Acorn Publisher / Acorn User / Qercus
By now some people should have received their copy of Qercus - ie issue
268 of Acorn User or vol 10 issue 1 of Acorn Publisher. The additional
printing numbers and distribution is new to us so we're not sure how long
it will take to get to all subscribers or to be available in the shops.
Some bulk mailings to overseas customers may not go until next week.
Our experience so far with the database we inherited from Tau Press is
that some customers will receive duplicate copies of the magazine whilst
others will not receive one at all. We have been working hard to put right
as many errors as we could identify but we know there are still some
If you receive an extra issue will you please let us know and tell us
which reference numbers are on the two (three/four!) labels so that we can
put it right for next time. Please don't return any copies - donate
duplicates to a friend, library, dentist/doctor's waiting room &c
If you don't receive your copy (UK) then please do not let us know until
the middle of next week; we have arranged to do *another* sweep of the
database after the SW Show and may have sorted out outstanding problems by
the time you call. Whilst far-flung Acorn User subscribers should receive
their copies faster than before they should give it an extra week at least
before reporting non-receipt.
For this occasion reminders have been sent separately from the magazine
and should have already been received by UK subscribers who n...Qercus (Acorn User / Acorn Publisher) binders
The new Qercus binders will be available within 2 weeks and we're taking
orders now. They are available in dark blue with the Qercus logo in gold on
the spine. The binders will match previous Acorn Publisher binders but will
hold 14 copies of the magazine so Qercus readers will have a spare string
for notes and indexes whilst Acorn Publisher readers will have room for two
years' issues including two annual special issues of Qercus.
Qercus is well-worth collecting so order your binder today.
Binders will cost 8.95 each inc UK postage and may (just) be available at
Until the end of May new subscribers starting their subscription with issue
268, and ordering a binder at the same time, will receive their first issue
ie UK subscription + binder = 49.95 + 8.95 = 58.90 for year's subscription
from issue 269 with issue 268 free.
Orders should be sent to "Finnybank Ltd" 30 Finnybank Road Sale M33 6LR or
by phone to 0161 969 9820. Cheques or cards can be accepted.
Binders and magazines will be despatched together as soon as the binders
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firstname.lastname@example.org, Moderator of comp.sys.acorn.anno...Acorn Electron
A bit of history on the silicon.com website:
Edinburgh Music Theatre presents Godspell www.edinburghtheatre.co.uk
23-26 February 2005, King's Theatre, Edinburgh
On 14 Jan 2005 Govind Kharbanda <email@example.com> wrote:
> A bit of history on the silicon.com website:
As one of the first Electon owners due to skin flint parents, I have to
disagree with "in terms of power it matched the BBC B blow for blow",
unfortunately this was n...Acorn Electron Troubles
any Electron guru's here?
I have a totally DEAD electron that I would like to repair.
It has an Issue 6 mainboard.
On switching on, nothing happens. The mains PSU is working fine, the
internal PSU is also working as it is putting out +5v, 0V, -5V.
The Caps lock LED does not illuminate. There is also no display or
Comparing this board to another of my Issue 6's the IC's 4,5,6,7,11,12
(memory I think) and IC2 ( OS ? ) get's red hot!
Wereas my "working" issue 6, only the CPU (IC 3) and memory get
"slightly warm which I think is usual.
Any idea's? I dont want to leave it on to long trying to blindly
diagnose with temperatures like that going on.
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>
email@example.com (Rich) wrote:
> On switching on, nothing happens. The mains PSU is working fine, the
> internal PSU is also working as it is putting out +5v, 0V, -5V.
> The Caps lock LED does not illuminate. There is also no display or
> startup BEEP.
> Comparing this board to another of my Issue 6's the IC's 4,5,6,7,11,12
> (memory I think) and IC2 ( OS ? ) get's red hot!
> Wereas my "working" issue 6, only the CPU (IC 3) and memory get
> "slightly warm which I think is usual.
> Any idea's? I dont want to leave it on to long trying to blindly
> diagnose with temperatures like that going on.
