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Hi from Montreal (via Bexhill)

Post by diem » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:24 am

Hi all!

I have tremendously fond memories of the Atom and Beeb as a kid - my dad (Roger Silvester, for any here who remember him?) built his Atom from the kit, and I distinctly remember getting the 4k(?) upgrade as a birthday present so my brother and I could play Galaxians in colour :D

I've joined the forum for a very specific reason though. I wrote some programs for the Atom as a kid, and have recently found the 5 1/4" disk at my parent's place. Only thing is that the Atom, Beeb and peripherals were sold on a few years ago, so I've no way to access the files on the disk. I'm wondering if there's anyone here who has a working Atom with DD hard disk controller who might be able to help me read the disk?

Cheers,

Ian

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Post by Multiwizard » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:53 am

Hi Ian,

welcome to this great Forum... :D

Nice to hear you also wrote some Atom programs... =D>

There's always someone to pop up with a solution for your problem... :D


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

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Post by daveejhitchins » Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:56 am

Welcome to the Forum, Ian . . . Enjoy and good luck with your discs . . .

Dave H.

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Post by flaxcottage » Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:49 am

Welcome, Ian. :D
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Post by tricky » Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:21 am

Welcome,
there is an ongoing preservation project and I'm sure someone with experience of retrieving discs will be along soon.

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Post by davidb » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:24 am

Welcome! :D

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Post by oss003 » Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:45 am

Hi Ian,

There are still a few members with an Acorn Atom diskdrive and some members which can make an image/copy of the disk. The only question is, how can we organise a meeting or getting your disk at the right person.

Some old PC's were able to read an Atom floppy an make a copy or an imagefile. There are tools available. Are you able to make a copy?

It's also possible to make a copy with a BBC so maybe you can contact one of the Canadian members?

If an imagefile is available, we also have some tools to correct readings errors.

Greetings
Kees

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Post by Kazzie » Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:27 pm

Hi there!

You may not have been in Montreal at the time, but these scans of the newsletter of the Canadian Atom Users' Club, Oak Leaves, may be of interest to you.

And as mentioned, the Atom floppy format is a subset of that used for the BBC's DFS, so you do have a few options available in that respect.
BBC Model B 32K issue 7, Sidewise ROM board with 16K RAM
Archimedes 420/1 upgraded to 4MB RAM, ZIDEFS with 512MB CF card
RiscPC 600 under repair
Acorn System 1 home-made replica

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Re: Hi from Montreal (via Bexhill)

Post by scruss » Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:45 pm

Hi from Toronto!

There's another *. user in Toronto with an Atom and *possibly* the right drives

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Post by waltermixxx » Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:11 pm

I'm in Toronto and may be the guy SCRUSS was aluding to...

I have an Acorn Atom, but no disk drive unfortunately. I do however, have a BBC model B with 5 1/4" drives and an SDcard based BEEB.MMB devices, and could copy the files there to a blank disk image, if I'm able to read the disks.

That might be helpful, so you can then load them into an emulator to play?

:)
Acorn Atom, Acorn BBC Model B, Acorn BBC Model B+, Acorn BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron, Acorn Archemedes A7000 :)

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Post by oss003 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:13 am

You can check the map for fellow members ....

viewtopic.php?f=41&t=8933

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Kees

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Re: Hi from Montreal (via Bexhill)

Post by diem » Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:05 pm

Wow thanks all of you for the welcome and chain (pun naturally intended) of suggestions!

@waltermixxx that sounds ideal! I'm flying home on Wednesday, and will PM you to arrange sending you the floppy and an SD card. Exciting! Assuming the oxide hasn't fallen off the disc of course :D

Cheers,

Ian

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Post by diem » Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:13 pm

Hmmm, apparently I cannot use private messages since I haven't participated in the forum enough. @waltermixxx any chance you could email me at iansilvester at fastmail dot fm ?

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Post by waltermixxx » Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:33 am

sent you a note via email :)
Acorn Atom, Acorn BBC Model B, Acorn BBC Model B+, Acorn BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron, Acorn Archemedes A7000 :)

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