Recently, I have mostly been poking me head inside a BBC Model B.
Why, you old 8Bitter, I can hear you enquire, have you lost a quid within... or something?
No, fellas, I have taken delivery of a lovely Beeb but it needed its PSU caps completely replacing.
Up stepped your mate and mine - Vulcanman of Lincolnshire, no less - and he promptly carried out repairs for me, just before Christmas.
It then sat in its well-packed parcel for the best part of two weeks... Not the old Baz procrastination mode again, I hear you ask?
Yep, it's fair to say I was a little sidetracked with "other stuff" ganning on.
Suffice to say, I finally got my finger out and opened said brilliantly packed parcel to discover...
Darn - the PSU fix was fully functional BUT despite excellent double/treble layers/box and packing surrounding the Beeb, a notoriously loose daughterboard had become adrift from the Beeb's motherboard...
...the one and only Sidewise Sideways ROM/RAM expansion board had broken free - and, in the process, suffered bent pins...
ABOVE: The bent pins led to one completely breaking-off when trying to straighten them out... at the point of the red circle, top right, then top left.
Hence, what's to do, Baz?
Well, what I intend to do is send the Sidewise board off to be looked at and have the pin section completely removed and replaced - Andy might fancy a bit of work again.
However, I'll remove all the ROMs and try and stick the original BBC OS and BASIC ones back in their usual slots and see if we can't get Auntie Beeb to wake up again in her 'standard' state, rather than the enhanced mode which all these ROMs in their sideways board give her.
Any other Beeb lovers out there want to comment / make a suggestion or two?
OK, I'm making progress, Beeb peeps (What do you use as the collective noun for Beeb users, Beeps? Beepers!? Someone enlighten me...)
As the work situation is quiet at the mo, I've had a bit of time to get my Doctor Who sonic screwdriver out and carefully prise out some of the key ROMS from the Sidewise sideways ROM board and insert them in the 'correct' order in the 5 ROM sockets at the bottom right of the Beeb motherboard.
As ever, this never goes quite according to plan and the 1st time round I had slotted two chips home in the wrong order... a quick swap over and now Auntie Beeb correctly "BEE-BEEPS"....
...and comes up asking me for Language?
Clearly, I can't have inserted the BASIC language chip yet, is this correct, fellas, as I'm aware that the Beeb will accept several other language chips such as PASCAL, FORTH etc?
No worries! My main point was to test out if the PSU fix had worked (of course it had, Andy - many thanks - never in doubt) and that the Beeb will boot if it has the correct ROM instruction sets inserted... which it now does so that's good.
I daresay I need to check if the DFS chip is also onboard else there's no way a floppy disk unit will boot/be recognised, yes?
Some progress then, Beepers.
I really would like to hear from anyone else with any Beeb lurve or knowledge - Allen, Rich, anyone OUT THERE?!
Please enlighten me as I am nothing more than an 'enthusiastic amateur' or, as Bev would put it, a "Bleedin' well beeping Beeper..."