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Hello from the Netherlands ;-)

Post by EdVoncken » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:34 pm

Hi,

I remember when, in the early eighties, me and my friends would go into the local electronics store and admire the new home computers. Most went with a Commodore or Sinclair, but I was strangely attracted to the BBC Micro. There I was in the shop, writing a simple BASIC program when it responded "Silly" when trying to RENUMBER 0 0 :D

I got the BBC-B for my birthday, must have been 1983 or 1984. Worked through an entire summer holiday to afford a single floppy drive (plus a 8271 chip from a school in NL that upgraded to Econet). I used it for years to write school reports, wrote programs to help me with my math homework etc.

It was in storage until early 2018 when I finally had the chance to try it again - and it still worked! Setting up a small collection now, BBC and Master 128. Oh, the memories! Looking forward to lots of 8-bit fun 8)

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Post by tricky » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:58 pm

Welcome, good choice :)

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Post by flaxcottage » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:31 pm

Welcome, Ed. :D
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Post by davidb » Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:59 pm

Welcome! :D

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Post by DutchAcorn » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:59 am

Welcome Ed, enjoy Stardot! :D
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Post by Multiwizard » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:15 am

Hi Ed,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


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

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Post by cmorley » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:39 am

Welcome!

If you haven't already then it is worthwhile replacing the notorious power supply capacitors before they fail and stink the house out. :)

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Post by oss003 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:48 am

Welcome Ed,

you came to the right place, enjoy the forum ....

Greetings
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Post by daveejhitchins » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:34 am

Welcome to the Forum, Ed . . . Enjoy . . .

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Post by VectorEyes » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:13 am

Congratulations on re-joining the group of people who have working BBC Micro hardware! Have re re-capped the power supply? If not it's probably a good idea to do it sooner rather than later.

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Post by EdVoncken » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:10 pm

Hi all, thanks for the warm welcome ;-)

Yes, I replaced the PSU capacitors - I must admit that I tried the machine before I got the new caps :oops: but fortunately the magic smoke did not escape :)
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Post by CMcDougall » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:00 pm

Welcome Ed :)

of course the old beeb works !!
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Post by roland » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:13 pm

Hallo Ed,

Welcome to this forum, enjoy your visits here and feel free to join us at out TechSat that we will organize soon.

Greetings from the South of the Netherlands,
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Post by duikkie » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:23 am

gewoon welkom tussen al die Engelse mensen hier .
en een paar nederlandse gekke :)

welcome between all the english people here
and a few dutch ones.

Use SMART-SPI instead of MM... rom :) for beeb b :lol:

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Post by EdVoncken » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:18 pm

And my first success story :D

I bought a cheap BBC Model B on 'Marktplaats', in unknown condition. First, I removed all expansion boards (ATPL Sidewise ROM, Watford 32k RAM, Solidisk DFDC), left only MOS and BASIC ROMs installed. Tonight, I recapped the PSU and did a quick test - and guess what: it powered up, first try! 8)

The Solidisk looked quite messy, lots of patch wires on that board. Not sure if I should install another floppy controller, or stick with a MicroSPI or similar.

Anyhow, lots of fun to be had, cleaning rebuilding that machine.
Any suggestions on a (mild) way to treat the yellowing on the case?
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Post by ultrasteve » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:38 pm

Nice one!

For the yellowing on the case, I put 'oxy' in-wash stain remover in a plastic crate with warm water and dunk the whole case in it (without the insides, obviously!) and put it in the sun for a few hours. Works a treat!

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Post by EdVoncken » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:48 pm

ultrasteve wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:38 pm
For the yellowing on the case, I put 'oxy' in-wash stain remover in a plastic crate with warm water [...]
Thanks, I'll definitely try that!
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BBC-B and BBC Master 128 with DataCentres from Mark@RetroClinic (2018, 2019)
Refurb/upgrade projects: BBC-B (2x), BBC Master 128 from eBay and Marktplaats

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Post by TimoHartong » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:45 pm

Van harte welkom. Hier nog een Nederlander...Acorn Archimedes, A5000, R260. De pi's met RISCOS reken ik niet mee ;-)

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