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by error
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4144
Views: 216014

Re: Today I received.....

Just my opinion, but I don't think you should build it :shock: Complete ZX81s are so common, and such an easy build with low component count, it would instantly lose most of its curiosity / collectibility / monetary value once built. As you say, it's hard to find the kit for the reasonable price - b...
by error
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

Thanks Kees! That looks much more like what I imagined they should look like :D I will dig around for something suitable :) I reflowed much of the solder points this morning (as much for aesthetics than anything else), and now it behaves slightly differently. It still doesn't boot, however , it now ...
by error
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

Thanks for all the tips, I will try some of these this weekend.

(No beeps though - no speaker!)

Does anyone know which screws are meant to be with this case? The ones I have surely can't be right, they look more like wood screws?
by error
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 567
Views: 44710

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

This is the sort of eBay ad that makes me groan / cringe http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-Porsche-design-PORTON-DOWN-Commodore-PET-8032-SK-vintage-computer-/202013022928?hash=item2f08ea1ad0:g:RCEAAOSwwN5ZiFYK "Porsche" PET 1. LOLprice? ✓ 2. Peddling the old "Porsche" myth? ✓ 3. Spe...
by error
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BBC Micro / Electron hardware and software
Replies: 7
Views: 4899

Re: BBC Micro / Electron hardware and software

8 1/2 years ago Samwise stated "all gone now", so I'd estimate the chances of them still having the Arena 3000 game are fairly slim :lol:

Perhaps place a wanted ad instead?
by error
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

Thanks for the suggestions. I will give it a clean with some isopropyl alcohol and inspect it all again. The PSU is an older AT PC type, which I'm using rather than ATX because it has the integrated power button. It measures a constant 5.17v with no load, the VCC pins of some ICs measured were appro...
by error
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1113

Re: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale

I think the museum already took it in - sadly they poked out the ZIF cover so now it's less than museum quality :cry:
by error
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

...Aaaaand some more
by error
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

OK so I found a few minutes to take some pics, no idea why I assumed this would be an intensive job - it's one of the easiest computers I've ever dismantled! :D , hope these are hi-res enough, my camera has an annoying tendency to try and defocus background objects!
by error
Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

hoglet wrote:Can you post a hires photo of the inside of your Atom?


Sure - I will do that in the next few days when I can get it laid out on the table 8)
by error
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

Re: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

Ha ha, I should have anticipated that joke :D

I've attached some pics...

Image quality is bad anyway because it's through RF on an LCD TV, hence the smearing (but I have nothing else to compare to)
by error
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's
Replies: 20
Views: 650

My new Atom greets me with nothing but P's

As per subject - I've just been given an Atom (so chuffed about that!) but all it wants to do is write the letter P across the entire screen. And I don't like p's at all! :x If I press BREAK, I am treated to a screen filled with X's I have a scope, voltmeter, etc - but am not a very technically-mind...
by error
Sat May 21, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: offering eprom programming
Replies: 1
Views: 505

Re: offering eprom programming

Just wanted to add, I bought a keycap from station240 and it got here in just a couple of days from Australia > UK.

Certain items ordered from within the UK, at the same time, took longer! :D
by error
Thu May 19, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC B : Mode 7 fine, all other modes corrupt
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: BBC B : Mode 7 fine, all other modes corrupt

Hi Mark,

I'll take a look later and PM you :-)
by error
Wed May 18, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC B : Mode 7 fine, all other modes corrupt
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: BBC B : Mode 7 fine, all other modes corrupt

Thanks Mark. I only have a BBC Master spare, I assume they're not compatible?

How much do they cost?
by error
Wed May 18, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC B : Mode 7 fine, all other modes corrupt
Replies: 4
Views: 389

BBC B : Mode 7 fine, all other modes corrupt

BBC B went from being fine to looking like garbage!

I understand that Mode 7 is run off a different IC than the rest, which explains why it's fine. All other modes have vertical stripes and flickering pixels / corruption. Anything I can try?
by error
Sat May 14, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 2816

Re: HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?

