8-Bit Software Online Conversion

                                   8 Bit                    To: 999 (all members) From: K3J (Tony Hobday) Subject: SLOGGER ROMBOX I have a Slogger Rombox which I used at one time with an Electron. I believe the Rombox can also be used, with a suitable connecting lead, with a BBC B. Unfortunately I do not have a lead and wonder if any member knows of the present address of Slogger so I can buy one. Alternatively, I would be happy to buy a redundant lead from any member, or make up one myself if someone can advise on the connections (I am handy with a soldering iron). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Telephone No: 0843 597061  To: 999 (all members) From: K3N (Des Guiry) Subject: Wanted:OKI manuals Does anyone have the manuals or any info on the printer control codes for the OKI Microline 80, Microline 192 or Microline 293? These are the older OKI machines, before they started to incorporate Epson and IBM emulations. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am prepared to buy the relevant manuals or pay all expenses for photocopied info on codes etc. Alternatvely, would anyone be interested in BUYING any of these printers? All of them work on the BBC. The ML80 is very basic, almost an antique (1982?). The ML192 is more advanced, with NLQ, enlarged, emphasised etc. Unlike these two, the ML293 is a wide-carriage SERIAL printer, with NLQ etc. Please write or phone: Des Guiry, 5A Faraday House, Grendon Road, Exeter, EX1 2NQ. 0392 79012. Please help if you can. Thanks.  To: 999 & K4V (Trevor Crapper) From: 15A (Steven Flintham) Subject: Connecting two single drives As far as I am aware, you don't need any special hardware to combine two single drives into a double. Provided both have their own power supply (if they don't, you will have to use a third-party supply such as the Viglen Power DUCK) you can remove the cable from one and attach it to an edge connector on the other drive's ribbon cable. This is often fitted on single drive cables as standard. The job is fairly simple but I am not going to go into details, because I have only done it once and then it didn't work as expected. (I didn't remove the terminating resistor from the first drive and it still worked.) Someone else may well have sent in full details, but if they haven't you could try obtaining a copy of "Using floppy discs with the BBC microcomputer" (2nd ed) by Keith Davis, published by Cumana (ISBN 0 9508762 1 6). If you have some knowledge of electronics (basically, if you can change a link or flick a DIP switch) this should be enough, although it doesn't go into detail, so don't go to any great lengths to get a copy. If you can get one cheaply enough, a DUCK might well be more convenient, but it's worth considering a direct connection - I would definitely try it that way.  To: 999 & K5A (Robin Moffatt) From: 15A (Steven Flintham) Subject: Archimedes mice I presume it is possible to convert an Archimedes mouse to work with the BBC because I have done it the other way around. I bought an AMX mouse Mk III for £6, changed the lead for that off my broken Archimedes original and saved myself £30 or so on a new one. If you can get an original Archimedes mouse, which was basically a cream AMX Mk III, simply changing the cable for a BBC one should do - you could either get one off a broken mouse or wire one up for yourself, although I don't have any idea what the connections are. A third-party Archimedes mouse or one of the newer standard mice (there have been at least two designs as far as I know, apart from the very first one which was the AMX Mk III variation refered to above) will presumably use the same signals since it still has to work on an Archimedes, but the connector for the lead inside the mouse may well be different from that of a BBC AMX mouse, so you might have to make your own cable up. To sum up, you can use an Archimedes mouse as an AMX mouse for the BBC provided you change the lead. How to change the lead is something you will have to find out for yourself - trial and error combined with intelligent guesswork might do it, but you do so at your own risk. Finally, note that all this is speculative - I have not tried using an Archimedes mouse with a BBC, but I am fairly sure that I am right. As usual, no responsibility is accepted for loss or damage, however caused.  To: 999 & K5A (Robin Moffatt) From: 15A (Steven Flintham) Subject: Archimedes picture conversion I wrote an article on this in issue 29, along with a couple of workable but slow programs to be used in conjunction with a copy of !Transltr on the Archimedes. I have also just written a pair of short programs for the Archimedes which will convert between mode 0 Archimedes sprites and BBC mode 0 *SAVEd screens without messing around with temporary files - one of these supersedes the 0ToTmp0 and Tmp0To0 programs accompanying the article. These may be on this issue, but as they are not of use to all BBC owners they may have to wait for a future issue or be put on some sort of PD disc instead. The conversion process is a little bit tedious, but is not really difficult - mastering the various controls on !Translatr is probably the hardest part. The pawn file on the last issue was converted using the techniques mentioned in the article, as were the Plus and Table images on issue 27.  To: 999 (all members) From: K5A (Robin Moffatt) Subject: View/Citizen 120D How can I print in bold, italics or underline from View on a Citizen 120D. I have the printer driver, but don't now how to get the effects. Also, why when I load in a spooled file to View, does it accept it and the when I press <Escape> it tells me that there is "No Text"  To: 999 (all members) From: K2C (Frank Jones) Subject: Bar Code Readers I am interested in the application of Bar Code Readers in trying to set up a computer controlled model railway. I have just got started using the light pen designed by John Ilsley and Chris and unfortunately bust the photo sensor. Has anyone a Bar Code Reader or a professionally made light pen for sale? 'phone Frank 0845 (Thirsk) 22241  To: 999 (all members) From: K2B (Colin Culpitt-Smith) Subject: Wordwise+ useful tip From the questionairre, it appears that many members use this excellent WP. But if you're like me, 'finger trouble' is a problem when mistyping characters in the wrong order, eg Daer instead of Dear! The following little program swaps the letters at the press of a key! Simply type in the progam whilst in any segment and save to your WP boot disk or text files disk. Load the program into say, segment zero each time you use Wordwise+. Then press SHIFT+f0 after placing cursor under the letter 'e' of our example above, and watch them swaps places in a flash! Do the same to swap back again. SEGMENT PROGRAM:- X$=GCT$ DE.L. C.L. TY.X$ DI.1 (upper case i full stop then number one!)  PRESS BREAK