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by topcat96
Wed May 16, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SD cards which don't work with MMFS/SmartSPI/etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 225

Re: SD cards which don't work with MMFS/SmartSPI/etc.

Have you checked that the 128mb cards are real and not those fake capacity ones that lurk on places like Ebay and Alibaba?

Some handy tools here to check if unsure ...

https://www.geckoandfly.com/22803/detect-fake-usb-flash-drives-sd-cards-ssd-disk/
by topcat96
Mon May 07, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Use old PC gamepad with Beeb: are they compatible?
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Use old PC gamepad with Beeb: are they compatible?

I haven't been able to use it since around 2005 when gameports stopped appearing on new computers. What you need is something like this to enable you to use the joystick again on your PC https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-to-Joystick-15-Pin-Gameport-Adapter-Converter-Adaptor-Cable-Lead/120846308058
by topcat96
Thu May 03, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: 40
Replies: 37
Views: 1850

Re: 40

pixelblip wrote:There was a firm that made one recently....a pie like BBC case....what were they called....and Ben Heck made one.


https://retropicases.com/products/bbc-model-b-retro-raspberry-pi-case
by topcat96
Thu May 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: New laptop
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: New laptop

@Bat

Can it run Elite ..? :lol:
by topcat96
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10....
Replies: 157
Views: 11610

Re: Windows 10....

Windows 10?

Just say no ...
by topcat96
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: The passing of an 80's computing giant ...
Replies: 1
Views: 220

The passing of an 80's computing giant ...

Rick Dickinson, designer of Britain's iconic ZX Spectrum and ZX81 personal computers, has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. Dickinson joined Sinclair Research in 1979 after graduating from Newcastle Polytechnic's industrial design program. By 1981 he had won the Design Council award for h...
by topcat96
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 603
Views: 59990

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

@steve3000

Or go to http://www.amazon.co.uk and get a Groov-e Retro Series Shoebox Cassette Player and Recorder with Ear, Mic and REM sockets for £24.99

I know which of the two I'd rather have by the side of my Beeb ... and it's definitely NOT the 4d-pi-Shop one from fleabay.
by topcat96
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: C64 copy of Wateland on floppy disc
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: C64 copy of Wateland on floppy disc

Here you go fella ... Wasteland that should be SD2IEC compatible plus a copy of the original floppies. Easy peasy way to copy from SD2IEC back to floppy is shown here: http://technocoma.blogspot.com/p/sd2iec-d64-image-to-floppy-on-1541-on.html Can't help more than that as I don't have access to a fl...
by topcat96
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 87
Views: 4125

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

What's going to happen to any pensions taken out by the workers, I wonder. I think Maplin had a pension scheme. The creditors will always get paid first, the staff will just get the table crumbs if there's anything left. The company pension scheme will be automatically frozen by the administrators ...
by topcat96
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Sega Mega Drive II with Mega-CD and 32x
Replies: 10
Views: 892

Re: Sega Mega Drive II with Mega-CD and 32x

Try following this guy's cleaning regime with a faulty 32x. It may be something as simple as crud and build-up in the cartridge slot that needs removing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiLPd4Mu-fk
by topcat96
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: software
Topic: POLL: Kickstarter project - Hero: The Realm
Replies: 47
Views: 5645

Re: POLL: Kickstarter project - Hero: The Realm

Also, if you don't have a compatible machine - it's better for my results that you don't vote that you are "Not Interested..." in the POLL. This is after all a 32-bit forum section? Anyway have fun and please comment or ask questions. Well, pardon me for breathing ... I shall of course, v...
by topcat96
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: software
Topic: POLL: Kickstarter project - Hero: The Realm
Replies: 47
Views: 5645

Re: POLL: Kickstarter project - Hero: The Realm

I voted not interested because I have no RISC PC here, only BBC B and other 8-Bit machines.
by topcat96
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: A special day for a very special computer!
Replies: 13
Views: 784

A special day for a very special computer!

