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Wanted: Sherston software titles on disc

Post by scarybeasts » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:16 pm

Hi,

I'm researching BBC disc copy protection mechanisms and most of the later Sherston Software titles have interesting things written on the discs. Does anyone have any Sherston Software discs they would consider selling?


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Chris

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Re: Wanted: Sherston software titles on disc

Post by eelco108 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:35 pm

Hi Chris,

opening up some boxes that have not been opened in a long time I found a Sherston title I remembered buying when my son was growing up in Edinburgh ... there are two discs, one 80 track one, and a 40 track one (to be used on both sides ...). Very odd that.
The 80 track one works fine, and is copy-protected (lots of disc access ...). I have not tried the 40 track one (need to dig out the 40 track drive), but it reads the first track when issueing star dot, so should be OK. I'll check if you like.

I took some images:
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So this could be something you are looking for. I ended up living in Germany, so postage is a little more than within the UK, but not too bad (just over four pound sterling without tracking). I think I paid GBP 10 for it at the time, but I'm not looking for a profit: would sell for less. It does come with manual, plastic cover, keyboard sitckers, etc., but you probably don't care about these!

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Eelco

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Re: Wanted: Sherston software titles on disc

Post by scarybeasts » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:14 am

Hi Eelco,

Thanks so much, this is perfect! I checked these titles against @billcarr's FSD files (hat tip to him!) and they indeed contain the copy protection of interest. There's currently a big thread over on the "archive issues" board titled "Archive of FSD files?" which gets into it.

I'll PM you to arrange the particulars.


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Chris

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Re: Wanted: Sherston software titles on disc

Post by richardtoohey » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:22 am

Eelco's only got 6 posts so might not be able to reply to a PM ... but if you PM an email address I think Eelco will at at least be able to read the PM.

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Re: Wanted: Sherston software titles on disc

Post by eelco108 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:10 pm

Yes, I'm a newbie to this forum (great discovery!), but not to BBC micros (got five of them still ...) and their successors ...

Anyway, got the PM, we'll take it offline!

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