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by 1024MAK
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: OPUS 5802 5 1/4" Disk Drive
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: OPUS 5802 5 1/4" Disk Drive

I don't know about Opus drives specifically, but with most disk drives for the BBC (and other computers that used standard drives), the actual drive inside the case is a generic one.

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by 1024MAK
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: OPUS 5802 5 1/4" Disk Drive
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: OPUS 5802 5 1/4" Disk Drive

Have you taken the cover off and had a look inside?

Go on, warm them screwdrivers up...

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by 1024MAK
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4433
Views: 275663

Re: Today I received.....

Received yesterday:
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Myelin's Electron cart/BBC Tube adapter PCB

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Myelin's Electron cart/BBC Tube adapter PCB
Thanks Dave H. =D>

Received today:
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Cable drum

Shame, as it's not what I ordered! :lol:

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by 1024MAK
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2715
Views: 202858

Re: LOLPRICE

For sale:
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Note computer is spares or repairs, but believed working when last used...
by 1024MAK
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Screen 'shimmering' on Elk
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Screen 'shimmering' on Elk

Also, is this just when using one display? Or does it do it on another TV/monitor as well?

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by 1024MAK
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: general
Topic: little optimistic???
Replies: 27
Views: 837

Re: little optimistic???

Absolutely! Commodore failed for a whole bunch of reasons (corporate greed, mismanagement, you name it) but one of the most annoying ones was its habit of resting on its laurels - the amazing (for the time) Original Chipset (OCS) was only slightly improved with the Enhanced Chipset (ECS); the Advan...
by 1024MAK
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2715
Views: 202858

Re: LOLPRICE

Surprisingly enough, I have bought items (the last was a ZX81) which were sold as not working / spares / repairs and have found some of them (like the ZX81) to be in working condition. I should say the seller of the ZX81 did not have the Sinclair ZX81 PSU. But yes, far too often, it does mean "...
by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Stardot logo fixed and now spud and banana free!
Replies: 57
Views: 960

Re: Stardot logo infected with spuds!

Ahh, yessir, the correct StarDot logo is back :D =D> 8)

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by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: little optimistic???
Replies: 27
Views: 837

Re: little optimistic???

Some of the chips available on eBay are actually pulled chips from existing equipment. From just looking at it, it's hard to tell if someone has put a modern chip in a form that looks like an older existing DIL chip. The main problem is that some existing chips are being remarked,having their pins r...
by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: little optimistic???
Replies: 27
Views: 837

Re: little optimistic???

The price of 1980s and 1990s computers may be high and still going up at the moment. But as time goes on, it is possible that the demand may wane. After all, most people who missed them when at school are not likely to be very interested in them. And some of those people who are buying them to recre...
by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Finding a short circuit
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: Finding a short circuit

EPROMs often don't survive being put in the wrong way round if power has been applied... It's not unknown for people who don't know what they are doing to incorrectly insert chips. I bought some ZX81s once that apparently came from a college. Apart from the usual broken keyboard membranes, a lot of ...
by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Finding a short circuit
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: Finding a short circuit

Yep, you can do that. If you have access to a thermal infra red camera, that would pinpoint any hot components. Failing that, it's the finger tip test :mrgreen: Does the board have any tantalum capacitors? These are known to fail short circuit. Ceramic capacitors if physically damaged can also go sh...
by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: general
Topic: little optimistic???
Replies: 27
Views: 837

Re: little optimistic???

Well, if the current production CMOS 65C02 CPUs and 6522 chips last as long as the older NMOS parts, it is certainly possible...

In the industry where I work, we maintain electrical equipment that was designed in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s...

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by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4433
Views: 275663

Re: Today I received.....

richardtoohey wrote:So have you got a ... chip ... on your shoulder?

Just Mr Potato Head :lol:

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by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4433
Views: 275663

Re: Today I received.....

http://stardot.org.uk/forums/download/file.php?mode=view&id=35517&sid=1fc129335089dbda4a22ebf2fdbc5668 http://stardot.org.uk/forums/download/file.php?mode=view&id=35517&sid=1fc129335089dbda4a22ebf2fdbc5668 IMG_6502.PNG http://stardot.org.uk/forums/download/file.php?mode=view&id=...
by 1024MAK
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Stardot logo fixed and now spud and banana free!
Replies: 57
Views: 960

Re: Stardot logo disappeared!

