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Hiya from Holland

Post by eric » Tue May 06, 2014 4:59 pm

Hi All,

I am Eric from a small place near Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
I started out with the Acorn Atom at the age of 15 in 1980 infected by a friend that had one.
Soon the 8+2K standard version was not enough for me
and i started adding hardware up till a point where the original casing was too small ..
So the 19"rack was the next step with internal power supply and some more goodies (see specs of my atom underneath)

in 1991 i started to work professionally in the IT business and switched over to the IBM PC platform.
From that moment the Atom sort of landed in a box where it stayed and moved around along with me for 23 years in the places where i lived,
always in the back of my mind .. sooner or later .. i will take it out of that box again ..

That moment has arrived now and my Atom is back restored in full honour on my desk .. I think back to stay ,,
There have been some mean thoughts when i saw the 19" casing and some other internal components ... "Shall i switch over to an emulator, Will i rip it apart and
cannibalize all that i can use for a new upcoming big microcontroller project ??"...... NO WAY !! ..
Seeing it back and remembering how many hours i put in this old beast it would be like a total crime to do so ..

So ... back into active duty .. and a next life begins .. sofar all i tried still works .. without any change ...

The future plans i have is to make connections to the internet and local net ... or directly to the PC like i had in the old days with a parallel cable
(unfortunately the current PC's are sooo different on software level i cannot use my old self developed msdos executable anymore .. maybe must port the code to a windows enviro .. )
And start using microcontrollers where it has a use for it ..

Back in the old days also in my area there was an Acorn Atom users Club that developed many interesting additions / expansions
and off course the latest software was also available at the monthly meetings ...
So my atom also had some of these hardware options aquired via that club but i also made some hardware cards myself.

The specs of my Atom :

65C02 at 1 Mhz soft switchable to 2 Mhz on processor card (self developed)
Z80 at 8 Mhz 64K DRAM and 32K ROM bank switchable capable of running CP/M (CLUB EXPANSION)
Bank switching card for 2x RAM and 6x ROM on #A000 and 2x RAM on #E000 (CLUB EXPANSION)
Bank switching card for 2x RAM at #D000 and 1x RAM at #C000 and #F000 (self developed)
RAM card for #0000-#7FFF (self developed)
MIDI interface with simple sequencer software (self developed)
Real Time Clock (CLUB EXPANSION)
VDU80 Card 80x25 Aplha text (CLUB EXPANSION)
Floppy disk to the Z80 running GDOS (enabling 80 tracks 720Kb dual sided floppies) (CLUB EXPANSION)
Eprom programmer (self developed)

All the RAM is battery backed up and retains the data for years... (checked and verified at one occasion).

Allthough i did not have to switch capacitors yet .. my rechargable batteries are not in a good state anymore the CD and F block option loses its data now after power cycling.
Hmmm .. must forgive the manufacturers ... 23 years ...


So .. to all the members who took the time to read my introduction :

.......... Greetings from this old Dutch nerd ............-;)



I added some pics of my old beast for the ones that are interested ...


Grx...

Eric
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Re: Hiya from Holland

Post by davidb » Tue May 06, 2014 5:42 pm

Welcome! :D

I'm sure the other Dutch Atom users will be along to welcome you shortly. ;)

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Post by oss003 » Tue May 06, 2014 6:15 pm

You're right David, here I am .... :lol: :lol:

Hoi Eric, welkom op de site ...

It's always a pleasure to welcome fellow Atom owners.
This is the right place to be for hard- and software questions or just out of curiosity. There's also some Atom stuff on http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk

Welcome.

Greetings
Kees

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Post by hoglet » Tue May 06, 2014 6:18 pm

And the non-Dutch ones!

Welcome.....

There's some cools stuff happening in these forums around the Atom.

I'd look at getting yourself one of SirMorris's AtomMMC2 Cards....

Dave

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Post by paulv » Tue May 06, 2014 6:25 pm

... and the non Dutch ones that have lived in small towns just outside Rotterdam ;)

It's around 16 years since I lived in Spijkenisse and commuted to Rotterdam every day. Good times.

Welcome :)

Paul

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Post by eric » Tue May 06, 2014 7:06 pm

Hi All ..

Thanks for the welcomes ....

I look forward to playing again with my old system a lot of time in the near future .. and will also take time to put it here when i made something new ... not wait for it just yet .. still have to get back into pace again .. still remember much .. but not all .. and i want to get all my past work safe 1st ...

I am interested in an MMC card ... what is the procedure ?

I saw a certain sir morris is making them and shipping them ... I could not find ordering info though ...

Grx..

Eric

PS.
Do the dutchies still meet up somewhere around here ? or do we travel to the UK for bitparties ?

@paulv .. ik woon in Pijnacker ... net aan de andere kant van rotjeknor...

