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by SimonSideburns
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Huge bundle of goodies to go through
Replies: 14
Views: 1846

Re: Huge bundle of goodies to go through

Some of the orange (e.g. most of the numbers) and yellow (e.g. cursors) keys look a bit like ones from this system, but I haven't found anywhere where a CTRL key looks identical to the one on my new keyboard. http://terminals-wiki.org/wiki/images/a/a5/ADDS_Envoy-1.jpg If I'm not mistaken though, som...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Huge bundle of goodies to go through
Replies: 14
Views: 1846

Huge bundle of goodies to go through

Hi all. On the facebook group Acorn Computer and BBC Micro Enthusiasts, Mr Haysman posted a link to an ebay auction for a BBC Micro with a very colourful keyboard, as well as a lot of peripherals, books and so on. When I saw that the item was located in Waterlooville, literally a 5 minute drive from...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: programming
Topic: How do you save a screen
Replies: 448
Views: 30846

Re: How do you save a screen

There is a site ( http://colorslive.com/) that shows paintings being done that have been recorded.........you might find that useful........... I have a Nintendo DS with an R4 card on it. I have an earlier version of Colors on it and yes, that's exactly what it does. Stores the strokes of the brush...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: How do you save a screen
Replies: 448
Views: 30846

Re: How do you save a screen

Pixel, those images are amazing and really nicely coloured. The program is looking good (even though I've not tried it myself yet). One idea, however. Considering how much space on Disk a screen takes up, you wouldn't get many screens on one disk. There are ways to compress screens but that doesn't ...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 80 column teletext
Replies: 30
Views: 3207

Re: 80 column teletext

Fascinating stuff indeed.

If the Beeb could have done 80x25 teletext out of the box imagine how great the early word processors could have been. Great screen resolution, quite readable and loads of free RAM for document storage.
by SimonSideburns
Fri May 26, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Possibly Unscanned Acorn Circuit Diagrams - Need Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 2290

Re: Possibly Unscanned Acorn Circuit Diagrams - Need Help!

I'm just outside of Portsmouth and I have an A3 scanner/copier/printer.

Wouldn't be too difficult to do, if you're happy with driving down to the South coast.

Let me know if that helps and I can PM you an address and we can work out when you can come down.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: how to create autoexec.bat :)
Replies: 14
Views: 1520

Re: how to create autoexec.bat :)

I used to use a great program called LIST.COM to display and manipulate files, and linked it to an editor called QEDIT for editing text files. As long as those two programs were in C:\UTILS and that folder was in my path I was pretty much looked after. If you're not bored of all the suggestions and ...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Increasing colour depth by flipping differently dithered screens
Replies: 9
Views: 1249

Re: Increasing colour depth by flipping differently dithered screens

I suppose swapping three MODE 0 screens, one with pixels in red, one green and one blue might give a high enough resolution to make other colours. Given that each pixel can only be on or off (there's no intensity) you'd have to place pixels in such a way that dithering produces more colour. It might...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: 'Magic dot' very simple game written in BASIC
Replies: 15
Views: 3621

Re: 'Magic dot' very simple game written in BASIC

On my first go I scored 35026.

Not a bad little game.
by SimonSideburns
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Beebem on Github
Replies: 118
Views: 9437

Re: Beebem on Github

Are there any other changes we want to include in this release? Following that I've got a fix for "File | Capture Video", which records sound but only the first frame of video on Windows 10 (and maybe Windows 8 ). It would be nice if someone else could reproduce this, because it might just be somet...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: projects
Topic: Video streaming from ROM
Replies: 2
Views: 805

Re: Video streaming from ROM

Neat. You might want to mention the emulator takes a few seconds to start up. (Well, I just did so that should be enough :-) )
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: IBM PC XT
Replies: 20
Views: 2724

Re: IBM PC XT

Doesn't Starquake look good. Never knew it was published on the PC.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: What is a pretty "game" to watch while working
Replies: 9
Views: 1322

Re: What is a pretty "game" to watch while working

Glad I could be of assistance.

I feel it's one of the lesser known games out there (it's a quiz game after all). The sound doesn't get too offensive either (and there's pretty flashing colours but they too are used sparingly and are not 'in your face'.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: What is a pretty "game" to watch while working
Replies: 9
Views: 1322

Re: What is a pretty "game" to watch while working

The opening sequence of a game called Powerplay is quite nice, along with a nice tune that gets louder the longer it is on. I think the tune is a well known classical tune - in the hall of the mountain king. I should maybe try to record an AVI from BeebEm and put it on youtube. By the magic of moder...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Who's got the most souped-up BBC?
Replies: 11
Views: 1290

Re: Who's got the most souped-up BBC?

Definitely possible on some Cubs - I modified mine to allow it to work with the Chameleon. In fact, the original Chameleon article showed how to do it: analogue_cub.jpg Best whip the back off mine to see if I have those jumpers. I've also downloaded the service manual and while I do not have an osc...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Who's got the most souped-up BBC?
Replies: 11
Views: 1290

Re: Who's got the most souped-up BBC?

