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by steve3000
Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Re: resurrecting 5.25" drive - help
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: resurrecting 5.25" drive - help

Hi folks, Today received my recent ebay winning - a 'spares/repairs' watford electronics 5.25" 40/80T mains powered floppy drive - just like the one I had BITD :) Sadly this drive has seen some serious torture, the previous owner has taken an angle grinder to it, just trying to get inside it!!! pic ...
by steve3000
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Serial networking between Arcs
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: Serial networking between Arcs

I didn't realise you could do this so easily (well ok, I know it's not working, but the idea is good...). Very tempted to try this out myself, so when I have a moment (which could be a while) I'll make up a lead and give it a go :)
by steve3000
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks
Replies: 187
Views: 19740

Re: Wakefield 2014

Not doing well with these meets. The last one (London) was on my wedding day, this one is the wife's birthday...

And I doubt I'll convince her on the offer of a day out in Wakefield.
by steve3000
Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4742
Views: 320485

Re: Today I received.....

omx5o wrote:A brand new keyboard for the A3020 that I just bought (still in the post). Should feel like a new computer once it's in.
What's wrong with the old one?
by steve3000
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello
Replies: 27
Views: 2723

Re: Hello

Hi David, looks like a nice BBC you've acquired - has it been refurbished? Very clean looking pictures on ebay.
Steve
by steve3000
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Is this a daft idea (screen and tape related)
Replies: 8
Views: 1002

Re: Is this a daft idea (screen and tape related)

TPMDavid wrote:but I don't wish to leave the BBC in the living room with a 4&6 year old to pour drinks into.
Although... this kind of extreme use is just the thing Beebs were designed for ;)
by steve3000
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Airlift won't run on my Beeb....
Replies: 14
Views: 1343

Re: Airlift won't run on my Beeb....

Oh dear.......PSU caps? Ed...... :shock: Yes, first time I've experienced them go - so was quite a surprise! But to be expected, I guess, as I hadn't used the B+ other than a quick power up check, since I acquired it last summer... Thankfully I have a spare set of PSU caps somewhere, just need to f...
by steve3000
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Totally stripping two Arcs and replacing batts
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Re: Totally stripping two Arcs and replacing batts

And I hope it's funny in English too... barrier language, so sad. :lol: And the DOM might be one of this item I wanted to send you with the long thingies for your RISC PC case... Correction : ok, re-read the thread, I could do that on a RISC PC, so, my mistake. No problem - and I have found some Ri...
by steve3000
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Totally stripping two Arcs and replacing batts
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Re: Totally stripping two Arcs and replacing batts

That fungus gets everywhere. I have found it on Arcs, BBCs and even Elks. Interesting! This is the first time I ever find that fungus inside my equipment. I'll take the machine apart again in a month or so just to check out. Did you do anything special to get rid of the fungus? The fungus is corrod...
by steve3000
Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Totally stripping two Arcs and replacing batts
Replies: 14
Views: 1181

Re: Totally stripping two Arcs and replacing batts

Hey Zarchos, I did a post a while back about formatting SD cards on the Arc. Maybe I was lucky, but I have not found a card yet that won't work if you follow the procedure carefully (and I have formatted quite a lot now :) ). Steve Edit - you must have seen the thread, because you posted on it: http...
by steve3000
Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Airlift won't run on my Beeb....
Replies: 14
Views: 1343

Re: Airlift won't run on my Beeb....

I tried running this today on my real B+, from the STH ssd dumped onto a real 5.25" disc (using a quick piece of software I wrote on the A5000 ;-) ) On the B it failed with the error '<fsp> not found at line 118'. From reading above, I tried removing the '*/INIT' on line 0 of the AIRLIFT programme -...
by steve3000
Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Which Arc?
Replies: 20
Views: 1594

Re: Which Arc?

Zarchos wrote:Is it suitable for the fan inside the PSU or for the one on the left ... or both ?
As I've got one of these 'jet engines' A5000 and it's getting on my nerves.
http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... =16&t=6215
by steve3000
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Atom disc pack for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Atom disc pack for sale

PM sent
by steve3000
Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: software
Topic: !ADFFS
Replies: 73
Views: 13170

Re: !ADFFS

Great work Jon!!

I'll be trying its out when I'm back home in the new year.

Out of interest, is backing up the CMOS on the Pi as easy as just backing up the ROM image? And if it gets scrambled by a rouge game, can you still boot RISC OS to restore the image, or is it SD card out time?