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Post by KarateEd » Tue May 06, 2014 7:35 pm

Hi Eric,

Welcome to one of the best 8-bit Acorn sites on the net. Any questions/answers I'm sure will be answered for you here.

Ed......:-)
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Post by paulv » Tue May 06, 2014 7:38 pm

@eric Sadly my Dutch is very rusty but I just about translated your message without the aid of modern technology :D

I didn't get to explore much of Holland whilst I was there it was basically a cycle of work, drink, sleep. I acquired a taste for dubbel and tripel bier's whilst I was there and although I don't drink often due to the demands of work, when I do drink, a good speciality Dutch bier is my first option :)

I remember working near a tiny independent "fast food" deli run by an ex-boxer or wrestler. He hand made all his burgers etc. and his Frikadellen were to die for!

The company I worked for had offices in Cambridge and Rotterdam so we got to travel between the two quite a bit. It's long since been bought out and renamed but back then was called Cairo Information Systems.

Paul

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Post by danielj » Tue May 06, 2014 7:55 pm

Hullo Eric :)

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Post by CMcDougall » Tue May 06, 2014 7:55 pm

welcome Eric :)

good that you have your Atom now out the box, and still working! =D>

sir morris/Mr Robson can be PMd for a MMC card, very reliable not like old tapes! 8)
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Re: Hiya from Holland

Post by eric » Tue May 06, 2014 8:05 pm

I tried to PM but cannot compose new messages ...
I either must be doing something wrong .. or i am not authorised for it yet ..

Grx...

Eric

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Post by oss003 » Tue May 06, 2014 8:29 pm

Hi Eric,

ok, time to list some Atomic facts:

AtoMMC card:
SD-card based filing system by Sir Morris.

Options:
- SD card FAT based filing system

Info: http://www.acornatom.nl/sites/AtomRevie ... c2-nl.html
Contact: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/member ... ile&u=8981

Atom Colourboard:
Colourboard with RGB scart output by prime.

Options:
- RGB colour scart output
- 1 mHz noise killer to terminate snow
- 8 kB RAM

Info: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... =44&t=5994
Contact: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/member ... ile&u=9027

Atom RAM/ROM Board:
Memory board by prime.

Options:
- 32 kB RAM with #7xxx switchable as ROM
- 16x 4kB ROM switchable at #BFFF
- 2x kernal ROM set #C/D/E/F onboard switchable
- Turbo noise killer to switch processor clock at 1,79 mHz without snow
- Bus control

Info: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... =44&t=4324
Contact: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/member ... ile&u=9027

Atom YARB Board:
Yet Another RAM board by roland.

Options:
- 128kB of RAM
-> #0000 - #3FFF: 16 kB
-> #4000 - #7FFF: 4 * 16 kB
-> #A000 - #AFFF: 8 * 4 kB
-> #C000 - #FFFF: 16 kB
- 32kB of ROM
-> #C000 - #FFFF: 2 x 16kB
- CPU clock 1, 2 or 4 MHz
- Control signal for the Atom bus buffers

Info: viewtopic.php?f=44&t=11373
Contact: memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=9917

Atom Tube interface Board:
BBC Tube compatible board by hoglet.

Options:
- BBC Tube compatible interface
- Works with Matchbox Co-processor board: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8932

Info: viewtopic.php?f=44&t=10090
Contact: memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=9657

Atom GDOS Floppy board:
GDOS WD1770 compatible floppy board by prime.

Options:
- 100% GDOS WD1770 compatible
- ADOS commands available

Info: viewtopic.php?f=44&t=10351
Contact: memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=9027

Atom 2015:
Modern Atom mainboard by roland

Options:
- R65C02 CPU @ 2MHz
- 128 kB RAM
- 32 kb ROM
- VGA compatible output
- Colour graphics
- 32 and 80 column text
- 6581 SID compatible audio
- RS232
- PS2 Mouse
- AtoMMC2 storage
- Expandable
- 100% Atom

Info: http://diy.acornatom.nl/
Contact: memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=9917

Atom Godil Video:
Pincompatible FPGA replacement for the 6847 by hoglet.

Options:
- 100% compatible with 6847
- VGA output
- 80 column mode
- Full SID chip implementation with filters
- PS2 mouse connector compatible with Atomic Windows
- Hardware mouse pointer
- Horizontal and vertical windowed scrolling options

Info: https://github.com/hoglet67/AtomGodilVideo/wiki
Contact: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/member ... ile&u=9657

Atom SID board:
Board with original C64 SID chip by oss003.

Options:
- Original SID chip
- Still in development

Info: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... =44&t=5053
Contact: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/member ... ile&u=9044

Atom Software Archive:
More then 500 Atom programs all loaded and started from SD-card with menu by hoglet.

