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Re: Today I received.....

Post by VincentVega » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:41 pm

An "UltraSatan" [sic] hard drive replacement for my Atari ST, with connecting cable. It took six days to arrive from Poland.

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Post by 1024MAK » Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:49 pm

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Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron
A Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron arrived today :D

Thanks Dave H. :D =D>

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:32 pm

Commie_User wrote:Another book:

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80s computer books...
Covers that promised so much but concealing contents that delivered so little.
There is so much wonder in the universe; why should you want to imagine that there is more?

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Post by Commie_User » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:32 pm

Oh, I don't know. I've not delved yet but I see plenty of envelopes, rhythm box programs, keyboard programs and allsorts to help me on my way. Especially when I'm sampling.

There's a reason I do all this shopping, for wares however small. They all build to make one great, huge chiptune picture. Like the boss acid warehouse player I made:

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:30 pm

It's just that it gives the impression you'll be playing the Eroica on the Beeb in no time at all and I don't think that is really the case.

It's much like my disappointment when I received this:
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And discovered it was just yet another beginner's book on the principles of assembly language. :(
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Post by Commie_User » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:26 am

Funny you say that, as the book does teach you how to convert notation into DATA statements and the like, providing some real old master score segments to reference from. I won't actually be using that but all my shopping together gives me the tools I need to get pretty much anything I need in and out of the BBC.

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Post by richardtoohey » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:12 am

lazarusr wrote:It's much like my disappointment when I received this:

And discovered it was just yet another beginner's book on the principles of assembly language. :(
Yes, it's a nice book but very little meat ... thought I'd be coding a Snapper or JCB Digger after getting the book but very little on the true guts of a whizzy game. But, cough, :oops: not entirely the book's fault I've not got around to it yet. So another =D> to all the creators (games, hardware, etc.) around here!

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Post by daveejhitchins » Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:38 pm

Today, while testing MGCs, my 'scope delivered me the smoky contents of its power supply x-caps :?

Darn . . .

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Post by trixster » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:34 pm

An 040->060 adapter for my Amiga 4000 cpu card. It's now fitted with a 68060 to replace the stock 25mhz 68040.

The cpu card has had replacement gals fitted to remove some waitstates in motherboard ram access (improves ram access speed by about 20%) and a delay line mod to allow for easier cpu and motherboard overclocking. At stock the motherboard runs at 25mhz but I can now run it at 32mhz. This bumps the cpu up to 64mhz too.
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Post by flaxcottage » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:49 pm

This is a useful retro gizmo. A 4-way VGA switch box that also switches some 5-pin DIN sockets.
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I use it to switch the display between my A3020 L4 fileserver and my newly updated A5000.

It works brilliantly with the retro-VGA leads needed by the Archimedes computers. Modern VGA leads do not work for some reason.

I guess it was originally designed to work with older PC-compatibles that had VGA monitors and 5-pin DIN keyboards. Now for 5-pin DIN, I am thinking Econet but why would one need to switch an Econet connection between computers?
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Post by Commie_User » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:50 pm

They were indeed for old PCs. The keyboard plugs were once 5-pin DIN. When I worked at Maplin, we sold them right 'til around 2004, I'd say.

I guess you could use them on the BBC to share tape decks because one deck will always fail to load something special, however you keep it.

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Post by JonC » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:20 pm

Old style AT Keyboard connectors, you can (or at least used to be able to) get adapters to change them to PS2 connectors.
Could be useful if you want the full KVM experience!
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Post by geraldholdsworth » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:00 pm

This little lot, all OO gauge trains, track and accessories (courtesy of JonC - cheers bud)...just gotta get my loft cleared out and the track laid down now.
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Post by Pernod » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:11 pm

Nice, a Hymek and a Western, and a LNER carriage

All my 80's Lima/Mainline stuff is in parents loft, with layout.
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Post by geraldholdsworth » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:22 pm

Pernod wrote:Nice, a Hymek and a Western, and a LNER carriage
There's some good stuff there, which you can't see, including loads of track, and an Intercity 125 (original blue livery).
I'm one happy bunny tonight - feel a bit like Dr Sheldon Cooper.
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Post by jonb » Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:58 am

trixster wrote:Not quite today, but i got this bad boy at the weekend:
Oooh a Falcon. Bet that cost a bit... how much, if it's not a rude question?

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Post by trixster » Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:59 am

You have PM!
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by VincentVega » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:48 pm

A couple of BBC to SCART leads, courtesy of Retroclinic. Thanks, Mark!

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Post by JonC » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:23 am

geraldholdsworth wrote:
Pernod wrote:Nice, a Hymek and a Western, and a LNER carriage
There's some good stuff there, which you can't see, including loads of track, and an Intercity 125 (original blue livery).
I'm one happy bunny tonight - feel a bit like Dr Sheldon Cooper.
:lol: Glad it's going to get some use, been sat in the loft for ages doing nowt. :)
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Post by Garrettimus » Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:30 pm

A Brazilian clone of the TRS-80 Model III. :D
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Post by VincentVega » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:41 pm

A "SyncStrike", courtesy of arcadeforge.net. It takes a SCART signal, runs it through a LM1881 chip to separate out all the sync information and presents it in a VGA connector. There are also connectors for you to tap into the output signals if you need some sort of other connection; it can be powered by from the SCART or via a mains adapter. I did think about trying to make my own circuit, but decided it would be easier just to buy something. It will also make it easier to hook up any other retro hardware that I might buy in future - just use a SCART cable.

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I tried it with a Model B, a Master 128 and an Atari STE, using an Extron DVS 204 between the Sync Strike and a 30" NEC monitor.

The Beeb was the best of the three. MODEs 0 to 6 looked very good; MODE 7 looked decent enough. MODE 7 on the Master was a bit wobbly, but the other modes were fine. The Atari was the worst of the three - there was some vertical banding, particularly on the green background of the desktop, though the white during boot-up was A-OK. I may try using an external PSU to see if that makes any difference, and a different monitor.

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Post by Commie_User » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:48 pm

That's a good price! THAT is a good price! Should give the Chinese a run for their Yen. And their stuff is good.

Though the best news is that if your TV takes an RGB SCART input, the BBC runs perfectly anyway.

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:30 pm

Today I received an issue one zeddy.
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Check out the heat sink!
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I did get the case as well but that bit's boring. :D
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Post by VincentVega » Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:15 pm

An Extron DVS 304 (excuse the iPhone pics):

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It took nearly three weeks to arrive from the originally-named Oregon City, in (you guessed it) Oregon. This was via the eBay Global Shipping Pprogram(me); the unit cost £45, and shipping was £36. I gave it a quick test with my RPC, and it works perfectly, which is a relief.

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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:45 pm

On my way back from Antigua. I've been given a present . . . It's one of those guessing games!
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I've just left a peek of a view. Didn't think it would pass security - but no trouble - heavy though.

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Post by davidb » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:12 pm

daveejhitchins wrote:On my way back from Antigua. I've been given a present . . . It's one of those guessing games!
It's a man bag. ;) What did I win? :lol:

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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:15 pm

Hmmm! I should have said that the bag is for Mrs H, once we get home :D

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Post by topcat96 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:47 pm

Is it an Illudium P-36 explosive space modulator?

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Post by 1024MAK » Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:04 pm

Is it a yellow sun grenade to help out any superheroes who are suffering due to the lack of Sun in the U.K. at the moment :?:

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by sydney » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:09 pm

Is it rum? If so shall I pop down for a 'coffee' sometime next week? :lol:

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