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Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by retroboy » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:12 pm

Hello, what a wonderful forum I found here.

I had a BBC Model B with some great kit. One was Action Replay which allowed you to dump where you are in a game to disc, and also allowed me to make a backup of my software especially programs where disc had specialised copy protection. Programs like Font wise, EdFax and other demo discs which could only be loaded 5 times like X or.

Loved my Sideways Ram board from Watford Electronics and a knob at the back of my B to turn the volume up or down which also had a Line Out using the big jack so you could plug it into your Hi-Fi.

I used to love using Logo and seeing my electric card connected to lasagna cable move around a large area in a classroom.

My fondest memory was all the cheat codes that came built into Action Replay which was made by Vine Micros.

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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by Elminster » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:32 pm

Welcome to the forum.

I had replay type devices on other platforms but never the Beeb (well I actually had an Electron in those days)

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Post by davidb » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:46 pm

Welcome! :D

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Post by Multiwizard » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:11 am

Hi Robert,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


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

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Post by daveejhitchins » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:30 am

Welcome to the Forum, Robert . . . Enjoy . . .

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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by CMcDougall » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:08 am

Welcome Robert :)

Yes the WE rom/ram board was ace!
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Post by flaxcottage » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:33 am

Welcome, Robert. :D
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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by MartinB » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:08 am

I’ve got a couple of Model B’s fitted with Replay modules in the untested computers section of the Beeb vaults - I remember spotting them the other day when I was down there looking for a B+....🤔

No idea if they’re working or not but next time the vault time-lock opens, I could take a look if your fond memory becomes a pathological obsession. That’s why most of us have more Beeb stuff than we could possibly ever use.... \:D/

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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by VectorEyes » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:08 am

I had one of those. I remember the sense of magic when you depressed the plunger and the machine would lock up except for the caps lock and shift lock lights cycling, and then you could press keys to do various things, if I recall. So useful for saving tape games to disc.

It wasn't called Action Replay though, was it? Just 'Replay'.

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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by tricky » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:28 pm

Hello, I never had one back in the day, but did remove one from one of my beebs that was playing up - fault was not replay related!

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Post by Kazzie » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:38 pm

VectorEyes wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:08 am
It wasn't called Action Replay though, was it? Just 'Replay'.
The name "Action Replay" is one I associate with cheat cartridges for games consoles of the 90s onwards, like the Game Genie. A quick trawl of the interweb tells me that Action Replay started off with a device for the Commodore, and moved on to PC and Sega/Nintendo hardware, bypassing the Beeb.

The OP's description sounds very much like Vine Micro's "Replay" to me. There's a copy of the mnual available to download here.
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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by lurkio » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:24 am

By coincidence, I recently tried to make a video to demo the Replay utility by Vine Micros. It didn't go well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unuXcc3OnXk


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(Thanks to Lee for helping me muck things up.)

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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by RobC » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:49 am

Welcome - enjoy the forum :D

I have Replay fitted to one of my M128s mainly because it also has an extra board that allows it to boot into BBC 'B' mode (complete with OS 1.2).

I also have a Care Smart cartridge that does similar things like screen dump and memory pokes.

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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by lurkio » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:53 am

RobC wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:49 am
I have Replay fitted to one of my M128s mainly because it also has an extra board that allows it to boot into BBC 'B' mode (complete with OS 1.2).
Are you saying that you've installed the Model B version* of Vine Micros Replay in your switchable multi-OS Master and that you can use the Replay system when your Master is in Model B mode?

:?:

* I ask because I think there was a separate Master version of Replay. Not sure exactly what it did.

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Post by uniforix » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:04 pm

Never had anything like that on the Electron, but Action Replay conjures up memories of using the Action Replay cartridge on Amiga from Datel Electronics.
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Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Post by RobC » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:53 pm

lurkio wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:53 am
RobC wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:49 am
I have Replay fitted to one of my M128s mainly because it also has an extra board that allows it to boot into BBC 'B' mode (complete with OS 1.2).
Are you saying that you've installed the Model B version* of Vine Micros Replay in your switchable multi-OS Master and that you can use the Replay system when your Master is in Model B mode?

:?:

* I ask because I think there was a separate Master version of Replay. Not sure exactly what it did.
No - I've got the Master Replay in a M128. In addition to the Master Replay board, Vine produced an "overlay" board that performs a similar function to the multi-OS boards. The overlay board fits onto the Replay board and has a socket for the OS 1.2 ROM.

Once you activate the Replay button, there's a key sequence and toggle switch that puts the Master into 'B' mode. You can still use the usual Replay functions (save memory to disc etc.) but I only use it for the model B compatibility mode.

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