What a great product and company. No sooner had I posted this over on their forum and they added support to the software :

http://www.torlus.com/floppy/forum/view ... f=19&t=633

:-)
by error
Sat May 14, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: help needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1363

Re: help needed

Wow - quite a character obviously! Indeed! How many people do you know that would spend £1,128.00 on a laser printer and leave it, still sealed and unused, on the worktop next to the computer for 14 years? Oh I don't know - I imagine it's the kind of thing I'd do if I had the means. Thankfully for ...
by error
Fri May 13, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 2816

Re: HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?

ADL files have not worked with these settings. Try: Track type : MFM Two sides floppy (Yes) Reverse side (No) Tracks of a side grouped in the file (No) Number of track : 80 Sector ID Start : 0 Sectors Size : 256 Sectors per track : 16 RPM : 300 Bitrate : 250000 / 500000 (?) GAP3 Length : 44 Interle...
by error
Fri May 13, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 2816

Re: HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?

Thanks Tom! I had to alter the GAP3 but it's now running. Really pleased :-) I've tried it with IMG and SSD formats and everything so far loaded fine in DFS on a Master 128. ADL files have not worked with these settings. Here's the settings that worked for anyone interested (also uploaded to http://...
by error
Wed May 11, 2011 7:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 2816

HXC Floppy Emulator & BBC - possible?

Has anyone successfully converted and used SSD files into HFE files for the HXC Floppy Emulator? I didn't buy it for the BBC but it would be a nice bonus :-) There was a post on their forum saying it might work, but I've not been able to load an image into their software. I guess it will involve hav...
by error
Sun May 08, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2630
Views: 166457

Re: LOLPRICE

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/L-K-VERY-RARE-COMMODORE-PET-CBM-8032-COMPUTER-80S-/250815858986?pt=UK_VintageComputing_RL&hash=item3a65ca492a " Only one on eBay. " Apart from the two others currently listed, of course! Ignoring all the usual lying BS such as 'worked when last tested etc', is tha...
by error
Fri May 06, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Keys for BBC Master
Replies: 14
Views: 1150

Re: Keys for BBC Master

TopBanana wrote:
error wrote:I hae a Master on it's way with missing .....


I have a spare 'v' key for your PC (or Mac) if you need one :lol:


ery funny!

Thanks for everyone elses input on this, been finding the archive v interesting :-)
by error
Tue May 03, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Keys for BBC Master
Replies: 14
Views: 1150

Re: Keys for BBC Master

Ah I thought there was a 'default' keystrip which went with the Master, that is interesting to know thanks :-)

I do need an actual key cap, worryingly. Perhaps I should just see if I can get another junked Master I can raid for parts...
by error
Tue May 03, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Keys for BBC Master
Replies: 14
Views: 1150

Keys for BBC Master

I hae a Master on it's way with missing keys, so will require one or two if anyone has spares? Also the strip that goes behind the plexi ruler thing. (God, I'm so technical).
by error
Tue May 03, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: CUB Monitor wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: CUB Monitor wanted

Hi Mark sorry I missed your post (specsavers... should have gone to... etc.) I've opted for a SCART solution - seeing talk of triplers and capacitors and such like made it seem like I might one day have to do some hard work - even though I am certain you supply top quality examples which wouldn't ne...
by error
Tue May 03, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: wanted : acorn a3000/3010/3020
Replies: 13
Views: 1119

Re: wanted : acorn a3000/3010/3020

Hiya James You are lucky :P I do try car boot sales but have never seen any type Acorn in 10 years even if I go early :oops: In recent times even if I find something old / interesting they are usually asking a high price followed by the line "thats what they go for on ebay". Which may or m...
by error
Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: wanted : acorn a3000/3010/3020
Replies: 13
Views: 1119

Re: wanted : acorn a3000/3010/3020

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the offer although I was hoping a lot cheaper than that, (possibly my expectations aren't in line with current prices :oops: ) Will keep looking!
by error
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: wanted : acorn a3000/3010/3020
Replies: 13
Views: 1119

Re: wanted : acorn a3000/3010/3020

Hi Mark,

I wouldn't mind a banana yellow one if that was the cheaper option, how much are your units? :-)
by error
Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: CUB Monitor wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: CUB Monitor wanted

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