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« on: August 09, 2009, 10:12:06 PM »
Hi all,

I've been prating around with my ST tonight, and I want to start messing around with STOS again, but unfortunately, I've come up against a little problem.
My STOS Compiler disk doesn't seem to work and my copy of STOS is quite old (well, I think it's an old version, it's 2.06)

Has anybody got STOS and STOS Compiler that they would like to sell/trade/give?


OFF TOPIC / Computer, Console, Arcade cameo roles in TV/Film/Music Video
« on: August 07, 2009, 05:43:13 PM »
Today, I was watching Clubland TV (Sky channel 383) and Aqua have a new song called 'Back In The 80s'

Part of the lyrics say:
Quote from: Aqua - Back in the 80's
Back when the coolest thing in store,
Was a Commodore 64
Although the song is as cheesy as hell, I quite like it :oops:

a few other mentions of appearances of our favourite creations:
  • FILM: Terminator 2 - several arcade games, including: Afterburner, Missile Command and Space Invaders
  • FILM: Friday After Next - Street Fighter II cab in the background of Holy Moly's Donut Shop
  • FILM: one of the Police Academy films - a Commodore 64 is used in one of the scenes in the police station
  • TV: Eatenders - there's an arcade cab in the cafĂ© almost every time .... I've never seen a close enough shot of it to tell what game it is .... does anyone know?
  • MUSIC: Haritas - Space Invader - quite an obvious title, but also the music video shows the singer entrapped in a game of Space Invaders
  • TV: Krypton Factor - it's quite well known that an Amiga A600 was used in one of the challenges (a long time ago)

Anybody know any more?
Please share them here!

OFF TOPIC / HELP: Legal advice required
« on: August 03, 2009, 01:41:02 PM »
Hi all,

Is there any members of the forum who happen to be solicitors?
I currently need some legal help/guidance with employment law.

Any help would be greatfully received.


OFF TOPIC / Funny tracks
« on: July 27, 2009, 09:23:11 PM »

I've had an idea!
I get asked questions about transferring Amiga disk images to real disks for using on a real Amiga so much.
Wouldn't it be a great idea, if, at an RCM open day, we could have a small session (taking a short time) to show people how to do this .... even bringing the necessary hardware & software as well?

The above example, I don't mind doing, but even I struggle with some formats (C64 anyone?)

So, what does everyone think?

It doesn't have to be limited to transferring files and disk images, could be any number of topics to do with different systems.

OFF TOPIC / So ..... how do you REALLY turn off Clear Type?
« on: July 20, 2009, 06:52:20 PM »
Hi all,

I've got an interesting problem.
My laptop has quite a bad screen, and Clear Type renders very badly on it.

Anyway, I've turned off Clear Type in the Display Properties, in the IE properties and even turned off font smoothing altogether in the Performance Properties .... HOWEVER .... Windows Live Messenger (aka MSN Messenger) INSISTS on using a font with Clear Type.

I see no option in MSN to turn it off, and the text is almost unreadable :x

Anybody know how to turn this off?

I'm using Windows XP Professional SP3, Windows Live Messenger build 14.0.8064.206 and WLM/MSN is using the Segoi UI font. I've changed the font, and although it makes it more readable, Clear Type is definitely still on!

So, any ideas?

Hi all,

I was on holiday last week (that's why I didn't contribute to the RG forum :wink: )
Anyway, on my hols to Paington (in Devon) I came across a few arcades. Now, I didn't take loads of pics (I never seem to remember to have my camera on me at the right times) but I did have my camera on me when I went on the pier

So, here is where I went:

Paington Pier - July 2009

and upon entering, I found quite a few games:

Ferrari Challenge

Ghost Squad


Star Wars Trilogy

Sega Rally 3

Now, there was lots more, but I only got pics of machines that I hadn't seen elsewhere or ones that I was interested in.
I did stumble across two slightly unusual machines:

Guitar Hero

I was very shocked to see a Guitar Hero arcade machine .... I thought this was quite neat.
I had a quick go, it seems to be mostly the tracks from GH2 and GH3 on this machine.

and finally .... I spotted a machine that had a choice of games on it, not a MAME cab, but, the games is carried were Retro :)

Arcade Classics

Upon sticking my coin in, I could choose from: Space Invaders, Pacman, Frogger and a couple of others (can't remember them all)

So, if anyone wants to go on holiday to specifically find arcade machines, Paington seems to be a good place to go :)

OFF TOPIC / Wireless Networking is a pain in the a**
« on: June 29, 2009, 05:31:56 PM »
Hi all,

I'm getting really p****d off these days.
My wireless connection on my HP laptop keeps dropping ..... and when I say, keeps dropping, I mean like EVERY 20 F*****G SECONDS!
Anyway, I've restarted my router ...... same s**t
I turned off the wireless interface on my router and plugged in a Wireless Access Point, still the same s**t
I've tried changing the channel on the wireless access point .... same s**t
I've re-installed drivers for the wireless adaptor in my laptop .... still the same s**t

I'm getting increasingly frustraited with this f*****g s**t

I'm getting to the stage where I'm gonna take said wireless access point & router, track down the man who made it (it's a Belkin) and shove it where the sun don't shine!

