Back to Basics UK Retro Event

Back to Basics UK Retro Event

by Jorito on 19-03-2015, 23:11
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On the 4th of April 2015, MSX users Al Brown (Valkyre) and Fernando Garcia from the United Kingdom will be representing the MSX at the Back to Basics multi-platform retro event at Swannington, Leicestershire in the UK hosted by the Retro Computer Museum. The Retro Computer Museum is a registered charity for the preservation, display and public experience of computer and console systems from the 1960's onwards, with a focus is on systems that were in use in the home. So the MSX makes a very good fit for the event.

Al and Fernando have been allocated two tables and will be showing the MSX, MSX2, MSX2+ and MSX turbo R along with some nice bits of hardware such as MegaFlashROMs, Playsoniq, the Modulon slot expander, FM PAC, the Moonsound and a stack of the best software, both old and new. On top of this they will be showcasing a new MSX game soon to be available on cartridge.

Apart from pleasantly surprising the UK public with the quality of the MSX, it's also a good opportunity for UK MSX users or any MSX fans that happen to be in the area for a visit and a chat.

Relevant link: Back to Basics Retro UK event

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By fernandomanuel.garciagarcia

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20-03-2015, 10:40

Hey guys! anyone is up to come over on the 4th? Wink

By CX5Mer

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20-03-2015, 15:45

I'd love to come to this event! Unfortunately, I don't know if I can make it. This is due to lack of information. Can you see what information is missing? Here's a clue...

"I'll meet up with you next Wednesday"

What additional information would the person I was talking to need to know?

By valkyre

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20-03-2015, 16:01

Im sure the retro computer museums will announce the times very soon, but put 11am to 6pm in your diary

By CX5Mer

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20-03-2015, 19:25

That's it! That's what I needed to know! It looks like I'll have to stay in a B&B the night before. I hope to bring a disk of MSX2 artwork with me which I haven't actually done yet. I may do it in SCREEN 8 with The Magical Editor. I hope you'll show it on one of your MSX2 computers. I doubt there would be a spare TV or monitor if I brought my Philips VG8235 with me.

By valkyre

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23-03-2015, 16:21

Cx5mer- bring your work, we can have a look at it

We should have some msx t-shirts available to buy on the day for anyone interested.

By djh1697

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24-03-2015, 10:10

This is the worst news i have heard all year! I live in Leicester and support the RCM, indeed I used to work with one of there active members. I am out of the country on holiday on that date though Sad

This is so devastating! I know that someone has a TurboR ST in the RCM.

http://www.retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/

By valkyre

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24-03-2015, 11:11

@djh- that is a real shame, but dont worry, we are hoping that this wont be a one off. We have some ideas in the pipeline.

By Grauw

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24-03-2015, 12:50

UK MSX users, unite! Smile

By CX5Mer

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24-03-2015, 15:08

valkyre wrote:

Cx5mer- bring your work, we can have a look at it

We should have some msx t-shirts available to buy on the day for anyone interested.

Great! I'll have to actually create the work first, though. I have owned and used more than one retro computer system, though. I never did any artwork on my CX5M because of the SCREEN 2 colour bleed, so I only did artwork on computers without this problem. I'd like an MSX T shirt, but then some people who might just be there could see it, call me a traitor, then jump on me for wearing it. I've checked on their forums and they don't mention this event, though.

By CX5Mer

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24-03-2015, 15:26

djh1697 wrote:

This is the worst news i have heard all year! I live in Leicester and support the RCM, indeed I used to work with one of there active members. I am out of the country on holiday on that date though Sad

This is so devastating! I know that someone has a TurboR ST in the RCM.

http://www.retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/

No problem there, you just need to get your priorities right. Obviously an event featuring MSX, especially MSX2, MSX2+, and MSX Turbo-R is more important than a holiday. Just don't go on that holiday, try to sell your ticket(s), or if the worst comes to the worst, just don't use them. Just imagine how you'll feel taking part in a display of MSX2, MSX2+, and possibly even MSX Turbo-R computers in front of people who have never seen these computers before.

