Today I received.....

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by flaxcottage » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:44 pm

After years of looking I've finally found a copy of the very first commercial release I wrote.
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This came up on eBay as a 'buy it now or make me an offer' item. The vendor was a real gent and accepted much less than the original asking price. =D> =D>

The First Byte label on the back was interesting because I did not know that they stocked our titles.

I don't know if the tape works yet but to be honest it doesn't matter. I'll make a direct copy. If the tape is working I'll see if the uef-supremo in Scotland can work his magic. [-o<

All I need to do now is find copies of all the other titles I wrote for this company ... :wink:
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Multiwizard » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:04 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:44 pm
After years of looking I've finally found a copy of the very first commercial release I wrote.
Cassette inlay.jpg

This came up on eBay as a 'buy it now or make me an offer' item. The vendor was a real gent and accepted much less than the original asking price. =D> =D>

The First Byte label on the back was interesting because I did not know that they stocked our titles.

I don't know if the tape works yet but to be honest it doesn't matter. I'll make a direct copy. If the tape is working I'll see if the uef-supremo in Scotland can work his magic. [-o<

All I need to do now is find copies of all the other titles I wrote for this company ... :wink:
Nice :-D... =D> \:D/ =D>

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Post by Commie_User » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:08 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:44 pm
After years of looking I've finally found a copy of the very first commercial release I wrote.
What a great feeling that must have been for you. Is it any good, do you know? :wink: :lol:

I love how the company logo resembles the Compact Disc logo. Brings it all back how new age and totally mindblowing all these techie concepts were when they were new. Kids just can't quite grip it these days even if they understand.

After a gig, Neil Innes was really interested in the Rutland Weekend Television LP I brought to have him sign, having not seen it in donkeys' years. It never ceases to amaze me how so many people don't seem to keep copies of their own releases.

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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:01 pm

Just checked the tape and it works perfectly. No dropouts, no data errors. Magic. 8)

Not bad for 35 years!
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Post by OneSwitch » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:26 pm

Brilliant! Gives me hope to find some of the things I've been looking for for many years.

People can download it from your site here:

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http://www.flaxcottage.com/educational/default.asp
. Nice little maths game. Harsh if you get one wrong when you're nearly fully charged!

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:20 pm

A very nice Vines 1770 replay. Of course now I have the problem of finding a beeb fitted with a 1770... Assuming it works of course!

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It does mention Opus Challenger compatibility so may have to go that route but really wanted to run it from a gotek. Hey ho.

Once I get it up and running (fingers crossed) I can finally play Twin Kingdom Valley properly without having to faff on with saving to tape. :D
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by adrm » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:24 pm

trixster wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:02 am
A RetroTink2x to go with the OSSC
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The 3DO’s svideo output can now get the OSSC treatment, it’s never looked so good!
Got my own RetroTink 2X + connector to OSSC today.
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Post by geraldholdsworth » Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:07 pm

A nice new (to me) laptop to replace my MacBook Air (gone from virtually hard to upgrade 13" with 128GB of SSD to easier to upgrade 15" with 512GB of HDD), and the latest Star Trek series on Blu Ray:
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(ignore my son's toys, guarding the said laptop)
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Post by Commie_User » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:45 pm

I see you're quite a Star Trek family with the Dalek sitting there.


[backing away a little] Now then, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1..... :D ;)

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Post by geraldholdsworth » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:46 pm

And the Stormtrooper's speeder bike, and Darth Vader....
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Multiwizard » Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:53 pm

Hi,

I just received these (see pic below)... :-D


Greetings, Wim... :-)
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Post by mpk » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:10 am

Not so much today I received (it was a few days ago), but..
.. my (well, my family's) old Issue 3 Model B in all its absolutely knackered-out glory:
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No fix screws. No keyboard bolts. Keyboard flexi inexplicably replaced with what looks like one side of an old hard drive cable. Solidisk DDFS issue 1. Jumper wire remapping the OS ROM socket after I attempted to replace it with... god knows what with, but it knackered both socket and surrounding bits of board. Crudely installed speaker output socket. Most of the terminals for the 5V power connectors missing with the wires instead soldered into place (really, I have no idea). Case absolutely filthy. One pin broken off on the DFS ROM and replaced with a bit of cut-off pin. I even managed to lose one of the PSU fixing screws. No idea how.

