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COLLECTORS CORNER / StarshipUK's Collection
« on: May 28, 2013, 03:00:45 AM »
Not much - Still lots on my want list...

StarshipUK Vertical Bartop
Vandermoose Horizional Bartop
StarshipUK Horizional Bartop
Leisure 2000   Horizontal Full (Wood)
Metal Magnum Veritical Full (Metal)
Sega Mushiking Mini Cab
Acorn Electron
Amstrad CPC 6128
Atari 2600 Light Sixer
Atari 2600 Heavy Sixer
Atari 7800
Atari 800XL
BBC   B
Coleco Adam
Coleco Colecovision
Coleco Gemini
Commodore    116
Commodore    128D
Commodore    16
Commodore   64
Commodore   64
Commodore    Amiga 1200
Commodore    Amiga CD32
Commodore    Max Machine
Commodore   Plus 4
Commodore   SX64
Commodore   VIC 20
Commodore   VIC 20
Commodore   web.it
Commodore   web.it
Dick Smith VZ-300
Dick Smith Wizzard
Dick Smith Wizzard
EACA Colour Genie EG2000
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Exelvision EXL 100
GIG   Leonardo Arcadia 2001
Grandstand Fairchild   Channel F
Grandstand Model-4600
Grandstand   SD070
Grandstand   SD070
Magnavox Odyssey
Matre Alice
Matre Alice
Matre Alice 90
Mattel Aquarius
MB   Vectrex
Memotech MTX-500
Memotech MTX-500
MGT Sam Coupe
MGT Sam Coupe
Micronique Hector 2HR
Microbee Premium Plus Kit
Microsoft XBox
Microsoft XBox
Microsoft XBox
Microsoft XBox
Microsoft XBox
Microsoft XBox
Microsoft XBox 360
NEC TurboDuo
NEC TurboGrafx
Nintendo DS
Nintendo Gamcube
Nintendo Gamcube
Nintendo Gamcube
Nintendo Gameboy
Nintendo Gameboy
Nintendo Gameboy
Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP
Nintendo NES
Nintendo SNES
Nintendo SNES
Nintendo Virtual Boy
Nintendo 64 USA
Nintendo 64 JAPAN
Nintendo 64 JAPAN
Nintendo 64 UK
Nintendo 64 UK
Nintendo Wii
Olivetti Prodest PC128
Panasonic 3DO FZ 1
Panasonic 3DO FZ 1
Panasonic 3DO FZ 10
Panasonic Q
Philips CD-i 210
Philips CD-i 210
Philips CD-i 450
Philips MSX2 VG-8230
Philips MSX2 VG-8235
Philips VG 5000
Philips Videopac 7401
Pioneer LaserActive (PAC-S10)
Prinztronic 600
Prinztronic 600
Prinztronic 600
Prinztronic 600
Prinztronic 600
Prinztronic 800
Prinztronic VC6000
Radofin   PVS 1392
Radofin   Tele-Sports III
Radofin   Tele-Sports III
Radofin   Tele-Sports IV
Retro-Bit Retro-Duo
Samsung Nuon DVD-N501
Sears Telegames 2600 Light Sixer
Sega 32X (Genesis 2)
Sega CDX
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Game Gear
Sega Master System
Sega Master System II
Sega Master System III
Sega Megadrive
Sega MultiMega
Sega Saturn
Sega SC-3000
Sega Megadrive
Sharp MZ700
Sharp MZ700
Sharp Twin Famicom
Sharp X68000
Sinclair   Spectrum +2 (Grey)
Sinclair   Spectrum +2 (Grey)
Sinclair   Spectrum +3
Sony PS One (Slim)
Sony PS2 (Phat)
Sony PS3 (Phat)
Sony PS2 (Slim) Pink
Sony PS2 (Phat)
Tatung   Einstein TC-01
Texas Instruments TI 99/4A
Texas Instruments TI 99/4A
Toshiba   Nuon
Thomson MO5
Thomson MO5E
Thomson TO7
Thomson TO8
Voltmace Database
Voltmace Database
Voltmace Database
World of Wonder   Action Max

44 TVs/Monitors.

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Retroactive 2012 - April - @Leicester

I've not heard that announced anywhere, but if true it is overcrowding April/May with events.

