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by sbadger
Sun May 20, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Screaming CUB monitors
Replies: 8
Views: 255

Re: Screaming CUB monitors

I recall a device that they would stick on the side of buildings to stop kids loitering, adults can't hear it but the kids hate it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mosquito In my early 20s I used it to my advantage, I had a high pitched sms tone that my boss couldn't hear! :D I wouldn't hear it at...
by sbadger
Thu May 17, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: No more leaded solder
Replies: 51
Views: 1786

Re: No more leaded solder

Elminster wrote:It is usually the flux that smells rather than the hot metals bits.

Do you have a fume extractor or a large blower.


lol, no, just a kitchen table, but you make a good point about flux. I'll try a different type of flux core
by sbadger
Thu May 17, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: No more leaded solder
Replies: 51
Views: 1786

Re: No more leaded solder

I've finally got around to doing some soldering with my young lad, though it turns out he hates the smell, so much so it's putting him off.
Can anyone recommend an odour free solder? (lead free is fine also in this instance - he's not going anywhere near the good stuff!)
by sbadger
Thu May 10, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: My final unanswered Exile question
Replies: 61
Views: 2701

Re: My final unanswered Exile question

Similary after the Galaforce nula16 version I did I had a play with the exile code but just didn't give it enough time, I've to have also been thinking about a) chaning the seed for a new map and b) changing the blanking and forced parts as shown by Richard. When originally designed do you think the...
by sbadger
Tue May 08, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods

The display looks great =D> If you zoom into the picture it looks like the vga connector is plugged into the wall :lol: Well, the Internet thing of things had to extend to the actual building eventually :lol: @Stew - nice work, well done :D Mark Yeah well... :oops: that's my workbench tidy!
by sbadger
Sun May 06, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods

New PSU, new panel mount 5.5mm DC socket and some dry joints later... :-D


It's alive!!!...

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by sbadger
Sat May 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: My final unanswered Exile question
Replies: 61
Views: 2701

Re: My final unanswered Exile question

On the subject of Exile - what would have to be done to make the game scroll smoothly? The jerky-scrolling has never annoyed me, but I was thinking that with new add-ons like the VideoNula, would it be possible to recode the game to smooth things out? I always assumed the jerky scrolling was down t...
by sbadger
Fri May 04, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile: Door Pass
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: Exile: Door Pass

There was another quirk to get through any door, I recall a friend showing me at school. I used to be able to do it too but don't recall the exact method. It was something like:- You stood a close to any door as possible, tab to face away, have a grenade ready in the pocket, get the grenade out at t...
by sbadger
Tue May 01, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods

In an update, my new psu turned up today, a 5v 2a.
Or at least that's what I ordered (and what's on the packaging) but on examination it's actually 12v 1a... :shock:

Good job I checked (I always would :wink: ) but pretty sure if I'd blindly plugged it in my atom would have fried!

Stew
by sbadger
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods
Replies: 10
Views: 437

Re: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods

That's the one yes.

Thanks you for decrypting that. Is that's like a bit of an overclock for the Atom?
I know the beeb was 2mhz, but wasn't the atom 1mhz?
by sbadger
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: New Atom owner - trying to determine mods
Replies: 10
Views: 437

New Atom owner - trying to determine mods

Hi there, I've owned a beeb for >35 years and many machines in between but last week made a cheeky bid on an atom and was very pleasantly surprised to have won. The machine as turned up and is in fair good nic. It needs a clean etc but you can tell it's been looked after. Included were the original ...
by sbadger
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: A 200Kb into a 199.5Kb pot!
Replies: 16
Views: 541

Re: A 200Kb into a 199.5Kb pot!

Hi, I've downloaded some DSD images which I want to use on my BBC B. I've got a Turbo MMC and the MMB Imager s/w that came with it. That s/w will split the 400Kb into, wait for it, 2 x 200KB SSDs. Prefect :) Now drag and drop them into Imager, no it won't play! :x The only reason I can see is the I...
by sbadger
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC Second CPU slot ARM possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 587

Re: RiscPC Second CPU slot ARM possible?

thanks Rob.
Personally I feel this is probably another trick missed by Acorn, though do understand it was all a bit before the true multi-threaded era.
by sbadger
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC Second CPU slot ARM possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 587

RiscPC Second CPU slot ARM possible?

Hi there, I've recently I've finally managed to update my 610 for a 710, just to give a bit more, (StrongARM out of budget and OS ROM version out of reach at the moment.!). I've got a 486 in the second slot at the moment, but is it possible to put my 610 in the second slot? If it's even possible is ...
by sbadger
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: software
Topic: Were any images bundled with Artisan?
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Were any images bundled with Artisan?

