Acquired my first Model B today

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Great post though Kazzie, I'm sure that will be very useful to a lot of people :)
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Yes, thanks Kazzie. I've saved it for future reference. =D>
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Thanks for the post Kazzie, there really is some great info there, and I would follow it if I had another machine to fiddle with, but as this my only one I'll put it the hands of someone who knows what they are doing! However, if I come into possession of another Beeb (which is highly likely, given my compulsive eBay tendencies!), I'll be sure to refer to your super helpful and informative post again. Apologies that you posted the help in vain in this case!!
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stuslayer wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:18 pm
Thanks for the invite, I joined for a bit but not really got into the swing of it.

Any easy tests I can run to make sure my hardware is working as it should be? Just generally, not necessarily for the disk interface.
The quickest simplest test for any Beeb is to enter this simple BASIC program:

10 FOR A%=0 TO 7
20 MODE A%
30 FOR B%=0 TO 23
40 P. “MODE ”;A%;” LINE ”;B%
50 N.
60 C%=GET
70 N.
80 VDU 7

Press any alphanumeric key to move to the next screen display.
It will beep after the last screen.

Now load a game. If it plays okay, you Remove Beeb is fine :wink:

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jonnyboy wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:47 pm
Great post though Kazzie, I'm sure that will be very useful to a lot of people :)
Rod C wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:25 pm
Yes, thanks Kazzie. I've saved it for future reference. =D>
stuslayer wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:58 pm
Thanks for the post Kazzie, there really is some great info there, and I would follow it if I had another machine to fiddle with, but as this my only one I'll put it the hands of someone who knows what they are doing! However, if I come into possession of another Beeb (which is highly likely, given my compulsive eBay tendencies!), I'll be sure to refer to your super helpful and informative post again. Apologies that you posted the help in vain in this case!!
You're (all) very welcome. :)

Sometimes I wonder if I ought to flesh out these kind of postings and write up a "Beginner's Guide to Troubleshooting the Beeb"...
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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That's a superb idea.
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Well, I got my Beeb back from RetroClinic yesterday, all up and running nicely. There were a few issues way beyond my skill to diagnose so it was the right call in the end.

Anyway, during this lockdown I've gone a little nuts. I was furloughed on 1 April, and went I to lockdown with 2 Electrons, a tape drive and an ElkSD interface. During the lockdown, I have ended up with:

1 Model B Issue 7 repaired by Retroclinic, with added IFEL 1772 disk interface on Watford DFS 1.54T, a Gotek and the IFEL ROM RAM board.

1 Model B refurbished prior to purchase, Issue 3 with 8271 disk interface and DFS 0.9, with added IFEL TURBO MMC interface and SmartSPI 0.91.

A Pegasus 400 interface and Plus 1 from Dave H for one of my Elks

An Acorn AND01 disk drive, not tested yet.

A Voltmace Delta 14b Joystick

An Acorn ANF03 tape player

I am stopping there for now! Here are some pics of my setup:
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So, that's my new retro man Cave!

Stu
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=D> :lol: :D
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Does anyone know how to contact Steve Picton directly as I would like to order a couple of TurboSPI boards directly from him

Thanks
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e668ecp wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:50 pm
Does anyone know how to contact Steve Picton directly as I would like to order a couple of TurboSPI boards directly from him

Thanks
Copied from one of his listings on eBay:
Business seller information
IFEL
21 Glenfield Road
Glenholt
PLYMOUTH
Devon
PL6 7LL
United Kingdom
Phone:01752 777106
Email:ifelsales@tiscali.co.uk
#1 BBC Model B Issue 7 + 1770 DFS + Dual TEAC Floppy
#2 BBC Model B Issue 7 + 8271 DFS + Dual Floppy + Speech
#3 BBC Model B Issue 7 + 8271 DFS + Cumana Single Floppy + PiTubeDirect on KenLowe's Tube Level Shifter
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e668ecp wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:50 pm
Does anyone know how to contact Steve Picton directly as I would like to order a couple of TurboSPI boards directly from him

Thanks
Just to check, you do know that you can build them yourself if you want? To all intents and purposes they're just a 50p arduino SD reader wired to the user port with a ROM. Obviously if you want to go the commercial route then do, but there's certainly assistance available if you'd like to try knocking them together yourself.
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Thanks... yes I'm going to try and build my own!

I've asked some questions in the big thread
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