8-Bit Software Online Conversion

                                   8 Bit                    To: 999 (all members) From: L1M (Janny Looyenga) Subject: TimeLapsed (part 2) Those who have played the TimeLapsed game might have noticed that I was wrong concerning the sound. I told you that S was sound on and Q was quiet. But only the S key can be used which toggles the sound on and off. But I found the chain barricade which is in the Dungeons 1989! From there you can teleport to the Church 2050; the Crypt 2050 or Falling 2050. It is all confusing without notes and the best thing to do is to draw maps either, otherwise you'll soon be lost somewhere. There is a lot to visit... Places to visit: The Forest 0002 1000 1989 2099 The Dungeons 1439 1989 The Crypt 1560 1989 2050 The Museum 1900 1989 2150 The Church 1560 1989 2050 The Mine 1521 1989 Large Cave 2753 1066 1989 2060 Falling! 1989 2050 And here the single ones: In a cave 1750 A passage 2150 Transporters 2150 Space-lost 2600 A cave 1989 Small cave 1989 An aerobed 2475 A passageway 2050 Nearly There 1989 These are the Time-places I found and because of 1989 being all around, I suppose that this is the present time for you and you'll have to cut down all barricades to find what??? and to return to 1989 again (Nearly There 1989)??? ENJOY!!!  To: 999 (all members) From: L1M (Janny Looyenga) Subject: CATER On behalf of Chris Brederode thanks for your suggestions, questions, improvements, etc. All your advice can be done but not by Chris himself. Being very busy! I received some new programs from him which I'll translate as soon as possible. You are allowed to change his programs to your hearts content and that leaves me with the thought that I'll have to translate the REM's too! His programs are indeed very user-friendly when you can read it all...I'll do my best. Some improvements you can make: To let the caterpillar run and grow faster: you can change the time in a lower number on lines 1950 and 2060. To let it move immediately this CAN be done, but you'll miss the chance to view the rules again and last but not least: The Automatic Pilot! What's that?! Press ! when the caterpillar is there and you shall see...and wonder...  To: 999 (all members) From: K4V (Trevor Crapper) Subject: Getting Started Just a little primer for those of you who may be thinking about building a database. Don't get put off by the names used in these program, FIELD, no in this case it isn't where we grow potatoes, or put the cows out to graze. This is the area where you type in your data. FIELDNAME, oddly enough farmers do name their fields, a read through a book on English place names will tell you what some are called. In our case though it is the name you give to your FIELD. You may be told by the program how many characters long this name can be. RECORD, does in this case stand for the collective number of FIELDs you have for each individual entry in your database. Good advice time now, gather as much information on your choosen subject as you can. One of the jobs that could take up a lot of time is deciding what each Fieldname is to be called and in conjunction where each Field is to be placed. To save a lot of frustration at this stage sit down and draw up on paper a list of likely Fieldnames and then shuffle then around until you have something approaching a database. All this does help in others way too because it stores vital info and it also keeps reminding you. There is nothing so infuriating as to get halfway through typing in your data only to find you have missed some part out! If you can draw up a simple Xmas Card list of names, addresses, post codes and card sent then you are well on the way. If I can do it so can you.  To: 999 (all members) From: K6B (STEVE/CONNELL) Subject: SOFTWARE DOES AYONE KNOW OF ANY PROGRAMS THAT WILL RUN ON A PC THAT WILL LET ME READ AND WRITE BBC DISKS.TEL.0942/515259.  To: 999 (all members) From: K6B (STEVE/CONNELL) Subject: PRINTERS CAN ANYONE HELP ME I HAVE A CP80 PARALLEL PRINTER WHICH WILL NOT PRINT OUT GRAPHICS,I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING I CAN THINK OF TO GET IT TO WORK BUT NOTHNG HAPPENS,I CAN PRINT TEXT OK BUT NOTHING ELSE. ALSO I'M LOOKING FOR A MOUSE SO IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAS A SPARE PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL ON 0942-515259  To: 999 (all members) From: 0E7 (Fred Nevin) Subject: VIEWSHEET HELP! I have a problem with VIEWSHEET that I belive is impossible to solve but someone out there may know differently. PROBLEM If I put a value into slot A1 I want it to appear in slot B1 (This can be achieved by placing A1 in slot B1) We now have the same value in slots A1 & B1 (Here comes the hard part) If I put a new value into slot A1 how can I get it to go automatically into slot B2 and the original value in slot B1 remain unaltered. I want to use slot A1 as an INPUT SLOT only and have each successive Input transferred to another designate slot without loosing the previously inputted slot data. Can this be achieved by any method HELP!!! please Fred  To: 999 (all members) From: K5U (Simon Godfrey) Subject           I've seen in various Beeb magazines instructions for connecting an external speaker to the beeb in order to give louder sound... Two such articles appeared in 8BS issue 17 and more recently in issue 27. This however, will not improve the sound quality very much and will only increase the volume to the Beeb's maxmum. I found a much better solution in the Island Logic Music System manual a few years ago......... "...One unforunate design oversight with the BBC B computer is the absence of an audio output. The BBC B speaker will provide enough volume and fidelity for most users. However the more advanced user may wish to connect the system up to either an external loudspeaker or even a Hi-Fi amplifier. etc..... There are two methods..... 