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Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic Today, 11:28
Replies: 3
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Posted By Daedalus
In general, you don't need to open libraries...

In general, you don't need to open libraries explicitly for using OS calls - Blitz will open and close them as required (but be sure to use the End statement to exit the program). However, you *can*...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic Today, 11:19
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By Daedalus
Oops, yes, of course... I even said it in the...

Oops, yes, of course... I even said it in the text, just forgot to put them in the example. Fixed now, thanks ;)

As an aside, it is possible to use string parameters without the & for system calls...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic Yesterday, 21:35
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By Daedalus
The Maxlen keyword is used for reserving string...

The Maxlen keyword is used for reserving string space:

Maxlen myName$ 512

You can then use & to pass the address of the reserved string to any OS calls that need to write to it:

succ.l =...
Forum: support.Hardware Yesterday, 11:06
Replies: 15
Views: 1,568
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, that's common enough, and stresses the...

Yep, that's common enough, and stresses the remaining soldered pad. If the pad has already been weakened (e.g. by corrosion from electrolyte leakage), you risk peeling that pad off the board.

...
Forum: support.Hardware Yesterday, 09:41
Replies: 15
Views: 1,568
Posted By Daedalus
Hot air is fine as well, and flux will help...

Hot air is fine as well, and flux will help greatly if there's already been some leakage. I wouldn't use a single soldering iron as you need to have both pads molten at the same time to safely remove...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 19 August 2018, 18:44
Replies: 5
Views: 237
Posted By Daedalus
Yeah, the only one I remember in my local shop in...

Yeah, the only one I remember in my local shop in Dublin (Electronics Boutique) was Blitz Basic, which I bought. Can't remember the price...

There was an Amiga shop in Berlin after that time that...
Forum: support.Apps 19 August 2018, 15:42
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, works fine for me too on my B1260.

Yep, works fine for me too on my B1260.
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 19 August 2018, 01:05
Replies: 1,894
Views: 258,508
Posted By Daedalus
There are a couple of other changes too, as Toni...

There are a couple of other changes too, as Toni pointed out. The palettes can be altered to point at different banks of 16 colours for odd and even channels, meaning that all 8 sprites can use...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 18 August 2018, 16:17
Replies: 1,894
Views: 258,508
Posted By Daedalus
Yeah, if you're using a CD32 emulator, CDDA...

Yeah, if you're using a CD32 emulator, CDDA should just work provided the standard CD32 access methods are followed. Streaming CDDA from hard drive is doable, but it would surprise you to know just...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 18 August 2018, 13:30
Replies: 1,894
Views: 258,508
Posted By Daedalus
CDDA is a little more complicated, and involves a...

CDDA is a little more complicated, and involves a totally different approach of sending and receiving SCSI commands from the device driver that handles the CD-ROM. This is easy enough to do with...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 18 August 2018, 13:23
Replies: 1,894
Views: 258,508
Posted By Daedalus
Yeah, the simplest way of increasing chip RAM...

Yeah, the simplest way of increasing chip RAM would be to use the Zorro-II space, which is likely how the planned A4000 solution would have worked, and how WinUAE works with its 8MB solution. If...
Forum: Hardware mods 17 August 2018, 14:31
Replies: 25
Views: 507
Posted By Daedalus
It should be doable from the Amiga though - a...

It should be doable from the Amiga though - a passthrough on the joystick port for example, or the external floppy connector if you can find a connector.

Recently I've rebuilt an Amiga 500 PSU,...
Forum: support.Hardware 17 August 2018, 14:28
Replies: 17
Views: 406
Posted By Daedalus
It wasn't my machine, I was doing some work on it...

It wasn't my machine, I was doing some work on it for someone else but I'll find out the serial number. Sounds like they could be similar alright. I was only disappointed because I thought it might...
Forum: OT - Technical 17 August 2018, 14:22
Replies: 48
Views: 962
Posted By Daedalus
I've highlighted an important part of the problem...

