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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by paulv » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:18 am

Mmmmmmm Competition Pro!
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All I need to do now is wire up a Y cable for two player Competition Pro action :D

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Post by retroclinic » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:55 am

OMGOMGOMG!!!!!1!!!!!1!!ELEVENTYONE!!1! At last.....
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Time to get building methinx......
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Post by paulv » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:38 pm

retroclinic wrote:Time to get building methinx......
Yay!

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Post by retroclinic » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:49 pm

From Argos for £3.98 incl postage
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Works with DataCentre too, although the program supplied in the NVRAM drive needs adjusting for the different values this mouse seems to give.

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Post by nOmArch » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:43 pm

Snap, my one arrived today too 8)

This also arrived courtesy of the Retro Computing Museum.

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Post by paulv » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:57 pm

I got a heap load of books today, some of the highlights are...

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Which go with my boxed A310... I also got some Arthur 1.20 ROMs

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I'm still thinking about whether to fit these or not especially as the machine has 4MB of RAM and an ARM3 chip fitted rather than the original 1MB and ARM2.

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Post by martinw » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:52 pm

A 6502 Second Processor and a Watford Electronics Mouse 8) =D>
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Thank you Rob, my wife was suitably unimpressed when I told her that I intended keeping the teletext box you sent them in :lol:

So my desk is now slightly re-arranged and straining under the weight.
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In fact if I move it from side to side at the top of it, the oscillations can become quite worrying, a bit like those bridges that resonate at their natural frequency and then fall over :shock:
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I'm thinking of making a contraption so that I can spin my Cub monitor around depending on whether I'm on the Master or the B+, BTW the processor is attached to the Master as you might imagine, due to the shortish length of ribbon cable that comes with the 6502 second processor.

Martin :D

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Post by RobC » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:48 pm

martinw wrote:Thank you Rob, my wife was suitably unimpressed when I told her that I intended keeping the teletext box you sent them in :lol:
Glad they arrived safely. My wife was suitably unimpressed when she realised that I'd been keeping an empty box!

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Post by martinw » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:54 pm

RobC wrote:
martinw wrote:Thank you Rob, my wife was suitably unimpressed when I told her that I intended keeping the teletext box you sent them in :lol:
Glad they arrived safely. My wife was suitably unimpressed when she realised that I'd been keeping an empty box!
In the end it came in useful though :wink:

We're so misunderstood by the fairer sex :?

Thanks again Rob =D>

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Post by sweh » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:44 pm

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Just waiting for the printer cable from RobC to make its way across the water (but tested with a USB/parallel cable to verify it works).

Funny...
Printer: $9.95
Shipping: $15.50
Printer cable: $6.33 (shipping; Rob was kind to give it to me for free)
Printer Ribbon: $5.20
Box of paper: $35

The paper is the most expensive thing!
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Post by tautology » Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:23 pm

Well, on Monday, I just haven't had much time since then...

I got mself an A420/1 and monitor, with the CMOS battery already changed, RO3 and 4 Mbyte of memory, 2 floppy drives and a "big bag of crap".

I'm still going through the big bag of crap, but so far I have:
  • 1 2Gbyte IDE Disk with a Windows partition on it!
  • 1 5.25" Watford disk drive including PSU, would perfectly suit the BBC I don't have
  • An Archimedes manual
  • A monitor manual
  • A selection of podules, some of which don't seem to work (they come up with Podule and a number), including 3 IDE podules, 1 scsi, 1 Laserdirect and 1 brainsoft multiboard
  • Some spare podule blanking plates covers
  • A memory upgrade (appears to be 4MB)
  • various power cables
  • various monitor cables
  • various IDE cables
  • various floppy splitter cables
The missus is going to kill me for filling the garage with even more stuff!