My original (from the 1990s) Beeb is in an old Viglen PC case complete with two 5.25" floppy drives. It has the Chameleon Colour Board (Mike Cook article from The Micro User), an Apex ROM/RAM board (with a battery that I must cut out while I have it out of the loft), twin Voltmace Joysticks and a Da...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: IBM PC XT
Replies: 20
Views: 2724

Re: IBM PC XT

I do love the look of full size 8-bit ISA cards. This was back when it must have worked out a whole lot cheaper to build stuff out of standard logic chips instead of custom ULAs or the like. At one point I had a clone XT with 20Mb HDD and 1 full height 5.25" floppy with a hercules monitor and if I r...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Show us your retro computers
Replies: 71
Views: 6569

Re: Show us your retro computers

Commie_User wrote:Now where would I start?
Ref your first picture, I'm pretty sure I've got one of those video recorders (the silver one) somewhere too. Is it a Sharp model?
by SimonSideburns
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Using PC sound as tape input?
Replies: 17
Views: 1992

Re: Using PC sound as tape input?

I'm sure it's possible, but there can be issues with it. If you can be certain no other program (windows explorer, outlook, web browser, etc.) will make any noise during the playback of the tape you should be fine. However, with modern machines running so many things at once, the slightest timing is...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Forth
Replies: 9
Views: 1577

Re: Forth

I recently bought a pristine copy of Forth for the (cough) ZX Spectrum. I've never learned Forth before and wouldn't mind having someone around to provide hints and tips. I wonder how compatible different versions of Forth are to each other? It would, I suppose, depend on how they individually handl...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Pipeline working on the MMC interface fix
Replies: 23
Views: 1943

Re: Pipeline working on the MMC interface - not working ? fix

I have a version on disc that I was given BITD, and it too has the same lines to the left/right of the player at the start. I never got very far into Pipeline when I was younger, so I have no idea if anything is missing. However, on mine, I get a message on the initial MODE 7 screen (where it shows ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: software
Topic: The Raspberry Pie contest
Replies: 35
Views: 5152

Re: The Raspberry Pie contest

dfeugey10 wrote:Basic, GPIO, step motors?
Sounds like I have a few things to learn. Must start soon as I'm not getting any younger.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: software
Topic: The Raspberry Pie contest
Replies: 35
Views: 5152

Re: The Raspberry Pie contest

Thank you very much David.

It is a good idea, but I have no idea how to go about doing what I proposed.

Still, your speedy sending of the Raspberry Pi meant it arrived this morning. Top rate service.

Simon
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: how to get rom in beebem ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2059

Re: how to get rom in beebem ?

Hi Duikkie If you want to get the ROM file from a Disc into the ROM configuration, you have a few choices. Firstly, to get the ROM off a disc onto your PC (I'm assuming Windows), load up the disc and go to the Edit menu and choose "Export files from disc". You can then copy the file from the disc on...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Odds and ends for sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1022

Re: Odds and ends for sale

Been looking into the SD to IDE adaptor and the CF to IDE adaptors. There's a whole load of info on CF for example on Wikipedia.

Interesting reading, and I still have no idea what I'd do with one.

Not many uses for IDE these days on any of my kit, be it Acorn or PC related.
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Beebem on Github
Replies: 118
Views: 9437

Re: Beebem on Github

Some of the things wrong with BeebEm (as far as I can tell - who knows if they are well known about or not) are: The recent hacks (posted on the forum) to create a higher resolution MODE 7 screen don't work. Full Screen Mode seems broken when attempting to access the Menu (they don't display properl...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Re: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!

I don't have a page anywhere. It must have been something I sent you, or uploaded here (or on a server I had at the time) and linked to on the board, or maybe uploaded to facebook. I can add attachments of the other disc images here no problem. Feel free to use any you find useful. There may be an o...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Re: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!

Seems like you got that from me. Maybe I uploaded it here as a result of some previous post asking for a particular music file or something. I don't recall the origins of the files on the disc, but I received a large collection of software from a friend when I got my own one in late 1980s to early 1...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Simple MODE 1 picture viewer in BASIC
Replies: 10
Views: 1998

Re: Simple MODE 1 picture viewer in BASIC

I love these pictures. Even on BeebEm, simply squinting a bit improves the quality of all images, and your way of encoding the files has reduced greatly the file size by keeping long lines of single colours together (which allows the encoding to work more efficiently).

Good job.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: any interest in a character display with sprites?
Replies: 16
Views: 2539

Re: any interest in a character display with sprites?

There is a program for the ZX Spectrum called AGD - Arcade Game Designer. It allows someone who has no coding background to write games. It includes a scripting language, sprite editor, map or screen layout designer, sound and background tune editor and compiler. I suppose it's a bit like how they d...