8 Bit To : 999 (All members) From : 27N (John Ilsley) Subject: Concord comms BB and wants .....my board is down because my modemhas .....(EDITOR-ceased to function)..... I need a ROM image of the 27128 chipfrom the inside of my WS4000 modem. Wehad a power surge a few weeks ago andmy Master, Drives and Modem all wentfor a burton. I have repaired my Masterand disc drives, but not the modem. Cananyone help me out? Does anyone have AMX stop press withassociated files to sell? Has anyone got an NLQ font designprogram for the EPSON FX80 printer? To : 0E7 and 999 (All members) From : 2J3 Subject: Program feedback Thankyou for bothering to send incomments about software I havesubmitted. In reply to your suggestionabout getting a printout from theprogram reader "BASREAD", there are 2methods. The first one involves nochanges to the program at all. When the program prompts you for a filename hold down CONTROL+B, this switchesthe printer on and all output will goto the printer, you must then hold downCONTROL+C to stop the printer. Theproblem with this method is that thedisc catalogue will be printed also. Toget around this you need to alter theprogram slightly. LOAD"BASREAD" 335 VDU 2 345 VDU 3 The addition of these 2 lines to theprogram is a very good idea. Another broadside of comments this timeabout the ADFS menu system I wrote. Theinfo line printed at the bottom of thecatalogue is far better when altered asyou suggest. Line 730 holds the datawhich can be altered easily. I includedthe CJR because that's me! The flashingcursor could be switched off I suppose.The characters printed alongside thecatalogue was a tricky one. The idea ofthe program is that you use a singlekeypress to select a program ordirectory. There can be up to 47 namesin a directory. With 26 letters in thealphabet and 10 numeric keys, thatleaves 11 characters to find. I foundthe simplest way to program this was byusing ASCII codes starting with thecode for 0 increasing by 1 for eachcatalogue entry up to the ASCII codefor ^. It has a slightly odd effect Iknow, but that's the best I can do! Thanks for the comments 0E7. To : 999 (All members) From : K1A Subject: Kaga printer commands. ... I would like to make a suggestionregarding the book review mentioningKaga printer commands. There is a much simpler way to getcommands to the printer by means of*FX3,10,1 and *FX3,0,0. Use *FX3,10,1 to initialise the printer(VDU2 not required). Then use the printer commands directfrom your manual, replacing LPRINT withPRINT. When the commands are finished, use*FX3,0,0 to reset to screen mode. This will accept all control codes andtext and pass direct to the printerwithout affecting the layout of thescreen and back to the screen withoutany unneeded marks on the screen orprinter. To : 999 (All Members) From : 2J3 (Chris Richardson) Subject: Software I have a quantity of software still forsale. Are there any offers? I am opento any offers at all as everything mustgo. To be honest, I really do need theshelf space. Here it is: On disc Knitwear designer The Gold Collection Revs Speech Nursery rhymes Fun school (3 discs) Cheat it again joe volume 4 On tape: Tablesums Numberfun Getset Lord of the rings Graphic Adventure Creator 10 computer hits Repton 2 Alien 8 I also have a BBC B, Single Cumanadrive and colour monitor for sale. Anyoffers? I also have the BBC advanced user guidefor sale. How could you resist that? My address is: 17 Lambert Park road Hedon Hull HU12 8HF To : 999 (All members) From : 2J3 Subject: 5.25" discs for sale I have now purchased a large quantityof 5.25 inch discs DS DD with theintention of passing them on to anyonethat wants them. Buying them in bulkenabled me to get them quite cheaply.They cost me 27.5p each. If you wantsome, any quantity from 1 upwards,contact me, you can have them forexactly what it cost me. That's 27.5pence each plus whatever the postagemay be to send them on to you. For instance: Send £1.00p and a first class stamp, I will send you 3 DFS formatted discs. Or send £3.25p and I will send 10 discsto you (this includes postage of 50p). Anyone interested, drop me a line. By the way, if anyone can get discsmore cheaply, please