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Post by paulv » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:12 pm

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Thanks Mark =D> =D> =D>

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Post by aerworuld » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:11 pm

We went and collected my BBC B! Very exciting :)

The chap I got it from was really nice and bizarrely it was from the village that I grew up in (though I didn't know him BitD) about thirty miles away.
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Post by TopBanana » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:40 pm

aerworuld wrote:We went and collected my BBC B! Very exciting :)

The chap I got it from was really nice and bizarrely it was from the village that I grew up in (though I didn't know him BitD) about thirty miles away.
You need to replace the lamp in the corner with a Lava Lamp - then it really will be Retro Corner :lol: :lol:

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Post by aerworuld » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:08 pm

TopBanana wrote:
aerworuld wrote:
You need to replace the lamp in the corner with a Lava Lamp - then it really will be Retro Corner :lol: :lol:

you know, that's not a bad plan :D

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Post by Advance » Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:03 pm

I got these in the last couple of days. Retro Mouse and an ebay one for my A3000.
I bought the "new" retro job on the basis of "if it's good enough for Mark Haysman, it's good enough for me".
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Actually, I really bought it as a cheap 'n' easy way to check the mouse on my PC. I am suffering a lot of blue screens and it looked like a mouse movement was the cause. Just found out it's probably not mouse hardware related as the PC blue screened with the new mouse.
Which means my Logitech optical model lives to fight another day.
However, I am intrigued by Mark's earlier post on the Retro Mouse working with the DataCentre. Any chance of a dummies guide on how to do the adjustment, Mark?
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These oldies are Logitech too and both came from ebay.
My latest acquisition, on the right, was described as having slight yellowing. The one on the left came with the A3000 and "everything" had been checked and thoroughly "cleaned". What you see is as clean as I could get it and three of the four "sliders" are missing. It didn't look as well sun tanned on the listing pic But that was because it was a different mouse.
The replacement cost under a fiver delivered and came up "as new" without much effort.

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Post by VincentVega » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:34 pm

That Epson printer (which model is that?) takes me back - to 1986 at primary school, where we had an RX-80. It was slow, noisy and couldn't print in NLQ. Even my Centronics GLP could do NLQ (though even more slowly).

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Post by retroclinic » Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:11 pm

Hugh - if you look at the USBMSE program, and run it with that mouse, it will crash out. Take out the ON ERROR statement, and change the array length to 7. Then it's a case of adjusting what values returned you use for the mouse movement - the program returns the values on the screen as it reads them to help you.
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Post by sweh » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:36 pm

VincentVega wrote:That Epson printer (which model is that?) takes me back - to 1986 at primary school, where we had an RX-80. It was slow, noisy and couldn't print in NLQ. Even my Centronics GLP could do NLQ (though even more slowly).
It's an MX-80 which, I believe,pre-dates NLQ mode.
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Post by Advance » Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:46 pm

Thanks Mark, I'll give that a try. Trouble is I quite like the feel of the new mouse on the PC - it's more comfortable and precise than my modern egg-shaped one. Not sure if it's up to prolonged use, though.
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Post by daveejhitchins » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:39 pm

sweh wrote:
VincentVega wrote:That Epson printer (which model is that?) takes me back - to 1986 at primary school, where we had an RX-80. It was slow, noisy and couldn't print in NLQ. Even my Centronics GLP could do NLQ (though even more slowly).
It's an MX-80 which, I believe,pre-dates NLQ mode.
I think I posted a ROM (maybe from CJE?) that gave you decent Fonts on that series of printer e.g. FX/MX/RX80. I'm sure we used it with an FX80 - Can't find it though (typing and trying to search on an iPhone is a nightmare!) Maybe worth a scout around on some of my old posts?