Generally if an important event is coming up it will be listed at:
http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17231

Another April Event is:
South Coast Slam III: Return of the Slam
14th-15th of April 2012 on the South Coast at Worthing, West Sussex
http://www.ukvac.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=329899

Mostly pinball, but they had 30 nice arcade cabs last year.

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: SD2IEC on Vic-20 help required.
« on: November 21, 2011, 01:32:19 AM »
If anyone wants to write a SD2IEC browser for the Plus 4:

https://www.odesk.com/jobs/~~ea49a5e116d7d4d7

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Einstein and HXC Floppy Drive Emulator
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:53:41 PM »
Thank you for the information.

I guess these are the ones that will not work, as they do not work in MESS:
http://www.tatungeinstein.co.uk/front/progress.htm

I have some 3" disks (they are not easy to come by!), but not sure if I want to copy all the good games onto disk or use a HXC. If that is the list of non-workers, only Konami Four Game Pack, would be missing.

I have two internal 3" drives in my Einy. Does anyone know how to load a game from Drive 1? I was thinking perhaps leave the original Drive 0 in, and replace Drive 1 with an HXC, so there would be both options. There is that other option of using that External Drive port on the back. Does anyone also know how you would access a drive/HXC which is plugged into that external drive slot?

I am guessing that external FDD port would also just use a standard floppy cable.

It would also be useful to know the command for listing the directory of a disk and loading a game manually.

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OFF TOPIC / Re: Backing Up HDD
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:48:08 AM »
I had a couple of problems with AllwaySync, that I transferred so much data using it on my main machine that it stopped working thinking I was a commercial user and wanted me to purchase it - so not entirely free  :-\

On my other machine it also kept on crashing and closing due to the amount of files on one of the Hard Drive partitions I was trying to backup - it does not like more than 1 million files on one partition it seems.

I found an alternative which seems to work better: http://www.goodsync.com/ - similar to the other program but managed to copy that 1 million file partition without crashing, and has never stopped working due to copying too many files on the other machine.

I recommend leaving it to backup overnight and during the day when you are at work. It will take ages to backup the first time, but will be quicker during subsequent backups (if set to One Way copying) as it will compare the files and only backup the newest files, and delete those which have been deleted from the master drive.

I can also highly recommend the LG N2R1D NAS unit. I have a 1TB and 2TB HDD in mine, which get taken out and locked in my safe when I am away. Fantastic bit of kit which I got from Dabs (they no longer sell it though) when they had it on special offer for £89.06 last year.

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Commodore C16/Plus 4 and C64SD
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:06:06 AM »
After viewing the video Alex posted:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P6Nqlz-oTY&feature=player_embedded
Which shows the C64SD Running on Commodore Plus 4.

Unfortunately unlike the Vic 20 and C64, no dedicated Multicarts or Loading Devices have been created for the C16/Plus 4.

Although the C64SD works, its main downfall is the lack of a Menu Loading program for loading games. While the VIC20 and C64 has an excellent Menu loader called CBM FileBrowser (more info at http://sleepingelephant.com/ipw-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=4306) there has not been any such Menu Loaders written for the Plus 4 for use with this device yet, which is a shame.

If anyone knows of any programs like CBM FileBrowser for the Plus 4, or has the knowledge and interest to program something similar for the Plus 4, I would be very interested (and am sure a few other people would be as well).

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Einstein and HXC Floppy Drive Emulator
« on: August 05, 2011, 12:31:47 AM »
Just going back to this thread: http://retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3078.msg35247#msg35247

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The Floppy Drive Emulator http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/ can be connected and is known to work for most games, but not all.

Does anyone have any more information on how to hook up a HXC Floppy Drive Emulator to an Einstein, and if any different floppy drive leads are needed and if so what the connections would be, and also what settings need to be used on the HXC?

There is very little info about using the Floppy Drive Emulator with the Einstein - infact, they do not even list the Einstein as a supported system on their site  :(

If anyone also knows what games have problems, and why they don't work (uncracked copy protection I am currently guessing), I would be grateful.

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I find it really sad that your Sega Master system Everdrive cart has gone missing. But I also find it sad that you have to mention it on here. It's hardly RCM's fault? The fault lies in the world of greed and spite.

