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Re: Today I received.....

Post by kieranhj » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:34 pm

cmorley wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:19 pm
Yes some fast RAM is essential for WHDload. Don't even bother trying to load WB 3.1.4 without some fast RAM. Get a CF to PCMCIA adapter because you can install fat95 & CFD and mount a fat32 formatted CF card as a hard disk - I bought the cheapest from eBay and it works just fine. If you get fast RAM then get a 4/8MB switchable one - the PCMCIA memory map window clashes address space. Sadly RAM is all lolprice because of the stupid connector. I might do RAM for the A1200 at some point if I can get the connectors at a reasonable price...
Thanks for the info. It’s got an internal CF card which works fine and a PCMCIA adapter which doesn’t like the second CF card supplied - will try another one I’ve got lying around somewhere.

I’ve seen the 4/8Mb switchable RAM expansions are available but not cheap. If you fancy making one put my name down please! :)

I saw something on retrokit about a hardware timing mod to fix some issue or other but not sure whether that’s a necessary thing? Also all these homebrew versions of Workbench are still confusing!
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Post by trixster » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:10 pm

Workbench 3.1.4 is actually an official release! Yes, after about 20 years the Amiga has received an official OS update.

3.1 was the last Commodore version, and then 3.5 and 3.9 were released by Haage and Partner in 1999/2000. Some consider these to be somewhat non-canonical. 3.1.4 was released by Hyperion earlier this year - they’re the current IP owners (although maybe Cloanto would dispute that?).

But essentially you’re right, it’s a mess.

I’d recommend a flavour of 3.1 - so either the ClassicWb or BestWB or BetterWb installs.

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Post by OneSwitch » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:11 pm

You got me!
MartinB wrote:
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Heh heh, I was just kidding Barrie and if you recall, we discussed this many moons ago... 8) :wink:

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:13 pm

A nice bit of reading:

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Probably not that relevant with a YAARB fitted bit nice to have anyway.
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Post by kieranhj » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:34 pm

OK, OK, I know I’ve been on a bit of a binge recently but I do need a backup Master and couldn’t resist the sweet cherry keyboard...

Last one for a while, I promise!! :^o
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Post by danielj » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:14 pm

kieranhj wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:34 pm
OK, OK, I know I’ve been on a bit of a binge recently but I do need a backup Master and couldn’t resist the sweet cherry keyboard...

Last one for a while, I promise!! :^o
:lol:

Honestly, if anyone deserved one of these it's you. :)

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Post by flaxcottage » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:23 pm

Nice machine. They are my favourite Beeb. :D
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Post by anightin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:27 pm

... a big heavy box with a case inside...
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I'm saving this for my Christmas and New Year project as I want to finish my 1MHz Beeb FPGA, ATOM SID and System build first before I play with this.

I couldn't help having a quick peek though. :wink:


Primarily I plan to fit an Amiga 500 and a Vampire FPGA board but it was designed to be pretty generic:

https://www.checkmate1500plus.com/introduction.aspx

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Post by Elminster » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:32 pm

If they had had support for Electron's I would have backed it..... but I did follow the project just because in ye olde days I wanted the original checkmate.

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Post by anightin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:20 pm

Elminster wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:32 pm
If they had had support for Electron's I would have backed it..... but I did follow the project just because in ye olde days I wanted the original checkmate.
Maybe it could be persuaded to house an (Ultimately) expanded Electron?

As per ... viewtopic.php?t=9223


Personally I was pondering over also housing a MiSTer board

https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Main_MiSTer/wiki

... and the guts of a KVM switch to swap between the Amiga and MiSTer cores such as:

https://github.com/davewoo999/Electron_MiSTer
https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/BBCMicro_MiSTer
https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Archie_MiSTer

... and others maybe.

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Post by Elminster » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:40 pm

Would require a 3d printer and some thought. I can the latter but not the former.

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Post by sbadger » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:25 pm

trixster wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:59 pm
I got a Roland SC-55 yesterday for use with my dos pc and my X68000 :) midi sounds so good!

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Here’s a video to show how good X68000 Street Fighter 2 sounds :)

https://youtu.be/18dqNxfbTMM
Nice, i've picked up that special Roland duo in the last couple of months to "Play like a King" 90s DOS games :lol:
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Post by Yrrah2 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:05 pm

My Quest Paint V1.10 ROM!! =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Totally happy with it.

Was wondering though. A full package was sold here on the forum including manual. (18 months ago)
Is he/she willing to scan the manual for me so I can OCR it and creat a PDF for everyone??