If...Acorn Publisher Magazine
Acorn Publisher Volume 9 Number 5 (July 2003)
free to a good home, email me if interested.
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Message Sent from an Iyonix (www.iyonix.com) running RISC OS 5.03
...acorn electron problems
I was given an acorn electron a while back and plugged it in for the
first time this weekend. At first it worked okay - beeped, little
light came on and I saw the start up screen. Hurrah! To test it out I
entered a simple program to print numbers on the screen forever.
Unfortunately, it didn't get far before crashing (about 4000 the first
time, about 1000 the second time - perhaps because it took me longer
to type it in the second time). When it crashed, it didn't respond to
break or anything else. I believe the crash was related to how long it
was switched on and not any movement of the power supply or anything
wrong with the simple Basic program I wrote.
I pulled out the power, put it back in again and all I saw was a light
grey box filling the electron's screen area (inside a black border).
When I put the power in, I hear a click and see the grey box again. If
I leave it alone for a long time and then come back to it, I can do
the test program until it crashes then the same thing happens again.
So, my questions are:
* Am I missing something obvious here, or has this electron died?
* If it's died, can it be easily fixed?
* If it can't be easily fixed, is it likely to be any use for spare
If it isn't, I guess I have to chuck it in the bin :-(
Thanks for any pointers!
On 13 Jun 2004 as I do recall,
Sean McManus wrote:
> I pulled out the power, put it back in again and all I saw was a l...Acorn Electron
Does anybody know of (or even offer themselves) an Acorn Electron repair
service? If so, could you post the details please?
As a youngster in the 1980s, the Electron was my first ever wholly owned
machine and, while I can't say I'm a fanatic (I'm not into collecting every
single game or peripheral), I would like to make sure I have a working one
for as long as that is economically possible.
I currently have 3. Two power up ok - the other does not - not even a beep
or a light. Of those two "working", one has a problem displaying output in
Mode 2. I've not tested it very much at all but connected via UHF (I do
have an RGB SCART lead but not tried it) - the top of the screen is garbled
I realise that nothing is 100% guaranteed to work and it must be nearly 30
years since the Elk was released - 1983?? - but it would be nice to know if
I spent a few quid with someone who knew what they were doing - it would be
I've seen this
for various reasons I don't want to attempt to fix it myself.
On Tue, 4 Oct 2011 18:41:27 +0100
"lk" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi all
> Does anybody know of (or even offer themselves) an Acorn Electron repair
> service? If so, could you post the details please?
> As a youngster in the 1980s, the Electron was my first ever wholly own...Acorn Publisher at Guildford
Acorn Publisher will be at Guildford College on Saturday 18th October
for the RISC OS SE Show. We will be selling the latest issue of Acorn
Publisher and will have back copies for sale individually or as bundles
of complete series of articles. Buy at the Show and save on postage.
Acorn Publisher have a theatre slot where we will look at the RISC OS
future and the role of our specialist areas of design, graphics, dtp &
web-design in that future - and we might mention Acorn Publisher's 60th
issue that's just one year in the future. Following the precendent set
last year everyone attending our theatre presentation will go away with
a free gift!
Our team at Guildford will be John (editor/Graphicacy series) and Colin
(staff writer/The Electronic Quill comment pages); I'm afraid that all
our female members of staff are either dog-sitting or back-packing
around Australia. It just confirms that we are a somewhat varied team!
See you at Guildford this Saturday.
John Cartmell email@example.com FAX +44 (0)8700519527
Acorn Publisher magazine http://www.acornpublisher.com
a magazine for computer graphics, dtp & web design
the magazine for all RISC OS users
firstname.lastname@example.org, Backup Moderator of comp.sys.acorn.announce.
