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by topcat96
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Two BBC Micros free around Mar 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Re: Two BBC Micros free around Mar 2018

Awwwww can you feel the love?

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by topcat96
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Help Needed-Personal Quiz Package/Colisoft WAV>UEF
Replies: 7
Views: 782

Re: Help Needed-Personal Quiz Package/Colisoft WAV>UEF

CMcDougall wrote:looks like from the "old_computer_museum" discs /massive ZIP, mostly 99.8% stolen from STH :shock:


I blame Google and all it's bots ..!
by topcat96
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: KXP 1081 dot matrix for sale in Surrey
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: KXP 1081 dot matrix for sale in Surrey

Is it for sale at £0.00 then? :lol:

Stating your asking price would help #-o
by topcat96
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers
Replies: 37
Views: 1054

Re: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers

Getting better ...

Score 12055
Level 2

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by topcat96
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers
Replies: 37
Views: 1054

Re: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers

Jeez i suck at this game!

Score: 6500
Level 2

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Works fine in BeebEm 4.14 so I have no excuses :lol:
by topcat96
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2630
Views: 166181

Re: LOLPRICE

Has anyone been following the 'Brand New & Sealed Ultimate' games auctions? That looks more like a home cellophane wrap attempt than a professional job IMHO. EDIT: I don't recall ever having gold tape around any of my Ultimate games when purchased back in the 80's. They were all sealed in a thi...
by topcat96
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 jiffyDOS & SD2IEC
Replies: 10
Views: 417

Re: C64 jiffyDOS & SD2IEC

When it comes to JiffyDOS, there are so many options, you should open the case of your commie and look to see if the chips is socketed or not. Most breadbin 664's had all their chips in sockets where-as most C64c's had chips directly soldered to the board. Once that is ascertained, simply match the ...
by topcat96
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 567
Views: 44650

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

Ummmm ...

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by topcat96
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: 2nd SATA hard drive??
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: 2nd SATA hard drive??

The chances are that only the internal primary SATA port is actually set to auto configure as a HD in the BIOS. The CD drive you borrowed the cables and SATA port must already be configured as a CD/DVD drive in the BIOS and it needs to be changed. I would suggest checking the BIOS settings and ensur...
by topcat96
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Detecting mosquitoes and kill them
Replies: 50
Views: 846

Re: Detecting mosquitoes and kill them

Apparently mosquitoes hate lemon eucalyptus oil and won't go anywhere near it. As stated by RobGT earlier in the thread in regards to his wife using Vicks Vapour Rub to keep the little so & so's at bay, guess what it contains??? Yep, lemon eucalyptus oil So perhaps there's your solution ... grow...
by topcat96
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Detecting mosquitoes and kill them
Replies: 50
Views: 846

Re: Detecting mosquitoes and kill them

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No Deet in either ...
by topcat96
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: British Computers: Power Connector Fuses - Values?
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: British Computers: Power Connector Fuses - Values?

Who can list all the reasons these are fake? Genuine fuses have some form of filler material such as sand in the main fuse body to help stop a fuse exploding and causing more damage. Gaps between the metal endcap and the body are a dead giveaway too. Fuse wire should not be poking out of the endcap...
by topcat96
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4142
Views: 215393

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin wrote:A nicely boxed C64! Thanks topcat96!


You're most welcome! :wink:
by topcat96
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Retr0brite problems
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Retr0brite problems

Best to remove the keys and place them into a tub of retrobrite solution and weigh them down a little so they are fully immersed.
by topcat96
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10....
Replies: 113
Views: 6158

Re: Windows 10....

Windows 7 rules here. I refuse to migrate to Windows 10 with all it's spying and information it collects and sends to Microsoft.

I know you can disable the built-in spyiware but that's not the point. It shouldn't be there in the first place.
by topcat96
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Retr0brite problems
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Retr0brite problems

jonb wrote:I'm coming to that conclusion...

Are the LED UV lights of any use for this, or should I stick to the fluorescent tubes?


Stick to fluorescent tubes. Tried and tested, good results - you can't go wrong with them.
by topcat96
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Retr0brite problems
Replies: 10
Views: 307

Re: Retr0brite problems

UV eraser lights have wavelengths shorter than 400 nanometres. Sunlight is usually defined as having wavelengths in the range of 400–700 nanometres (nm). It's been widely reported that UV Eprom eraser lights just aren't strong enough to kickstart the Retrobright process. Recommended to get a cheap t...
by topcat96
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 1231

Re: Commodore 64

The OP only wants a setup for his wife (and him) for games usage ... an Ultimate 1541 is a bit of an overkill in that regard. :D
by topcat96
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 1231

Re: Commodore 64

sd2iec loads cracked games, and nothing else. Speaking from experience, my sd2iec has handled any D64, D81, D71, M2I images as well as PRG's that I care to throw at it. Your comment about it loading cracked games only is incorrect. The only thing an sd2iec does not do well is True Drive Emulation, ...
by topcat96
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 1231

Re: Commodore 64

Look for a C64c instead of the usual "breadbin" model. They are a lot cheaper to buy.

I personally wouldn't pay any more than £45 for a basic setup, then add on the cost of the sd2iec and jiffyDOS or Fastload.
by topcat96
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Commodore 64
Replies: 44
Views: 1231

Re: Commodore 64

If you are considering an sd2iec C64 setup then I would recommend an Epyx Fastload cartridge which puts loading speeds on par with JiffyDOS in a simple plug-in solution. https://thumb.ibb.co/nwxo9a/wp_20170508_22_29_43_rich_with_epyx_label_cut_1280.jpg https://www.thefuturewas8bit.com/shop/commodore...
by topcat96
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: general
Topic: Archimedes 30th birthday?
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: Archimedes 30th birthday?

steve3000 wrote:Be careful with wikis, they're not always correct - the A305, A310 and A440 were the first computers of the "300 and 400 series". But there was never an actual archi called a 300 or a 400. #-o :)


That's why I called it a "series" and not actual machines :D
by topcat96
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: general
Topic: Archimedes 30th birthday?
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: Archimedes 30th birthday?

According to Archimedes wkii, the first models were initially released in June 1987, as the 300 and 400 series. However, four other models were then released a month later with minor changes and upgrades. They were the A305, A310, A310M, A410 and A440, with the latter having 4mb RAM and a 20mb HD as...
by topcat96
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: As seen on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: As seen on TV

jonb wrote:OMG watching Dave...

.. I suppose there was no unwatched episode of Poldark / Ripper Street / etc on iPlayer? :lol:


Have never used iplayer, don't really intend to either. You must let me know what it's like.
by topcat96
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: As seen on TV
Replies: 7
Views: 330

As seen on TV

Look at what takes pride of place behind Ellie Gibson as seen on tonight's Go 8 Bit DLC show on Dave TV =D>

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by topcat96
Tue May 23, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: 8 bit Haiku
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Re: 8 bit Haiku

I'm sorry, there's ... um ...
insufficient ... what's-it-called?
The term eludes me ...
by topcat96
Tue May 23, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: New TEAC floppy drives
Replies: 32
Views: 1130

Re: New TEAC floppy drives

Send them as "retro computer hardware - for repair" with a retail value of $10

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