Maybe we should switch emulators to one that matches the new logo?
Like this emulator...

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by 1024MAK
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Stardot logo fixed and now spud and banana free!
Replies: 57
Views: 960

Re: Stardot logo disappeared!

A minor point, but in the "compact" view of the forum that I get when I view it in portrait orientation on my phone, there aren't any text labels next to the Notifications and Messages icons, and the icons themselves (the bell and the envelope) aren't clickable, so I have to turn the phon...
by 1024MAK
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: community projects
Topic: Earliest examples of each machine?
Replies: 30
Views: 2566

Re: Earliest examples of each machine?

I NEED TO SEE AN ISSUE 1!!! :evil: Sorry about the outburst :oops: But I need to see one with my actual eyes :shock: Lee You may will have to wait a while long time, they are rather rare. Some say that not many escaped into the wild. Others say that they were recalled. It's also possible that only ...
by 1024MAK
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2510
Views: 195529

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

As per usual, it was a reasonable price until the last moments (just three bids when I looked), when it went mad!

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by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Solutions for a sheered screw
Replies: 11
Views: 208

Re: Solutions for a sheered screw

Or, replace or extend the Earth wire, and attach it at the other end of the case...

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by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Solutions for a sheered screw
Replies: 11
Views: 208

Re: Solutions for a sheered screw

Drill it out.
Countersink the outside.
Fit a suitable machine screw with star washer, then nut.
Fill in the head of the machine screw with filler.
Paint over it :wink:

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by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC micro black linear PSU repair
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: BBC micro black linear PSU repair

daveejhitchins wrote:Has anyone mentioned changing all the Tantalums?

Dave H :D

Martin talks about the Tantalums in his article. It is also mentioned in the linked to thread.

If during testing, problems are found, then yes, it may well be worthwhile changing them.

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by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC micro black linear PSU repair
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: BBC micro black linear PSU repair

Steve, the pictures, text and schematic in Martin Jones's article are consistent with there being TWO 4700uF electrolytic capacitors. It looks like there is one on the underside (track) side of the PCB as well as one on the top of the board. But your board does not have a 4700uF electrolytic capacit...
by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC micro black linear PSU repair
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: BBC micro black linear PSU repair

Does anyone know if Acorn kept the 3 sections of the later issues main bbc boards isolated? If not then you shouldn't use the linear psu with a later board. At some stage, on one of the later issue boards, Acorn connected all three +5V power points together via the PCB tracks. This applies to the i...
by 1024MAK
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC micro black linear PSU repair
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: BBC micro black linear PSU repair

Conventional PSU Testing Suggested steps: ⋅ Check the mains plug (including the plug fuse), the cord (cable) and the PSU's T400mA fuse (T meaning Time-delay, also known as slow blow or anti-surge). ⋅ Using a multimeter, test on resistance across the switch. Then test the whole m...
by 1024MAK
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: New TEAC floppy drives
Replies: 39
Views: 2662

Re: New TEAC floppy drives

Wow! There was seven before I placed my order earlier...

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by 1024MAK
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master noob
Replies: 48
Views: 1147

Re: BBC Master noob

Once the CMOS SRAM within the RTC chip has been "configured", the Master will be fully functional. The only thing the battery does, is supply power when mains power is not present (i.e. switched off) so that the SRAM can retain the settings. The Master ROM chip contains the OS plus a numbe...
by 1024MAK
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master noob
Replies: 48
Views: 1147

Re: BBC Master noob

No. But if you added the appropriate circuitry, any rechargeable battery technology could be used.
However, it's not really worthwhile getting too carried away.

It is also possible to use 3V coin cells with a diode and an appropriate value resistor.

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by 1024MAK
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Master noob
Replies: 48
Views: 1147

Re: BBC Master noob

Looking at the old cells taken out they were not rechargeable. However there are no additional components present in the case to stop this. :? Any "non-rechargeable" battery pack for a Master will have a diode and a resistor, as the connector on the Master motherboard is a straight feed o...
by 1024MAK
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Kempston Competition Pro
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: Kempston Competition Pro

I posted a simple Joystick tester schematic over on World of Spectrum a wee while ago ;-) That may help.

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