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Re: Today I received.....

Post by LordVaderUK » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:26 pm

£113 for that cornucopia of goodies is a screaming bargain, well done!
Loving my BBC Master 128

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Post by Rod C » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:37 pm

philpem wrote:
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:57 am
Hopefully not teaching Granny to suck eggs here -- but I hope you've taken an image of the hard drives!

As for the CMOS problem - what's the matter with it, the usual battery leakage issues? (... on that note perhaps we should take this discussion to 32bit Hardware!)
Thanks for the reminder. All backed up now - IDE to SCSI and SCSI to IDE. :D The CMOS will have to wait for a bit as I'll be away from the computer.

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Post by markjw » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:21 pm

aotta wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:05 pm
markjw wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:20 pm
Hopefully the second box will turn up soon.
Yes, today i received... the second box! :D :D
really a rich bundle! and hw seem in good condition. It's time to test...
interesting - 'Speech Upgrade Instructions' - does one of the BBC have the speech chips fitted then?

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Post by aotta » Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:48 pm

markjw wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:21 pm

interesting - 'Speech Upgrade Instructions' - does one of the BBC have the speech chips fitted then?
i opened only one at this time, an issue 4 that "dingled" since the ula dissipator was flying around the motherboard. It has not speech chips mounted.
I didn't open the other two yet, i'll give them a look
UPDATE: no speech chips fitted, only the Speech System User's Guide and the Upgrade instructions... may be there was a fourth Micro in the bundle! :D

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Post by stuslayer » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:30 am

Another toy for my Electron isolation fun:
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Looking forward to testing with my Gotek!

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Post by roland » Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:37 pm

Nice tracks :lol:
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Post by DaveLecky » Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:39 pm

Hi there,

A Slogger Rombox Plus.....what an awful colour, it’s glued together too.

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Post by danielj » Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:45 pm

They' were a bit shoddy, but substantially more useful than a stock plus 1!

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Post by stuslayer » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:27 am

My first Model B
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I haven't opened it up yet, but it looks in decent cosmetic nick for an eBay special. Considering the prices stuff has been going for the last few weeks, I think £89 plus shipping wasn't too bad...

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Post by LordVaderUK » Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:37 am

stuslayer wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:27 am
My first Model B

I haven't opened it up yet, but it looks in decent cosmetic nick for an eBay special. Considering the prices stuff has been going for the last few weeks, I think £89 plus shipping wasn't too bad...
Looks to be in very good nick - and yes that seems like a bit of a bargain! Let us know if you find any goodies inside. Do you know if the PSU has been capped, if not that should be on your to do list :-)
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Post by flaxcottage » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:21 pm

Nice looking machine. Enjoy. :D
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Post by stuslayer » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:43 pm

LordVaderUK wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:37 am
Let us know if you find any goodies inside. Do you know if the PSU has been capped, if not that should be on your to do list :-)
I'll post a new thread in the hardware section once I've had a look inside. I've ordered the capacitor kit from RetroClinic as a preemptive, as I'm pretty sure it won't have been done.

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Post by vanekp » Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:03 pm

Looks like a nice machine hope its all working and the capacitors you can easily check if you pop the PSU out (3 screws underneath BBC)
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Post by jms2 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:52 pm

DaveLecky wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:39 pm
A Slogger Rombox Plus.....what an awful colour, it’s glued together too.
I had one of those once (bought off Ebay). As you say, the colour is horrible, and the build quality in general is not very good. However, you could possibly do something about the colour using the vinyl dye mentioned in this thread.

So far I have tested out the product on an unwanted lego brick, and now I have a beige lego brick! It doesn't seem to be possible to scratch it off. The colour I bought ("champagne") turns out to be less of a good match than the one that Alan tried ("bone") so I won't use this can for anything, but I was certainly impressed by how it works.

