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Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by Wheel_nut » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:55 am

I was about the same age when I bought my first BBC Micro new as my BBC Micro is now. I bought it as a Model A and upgraded it to a Model B with Sideways RAM and dual floppy drives. I passed it on to a friend around 1983, having bought another one but it came back into my posession this year when my friend returned it with a faulty Power Supply, several non-operational keys and a Sound fault. I have managed to restore this machine to full working order and having done that, I retrieved my second Beeb which I carefully mothballed in my loft for the last thirty odd years.

I am in process of restoring the second machine and had it working when it died quite suddenly and I have yet to find what ails it, It is a Level 7 Board with a Solidisk 1770 Disk Controller and DFS. I have opened a thread in the 8-Bit Hardware section of this Board, seeking help from anybody with insight or experience of this kind of fault.

My family keep asking me why I am doing this and what I am going to do with the two Beebs one I have finished restoring them. I have yet to find the answer other than that I hate having things that don't work!

For those of you who collect Beeb vintage add-ons, I have a Solidisk 32K Sideways RAM kit and a ROM extender board going a-begging. Feel free to PM me if you want either of these.

May all your Beeps be short ones ... Robin
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#1 BBC Model B Level 3 (upgraded from Model A) + 1770 DFS + Dual Floppy
#2 BBC Model B Level 7 + 1770 DFS + Dual TEAC Floppy
#3 BBC Model B Level 3 + 8271 DFS + Watford Dual Floppy
#4 BBC Model B Level 7 + 8271 DFS + Viglen Single Floppy

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Re: Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by flaxcottage » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:21 am

Welcome, Robin. :D

One does not need a reason to own a Beeb. :lol:
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Re: Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by Multiwizard » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:29 am

Hi Robin,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


Greetings from my little Dutch Atomic Attic, Wim... :-)

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Re: Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by daveejhitchins » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:36 am

Welcome to the Forum, Robin . . . Enjoy . . .

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Re: Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by tricky » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:42 am

Welcome, two is easy, as you need a spare :)
The first one isn't so easy, and once you go over 20, it's best just to keep quiet!

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Post by oss003 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:36 am

Welcome Robin and enjoy the forum .....

Greetings
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Post by davidb » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:50 am

Welcome! :D

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Post by flaxcottage » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:25 pm

tricky wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:42 am
... and once you go over 20, it's best just to keep quiet!
Beeb hog! :lol:
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Post by Elminster » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:50 pm

Welcome to the forum. Don’t worry you are in the right place for understanding on collecting beebs. Families rarely seem to understand, especially grownups, kids tend to be more understanding :)

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Re: Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by Wheel_nut » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:20 pm

I have to commend Kezzie who did a superb piece of remote diagnostics on my Level 7 Beeb with a long BEEEEEEEEEP and Rolling Raster, ably supported by Duikkie and 1024MAK(Mark). See my thread in the Hardware Forum.

It was not the usual simple problem with a failed 6522 VIA and required considerable analysis of the symptoms and state checks performed using the very rudimentary Logic Probe available to me.

Thamks again to Kezzie, Duikkie and Mark and the valuable collective resource of the participants of this Board. Well done fellow Beeb enthusiasts. =D> =D>
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#1 BBC Model B Level 3 (upgraded from Model A) + 1770 DFS + Dual Floppy
#2 BBC Model B Level 7 + 1770 DFS + Dual TEAC Floppy
#3 BBC Model B Level 3 + 8271 DFS + Watford Dual Floppy
#4 BBC Model B Level 7 + 8271 DFS + Viglen Single Floppy

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Post by CMcDougall » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:32 pm

welcome Robin :)

when you have two, they can breed :lol:
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Post by Wheel_nut » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:34 am

Hmmmmm..... a bit like Yul Brynner in The King and I offering to donate a hundred Male Elephants to America so that they could breed and populate the forests... #-o .
#1 BBC Model B Level 3 (upgraded from Model A) + 1770 DFS + Dual Floppy
#2 BBC Model B Level 7 + 1770 DFS + Dual TEAC Floppy
#3 BBC Model B Level 3 + 8271 DFS + Watford Dual Floppy
#4 BBC Model B Level 7 + 8271 DFS + Viglen Single Floppy

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Post by DaveLecky » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:08 am

Welcome, you will find lots of info here, I wish I had found it years ago.

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Re: Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by Hawk3y3100 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:34 pm

Hi Robin

Welcome to the forum! :D
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Post by Wheel_nut » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:00 pm

I have to come back here to pay tribute to the incredible talent of the devotees of the Stardot fora and the responsiveness to problems and wishlists of the users who come here.

I have already acknowledged the diagnostic help that Kazzie, who diagnosed the fault with my Level 7 Beeb and the contrubutions of Duikkie and Mark to that cause. I don't believe that I could buy the intellect and time devoted to my need.

I would also like to Commend Steve Picton of IFEL (CTORWY31 on eBay) and Mark Haysman of RetroClinic who innovate and produce some incredible products which bring the compatibility of the Beeb with storage and peripherals into the 21st century. Although both Steve and Mark run commercial businesses, they are very helpful to those of us who dabble with the hardware and software ourselves and are happy to provide Components, Software and advice for free! In particular, I have to commend Steve Picton for creating additional versions of the MMFS ROMS which power his Turbo MicroSD Card interface for me.

I am aso overwhelmed at the attention I received from Dave (Hoglet on this Forum) who picked up my wish to attach an MMFS driven MicroSD srorage system to the PRINTER Port rather than the User Port in order to use other devices like my EPROM Programmer, concurrently on the BBC B. In three days from picking up my plea, Dave had a working prototype and had released a new Version 1.42 (now 1.43) of MMFS on Github. I have this working and was able to blow the current version of the ROM using the MMFS MicroSD Card on the Printer Port and the EPROM Programmer on the User Port. WOW, just WOW! =D> =D> =D>

My original Beeb is 37 years old and I was that age when I bought it so we have shared a lot of our history. When I rekindled my interest in the Beeb some four months ago, I had TWO (a level 3 and a Level 7) but as CMcDougall predicted earlier in this thread, they have bred and I now have FOUR. I also have 7 Floppy Drives, 3 Doubles and a Single and have no idea what I am going to do with them all other than keep them working!
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#1 BBC Model B Level 3 (upgraded from Model A) + 1770 DFS + Dual Floppy
#2 BBC Model B Level 7 + 1770 DFS + Dual TEAC Floppy
#3 BBC Model B Level 3 + 8271 DFS + Watford Dual Floppy
#4 BBC Model B Level 7 + 8271 DFS + Viglen Single Floppy

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Re: Hello to all fellow BBC Micro fans

Post by tricky » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:56 pm

Happy anniversary.
Your beeb experiences since joining this forum are what I hope to hear every time I chat to someone at an event who says that they are going to get their beeb out. i can only applaud your perseverance and praise the members who helped with the repairs and feel a little ashamed of the growing size of my repair pile.
=D>

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