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...For sale: games for Amstrad & Acorn BBC & Acorn Electron & Commodore 64 & Commodore Vic20 & Dragon 32 & Oric & Sinclair ZX81 & Sinclair ZX Spectrum (16k & 48k) & IBM PC (5.25" & 3.5" & CD)
I have many old games, on 5.25" & 3.5" &
CD for PC and on tapes for Amstrad & Acorn BBC & Acorn
Electron & Commodore 64 & Commodore Vic20 & Dragon 32
& Oric & Sinclair ZX81 & Sinclair ZX Spectrum (16k & 48k).
I need to sell some of them. Would you like to buy any?
I have bank accounts in the U.K.; the Republic of Ireland;
Sweden; Germany; the Netherlands and Italy, so I can
accept payment in a number of currencies and in a number
I live at
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56023 Cascina (PI),
Send me an email or a lett...buy electronics, sell electronics , auction electronics new, used electronics marketplace a1
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http://www.atoncer.com/electro...FS: Acorn Publisher mags
Acorn Publisher magazines in excellent condition from Vol1 Issue ! throught
ot Vol 7 Issue 3.
Please mke an offer if interested and bear in mind that you will have to
collect or pay postage. Not sure what postage will cost at this stage.
Please e-mail me at
alan at design-jazz dot com
but i will look back in here once or twice, but not for a day or two.
In article <433d056e.0@entanet>,
Enta News <thisisnot@realemailaddress> wrote:
> Acorn Publisher magazines in excellent condition from Vol1 Issue ! throught
> ot Vol 7 Issue 3.
> Please make an offer...Acorn Electron hardware wanted
Forgive what may be an intrusion but if anyone is prepared to sell any Acorn
Electron hardware in particular an (original L-shaped) Acorn Plus 3, please
reply to this.
On 20 Jan 2006 as I do recall,
> Forgive what may be an intrusion but if anyone is prepared to sell any Acorn
> Electron hardware in particular an (original L-shaped) Acorn Plus 3, please
> reply to this.
These are the correct groups, but comp.sys.acorn.hardware might be even
Harriet Bazley == Loyaulte me lie ==
...Looking for Acorn Electron help
Today I updated my Retro-X tool to convert PC images also to Acorn
Electron. Unfortunaly I do not have this machine and only know which
colours and display modes it got, by reading the instruction. My only
retro machines I have are the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, SAM Coup� and Atari
I need: some example screens for Acorn Electron in emulator format (Is
there a standard screen format?), to make a viewer available in my program.
If exists: Viewer or converter for this retro format.
The same about other Acorn 8-Bit machines, if they have different
Thank you...acorn electron power supplies
A friend has given me all his acorn electron stuff, including a
keyboard and a box of games. The catch is, he's lost the power supply.
I don't know what power supply I need or how much it's likely to cost
me. Since I don't know that the computer still works, I don't really
want to spend much money on a power supply.
Any ideas on which power supply I need, where I might be able to get
it and how much it might cost me would be appreciated.
They are auctioned separately quite often at ebay Vintage Platforms, Acorn.
On 20 May, Sean McManus wrote in message
> A friend has given me all his acorn electron stuff, including a keyboard
> and a box of games. The catch is, he's lost the power supply.
> I don't know what power supply I need or how much it's likely to cost
> me. Since I don't know that the computer still works, I don't really
> want to spend much money on a power supply.
> Any ideas on which power supply I need, where I might be able to get it
> and how much it might cost me would be appreciated.
The original external PSU produces 19Vac (not dc), which feeds an internal
switch-mode PSU to produce the required internal voltages.
If you can't get a proper PSU, the Electron should be quite happy with a
dc voltage fed in to the power soc...Crypto-Apps: Ciphers App-1 and App-2.
These ciphers are available now for free downloading from,
http://www.adacryptpages.com (navigate to the bottom title boxes).
Crypto-App Ciphers - Apps_1 & 2. - Personalised Cryptography for Tablets, L=
aptops, Desktop, Main Frame Computers in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.
No need to study the cryptography, the mathematics, the programming, the co=
mputer science (unless you really want to and then you just peruse the othe=
r title boxes on the same site) - instead, just teach yourself to run these=
'apps' as you would any other app...com.sys.mac.apps
...App schema with SYS privileges?