As you can probably tell, I'm on the lookout for anything that I can spray beige... :lol:

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Post by anightin » Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:03 pm

jms2 wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:52 pm
As you can probably tell, I'm on the lookout for anything that I can spray beige... :lol:
Ah yes, that brought back a memory of my Dad's 1982 FORD CORTINA MK5 1993cc GL (purchased when it was only a couple of years old). It seemed that pretty much any technology back then had it's credibility nudged up a notch by being some shade of beige.

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Post by stuslayer » Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:18 pm

And another addition to my Beeb/Elk setup:
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It comes with the necessary cables to connect up, and I'm assured it's working (not tested it yet). It's in really nice condition - even the foam in the battery compartment is still springy!

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:41 pm

A set of Z80 discs.

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As far as I can tell they all seem to be working. I ran the COPY function against each disc and copied them to drive B (in my case the RAM disc of my Opus Challenger) ok.


I have the full set of manuals, function key strip and discs. Just the cheese wedge to get...
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Post by Leew » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:51 am

Another eBay purchase, an Electron this time. I must have 10 or 11 Elks now, all in various states of (dis)repair :-)

I bought this particular one because I wanted the Philosophers Quest game to add to my collection of original Acornsoft Electron software titles.

No power supply with the Elk, but I have tested and the Electron does work fine except the 'R' key. All the other keys are fine, just nothing out of the 'R' key. The Philosopher's Quest game loads perfectly from both sides of the cassette so I am happy with that.

The Elk and some of the games will probably be going back on eBay though so that I can fund future Elk Acornsoft title purchases.

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As a segue, I also received Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to add to my HD-DVD collection (it would have been a better segue if it had been Philosoper's Stone, but you can't have everyththing :-D ). I bought a Toshiba HD-DVD player back in the early naughties when the HD-DVD vs Bluray format wars were ongoing, and it is still sat underneath my TV but with a Samsung Bluray player sat on top of it today.

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Post by DaveLecky » Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:38 pm

A very nice Master 128, unfortunately minus the 9 key top and switch....

Does anyone still supply these. ?

The case is evenly coloured, top and bottom.

After spending the afternoon in the sun cleaning, and repairing the battery...

It turned out almost “As New”.
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Post by flaxcottage » Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:56 pm

Best bet would be Mark at Retroclinic.
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Post by kieranhj » Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:02 pm

After reading the CCH’s plea for support during their Coronavirus closure, I ordered a year’s membership in advance - starts the first day you visit after they reopen. Nice to try and give them some cash flow in this challenging time.

I want them still to be there when this is all over! More info on their website along with other ways to help or donate: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/
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Post by WrightStuff » Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:26 pm

DaveLecky wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:38 pm
A very nice Master 128, unfortunately minus the 9 key top and switch....

Does anyone still supply these. ?

Dave
There are a number of different key types, so you need the right one :

http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/micros/indiv ... -MASTERKSW
http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/micros/indiv ... MASTERKT-A

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Post by danielj » Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:38 pm

Retroclinic will certainly do the switch. The Master and Electron ones are the same, I don't think there are any variants unless it's a Cherry keyboard Master.
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Post by retroclinic » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:53 am


There are a number of different key types, so you need the right one :

http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/micros/indiv ... -MASTERKSW
http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/micros/indiv ... MASTERKT-A
Yes, I've got all those, and at less than half those prices!
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Post by DaveLecky » Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:17 am

Thanks everyone......I’ve now ordered the appropriate switches from RetroClinic..
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Post by trixster » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:03 am

One of these
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Post by daveejhitchins » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:05 am

Oh! At first glance I thought they'd 'borrowed' an Electron keyboard! :lol: Must get out more . . . Oh! can't do that :cry:

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:17 pm

A nice, working Spectrum.

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Post by jonb » Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:35 pm

Is that an Issue 1? Grey keys and all that...

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:39 pm

jonb wrote:
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Is that an Issue 1? Grey keys and all that...
Yes. Serial number 862 so pretty early!

If Wikipedia is to be believed then it is number 862 of about 5,000,000.

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