A5000 - diving in at the deep end!

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People say that Arch Elite is the best but I'm not that impressed. Feels a bit like the Amiga/ST version bit with dubious mouse control.

@rubber_jonnie If you had a Gotek fitted then I could send over a set of ADF files for you.
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stephen_usher wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:12 pm People say that Arch Elite is the best but I'm not that impressed. Feels a bit like the Amiga/ST version bit with dubious mouse control.
So is that with the steel ball or the gobstopper? :lol: :hide:
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:35 pm
stephen_usher wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:12 pm People say that Arch Elite is the best but I'm not that impressed. Feels a bit like the Amiga/ST version bit with dubious mouse control.
So is that with the steel ball or the gobstopper? :lol: :hide:
For me, it would be steel ball!
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:31 pm
rubber_jonnie wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:46 pm The monitor is an LCD, an NEC 1990Fxp, great monitor and I also have an NEC 1970NX which is equally good.
I have two 1990Fxp's (one has what I believe to be a shot PSU where a postman decided it wasn't his job to be careful and broke it). :(

I always thought that the 1970NX had better/more adjustment options (like a v-size at least!)

EDIT: Games? If I had of got this machine working, the first game to have run would have been David Braben's original masterpiece, Elite! :)

The Archie version is meant to be among the very best.
Given I have Elite for BBC, Electron and Apple, having it for the Archie makes a lot of sense. May even have it for the Speccy too.
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stephen_usher wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:12 pm People say that Arch Elite is the best but I'm not that impressed. Feels a bit like the Amiga/ST version bit with dubious mouse control.

@rubber_jonnie If you had a Gotek fitted then I could send over a set of ADF files for you.
I do have a Gotek I could use, even if only temporarily to get stuff onto the hard drive, I'd be very interested in any ADFs you might have please.
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:14 am I do have a Gotek I could use, even if only temporarily to get stuff onto the hard drive, I'd be very interested in any ADFs you might have please.
https://forums.jaspp.org.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=25
https://archive.org/details/tosec-2021-02-14-safe
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alexh wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:13 am
rubber_jonnie wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:14 am I do have a Gotek I could use, even if only temporarily to get stuff onto the hard drive, I'd be very interested in any ADFs you might have please.
https://forums.jaspp.org.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=25
https://archive.org/details/tosec-2021-02-14-safe
Ahh yes, you did say earlier :)
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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I know I said I was done, but I've decided to pursue the IDE thing a bit further. I've replaced the 2nd 74HCT245 and can now detect CF cards :)

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Previously the drive details were garbled, so for me that is progress.

Formatting fails, but definitely a good sign :)
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Nice to know as I'll probably have to go through this with mine.
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alexh wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:48 am Nice to know as I'll probably have to go through this with mine.
Still having issues formatting them, even with Wizzo softloaded, but I think that it is highly likely that the IDE interface is now working, I just don't have any drives it likes :)
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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