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37 ";
20 GOTO 10

Happy birthday to my first ever computer ... the Sinclair ZX81 =D> =D> =D>

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by topcat96
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2776
Views: 217043

Re: LOLPRICE

1024MAK wrote:For sale:
Note computer is spares or repairs, but believed working when last used...

Here's my gaming room with all my consoles and computers. Over there in the corner is my custom built MAME upright cabinet.

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by topcat96
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Stardot logo fixed and now spud and banana free!
Replies: 57
Views: 1744

Re: Stardot logo infected with spuds!

Insert obligatory Red Dwarf reference here ... :lol:

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by topcat96
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Stardot logo fixed and now spud and banana free!
Replies: 57
Views: 1744

Re: Stardot logo disappeared!

vanekp wrote:OMG time for chips :lol: :lol: :lol:
What resemblance/connection does a potato have with the BBC ?


We're just missing the battered fish and mushy peas in the logo now ... quality food :)

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by topcat96
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Stardot logo fixed and now spud and banana free!
Replies: 57
Views: 1744

Re: Stardot logo disappeared!

So where's my cuppa then? :lol: :lol: :lol:
by topcat96
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Stardot logo fixed and now spud and banana free!
Replies: 57
Views: 1744

Re: Stardot logo disappeared!

It's Friday morning and still no stardot logo, just the phpBB logo in it's place ...

Something is borked somewhere ... call Mulder and Scully!

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by topcat96
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: BBC Micro Monitor Stand (photo inside)
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: BBC Micro Monitor Stand (photo inside)

Watford Electronics made one like that back in the day. You might find one on fleabay if you are lucky, or if somebody has one here they are not using.

Anyone have access to a press brake or other sheet metal bending facilities?

See page 10 of the attached .pdf file.
by topcat96
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Wanted BBC B Aeronautical Dogfight 1
Replies: 3
Views: 774

Re: Wanted BBC B Aeronautical Dogfight 1

According to 8bs.com, Aeronautical Dogfight 2 is suitable for the BBC B, Electron, B+ and Master machines ... Unable to verify as I only have a BBC B machine here. http://8bs.com/elecgame/aeronauticaldogfight2.htm Can't help any with Aeronautical Dogfight 1 I'm afriad. I couldn't find any reference ...
by topcat96
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Season 9 Game Nominations
Replies: 17
Views: 818

Re: Season 9 Game Nominations

My nominations are:

1) Donkey Kong Jr.
2) Mega Apocalypse
3) Grabit
by topcat96
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk

jms2 wrote:That said, how much capacity is there on a c64 disk?


The 170 kB disc is split into 683 sectors on 35 tracks, each of the sectors holding 256 bytes. However, one track is reserved by DOS for directory and file allocation information (the BAM, block availability map).
by topcat96
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Image rotation
Replies: 17
Views: 1398

Re: Image rotation

I always check which way up the picture is displayed first before uploading to the image host website ...

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by topcat96
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Microwriter MW4
Replies: 6
Views: 545

My name is Microwriter MW4 ...

The following is from http://www.binarydinosaurs.co.uk/Museum/Microwriter/index.php The Microwriter has an interesting history if only because of who invented it - a bloke called Cy Enfield who's better known for directing the 1964 classic 'Zulu' starring Michael Caine amongst others. After moving t...
by topcat96
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Grump grump grump
Replies: 15
Views: 1041

Re: Grump grump grump

Sorry to hear of your loss.
by topcat96
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Wanted = Emperor inlay info
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Wanted = Emperor inlay info

I found a description of the game in Acorn User 17 (December 1983) but not much else. Reprinted here ... Hope it helps! EMPEROR The time of this wargame is the first four centuries AD. The player takes the part of the Emperor and he must pit his wits and forces against invading barbarians, rebelliou...
by topcat96
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 24
Views: 2276

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

Maybe it would be simpler to state the individual rules for each game as we go. Or have a generic set of rules that are absolute, but certain challenges allow for extra's like autofire Key re-mapping should be allowed for games running under emulation though, as some games use Caps Lock and CTRL for...
by topcat96
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2595
Views: 210826

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

by topcat96
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2776
Views: 217043

Re: LOLPRICE