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by dv8
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Abersoft Forth and Turbo MMC
Replies: 14
Views: 148

Re: Abersoft Forth and Turbo MMC

rune wrote:The loaded screen definitely loads the word I defined as a test, just cant get the source to show so I can edit it.

To edit screens you need to be in the EDITOR vocabulary:

EDITOR
1 LIST
... editing commands ...
by dv8
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Abersoft Forth and Turbo MMC
Replies: 14
Views: 148

Re: Abersoft Forth and Turbo MMC

It turns out that FORTH is expecting files to already exist on the disc called 0SCREEN, 1SCREEN, 2SCREEN etc. I guess there must have been a separate disc with a utility to create a FORTH work disc with these screen files on. Here is an empty FORTH screen disc that I made, it seems to work okay. for...
by dv8
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Abersoft Forth and Turbo MMC
Replies: 14
Views: 148

Re: Abersoft Forth and Turbo MMC

I suspect the ROM is really Acornsoft FORTH, which is version 1.03 and has the same words and error messages you mentioned above. If the ROM asks 'COLD or WARM start (C/W)?' when you start it and the first couple of words in VLIST are '$MSG' and 'PLOT' it's the Acornsoft ROM. I've just tried it in B...
by dv8
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mods and ROMS
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Mods and ROMS

Pin 1 goes to pin 11 on IC77 and pin 27 goes to pin 8 on IC 76. The IC numbers quoted here are the wrong way round. Is this how you have wired it or is it just a typo? I have a 4.7 K resistor from pin 1 to pin 28 and the same from pin 27 to pin 28. Try it without the resistors. They are not needed ...
by dv8
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mods and ROMS
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Mods and ROMS

Thanks for the help, I've got a 32Kx8 RAM in just now and debugging the ROM load code from the Turbo MMC docs.. Its too dark just now to do anything in the cave re checking pins etc. A 32K RAM should be straightforward. Pin 27 of the RAM goes to pin 8 of IC77 to enable writing, and pin 1 goes to ei...
by dv8
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mods and ROMS
Replies: 13
Views: 354

Re: Mods and ROMS

Reading a little further it would seem that Pin 11/12 control addressing and could give 4 sideways RAM or ROM on each socket. Would it be feasible to have a 32K RAM and 2x64K EEPROMS. If so which pins on the chips would pins 11&12 go to? It's definitely possible but you can only get EPROMs and ...
by dv8
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: EEPROM - the Holy Grail of Sideways Rom?
Replies: 340
Views: 25605

Re: EEPROM - the Holy Grail of Sideways Rom?

Ken, This hanging issue can be caused by something trying to write to the ROM address space. Even if the EEPROM is soft locked it still has to respond to commands. Any write to the EEPROM will put it into 'listen' mode and any subsequent read will return status information rather than ROM data for a...
by dv8
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual

I've spent ages searching too, found the main Speech ROM manual and probably the same disc that you mention (if I remember it was a compilation of various speech related stuff). I also managed to dredge up a really old post on another forum where someone has quoted the first few paragraphs of the TT...
by dv8
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual

bakoulis wrote:But I found the manual that you asked!

No, that's the original SPEECH ROM manual. I'm looking for the TEXT TO SPEECH instructions.
by dv8
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual

bakoulis wrote:This is the only manual it have the original disk version

Computer Concepts Speech was only ever released as a ROM, there was no disc version.
Perhaps you're thinking of Superior Software's SPEECH! :?:
by dv8
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: community projects
Topic: Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides
Replies: 7
Views: 180

Remastered BBC B and B+ User Guides

Here we have completely remastered copies of the original User Guide for the BBC B and the updated version for the B+. I know they have already been done before but they all seem to have various issues, so I wanted to create a definitive error free edition. ⋅ The look and layout of the ori...
by dv8
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Computer Concepts 'Text to Speech' Manual

It's a bit of a long shot, but does anyone have a copy of the instruction manual for the TEXT TO SPEECH ROM by Computer Concepts? It doesn't seem to be preserved anywhere online and I'd like to change that. TEXT TO SPEECH was a companion to the SPEECH ROM, originally sold separately and later bundle...
by dv8
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

bakoulis wrote:Could you please include now the listings?

I wanted to make the PDF as small as possible, containing only the most relevant information.