There is a difference between something going missing and being stolen, as if it was missing I would have had it back by now. It has cost me £67 to get a replacement. I am sure if someone had £67 stolen from them at any event they would hilight it as a low point of their weekend.

I'm sure it was a low point for you and I sympathise that your hardware is no longer with you (for whatever reasons) however, the thread was a feedback thread for the event and RCM's efforts, so it wasn't a low part of the RCM event.

I am not sure what you imply by saying "whatever reasons" but it has been stolen. Cartridges do not just eject themselves and walk off, especially with this one where the chips on the plain PCB jam themselves behind the black cartridge slot therefore requiring some effort to remove it. If something had been stolen at RV last year I would have made an announcement on the tannoy, sent an E-Mail to all those who attended after the event and supplied a replacement or contribution to that person towards a replacement. While it also would not have been my responsibility the item would have been at my event under my care and I would have felt a bit more sympathetic towards them rather than saying you should have asked someone to look after it (which is common sense people should be keeping an eye on things!) and stating it was not my responsibility. Next time someone asks if I can take anything along to an event I will consider it more carefully and most likely say no if it is a open public event. Also the items I loaned to R3PLAY last year which came back damaged or went missing have been replaced with replacements. I am not running RV this year, so if anything is stolen at RV they will have to see Markie about it.

As a veggie myself, I can understand the difficulty with the smells from burgers and bacon but it would be the same as me complaining that there is too much alcohol in a pub (as I am a non drinker).

A bit of the difference as the smell was really strong (I am not normally affected by the smell of meat unless it is boiled ham or fish), but if the windows could not be opened and their was no extractor fan that would explain why. I didn't mention Vegiburgers so don't understand why the hell that was bought up!

There was a slightly implication (or at least it looked like it) that we didn't account for vegetarians or take into consideration how they might react to the strong smell of meat. Linda mentioned the vegiburgers to point out that we did consider vegetarians but some things were out of our control.

I also don't think it was as strong as you imply. Throughout the two days, I only really smelled the meat from in the vicinity of the food window, and it was mainly constrained to the start-of-day rush for the bacon cobs and lunch time, but that might just be me.

Then you misinterpreted my feedback, as the events have always catered well for Vegetarians with Jacket Potatoes and Chips. I even had a VegiBurger on Saturday which was OK, but I did find the roll a bit dry- I am guessing it was a wheat free roll which I am not a big fan of. Just personal preference and not the fault of anyone, so I did not mention it. Did not have anything on the Sunday (cept some left overs), but was a bit put off from food by seeing a massive cockroach near the bomberman setup.

Everyone has a different sense of smell, and to me it was strong. I also overheard some other people mention it, but did not know who they were so don't even know if they are on the forum, although I also guess people are frightened of their feedback being misinterpreted or accidentally offending someone, where I prefer to be honest which is perhaps one of my weaknesses. I even criticised several parts of RV last year myself and I ran it. I know if I was getting feedback I would want people to be honest rather than keeping stuff back, frightened that someone might get offended. Its the only way you can improve on things, no matter how small.

I find it also quite sad that you need to complain about there being no food in the pub for the meet-up. That's not RCM's fault either.

Neither was the cost of taxi's at RV2010 my fault, but people still mentioned about that:
http://retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1834.0


Actually, if you read that thread it was you who brought up the taxis. It hadn't been mentioned until then. One you had said something, others joined in.

-- Richard

And I only mentioned it because several people had mentioned it to me before it was posted on that thread. It would be a pretty wild thing to mention randomly and just  stating it was a little expensive was a bit vague for my liking! At least this years event will not be overpriced with it being free entry.

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I find it really sad that your Sega Master system Everdrive cart has gone missing. But I also find it sad that you have to mention it on here. It's hardly RCM's fault? The fault lies in the world of greed and spite.

There is a difference between something going missing and being stolen, as if it was missing I would have had it back by now. It has cost me £67 to get a replacement. I am sure if someone had £67 stolen from them at any event they would hilight it as a low point of their weekend.

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As a veggie myself, I can understand the difficulty with the smells from burgers and bacon but it would be the same as me complaining that there is too much alcohol in a pub (as I am a non drinker).

A bit of the difference as the smell was really strong (I am not normally affected by the smell of meat unless it is boiled ham or fish), but if the windows could not be opened and their was no extractor fan that would explain why. I didn't mention Vegiburgers so don't understand why the hell that was bought up!

