Today I received.....

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by markjw » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:10 pm

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:48 pm
1024MAK wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:40 pm
I do hope all of you that have bought or acquired Amstrad machines are already a member of the CPCWiki forum or are planning to become members ;-)

Mark
:oops:

Best sign up for that then.
been having a read of that site - will sign up for the forums as well as this is my first ever Amstrad and I'm bound to need some help

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Gryzor » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:46 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm the maintainer of CPCwiki. Hope I'm not much out of place in saying that everyone's welcome to our forum, and that no answers are taken for granted - we love newcomers and what's more, we do love hearing about machines other than the CPC (although that's clearly the best of the bunch).

Not trying to advertise our community, just encouraging people to ask questions they're afraid might be 'silly'.

Now where did I put my Electron...

Cheers!

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by chrisn » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:49 pm

An Atom, issue 5 with Acorn colour board :D Next step is to get a power supply so I can test it...

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by jonb » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:51 pm

Oh gawd, I'd best switch back to working on the 6128 uIDE-16 drivers then... Mark, has anyone done anything with the uIDE-16 that you know of? I supplied them to a few CPCWiki guys.

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Multiwizard » Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:31 pm

chrisn wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:49 pm
An Atom, issue 5 with Acorn colour board :D Next step is to get a power supply so I can test it...


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Oh nice one... :D =D>


Greetings, Wim... :-)

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Post by oss003 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:06 pm

chrisn wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:49 pm
An Atom, issue 5 with Acorn colour board :D Next step is to get a power supply so I can test it...
Hi Chris,

Nice find .... if you add LK6 and LK7, you can use a standard 5V/2A power supply like an USB power supply. If the links are removed, you need an 8V/2A power supply.

http://www.acornatom.nl/sites/fpga/www. ... .htm#POWER

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by 1024MAK » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:24 pm

jonb wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:51 pm
Oh gawd, I'd best switch back to working on the 6128 uIDE-16 drivers then... Mark, has anyone done anything with the uIDE-16 that you know of? I supplied them to a few CPCWiki guys.
I’ve not heard about anyone doing anything recently. Myself, over the last year I’ve not done much due to being busy with work and real life (apart from making time for a couple of ABug meetings). At work there is a big reorganisation in progress (since April and not due to be completed until February).

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by 1024MAK » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:33 pm

Gryzor wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:46 pm
Hello everyone,

I'm the maintainer of CPCwiki. Hope I'm not much out of place in saying that everyone's welcome to our forum, and that no answers are taken for granted - we love newcomers and what's more, we do love hearing about machines other than the CPC (although that's clearly the best of the bunch).

Not trying to advertise our community, just encouraging people to ask questions they're afraid might be 'silly'.

Now where did I put my Electron...
Hi Gryzor

Welcome to StarDot :D

Hang around for long enough and you’ll want to have an Acorn going buurrr-beep! :D :lol:

Mark

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by chrisn » Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:18 pm

Multiwizard wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:31 pm
Oh nice one... :D =D>
Thank you! I'm really looking forward to learning more about the Atom.
oss003 wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:06 pm
Nice find .... if you add LK6 and LK7, you can use a standard 5V/2A power supply like an USB power supply. If the links are removed, you need an 8V/2A power supply.
I have ordered a 5V PSU. The Atom currently configured for 8V supply, and the PCB and upper case has a lot of discolouration from running hot.

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Lardo Boffin » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:40 am

A new ULA for a ZX81. In an A4 sized postal box!

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Atom, issue 5
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Acorn 6502 coproc
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc
USA Model B
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by johnkenyon » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:41 pm

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:40 am
A new ULA for a ZX81. In an A4 sized postal box!


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One way of stopping a postman from ramming a package through a letter box..

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Boydie » Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:00 am

A great many Pi’s. Well, I am from Wigan, after all!
Except I’m not a true native, so I haven’t put one in a barm yet.

Ps I do know the apostrophe is incorrect, but it looks rude otherwise. :P

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Leew » Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:03 pm

A brand new C64...

