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Thread: Small saw. Proxxon or something else
21/04/2021 13:32:04

Thin stuff I cut with a handheld jigsaw using a metal cutting blade and a bit of steel angle as a straightedge, everything clamped to the top of the Workmate

Thread: Black5 with a flat tyre!
20/04/2021 11:02:14
Posted by roy entwistle on 20/04/2021 10:33:15:

Why did they have to take the engine if the flat was on the tender?


Never occurred to me to think about that - cheaper to use the main line for one trip rather than 2 perhaps?

Thread: How Many Barristers Needed To Change An Ink Cartridge?
20/04/2021 09:23:05
Posted by Andrew Tinsley on 18/04/2021 17:30:02:

Just had the same problem with an HP laser printer. Been using 3rd party toners for a couple of years with excellent results. Then HP did an "upgrade" and now the printer won't recognise the cartridges.

Looks as though I will need to find an earlier driver version (from where I know not) and simply forbid upgrades. Might not bother HP but that is the last time I buy any of their products.


Working from memory I suspect it may be a printer issue, not a driver one. At work we have 5 identical HP laser printers that are connected to the PC network and also are set up so braille note-takers can print locally over USB. One day the local printing stopped on 4 of them - investigating it turned out the non-working printers had automatically downloaded a printer software upgrade which was the problem - not the device that was trying to print. I think I got the firmware to downgrade the printers from the HP website and then there was an option on the printer to prevent any more firmware updates.

Thread: Black5 with a flat tyre!
20/04/2021 09:14:02

The skate developed for diesels etc - this is the first time it has been used for a steam loco

Thread: Bassett-Lowke
20/04/2021 08:53:23

For another name what about Hamblings in Cecil Court off the Charing Cross Road. The smallest shop I have ever been into in my life!

They reckoned they were the home of scale 00 railways and sold strange things like lithographed sheets that were cut out and stuck onto a suitably shaped block of wood to make a 00 scale coach! Their catalogue was a good read to a teenaged railway modeller - but what they sold was old fashioned by the sixties.

Thread: Black5 with a flat tyre!
20/04/2021 08:29:54

Nice to see a steam loco benefiting from technology developed for modern locos!


Thread: Bassett-Lowke
18/04/2021 19:33:47

Scanning through the posts I am a little surprised at the fervour over a name.

Basically Bassett Lowke were a company from the past when I was growing up. I remember gazing through their window as a pre-teen on a stay in London but my brother and I far preferred our Triang 00 stuff - BL was just too big. Several people have clearly tried to revive the name without success - but what they sold was not wanted enough to sell profitably. Similarly Bond's o Euston rd - just not what children wanted (although their last shop became the first Morgan Camera Co - far more interesting!)

The comment regarding the Hornby name is another - they were taken over by Triang who sold the model train part to Wrenn - and went bankrupt themselves a few years later, so todays Hornby isn't related to any similar company in the past.

So basically there is no history behind this model - but if it gets someone assembling things they may go on to make other models in the future!

Thread: Duff memory stick
18/04/2021 10:14:57
Posted by duncan webster on 17/04/2021 23:46:11:

I have a feeling that the duff stick has worked on W10 before these upgrades.

Here is the issue with automatic upgrades - If indeed the stick has worked under W10 before then looking for an updated driver may not help as it appears that an updated driver is part of the issue.

If the drive is not recognised data recovery software won't help either as it cannot see the drive as the operating system USB port driver is not recognising it (if the drive is not faulty in itself).

An older, or non updated machine may be the only way forwards.

Thread: Trademark Infringements
17/04/2021 19:23:46

Going off at a bit of a tangent - the current UK boiler test code states in clause 7.4(b) 'That, where required by the build procedure, the relevant material certificates are provided'

What build procedures - and indeed what certificates?

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 17/04/2021 19:24:19

Thread: Duff memory stick
17/04/2021 19:05:01
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 17/04/2021 17:09:03:

Try testdisk. (Aka photorec)

I'd run testdisk on Linux (because it's easier to find system log messages), and it's in the Ubuntu repository (therefore Mint should have it too), but it's downloadable for Windows and Apple.

If all else fails, a friend recovered a memory stick after carefully taking it apart revealed a dry joint. I think he got lucky!


Until I had decided whether failure was an option, I would not use any software tools that altered the data on the stick - they can both work well and conversely make data harder for a specialist to recover - but worth a go if you can live with the risk.

Regarding Dave's comment about a dry joint - chatting to the manager of an IBM repair facility several years ago he stated that while many solder joints can last for decades, professionally he would not be prepared to give an absolute guarantee on any one joint beyond 7 years!

17/04/2021 16:46:23

It is may well be now unreadable without data recovery software.

However USB support of any kind did not arrive until late in the W95 lifecycle (OSR 2.1) but before this happened various non standard utilities allowed USB 1 & 1.1 to be used. USB 1.1 devices have been known to not work correctly on Win 7 (Microsoft say 'USB interfaces are almost always backwards compatible so a USB 3 port supports 2 and 1.1' )  but note the almost.

There are several queries on the Internet where USB 1.1 devices have not behaved under Win 10 - including one example of a MP3 player that behaves like your thumb drive. Microsoft's answer was to reinstall the device drivers - but when the enquirer said it was plug and play and there were no drivers, the Microsoft answer was to try and find some and get back if the OP couldn't get it to work. The thread stopped there.

