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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by tautology » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:07 pm

Woken up by the postman at 07:00 to receive to non-working Psion 3As. I only really got them because I wanted an intact case to repair my working, with a broken hinge 3A.

Yesterday I got a floppy disk power cable extender, a hard disk power cable extender and an IDE->Compact Flash adaptor so that I may actually be able to close the lid on my Arc. Just waiting for a compact flash card now.

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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by nbelbin » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:36 pm

Yesterday was a GoMMC kit for the beeb and a GeForce gtx 6600 for the pc .. The GoMMC being the item still sitting in its box waiting for a bit of attention :D

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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by Haqa » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:09 pm

Today I received courtesy of Mr E. Bay, a 3" FDD in a case, no cables or PSU, and no screws... Had a devil of a job getting my hands on one.

Time to find all the right connectors and to dump out the screw jar... ;)

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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by johnha » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:10 pm

An A310 that I'm having problems with, the 'Help with an A310' thread in 32bit-hardware says it all...

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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by Prime » Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:34 pm

Haqa wrote:Today I received courtesy of Mr E. Bay, a 3" FDD in a case, no cables or PSU, and no screws... Had a devil of a job getting my hands on one.
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Please remember that if this 3" drive is the type with the same power connector as a 3.5", that the +5V and +12V are the opposite way round.

Cheers.

Phill.

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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by Haqa » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:57 am

Prime wrote:
Haqa wrote:Today I received courtesy of Mr E. Bay, a 3" FDD in a case, no cables or PSU, and no screws... Had a devil of a job getting my hands on one.
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Please remember that if this 3" drive is the type with the same power connector as a 3.5", that the +5V and +12V are the opposite way round.

Cheers.

Phill.
Oddly (as I was expecting a small or non-standard type) it is actually a 5.25 or ide type connector. I trust (and hope) that has the lines the normal way round. If you see smoke over Sandhurst you'll know I was wrong... ;)

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Post by Prime » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:41 am

Haqa wrote: Oddly (as I was expecting a small or non-standard type) it is actually a 5.25 or ide type connector. I trust (and hope) that has the lines the normal way round. If you see smoke over Sandhurst you'll know I was wrong... ;)
Ahh, and I'll wager that the data connector is the same as the one on a 5.25" drive too. The one in my Einstein TC-01 is like that and yeah IIRC it's a standard power connector.

Oddly the one in my Einstein 256, is the more common type with the 26pin IDC data connector and the reversed power....the same sort that Amstrad used.

Cheers.

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Post by Haqa » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:52 am

Yes, this drive has an edge connector that looks a lot like a 5.25 and I'm hoping works a lot like too as I was going to evict one of my 5.25 drives to test it.

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Post by sweh » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:54 pm

Haqa wrote:If you see smoke over Sandhurst you'll know I was wrong... ;)
Wouldn't be the first time, would it? I have a memory of you telling me that you'd accidentally stuck 240V over an IC back in the day... :-)
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Post by Haqa » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:46 pm

sweh wrote:
Haqa wrote:If you see smoke over Sandhurst you'll know I was wrong... ;)
Wouldn't be the first time, would it? I have a memory of you telling me that you'd accidentally stuck 240V over an IC back in the day... :-)
I've applied the wrong voltage to ICs many times since then too, as well as applying full mains to myself once or twice (It smarts A LOT and after you come round you have a funny taste in your mouth for ages!).

I also recall a little assembler program compiled on a beeb but run on a PET to flash the built in screen as fast as the CPU could, to cause differential heating stress in the CRT and crack it.... Honest I only ever tried that once and it didn't work as well as I'd hoped...

I've applied 240v to a paper/air cap in the middle of a field if that counts though - You wouldn't want to be close to it ;)

I take out my destructive urges in far safer environments since I joined the NRA ;)

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Post by martinw » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:43 am

Haqa wrote: I take out my destructive urges in far safer environments since I joined the NRA ;)
H.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjh_M23xg-Q :)

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Post by chriswhy » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:33 am

Courtesy of ebay, an Online Media promotional mug!

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Re: Today I recieved.....

Post by AndyMc1280 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:42 pm

Yesterday I received a Laptop battery for a laptop I am "Improving" for a friends dad, old one not charging at all.

Last week I got a C2D T5600 1.83 CPU for it. Replaced a 1.73 Celeron.... massive difference. Best of all I got the chip for £7.99 :lol:

I had an extra 1GB Ram for it going spare in my bits and bobs.

Soooo for £20 outlay or thereabouts I have transformed his laptop. I would swap out the HDD but for what he uses it for its hardly worth it, unless I can find one cheap. Plans to buy a new Laptop in 12 months or so anyway.

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Post by paulv » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:24 pm

Well, I've been quiet about it but I guess now is as good a time as any to say, today, I received some of these...
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Yes, it's another VIDC Enhancer PCB :roll: but it's a VIDC Enhancer with a difference :wink:

Having learnt a lot from my previous VIDC Enhancer project and been surprised by the good demand for both single and dual versions, I decided in December to have a crack at putting all the logic onto one PCB instead of having to run two VIDC enhancers together to get the machines up to VGA and SVGA specs.

Once I'd sorted the design, it went off to Tecbridgecircuits and 12 days later, they've arrived. Which is great as I paid for the 15 day service :D

As you can see from the photo, the new design can take three oscillators and using the 74ACT153 will let you choose from 4 signals. So, this VIDC Enhancer will let you have 24MHz, 25.175MHz, 36MHz available all the time and if you want you can fit an oscillator to over-clock the VIDC chip to give higher resolutions if you want.