Any ideas appreciated on how to solve wireless being so crap!

The PC dual boots Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows 7 RC1.
The problem occurs under both OSes.

I had this problem a while back and it suddendly disappeared!

Do I have a dodgy wireless adaptor in my laptop? is both my router & wireless access point f****d?
Who knows!?!

OFF TOPIC / Technical Problem: Acorn RISC PC and hard drive woes :(
« on: June 12, 2009, 02:01:46 PM »
Hi all,

Sorry if this is in the wrong section!

I've recently (as in this morning) just got an issue with my RISC PC.
Somehow, RISC OS is convinced that my hard drive is 'write protected' which isn't really possible.
I've done a full reboot too, which doesn't fix the problem either.

Anyway, this all started after I had a dodgy floppy in the drive, which I decided to run CheckMap on (to see if it'd fix the floppy) but stupidly, I forgot to change to the floppy disk from the * prompt (so I accidently CheckMapped the hard drive)!

Anybody know of a way to solve this? (AndyT, I'm looking at you, as I reckon you're somewhat of an Acorn expert ;) )
Is this a sign that the hard drive is on it's last legs?

Any help would be appreciated!


Hi all,

I know this isn't probably the most exciting topic, but I was wondering what everybody's favourite system was from the open day on Sunday (and why)

For me, I absolutely loved the BBC Micro with the SID chip in it ..... I thought that was awesome, a technological masterpiece :)

Other than that, I suppose I could blow my own trumpet, and say the Amiga 3000 too.

So, what was everybody else's favourite system?

Right, so that I don't hijack the other thread, I'm gonna put it all in here.

I'm bringing two old PCs to RCM on 31/05/09


Tulip 486DX @ 33Mhz (iirc)
On board Cirrus Logic Video
Sound-Blaster 16 SCSI with external SCSI CD-ROM
NE2000 compatible Network Card
Running DOS 6.22 & Windows for Workgroups 3.11

Custom built Pentium II @ 350Mhz
S3 Trio64v+ Video Card
C-Media Sound Card (although as of yet, despite installing the DOS drivers, it won't work in DOS)
3COM 3C905B Network Card
Running DOS 6.22 & Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and on a separate partition Windows 95C

Now, the idea is, we're gonna link 'em up for a DOOM deathmatch.

I believe AndyT is providing at least one PC and I think Phu is probably providing another.
If anyone else want's to bring a PC along to include in this, by all means do so (if we have enough room)
Now, DOOM only works with 4 players max. per deathmatch, but I also have Heretic installed as well as some other old DOS games (not sure what the max. players on Heretic is)

Anyway, for those already bringing a PC or those thinking of it, this is what's required:

- A PC running a variety of DOS (the preferred choice is MS-DOS 6.22 *
- A network client of some sort (my favourite choice is Microsoft Network Client for DOS 3.0) or a packet driver and IPX protocol/stack *
- DOS Drivers for your network card
- for DOOM, an IPX stack/protocol is required for network play **
- DOOM installed on your hard drive

* avoid MS-DOS 7.x and 8.x (also, more commonly known as, the DOS mode on Windows 95/98/ME) as when I tried it with Win98 DOS mode, there wasn't sufficient conventional memory to load the IPX stack.
** please avoid Microsoft LAN Manager, because as far as I can tell, it doesn't do IPX protocol :( However, I do intend to bring some serial cables so if we can't get them all to network properly, we can hook two PCs together by their serial ports :)

If anyone is bringing a PC for this, but doesn't have the software mentioned above, I'm gonna bring a CD with Microsoft Network Client for DOS 3.0 and the relevant protocols. If you do bring a PC (but don't have the network client software) make sure you at least have the DOS drivers for your network card, otherwise I can't do it (unless it's an NE2000 compatible card or a card that the client already knows about)

@ AndyRCM: How much room is gonna be dedicated to this? I'm assuming not too much! (probably about 4/5 PCs worth?)

@ AndyT: You still alright bringing the network hub and cables?


Hi all,

I've acquitred (today) one of these bad boys:

I'm after the pinouts for the TTL Input connector (the one that you usually connect your Beeb or Elk to)
I want to make up leads for my other 8-bit computers so that I can use this monitor.

Any help available will be appreciated!


HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / The 'Systems' section of the forum
« on: March 25, 2009, 05:59:28 PM »

What's the plan with the Systems section?
Can we open topics about systems? or is it reserved for Andy?

OFF TOPIC / Retro Reunited - 2 day gaming event (12th & 13th Sept.)
« on: March 18, 2009, 10:43:48 PM »
Hi all,

SirClive from RG (and many other forums) is organising his own event, called Retro Reunited.
It's for two days (12th & 13th Sept.) and is in Huddersfield.

The venue is in a hotel (so handy for stopping over) and not far from the motorway.

For further details, see here:

btw. I plan to go to this, so if you're undecided on going due to not knowing anyone, you don't have to worry as I'll be there.

OFF TOPIC / The Finger Drive!
« on: March 18, 2009, 06:50:03 PM »
This is pretty cool, but yet rather gruesome.

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