I recall a Rembrandt self portrait on the Pro Artisan disc
by sbadger
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Atomic AGD
Replies: 54
Views: 2598

Re: Atomic AGD

oss003 wrote:And some more progress .......... (looking familiar John .......... :wink: )
Does however need some work ....

https://youtu.be/SWbh4SkU4o0

Greetings
Kees

oh my, that's fantastic, One of deathmonks best...I was thinking about this on a beeb, but this is pretty close.
by sbadger
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: New A3020 owner!
Replies: 20
Views: 675

Re: New A3020 owner!

Daniel's right about the cf/sd to IDE being uncertain, but I can confirm this one works in my 3020

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320942895708

if you decide to give it a go.
by sbadger
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 46
Views: 4009

Re: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Great - I'm in - full weekend with kit please Hi Robert, I'd finally got round to booking the hotel up to stay, just double checked with the mrs.... I've been double booked. Apprently i'll be in Corsica with a heavy heart i'm going to have to withdraw... :cry: I'm really gutted.. **Heads Up though*...
by sbadger
Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 105
Views: 4071

Re: Prince of Persia

I've dusted off the Master now, and I've been suitably blown away by how impressive and beautiful it is! My two boys played it for most of the afternoon and nearly completed Level 2. I'm running it from MMFS and, as mentioned, I needed to *UNPLUG 9 otherwise it hangs to a black screen during the lo...
by sbadger
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 105
Views: 4071

Re: Prince of Persia

What version of MMFS are you using? Sure, is there a way to check from the machine? *HELP should show you. Can you also double check with *ROMS that DFS really is present. One last question (in case it makes a difference) is do you have a floppy drive attached? It's v1.36, ROM 9 is there and insert...
by sbadger
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 105
Views: 4071

Re: Prince of Persia

I've been playing with a MMFS in 8 but never bothered unplugging 9. It works fine. It may be that i've *CO.FILE 8 set This is very weird.... I've just double checked (three times) and on my Master it definitely hangs if I don't unplug DFS. I'm also using *CONFIGURE FILE 8. What version of MMFS are ...
by sbadger
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 105
Views: 4071

Re: Prince of Persia

Hi Kieran, It's also worth noting that as Prince of Persia uses OSWORD A=&7F to do direct disk accesses, it's only possible to use MMFS (in ROM 8) if DFS (ROM 9) is unplugged. Otherwise DFS tries to handle the OSWORD calls, and everything hangs (with a black screen). Dave I've been playing with...
by sbadger
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 105
Views: 4071

Re: Prince of Persia

Well done again chaps. I think next is for me to get a crt hooked up. Then it should look even better!
by sbadger
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New version of Frogger (was: A demo of what is looking like a new Frogger for the beeb)
Replies: 191
Views: 21420

Re: New version of Frogger (was: A demo of what is looking like a new Frogger for the beeb)

I'm reprogramming the palette every 16 scan lines, but to make it work with our without NuLA, I'm programming all the colours I need up front and then using the usual palette swaps. To get the magenta logs to be brown in the top half, I set flashing magenta/X to be brown and leave magenta alone so ...
by sbadger
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Philips BM7522 amber monitor
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Re: Philips BM7522 amber monitor

it's not philips, but is amber for a beeb

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Zenith-Data-Systems-Monochrome-Crt-Video-Monitor/292501873055

*i've no affiliation*
by sbadger
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New version of Frogger (was: A demo of what is looking like a new Frogger for the beeb)
Replies: 191
Views: 21420

Re: New version of Frogger (was: A demo of what is looking like a new Frogger for the beeb)

I'm trying to support NuLA without the ROM, but it involves some compromises as I have only 1 byte spare when running! Yellow logs or Cyan logs or don't support NuLA without the ROM! The other option would be to make the magenta "grass" on either side of the road either yellow or cyan. ar...
by sbadger
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Capacitor size
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: Capacitor size

Yes, I had the same concerns re-capping a philips monitor last year. They have got smaller
by sbadger
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Sega Mega Drive II with Mega-CD and 32x
Replies: 10
Views: 894

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

I understand the biggest weakness on the 32x are those internal ribbon cables, they can look connected when not. it might be worth running a meter either sides to check continuity. I'm sure you've already looked, but this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEXw6f6VKX0 seems similar to your problem.
by sbadger
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New version of Frogger (was: A demo of what is looking like a new Frogger for the beeb)
Replies: 191
Views: 21420

Re: New version of Frogger (was: A demo of what is looking like a new Frogger for the beeb)

I've just started looking at VideoNULA (yes I know, I haven't even installed mine yet! and it was one of the early ones). This is an update to my Frogger game, which hopefully is still compatible with everything (same .ssd NuLA or not), including burning $.frogger as a ROM. I haven't tested it on h...
by sbadger
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Akalabeth - World of Doom (Ultima 0)
Replies: 6
Views: 1056

Re: Akalabeth - World of Doom (Ultima 0)

It's been a while but blew the dust of this port. it's come along. There are a few bugs to tackle but it's nearly there

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