If you want the listings in text format, here are the source files for each program:

AdventuresForYourBBC-listings.zip
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by dv8
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Finally, here is the PDF containing the text from the book, plus maps and solutions for each game. Adventures For Your BBC Micro.pdf As mentioned before, this is not intended to be a complete reproduction. There are no front and back covers, no illustrations, no listings and no glossary. It's just t...
by dv8
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

It took a while, but here it is... the last game from the book. This is the most complex of the six games, and the most likely to contain errors, so if anyone is willing to help out with testing it would be appreciated. When I've finished creating the map and solution for this game I'll release the ...
by dv8
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Here's the next one. NightSchool.zip NIGHT SCHOOL Just when you thought you had the school computer to yourself an underling of the headmaster calls you to his office. He accuses you of programming the computer system to randomly print smutty language on the terminals while the first years were havi...
by dv8
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

I have rotated the pages, converted as jpg and merged to a complete book as pdf. The size of pdf is about 70MB. I wonder if someone can produce a smaller size pdf from this scans. The conversion to jpeg will have bloated the size of the file. The original tiff images are only 1-bit deep and are alr...
by dv8
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Here's the fourth game. PearlDiver.zip PEARL DIVER As you drain your last pint of the night at the pub you hear talk of pearls down in Bight cove. Disappointed with your meagre catch of fish in the straights of Dogger, you had come to the Seamen’s Arms to drown your sorrows in ale. But this news of ...
by dv8
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?

There is also the Wizard Joy Rom that works with joysticks in the standard analogue port.

This thread has the ROM images and instruction manuals for both the StarStick and Wizard.
by dv8
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Game number three. Bugbusters.zip BUGBUSTERS In this original game you have the chance to explore the innards of your computer, for it has started to go wrong! You can now discover what really makes your computer tick and what can cause it to malfunction. Fortunately, your great aunt has just given ...
by dv8
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Uploaded pages 61 - 69. These were done with a different physical instance/unit of the same type of scanner, so I hope the scans are still okay. Thanks. Both sets of scans have converted okay. Can I ask you guys which OCR software you use? It seems pretty good. Nuance OmniPage. I've also had good r...
by dv8
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

lurkio wrote:So, it seems that my scans of Tarkus were fairly workable, then? If so, I'll get on with scanning the rest of the book ASAP.

Yep, Tarkus and Bugbuster OCRed okay so you're good to go with the rest of the book.
by dv8
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Here is the second game from the book. SixKeysOfTarkus.zip THE SIX KEYS OF TARKUS After many days of travel over the northern wastes, you have arrived at the mountains of Tarkus. Barren and windswept, these were once the home of a warrior race who perished long ago. The halls of Tarkus are your dest...
by dv8
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

After much cursing and head scratching I've finally managed to reach the end of Arkham. All the issues I found have now been fixed so here is (hopefully) the final version of the game. Arkham-Innsmouth.zip If anyone else finds any problems during their playthrough let me know and I'll sort them out....
by dv8
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Fixed a few errors in Arkham. Here's the updated disc image:

Arkham-Innsmouth.zip
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by dv8
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Okay then, here's the first game. Arkham-Innsmouth.zip Now we need some volunteers to test it. I've given it a quick go and already found (and fixed) a couple of errors in the original listing :roll: ARKHAM-INNSMOUTH AND BEYOND This long and intricate adventure by Stephen Loughran is based on the fa...
by dv8
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Yeah, this is because the book is falling apart, and often I couldn't align two facing pages properly without risking tearing one of them. No probs. It was easier to proofread as single pages anyway, so I'll probably split up all the scans like this from now on. Here are some more scans: Let me kno...
by dv8
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Good news! We have a successful OCR of the first listing. I had to split the images into separate left/right pages so they could be rotated independently, but apart from that it was smooth sailing. Now comes the "fun" part, checking for errors. Could you also scan the page of text that com...
by dv8
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Holy smoke! I found the setting, and changing it does seem to make a difference Yes, that does make a big difference. All the areas that were a problem before are now fixed with these files. The first file (test300dpi+thresh.tiff) worked a bit better than the second (++) version. I'd be happy to do...
by dv8
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 92
Views: 2086

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

lurkio wrote:So, for the best OCR, I should use 600dpi, "text" mode, and TIFF. Right?

300dpi text should be enough. I didn't see much (if any) improvement with 600.
Definitely a lossless format like TIFF or PNG.
And, if you can, adjust the threshold so the grey texture of the paper is seen as white.

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