1. attaching a speaker to PL15 ...etc (as described in 8BS issues 17/27) 2. A more substantial modification can be achieved by taking a co-ax cable from the two unused socket holes PL16 on the main PCB to a socket fixed into a spare hole in the back of your BBC B (eg econet expansion hole). It is important that the polarity of the cable is correct. The cable must be soldered in to PL16 using a 'plate- through-hole' technique. This work must be done by a qualified technician." I had no problem in locating the PL16 holes on my Model B. They are two soldered holes on the left-hand side of the main circuit board, just under the keyboard. Where they are on the B+ Master or Compact - and whether they carry the same signals I don't know... Once one end of the cable is connected to PL16 and the other to an output plug/socket (eg a female phono socket) a lead can link your beeb to the 'audio in' or 'line in' of a Hi-Fi, tape-recorder or another type of amplifier. As my monitor has an internal speaker, I have connected my beeb to the monitor's 'audio in' so I can control the beeb's sound by adjusting adjusting the volume knob on the monitor - VERY LOUD to very quiet These instructions are pretty vague, but hopefully they will make sense to anybody 'qualified' to carry them out. If you're unsure of what you're doing, I suggest you let someone else have a go - then blame them when everything goes wrong!!! If you don't know any such person, a TV/Hi-Fi repair shop should be able to add the audio output socket very cheaply, then the lead from the Beeb to the amp will cost around `2. I cannot accept any responsibility for loss of machine, life or limb in connection with the above alteration. I would, however be happy to advise or guide anyone who gets stuck. (contact me via 8BS message system)                      To: 999 (attn. R.Moffatt K5A) From: K5U (Simon Godfrey) Subject         You may have tape problems for a number of reasons: ** VOLUME ** Most BBC-compatible tape decks output to the computer at a fixed volume only but some may not - in which case you'll get errors if the volume is too high or low. You can test for this by trying to load something with the volume set to its lowest (zero). If nothing happens, then it's obviously not a fixed volume tape deck. Set to about ¾ and try again.. then slightly louder, quieter etc - trial and error. ** TONE ** You didn't mention whether your tape player has a TONE control - If it has, this should be set to MAX, or TREBLE as the Beeb's data is recorded on tape at quite a high pitch, which will be muffled if the tone is set too low. Likewise, sound filters such as Dolby should be turned OFF at all times. ** MAINS LEADS ** The audio lead from the tape to the Beeb should be kept as far away as possible from mains leads, the monitor and other high-voltage things like mains-adptors etc. ** DIRTY TAPE HEADS ** This is usually regarded as the main 'fault', but so long as they are cleaned once or twice a year they should not cause any problems. Rather than buying a 'tape care kit', it's much cheaper AND EFFECTIVE to clean them with a cottonwool-bud soaked in Isopropryl Alcohol. This is available from most chemists for `1 - Big bottle WARNING!!! This is Poisonous stuff !!! ** TAPE HEAD ALIGNMENT ** This I think is the most important... If the play/record head (the one in middle) is badly adjusted, the quality of sound will reduce considerably. It's perhaps easier to understand why if you think of the tape-head as a skier (left&right skis reading left& right sound), and the tape/music as ready-made ski-tracks... if the skier's skis are too far left (fig.1) then the journey will be rough (so the sound will be distorted)... figure£1 (badly adjusted) L   [[ R  [[ TAPE [[  Tape-Head There are two screws connecting the tape-head to the chassis/mechanism. One of these is the adjustment screw. The other fastens the head in place - please note the fastening screw should be as tight as possible. Otherwise the head may wobble (or come off!!!) To adjust the head's position (the 'azimuth') you will need to tighten or loosen the adjustment screw. This screw often has a spring underneath it or coloured-glue on the screw head to keep it in place. Most tape decks have a small hole in the outer casing, just above the tape head. You can insert a screwdriver through this. If you don't have a small hole, you may need to play a tape with the tape-door open... (if this is possible??) You must <PLAY> a cassette in the tape deck WHILE you are adjusting the head. The tape should be a CLEAR recording, with lots of tinny noises (cymbals etc) Beware! - This tape may get