8-Bit Software Online Conversion

            These are a mixture of messages that arrived close to the deadline. To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Essential Hardware...(!) When shaving, an essential piece of hardware is a toothbrush! (Honestly...) Among its many uses for oral hygiene it can also be used to clean an electric shaver (foil and cutters) and with a normal lo-tech razor, clean out stubble from the blades! Ok...Not the most interesting thing but it's useful and helps prolong the life of shaving equipment! Note: You can get a cheap toothbrush for about 50p. Its not a good idea to use the one you brush your teeth with!!!  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: VIEW timesaving tip If you are creating a new file with VIEW, you should SAVE the file and then reload it. Now you only have to enter SAVE (with no filename) to resave the file.  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Coffee and discs A few years ago I had been left to play on a friend's Amstrad CPC 6128 while he was having dinner... Armed with a cup of sweet coffee I managed to spill the whole lot on his prized discs. Obviously, sticking a sticky, damp, coffee covered disc into a disc drive might possibly prove hazardous (and expensive). Anyway, to avoid a long story, (Chris take note...) We, my friend and I, decided to soak the discs in lukewarm water, stirring (!) frequently to dislodge and excess bits of coffee (!) and changing the water frequently after a few hours we had cleaned the discs to a reasonable standard. A few days later after the discs had dried, we verified them and they all worked okay! Afterwards, we backed-up the discs and cleaned the drive-heads and disposed of the original discs.  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: 40T discs on a Master I received a couple of questions about how to use 40 track DFS discs on a Master. The configuration of a Master can sometimes cause problems when using 40T DFS discs, especially with a switchable (40/80T) drive. Or when using protected discs. The solution is to keep the drive on 80T and use a special feature of the Master which allows 40T discs to be read on an 80T drive. (This is helpful if you only have an 80T drive and want to use 40T discs.) *DRIVE <drive number> 40 So, if you had a 40T disc in drive 0 you would type. '*DRIVE 0 40'. This tells the drive controller to double-step the drive heads so that the drive can read 40T discs. *DRIVE <drive number> 80 This resets the drive controller to read 80T discs. Note: Whilst in 40T mode you can only read discs, trying to write to a disc will result in a 'disc read only' error.  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Memory map. On this disc is an incomplete memory map for the BBC in response to a request from one of the members. It covers all the memory locations from &0000 to &03FF. It is correct for the Electron/BBC A/BBC B and the B+, almost all the locations are the same for the master and compact. A more detailed map will appear in a few issues time and will include all the locations on the Master and Compact which are different to the rest of the BBC range. I hope this is of use. Any other suggestions for improvements and changes are welcomed.  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Puzzle answer On the disc is my solution to the puzzle from issue 45. The program works using a variation of genetics theory. The program generated a random population of 100 answers and selects the best two answers and 'mates' them and 100 children based on the two answers are produced. Again the best two answers are selected and 'mated' until one of the children (!) is the correct answer. The program takes around 7 seconds to find the correct answer.  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: DFS Reader for Archimedes URGENTLY NEEDED a program for the Archimedes which can read/write DFS discs. If you send me a disc with a DFS reader on I will send you a disc full of PD stuff. (If the disc reader works properly.) Choose from... Games and demos - Including Dune II Music - SoundTracks or Digital Symphony tracks Utilities - A wide selection Adventure games Or a mixture of the above. My address is: 37 Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3JE. Or telephone 01323 721091 (Anytime) Also, remember to include return postage and packing. If anyone also happens to have a program which can convert Archimedes sprites to BBC screens and vice-versa it would be most welcome. It should convert, hopefully sprites for modes 0,1,2,4 and 5  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: WANTED A 40T version of Mini Office II Any Spreadsheet/Graphing Packages. BBC Parallel printer lead. Leads to connect a BBC to 3.5" drive.  