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by 8bitkick
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron cassette counter revolution rate
Replies: 26
Views: 550

Re: Electron cassette counter revolution rate

I’m assuming the original question is for implementation of a virtual tape deck, loading a digitised file into an emulator? Correct. Well, it's as part of a UI for the Electron FPGA core, but the same concept. The rough figure of 1 minute for 12 counts puts us roughly in the right ballpark and the ...
by 8bitkick
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Couple of STH Electron game issues
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Couple of STH Electron game issues

It’s been tested against a load of HQ UEF titles for BBC and normal UEF for Electron so should (fingers crossed) work for these titles You can download source and use offline if you wanted to modify to do a batch run https://github.com/8bitkick/PlayUEF Tried ProBoxing and it loads fine via PlayUEF ...
by 8bitkick
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Couple of STH Electron game issues
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Couple of STH Electron game issues

I've not tried that no, I'll give it a go later today and see if it helps. It’s been tested against a load of HQ UEF titles for BBC and normal UEF for Electron so should (fingers crossed) work for these titles You can download source and use offline if you wanted to modify to do a batch run https:/...
by 8bitkick
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Couple of STH Electron game issues
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Couple of STH Electron game issues

I was running through the STH Electron game archive to see what kind of max block sizes most UEF games used and most appeared to be under 300 bytes with the exception of Way of the Exploding Fist and Pro-Boxing. As it happens neither of these games appear to load on my Electron via wav. The first b...
by 8bitkick
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

A few points: Good points... * They have the tools/typeface to recreate the double shot, and said cherry MX is easy. Harder would be the original switch(es), as you say * Agreed the keycaps would need to be laid out for a full modern keyboard. You could add 'modifier' kits for people who want 2&quo...
by 8bitkick
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

They still have the tooling to recreate the double shot (injection molding in two stages) BBC Micro key caps in the same typeface they have always used, called Gorton Modified. They are pricing it up now. I expect it will be expensive and probably only worth doing with a Kickstarter / group buy... ...
by 8bitkick
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

This very same question - ie. what font was used on the BBC micro keytops - occurred to me only a few days ago when I was making up the picture set of my visit to CCH in September. Looking at the collection they have there, multiple 1980s machines used exactly the same font. I found the answer The ...
by 8bitkick
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

Myelin... once we have some nice SVGs, maybe we we could get a group order in, Setting up a single print run for keys is very expensive. With a few backers the price could come down considerably... I'm interested in this (as long as the keycaps are Cherry MX compatible). Looking at my notes from a ...
by 8bitkick
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

Excellent thanks Lazrus! Would you object to us sticking the SVG on GitHub (or similar) and working on smoothing out the wrinkles, creating a community keyset? Absolutely no objection. But as I said, probably quicker and easier to start afresh with a blank template. Thanks! By the way, does anyone ...
by 8bitkick
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

Excellent thanks Lazrus! Would you object to us sticking the SVG on GitHub (or similar) and working on smoothing out the wrinkles, creating a community keyset? Absolutely no objection. But as I said, probably quicker and easier to start afresh with a blank template. Thanks! By the way, does anyone ...
by 8bitkick
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

Excellent thanks Lazrus! Would you object to us sticking the SVG on GitHub (or similar) and working on smoothing out the wrinkles, creating a community keyset? If this can go up on GitHub under one of the standard open source licenses (Apache, GPL, MIT, BSD), that would be amazing -- my employer's ...
by 8bitkick
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

Happy to share. However, there are problems with the SVG some of which are more obvious than others (and it is the less obvious ones that cause the biggest headache). The supplier also required the SVG filed to be flattened before submitting it such that I can't edit it to correct the problems. Fra...
by 8bitkick
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

I got them from here: http://www.wasdkeyboards.com. They were ****** expensive and they don't appear to do a discount for quantity. I am sure that it would be possible with enough time and effort to generate an SVG that properly matches the font. Love the owl keys!!! Is this for a homebrew computer...
by 8bitkick
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

Re: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

http://stardot.org.uk/forums/download/file.php?id=33850&mode=view User lazarusr was clearly up to something last month , but didn't say what. (-8 Ohh interesting!!! Great minds think alike... I'd definitely be interested to know who Lazarur used to manufacture... if we can get the exact keycap ...
by 8bitkick
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard
Replies: 26
Views: 632

BBC micro style keycaps for modern keyboard

Happy new year! Has anyone investigated creating a run of BBC micro style keycaps for a cherry MX keyboard? (i.e. not for the original beeb, but for a retro-style modern keyboard) EDIT - I've contacted the original manufacturer of BBC micro keycaps!!! Jump to the end of thread for answers. Would be ...
by 8bitkick
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Baildon Electronics IDE Interfaces - Replication
Replies: 101
Views: 7374

Re: Baildon Electronics IDE Interfaces - Replication

Ah! While you're here :D I did a lot of work at the Leicester ABUG meeting, however, since then there's been way too many distractions :( Planning to to continue the work at January's ABUG, in Manchester, and hoping to complete the PLD reverse engineering ASAP. Dave H :D Good luck! I see several ot...
by 8bitkick
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Baildon Electronics IDE Interfaces - Replication
Replies: 101
Views: 7374

Re: Baildon Electronics IDE Interfaces - Replication

daveejhitchins wrote:It's getting nearer to a full time project . . . PCB to finish and, more importantly, PLDs to reverse engineer . . .