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Post by roland » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:27 pm

Well, actually I received them yesterday but today I build one:
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My latest project: a new I/O port extender for the FPGAtom / Atom2k15 with PL8, Printer Port, User Port and two 1MHz bus ports.
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Post by 1024MAK » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:02 pm

Received this week:
  • A Sony TCM-939 mono cassette deck and mains PSU.
  • A SEGA Light Phaser
  • Some Sinclair ZX Spectrum rubber key machines including a nice condition issue 2 16K machine (not pictured).
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Sony TCM-939 & SEGA Light Phaser
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Post by marcusjambler » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:35 pm

I got this and a sun baked Tandy 200...... :lol:
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Post by BeebMaster » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:01 pm

Two Pis!
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I'll have to put Raspbian on them till somebody finishes writing Ubuntu for the Pi 4.

The instruction leaflet mentions an 8GB variant - is that going to be real thing, or will it turn out like the BBC Master Scientific?
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Post by 1024MAK » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:41 pm

Well, as they have already discovered a problem with the latest PI, expect a new version soon...

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Post by trixster » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:56 pm

Problem?


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Post by Boydie » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:53 pm

BeebMaster wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:01 pm
The instruction leaflet mentions an 8GB variant - is that going to be real thing, or will it turn out like the BBC Master Scientific?
Probably the opposite to the Master Scientific. That made it a surprisingly long way (a friend found the circuit diagrams for it in Acorn’s library) before they realised that having half the memory of the smallest existing 32016 2P actually made it pretty useless.

Edit: That’s a really good quote on an iPhone. I’m so proud!
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Post by BeebMaster » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:08 am

Awww, sounds a bit like the Econet Module Podule being recognised as an Acorn Joystick!

Hmmm..."extensive field testing"...like with the Pi 3 when they didn't notice that if it came within 100 miles of a camera it switched itself off.
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Post by BeebMaster » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:38 am

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It was very easy setting up Raspbian, just wrote the image to a 16GB diddicard and there was practically nothing else to do.

It has now replaced my Pi2 server which I commissioned almost exactly 4 years ago. That was a bit of a faff, because the Pi4 wouldn't connect to any of my other computers, and it took me a while to discover that it wasn't running nfs-kernel-server on start up. I was going to cheat by having crontab restart it on every boot but I wanted to understand what was happening. It turned out to be that it couldn't find the shared drive locations, as they weren't being mounted till after the desktop had loaded, so I just added them to my fstab.

It seems to be working a treat so far, although it runs quite hot, and I'm still testing how much faster the network speed is.
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Post by Kazzie » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:38 am

tricky wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:45 pm
Stocking up for ABUG and other shows:
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There is another gun, still in the car - I guess I should write a light gun game! and work out the wiring!!

Does anyone know if the one with the Dragon on a dragon controller, or mega-drive?
Wow, that's almost more Mega Drive controllers than my wife has! :shock:

I don't quite follow your question, though.
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Post by tricky » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:41 pm

That is just the new additions ;)

The question was about one of the controllers that has the Dragon computer logo on it, but it seems that they also made mega drive controllers - if I am reading the answer correctly.

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Post by 1024MAK » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:14 pm

The answer is that the Dragon logo from the long dead Dragon Data Ltd. company crops up every now and again on third party computer or console accessories / peripherals that have no relation to the 1980s Dragon Data computer.

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Post by Kazzie » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:28 pm

tricky wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:41 pm
That is just the new additions ;)

The question was about one of the controllers that has the Dragon computer logo on it, but it seems that they also made mega drive controllers - if I am reading the answer correctly.
Ah, I hadn't spotted the logo in the picture.
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Post by Lardo Boffin » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:20 pm

A bundle of stuff from my parent’s loft.

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A very nice and complete Mega CD2 (belonging to my younger brother on long term loan) and some related /unrelated games.

But most importantly the family ZX81. This is the first computer I ever saw / touched / used and started my life long obsession passion with computers and hence my current career and being on this forum (ZX81 - Spectrum - Model B). Happy days! I was not expecting to see this again as my Dad was sure he sold it in the early eighties. Not thoroughly tested but plugs in and brings up the K without issues. 8)
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Post by vanpeebles » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:59 am

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:20 pm
A bundle of stuff from my parent’s loft.


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A very nice and complete Mega CD2 (belonging to my younger brother on long term loan) and some related /unrelated games.

But most importantly the family ZX81. This is the first computer I ever saw / touched / used and started my life long obsession passion with computers and hence my current career and being on this forum (ZX81 - Spectrum - Model B). Happy days! I was not expecting to see this again as my Dad was sure he sold it in the early eighties. Not thoroughly tested but plugs in and brings up the K without issues. 8)
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Rfairman » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:14 am

Today i received an OKI Microline 192 Elite. Thought it was tractor feed but has single feed as well
Now my partner is asking where to put the bread in for the toaster i told her has arrived.
If i had a man shed i would not have this problem but perhaps no partner as well OH Well
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