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Post by sweh » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:33 am

daveejhitchins wrote:
sweh wrote:
VincentVega wrote:That Epson printer (which model is that?) takes me back - to 1986 at primary school, where we had an RX-80. It was slow, noisy and couldn't print in NLQ. Even my Centronics GLP could do NLQ (though even more slowly).
It's an MX-80 which, I believe,pre-dates NLQ mode.
I think I posted a ROM (maybe from CJE?) that gave you decent Fonts on that series of printer e.g. FX/MX/RX80. I'm sure we used it with an FX80 - Can't find it though (typing and trying to search on an iPhone is a nightmare!) Maybe worth a scout around on some of my old posts?
My first SWRam disk has NLQROM on it; "Watford Electronics EPSON NLQ ROM V1.0 (C) Watford Electronics and D.J.Harris 1984"

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>*H.NLQ
Watford Electronics EPSON NLQ ROM V1.0

*NLQxx    Set up vectors ( xx = 80/100 )          Workspace at &0A00

*NLQxx nm Same but workspace at &nm00

*NLQOFF   Restore original vectors

*NLQTYPE  Equivalent to VDU129

129       VDU code to start NLQ type
193       VDU code to stop NLQ type


Print feature      Set     Reset

Proportional       130      194
Underline          132      196
Temporary Enlarge  136      200
Enlarge            144      208
All features       159      222
It's not as if I'm gonna use the printer for serious work (I have a very large colour laser printer sitting on the next table, connected to the network for real use!). It's just there as a whimsy. I work hard for my money; I can afford to spend a few dollars on something that has no practical use :-)
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Post by 1024MAK » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:50 am

sweh wrote:It's not as if I'm gonna use the printer for serious work (I have a very large colour laser printer sitting on the next table, connected to the network for real use!). It's just there as a whimsy. I work hard for my money; I can afford to spend a few dollars on something that has no practical use :-)
:shock: Double heresy! :!:
  • to say that retro computing has no real or practical use!
  • what hobbies do have a practical or real purpose (as far as non hobbyists are concerned)
And of course, with the way that technology is developing, the number of entertainment or leisure products continues to increase compared to practical tools... :mrgreen:

Just for those who are not ROTFL, dot matrix printers with fan-fold paper are still useful in simple logging / recording applications. The UK railway still uses them for recording the output from some of the computer control systems to log fault information.

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Post by retroclinic » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:07 am

1024MAK wrote:.... dot matrix printers with fan-fold paper are still useful in simple logging / recording applications. The UK railway still uses them for recording the output from some of the computer control systems to log fault information.
They're also the only printer type (well, daisy wheel too) that can do NCR paper, which is still used. I know of two companies I go to for supplies that print receipts on them, as it gives them instant copies.

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Post by peterj » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:45 pm

Hi All.

Received today from Mark (RetroClinic) beautifully packed one Internal DataCentre to go with the Master 128 received a few weeks ago also from Mark. :D :D :D

Busy reading the the manuals now whilst waiting for the Grand Prix practice to come on TV.

Regards Peter

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Post by paulv » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:25 pm

Christmas has come early for me this week!

I had a little jaunt down the M1 and M25 today to visit Mark H and pick up a couple of Beeb things including a Music 4000 and one of the external Datacentre's that he's just built which, as per the internal ones described above, was packaged immaculately.

The main reason I visited though rather than wait for UPS to deliver some parcels was this (which would have cost a small fortune to ship):
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That's right. Every time I have a question where the answer ends up being "Ideally you need a scope" which for me is more often than not it seems, well, now I have one!

Thanks very much Mark. I'm officially a very happy bunny :D :D

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Post by nOmArch » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:37 pm

Ohhh geekporn 8)
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Back up to 1 Beeb again. \o/

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Post by martinw » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:46 am

Very nice scope ........ :mrgreen:

It probably wouldn't have look out of place on Quatermass :D

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Post by 1024MAK » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:20 pm

Got one EUP today...

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Thanks Martin =D>

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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:35 pm

Today I received 3 items:

1) Electron User Port & Rom/Ram board PCB. =D> Thanks to MartinB for that . . .

2) A HUGE double disc drive (5.25" [40/80] and 3.5") from Mark at RetroClinic - I'd forgotton how big they actually were :lol: Anyway, a BIG thanks to Mark =D>

3) My external DataCentre, again from Mark at retroClinic. So, Another BIG thanks to Mark =D>

Yipee! Or words to that effect :roll:

So, soon, I'll be able to play all day . . . Well not just yet - But hey! It's something to look forward to :D

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