Steve
by steve3000
Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3000 CMOS RAM problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1252

Re: A3000 CMOS RAM problem

Thanks for all the advice - replacing the crystal seems to have fixed the problem. Ok, bit late here... But this may be of use to others... I had exactly the same clock-freeze issues with my recently acquired A440. New battery solved CMOS backup, but the clock didn't move at all when switched off. ...
by steve3000
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: software
Topic: QTM (QTheMusic) v1.45 released
Replies: 3
Views: 592

QTM (QTheMusic) v1.45 released

For those of you who have in interest in .mod music, the latest version my QTM module is now released! QTM is usually hosted on Jeffrey Lee's website, but as he's away at the moment, please find the .zip attached here (I hope that's allowed by the site?) containing QTM v1.45 and QTMDisplay. QTM v1.4...
by steve3000
Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3020 shows no video output
Replies: 32
Views: 4547

Re: A3020 shows no video output

Good to hear you've got it working now :-) but just to add my 'view' on this type of problem, which I've encounter a lot... Unlike earlier Archimedes, the A3010/A3020/A4000/A4/A5000 series (and later Acorns, like RiscPC/A7000/etc) can all auto detect monitors (type and sync) from their ID pins, prov...
by steve3000
Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3000 CMOS RAM problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1252

Re: A3000 CMOS RAM problem

RobC wrote:Great idea - it's running RISC OS 2 at the moment but I probably have a spare set of 3.1 roms somewhere so I could try fitting them.
Ahh, then that could explain it - RO2 has fewer checks on start up.

Make sure you set the links correctly for RO3 roms as they're larger size.
by steve3000
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: community projects
Topic: How many sold? German tank problem:serial nums wtd
Replies: 290
Views: 46997

Re: How many sold? German tank problem:serial nums wtd

A very early Archimedes:

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This is an A440 (the original 1987 version), and possibly the 2nd one off the line?

Serial no. 27-AKB20-1000002
by steve3000
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - how was it for you?
Replies: 8
Views: 1212

Re: High score challenge - how was it for you?

A little confession. I picked the game in the usual way with the random number generator and loaded it into the emulator to grab a screen shot. My immediate reaction was "What? Seriously? There is no way we can play this!". I was very close to picking another game. I'm so glad I didn't. :D very ple...
by steve3000
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4742
Views: 320485

Re: Today I recieved.....

An original A440...
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One of Acorn's first, by the look of the serial number... :shock:
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by steve3000
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3000 CMOS RAM problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1252

Re: A3000 CMOS RAM problem

Rob, are you running RISC OS 3.1?

If CMOS RAM is returning just 1's RISC OS should detect this and fire a POST error of 'CMOS ram checksum invalid' - does the floppy drive light flash any codes out?

Steve
by steve3000
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper
Replies: 60
Views: 5256

Re: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper

Some nice scores there...!

Sadly I won't be improving my score - as broke my wrist at weekend :(

Can we have a 1-handed game next ;)
by steve3000
Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: An Archimedes owner
Replies: 16
Views: 1101

Re: An Archimedes owner

Great name. Greetings. :)
by steve3000
Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC screen mode problem
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: RiscPC screen mode problem

On re-reading, another thought could be that the original mode and 72Hz refresh rate are still configured - if you deleted the 72Hz definition, and !Boot is still searching for 1024x768@72Hz then it will fail. Try changing the configured mode to 800x600 just to confirm that works - if so, go back to...
by steve3000
Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC screen mode problem
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: RiscPC screen mode problem

Ah, sounds like a corrupt Mode definition file. If corrupt, it won't define any modes. Try replacing it first, use the Acorn AKF90 file. Also check you have a fully working !Boot structure. The mode definition file is loaded from within !Boot during the pre-desktop part of boot-up. If no !Boot is ru...
by steve3000
Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper
Replies: 60
Views: 5256

Re: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper

Not so good at this one...

63080

Steve
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by steve3000
Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge winner: MatthewThompson
Replies: 12
Views: 1463

Re: High score challenge winner: MatthewThompson

Congrats to Matthew for the overall winner! I had a great time despite only joining in at the end (wedding planning took up most of the last 4 months!). Will have to try to join in more for the new round... but for me the underrated gem of the season has to be Duck! - fantastic game Really glad folk...
by steve3000
Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - Round 10 - Duck!
Replies: 79
Views: 6349

Re: High score challenge - Round 10 - Duck!

Sorry Ivor!

130,800 ...first go of the evening! And I think that might be it from me :D
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by steve3000
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - Round 10 - Duck!
Replies: 79
Views: 6349

Re: High score challenge - Round 10 - Duck!

101,400 :)

Cracked the 100k barrier at least! Not quite hit Jools score though and run out of time tonight... Maybe sneak another game in tomorrow, if I finish work on time.
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