Today I received.....

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby RobC » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:50 pm

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Excellent news! :D =D>

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby DutchAcorn » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:14 pm

jonb wrote:... On loan from a friend until we work out what to do with it / whether it works. ...

It has video out. Switch it on and you will see :D

The use of a floppy disk required an S100 interface card. Hopefully it is integrated in the drive.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby 1024MAK » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:38 pm

RobC wrote:
paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Excellent news! :D =D>

Yep, that's the kind of good news I like.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jonb » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:51 pm

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul


The big C? You must be chuffed!

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jonb » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:00 pm

After a bit of case repair, the Sorcerer has been tested. Boots to the monitor but no further. A new diagnosis thread coming soon. It's had a lot of modifications but all the curcuit diagrams are there. The most unfortunate thing about it is the hard sectored disk drive, 5.25". Like rocking horse poo. And the CP/M boot disk has floppy rot from the looks of it. The are 9 other disks in the box, they look clean but are Nashua (known low quality brand) so hopes are not high for an early resurrection. The BASIC cartridge does not work either. Booting past the monitor (BASIC or CP/M) gives a screen full of character pairs, 9 and O from the looks of it. When booting CP/M there's no drive activity, it crashes before loading the boot sector. I'm thinking memory.. except that the monitor is ok. The machine has 4116 DRAM and they are piggy backed on top of the first bank (home brew RAM upgrade). If any have gone they'll be difficult to fix!

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jonb » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:01 pm

DutchAcorn wrote:
jonb wrote:... On loan from a friend until we work out what to do with it / whether it works. ...

It has video out. Switch it on and you will see :D

The use of a floppy disk required an S100 interface card. Hopefully it is integrated in the drive.



It is. The drive plugs right into the S100 bus connector.

Doesn't work, mind... I mean the machine itself.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby daveejhitchins » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:07 pm

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby danielj » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:12 pm

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul

\:D/

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby trixster » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:24 pm

That's the best news of the day!
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby flaxcottage » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:25 pm

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul


Nice one, Paul. :D \:D/ :-D
- John

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby paulv » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:02 pm

Paul
jonb wrote:
paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul


The big C? You must be chuffed!


Yup, and a rare one too... I donated all the parts they took out to science and I'm now part of the 100,000 genome project you may have seen on the news a few months ago.

@all Thanks. It's always a bit of a nervous time although I generally feel "well" you never know. 2 years is a milestone though. I'm going from 12 week checkups to 6 month checkups for the next 3 years now, alternating between my local hospital and the RNOH at Stanmore.

One of these days I might just share a copy of one of my x-rays... I literally have *no left pelvis* so it's quite interesting to see if you're into that sort of thing!

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby sweh » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:47 am

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul

=D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby sweh » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:49 am

sweh wrote:Now to work out how to use the thing... the instructions that came with it aren't the best in the world!


Well, I made it create Arduino mounts :-) https://www.sweharris.org/post/2017-10-09-digital_safe/
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Pablos544 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:42 am

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul


that's excecllent news Paul!! =D> pab

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Arcadian » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:57 am

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul

Right on commander

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby flaxcottage » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:24 pm

One of these ...

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... a replacement capstan wheel for the card reader in my TI-59. The original, black one had started to go soft and had the consistency of warm tar. The replacement blue one is guaranteed not to go soft over time.

I had to get the kit from the USA. There is an eBay seller there I have used in the past for parts for my HP41 card reader - very reliable and very quick.

Compared to the HP41 card reader this looks to be much simpler and a more robust construction. It is certainly very much easier to repair!

Now I have a fully functional TI-59 ready for some intense programming. :lol:
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jgharston » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:52 pm

flaxcottage wrote:Nice looking keyboard.
Mine is more utilitarian. A keyboard makes programming, using spreadsheets and word processors very much easier.

It was a balance between price and usability. This cost about £8, then there seems to be a huge price jump to around the £50 mark.