So my personal advice is to decide if the data is really irreplaceable - and if so I would try an older machine, W95 or 98 and if it reads on there try to transfer to another device - failing that look to data recovery, but professional help here can be very expensive.

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 17/04/2021 16:47:31

Thread: Laptop with a SD card slot
14/04/2021 08:22:45

While normally I would not recommend any one brand above another - all of the major brands have produced good quality kit and so for me it comes down to specification, price and availability - but the only laptop I ever had to scrap prematurely was a consumer level Dell where the multi ball array that the processor sat on went faulty just out of warranty and was non repairable.

Thread: 4662
14/04/2021 08:14:57

Ditto - here in Brum

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
13/04/2021 14:01:56
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 12/04/2021 20:33:56:

Clue is in 'Page Description Format', the files are printable rather than editable.


pdf actually stands for 'Portable Document Format' and while readers are free the format was originally a proprietary one, developed by Adobe, and based on their 'Postscript' page description language to enable documents to be produced using paid for software but read using free readers on a range of different devices.

Thread: Laptop with a SD card slot
13/04/2021 10:30:34
Posted by Henry Brown on 12/04/2021 12:36:44:

Yes, it may have to be the way forward Steve but what a faff! I use my laptop on my lap so anything that has to be added or sticks out is a nuisance tbh, The one I nearly bought has 4 USB ports and numerous others, however most Creality 3D printers use SD (my adventures into wireless/Octoprint are away off) as does my camera so an SD card would be preferred.

My Creality Ender 3 came with a micro SD card and also a USB reader that just slots into a full sized USB port - no cable, no nothing - did you get one too?

12/04/2021 17:40:26
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 12/04/2021 15:01:34:

Most worrying is my kids are starting to complain technology is leaving them behind too...


In my experience, no matter how old said children are the solution always appears to be an injection of Dad cash laugh

Thread: Hobbymat MD65
12/04/2021 14:48:47
Posted by roy entwistle on 12/04/2021 10:56:08:

Forget WD40 get some Plusgas ideally the liquid not the spray


+1 for Plus Gas Liquid (Now in a black tin not the traditional blue) - WD40 is at best a spray lubricant and water repellent, not a dismantling fluid

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
12/04/2021 14:35:02

Nigel -

When a .pdf file is created in Adobe Acrobat the author has the option to prevent copying of text as text - only as an image as you have found - so it may be the .pdf that is the issue not you, particularly if you have done it successfully in the past.

There may well be a way round the document security, however I have never yet had the need to do so, so I can only suggest Google.

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 12/04/2021 14:38:17

Thread: MS 'Edge' - Points and Pitfalls?
11/04/2021 10:14:51

I have been using Edge since Win 10 first came out, both at home and professionally teaching and have had no issues that are unreasonable, even if some might not be my first choice. The odd exceptions are that with an update it has several times reset my page on opening Edge to the default one (but not reset the home page) and on one update the schema for security changed and so all of the choices had to be remade. Edge was originally Win 10 only, but has recently become available for Win 7 - if downloaded it could be installed, but it would not be installed by a Win 7 system automatically, as it now is.

Internet Explorer is too out of date to be recommended and many sites do not respond to it. A point to remember is that a clean install of Win 7 puts an even older version of IE on and this has to be updated or replaced before some other updates will install.

Chrome used to be my browser of choice but over the last year I have been encountering more and more sites that will not respond to it.

Chromium on the Raspberry Pi is reliable, although with some sites it selects the mobile phone version for some reason.

Opera, which should have the best support for HTML5, being developed by some members of that team has never appealed, although I could not tell you why.

Firefox I use on Linux boxes (and also portable apps) because I have had issues with Chrome not installing correctly with some distros when Chrome has been added in addition to the standard software setup. It is also my browser of choice for XP systems.

Of course on the Macs and iPads there is always Safari, but I am not a sufficiently major user of these devices to assess tit in depth.

Finally Lynx is a text only browser I installed when setting up an MsDOS system recently (I was playing - OK?) and while the results in today's graphically rich internet were sometime strange, it did work.

The bottom line for me is to accept that differing operating systems come with different browsers and the default choice is rarely a problem, and never as bad as 'people' will suggest and that if it does not suit Firefox or Chrome will often be valid options. This Win 10 system has Edge, Chrome, Firefox and IE installed although 99.9% of the timer I use Edge.

Thread: Myford Super 7 spanner sizes
10/04/2021 14:33:35
Posted by not done it yet on 10/04/2021 14:05:26:

I’m like, and agree with, Hopper - better to source sockets and spanners at car boot sales where one can be selective on the make. I only select britool sockets from the collections. And I do know that Britool is no longer made in Britain.

I still have the set of ring spanners I bought in the 1960s for maintaining my Honda motorcycles - even though they are spread around my toolboxes these days. A lot of my tools have been used to their usual limit (and likely a bit in excess) in the past and all the good ones have proven their worth. Mostly those made in the UK a long time ago.

I am sorry but in my personal opinion, while once the brand guaranteed the quality, nowadays with famous names being applied to cheap foreign produced tools, genuine brands producing cheaper tools just to remain competitive and outright fakes, this may not always be true.

Tomorrow is my birthday and yesterday I received my first Bus Pass. So I don't need to pay for tools that would need to last through a career in engineering from apprentice onwards - I need to buy tools and equipment that will do the job for an amateur engineer working in his garage for as long as I want them to do. Provided they are accurate for my needs and last long enough I am happy buying imported tools.

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