Of course, I'm making a plan about how to get to this event, as well as where to stay overnight. I doubt I can wake up early enough to make it to this event from London before it's nearly over. I see from Google maps that after arriving in Leicester by train, I have to take THREE buses, with the journeys lasting, 6 minutes (X3 bus), 42 minutes (29 bus), then another 6 minutes (9 bus)! Is this right? Google maps has given me stupid directions before. How far is this venue from Leicester itself? Does Swannington have any B&Bs at all?

By CX5Mer

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31-03-2015, 17:38

I wonder which members on here are coming to this event? It would be great to meet some of you! As for me, I was very worried about getting lost between Leicester and Swannington, so I've bought a compass and a road map of the East Midlands. There was no street atlas of Leicestershire available. I considered an Ordnance Survey map, but the only map which showed Leicester didn't show Swannington as well, so that was no good. The map shows that Swannington is about 15Km from the centre of Leicester, but I can't see wherer the railway station is. A search for a B&B anywhere nearby has said that there aren't even any B&B's in Leicester, let alone Swannington, but also that I needn't worry about this because it seems I can't afford to stay in them either, especially after buying some components to build a custom PC, which I recently did a course about. It seems my hopes of attending this event now rest on getting a train or a coach from London early enough on the same day so that it's not almost over by the time I arrive. It would be really great if someone could offer me a lift, but I doubt if that's possible.

By valkyre

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02-04-2015, 11:59

Its going to be a busy day on the msx booth, as well as all the stuff mentioned on the header we will have 40 games on cartridge, loads of games, demos and music on sd cards, t- shirts available and the famous msx rock!

By valkyre

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04-04-2015, 22:55

A very good day for the msx here in the uk. Lots of interest and.... we have been invited back! We will post a few photos of the event soon.

By Grauw

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05-04-2015, 00:01

Very nice! Looking forward to the photos. UK MSX users, unite! Wink

By CX5Mer

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05-04-2015, 16:15

I really wanted to go to this event, but in the end I failed, mainly because it was held at a remote venue not near a railway station or even a coach station. Crying Swannington is about 15Km from the middle of Leicester. I would have had to take three buses to get there from Leicester and back. I didn't even know how much the fares for these buses were. Matters were made worse, because I also had to buy some components to build a PC, although I couldn't afford to buy them all at once, so this means I can't build it until 1 or 2 weeks from now. I hope there will be another MSX event in the near future and that it will be held somewhere not far from a railway station or even a coach station, not requiring 3 buses to get there. I can't help thinking that that there either won't be another MSX event in the near future, or that it will be at another venue in the middle of nowhere. Crying Now I'm just going off to try and get my old PC from 2000 working again so I can copy The Digital Designer and some other software onto floppy disks. This involves struggling with PS/2 adapters, a USB keyboard and mouse, and trying to reinstall Windows Me or XP just so I can use the floppy drive.

By fernandomanuel.garciagarcia

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05-04-2015, 23:20

Well, it was a great experience in Swannington. Valkyre, our companions and me had the chance to speak with some MSX users and other guys with some interest in our beloved system.
Some of them were really surprised with the Knight Lore and Batman MSX2 versions, Pointless Fighting, etc.
If I am honest, I didn't really expect such great interest by the organization and public, so I am really looking forward for the next event (Manchester?)

Some pics taken among games and chatting here

Shame some guys couldn't attend. I am sure next time they will be able to attend at more convenient places.

By CX5Mer

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06-04-2015, 16:23

Some nice pics there. It's hard to tell if all the computers apart from the Virtuality system are MSX though. I was imagining just two small tables with 2-4 MSX computers on them. I'm glad to hear that the next event about or including MSX may be in Manchester, so after I arrive there it should be a just a short ride to the venue on a bus or the Manchester Metro. BTW, after a few hours of work with my old PC from 2000, two keyboards connected via PS/2 and USB, an old Linux Mandrake distro and the Linux rescue kit Rescatux, I finally managed to install Windows Me. Now I just need to find out if it recognises my USB memory stick so I can transfer some more software to floppy disk, or I may have to install Windows XP. The Magical Editor instructions are very complicated and I still haven't got any instructions for Philips Video Graphics, but I hope to produce some MSX2 artwork soon. I probably need an MSX mouse adapter as well. I've noticed there's a Philips MSX graphics tablet on eBay, but it seems to be designed for Philips Video Graphics which I don't know how to use.

