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General Chat Thread, MY BBC MICRO WON'T BOOT FROM FLOPPY in General; So long since I used one but I'm wondering if it's case sensitive. Can you try: Code: *HELP When it ...
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    So long since I used one but I'm wondering if it's case sensitive. Can you try:

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    *HELP
    When it first switches on it will say something like "BBC B 32k" at the top and under that should be a list of installed ROMs (perhaps just one) - what does it say??

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    GUI? Pah.

    PEEK and POKE, Daisywheels, arcane command lines and BASIC FTW.

    6502 CPUs rock my world. Not so much the Z80, the 8080 or the 8088 though. And lets just bury the 80186 episodes...RM Nimbus..argh.

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    Would anyone happen to know how you list what ROM chips you have in a BBC B, and then how you would run software from them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenningWalker View Post
    Would anyone happen to know how you list what ROM chips you have in a BBC B, and then how you would run software from them?
    It's soooo long since I used one. I remember having a Wordwise word processor ROM. Typing *W. (or *WORD ) set the word processor going. *BASIC got you back.

    *. should get you a catalogue of what's on a disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenningWalker View Post
    Would anyone happen to know how you list what ROM chips you have in a BBC B, and then how you would run software from them?
    List the ROMs with the *HELP command
    Get help for each ROM typically by typing *HELP <rom nam>

    If the ROM is an application (eg Wordwise) then you just start it with *WORDWISE and then just use it to do whatever. Many of the utility ROMS had a fairly limited set of commands (they were probably only 8 or 16 kilobytes - ie smaller than some peoples signature blocks on here!!)

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    I have done these and they have displayed the ROM in the machine, but they did not display the ones I was looking for. I have my BBC connected to a CNC lathe and until about 6 months ago it worked from a 5 1/4" floppy, This no longer works and now displays the message "Disk Fault 08" and as a result the lathe no longer works. I found two ROM chips inside the system which have written on them "Techsoft CNC Designer" but they cannot be found by the computer. So I need to find the original software and copy it over onto more of a reliable type of memory. The software is made by Lander Microsystems (for the Conect 121 CNC Lathe) does anyone know where I could get hold of this in any format compatible with the BBC? Thank you.

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    I remember that you could write some code in basic to read the roms directly, including all the development team members names.
    Last edited by ICT_GUY; 4th May 2010 at 12:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenningWalker View Post
    This no longer works and now displays the message "Disk Fault 08" and as a result the lathe no longer works.
    This page gives the BBC disc error codes - error 08 means "Error 08 (clock error) during a disc read operation a clock bit was missing." which I think means a fault with the drive rather than the disc

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