'The C64' to be exact :-)

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I also received Nostalgia Nerds book...

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Page 100 is my favourite :-D

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Boydie » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:06 pm

Leew wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:03 pm
A brand new C64...

'The C64' to be exact :-)

Snap. This is a GOOD year! :D

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:53 pm

Boydie wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:06 pm
Leew wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:03 pm
A brand new C64...

'The C64' to be exact :-)

Snap. This is a GOOD year! :D
Can you post some thoughts / mini-review of The C64 please? Curious as to how good it is, especially around game / disc image compatibility. Thanks!
Atom, issue 5
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Acorn 6502 coproc
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc
USA Model B
BBC Master, Datacentre + HDD, pi co-proc, econet, NULA

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Boydie » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:40 pm

Can’t really comment yet, since I’m a newcomer to Commodore stuff in general. I’ve just acquired the SD2IEC for my real 64 as well, but don’t yet have any games/disc images to try on either machine.
Probably need to get a Pi1541 at some point too.

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by klintworth » Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:28 pm

A Valiant turtle sans communicator - new project!
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BBC B Issue 4 & 7, BBC B (USA), BBC Master, Electron, BBC Master Compact, Olivetti PC128S, Castle A7000+, A3020

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:56 pm

Boydie wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:40 pm
Can’t really comment yet, since I’m a newcomer to Commodore stuff in general. I’ve just acquired the SD2IEC for my real 64 as well, but don’t yet have any games/disc images to try on either machine.
Probably need to get a Pi1541 at some point too.
Check out Mayhem in Monsterland. Its pretty impressive.

In my experience the SD2IEC is great for 99% of games. Although the vanilla C64 loads really, really slowly. Get an accelerator cartridge like an Epyx Fastloader.

Some games, such as multisided games (Pool of Radiance has 6 or 8 sides I think?) or ones with custom loaders, such as Wasteland, need a Pi 1541 to load (or it makes life easier).

I’m currently playing through Wasteland on the Pi I got recently. Really good game - the inspiration for the Fallout series apparently.
Atom, issue 5
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Acorn 6502 coproc
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc
USA Model B
BBC Master, Datacentre + HDD, pi co-proc, econet, NULA

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Leew » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:20 am

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:53 pm
Boydie wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:06 pm
Leew wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:03 pm
A brand new C64...

'The C64' to be exact :-)

Snap. This is a GOOD year! :D
Can you post some thoughts / mini-review of The C64 please? Curious as to how good it is, especially around game / disc image compatibility. Thanks!
Seems to be a good recreation of the Commodore 64. It has 64 games built in being a mixture of C64 and Vic20 games. All the disk images I have tried work a treat and I didn't expect otherwise as it has Cloanto logos on the box so assume the emulation is based around the Amiga/C64 Forever Cloanto emulators which I have always found to be very good packages.

I have read reviews of the C64 mini saying that there are lags with input. This new full size machine doesn't seem laggy at all to me and is very responsive to joystick and keyboard input. It's got a good build quality and over all I am impressed and think it was money well spent (by my wife 😊).
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by 1024MAK » Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:29 pm

“The C64” discussion continues in this thread...

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Post by KenLowe » Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:11 pm

Well, actually I received this bundle about a month ago, but it got confiscated until yesterday! Included in the bundle is the following:
  • ZX Spectrum Issue 3B Board (plus caps, composite mod etc) in original case, with new membrane, new mat & new faceplate
  • IF1 + Microdrive + link cable (new) + 4 carts in Sinclair case refelted
  • Multiface One - I think this is used to load / save snapshots
  • IF2 - Not sure why I need one of these!!!
  • Modern regulated 9V PSU
  • ZXHD - HDMI interface for the Spectrum
  • Dandanator Mini (pre-programmed) - Not too sure what this is for!!!
  • NebULA - Replacement ULA, should the original fail
  • TRACO regulator - I think it replaces the original regulator on the motherboard and generates less heat
  • MF128 remake with programmed EPROM - Not so sure about this one. I'm guessing it's like the Multiface One??? I need to build this, though. I've only got the bare PCB.
The Sinclair PSU in the photo is actually my original which was being used to power my Atom, after my original Spectrum failed. I cut the original barrel plug off the PSU and wired it directly into the Atom. I'll replace this cable with a new one for the Spectrum.