By Manuel

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06-04-2015, 23:12

CX5Mer: I'm sure you're smart enough to find out how to use these softwares. They're really quite simple... You should just try a bit more.

As for the PC: why not simply install some modern but light Linux distro on it?

Now I'm going to check out these pics!

By CX5Mer

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07-04-2015, 00:06

Manuel wrote:

CX5Mer: I'm sure you're smart enough to find out how to use these softwares. They're really quite simple... You should just try a bit more.

As for the PC: why not simply install some modern but light Linux distro on it?

Now I'm going to check out these pics!

I'm afraid that I need some instructions for Philips Video Graphics because everything I tried ended up with the few lines I drew quickly being wiped out. I didn't have any luck with one or two other graphics packages I tried either.

I just used whatever Linux distros I had available and tried to install them on that old PC, but nothing worked. The latest news is that after a few hours work, then leaving the PC with Windows Me installed, I went to bed without plugging in the USB drive, because I guessed that the USB drive wouldn't be immediately recognised and I'd had enough. Finally, I got up and turned on the old PC again then it went BANG, and all the lights, etc in my flat were turned off by the circuit breaker. I turned them on again, moved the PC case slightly to make sure it wasn't making contact with anything else, plugged in a different mains lead, turned on and it went BANG again. After this, I opened the PC case and found out that at least 3 capacitors, or even 5, on the motherboard have gone bad, meaning they're bulging at the top. They could be replaced, but I realised a few months ago that I had forgotten almost everything I knew about soldering, which wasn't much, so I can't solder. After this, the easiest thing to do would be to try and install the floppy drive in one of my other PCs. Meanwhile, I still can't create any MSX2 artwork!

By Manuel

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07-04-2015, 06:48

Please try again and ask specific questions of you get stuck.

By Grauw

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07-04-2015, 09:52

I gave you some instructions for DD-Graph AGE5 in another thread... Wink

By CX5Mer

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07-04-2015, 14:51

My next step will be to examine my Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo PC to see if it has a black or even blue socket which can have a floppy drive plugged in, then remove the floppy drive from the blown out PC and try to install it in the Esprimo. This is because most USB floppy drives aren't compatible with MSX disks.

As for DD-Graph AGE5, I tried to make the disk bootable, but this failed and corrupted the disk, then I reformatted it and didn't get round to transferring DD-Graph AGE5 onto it again.

By djh1697

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17-04-2015, 11:17

Gentlemen, had a holiday of a lifetime in Nigeria with my children. I hope to be here for the next event? The photos of the event look great, glad a great time was had by all.

Perhaps next time we might be able to arrange some sort of a shuttle from Leicester railway station to the event location? (i.e. all meet at a certain time and order a Taxi)

There are plenty of b&b's and guest houses around Leicester Railway station too.

By valkyre

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17-04-2015, 12:14

@djh1697- it really was great to be there. I am hoping that in the next couple of weeks we will be able to announce some more dates for this year.

By CX5Mer

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17-04-2015, 14:47

It's amazing news that there will be some more MSX events in the UK later this year! I hope that they will all be somewhere near a railway station or even a coach station, instead of in the middle of nowhere. How about Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, or Sheffield?

By david.d.haslett

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05-05-2015, 18:05

places in city centres cost a lot of money to hire!

By CX5Mer

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10-05-2015, 11:56

Although places in city centres cost a lot of money to hire, the venue doesn't have to be in the city centre. You could also charge higher admission to avoid using a venue requiring 3 buses or a taxi to get to or back from.

By david.d.haslett

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17-05-2015, 00:15

RCM is still one of the best places to go in the UK. You will get more interest there, I promise! When they have there next fair, perhaps we arrange something? I can stand in Leicester railway station with a MSX sign!

By valkyre

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19-05-2015, 16:41

Some good news coming very soon. Stay tuned!

By valkyre

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22-05-2015, 19:53

Ok, we are again teaming up with the retro computer museum, this time we will be at the snibston discovery museum on saturday 20th June 11am to 5 pm as part of the retrogaming weekender event.

With this news i will start a new thread.