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
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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?
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Send me an email or a lett...FS: Misc Acorn (and non-Acorn) hardware
Like Peter Naulls yesterday, I'm trying to get rid of my remaining Risc
PC and the related hardware. I've put them on eBay.
The Acorn-specific items are:
Acorn Risc PC StrongARM 233 MHz + Power-tec SCSI
i-cubed EtherLan600 for Acorn Risc PC/A7000
Acorn Risc PC power supply, backplane and screws
RISC OS Select
STD PS2Mouse for Acorn Risc PC
Acorn MEU + Plextor PlexWriter RW 4220 internal SCSI
Graphic tablet PaintPal Deluxe
The rest is not Acorn-specific but was connected to either a Risc PC or
a Iyonix and therefore may be of interest here as well:
Mitsumi FA402M 3.5" Floppy and 7in1 Media Drive
Sony 3.5" Floppy MPF 920
ELSA MicroLink ISDN 4U Router/Hub
Iomega ZIP 100 Drive external SCSI
HP ScanJet 3c SCSI
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...Acorn Plus 3 PSU
I've recently got my hands on an Acorn Plus 3, sadly it came without
the old black hummingbird PSU.
I know that the Plus 3 needs a 21VAC 20W PSU. What I'm wondering is
would a 21VDC PSU (a generic laptop replacement one) work on a Plus 3?
I remember that you could get away using a DC PSU on the Electron
itself, but I don't particularly want to buy such a DC PSU to find out
it doesn't work - I'd rather buy a transformer from Maplin/RS and build
my own AC one.
Thanks in Advance!
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I've recently got my hands on an Acorn Plus 3, sadly it came without
> the old black hummingbird PSU.
> I know that the Plus 3 needs a 21VAC 20W PSU. What I'm wondering is
> would a 21VDC PSU (a generic laptop replacement one) work on a Plus 3?
> I remember that you could get away using a DC PSU on the Electron
> itself, but I don't particularly want to buy such a DC PSU to find out
> it doesn't work - I'd rather buy a transformer from Maplin/RS and build
> my own AC one.
I have no direct experience of the Acorn Plus 3 and its PSU.
I have some experience in designing power supplies, so some general
observations may help.
21VAC is an odd voltage for a transformer. You may have some trouble
finding one. Also, the regulation of a transformer (which is a way
of quantifying its output resist...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
...wanted electron plus 3
I am looking for an Electron Plus three. Can anyone help?
...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.
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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.
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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.
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Liphook, Hampshire, UK email@example.com
Taken from the Label on said transformer;
INPUT : 220/240V~50Hz
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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 motherboard & psu for offer
I've got an acorn electon motherboard, case and psu that's going
spare. All working, just missing the keyboard. Would happily pack and
post within the UK for the price of postage - or it could be collected
if you're in Aberdeen, Scotland.
I'm looking for replacement keyswitches for a late 85 beeb with a
brown keyboard pcb. The keyswitches have a rectangular hole in the top
as opposed to a cross shaped pillar. Does anyone know where they can
be obtained? I've tried RS & maplins to no avail.
...Wanted: Electron disc interface (plus 3, AP3, etc.
hi there- I'm looking for a disc interface for an Acorn Electron to use as
the basis for a hardware project. It doesn't need to be in working order,
it's just for reverse-engineering purposes.
I've been able to find out most of the needed information on the internet
(memory mapped addresses, etc.) but it needs just a little bit more work.
If anyone has a circuit diagram of the the plus 3, etc, that would be great
In fact, just a reasonable quality scan or photo of both sides of the PCB
would be better than nothing.
On 2 Dec 2004 "Chris Meighan" <email@example.com> wrote:
> hi there- I'm looking for a disc interface for an Acorn Electron to use as
> the basis for a hardware project. It doesn't need to be in working order,
> it's just for reverse-engineering purposes.
> I've been able to find out most of the needed information on the internet
> (memory mapped addresses, etc.) but it needs just a little bit more work.
> If anyone has a circuit diagram of the the plus 3, etc, that would be great
> as well.
I think I've still got the STL EFS disc interface around somewhere. It
plugged in to the cartridge slot of the Plus one and provided a floppy
and winchester connection. I wasn't able to afford a winchester in those
days, but the floppy worked well on both DFS and ADFS - I was one of the
first people to use the *HUGE* 640K 5.25" ADFS discs.
