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Post by Commie_User » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:37 pm

Two high-end VCRs from a local junk shop, well worth £35 for the best machines I've yet seen. (With the right tape, it's just like DVD.)

The guy said he house cleared them from a dead professor's place, who used them for his gargantuan porn bungalow. They still seem OK to touch.

Though how do I go about taking off the paint or correction fluid he used to mark the record buttons? One job's neat but I want to get this one off. He may have had a shaky hand that day?
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Post by sbadger » Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:38 pm

Commie_User wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:37 pm

Though how do I go about taking off the paint or correction fluid he used to mark the record buttons?

my best bet 111 trichloroethane - aka tipex thinner

edit:Nice find btw! :)
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Post by Elminster » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:33 pm

The official Extech kit was well over £100 but I picked this up for £25. Cheap but if I need to measure more accurate than on or off, I probably need the Rigol anyway.
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Post by colonel32 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:06 am

Nice, very reasonably priced Voltmace Delta 14 joystick:

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Post by Andy1979 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:27 pm

Andy1979 wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:17 pm
1024MAK wrote:
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So if you have two 8K byte ROM images that you want to use, put them in a 32K byte EPROM as if they were 16K ROM images (that is pad the 8K byte ROM image upto 16384 bytes, then combine with the second padded image) :wink:
Thanks Mark. Sounds like to make most use of the space I should put two 16K ROMS in the 32K, then that leaves me with more free 16K sockets to experiment with. Will have a play once the eraser gets here, and if I get stuck I'll start a separate thread.
Today the EPROM eraser arrived. Despite build quality in line with xmas cracker toys it works a treat. I've put View and ViewSheet into one 32K EPROM by reading the original separate ROMs and combining them into one file using the 'copy /b' command in Windows. I've put MMFS 1.41 on a 16K EPROM, leaving me with another 2 free ROM sockets. I'm thinking DFS and Commstar.

Next job is to solder up an RGB to SCART cable - waiting on a big bag of resistors to arrive from Amazon before I can finish that. Means I can bring the keyboard half of the Master Compact down from the loft (currently far too hot to spend any time in) and use it with a spare LCD TV.

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by CMcDougall » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:01 pm

A brand new still sealed in box typewriter 'thing'
had a search on Google, & the manual has never been seen before, dated 15Nov1983.
& it all works with thermal paper, that was also
still in a black bag too!
Really should stop saving things destin for skip...
The PSU is 20v AC (actually 18.6), so good for electrons :D
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Post by davidb » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:49 pm

CMcDougall wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:01 pm
A brand new still sealed in box typewriter 'thing'
Looks like a nice keyboard, anyway!

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:31 pm

A fixed STfm 4096! (Well, 520). And a copy of Elite.
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Post by MartinB » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:12 pm

Colin wrote:A brand new still sealed in box typewriter 'thing'
Just realised what you have there Col - the Silent 700 and it’s derivatives were used extensively in the defence industry (myself included) throughout the 80’s and well into the 90’s as serial terminals for a variety of computer-based equipment. When I got my Beeb, I had an S700 on loan at home and I used it as a serial printer on the Beeb - it didn’t do graphics but was perfect for simple listings etc. I’m guessing therefore that you’ll find an RS232 connector on the back of yours (might say EIA) which is probably a 9 or 25-way D-type wired as a DTE equipment. Long story short, get a lead made and get printing....! :D

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Post by Commie_User » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:57 am

sbadger wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:38 pm


my best bet 111 trichloroethane - aka tipex thinner

edit:Nice find btw! :)
Thank you. For the money, one of my best bargains ever!

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Post by CMcDougall » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:13 pm

MartinB wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:12 pm
guessing therefore that you’ll find an RS232 connector on the back of yours (might say EIA) which is probably a 9 or 25-way D-type wired as a DTE equipment. Long story short, get a lead made and get printing....! :D
spot on as always Martin :wink:
I do have a EIA thing on back, now found the leads for it also still in original sealed bag, & its 25way. =D>
never had a printer BITD or nowadays for my beebs, so now I can have a go without all the noise!
would I need a 'driver' on the beeb, or would WordWise+2 / View etc just 'do it' :-k
I suppose would have to hack up a printer cable & find the pin outs to match the 25way, unless universal on net......

sorry for delay, never showed on notifications :oops:
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Post by MartinB » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:46 pm

No worries Col, would probs have nudged you if you didn’t see it coz I thought it might be of interest 8)

Basically, since it’s a serial printer, you’ll be connecting to the Beeb RS423 Port so you will need a Domino plug but you then only have to worry about 4 wires (in fact likely just 3) and ground. Have a read of this page and all will be revealed. Immediately after the parallel printer pinout there’s a text-based description of the serial connections and the page also explains the various applicable *FX commands you can use to configure the set-up.
Col wrote:...would I need a 'driver' on the beeb, or would WordWise+2 / View etc just 'do it' :-k
No, no drivers as such for standard ASCII stuff and the S700 probably uses industry standard sequences for things like Bold etc. It won’t do WYSIWYG or anything fancy but should be fine for most standard printer jobs - just give it a whirl and see how it goes :wink:

You can also even use the S700 as a terminal to the Beeb and type using the former’s keyboard which is another bit of fun you can have. Basically the same cable but you might need all four serial wires for that and a couple more *FX’s but it’s pretty straightforward if you fancy having a play.