I've highlighted an important part of the problem here. You say "Hobbiests" [sic], but you seem to ignore the primary purpose of a hobby: for the person partaking in the hobby to enjoy it. Pleasing...
Forum: support.Hardware 17 August 2018, 13:53
Replies: 17
Views: 406
Posted By Daedalus
Indeed, I recently broke the seal on an A500 that...

Indeed, I recently broke the seal on an A500 that had red power and caps lock LEDs and a totally different feeling keyboard to most A500s, but was mildly disappointed to find a standard Rev. 6A board...
Forum: support.Hardware 17 August 2018, 11:30
Replies: 17
Views: 406
Posted By Daedalus
Well, if the second 512KB is *Chip* RAM, then...

Well, if the second 512KB is *Chip* RAM, then it's an ECS Agnus. On the A500 as standard it's mapped as slow-fast RAM, regardless of Agnus version, so that alone isn't a reliable way to tell.
Forum: Amiga scene 17 August 2018, 10:18
Replies: 31
Views: 3,633
Posted By Daedalus
Because Besides, most people don't...

Because



Besides, most people don't want more than a 68020 or 68030 for WHDLoad, which appears to be the most common use for Amigas these days.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 16 August 2018, 23:10
Replies: 77
Views: 2,773
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, I am. Doesn't make it a valid argument for...

Yep, I am. Doesn't make it a valid argument for hate.


Ah yes. Up there with Micro$oft :p
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 16 August 2018, 11:31
Replies: 20
Views: 735
Posted By Daedalus
Really? I played FFVII quite a bit on the...

Really? I played FFVII quite a bit on the Playstation, and while I though it was alright, it didn't grab my attention enough to keep playing all the way through and I abandoned it some way through...
Forum: support.Hardware 16 August 2018, 11:28
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By Daedalus
That can still be caused by corrosion within or...

That can still be caused by corrosion within or hidden by the base of the connector. It usually takes a few bends back and forth to break a "healthy" pin like that, but corrosion can make them very...
Forum: OT - Technical 16 August 2018, 10:05
Replies: 20
Views: 547
Posted By Daedalus
High end desktops were never cheap - once you get...

High end desktops were never cheap - once you get to the sharp end of the curve, prices always rose dramatically. I remember a friend paying £2,500 for a Pentium 3 550MHz machine. It had incredible...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 16 August 2018, 09:50
Replies: 77
Views: 2,773
Posted By Daedalus
Talks like what? And what has my avatar got to do...

Talks like what? And what has my avatar got to do with things? I'm a Zelda fan, but that's not the topic of conversation, and doesn't mean I'm a blind Nintendo fanboy. Your credibility dropped when...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 August 2018, 12:13
Replies: 77
Views: 2,773
Posted By Daedalus
Indeed, and I haven't disputed that - in fact...

Indeed, and I haven't disputed that - in fact I've agreed by pointing out how common these files are around the world. That doesn't contradict what I've said though - these sites aren't about...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 August 2018, 09:56
Replies: 77
Views: 2,773
Posted By Daedalus
I'll explain below, but it's a very different...

I'll explain below, but it's a very different situation here that you don't seem to realise.


I'm not offering any judgement on piracy either way, just pointing out the reality of the situation....
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 14 August 2018, 12:18
Replies: 77
Views: 2,773
Posted By Daedalus
Why? Are there no physical copies of the...

Why? Are there no physical copies of the cartridges left in existence, and do you think nobody has a copy of every game stored on their machines somewhere? It's a huge blow for casual, convenient...
Forum: Hardware mods 14 August 2018, 12:12
Replies: 12
Views: 517
Posted By Daedalus
I don't get the relevance of this post to what I...

I don't get the relevance of this post to what I said. Yep, the chips are rare, and I am actually aware of that, but that only make it even more sensible to fit sockets while you have the...
Forum: support.Hardware 14 August 2018, 10:54
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By Daedalus
Welcome along! Well, an A1200 will cost you...

Welcome along!