Options:
- Programs stored in several chapters
- Menu with search and several filter options
- All programs working and sarted from SD-card

Info: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... =44&t=6544
Contact: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/member ... ile&u=9657

Atom games:
Atomic conversion of BBC/Electron titles for the Atom by oss003

Games:
- Chuckie Egg: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... huckie_Egg
- Elite: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... omic_Elite
- F14 Tomcat: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... tle=Tomcat
- Flappy Bird: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... lappy_Bird
- Galaforce: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... =Galaforce
- Hard hat Harry: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... Harry#Atom
- HyperViper: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... Viper#Atom
- Jet Set Miner: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... Miner#Atom
- Jet Set Willy: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... etSetWilly
- Jet Set Willy2: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... tSetWilly2
- Joe Blade: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... e=JoeBlade
- Jungle Journey: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... urney#Atom
- Manic Miner: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... anic_Miner
- Repton: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Repton
- Tetris: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... tle=Tetris
- W.A.R.: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/index.php?title=WAR

All these games are added to the Atom Software Archive.

Info: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/wiki/ind ... roReleases
Contact: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/member ... ile&u=9044

Atomulator:
Very good and acurate Acorn Atom emulator by Tom Walker

Options:
- Emulates original colour Atom including disc and tape filing system
- AtoMMC emulation added by Sir Morris and prime
- RAM/ROM board emulation added by prime
- Several updates in this forum

Info: http://atomulator.acornatom.co.uk/
http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... 8&p=135124
Contact: Development stopped

Another interesting site with a lot of soft-/hardware and all Atom Nieuws books is http://www.acornatom.nl.

Well this is it for now, looks like a lot of reading material to me ... :lol:

PS The Dutchies still have montly meetings in Engelen nearby 's Hertogbosch (Noord Brabant) and in Born (Limburg). The people visiting are old members of the Acorn Atom User group Holland.

Greetings
Kees
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Re: Hiya from Holland

Post by oss003 » Tue May 06, 2014 8:52 pm

eric wrote:I tried to PM but cannot compose new messages ...
I either must be doing something wrong .. or i am not authorised for it yet ..

Grx...

Eric
Hi Eric,

if you want to order something or want some info, just open a topic and write what you because prime and Sir Morris do visit this site frequently.

Greetings
Kees

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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue May 06, 2014 8:58 pm

Hi, Eric and welcome . . .

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Post by flaxcottage » Tue May 06, 2014 9:33 pm

Welcome Eric. :D :D

Your Atom set up looks sweet. =D>
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Post by leenew » Tue May 06, 2014 9:37 pm

Hello there, welcome aboard :D

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Post by 1024MAK » Wed May 07, 2014 5:03 pm

Welcome on board Eric!

:D :D :D

That looks like a great Atom set-up you have :D
In fact the rack mounted cards, indicators etc. look very professional =D>

And yes, we love pictures of hardware :wink:

New members are not permitted to send messages using the PM system. After you have posted more than 20 (or is it 25?) posts, PM sending will be enabled. The admins can enable it sooner if you ask...

So until then, start a new topic in the Atom area of the board. Then SirMorris can PM you his email address... :wink:

Mark

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Post by aerworuld » Wed May 07, 2014 5:19 pm

Well met Eric!

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Post by eric » Wed May 07, 2014 8:01 pm

I asked the admin to grant me the PM rights ... but i also understand .. these rules are not for nothing .... so for now .. no PM's from me ...

Lets see if my request works ... if not I must be patient ... I am not planning on making more useless posts (other then this one -;) .... I post if I have something to say and for now i am working my way back into the Atom .. so reading is more my main course of action ...

So members that PM me ... I will probably not be able to reply soon .. pls add your email address in your message.. then I will send my reply there .. i do not like to be rudely ignoring you ...

Grx..

Eric

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Post by eric » Wed May 07, 2014 8:03 pm

@ Mark

If you like i can take some more pictures ... also from the cards ... and the internals ... and post them here ...

Grx...

Eric

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Post by roland » Wed May 07, 2014 8:17 pm

Ha die Eric,

Welcome to this forum, from another Dutch Atom User. With our help you'll find your way back to and in the Atom real quick. And probably you will get that thrill back to expand your Atom :)

Enjoy your forum visits,
Regards,
Roland
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Post by eric » Wed May 07, 2014 9:07 pm

Hi Roland,

And what a thrill it was ... expanding the Atom .. with 8+2 K and no floating point possibilites .. it needed to grow ...

Sometimes a dream turning into a nightmare but after more sweat and tears it turned into something working ... I remeber it took me a lot of headaches to get the floppy drive working with the GDOS hardware card .. 80 tracks DD DS...

Grx...
Eric

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Post by roland » Wed May 07, 2014 9:44 pm

I know the feeling. Had it recently when I added the Godil vga adapter to my Atom. The Godil and its software are great but my Atom was (and often still is) a nightmare. That's why I want to redesign a new main board. Another of my projects that I haven't enough time for :oops:
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