Dave H :D


Excellent! Looking forward to the updates :D

Happy Christmas / New Year!
by 8bitkick
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: hq.uef Specification
Replies: 24
Views: 1411

Re: hq.uef Specification

vanekp wrote:Grrr ran into the problem again of 8E1 8O1 being swapped around in a UEF file *Sigh*


PlayUEF now looks if current/earlier MakeUEF version was used to generated given UEF and inverts parity if so... if PlayUEF is not handling it right, let me know what UEF file
by 8bitkick
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released

The problem where the audio control bar was not full screen width in Firefox on Windows 10 seems to have been resolved in the new version "Firefox Quantum" =D> I'm glad they caught up :P I also did a bit of work at the w/e cleaning up the web player / browser compatibility, but its not li...
by 8bitkick
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released

PlayUEF v1.0 beta 2 released Now supports copy protected BBC Micro cassettes PlayUEF is a free web-based UEF to WAV converter that lets you stream games from your laptop/smartphone straight to you Acorn Electron or BBC Micro cassette port. Connected to the STH archive of 1000+ games...just add cass...
by 8bitkick
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released

vanekp wrote:Latest Version still won't load Fortress.
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Peter.


Latest PlayUEF works with the Fortress UEF created with MakeUEF 2.3 :D

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by 8bitkick
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: hq.uef Specification
Replies: 24
Views: 1411

Re: hq.uef Specification

That looks right to me too, and matches my current implementation Hi - now we have solved the mystery, I've updated PlayUEF to check for the version of MakeUEF reported in 0x0000 info chunk, and handle 0x0104 parity accordingly. Wish I had known about TapeUEF.cpp before I'd embarked on PlayUEF! Nic...
by 8bitkick
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released

Yes I know but 8bitkick is trying to get them working via his PlayUEF program, it was working till he made some changes, fixed one thing broke another :) Space Hi-way has one block and no switching parity. I rolled back the security cycles implementation (as it sounds like no game relies on it?) so...
by 8bitkick
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: hq.uef Specification
Replies: 24
Views: 1411

Re: hq.uef Specification BUG

I think there is a bug is makeuef it switches the parity 8E1 and 8O1 around..... how do i know this I created a file with 4 blocks in it 1st block 8N2, 2nd 8N1, 3rd 8E1, 4th 8O1 (writing &11, &15, &19, &1D to &FE08) on my BBC I can read them back with a program confirming they a...
by 8bitkick
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1512

Re: uef2wav.py

The motor control is just a contact/switch from the relay there is no physical connection to the BBC circuit so completely isolated, have to give it some though :) Come to think of it, the best way might be to scan block data in browser for a "MOTOR OFF" command... could get annoying with...
by 8bitkick
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: PlayUEF v1.0 beta released

Ran into another small problem was trying out Island Logic/The Music System Tape1 Side1(attached) it seems to have cut the wav file short as i am missing the last part. Think is this due to chunk 0x0111 being implemented, but the length of resulting audio not being added to WAV total length. Now ho...
by 8bitkick
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1512

Re: uef2wav.py

I am sure it will come with time, and it works very well only one or two games I have had an issue with that don't use 0x0140 chunk. Was also thinking it would be hand to have markers on the time line for the start of each file so that if you need to rewind you know where it starts. Another crazy.....
by 8bitkick
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1512

Re: uef2wav.py

Lastly, would you mind putting that &CARRIER=2 note on the tape image link pages, for easy reminding? I'm having a great time. Mostly I just enjoy watching things load. And none have failed. Sterling work, once again. Great! At some point I will have a nice interface to select titles and a simp...
by 8bitkick
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1512

Re: uef2wav.py

in IE i still get the message invalid uef, do I need something extra or turn something on in IE to get it to work as you say it works for you. on my Android phone I still cant click the play button, it just stays gray, only on the tape to download it 1st. am using the samsung browser maybe i should...
by 8bitkick
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1512

Re: uef2wav.py

in IE i still get the message invalid uef, do I need something extra or turn something on in IE to get it to work as you say it works for you. on my Android phone I still cant click the play button, it just stays gray, only on the tape to download it 1st. am using the samsung browser maybe i should...

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