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I have bought a non working Master System which is supposedly due to a BIOS fault. Looking around the net I have yet to find a replacement other than one which requires an eprom programmer and wasn't very clear on what was needed to fit it in.
Any clever people here know anything about MS BIOS replacement?
I recently dragged my BBC Master into the games room and had a tinker. I also discovrred there is a wonderful SD card interface for it, you can read more at
http://douglastitchmarsh.com/experiment ... interface/
I recently retrieved my Acorn Electron from the garage for some use. I don't have much software, although I have bought more on EBay recently. I also did the simple composite colour mod for better video signal and colour from the already present composite plug. More at http://douglastitchmarsh.com/computing- ... an-airing/ and the composite mod is also on my blog there.
Feeling very old now, being as I was playing games in the bowling alley where my dad was a league bowler (Heathrow Bowling Alley West London) back in the 1970's, we'd be given some 10 pences and told to go play while the team bowled, and play we did, with Breakout, Pong, and pinball machines. I remember the stir caused when a Space Invaders machine turned up too.
In the late 70's my parents got us a home pong game for the TV, a Prinztronic if I recall, and it came with a light gun. This was followed in the arly 80's by the Atari 2600 my brother got (I got the TV so we had to share to play or so my parents guessed, wrongly). There was also the ZX81 around the same time and soon after it was released, a ZX Spectrum, at the same time my dad bought an Amstrad twin tape deck. Of course as an experiment we used the twin decks to try and copy a game or two, and I can report from our limited experiments it worked. I'm not sure if this contributed to John Menzies going out of business though.
My brother had Atari ST's, and Amiga's which I used but for a few years I was interested in cars and computers took a back seat until the Master System and MegaDrives I bought in the early 90's. A brilliant way to get back into gaming I'm sure you'll agree. After the MegaCD kind of let me down with the poor FMV gaming, I moved onto a 386 PC and the delights of DOS Autoexec BAT and Config SYS tinkering to play some pixelated games. This was followed by a brand new 486 dx2 66mhz beast with 16 meg of ram AND a CD drive, and came with Nigel Mansells game, Microcosm and IIRC Zool. After a couple of years this had an upgrade to a Pentium Motherboard wit a speedy 133mhz Pentium and massive 32 meg of ram. Meanwhile I bought a Playstation after I had sold the Sega consoles and played a little Gran Tourismo mainly.
For a long time all my gaming was done on whatever PC I could afford and still pay the mortgage, until my wife insisted I had an XBOX, and then a Gamecube. I discovered emulation and played some old games on my PC's too, and then started a console and old computer collection, up to today when retro gaming is about the only gaming I do.
I did get 2 interfaces although one isn't an official one. Both work, and I had 8 cartridges come with it. All for free to a good home right here. Since I fixed the Spectrum Plus which came with it all is working well too :-)