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Post by paulv » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:19 pm

Happy birthday Jon! :D

Great Cake =D> =D>

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Post by flaxcottage » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:50 pm

A lot of frogspawn in the pond - our first batch since building the pond. Yeah!
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Post by CMcDougall » Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:46 pm

^ =D> you know what you want to play in a few months 8)
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but without the crocs :lol:
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Post by martinw » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:06 pm

flibble wrote:
martinw wrote:Acornsoft C
Please please please please scan the manual :)
Hi Flibble

I'll add it to my list of things to do ... it's only a short list as I think Daniel has also asked me to do the Nevryon for the BBC - game instructions too, in the PIAS series but I'm a bit busy at the moment soldering components to this baby before I head out to Canada with it ...
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I have thus far concluded lead free solder is a PITA, Maplin soldering irons are not up to the job of soldering larger power components onto an 8 layer board with four power planes (i.e. a big heatsink) and 0.5mm pitch components (0.3mm wide pins/pads with 0.2mm clearance between them) can be problematic when hand soldering them on :wink:

All sussed now though, with the aid of one of these ...

http://www.element14.com/community/roadTestReviews/1229

BTW I'm only doing the first couple for testing purposes, thank god :lol:

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Post by george.h » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:12 pm

I have thus far concluded lead free solder is a PITA
If God had meant soldering to be lead free he wouldn't have created element 82... Awful stuff lead free....
Maplin soldering irons are not up to the job of soldering larger power components onto an 8 layer board with four power planes
Most soldering irons sold by Maplin aren't up to the job of soldering.....

Ever considered a Metcal (like a Metcal MX-500DS)?
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Post by KarateEd » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:52 pm

Hi Folks,

Well got one of these, it may have a problem as it was sold as needs repairs. It supposedly has the long 1 beep issue. I'm pretty sure with the help of my friends on this site and a little luck, we'll be able to get it working fine. There are already two excellent threads on this type of issue that I can see and will start there once it's 120V compliant with new caps.

It cost me 25 pounds which is reasonable to me, even if I can only use it for parts (but I believe we'll get it going).

I put the casing in my washing machine (it was pretty dirty, especially inside), thought I'd try it since there really are no parts that water can hurt when the case is empty and it did a pretty good job.

Power supply is out and when the caps arrive from Mark (RetroClinic), I'll replace them, change to 120V and test it out to see what I actually have.

Sorry Lee, just can't pay the stratospheric prices that those crazy people on eBay are giving you, though I know with what you've been doing, your machines are top.

Am I becoming a retroholic.....what is the definition of that curious disease anyway?

Ed......:-)
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PSU out and ready to work on when CAPs arrive.....she's a clean one now...
EDIT: Yup, it has a loooonnnnngggggg, low one beep for this Beeb.....no lights, don't have it hooked to a monitor yet.......haven't time right now to work on it, just started giving ukulele lessons so will get kinda busy.....
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Ed...... :-)

3 working Beebs, 1 RetroClinic Master, 1 normal Master, 1 A3010, 1 Pi2 RISC OS, 2 broken Beeb Motherboards, 1 Omnibus A7000+ server, 1 A7000+ Desktop, 1 PET, 1 C64, 1 C128, 1 Amiga 500 and 1 Roamer.

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Post by richard_g » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:06 pm

Hi Chaps,

Couple of machines collected on Sunday but just getting around to giving them a check over today...

A TRS-80 model 3 - this one with the dual 5.25" disks. Cosmetically not so great with lots of scuffs and scratches but bought to upgrade my cassette based 16K M3 which is in really nice nick. I have a working screen but no video atm.

Also got an Intertec Superbrain... lol this thing is HUGE. Makes the M3 look dainty. Grabbed a quick pic whilst the lid was off:

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A section of the case front has been hacked to accommodate a different drive arrangement unfortunately so I'll need to see if I can get a replacement from somewhere. It's got a video RAM fault as you can see in the pic. Still, as long as the monitor is working I'm happy. The rest I can sort. It's absolutely spotless inside the case too which is nice for a change!

Lots and lots to get on with!

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Post by jonb » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:54 pm

Oooh nice. I'd love a Superbrain but you know how rare they are, and I have a few CP/M machines in my stable (that I never use) so it's really just retroholism!

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Post by richard_g » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:31 pm

Ha thanks Jon. This one was pretty inexpensive - I had to take a punt on it.
Seems to have additional boards mounted in there too - not sure what's what atm.

BTW - do you still have that stock of 4116s?

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Post by jonb » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:30 pm

Yep, loads.

How many would you like?

:D

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Post by richard_g » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:51 pm

Good good. PM sent.

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Post by jonb » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:50 pm

Today I received...
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....a super clicky Unicomp keyboard (with genuine buckling spring keyswitches as used in the IBM Model M).

CLACK CLACK CLAK!

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Post by jonb » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:53 pm

Hmmmmmm....
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Post by CMcDougall » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:08 pm

£3.24 & free PP, but took 5 days to deliver, why say despatched, then it would be at my door next day or the next :roll:
as 1/3 AAA batterys are non existant apart from in Hong Kong, and the kiddie night light would be £30 again, when only needed new rechargeable battery :D
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and for £2.19 inc P&P not in the archive...... yet 8)
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Post by nOmArch » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:28 pm

jonb wrote:Today I received...
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....a super clicky Unicomp keyboard (with genuine buckling spring keyswitches as used in the IBM Model M).

