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Hey folks,

Recently inherited my Dad's Beeb, which I used to use all the time back in the 80s, but as is so often the case I'd had no time to do anything with it!

Well, now we're all home a lot more we've been having a mess around, as my daughter is about the same age I was when I first played with the machine. It's amazing how well it has held up! Though we do have a couple of issues with it, which I'll post in the appropriate forum. I think my Dad did the caps in the PSU, but I'll have to check with him... though that would be a way to liven up a morning...

So glad this forum is still up and running and such a great community (and parts!) around. I progressed from this Beeb to the A3010, then Risc PC, always being "that kid" at school. I kept using the Risc PC until around 2003 - it's under my desk, I think, and was a pretty snazzy setup when I last checked on it. Battery is out, don't worry about that. ;)

So, thanks in advance for your help! :D
BBC Model B - 32K, Issue 4, IFEL RAM/ROM, Speech System, Turbo MMC
A3010 - Unknown condition, hiding in the loft!
Risc PC - Fine last time I saw it!
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Welcome, sounds like you have all the basics sorted.
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Welcome, roobarb. :D

Good luck with your repairs.
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Welcome and well done for saving another!
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Hi,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


Greetings from my little Dutch Atomic Attic, Wim... :-)
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Welcome to the Forum, roobarb! . . . Enjoy . . .

Dave H :D
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Thanks everyone!

Turns out Dad did do the caps, but after they'd exploded. :lol:
BBC Model B - 32K, Issue 4, IFEL RAM/ROM, Speech System, Turbo MMC
A3010 - Unknown condition, hiding in the loft!
Risc PC - Fine last time I saw it!
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Ah, another one from the locality :) Welcome from locked down South Manchester/Stockport :)

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Welcome! :D
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Welcome :D
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Thanks, everyone! The Beeb is mostly up and running with only a squiffy 'Z' key to contend with - hopefully the switch cleaner and some use will bring it back to normal. Thanks to daveejhitchins for getting a couple of new 6522s to me in record time. :)

Do BBC Bs with econet installed come up that often? I'm thinking of keeping this one as a proper family machine and putting together a "shiny" one. Being a bit of a (realistic) completist I'd love to see a fully populated board. Irritatingly, about six years ago I used to have a little stash of school-hammered Beebs that I sold - looking back at the pictures I see one had econet fitted! :shock:

Are there any down sides to the econet section being present? I'd assume not, but I guess there are always foibles.
BBC Model B - 32K, Issue 4, IFEL RAM/ROM, Speech System, Turbo MMC
A3010 - Unknown condition, hiding in the loft!
Risc PC - Fine last time I saw it!
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Others will know better, but you might want to disable the ROM as I think it will use memory otherwise.
The Kenneth Kendall speech ROM is quite hard to find and they don't all still work, but the tms5220 isn't too bad.
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Really enjoying my tinker time with the Beeb at the moment. Managed to get myself a TMS6100 emulator kit with TMS5220CNL, though I seem to be having a weird issue with it talking slowly; shall post elsewhere for clues!

Copious use of switch cleaner has got my 'Z' back in action, though it now shows that the rest of the keyboard really requires the same TLC, given that each key requires slightly different amounts of force to depress. Overcoming the muscle memory of a standard keyboard is already tricky enough! :)
BBC Model B - 32K, Issue 4, IFEL RAM/ROM, Speech System, Turbo MMC
A3010 - Unknown condition, hiding in the loft!
Risc PC - Fine last time I saw it!
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Hello!
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