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NEW MEMBERS - SIGN IN HERE PLEASE / Hi all
« Last post by thevdm on February 25, 2020, 01:58:51 PM »
Hi,

I've joined on here hoping some may share some knowledge with me at times of need and so I can share the knowledge I have on vintage comptuers with others.

My main areas of interest are around the 486 era of Dos/Windows 3.11 PC clones, going as modern as Pentium III still interests me (although I gather that may be a bit modern for a forum like this). My wife and I also enjoy some 16-bit gaming. I keep getting a urge to find a Spectrum to break back into 8-bit gaming after a couple of decades off.

Jim
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DIGITAL PRESERVATION / Re: Preservation of items
« Last post by muguk on February 25, 2020, 11:15:51 AM »
Cheers Andy.

I'm still in the process (when I'm actually at home) of copying all of the .ISO files from Karl's 2TB hard-drive onto (one of) my WD Cloud 8TB drives.

In theory, once I've found some way of automating the shared links, I'll be able to offer up any of the content. Bearing in mind they're large files (in general) plus I'm limited to what I can upload by my Virgin connection.

What will follow will be Perfect TZX files (so you can recover any Spectrum tape by converting it back to a .WAV and recording it over an original, but non-working, tape.

Likewise with Kryoflux/Greaseweazle/SCF images of floppy disks for the same reasons as above (but you will need the extra hardware to write them back).
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DIGITAL PRESERVATION / Preservation of items
« Last post by AndyRCM on February 25, 2020, 09:21:11 AM »
Please use this area for preservation of everything and anything to do with our area of expertise.
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RCM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Minor Nascom gathering - 29th Feb 2020
« Last post by andyc on February 22, 2020, 09:45:06 PM »
A chance for Nascom enthusiasts to use and chat about this great little British machine.
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GAMING EVENTS - OPEN DAYS 2020 / Re: Minor Nascom gathering - 29th Feb 2020
« Last post by andyc on February 22, 2020, 06:30:12 PM »
Thanks for that Shyman. That was a good move.


Cheers,

Andy
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NEW MEMBERS - SIGN IN HERE PLEASE / Re: New member but very old BBC Master!
« Last post by Diane Davies on February 18, 2020, 02:18:54 PM »
Thanks for the welcome Andy
Not a lot to report but now the holiday season is over I start to look again at my over stuffed garage. Much as I loved using the BBC computers with my classes I don't think I have much use for it. I was given it by the school when they went  PC, and I thought I could use it and the copious software packages to do home tutoring, not just games but adventure writing, maths problems, nature, lots of datahandling for kids.  That didn't happen because the need to look out for aging parents took over.  I was hoping to find like minded BBC lovers, and have found someone who only wants the hardware, just to play adult games programs.

I'm reluctant to split the kit if someone out there wants the software and all the hardware. Are there any retro lovers who would love my BBC Master, still pretty much perfect not having been maltreated or stored in damp conditions, especially for its educational value? otherwise I can offer the bits and pieces separately, concept keyboard, printer, double disk drive..... as well as the monitor, and computer itself. Any ideas on  next steps?
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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Amstrad Keyboard Capers
« Last post by MiniMort on February 17, 2020, 09:42:35 PM »
Hello Jack,
Never heard of this mate - we have several 6128s but never noticed this problem on those? Not good as I don't think anywhere does spares ... yet?

Andy
Hi Andy. No I don’t think spares and reproduction membranes have been produced yet, or if they have they’re no longer for sale. From what I gather this seems to be a rare issue - probably as my family’s 6128 was used for 10 years as the main computer for letters, essays, coursework and Daley Thompsons Decathlon. My grandad’s looked and he still has some conducting paint so I’ll have to give that a go soon. Until then at least all of the keys that allow me to load cassettes still work so I can play stuff with a joystick.
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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Re: Amstrad Keyboard Capers
« Last post by AndyRCM on February 17, 2020, 05:05:40 PM »
Hello Jack,
Never heard of this mate - we have several 6128s but never noticed this problem on those? Not good as I don't think anywhere does spares ... yet?

Andy
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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Amstrad Keyboard Capers
« Last post by MiniMort on February 16, 2020, 08:14:48 PM »
Hi everyone. I’ve got an Amstrad 6128 and yesterday, during a session of coding, a column of the keys stopped working. I opened it up and gave the membrane a light clean, but of course that wasn’t the issue.

I’ve read that the most likely cause is the carbon circuit waring off from the membrane and that it can be fixed by using conducting paint (that stuff you could get for repairing headed rear windscreens on old cars) but I also read that the 6128 in particular used two membrane sheets stuck together so that might be an issue.

Has anyone had any experiences with repairing keyboard membranes on old Amstrads?

Many thanks,
Jack
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GAMING EVENTS - OPEN DAYS 2020 / Re: Minor Nascom gathering - 29th Feb 2020
« Last post by shyman on February 15, 2020, 10:21:05 PM »
I told the gentleman who run the nascom.info site  about the meeting, unfortunately he cannot make it :(
Poor public transport on a Sunday!
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