mangled!!! Basically, listen to the tape's music very carefully as you adjust the screw. When the music is at its clearest, the head is at its prime position. But.. tapes previously recorded with badly adjusted heads will now only play clearly on badly adjusted heads.. *** Confused??? *** I hope not.. Please don't attempt the above if you're not >50% sure you understand! I accept no responsiblity for... etc  To: 999 (attn. R.Moffatt K5A) From: K5U (Simon Godfrey) Subject          If you are planning to write/play music on your Beeb, I'd strongly recommend you to get hold of a MUSIC 5000, which is an 8-track stereo synthesizer using a ROM-based language called AMPLE. You create your music rather like a Basic program. Each section of music, instrument, sound effect etc is stored as a 'word' and each word is called-up from the main 'word' to play the full piece of music. (confused???) It's similar to PROCedures in Basic. The main problem (I find) with the 5000 is that it doesn't let you 'play' the music from the Beeb's keyboard - unless you shell-out a further `150 or so on a special add-on keyboard. However, If you're interested in writing STRUCTURED music, Ample is great - and has some excellent sounds, which you can alter or create yourself You should be able to pick up a 2nd hand one for around `50 (see 8BS ads or 'Micro Mart' magazine). If you'd like further info or a brand new 5000 I do believe the manufacturers are still supporting it. Send SAE to: Hybrid Music Information Technology Ltd 88 Butt Lane, Milton, Cambridge CB4 6DG Telephone: (0223) 861522 If you just want to use the Beeb as a 'musical wordprocessor' for writing and printing scores, then Hybrid also supply a software package 'Music Publisher' which does just that job, and can print complicated scores on any Epson-compatible 9/24-pin printer  To: 999 (for attn. of 3TR) From: K5U (Simon Godfrey) Subject: Running BASIC programs on PC I've no idea how you can execute OSWORDS on the IBM, but the following info might help you: Two packages still being produced for the IBM PC are: BeebPC(BASIC) 1.16 BBC Basic for the IBM - Full basic commands except for 10 or so commands related to sound or memory. `39.00 BeebDOS 3.00 When installed on an IBM, the PC will then read/write/create BBC-format disks. Nearly all formats - DFS, ADFS, Single Density, Double Density, 40-track, 80-track etc... Uses DFS commands with a 'B' in front eg. BCAT, BFORM, BWIPE etc `45.00 Full vesion ` 5.00 Test Pack The test pack tests for compatibility, the `5.00 is refundable if you buy the full vesion later. Supplier/Info: Microboss Ltd, 3 Hadleigh Road, Frinton On Sea, Essex, CO13 9HG Tel: 0255 671095 I haven't actually tried either of the above but from the info sheets they sent to me about 9 months ago it looks pretty impressive. ...but expensive I purchased 'BBC BASIC86' for the PC from an advert in MicroMart magazine. (for `35 I think) - This is an excellent vesion of BASIC, but of course doesn't read BBC disks as BeebDOS does. I believe the guy I bought it from had MORE copies of it. Unfortunately I no longer have his address.... A quick (long!) look through MicroMart might be a goodidea!  To: 999 (all members) From: K2K (Peter Davy) Subject: Re-ink Steve Flintham's mention of Re-ink in the magazine issue no.35 has prompted me to report on my limited experience with it. I too obtained my can from the Micro User but I did receive an A-5 sheet of instructions. My copy is now well speckled with ink as a result of having it too close when spraying my first LX-80 ribbon. Before ordering from the Micro User I did ask a local computer shop if they stocked a re-inking kit. They said no and strongly advised against it on the grounds that it could damage the print head. No doubt a sincerely held view but possibly influenced by the prospect of a sharp decline in ribbon sales! I found that about 12 squirts gave good results with an LX-80 ribbon. With an original ribbon the darkness of the text seems to diminish to infinity - however long the ribbon is used there is always something visible on the paper. With a re-inked ribbon I have found that over about one A-4 sheet the darkness can deteriorate from "acceptable" to blank paper. No it wasn't the print head having been damaged by using Re-ink as all was well when a new re-inked ribbon was installed!  To: 999 (all members) From: K5A (Robin Moffatt) Subject: Archimedes Mice Does anyone know if it is possible to modify the Archimedes mouse so that it can be used on a BBC Master with AMX Super Art  To: 999 (all members) From: K5A (Robin Moffatt) Subject: Arc to BBC Is there a filetype on the Arc I could use to transfer pictures onto the BBC, and if so, how would I then access the pictures on the BBC  To: 999 (all members) From: K5A (Robin Moffatt) Subject: HELP! When using my Master 128 I sometimes find that the colour intensity will 'flicker', sometimes being being normal but sometimes becoming more intense, as if I had turned it up. Is this my monitor playing up or is it my computer. Will it affect my computer. Is it damaging? HELP! HELP! HELP!  To: 999 (all members) From: K5A (Robin Moffatt) Subject: Mandelbrots PLEASE Would anyone like to have a go at explaining to me how te mandelbrot set is obtained?  PRESS BREAK