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Another noob here

Post by jonb » Sat May 21, 2011 4:04 pm

Hello

I've just acquired a BBC B micro from ebay (and fixed the power supply). I also bought a couple of useful additions - IFEL's Turbo MMC and sideways RAM cards. I have to say they are very good value and work well (here's a plug : look on eBay for items from ebay seller ctorwy31).

I'm a software engineer by trade and just old enough to remember the golden years of the micro revolution. A friend of mine scored a Beeb and I remember thinking how unfair it was that my parents could only get me a ZX81 in kit form. I had lots of fun with it, but looking back I'd have had a whole lot more on the Beeb. Not because of the games it ran (I have had a look and I find them all pretty awful because of the low resolution - even Elite) but because the whole machine is so well documented and open to tweaking.

I've already built a copy of a UK101 (Google for "Micro UK101") and it works well (apart from the garbage collector bug in the MS Basic implementation, ha ha nice one Bill!). With the Beeb, my intent was to learn 6502 assembly using the built in assembler.

So far I have installed the sideways RAM and MMC cards and put the Acornsoft BBC Editor into one of the RAM banks. This is an absolute must for any serious programming.

Let's see how far I get with the 6502....

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Re: Another noob here

Post by retroclinic » Sat May 21, 2011 5:03 pm

Welcome on board!

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Re: Another noob here

Post by station240 » Sat May 21, 2011 5:16 pm

You'll obviously get some use out of the other forum hosted on this server.
http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/

I've got a few 6502 machine code books in my collection, let me know if you want a review of any.

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Re: Another noob here

Post by paulv » Sat May 21, 2011 6:09 pm

Welcome :)

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Re: Another noob here

Post by jonb » Sat May 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Cor thanks!

I have Rodney Zaks's book as well as the BBC Advanced User Guide (what an awfully written book!). Since I am already a professional programmer I should be able to work it out, but some of my reading on 6502.org's forums suggests there are a lot of subtle tricks to master.

It's a kind of arcane super geeky paradise... perfect. For now, though, I am feeling my way about randomly; there's no objective.

Regards

JonB

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Re: Another noob here

Post by sorvad » Sun May 22, 2011 9:00 am

HI and welcome :)

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Re: Another noob here

Post by AndyF » Sun May 22, 2011 10:41 am

Welcome! :)
Andy

* NEW * The Jetset Willy and Manic Miner community :)

Adventure games ported across to the BBC (in progress) as soon as I can find some time!

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Re: Another noob here

Post by CMcDougall » Fri May 27, 2011 1:19 pm

welcome :)
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