Not pictured:
  • Replica box sleeve with polystyrene inserts
  • Various manuals
Edit: I've just plugged in the Dandanator, and got a few pre-installed games up and running. It's pretty cool!
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Post by Lardo Boffin » Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:32 pm

Nice haul!

The Multiface allows you to save and load snapshots of games etc. Not sure how this works with a base Speccy though - possibly just saving to tape? It may be clever enough to detect the Microdrive though and save to that?

The M128 is most likely the 128K Spectrum version. I had one (briefly) for my +3 Spectrum and that saved RAM snapshots to disc in a special format (so that they could not be reloaded without the Multiface present).

The IF2 is only really useful if you buy a ROM cartridge. Which tend to be expensive (rarely less than £50 or so) and I think they only made 8 titles?

I have fitted Tracos on ZX81s - they are much more efficient voltage regulators. Far less heat in the case.
Atom, issue 5
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Acorn 6502 coproc
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc
USA Model B
BBC Master, Datacentre + HDD, pi co-proc, econet, NULA

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Post by 1024MAK » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:06 pm

The primary purpose of the Interface 2 is the two Atari Joystick ports. They map to the “Sinclair” arrangement (one simulates keys 1 to 5, the other keys 6 to 0, select Sinclair joystick in games).

Fruitcake does programmable Cartridges, but his website is offline due to technical issues at the moment.

The edge-connector port on the back of the Interface 2 is only suitable for a ZX Printer or an Alphacom 32 Printer.

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by tricky » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:50 pm

An issue 2 master from 1987. Beautiful condition apart from the battery pack, which was thankfully against the outer edge of the case to the left of the keyboard. Replaced the caps, removed the batteries and swapped the composite BNC for one of my ear phone sockets.

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Lardo Boffin » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:47 pm

A nice badge for my C64. All the way from Australia.

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So now it looks complete.

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I also got the Samsung monitor from a charity shop for £16.95! The picture quality is great and check out all of the connections!

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As soon as RetroComputerShack is open for business I will be getting an S-video cable for the C64 to see if it improves the picture at all.
Atom, issue 5
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Acorn 6502 coproc
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc
USA Model B
BBC Master, Datacentre + HDD, pi co-proc, econet, NULA

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by danielj » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:50 pm

s-video will look much better. You might also want to consider a lumafix depending on how the picture looks: https://www.breadbox64.com/blog/the-lumafix64-mod/

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by Lardo Boffin » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:53 am

danielj wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:50 pm
s-video will look much better. You might also want to consider a lumafix depending on how the picture looks: https://www.breadbox64.com/blog/the-lumafix64-mod/

d.
Thanks - interesting link! When I get an s-video cable I will see what image issues are revealed. At the moment it is just a little composite ghosting. Put the TV far enough away (4 or 5 feet I have found) and it is fine.

I have also ordered JiffyDOS. The loading times are painful. :evil:
Atom, issue 5
BBC model B 32k issue 4, 16k sideways RAM, Watford 12 ROM board, Acorn 6502 coproc
BBC model B 32k issue 7, turboMMC, Opus Challenger 3 512k, Pi 3 coproc
USA Model B
BBC Master, Datacentre + HDD, pi co-proc, econet, NULA

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by 1024MAK » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:19 pm

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:53 am
Put the TV far enough away (4 or 5 feet I have found) and it is fine.
I thought that the C64 had to be in the next room for an acceptable view :lol:




[Only joking!]

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by JudgeBeeb » Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:43 pm

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Obviously, I will only be using it for my own code :wink:
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Re: Today I received.....

Post by cmorley » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:03 pm

Is that the board needed for Mist/Mister?

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