Still, this machine has sentimental value - it launched both my brother and myself into the world of computing from which neither of us have really recovered and I probably used it for well over ten years. There was no way I was going to shrug and make it a parts donor.

It cleaned up nicely - ran the case through the dishwasher (who needs retr0bright?) and it came up like new except for the rather unfortunate fading of the keyboard surround as the water got into it. Keycaps run through the washing machine and gently dried. Fitted a local mains plug, replaced a gloriously cranky looking pair of X2 caps in the PSU:
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... and after a bit of jiggling around of ICs (turned out the keyboard 6522 needed reseating) she sprang to life for the first time in what must easily be 20 years with a very characteristically discordant BLAAAARRRRR-beep:
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... which was nice. The only immediately identifiable problem was the lack of sync on the RGB out, so the image constantly rolled on the monitor. Composite video was fine. After a bit of hunting I found that there's a jumper to select +ve or -ve syncs on the RGB port which I had explicably at some point in the past set to -ve. Haven't had a chance to retest it yet, but that should fix it.

All I need is replacement case fixing screws and keyboard bolts and we'll have a machine to be proud of again. Not sure what task I'll set it to - I'm starting a new job next March so might see if there's space on my desk for it to live there. Definitely a talking point for co-workers, right?

Oh yeah, one question - does anyone have a part number for the power supply terminal posts (and corresponding spade connectors) on the motherboard? I'd really like to replace them as soldered-on supply wires are.. well, yuck.

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:40 am

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I blame mattyj.
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Post by vanpeebles » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:35 pm

Oooh a Hakko, for the gentleman solderer about town. Lovely!

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Post by MartinB » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:55 pm

mpk wrote:Oh yeah, one question - does anyone have a part number for the power supply terminal posts (and corresponding spade connectors) on the motherboard? I'd really like to replace them as soldered-on supply wires are.. well, yuck.
I’ll repeat an earlier post of mine....
MartinB wrote:The motherboard power interface points are generically known as spade connections and Farnell have the full set....

Motherboard male :

http://uk.farnell.com/te-connectivity-a ... Categories

PSU flying lead female :

http://uk.farnell.com/jst-japan-solderl ... Categories

Female cover :

http://uk.farnell.com/jst-japan-solderl ... Categories


Thinking about it, those female connectors for the PSU flying leads are solderless, i.e. you'd fit them with a crimp tool or long-nose pliers assuming you're deft at such things but if not, there is also a solderable type....

http://uk.farnell.com/multicomp/fm110-0 ... dp/1346445


*** In all cases, check the quantities - I think they're either priced per pack of 100 or if not, there's a minimum order of 100 pieces ***

( Using the specs from the Farnell items, you could also look to see if there are cheaper and/or smaller quantity options elsewhere..... 8) )

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Post by mpk » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:08 pm

MartinB wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:55 pm
mpk wrote:Oh yeah, one question - does anyone have a part number for the power supply terminal posts (and corresponding spade connectors) on the motherboard? I'd really like to replace them as soldered-on supply wires are.. well, yuck.
I’ll repeat an earlier post of mine....
MartinB wrote:The motherboard power interface points are generically known as spade connections and Farnell have the full set....
Ah, thanks. I'm going to have to look elsewhere anyway as Farnell don't deign to sell to private individuals in this country - the one time I tried ordering from them I got an extremely snooty email telling me that they *exclusively* do business with *bona fide* organisations, so *phhhbbtt* to them.

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Post by MartinB » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:18 pm

Ah, sorry - my bad. You just need to get each Farnell Order Number and paste it into the CPC site search and you're away! :)

e.g here's the first for example.....