let the rest of usknow! Write to: C.J.Richardson 17 Lambert Park Road Hedon Hull HU12 8HF Or give me a tinkle on 0482 896868 P.S. There have been a number ofenquiries already about this offer,homes have been found for 80 discs, itwould seem that they are good value atthis price. I shall shortly be orderinganother 100 if orders continue. To : 999 (All) From : 8J4 Subject: ADFS and SWR for a model B I have very little knowledge of thesubject. Please could someone give meadvice on how and where to get andfit SWR and ADFS into my BBC model B? To : 999 (All) From : 0E7 Subject: *SPOOL after my message in issue 24 The programme that I had problemsspooling appeared in BEEBUG November 92page 46. I could not get the two programmes toSPOOL after following the instructions.Since I requested help I accidentally*SPOOLed the two programmes. I *RUNthem I think and Hey-PRESTO (or is itTESCO in my case) the task wasaccomplished. I think the BBCB manual gave far moredetail than the MASTER manual.Unfortunately it is some two yearssince I parted with the BEEB and Icannot be certain that what I have doneis correct. Can anyone confirm thecorrect way to *SPOOL two files please? Let's assume you have 2 files that you wish to join together. Let's be adventurous and call themFILE1 and FILE2. Ensure that the two files are numbereddifferently, ie FILE1 is numbered from10 to 300 and FILE2 is numbered 310 to500. Then enter these commands: LOAD "FILE2" *SPOOL NEWFILE LIST *SPOOL LOAD "FILE1" *EX. NEWFILE That's it. Don't forget to save the newfile! To : 999 (All) From : 0E7 Subject: Database required Does any one have a database programmethat will run on the Master they cansupply or suggest a suitable commercialone that will meet the followingspecification please. SPECIFICATION A minimum of 8 fields preferably about12. Each field must be capable of at least40 bytes minimum. Capacity of 400 records minimum. Records filed alphabetically. A printer dump of either individualrecords or a block of consecutiverecords or a random selection ofrecords. Only pertinent data to be dumped iefield titles and relevant data. Not to include key instructions etc. The records must be capable ofamendment. Backward and forward consecutive searchor, individual selection of records. Amendment of the FIELD TITLE Any further capabilities would beconsidered a bonus. Anyone written any good data programmeslately please? To : 999 and 6EE (Mick Needham) From : K1B Subject: ASIC error Re : ASIC error. ASIC is surely BASIC,(analogous to the way the MOS storesBASIC variables in alphabetical lists).So maybe one of the ROMs is mis-handling the BRK vector and notdirecting the BASIC pointer to thefirst letter of an error message whichservice ROMs store in &100 upwards, ieat the bottom of the stack storagezone. Having read this Page 1 message, BASICthen adds its own 'at line xxx'. Trytyping REPORT to see what this offers. Check that the pins of the ATPL boardare firmly engaged in the motherboardsockets IC73 & IC51. (Take care,they're long and thin). If not, onegets a NO BASIC message, but I supposeintermittent contact could cause a ROMerror signal if it occurred during aservice call from the MOS. SAVE and LOAD operate via OSFILE whichI guess prompts the MOS to put out aservice call for the current discfiling system. This call will be passeddown from ROM 15 until the DFS ROMaccepts it. Or is it upwards from 0with ATPL fitted, I don't remember?Therefore could a ROM upstream of theDFS ROM be generating the error signal- a call to OSBYTE &BA will return theROM No in the X register. cf AdvancedUser Guide. Or send for Dump-a-Rom!Anyone got ATPL documentation to spareplease? To : 999 and 483 (D.G.Shimmin) From : K1B Subject: ROM-AID Sleuth is a BASIC debugger,EXMON II amachine code monitor and Toolkit hasabout 28 commands to do mainly withBASIC prog. editing. All are by BEEBUG.Graphics Extension ROM by ComputerConcepts has about 30 commands forsprite manipulation, turtle graphicsand general graphic routines. I havedifficulty using EXMON, the tersemanual being aimed at experiencedcoders. You can borrow my copy after 1March. A tutorial (disk demo) would bevery