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Re: Today I received.....

Post by cmorley » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:55 am

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Curse you JudgeBeeb - you have unleased a monster! :lol:


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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Elminster » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:54 am

New toys, arrived yesterday. Only cheap versions to play with, but very impressed with the component testers, been on my list for ages as people rave about them and only cost £5. At some point, I want to get a decent ESR meter and then I can see how accurate ESR is on this as well.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by trixster » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:52 am

vanpeebles wrote:
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Eeee, that's fancy! 8)
Aye, it be. Look at its colourful elite.

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Sadly it plays like crap compared to pretty much any other version. Even if you’re completely stationary your position relative to other objects actually changes when you pitch or roll. And it’s like looking through a fish-eye lens. The bonkers mechanics make it a complete chore to play, especially attempting docking.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by vanpeebles » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:48 am

Gonna get some proper msx2 cart games for it?

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Elminster » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:15 pm

cmorley wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:55 am

Curse you JudgeBeeb - you have unleased a monster! :lol:
Don't know if you noticed my iron at Cambridge but it has 12 tips all different types. And I pretty much still just use the large bezel type tip whether I am doing SMD or through-hole with a huge ground plane. Looks good though.

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by JudgeBeeb » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:32 pm

cmorley wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:55 am
Curse you JudgeBeeb - you have unleased a monster! :lol:
You should have got a set of coloured sleeves so that you can hot swap the tips! :twisted:
There is so much wonder in the universe; why should you want to imagine that there is more?

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Coeus » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:37 pm

Nothing as exotic as some I have seen on this thread but I did finally decide to get a master. This doesn't replace the BBC B but compliments it. This one does seem to be in good condition externally and came very neatly packed. It looks to have an IEFL multi-OS.
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It also came with the COMAL manual which is one of things for which there doesn't seem to be a scanned copy.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Arcadian » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:50 pm

Nice little bundle of Retro Software titles there! ;)
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Post by flaxcottage » Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:18 pm

The Master is a great machine. :D
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by flaxcottage » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:48 pm

A Benq BL702A. :D
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I treated my Archimedes machines to this monitor so that they can display the legacy modes used by educational software from the archive. It lives up to everyone's descriptions and acts as a multi-synch monitor when using an old VGA cable which is known to work with Archimedes computers. The photo shows it working with my A3010 in MODE9 on a Star Trek game I am 'developing'. The photo does not do the display credit - it is fantastic 'in the flesh' so to speak.

When it arrived, though, it came with a single 'dead' bright green pixel in the top left corner. It could not be ignored as it flickered when the screen went black. The image below shows the pixel on the desktop screen.
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I rang the supplier and they suggested I get a damp cloth and switch the screen off, put the damp cloth over the pixel position and press firmly. Switch on the monitor keeping the pressure on the spot for a moment or two, then release the pressure and remove the cloth. Amazingly it worked. :shock: :shock: The green pixel now responds normally. One is never too old to learn!
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Post by shawty » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:39 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:48 pm

I rang the supplier and they suggested I get a damp cloth and switch the screen off, put the damp cloth over the pixel position and press firmly. Switch on the monitor keeping the pressure on the spot for a moment or two, then release the pressure and remove the cloth. Amazingly it worked. :shock: :shock: The green pixel now responds normally. One is never too old to learn!
WOW in all my years in I.T. I've never heard that one!!! Wonder how that works then, gonna have to research that, unless anyone else on here knows the secret.
Been around I.T. since the Beeb was born, maybe you've seen me around :D

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Post by Phlamethrower » Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:50 pm

That's the first I've heard of that approach as well. I can't find any explanations for why some of the solutions work (I guess it's just a slightly dodgy electrical connection for the pixel?), but it's good to know that there are a few tried-and-tested solutions available.

https://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Stuck-Pix ... CD-Monitor

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:00 am

An econet kit for my last beeb (with faster ROM). Thanks Beebmaster!

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Atom, issue 5
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Post by philpem » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:09 pm

Picked up this absolute gem from 'the bay' the other day, it arrived yesterday.

The Dazzle and Flare paint programs from Silica Software Systems (later part of Indigo Learning) and distributed by SEMERC, boxed complete with manuals!

