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General Chat Thread, MY BBC MICRO WON'T BOOT FROM FLOPPY in General; didn't have a section for this in technical I've never used a BBC Micro before Its a Model B managed ...
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    MY BBC MICRO WON'T BOOT FROM FLOPPY

    didn't have a section for this in technical

    I've never used a BBC Micro before
    Its a Model B
    managed to dig out a machine, diskette drives and a screen. Loads of games and stuff too. But for some reason the games don't boot.

    Anyone has experience with BBC Micros?

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    what error are you getting?

    Any on screen messages?

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    Well, depending on how they've been stored, you might find the disks or the disk drive is knackered.

    Alternatively, do you know how to make it run them? BBCs don't work like PCs - they won't boot from a disc on power-up, they boot almost instantly from ROM. To start a program from disk, you normally put it in Drive 0, then press <shift>-<break> at the command prompt to make it load the disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    what error are you getting?

    Any on screen messages?
    drive fault 14 at 00/c1

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    Subject: BBC Disk Drive?

    could be a drive connection cable fault?

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    I've tried three drives.

    Only one drive had the light on the front light up, and then it come up with the error I posted.

    Doesn't look like I'm going to get my BBC to work then?
    at the moments its just acting as a calculator

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolfea View Post
    I've tried three drives.

    Only one drive had the light on the front light up, and then it come up with the error I posted.

    Doesn't look like I'm going to get my BBC to work then?
    at the moments its just acting as a calculator
    No chuckie egg for you then!

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    If it's a tape drive try turning the volume up on the external unit?

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    its not tape, its the 5" 1/4 floppy drive

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    Whipper snappers eh!?

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    How are you trying to load the game? Normally BBCs use custom built floppy controllers (there was no floppy disk standard back then). Either way, pressing Shift-Break should load the chainloader (if the disk has one). If it doesn't you'll have to LOAD/RUN the game.

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    There a very good bbc B emulator out there, works a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    How are you trying to load the game? Normally BBCs use custom built floppy controllers (there was no floppy disk standard back then). Either way, pressing Shift-Break should load the chainloader (if the disk has one). If it doesn't you'll have to LOAD/RUN the game.
    I don't really know enough about the BBCs
    trying to load it using Shift Break, and thats the way it come up with the error posted above.

    Have tried the Load / Run method but it told me I had a syntax error

    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    There a very good bbc B emulator out there, works a treat.
    I have a real one, just don't know how to use it!

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    Just wondered does anyone know where I can get the old Star Trek game on the BBC B Micro? Haven't played it now for 19 years?

    Wes

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    Ok you might have to Chain load the file. So thats:
    Code:
    *CHAIN "something"
    *LOAD

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