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DIGITAL PRESERVATION / Re: My magazines (almost all in PDF format)
« Last post by muguk on June 01, 2020, 08:18:15 AM »
Due to COVID, my replacement one with the higher spec, is still somewhere between here and China so I can't yet do any comparitive tests :(
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DIGITAL PRESERVATION / Re: My magazines (almost all in PDF format)
« Last post by DC The Juggler on June 01, 2020, 12:09:09 AM »
Yes Mike you're right, with the overhead light all scans of glossy magazine paper had a big white spot in the middle. Unfortunately, with the backlight, the bottom of the page would often look darker than the rest as the software tried to be too clever and the contrast threshold makes it look worse.
Another problem was that the lasers try and guess the shape of the paper and distorts the picture it's sees to match. While that seems to work quite well on smaller books with paper that keeps an even shape, on magazines with curly edges, all that seems to go out the window and frequently tried to compensate for curves that are not there. Having to regularly manually edit the laser lines and the centre line was a pain. It seems to be worse when there is more black ink on the page.
On my Google Drive, there is now a folder called 'Scanned with overhead scanner' I have included the results of several hours of fiddling with the overhead scanner per magazine to make them look as good as possible, you can compare the scan of ‘Using your BBC Micro’ with the one I did with my flatbed scanner. Then you'll see why I decided to stick to the flat bed scanner. Pity, the overhead scanner is an absolutely gorgeous bit of kit and when or if I have scan a book, it would be the perfect tool for the job.
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DIGITAL PRESERVATION / Re: My magazines (almost all in PDF format)
« Last post by muguk on May 28, 2020, 04:44:18 PM »
Did you try using the backlight as that seemed to work better with the few colour tests that I did?
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DIGITAL PRESERVATION / Re: My magazines (almost all in PDF format)
« Last post by DC The Juggler on May 28, 2020, 12:31:21 PM »
I've started the long boring process of scanning magazines that can not be found on the internet. As an Acorn fan-boy, I'm concentrating for now on BBC Micro magazines that are not currently available on 'The BBC and Master Computer Public Domain Library' - 8bit Software
http://8bs.com/
I'm in contact with the site owner and he's agreed that he will thank 'David from the Retro Computer Museum' for the scans that he posts on the site.
They will slowly be added to my Google Drive
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_F60q9ANhGvauxIakQ2F99TRHMVepyqu?usp=sharing
I tried using the fancy overhead book scanner that Mike donated but the results were not great when used on colour magazines (sorry Mike). So I'm sticking to a flatbed scanner which unfortunately takes about 1 hour 45 mins per magazine. My ambition is to scan one magazine a day, we'll see how long that lasts, but I've only done 5 so far with at least 80 magazines left and I'm getting bored of the job already.

David
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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Windows 10 Error Code 0X87E10BC6
« Last post by raileig on May 24, 2020, 03:28:37 PM »
Hi,
I am facing error while attempting to activate windows 10 Pro. I tried with troubleshooting but still get the error (0x87e10bc6) , what's the problem & how to solve?
https://appuals.com/windows-10-error-code-0x87e10bc6/
Please help,
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FOR SALE / WANTED / Games for sale - Dragon 32/64
« Last post by AndyRCM on May 17, 2020, 01:11:58 PM »
Please note:-
P&P is not included in the prices below.
To order any of the below - send us an email to info@retrocomputermuseum.co.uk letting us know which system/games you require - we will then work out the P&P for you.

We have the following games on Cassette

Air Traffic Control (Microdeal) - £10

Clamshell - £6 each
Return of the Ring (Wintersoft) x3
Cave Fighter (Cable) x3
Games Compendium D1 (Salamander) x3
Drone Datatank (Cable)
Dragrunner (Cable)
Nightflight (Salamander) x3
Graphics System (Salamander) x3
Laser Zone (GSH) x3
Gridrunner (Salamander)
Grand Prix (Salamander)
Dragon Trek (Salamander)

Single Cassette - £2.50 each
Mined Out (Quicksilva) x3
Pettigrews Diary (Shards) x4
Speed Racer (Microdeal) x3
Katerpillar Attack (Microdeal) x7
Donkey King (Microdeal) x3
Android Attack (Microdeal) x4
Flipper (Microdeal) x8
Dominoes (Oasis) x2
Dragon Chess (Oasis) x6
Ugh! (Softek)
Chuckie Egg (AnF)
Shock Trooper (Microdeal)
Space War (Mircodeal)
Cuthbert in Space (Microdeal)
Transylvanian Tower (Richard Shepherd) x2
Keys of the Wizard (Microdeal)
Super Spy (Richard Shepherd)
Ultimate Adventure 4 (Microdeal)
Rommel's Revenge (Design Design)
Skramble (Microdeal)
Defense (Microdeal) x2
Pinball (Microdeal) x2
Space Monopoly (Microdeal) x4
Time Bandit (Microdeal)
Syzygy (Microdeal)
Dungeon Raid (Microdeal)
Draconian (Microdeal)
Cosmic Zap (Microdeal)
Intergalactic Force (Microdeal)
Cuthbert Goes Walkabout (Microdeal) x3
Leggit! (Imagine)
Hungry Horace (Melbourne) x2
Champions (Peak)
Bug Diver (Mastertronic) x2
Sega Frogger (Microdeal) x2


As stated above - P&P for all items above will be calculated and added once we know what you require.
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FOR SALE / WANTED / Games for sale - PS1
« Last post by AndyRCM on May 17, 2020, 01:01:28 PM »
Please note:-
P&P is not included in the prices below.
To order any of the below - send us an email to info@retrocomputermuseum.co.uk letting us know which system/games you require - we will then work out the P&P for you.