To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Repton Information On this disc is a demonstration of a small part of the Repton editor suite which will soon be available in the JJR section of the 8BS PD library. The complete package includes full control over Repton screen files and you can see and alter the times, editor codes and passwords. (It will even select 8 random passwords for you from a dictionary of over 9,500 7 letter words.) You can protect screens so that they cannot be edited unless an editor code is entered and you can also fully unprotect ANY screen file so you can load them straight into the level designer. Other features include, converting electron files so they can be used on the BBC (and the reverse!). The program 'RepInfo' included on this disc is used to see the passwords for any of your sets of screens. When you run the program, the disc will be catalogued and you will be asked to enter the filename of ANY Repton 3 screen file for the BBC or Electron version of the game. The file will be examined and then you will then be shown a list of passwords, edit codes and times for the levels in that file.  From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Scroll program Jonathan Harston's Scroll program, which is used to display 80 column text is very useful. However, with the recent switch to a mainly teletext style magazine it would be useful if the program could be changed to display text in 40 columns as well as 80 columns, perhaps even adding colour codes for mode 7 text. Another useful addition would be to word-wrap text (similar to Wordwise).  From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: JJR PD Those of you who have recently updated your copy of TBI-00 may have noticed a new section in part 2 of the catalogue. The JJR section. Currently there are 7 discs in the section but in the near future this will increase to well over 100. All the discs have been compiled by me and are available either from myself or Chris Richardson at the usual prices. The discs currently available are... JJR-01 BBC Music This disc contains 54 pieces of Music for the BBC, including TV and film music as well as classical and Christmas music. JJR-02 Electron Music 27 pieces of music for the Electron (will work on the BBC) including Film and TV music. JJR-03 Graphics disc 1 28 colourful pictures for the BBC, Including scenes from ELITE and Star Trek. JJR-04 Graphics disc 2 28 digitised MODE 0 pictures for the BBC, includes some pictures which are truly out of this world! JJR-05 Graphics disc 3 Another 18 colourful pictures for the Beeb. JJR-06 Graphics Disc 4 19 Digitised pictures by Patrick Nagel. JJR-07 BBC Fonts A selection of over 50 PD fonts for The BBC. Includes full instructions of how to use in your own programs. If you have any stuff that you would like to be included on any of the future discs please send it to me. I am especially interested in sound samples, music, demos, humorous text, ROMs, utilities, graphics and screens for Repton 3, Repton Infinity and Pipeline (and only other game!) COMING SOON will be an extended Repton screen editor, the complete works of Shakespeare, the Bible and a set of digitised pictures from space! My address is: 37 Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3JE. Or phone: 01323 721091 Anytime  From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: New magazine sections In my last letter to Chris I suggested that two new sections could be added to the magazine... 1) E L I T E - anything to do with this great game; hints and tips, new ships or just general gossip between commanders. 2) Adventures - anything to do with adventure games; maps, solutions, questions etc. Chris said that both were a good idea. So Chris, how about 2 new dummy user IDs ELT for anything ELITE and ADV for anything adventurous?  To: ADV From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Trees! I received a request for help with the Association of Mathematics Teachers adventure. (Sometimes referred to as L-Adventure.) For one of the puzzles in the game you have to arrange 9 trees into 10 rows of 3 trees on a 5 by 5 grid. The solution is as follows... * * * * * Can you count all T * T * T 10 rows? * T T T * T * T * T T - Tree * * * * * * - Space  To: ELT (ELITE section!) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: I was flying from Lave to Tionisla the other day... I heard that if you stayed on the short range scan when you hyperspaced that your fuel would be dumped on re-entry. However, all my fuel remained and when I docked at Tionisla (Tech level 12) only 7 items of equipment were on sale. I hyperspaced to the nearby Xeesle and back again, and everything was fine. Anyone had a similar experience? (I have the second processor/Master 128 version.)  To: ELT From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Easy money! A good way to earn lots of credits in ELITE is by buying and selling illegal items, such as narcotics. You will need to find an anarchy system with a non-anarchy system within 0.5 light years. Buy the narcotics at the non-anarchy system, hyperspace to the anarchy system and sell them for a huge profit. The prices will tend to fluctuate so you can hyperspace back and forth between the two systems until the price is right. I use: Errati (buy) and Usrarr (sell) in galaxy six and Biante (buy) and Erbieso (sell) in galaxy four.  