Well, an A1200 will cost you more than an A500+, and A500+ keyboards are the same as the A500, so are the most common model made of all Amiga keyboards, so I would say that's the...
Forum: support.Games 14 August 2018, 10:36
Replies: 70
Views: 1,654
Posted By Daedalus
Yes, but like GadTools, ARexx, and many other...

Yes, but like GadTools, ARexx, and many other things, ASL was not a part of the OS as standard and is instead a separate, optional add-on. This is something you really need to bear in mind when...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 14 August 2018, 10:29
Replies: 4
Views: 112
Posted By Daedalus
Hmmm, it looks like ASL_ tags were mostly only...

Hmmm, it looks like ASL_ tags were mostly only used for OS 2.x - the Autodocs for 3.x use ASLFR_, ASLSM_, ASLFO_ etc. to differentiate the flags that are specific to only one type of requester.
...
Forum: support.Hardware 13 August 2018, 18:19
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Daedalus
I have a list of some of the guys who do repairs...

I have a list of some of the guys who do repairs here: http://robthenerd.com/amiga/repairers

There's Russel Cowell in Liverpool that might be close enough to you...
Forum: support.Hardware 13 August 2018, 15:03
Replies: 11
Views: 248
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, expanded Amigas need more power, but at the...

Yep, expanded Amigas need more power, but at the same time, they would have to be quite heavily expanded to reach the limits of a standard power supply. The problem is that a power supply's capacity...
Forum: support.Hardware 13 August 2018, 14:48
Replies: 2
Views: 123
Posted By Daedalus
Lin. RGB is the way to go, which is the best...

Lin. RGB is the way to go, which is the best you'll get out of a standard Amiga. TTL RGB gives you basically 16 colours, and composite is rubbish in general.
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2018, 15:47
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Daedalus
Ah, I see... Yep, that'll totally kill the...

Ah, I see... Yep, that'll totally kill the machine alright - that's the main 5V supply and not just to C800, so something else has shorted and allowed that trace to burn through. It's possible to do...
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2018, 15:20
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Daedalus
Hmmm, it's possible that the capacitor C800 has...

Hmmm, it's possible that the capacitor C800 has failed short and that's pulling the whole PSU down. That would also overheat the traces and damage the coating, but there might not be enough current...
Forum: Hardware mods 11 August 2018, 23:43
Replies: 159
Views: 10,087
Posted By Daedalus
Ah yes, and this is fantastic :)

Ah yes, and this is fantastic :)
Forum: support.Hardware 11 August 2018, 22:42
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Daedalus
Are you sure it's not the PSU? You really need a...

Are you sure it's not the PSU? You really need a multimeter to be able to troubleshoot that. So, no power LED at all? The bare copper trace, where is that? There aren't many 5V traces on the surface...
Forum: Hardware mods 11 August 2018, 22:30
Replies: 159
Views: 10,087
Posted By Daedalus
Awesome work, congratulations! @jotd ...

Awesome work, congratulations!

@jotd

There's not much point in recreating PSUs when you can build a much better supply for less cost. I've just built a PSU for someone that's about half the...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 11 August 2018, 11:38
Replies: 24
Views: 833
Posted By Daedalus
Early versions of the Blitz editor don't have an...

Early versions of the Blitz editor don't have an ARexx port. However, Blitz itself has a "BRexx" library that basically fakes Intuition inputs, so it should be possible to write a simple program to...
Forum: Amiga scene 10 August 2018, 16:43
Replies: 130
Views: 8,652
Posted By Daedalus
HDCP is its own, separate licence. Video and...

HDCP is its own, separate licence. Video and audio are carried over the same pins so the connector doesn't care whether you only use video. Simply using HDMI as an interconnect requires a licence -...
Forum: Amiga scene 10 August 2018, 13:42
Replies: 130
Views: 8,652
Posted By Daedalus
Nope, you can solder as many sockets to boards as...

Nope, you can solder as many sockets to boards as you wish, no problem. Selling a product that makes use of the standard does require a licence however. Just like many other technologies that are...
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