BBC Master won't start to basic

Anything to do with New Zealand Classic or Vintage Computing not covered in the other forums

BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby matsondawson on Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:47 pm

I've got a BBC master that keeps starting up in VIEW, does anyone know how to make it start in BASIC?
matsondawson
 
Posts: 323
Joined: Mon May 11, 2009 4:34 pm

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby tezza on Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:49 pm

I don't but could it be some kind of optional ROM fitted?
Tez (Terry Stewart) (Administrator)
Collection: http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/col ... /index.htm
Projects and Articles: http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/blog/index.htm
Twitter: @classiccomputNZ | YouTube: Terry Stewart
Trade Me: tezza5
tezza
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2293
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 pm
Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby matsondawson on Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:05 pm

Yup, I think VIEW is a spreadsheet program.
It just came to me when I turned it on before "*BASIC" (of course!)
Now I just have to figure out how to make it stick.
I've been going through all the tapes I have got with computers and it's been a lot of fun.
I thought I hated tapes until yesterday, it seems that age has given me the patience to wait for tapes to load.
I'm just basking in shrill noise nostalgia atm
matsondawson
 
Posts: 323
Joined: Mon May 11, 2009 4:34 pm

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby matsondawson on Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:06 pm

When I remove the VIEW ROM the computer won't start, so I thought that maybe it was missing it's basic rom up until now.
matsondawson
 
Posts: 323
Joined: Mon May 11, 2009 4:34 pm

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby tezza on Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:38 pm

Yea, tapes are fun. The turning wheels...the shrill noise....the wait. Compare that to the silent and unseen instant data transfer from a usb stick or modern hard drive. where's the fun in that! Cassettes just seem more "authentic" for some reason... :)
Tez (Terry Stewart) (Administrator)
Collection: http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/col ... /index.htm
Projects and Articles: http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/blog/index.htm
Twitter: @classiccomputNZ | YouTube: Terry Stewart
Trade Me: tezza5
tezza
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2293
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 pm
Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby matsondawson on Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:25 pm

Well that was a whole hour of fun, my PSU just released it's blue smoke!!
Just FYI, if the speaker in your BBC is making a lot of noise then maybe it's time to check your filter capacitors.
matsondawson
 
Posts: 323
Joined: Mon May 11, 2009 4:34 pm

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby tezza on Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:35 pm

The old fiter caps in the PSU? If the Master is anything like the BBC the PSU is hard to get into and the components are cramped.

No, I use disk with my BBC. The only time I can hear tapes is when loading them into my colour genie with a tape player with a monitor switch. It lets you hear what's playing.
Tez (Terry Stewart) (Administrator)
Collection: http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/col ... /index.htm
Projects and Articles: http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/blog/index.htm
Twitter: @classiccomputNZ | YouTube: Terry Stewart
Trade Me: tezza5
tezza
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2293
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 pm
Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby MisJiF on Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:41 pm

On the BBC Master, BASIC and VIEW are in the 1Mb ROM that's fitted. You need to issue configuration commands to make it start up, like this:
http://blog.joel.co.uk/?itemid=888

*CONFIGURE LANG <number> will set the language it starts up in., Type *ROMS to see which slot BASIC is in.
This might be useful to you also:
http://lionels.orpheusweb.co.uk/CompNyb ... onfig.html

The smoke most likely came from the mains filter caps. They are cheap to buy and not too hard to replace.

Hope that helps.

Cheers,

Mike.
MisJiF
 
Posts: 21
Joined: Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:07 am
Location: North Shore, Auckland

Re: BBC Master won't start to basic

Postby Carcenomy on Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:43 am

Good articles Mike!

My Beeb doesn't even have a ruddy power supply to release blue smoke though, it's a Master Compact and the guy who gave it to me thought that all it consisted of was the keyboard - so I'm sans the drive/PSU box. D'oh!
Just the local Commodore hobo and middle-aged PC hoarder.
eisa on Trademe. A lasting reminder of a Compaq fetish when I was younger.
Carcenomy
 
Posts: 764
Joined: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:59 pm
Location: Invercargill


Return to General

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

cron