Looking for a cheap BBC B

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Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by smokey » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:17 pm

Hello

Yes you read the subject line lol

Does anyone have a cheap BEEB that has a popped psu etc that i can fix up and use

Im not after anything posh just (was working until psu died)

I live near evesham worcestershire

But can travel around stroud also

Thankyou

JAmes

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Post by danielj » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:54 pm

Hello James. A popped PSU isn't going to make a beeb any cheaper - it's a very easy fix (and mostly it doesn't stop the PSU working). If you're patient on ebay you can probably find one for under £100. You might find a dead beeb for around £40ish, which would probably be repairable with patience, but if you want something working it's going to end up costing I'm afraid - the days of the £30 beeb seem to be long behind us. You could also try amibay (there's an acorn wanted forum there), and the acorn & bbc micro enthusiasts wanted/for sale group on facebook.

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by smokey » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:28 pm

Hi D

i appologise

i tried to be inteligent and failed.

James

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Post by danielj » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:07 pm

No need to apologise! :)

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Post by cmorley » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:40 pm

Best ways to get a cheap beeb are to keep an eye on the local classifieds.

Best way to get a cheap one from eBay is buy in the school summer holidays or just after Christmas - all the prices are lower. Also look at the collection only lots because they get fewer bidders.

As Daniel says though if you want cheap then gone are the days of free or £5 machines... you're looking at a fixer-upper.

You should still be able to get a B from eBay for ~£40 but you will have to watch for a while.

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by MartinB » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:42 pm

This one is a new 3-day listing starting at 99p so keep any eye - you never know..... :)


Oh! Cancel that, they’ve just ended the listing! :shock: :roll:


and edit two....


They’ve now re-listed it at £20 starting price (plus Best Offer but that’s often an eBay-imposed thing.....)



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Post by mr-macrisc » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:45 pm

Facebook marketplace. Was one up in Scotland missing psu for £50 recently so defo some deals to find

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Post by Hopper » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:23 am

MartinB wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:42 pm
This one is a new 3-day listing starting at 99p so keep any eye - you never know..... :)


Oh! Cancel that, they’ve just ended the listing! :shock: :roll:


and edit two....


They’ve now re-listed it at £20 starting price (plus Best Offer but that’s often an eBay-imposed thing.....)



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Thats an issue 3, it will go for silly money.

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by danielj » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:17 am

Goodness knows why, they're very unreliable...

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by jonb » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:58 pm

What's the most valuable Issue? I thought it was 7?

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Post by MartinB » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:50 pm

It seems to have been sold already (Best Offer perhaps?) for £20 + £10 postage. Was that you James?

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by danielj » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:54 pm

4s are probably the best built and most of the bugs fixed. 7s have the bugs fixed but are of slightly more "rushed" build quality on occasion...

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by Hopper » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:07 pm

Most desirable is 213000 Issue C

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by 1024MAK » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:17 pm

The number of issue 7 PCBs in Beebs that I own far outweigh all the issue 3 and 4 PCB Beebs. I detect no significant differences in reliably between the issue 4 and issue 7 boards. Further, when working on my boards and other people’s boards, I have not noticed any significant manufacturing problems.

Of course, I have only seen a very small proportion of Beebs

Model A Beebs and model B Beebs with a issue 1 or a issue 2 PCB, go for silly money on eBay.

My recommendation is, if you only want a basic model B machine with no internal expansion, an issue 3, 4 or 7 is suitable.

If you want a disk drive, or you want to use Econet, you are better off getting an issue 4 or 7 machine.

Also, note that occasionally a model B turns out to be a B+ when it arrives.

Other options are a Master 128 or an Electron.

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by derek » Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:21 pm

Hi,

I have a BBC B issue 3 and issue 7 PCBs, is there a document that details the changes in the BEEB PCB versions?
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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by rmbrowngr » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:54 pm

A cheap Beeb, isn’t that an Electron? :roll:
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Acorn Electrons issue 4 and 6, MRB, Plus 1, AP6, AP5, Pegasus 400, BeebSCSI, Gotek, Raspberry Pi, GoSDC MBE.
BBC B+ 64K (128K upgraded) with Duel OS, Raspberry Pi and Gotek.

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Re: Looking for a cheap BBC B

Post by tom_seddon » Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:17 pm

derek wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:21 pm
I have a BBC B issue 3 and issue 7 PCBs, is there a document that details the changes in the BEEB PCB versions?
There's a summary in the BBC Micro Service Manual Oct 1985 Section 1, available from Chris's Acorns: http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org ... ls.html#SM

Not mentioned in the service manual (I don't think?) is that somewhere between issues 3 and 7 there was apparently a tweak to the circuitry that synchronizes the 2 MHz clock used by the CPU with the 1 MHz clock used by some peripherals, something that's discussed here: viewtopic.php?t=18001#p250079

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