I am afraid I have a question that most of you must have heard a
million times. I should have found the answer on some of the existing
posts, but I am overwhelmed by the information. I a DB newbie tasked by
management to figure out how the Oracle database ought to be setup!
A 3rd-party app we use recommends using a separate instance. But due
to resource constraints we cannot do that (so I've been told). We
have a single instance that is shared by several applications,
including HR tools that hold salary information
The said app requires system privileges because, for each new project,
it creates 6 or more different schemas for the hierarchical elements
contained within. It also requests for the Oracle username and
password for certain tasks that modify large amounts of data, for
instance backup. The current solution is that each time a user creates
a new project or requires the password for other tasks, the Oracle DBA
comes running down to enter the username SYSTEM and the password, a
scenario that neither he nor the users like. Isn't the SYSTEM schema
Is there a way of creating a schema for the application with privileges
to create users/schemas, create tablespaces, add tables etc. WITHOUT
being able to access sensitive information in the database?
I hope I have explained myself well. Thanks very much!
A far from ideal situation in more ways than one, however, it can be
Create a user, APP_ADMIN for example, and grant the relevant pr...Wanted Acorn Electron with SP64
Title says it really.
I'm after a working Acorn Electron with Stop Press 64 fitted for
a collector friend of mine.
I used to have one myself.
Basically a firm called Slogger made an Electron Upgrade (soldered in)
to increase the memory to 64K of RAM. In addition to this you could then
have a graphics package added(again soldered in, it was a tight squeeze !)
called Stop Press 64 (often referered to as just SP64). This was quite
advanced in its day and even featured a mouse (AMX).
So if anyone can lay their hands on one please respond to me with details
and price and I'll pass on the info
John Crane, RISC OS User
...Acorn Electron Cassette Recorder
I have just replied to your thread on non payment for the Cassette recorder
you sent me in good faith, but the thread is from a few days ago and you may
not see it. I have not been on line for a few weeks due to personal
problems. I have posted a cheque to yourself, and I am sorry that you have
not recieved it. Please give me your address and I will send another cheque
via recorded to end this amicably.
...Acorn Electron Cassette Load Problems
my old Acorn Electron (Iss. 4) will not load original Acornsoft cassette
programs unless I speed up the cassette drive motor, so that the normal base
tone is now 2.7 kHz instead of 2.4 kHz.
On the other side I am unable to reload my own saved programs at this speed,
because the Electron will produce a base tone with 2.4 kHz, which will be
recorded as 2.4 kHz regardless the speed of the cassette drive.
Any idea (circuit diagram is available)?
Theres a way to improve the cassette interface of the later Electrons with
diodes. Unfortunately I can't remember where I read about it. I think it
was originally a letter in Electron User magazine. You could try emailing
the bigger sites such as The BBC Lives and 8BS.
Acornsoft tapes have a faster than normal baud rate of about 1280. I would
set your cassette player to the original speed and find this article.
> my old Acorn Electron (Iss. 4) will not load original Acornsoft cassette
> programs unless I speed up the cassette drive motor, so that the normal
> tone is now 2.7 kHz instead of 2.4 kHz.
> On the other side I am unable to reload my own saved programs at this
> because the Electron will produce a base tone with 2.4 kHz, which will be
> recorded as 2.4 kHz regardless the speed of the cassette drive.
> Any idea (circuit diagram is available)?
> Best Regards
Hi,...FA: Acorn Publisher complete set
This is every issue from No.1 (1994) through to Qercus no 277, which despite
the odd numbering is a full series of 64 editions; no gaps.
Looking at even the earliest issues, it is surprising how current they are to
the platform and the software we are using. Plenty of reading material for
the Christmas holiday! *<:->
Selling because I need the space...
Private mail: g a r y (at) l o c o c k . c o . u k
In articl...How to program Windows Vista for the Acorn Electron???