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I find it also quite sad that you need to complain about there being no food in the pub for the meet-up. That's not RCM's fault either.

Neither was the cost of taxi's at RV2010 my fault, but people still mentioned about that:
http://retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1834.0

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Highs:
Pac Man Competition
Chuckie Egg on the Einstein
2 day event

Lows:
My Sega Master System Everdrive cart being blatantly stolen (no security in the side rooms). Still in a big state of bewilderment and depression over this, and still feel really low.
Being a veggie, the strong smell of burgers and bacon drifting into the main hall was a bit nauseating at times.
The Pub where the meet up took place having no food.

Improvements:
Have to agree with Rinoa that there was a lack of Joysticks and a few non-working ones. The Atari Joystick on the Atari 800 had a broken fire button and one of the joysticks on the Atari 2600 also had a very iffy fire button. One of the fire buttons on the Acetronic control pads also did not work. Boggy asked if he could borrow a joystick off me to play a two player football game on the Amiga, as there were not enough joysticks.

Would have liked to have seen some more multiplayer gaming, as alot of the single player machines seemed to be empty most the time, while the multiplayer systems (which had joysticks) were much more popular.

could only see one game available for the XBox, would have been nice to have a few more to choose from.

Most of the disks in the box by the SX64 did not seem to work, or perhaps the drive was a bit iffy.

A few instruction sheets on how to load/change games on a few of the more obscure systems, or having someone change games every so often rather than having the same games running all day/weekend. I could not get Chuckie Egg to load using the standard method on the Einstein, so not sure how someone got it to load?

Quite a few people just turned up for Sunday and missed out on a competition, as there were no comps on the Sunday.

The system information sheets have disappeared.

Doing away with the side rooms as they have no security, and there was no way I was gonna stay in the side room all day guarding and protecting my equipment - I took a chance and now really regret setting up my kit in that side room.

Please don't think I am having a go. I know some of those suggested improvements are just small details, but it's sometimes the small details which matter the most.

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I took 3 systems along this weekend which were assigned to the small room to the left of the entrance. I would have preferred them to have gone in the main room, perhaps on the tables next to Kenz that were left empty all weekend, but nevermind.

I left them alone, checking up on them every so often and trusted people, that they would be OK in there.

At some time around 1PM and 2:30PM on Sunday my Master System Everdrive cart went "missing". This is a PCB card with an SD Card sticking out the top, as shown in this picture:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tubbweb/5698798613/in/set-72157626548616811/

Please can anyone let me know if for some reason they took this out of the Master System and put it somewhere else. There was really no need to remove this from the system at all, as there were no other carts lying around and it is difficult to remove from the system.

I can therefore only presume someone must have stolen it, which is bang out of order and understandably has made me really pissed off, upset and depressed. Not only did it cost me $79.99 for the cart and £5 for the 2GB SD card, I was planning on taking it to RV in two weeks time and the shop is currently out of stock so I am unable order a replacement.

If anyone took it by accident, please contact me. If anyone saw anyone take it (unlikely I know!) or if anyone said anything to anyone or wants to own up to taking it (again, unlikely I know!) Please can you contact me.

The card has a unique fault so if it does show up anywhere I will know it is mine.

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Retrovision 2011
« on: April 15, 2011, 04:13:07 AM »
Main Threads here:
http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=25704

and here:
http://www.yakyak.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=80785

And FaceBook here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109143299154282

I know many here won't be able to make it being just a few weeks after the RCM Event (It was moved to later in the year to have better weather for the BAR-B-Q and to avoid the risk of snow like the last few years!), but if you are still craving some Retro Gaming Action after RCM, please feel free to come along - even if its just for a few hours! This is a Free Event this year and RCM Crew and Forum Members are welcome!


IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE!

The team for RV2011 this year consists of:

Markie
VintageMatt
PsycoRob
StarshipUK
Retrogamesfest
Beerman

Also helping out are PinkFearie who is organising and running a charity auction and c64endings.co.uk who is running a Commodore 64 competition and Samwise who is running a Acorn Atom competition.


There is a row of B&Bs within a few minutes walk of the pub and at last check, all still had rooms available for the weekend except for the Falcon who seem to be fully booked for Friday Night and are being snobish and only accepting bookings for a two night stay from Saturday, as well as being rather overpriced (their problem!)