> In fact, just a rea...Acorn Publisher / Acorn User / Qercus
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and should have already been received by UK subscribers who n...Acorn original games
Were there any original games first programmed for Acorns that made
it to other platforms?
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In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>
someone <email@example.com> wrote:
> Were there any original games first programmed for Acorns that made
> it to other platforms?
I believe Manchester United Europe did (by Krisalis from what I remember),
although whether the Acorn version came first or not I'm not sure.
E-mail: a...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...Wanted: Acorn Newletters
I am adding various Acorn Newsletters to my web site (see
I have added the ones I have and would like to fill in the gaps, so I
Customer Services Newsletters No. 10, 20 & 23+
Developer Newsletters No. 1 to 17 & 39+
ISV Newsletters ALL
Education News 1, 3, 4, 5 & 7+
Higher education News 1 & 3+
and any other Acorn newsletters or other dealer/developer documents.
I am of course will to pay, including postage, at a fair price. If you have
any to sell (or give me) please email me at:
chris (at) chriswhy dot co dot uk
...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...What games do you want on the Acorn?
What games would you most like to see on Risc OS? a port of Sim city
3000? a port of Oolite elite? a new R.P.G.?
I would most like to see a new R.P.G. on the platform that you could
play online against other users. The amount of buyers would be
probably be quite low, but what's the possibility of it all?
On 21 May, 07:10, "David.Watts.Ris...@googlemail.com"
> What games would you most like to see on Risc OS? a port of Sim city
> 3000? a port of Oolite elite? a new R.P.G.?
> I would most like to see a ne...Acorn NC or Acorn NetStation, looking for one.
I am looking for an Acorn NC with ethernet interface! If someone has
one, please let me know, and a reasonable price. Complete, with the
remote and etc!
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> one, please let me know, and a reasonable price. Complete, with the
> remote and etc!
I shall be eBaying an NC with ethernet, but no remote, fairly shortly,
possibly in the next few weeks.
RISC OS - you know it makes cents
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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.
I am trying the computer in object.
Contacts in email.
...Wanted Acorn bits
Didn't know where tho ask this since there isn't a classifieds forum ;)
Anyway last summer I bought an A7000 ,which I really grown a customed
to.I plan on setting it up as my main system (Using something like VNC
for PC "super" needs (typing japanese , Skype with my girlfriend in
syberia,...). But as any other student I'm pretty low on cash.Well
actually I do have enough money to buy a A9home but It's all used up to
fly to syberia in april (to visit my lovely girlfriend). In any case to
make why A7000 work properly I need to buy two things.
An Ethernet card -> so ...FA: Acorn Archimedes A310 and Acorn AKF50 Monitor
For Auction on eBay:
Acorn Archimedes A310 and Acorn AKF50 Monitor
British Broadcasting Corporation Microcomputer System
Processor: ARM 3
Memory: 8 MB
Hard Disc: 350 MB
Design IT E500 Access+ (Ethernet 10Base2)
Oak SCSI Interface
Watford Electronics Scanner
Original keyboard with extension cable
Watford Electronics Hand Scanner
Acorn AKF50 with mains connection to A310 and 9/15 adapter.
Slight superficial damage to monitor case.
Used to be in daily use. Needed only fresh AA batteries (for CMOS RAM) to
overcome a year of non-use.
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...FS: All manner of Acorn Hardware
I'm loosing my room at my parents, which means my collection of Acorn
stuff has to go! This includes but is not limited to some of the
A5000, standard, old college machine
A3000, with external hard drive and a 5 1/4" floppy disc (this machine
i love, grew up with it but have no where to put it), also has a
RISC PC 700, another ex college one, works, think i might have put a
strong arm and PC card in it.
Acorn electron, with tapes and two power supplies
Star dot matrix printer for the acorn, includes at least one ink
All kinds of miscellaneous hard ware for a BBC b/master including;
CUB monitor, various tape decks and modems, floppy drives
Pile of Acorn User magazines (about 30 of)
Bigger pile of manuals, probably in the region of 20 manuals and
Miscellaneous boxes of software on low density floppies
See the following for piccies, this is not everything, and not
everything pictured is available
Would prefer for the whole lot to go in one go but don't expect it,
and I would like to see token gestures of cash for them. Not able to
post at the moment, located on the Wirral but can also be collected
from Liverpool with sufficient warning. Needs to go in the next two
weeks, so offered here, then eBay, then the tip!
I'd have thought ebay would be best as there has not been that much
Acorn/RISC OS stuff on there for a while, so prices should be good.
Also, if ...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.