I want to write Windows Vista for the Acorn Electron, so
that I'm able to play modern 3D first person shooters on
How can I code Windows Vista on the Electron???
Do you think that I should write it in BASIC or assembly
In article <email@example.com>,
Victor Smootbank <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I want to write Windows Vista for the Acorn Electron, so
> that I'm able to play modern 3D first person shooters on
> the Electron.
> How can I code Windows Vista on the El...Acorn Publisher
We'll only be carrying limited stocks of Acorn Publisher prior to volume 9
so if you are hoping to purchase back copies then let us know in advance
and we'll be sure to include them in our stock.
A majority of issues are still available back to volume 1 - but prior to
volume 6 there are only in very limited numbers.
As a very special offer you can purchase a copy of every issue of Acorn
Publisher still available up to the end of volume 9, plus three Qercus
'graphics & design' binders to put them in, for just 100GBP. This is for
visitors to Guildford only as postage would increase the cost of this offer
Please let us know in advance to be sure of getting the most from this
Last 6 - first 6. Special Guildford Show Offer.
For new subscribers to Qercus we're offering the last 6 issues of Acorn
Publisher and the first 6 issues of Qercus (incorporating Acorn Publisher &
Acorn User) together for just 40GBP. And we'll give you a binder free!
NB We do have some back issues of Acorn User available - but no runs.
John Cartmell editor Qercus - email@example.com www.qercus.com
Qercus: a fusion of Acorn Publisher & Acorn User magazines
one magazine for all RISC OS users
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Acorn User and Acorn Publisher have been (partially) merged under the
name Qercus. We have to use just the one name in order to ensure its
distribution, and availability, throughout newsagents in the UK.
Subscriptions will continue to be available for what was Acorn User:
Qercus: 12 issues annually (every calendar month) + 1 annual special
December only offer 45.95 [55.05 Europe & 66.75 World]
Order Qercus (all issues)
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Subscriptions will continue to be available for what was Acorn
Qercus: 6 issues annually (every 2 months) + 1 annual special
(the 6 issues will be the Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep & Nov issues of
Qercus and will be familiar in style & content to current Acorn
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Order Qercus (graphics & design issues)
from Finnybank Ltd 30 Finnybank Rd Sale M33 6LR or ring 0161 969 9820
Current Acorn Publisher subscribers may want to upgrade to the full 13
issues a year. The extra issues will contain articles and news about the
whole range of RISC OS computing except those areas covered by the AP
(graphics & design) issues of Qercus.
To upgrade you will need to contact us by telephone or e-mail as the
cost of the upgrade offer depends on the number of issues left in the
There will be two options:
Make an additional payment to upgrade to a 13 issue subscriptio...How to replace original Acorn Electron PSU?
just wanted to know what other PSU's (ie in watt and amp sense) will be
OK as a replacement for original Acorn Electron Power Supply Unit?
Thanks for your help.
(to reply, please delete DEL in e-mail address)
On Fri, 29 Aug 2003 14:49:38 +0100
gilian <gilian@lycosDEL.com> wrote:
> just wanted to know what other PSU's (ie in watt and amp sense) will
> be OK as a replacement for original Acorn Electron Power Supply Unit?
equal or greater. its an AC brick IIRC too, not DC (check that - its
from 10 year old memory).
The voltage must be the same.
Spyros lair: http://www.mnementh.co.uk/ |||| Maintainer: arm26 linux
Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are tasty and good with
gilian <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> just wanted to know what other PSU's (ie in watt and amp sense) will be
> OK as a replacement for original Acorn Electron Power Supply Unit?
It is, I think, a 19V AC PSU. So any mains transformer capable of producing
19V AC or thereabouts should work - at something like 1A (I'm guessing that
figure). My ex-jumble-sale Electron came with a bare mains transformer
loose in a cardboard box - mmm, safety... But it worked.
Theo Markettos firstname.lastname@example.org
Liphook, Hampshire, UK email@example.com
Taken from the Label on said transformer;
INPUT : 220/240V~50Hz