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(I'm assuming of course that the CPC variant will be ok......?)
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Post by BeebMaster » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:31 pm

Multiwizard wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:53 pm
Hi,

I just received these (see pic below)... :-D


Greetings, Wim... :-)
Is that a US edition of the Advanced User Guide? I don't think I've seen it in a ring binder (like the US User Guide) before.
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Post by 1024MAK » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:25 pm

mpk wrote:Oh yeah, one question - does anyone have a part number for the power supply terminal posts (and corresponding spade connectors) on the motherboard? I'd really like to replace them as soldered-on supply wires are.. well, yuck.
Mark at RetroClinic should also be able to supply these.

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Post by trixster » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:51 am

adrm wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:24 pm
trixster wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:02 am
A RetroTink2x to go with the OSSC
05FA31A5-59E7-4CA6-83CD-BC74656CFEFA.jpeg
The 3DO’s svideo output can now get the OSSC treatment, it’s never looked so good!
Got my own RetroTink 2X + connector to OSSC today.
Is it running ok? What are you using it with?
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Post by adrm » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:56 pm

trixster wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:51 am
adrm wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:24 pm
trixster wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:02 am
A RetroTink2x to go with the OSSC
05FA31A5-59E7-4CA6-83CD-BC74656CFEFA.jpeg
The 3DO’s svideo output can now get the OSSC treatment, it’s never looked so good!
Got my own RetroTink 2X + connector to OSSC today.
Is it running ok? What are you using it with?
The idea is to use it with the OSSC for HW that doesn't have RGB out. So far I've only briefly tested it with one of the Atari XEGS machines, to verify that it works.
This particular XEGS has been fitted with a VBXE HDMI module, so the RetroTink really isn't needed. My other Atari XEGS (which is in storage now) only has composite out, though.

I bought it mostly in anticipation of getting other composite-only machines.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by BrianR. » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:04 pm

A Gotek! from RetroClinic. (No photo, but you all know what it looks like anyway)

I've been playing about with it all day on the M128 with RasPi copro; great fun!
I've ordered from fleabay the parts needed to build my own,(with OLED display & rotary encoder etc.), as I have another 2 Model Bs. in need of Xmas pressies.
If that works out OK I'll repeat so that each machine has it's own Gotek.
The RasPI copro on the M128 is also a recent purchase from Retroclinic, but one of the Model Bs has the DIY kit version from PiTubeDirect site, and this is mounted directly onto the Tube interface underneath and out of sight.
I was a bit nervous about soldering the SMD level-shifter ICs, but it all worked out well, thankfully.

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Post by DavidLowe » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:37 pm

First venture into Econet begins...
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Post by IanS » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:44 pm

DavidLowe wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:37 pm
First venture into Econet begins...
That looks familiar :wink:

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Post by DavidLowe » Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:39 pm

Well, I’m pleased to say it seems to be successfully installed in my RiscPC!

So now I think I need:

Level 4 file server (disk images already found)
Level 4 file server user guide and AUN user guide (already found on this forum)
Econet card for the A3000
Econet card for the Master 128
A couple of Econet double socket boxes
A pair of Econet terminators
An Econet Clock
Cables

- so shopping again soon! Anything I’ve forgotten?

Oh, and wait for someone to invent the Electron Plus 2 so it can also join in...

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Post by steve3000 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:49 pm

I was binning some old boxes I'd left bundled at the back of the garage, from various previous acquisitions. Most were stuffed with packing, luckily I checked all the way through each of them because at the bottom of one, I found this:
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A boxed as new RAVEN-20 card :D I had never heard of this board, and until I read the instructions I could only guess at what it is - an unusual 20kb shadow RAM expansion!

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Commie_User » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:39 am

You'll be fitting it, to a BBC I presume?

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Post by marcusjambler » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:48 pm

RAVEN-20 card
@steve3000 could you post a ROM dump and scan of the manual please [-o<

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Post by klintworth » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:05 am

More RetroClinic goodness ... thanks Mark! :D
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BBC B Issue 4, BBC B UNB09 Issue1 (USA), Electron & Castle A7000+

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Post by steve3000 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:38 am

Commie_User wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:39 am
You'll be fitting it, to a BBC I presume?
I'll be fitting this to my main beeb over Christmas, providing I can fix the ongoing interference issue with the beeb...
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@steve3000 could you post a ROM dump and scan of the manual please [-o<
Certainly can. Will be in a week or so as away from home now. :)

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