welcome for the Trace and Dualscreen utility in particular. Icurrently employ a blue screen to hidethe expletives. To : 999 (All) From : 19F (Theo Gray) Subject: Roms As lots of people have been askingabout Roms without manuals recently,can anyone help me with a Tape/Disc Romcalled "TD" from Vine Micros which I'vegot. I have quite a few cassette gameswhich I would like to run from disk,but which do not seem to work withother Tape-Disk copiers. (games suchas Repton through time, Bismark,Blockbusters, and many more). Typing "*TD" gives a title screen, withoptions on. I am able to copy theprograms from Tape to Disk without anydifficulty, but have no idea how to runthem. Even after changing a file'soptions and typing its letter from themain screen, I can still not get theprograms to work, as I just get"Searching" at the bottom of thescreen, even though the cassette motorLED does not light, and everythingstops. CAN ANYONE HELP?? To : 999 (All) From : 15A (Steven Flintham) Subject: 800k Disc format At the risk of appearing stupid, cananyone tell me why the Archimedes canget 800k on a disc while 8-bit ADFSonly goes up to 640k? I know that it'spossible to achieve 720k on an 8-bitBBC (as in Watford Electronics' DDFS),but what enables the Archimedes to getthe extra 80k on? I think the Master512 has an 800k disc format (or have Ibeen misled?) Does it have its own disccontroller or does it use the one inthe host computer - and if it does,then why can't someone write a utilityto do something like this on a standardMaster? I know that it wouldn't be aproper filing system, but it would beuseful for storing old files etc., andin a similar fashion it might also bepossible to read (or even write)Archimedes discs. This is purespeculation - I expect there is somereason why it's not possible (surelysomeone would have done it by now if itis), but if it won't work, I'd like toknow why. To : 999 (All) From : 15A (Steven Flintham) Subject: 6EE's ASIC error It seems likely to me that the ASICerror is related to the word BASIC.I don't think it's a proper error -I've looked through the BASIC ROM a fewtimes and I haven't noticed it(although I didn't carry out a thoroughsearch). It's probably caused by a badconnection somewhere, but failing that,it could be just a variant on theOSCLIPLOTSIN type of error. I thinkASIC does stand for something, though,but I'm almost certain that this isn'trelevant in this particular case. To : 999 (All) From : L1J (Miroslaw Bobrowski) Subject: Help please I would greatly appreciate if someone could supply me with a copy of the article "3D Construction set" and of the accompanying program listings. This article was published in the "A & B Computing" in June or in July 1987. Thank you in advance. My address is as follows: Miroslaw Bobrowski, Waszyngtona 22-A m. 41, 15-274 Bialystok, POLAND. To : 999 (All) From : YJ2 (Andrew Snodgrass) Subject: Designing sound envelopes Some while back someone asked whetherthere was a program available on theBEEB with which you could designenvelopes on screen. On my wanderingsthrough back issues of the Micro UserI found such a program: "Island Logic'sMusic System", which features an AMXstyle user interface. 24.95 was theprice quoted in the issue (Micro User,April 1985,p.78/79), but I doubt thisis still the case. To : 999 (All) From : YJ2 (Andrew Snodgrass) Subject: Pengo cheat This is for the H.Soft(1983) version ofPengo by S.Harding. LOAD PENGO2 1800 THE FOLLOWING "&" VALUES ARE INHEXADECIMAL(HEX)!! ?&1F89=&no. of points for destroyingone ice cube. ?&22F5=&no. of lives. e.g. for 4 lives ?&22F5=&04 For infinate lives: ?&3034=&EA:?&3035=&EA:?&3036=&EA Finally once you have carried out yourchosen alterations use the following:CALL &3F00 A very big thanks goes to M.T.Farnworth(16C) for his article on cheats formachine code games and Hac Man for hissimilar articles. To : 999 (All) From : YJ2 (Andrew Snodgrass) Subject: Reading disc catalogues from programs Can anyone give me a detailed accountof how to read files from the*CATalogue and utilise the filenames,thus found, using BASIC? Thanks for the tip, but *E. doesn'tseem to work. It may be that I have aduff ROM!?