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by 1024MAK
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What makes you continue your Spectrum interest?
Replies: 18
Views: 292

Re: What makes you continue your Spectrum interest?

When was the last time you saw someone soldering components on a modern PC motherboard? When was the last time you saw someone enjoying learning how to use assembly language on a modern PC (not including using a emulator or similar application)? Come to that, when was the last time that you saw some...
by 1024MAK
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Amstrad CPC
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Amstrad CPC

PeterJ wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:33 pm
Am I missing anything?
Apart from mode 3, These are only what BASIC supports.

More info on the CPC Wiki

Mark
by 1024MAK
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Capacitors
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: Capacitors

Yeah, I never said that the 18W iron was ideal for repair work :lol: Both those irons available from Maplin are I believe, Chinese irons. Maplin has been selling them for many years. Not having tried one of these, I can't say how good they are. However, it has been found that some so called temperat...
by 1024MAK
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Capacitors
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: Capacitors

What type of bit are you using on your iron? A chisel tip is what I recommend. Is the tip clean? Did you "tin" it? For normal tracks/pads, an 18W Antex should be okay. But is not very useful for the thicker tracks, like those used for the power supply or ground (0V) circuits. I use a Antex TCS 50W i...
by 1024MAK
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Capacitors
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: Capacitors

No worries :D

Mark
by 1024MAK
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Capacitors
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: Capacitors

You do not need 9V, when using a regulated power supply, since it will make up for the extra power when it is requested. The required minimum voltage for the 7805 to work is 7.5 Volts. Everything above 7.5V is usually dissipated as heat, so not useful. If you do not have any extra peripherals, chew...
by 1024MAK
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Capacitors
Replies: 17
Views: 286

Re: Capacitors

What are the risks of running this machine using the original 1980's capacitors? If I invest 60-70 quid on an IDE/MMC device, do the old capacitors pose a real risk to damaging the add-on? The biggest risk with a ZX Spectrum 16k, 48k (or Plus), is an electrolytic capacitor in the DC/DC converter fa...
by 1024MAK
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: atariage blocking certain countries?
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: atariage blocking certain countries?

I'm in the U.K. and I have no problems accessing AtariAge.

Mark
by 1024MAK
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Could Amstrad have made tapes play faster?
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Could Amstrad have made tapes play faster?

Err, both the Z80A and the 6502 (the 2MHz version) can actually "load" data to RAM from a high speed serial stream much faster than most people think. And Sinclair had already come up with a "high speed" loading system - the microdrive :P Amstrad however, with the ZX Spectrum line were aiming for co...
by 1024MAK
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Website
Topic: Cannot edit older posts.
Replies: 44
Views: 1021

Re: Cannot edit older posts.

Having read through all the posts in this thread, regardless of the "why not at any time" vs. having a restriction, I don't recall any reason why two hours was chosen as the limit. I can understand having a restriction. But would much prefer the time limit to be a bit longer. Two hours is okay if re...