CLACK CLACK CLAK!
Your fingers will love you forever, best thing I did was changing back to proper mechanical keyboards.
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Post by danielj » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:54 pm

jonb wrote: ....a super clicky Unicomp keyboard (with genuine buckling spring keyswitches as used in the IBM Model M).
I've been coveting one of those for a while... :D

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Post by richard_g » Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:51 pm

36-off 4116 DRAMs - Thanks Jon - that was quick!

How do you find the finish of that Unicomp keyboard? I've seen mixed reviews.
I use a keyboard with Cherry MX blues on a daily basis and it's really nice and clicky with a good tactile feedback. Nothing beats the buckling springs though.

My mate Chris at Micro Museum has a bit of a review of the Unicomp here:

http://www.micromuseum.co.uk/index.php/ ... mp-ub434ha

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Post by steve3000 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:14 pm

An A3010, monitor and software... finally delivered to the right house and on the right day (3rd time lucky) by UPS...
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Rather annoyed to see the crack in the top of the monitor, so started to lift it out and then realised it wasn't just a crack...
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Post by richard_g » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:26 pm

Horrible - I assume it wasn't sent in that big empty box and you've removed packaging before taking photos? I say assume because I've had stuff delivered that was knocking about in big empty boxes before.

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Post by steve3000 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:28 pm

Ha, yes it was actually packed as shown in the first photo! :shock:

The sender used the 'post and hope' technique...

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Post by Zarchos » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:35 pm

steve3000 wrote:Ha, yes it was actually packed as shown in the first photo! :shock:

The sender used the 'post and hope' technique...

Ah bad luck... In that case a refund would be the least the seller could do ...

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Post by richard_g » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:54 pm

Yep - full refund.

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Post by Prime » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:40 pm

danielj wrote:
jonb wrote: ....a super clicky Unicomp keyboard (with genuine buckling spring keyswitches as used in the IBM Model M).
I've been coveting one of those for a while... :D
I Have one of the genuine IBM ones from when work where throwing them, they where big on PS/2s in the 90s, muh prefer it over the more modern keyboards which seem to have in some cases gone back to the chicklet type from.

Cheers,

Phill.

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Post by omx5o » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:02 pm

Wow, that seller was being way too optimistic with the packaging there.

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Post by jonb » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:46 am

richard_g wrote:36-off 4116 DRAMs - Thanks Jon - that was quick!

How do you find the finish of that Unicomp keyboard? I've seen mixed reviews.
I use a keyboard with Cherry MX blues on a daily basis and it's really nice and clicky with a good tactile feedback. Nothing beats the buckling springs though.

My mate Chris at Micro Museum has a bit of a review of the Unicomp here:

http://www.micromuseum.co.uk/index.php/ ... mp-ub434ha
Hi Richard

Yes, the finish of the black case isn't perfect, but it sure feels right. Buckling spring forever! I've got a Focus keyboard here as well; it's like an IBM model M but cheaper, and feels like buckling spring, although it has Cherry key switches. Still works, but is a bit yellowed and there is this irritating problem with it not being USB (it's an XT 5pin DIN special, very old school). I had a USB adapter that worked briefly, but it's broken now, so I have returned the keyboard to its customary position on the shelf...

If you get bored of your Superbrain do let me know! ;)

Cheers

JonB

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Post by jonb » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:49 am

danielj wrote:
jonb wrote: ....a super clicky Unicomp keyboard (with genuine buckling spring keyswitches as used in the IBM Model M).
I've been coveting one of those for a while... :D
Then buy one. You can get them from the UK supplier http://www.keyboardco.com and you will not regret it, I promise!

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Post by nOmArch » Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:57 pm

I looked at those guys but their prices were a bit on the steep side. They are only about 6 miles away from me though so postage isn't a problem with them at least.

In the end I went for a QPAD MK-50 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX switches and N-key rollover.

Cost me about £60 delivered.

Liked them so much I bought a couple more for my other machines I use a lot.
Alex

Back up to 1 Beeb again. \o/

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Post by martinw » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:55 am

george.h wrote:
I have thus far concluded lead free solder is a PITA
If God had meant soldering to be lead free he wouldn't have created element 82... Awful stuff lead free....
Maplin soldering irons are not up to the job of soldering larger power components onto an 8 layer board with four power planes
Most soldering irons sold by Maplin are up to the job of soldering.....

Ever considered a Metcal (like a Metcal MX-500DS)?
The next one I do will be with leaded solder for sure ... and now I have the 200W attachment to the WX1 flowing the big pads on the power components is a doddle :)
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Post by george.h » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:55 pm

Just reading your post Martin and spotted a typo in my post you quoted!

Where my original post said "Most soldering irons sold by Maplin are up to the job of soldering", it should of course said "aren't up to the job" LOL

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Post by martinw » Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:21 pm

Understood George, I just presumed you were a Maplin soldering iron fanatic or employee or something, they're definitely up to the job of doing small stuff, vero board and the like, but for serious soldering you need serious equipment.

The Metcal irons look nice but I've "grown up" on Weller, so gravitate towards them, although Pace equipment is pretty good too.

Martin

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