We have the following games for the PS1 - they are sold as seen. Not tested - both Discs and Cases etc are in used condition.

ALL £2.50 each
Dancing Stage Party Edition x2
Dancing Stage Euromix x6
Formula 1 97 x2
Formula One x3
Grand Theft Auto 2
Brian Lara Cricket x2
Toca World Touring Cars
Alien Trilogy
Motorcross Mania
WCW/NWO Mania
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Driver
V-Rally
The Weakest Link
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? x3
Gran Turismo x4
Adidas Power Soccer
Adidas Power Soccer International
UEFA Champions League
FIFA Road to World Cup 98
The FA Premier League Stars
World Cup 98
LMA Manager
FIFA 99 x4
FIFA 2000 x4
FIFA 2001 x2

As stated above - P&P for all items above will be calculated and added once we know what you require.
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FOR SALE / WANTED / Games for sale - Various - 8 bit / Amiga / ST / Saturn / DS
« Last post by AndyRCM on May 17, 2020, 11:43:30 AM »
Please note:-
P&P is not included in the prices below.
To order any of the below - send us an email to info@retrocomputermuseum.co.uk letting us know which system/games you require - we will then work out the P&P for you.


We have the following games on Cassette.

Atari 8 Bit - £4 each (Single Cassette Case)
The Last V8 (M.A.D. Games)
On Cue (M.A.D. Games)
Gun Law (Mastertronic) x2


Commodore C16/+4 - £3 each (Single Cassette Case)
Beach Head (US Gold) - Sealed x12
Master Chess (Mastertronic) x3
Olympiad (Tynesoft) x2
Lunar Docking (Tynesoft) x2
Gun Law (Mastertronic) x2
Formula 1 Simulator (Mastertronic)
Squirm (Mastertronic)
Way of the Exploding Fist (Mastertronic)
Exorcist (Commodore) x2
Crazy Golf (Commodore)
Space Sweep and Invaders (Commodore) x2
Fire Ant (Commodore) x2
Icicle Works (Commodore)
Treasure Island (Commodore)
Number Builder (Commodore) x2
Number Chaser (Commodore) x3


Amstrad CPC - £5 each (Double Cassette Case)
Winter Games (US Gold) x3
They Sold a Million #3 (Various) x2


Acorn BBC Micro - Prices as stated
Knight Lore (Ultimate) x2 - £8 each (missing instructions)
Knight Lore (Ultimate) - £10 (complete)
The Complete Home Entertainment Centre (CDS) - £5
Yie Ar Kung-Fu (Imagine) x2 - £5 each
The Generators (Quicksilva) - £4
Cybertron Mission (Program Power) - £4

The Micro User - Vol 1 No 6 - £3
The MIcro User - Vol 2 No 4 - £3

Acorn Electron - Prices as stated
Thrust (Superior) - £3
Five-A-Side Socca (IJK Software) x2 £3 each
Swoop (Program Power) - £3
Cybertron Mission (Program Power) - £3
Bandits at 3 O'Clock (Program Power) x3 - £3
Ballistix (Superior) x4 - £4 each


Commodore 64 - £10 each)
The Staff of Karnath (Ultimate)


Sinclair ZXSpectrum - Prices as stated
Forth (Sinclair/Artic) - £10
Hurg (Melbourne House) x2 - £5 each
Small Business Accounts(Sinclair/Willden) - £5
Tir Na Nog (Gargoyle Games) - £8
Dun Darach (Gargoyle Games) - £8
Gyron (Firebird) - £8
Platoon (Ocean) x2 - £5 each (missing items - game tape present)
Platoon (Ocean) - £8


Atari ST - £5 each
Protector (Mastertronic)
T-Bird (Mastertronic)


Commodore Amiga - £5 each
Days of Thunder (Mindscape) x3
Arcade Pool (Team 17) x2
Lombard RAC Rally (Hit Squad) x2


Sega Saturn - £5 each
Fifa 97 (EA)


Nintendo DS - £4 each
Brain Training - How old is your brain?
More Brain Training - How old is your brain?


As stated above - P&P for all items above will be calculated and added once we know what you require.
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DIGITAL PRESERVATION / Re: SoftMODing tutorials on YT (various systems)
« Last post by muguk on May 13, 2020, 08:42:26 AM »
Yes please.

All I know from Googling is that I would need to buy a particular game from the eShop to use.
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