The PCB is double sided with a full copper pour so I could keep the individual clock signals as far away from each other as possible and hopefully minimise cross talk. I've got to build one up for testing this afternoon/evening but everything looks good to go :D

Paul

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Post by nOmArch » Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:46 pm

Nice!

Great work there Paul =D>
Alex

Back up to 1 Beeb again. \o/

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Post by 1024MAK » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:14 pm

Oh dear, I think Paul is addicted to crystal oscillators :lol: :lol: :lol:

Well it has to be said, it does look good 8) =D> .

Do post when you have populated one, PCB's look best when they are filled with components :mrgreen:

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Post by paulv » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:06 pm

Thanks for the compliments :D
1024MAK wrote:Oh dear, I think Paul is addicted to crystal oscillators
It looks that way doesn't it! Seriously though, I wasn't planning on getting them made. I just mocked one up on the breadboard for my own curiosity and then Tracie (my other half) definitely and MartinB, mga1103 and Advance sort of said I should get some made. To be honest though, it'd didn't take much persuasion! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I've populated two boards now, both without the third oscillator though.
Instead, I'm tying the input for that oscillator on the 153 to ground using a piece of TCW.

Here's one fitted to my A410 for testing :D
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Output quality wise, here's MODE 31 on my A310
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and MODE 27 on my A410/1
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The A310 has marginal noise on the display output but it's there with or without the VIDC Enhancer so it looks like it's down to the Arc's video circuitry itself. I've already applied the relevant FCO to that machine to reduce the display noise which helped but it's still there a bit :(

The way the Aux IO is used is as a 2-bit signal rather than two simple on-off switches as was the way with previous VIDC Enhancers but I've made it so that the new software will still drive a single, dual or three oscillator board so it should work really well :D

Paul

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Post by Advance » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:56 pm

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An RS232 port for my new PC. Can't have floppy disk drives anymore but I can have RS232 on my Asus motherboard.
I was found embarrassingly wanting in the RS232 department when UPURS first burst into development and I'm gonna be ready when Mr. B turns his attention to the Arc version. :evil:
Providing, of course it works. All the way from Tung Chung in Honk Kong for £2.04p means that there is every liklihood it won't.
I also received an invoice for around £8 from RS. They keep sending these, followed by pay up immediately ones.
I ring, they sort it. And then send another. All this for a paid-upfront internet order and consisting mostly of postage charges.
A drone assures me it won't happen again.
"Much", I'm sure I heard him mutter as I hung up.

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Post by hoglet » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:45 pm

A set of these:
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It's a Papilio One FPGA prototying board with a couple of the more interesting Wings.

http://www.gadgetfactory.net/arcade/ind ... n.Hardware

I've got plans to add a proper VGA output to the Atom using it.

But in the mean time:
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:D :D :D :D :D

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Post by johnha » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:49 pm

Another Master, this time with a 'pop-fizzle' power supply...

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Post by danielj » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:15 am

Lots of tubes of 74LS jobbies...

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Post by daveejhitchins » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:14 am

danielj wrote:Lots of tubes of 74LS jobbies...
Daniel: Are we going to see a list . . . ? So we can pester you for all our shortages :lol:

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For a price list, contact me at: Retro Hardware AT dave ej hitchins DOT plus DOT com

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Post by johnha » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:43 pm

A Watford Electronics double 5.25" drive plinth for one of my Masters, blimey it's heavy!

EDIT: I'd hate to know how much it cost back in the day...

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Post by danielj » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:40 am

A bumper bundle of Slogger goodies from Arcadian :)

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Post by richardtoohey » Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:03 am

Can I start a "today I didn't receive" thread? :cry:

Bidding on TradeMe (NZ version of eBay) for a boxed BBC B and a less well-presented Master ... both have gone past NZ$200 - about GBP100 ... just not worth it for machines of unknown vintage and parts, etc., etc. Bit frustrating because for once the seller is close by! :x

Have bid for some manuals and software (nothing exciting, just for my collection!) so maybe I'll get those.

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Post by richard_g » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:27 pm

I've been on a bit of a roll over the last few weeks.

Had a great deal on a nice clean Intel iPDS and additional external drive (look that one up maybe ;) ) and a beautifully clean PET 2001 and 3040 dual disk.

I'll post pics this weekend.

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Post by martinw » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:12 pm

A very tidy plus 1 for my electron and I've also got a plus 3 on its way to me too =D>
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Post by aerworuld » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:49 pm

richardtoohey wrote:Can I start a "today I didn't receive" thread? :cry:

Bidding on TradeMe (NZ version of eBay) for a boxed BBC B and a less well-presented Master ... both have gone past NZ$200 - about GBP100 ... just not worth it for machines of unknown vintage and parts, etc., etc. Bit frustrating because for once the seller is close by! :x
ahh, the Law of Sod :(

hope you get it next time and soon!

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Post by richardtoohey » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:54 pm

Well, I've probably got enough BBC Bs and Masters ... maybe it's time to look at those Eleckytron things? :lol:

I did "win" the books & software so going to pick those up on Monday (but like I said, no treasures for the archives, just a few new things for my collection.)

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Post by aerworuld » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:13 pm

richardtoohey wrote:Well, I've probably got enough BBC Bs and Masters ... maybe it's time to look at those Eleckytron things? :lol:
do it! do it! do it! =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

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