The other B&Bs to try are:

White House View.
http://www.whitehouseviewguesthouse.co.uk/

Sportsview Guest House.
http://www.sportsviewguesthouse.co.uk/

Newton House Guest House.
http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/accom/newton/

And it is sometimes worth phoning or E-Mailing to book, as you sometimes get lower rates then those advertised on their online booking websites.


There is very limited parking in the Pub Car Park and most of this will be used by those taking equipment. There are also parking restrictions on the roads around the pub, due to it being so close to Oxford City Center. Most the B&Bs listed above have their own small private car parks, which we recommend you use. Last time I checked the residential roads around Lake Street and below have no parking restrictions. These roads are a 5-10 minute walk to the pub and are shown in the link below:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Lake+Street,+Oxford&daddr=Folly+Bridge+Inn,+Oxford&hl=en&geocode=Fe96FQMd6dbs_ymVZvAVyMZ2SDHF7bCuZHwzOA%3BFfSLFQMdWNXs_yGr24H9IxLJNCl_yFgUt8Z2SDEcjgmaZ_0eXg&mra=ls&sll=51.740284,-1.254845&sspn=0.001511,0.003449&ie=UTF8&ll=51.741394,-1.25493&spn=0.006378,0.013797&t=h&z=16


We have been planning and working hard for the last year (HAHA!) and have the following planned:

A large room full of modern and retro goodness to play on.
Popular systems with a selection of Multicarts for unlimited gaming choices.
Mame Machines.
Laptops for Homebrew Gaming.
Taiko Drum Master (by Popular Request!)
Gaming Competitions.
Pong on a very small B&W TV.
Evening Rock Band Sessions with the new Rock Band 3 Keyboard (Woooo!)
Charity Auction organised by Pinkfearie.
The Table of Crap (For items to crap to put in the charity auction)
The Cool Wall (AKA- The Signing In Wall!)
The Pizzas, The BarBQs, The Sunday Roasts, The Currys and The Mixed Grills (for Bane!).

Like previous RVs, there should also be a few special guests attending this year :-)

There are 5 amazing competitions taking place this year, and these will be announced the week before RV2011.

SPECIAL REQUEST! - If you are coming and have a Nintendo DS (Any Type), please can you bring it along. PsychoRob will be running a massive Competition which requires as many DSs as possible, as well as using it to join in the DictoChat sessions on Sunday. We will label your DS if you want us to so it will not get mixed up. If anyone has a new 3DS please bring it along, as I would like to have a go on one :-)

SECOND REQUEST - If anyone has a XBox Kinect and some games they would be willing to loan for the event, please contact me. We will have a few old-style XBoxes (as they do like to RROD), so just need to borrow the Kinect with PSU and games. Again, this is because I would like a go (but I am sure others will too!)

A word from the Stabby one:

I am organising a charity auction to raise more funds for the Cancer Charity.

If you have anything you don't need, gaming and pc related please post here what you would like to bring along to RV. If you cannot make it to RV but would like to contribute something for the auction please contact us.

The auction will take place on the Saturday evening :-)

Thank you all in advance.
Amy.

And a final word from Markie:

As you know this years event is free but you must have a ticket. This is downloadable from: http://www.ride-the-music.com/rg/rv2011ticket.jpg

Also, I'm taking this moment to remind you all that this year there will be 2 people missing from our gathering, those being Ian Muir (elizian) and Paul Hadrill (DJ Skitz) who were both taken from us by cancer.

So, free event but I'm asking you to make a donation, whatever you like and all the funds we gather will be forwarded to the respective charities.

Donations can be made at the event.

Thank you ... thank you all, see you in May

Markie and Team

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Emulators
« on: April 14, 2011, 04:05:29 PM »
I hope someone else finds this useful, as it took me ages to put together!

http://www.ride-the-music.com/rg/COMPUTERS%20AND%20CONSOLE%20EMUS.xls

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RCM GAMING EVENTS - OPEN DAYS 2011 / Re: Other peoples 'stuff' . . .
« on: April 07, 2011, 02:18:39 AM »
Nay... not modem style. More like LAN style :)

Need some software that uses Econet without requiring a server though....

-- Richard


http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3393

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