Code: Select all

$ bbcbasic
PDP11 BBC BASIC IV Version 0.25
(C) Copyright J.G.Harston 1989,2005-2015
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby steve3000 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:22 pm

paulv wrote:My two year all clear :D

Paul

Awesome news, great to read that Paul! =D>

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jgharston » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:55 pm

And here's me running some of my BBC BASIC test programs on the tablet: https://youtu.be/1Wwo6EEbQ6E

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$ bbcbasic
PDP11 BBC BASIC IV Version 0.25
(C) Copyright J.G.Harston 1989,2005-2015
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby andy rea » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:51 pm

a nice little Elk... now what should i get for my Elk?

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby danielj » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:35 pm

You will be needing, at the very least, a plus one, and AP5, and mega-games cartridge ;)

Before that a cassette lead :)

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby 1024MAK » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:13 pm

danielj wrote:You will be needing, at the very least, a plus one, and AP5, and mega-games cartridge ;)

Before that a cassette lead :)

d.

You will be needing a plentiful supply of PayPal funds to transfer to a certain member here who produces lots of goodies for Elks... :wink:

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby andy rea » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:33 am

Vinyl.... nice new shiny Vinyl.... 1 of only 250 pressed.... some may know the name... for it is the magnificent Max Hall - Abstractithica

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby philb » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:43 pm

Most of the parts to build an MFM disk reader board...

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But not all of them, seems I somehow failed to read the whole BOM when placing my order with Farnell. #-o

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby CMcDougall » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:01 pm

Found a Epson CM6000 / HX-20 seems to be a laptop from early 1989.
Going by eBay seems to have Basic in it!
under Back cover , 3x 128 /16k roms, do these need archived for MESS etc?
Battery is shot to bits, rusted the keyboard ribbon & where it attaches to the MB power connector...
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Pernod » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:02 pm

CMcDougall wrote:3x 128 /16k roms, do these need archived for MESS etc?

Yes please. It looks like the HX-20 already exists in MAME but not working, and currently supports two sets of ROMs, https://github.com/mamedev/mame/blob/ma ... s/hx20.cpp. Always good to get another set in case they're different.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby CMcDougall » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:49 pm

Pernod wrote:good to get another set in case they're different.

glad you seen this Nigel , they will be different as I pulled it from inside a exchange destination skip! So under my 3rollies (bottom left in pic) it says 'telephone CP', still to find elk Merlins... :roll: (but did find 5x retro porn mags from 1974 :lol: )
looked at Wikipedia page, it's from 1982ish :shock:
will image tomorrow on beeb as now getting drunk for a change... :-|

EDIT: setup of roms for to help 8)
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby andy rea » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:39 pm

CMcDougall wrote:Found a Epson CM6000 / HX-20 seems to be a laptop from early 1989.
Going by eBay seems to have Basic in it!
under Back cover , 3x 128 /16k roms, do these need archived for MESS etc?
Battery is shot to bits, rusted the keyboard ribbon & where it attaches to the MB power connector...


hope you fix it, these are great little machines.

way back in the day (round about 1987 / 88 ) a company i worked for still used one of those to talk to some industrial machinery that was controlled by the Intel mcs-51's just hooked up the serial and loaded the customer specific program from those tiny tapes !

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby CMcDougall » Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:30 pm

^I also found 2 more mini tapes beside it (one in deck already per pic), a lead, & brand new box for the 3 rolls of paper for printer.
just had a quick check with multimeter, and think it must be rusted on other side too, as the battery connector is green with rust,
and the socket for adaptor green with rust too, fuse seems ok, ribbon for keyboard may be ok as its just the blue covering fell
off due to the green rust, but will check this also before I power it
dates on chips are from wk26 1987....
Pernod wrote:supports two sets of ROMs,.

could you check against these 3 then & report back if these make it work :P
the romB was read by my eprom programmer as a 8k one, pealed back sticker and defo 16k
so stuck in beeb, and read it from that, and the 'missing' part >8k had some refs to 'length of call' etc
maybe it was protected /hidden! :shock:
A,B,C as per pic, being RomA=4, RomB=2 , RomC=0
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby SteveBagley » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:55 pm

Over the past week really…

An Acorn AKA31 SCSI Podule off eBay and from CJE, an AEH54 Ethernet Podule and MEMC1A chip. Hopefully, this will let me get to the point being able to run RISC iX on one of my Archimedes.

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