Repairing and calibrating a Philips VP415 Laser Video Disc Player

As part of the recent repair and restoration of an Acorn AIV Domesday system it was necessary to replace the broken power supply module and (after repairing several of the modules) recalibrate the RGB module in the player to restore the picture back to the correct brightness and colour-balance.  In addition, I designed and 3D printed a magnetic disc lock Continue reading Repairing and calibrating a Philips VP415 Laser Video Disc Player

Demonstration of the EcoDisc running on a real BBC Domesday system

The domesday86 project has acquired an original BBC Domesday system which originally belonged to the Gothenburg University’s English Institute. The AIV system has been fully restored back to working order and can be seen running the AIV EcoDisc in the following video. The system appears to be an export version of the AIV system and has been locally modified with Continue reading Demonstration of the EcoDisc running on a real BBC Domesday system

28 more Domesday related PDFs

Many thanks to Jules Richardson for supplying a wealth of Domesday related scans and information!  We now have 28 new PDFs on Domesday86.com.  20 of these documents are various announcements and flyers about the Domesday system, project and related software and 8 of the PDFs are press clippings from newpaper articles. You can find the new PDF documents by clicking Continue reading 28 more Domesday related PDFs

Domesday Video Disc User Guide

Thanks to Alex Wilson for donating the missing Domesday Video Disc User Guide – we now have this document scanned and available for download. This 250 page manual covers detailed information about the National and Community discs with extensive guides to using the various features of the Domesday system. You can download the manual from the following link: Domesday Video Continue reading Domesday Video Disc User Guide

New copy of the BBC Master AIV User Guide available

Thanks to the wider Acorn collector community, we have now received a better scan of the BBC Master AIV User Guide.  The guide has now been converted into a searchable PDF and the links on Domesday86 have been updated.  If you don’t want to hunt for the new document, you can download it by following the link below: BBC Master Continue reading New copy of the BBC Master AIV User Guide available

BeebSCSI gets a PCB

The first professionally made PCBs have now been delivered and the latest BeebSCSI prototype is up and running.  The following pictures show the top and bottom sides of the PCB after population (this is board version 7_5):

BeebSCSI and VP415 emulation demo

We’ve just uploaded a video to YouTube showing BeebSCSI (working in a real Acorn Master Turbo) communicating with our beta version of the VP415 laser disc emulator (which is currently running on Windows).  You can take a look at our Domesday emulation progress (so far) in the video below:

Community disc tutorial – and other updates

We’ve encoded some more videos including the Eco Disc introduction (winner of the 1987 ‘most funky AIV music intro’ award) and the ‘tutorial’ video from the Community disc.  The tutorial is on YouTube and walks you through the various features of the interactive disc: All of the BeebSCSI code and schematics are now available on GitHub: https://github.com/simoninns/BeebSCSI In addition, we Continue reading Community disc tutorial – and other updates