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Given the registration data on the disc, it seems that at one point it was the demo copy for Datathorn, an Acorn dealer in the South of England.
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Speaking of which, if anyone has an ADF image of a Dazzle standard- or site-licence disk which hasn't been registered, please PM me!
There's an app on the disk which personalises Dazzle when you first open the filer on the disk. Sadly this app deletes itself after it's run... :(
I'd like to archive an unused copy if possible.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by tricky » Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:14 pm

Some more Megadrive game pads to beeb analogue port boards for my adapters (slightly smaller to hopefully more easily into the covers I have).
And a batch of new Atari Paddle adapters (untested) for when you want four paddles, each with a working fire button (so that is Warlords then ;)) for two paddles, only wiring is required - hopefully a couple of patch wires will turn the 4:1 into a 2:1 - no other components required!
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Ordered less than two weeks ago and sent cheap china post - even arrived in a box!

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Post by SpaceFlightOrange » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:20 am

I kinda got lucky on this one. It wasn’t cheap, but compared with the prices others are going for around it, I did really well....
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The wallet is unused. The device looks unused! Hasn’t got a mark on it.

This is medicinal, to help me get over the regret of selling my original Series 5 for bugger all at a car boot sale about 10 years ago.
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by flaxcottage » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:14 pm

Great acquisition. The 5mx is a great machine as you will know. =D>
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by duikkie » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:43 pm

how is it called and where did you buy it . the diode thing ( DIY ?? )


Elminster wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:54 am
New toys, arrived yesterday. Only cheap versions to play with, but very impressed with the component testers, been on my list for ages as people rave about them and only cost £5. At some point, I want to get a decent ESR meter and then I can see how accurate ESR is on this as well.

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Post by Elminster » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:31 pm

You can get them on amazon market place, eBay, etc. Various names and designs, all work fairly similar.

The one I got with a case was.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078KBD7XJ/ ... 11_TE_item

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Post by SpaceFlightOrange » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:18 pm

Elminster wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:31 pm
You can get them on amazon market place, eBay, etc. Various names and designs, all work fairly similar.

The one I got with a case was.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078KBD7XJ/ ... 11_TE_item
These are cool little devices. I didn't see them on Amazon when I got mine. I got it off eBay. Think it was about a £1 cheaper but I had to wait over 2 weeks for it to arrive!! I'd have gone to Amazon, especially as its available on Prime!
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Post by SpaceFlightOrange » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:21 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:14 pm
Great acquisition. The 5mx is a great machine as you will know. =D>
It is, John. I never had the pleasure of owning one before. I bought the 5 in 97 shortly after launch; It was the first expensive thing I bought after I started work. Loved it. took it everywhere. but I then moved onto the Palm V.

Dont know what possessed me to let the 5 go!!

Did/do you own one?
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Post by flaxcottage » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:01 am

SpaceFlightOrange wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:21 pm
Did/do you own one?
Yep, I've had one for years and still got it. I used to use it to take minutes at meetings. The keyboard was great for typing. It was also MS Office compatible so I could just transfer files for later distribution.

Before that I used to use the Psion 3a and to be honest I think I preferred it overall for usability. The 3a would actually fit into my jacket pocket, something of which the 5mx could never be guilty!

Both gave amazing life from a set of batteries and were ready in an instant.
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Post by Lardo Boffin » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:51 am

A couple of books.

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Atom, issue 5
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Post by Elminster » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:17 am

I don’t think I have seen any books I want, but don’t have, come up for a while. And when they do come up they come on an an expensive buy it now price.

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Post by vanpeebles » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:30 am

Racing the Beam is a good read!

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Post by mr-macrisc » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:32 pm

Wee haul of business and education BBC software collected (few games and a BBC floppy drive he found too)
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Flax Cottage if you could pm me an email address I'll send ya a few photos of it all laid out and anything your missing we can sort to add to archive

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Post by vanekp » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:41 pm

nice hall :D
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Post by flaxcottage » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:47 pm

mr-macrisc wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:32 pm
Flax Cottage if you could pm me an email address I'll send ya a few photos of it all laid out and anything your missing we can sort to add to archive

John
That is a great haul. Well done. =D> =D>

Already I can see a number of MIA titles and documentation. You can contact me through the website below.

Cheers,
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Post by mr-macrisc » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:13 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:47 pm
mr-macrisc wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:32 pm
Flax Cottage if you could pm me an email address I'll send ya a few photos of it all laid out and anything your missing we can sort to add to archive

John
That is a great haul. Well done. =D> =D>

Already I can see a number of MIA titles and documentation. You can contact me through the website below.

Cheers,
Will sort over next few days and send over info of everything

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