their own players - so it's necessary to patch each and every SID tune you want to play....
by poink
Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

Re: BeebSID

Is there a standalone SID player for the Beeb written in Basic? I have downloaded the High Voltage SID collection which contains 30,000+ SIDs. I was just wondering if there was an easier way to play them. Although it seems that something like that exists on the C64, I'm not sure that's completely p...
by poink
Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

Re: BeebSID

I'm feeling like I've missed something; can I still get hold of one of the latest PCB run?
by poink
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 618
Views: 73012

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

Prime wrote: And yeah they all run BASIC but different basics.....
From memory, not all that different; the C64, the Oric Atmos and the Dragon all run versions of Microsoft BASIC.
by poink
Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs
Replies: 186
Views: 71165

Re: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs

Obviously, there's the (outrageously expensive) arcade LCDs. I think others here have more experience with affordable LCD monitors that would work. Checking what people use with Amigas and STs might help. The smallest LCD TV I can find easily is 19"[1] (but I don't think that a 4:3 image on a 19" wi...
by poink
Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs
Replies: 186
Views: 71165

Re: LCD TVs and monitors for use with BBCs

I've been pretty pleased with my LG 42LH4000 LCD TV including for the BBC[1]. At 42" it's a little big to be practical for use with a Beeb - although it's great for demoing things - so I'm considering getting a smaller one (eg., a 22" for about £140). [1] Which I bought for home theatre use. My deci...
by poink
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Internet browsers ROS4 and above
Replies: 18
Views: 2295

Re: Internet browsers ROS4 and above

I'm not desperate for either, was just wondering if there was a decent alternative for Netsurf... put it down to wishful thinking on my part! I've found that NetSurf is perfectly OK, up until the point that you need Javascript. I wonder if the best way of getting a full browser on RISC OS nowadays ...
by poink
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

Re: BeebSID

I've not included the MOSFET (yet), as the board now has sockets for both 12V and 5V-gnd-gnd-12V (standard 3.5" floppy power connector). I could add the MOSFETS but I assume that I'd want to put two of them on there, one for each of the 12V lines. How does this sound to people. That sounds great :D...
by poink
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

Re: BeebSID

I'd also be interested in one :-)

I think that's 3 down 23 to go...
by poink
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

Re: BatchPCB for hardware projects

So to work we need a non US service, say Europe/UK which would help cut down the postage bill. BatchPCB just happened to be one I knew of; if people have better suggestions, I'm all ears. Thing is there are huge savings in ordering PCBs in batches, big difference between a $1 board and a $8 one. Th...
by poink
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BeebSID
Replies: 996
Views: 112494

BatchPCB for hardware projects

I've noticed quite a few hardware projects coming through here for the Beeb now. (Those responsible doubtless know who they are :D) I wonder if getting the layout files somewhere like http://batchpcb.com/ (I've personally not used them, just heard good things) would be desirable. As I understand it,...
by poink
Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a PCB?
Replies: 2
Views: 765

Re: Printing a PCB?

Already somewhat of a reality, we've had inkjet printers that will print with conductive ink for a while; more recently, someone developed a pen to do the same: http://hackaday.com/2011/06/30/new-cond ... and-paper/
by poink
Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2951
Views: 280487

Re: LOLPRICE

TopBanana wrote:How much for these games ??? :shock: :shock: And this is the SOLD price :shock: :shock:
I'm shocked too. I'm currently holding The Last Ninja Trilogy for C64/Spectrum/Amstrad/NES; it was a Retro Gamer cover mount...
by poink
Wed May 25, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: I'd just like to say...
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: I'd just like to say...

Also at that time, a cheap keyboard was around £15 and a decent good quality one was in the £60-£80 range. Still about the same, although, the low end has gone a bit further down. I like the look of the fully switched Cherry keyboards ; at some point I should get one to try, but the ones that feel ...
by poink
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: PS2MouseMini manual
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: PS2MouseMini manual

Thanks, I can now be sure I'm getting the best out of it :-)
by poink
Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: LCD screen for BBC
Replies: 31
Views: 6606

Re: LCD screen for BBC

If anyone else has a modern (ish) HP monitor, (and you'd be willing/capable of wiring the correct Beeb to VGA lead) I'd be interested to know if it's something they're all capable of, or if the w22 is just a "freak". Pretty much all of HP's line is specified down to 24kHz horizontal sync, including...
by poink
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Reading BBC Disc Images in Linux
Replies: 17
Views: 2878

Re: Reading BBC Disc Images in Linux

I've had a go at a C version, mostly to get rid of some of the rust coating my C programming. It seems to work for the (limited) testing I've done. Hopefully, this should run a fair bit quicker than the Perl version (although, if it's actually I/O bound, this will be no faster.) I might expect it to...
by poink
Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: PS2MouseMini manual
Replies: 2
Views: 616

PS2MouseMini manual

Hi all,

I've misplaced my copy of the little sheet that came with my PS2MouseMini that details the button combinations for configuring it. Google's been no use, so does anyone have a scan or something of it?
by poink
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Master Compact Built In Games
Replies: 4
Views: 1198

Re: Master Compact Built In Games

if you're interested in the originals, AFAIK, Aqua Attack is a Centipede clone, and Adventure is, well, Adventure.
by poink
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash
Replies: 47
Views: 4424

Re: Backing up an old A3000 hard disc to compact flash

The first thing I'd check is that you've set the jumpers correctly. I suppose it could be the cable arrangement, but memory suggests that the RiscPC uses this cable arrangement. My big concern would be that the HCCS interface, supports one internal drive and doesn't quite do things right if you've g...
by poink
Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: And todays broken pencil award goes to.....
Replies: 14
Views: 3834

Re: And todays broken pencil award goes to.....

One could theoretically make a virtual machine on Windows/Linux that used ARM bytecode (now there's a project - interpret RISC OS applications and make them run natively, like WINE does for Windows on Linux). Actually, this somewhat exists; there's a fork of QEMU that runs RISC OS binaries on Linux...
by poink
Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: And todays broken pencil award goes to.....
Replies: 14
Views: 3834

Re: And todays broken pencil award goes to.....

I found this a while ago on the 'net (so I've probably got the archives for it somewhere). As retroclinic suggests, it's actually useful for running old stuff on newer machines; software that requires RISC OS 2 when you've got RISC OS 3 installed, software's that's incompatible with the RiscPC and t...
by poink
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2951
Views: 280487

Re: LOLPRICE

Advance wrote:One for rich bookworms.
But it's for a charitible cause! (25p of the £88.95 + £2.95P&P)
by poink
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 6
Views: 901

Hello!

Hi all, I've been away from the community for a while; I got into Linux and kind of just drifted away. I've been seeing a few of the exciting things that have been happening and after going to the VCF last year, and been reminded how friendly you all are, I've kind of been heading back; I (after a n...
by poink
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Wakefield Acorn Show / 16 April 2011 / W. Yorks
Replies: 47
Views: 6245

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 16 April 2011 / W. Yorks

I've just booked my accommodation; so I guess that's a definite.