I still use a serial printer myself actually, it’s a HP Thinkjet - just a printer, no keyboard, but it’s nice and neat and works great for Beeb hobbying =D>

Enjoy! :D
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Post by marcusjambler » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:45 am

WE digitiser :D
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Post by flaxcottage » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:49 am

BITD that was a great piece of kit. I used it to sample MODE 0 images from He-Man tapes for my lads. :lol:
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Post by marcusjambler » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:04 am

BITD that was a great piece of kit. I used it to sample MODE 0 images from He-Man tapes for my lads. :lol:
=D> Great stuff

I'm hoping to use some stills in a music video project... If I can convert the output files to jpg

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Post by Elminster » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:08 am

Post us some modern examples. Be interesting to see what you get out of it.

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Post by marcusjambler » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:38 am

Post us some modern examples
Will do :D

Just waiting on a phono to BNC adaptor
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Post by MartinB » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:58 am

If you look here, you’ll see where I tested EUP with one of those. Because the WE rom is Beeb-centric and I didn’t have time to tweak it for the Elk, I got a quad image but the image quality wasn’t bad, albeit mono.


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Post by kieranhj » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:19 pm

Even though the Oric 1 is generally regarded as fairly terrible I couldn't resist another 6502 for the collection..! It was listed as untested on eBay but works and is the 48K version to boot, yay. \o/ I love the keyboard styling, even though it is uncomfortable to use, plus the fact that each key press emits a click from the speaker underneath - sounds just like how people imagined computers should be in the 80's. :D
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Post by Lardo Boffin » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:23 pm

kieranhj wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:19 pm
Even though the Oric 1 is generally regarded as fairly terrible I couldn't resist another 6502 for the collection..! It was listed as untested on eBay but works and is the 48K version to boot, yay. \o/ I love the keyboard styling, even though it is uncomfortable to use, plus the fact that each key press emits a click from the speaker underneath - sounds just like how people imagined computers should be in the 80's. :D

Nice Oric. I have nearly been tempted by these a few times. And thats a lot free bytes!
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Post by jonb » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:31 am

The Atmos keyboard has a really nice feel to it despite it having a membrane. It's the same as the Oric under the hood, save a bug fix or two to the BASIC. I would have liked an Oric-1 but the keyboard is terrible. I used to sell them in a computer shop I worked in BITD. Or rather not sell them, because all the kiddies wanted Speccys.

Of course, the embarrassingly empty Oric software cupboard (glass fronted, over the machine display) didn't help matters. We had so much Spectrum software there wasn't enough space to display it all.

An Oric-1 is a fine addition to anyone's collection though. Quite rare nowadays, I think. It's mandatory to enter the ZAP command in BASIC on first bootup.
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Post by trixster » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:36 am

Not quite today... but this is my most recent arrival:
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Post by z0m8ied0g » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:48 pm

CMcDougall wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:01 pm
A brand new still sealed in box typewriter 'thing'
had a search on Google, & the manual has never been seen before, dated 15Nov1983.
& it all works with thermal paper, that was also
still in a black bag too!
Really should stop saving things destin for skip...
The PSU is 20v AC (actually 18.6), so good for electrons :D
Don't go stripping this of part or power supplies etc, these are great.
The Silent 700 is a terminal for connecting to other machines, it doesn't have a display but "Silently" prints the terminal output to a roll of paper.
Unfortunately this model doesn't have the built in modem or the acoustic coupler (this one is the coolest model as you stuff a phone directly onto its coupler to connect). There should however be an RS232 port on the back that can be connected to a modem, you can then dial other machines via a phone line.
Connect it up to a modem and the phone line (or use one of daniels internet enabled modems) and do some BBSing.

If you aren't wantng to keep it I'll happily swap it for a replacement electron power supply or 2 :)
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Post by MartinB » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:23 pm

Stephen - I’ve already been on Colin’s case about the S700 in a few posts upthread following his...😉


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Post by Commie_User » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:02 pm

marcusjambler wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:45 am
WE digitiser :D

Bloody hell! That's Beeberrific!

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Post by VectorEyes » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:07 pm

I think I have a WE Digitiser and a Z80 CoPro sitting around somewhere in my parents' house. Really should get round to either using them or offering them for sale here!

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Post by danielj » Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:17 pm

Version 2.4 :)
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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:29 pm

After waiting over 6 month . . . After over twenty years . . . my new multimeter . . .
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Post by hoglet » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:35 pm

daveejhitchins wrote:
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After waiting over 6 month . . . After over twenty years . . . my new multimeter . . .
Very nice indeed Dave.

I've been considering a Brymen BM867, possibly at Christmas from Mrs Hoglet:
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How much was the EEVBlog meter?

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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:50 pm

hoglet wrote:
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How much was the EEVBlog meter?
:-$ :-# Mrs H around - Around £180 with import and post

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