To: ELT From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Elite Cheats (Archimedes) For the members out there who have archimedes computers, for the first ELITE section in 8BS I have included 2 different Cheats for the Archimedes version of the game. ADFS VERSION ONLY!  To: 999 (all members) From: D6G (SPROW) Subject: Sales and wanted FOR SALE: Chassis monitor (ie.no box - just the frame) with composite video input.Mini screen is 4½" diagonally.I do have the manual for it so the connections can be made.I have had it running with a BBC.Fed up of seeing it in my room hence selling for a fiver (inc. P&P) Quest mouse with Quest paint and Quest mat to sit the rodent on.#15 Sideways ROM/RAM board (Watford) with Static ram chips,battery backup,and full complement of RAM.Also got the original instruction to it.I see they cost #65 new so I'd better sell mine for #30 Toolkit ROM #4 - essential for BASIC Books/Games send SAE for current list GXR ROM for B+ (bought by mistake) has original box and all associated gubbins to go with it.#10 Analogue port joysticks #2 each (I've 4 left) Two of 40 track double disk drives (5¼" type) #10 each. All prices inc. P&P. Contact 6 Bollinbrook road, MACCLESFIELD, Cheshire.SK10 3DJ. WANTED: Info on how to set up an Econet fileserver (manuals/data sheets etc) The speech upgrade chips (TMSnnnn) Scanner (will pay upto #65) for 1MHz bus to scan in mode 0 Address as above  To: 999 (all members) From: D6G (SPROW) Subject: Hardware and Software help! I see from my first issue (46) that many of you out there are boffins - can you help? Is there a way from software that you can tell whether a disk drive is busy of not by perhaps reading a register in the &FE80 region. The method if possible should work with both the 8271 and 1770 - can it be done legally too? Secondly how do you set up an Econet fileserver - my BBC B's are all upgraded to Econet and I have the wall connector PCB layout from the remnants of the one at school.But there is a mysterious black box labelled Acorn in one corner with a mains plug on it - is this the key? I will buy any relevant books and re-imburse postage/photocopying costs within reasonable bounds. Contact at 6 Bollinbrook road, MACCLESFIELD, Cheshire.SK10 3DJ. Thanks.  From BOB STRINGER D5R Subject : Wanted and thanks tele: 01494 529188, 31 Shelley Road High Wycombe Bucks. HP11 2UW WANTED A 40/80 twin disc drive for 5.25" discs. Price please with details to the above address. Hope to collect. THANKS. A sincere thanks to TIM PARSONS who kindly came to my location with his Disc Drive and assisted me with some work on hand since my own D.D is in need of repair. A very kind man.  To: 999 (all members) From: L1M (Janny Looyenga) Subject: Riemanian The Charm from the old Riemanian game came from the use of scrolling the screen when printing all kind of messages. Chris has reduced the speed but now the scrolling is VERY SLOW on my Master512. You can put the delay back to its original on LINE 5810. Just LOAD"RIEMAN", LIST 5810 , which reads: 5810 FOR T=1 TO 3000: NEXT change this into: 5810 FOR T=1 TO 1500: NEXT at least when the scrolling is slow on your computer too.  From: L1M (Janny Looyenga) Subject: Screen Saver. The Screen Saver which is indeed a Screen Blanker, blanked my Master512 screen and never gave it back! Luckily when using my Beeb I ordered Screen Thief and this stole some screens for me which I can load into my Master, thus having some nice screens back...  From: L1M (Janny Looyenga) Subject: Jewels and Caves. For those who love the Dungeon and Dragon style of games, this one is a nice one. BUT...... Finding your way into the maze, collecting jewels, be friendly, fighting or leaving or retreating the cave, finding your way back into the real world, gives you a 'score' and the question: Do you want another game? By answering Yes, you get a BAD DIM at line 40. Aaaaaahhhhhh! BUT...... After a long play, Leaving many caves, can give you a Subscript at line 2030. BUT...... During play some party joiners are deserting the team, this line stays after printing, should be empty though. HELP, when you choose a non-existing direction it is counted as a move, and you might be unlucky having to fight more instead of your choice of leaving with the BAD LUCK option to be dead without knowing, because this report stays too short on screen. After forgetting these 'BUGS' the game is very good and very playable, with the avantages that you can make your own decisions. On BBC PD 10 there is a same sort of game (DUNGEON) with good graphics, but unplayable. Should not be it a good idea to create ONE game from these TWO?? Missing: a total score (jewels, joiners) the possibility to go to a higher level after some score.(real D&D) up/down with different mazes.  PRESS SPACE