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A > ACORN COMPUTER  > Archimedes


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Friday 10th August 2018
Alex Wilkinson (United Kingdom)

Hi I need help i have an A3000 and it works fine until i put either an arm610 card or the 486 pc card in the expansion slot on the back then it won''t turn on or light up and the psu makes a squealing noise if i then turn off and remnove card it works fine again i''ve tried different psu to no luck!!!

Thanks :)

Wednesday 28th November 2012
Rob Turner (Ashford, Kent / UK)

Please note that the A310/1 system and A3000 systems mentioned in my 11 July 2012 post have gone to a good home - but I''ve still got 2 pre SVGA Phillips monitors as used with above machines, free to a good home, £10 UK delivery - same email as other post - Rob.

Wednesday 28th November 2012
Wilton CA (Brasil)

Hi... anyone interested in selling me an Acorn Archimedes?

I know postage to my country is high, but I''ll cover all expenses.

Please contact me with full specifications of the machine: nightspectre75 at gmail com. Thanks!

Sunday 11th November 2012
Jonty (Manchester, NW England)

I''d like to know if there is an analogue joystick for the Archie 3010 2MB I just bought to play Elite on, and whether I can fit a hard drive/flash drive module to it.

Incidentally,Elite co-creator David Braben is looking for backers/venture capital on Kickstarter to gauge interest in Elite IV.

A pledge of £20 gets you the game, of which there are 3820 places left, but higher pledges gets you more goodies:

Wednesday 11th July 2012
Rob Turner (Kent, UK)

If anyone''s interested in a whole A310/1 system and A3000 system in full working order, email me on Absolutely free but collect from Kent or pay carriage - Rob.

Plus up to 5 svga monitors!

Sunday 22nd April 2012
fyrstyk (Suffolk)

Cath, I''m a bit of a BBC nerd and would be able to give some equipment a good home if it''s still available.

email is fyrstyk at gmail dot com

Thursday 22nd March 2012

Hi, anyone selling any ARM Acorn gear? please email me at

Thursday 2nd February 2012
cath (halifax england)

hi, my father recently passed away and has left a whole stack of old computers BBC and archimedes, i know at least two of each of these computers are working and then there are programs spares and accessories monitors etc i do remember them as a child but i''m no expert on what make model etc, it would seem a shame to skip/dump them does anyone know where i could sell or give to a good home?
thanks in advance cath

Sunday 29th January 2012
Joseph Nollette (United States)

They do not make RISC PCs anymore :-( ($_$)

Sunday 29th January 2012
Joseph Nollette (United States)

They do not make RISC PCs anymore :-( ($_$)

Sunday 29th January 2012
Joseph Nollette (United States)

They do not make RISC PCs anymore :-( ($_$)

Thursday 8th December 2011
Pete (UK)

Can anybody help me please ... I have been given an Archimedes and am anxious to get it running for nostalgic reasons.

BUT I wasn''t given a monitor and of course, being so old its not your standard SVGA fitting. But what *IS* it and can anybody help with locating one?

Thanks in advance

Sunday 19th December 2010
Lee Duke (England)

I need some help!!!
I have a A3020. As of yesterday I thought it was beyond hope until I read about pressing the Delete key on power up and my A3020 booted up. I left it on for a few hours as it hasn''t been on in ages. Then I shut it down. As I was having problems using my Cub3000 monitor with it I tried using a PC monitor which wouldn''t work at all with it. That was the last time it was working correctly. Now when it boots up the floppy drive is accessed, the Numlock key is illuminated, the cursor flashes about 3 or 4 times until it is steady and then freezes. Once the the cursor has frozen I cannot use the keyboard at all.
Anyone got any ideas? The CMOS battery looks fine but is probably way beyond its use by date but it hasn''t leaked.
There is no IDE HDD. There are 4 memory modules installed so I''m guessing this is a 4MB A3020.
Any help what so ever would be greatly appreciated!!
Many Thanks in advance!. Please email me:

Friday 12th November 2010
Jeremy Thomson (New Zealand)

I was one of the first to get an Archimedes in NZ. The ''Lander'' demo just blew me away, as a working programmer I had a fair idea of the MIPs on display. RiscOS was a brilliant OS, each application was in its own directory, this had three files !boot, !run and !sprites. !sprites contained the icons for the application and any associated file types, so what did any wannbe hacker at the Auckland Acorn user group do, they changed the icons to there own personal taste and you could never figure what the files were on someone else Arch . !boot associated file types with icons and the application so you click on a file and it would load into the application, unless some trickster had messed with your !boot files.
My A305? originally had 512Kb, eventually it was to have 4Mb, ARM3, MIDI ST506 Disk controller SCSI CDROM. I remember wanting a CDROM but it would cost NZ$2000 at the time PC CDROM were NZ$500. That was the downfall of the Arch, they just couldn''t compete with the economies of scale from the Tawanese PCs. Well if you can''t beat em... just look at the ARM now, the worlds most popular (32bit or better) microprocessor.

Tuesday 9th November 2010
Khephren (UK)

"here it was very well-known and commonly used" I knew had one, and most people had never heard of it.

It had plenty of grunt, but no custom chips. A very old fashioned approach compared to the Amiga.

Monday 18th October 2010
Andy (UK)

Well, I think that they may well have under estimated the market potential for the Archimedes. I remember playing the demo 3d game that came with it ...impressive...but Acorn did not go bust.....They went on to create a joint venture with Apple called Advanced RISC Machines and now just ARM Ltd ..... sound familiar........look at your mobile device..chances are it is powered by one..

Thursday 27th July 2006
ed (UK)

The first computer my family ever owned was an archimedes acorn of some sort. i spent hours playing chocks away with my dad. i've been searching all over for a rom of it so i could play it again, does anyone know of a site where i could download one? thanks.

Wednesday 14th May 2003
Richard Hedderly (UK)

I used to work for an computer store in the mid 80s and one day Acorn came to visit us with their new baby.. The Archimedes. We noticed as others did what an incredible games machine it made but Acorn were insistent that it was only for education and pushed that front. It could of blown the Amiga and STs off the face of the earth but they were too shortsighted to see it. Oh well. Maybe now in hindsight they can see the error of their ways. Oh no they can't, they've gone bust!

Monday 14th April 2003
Helgi Geirhards (Iceland)

I am scrambling for a Watford Electronics Video Digitiser Card running on my software located on a Acorn RiscPC. Is there any chance that you might know where to locate such an item? Those items where popular for video frame grabbing in the early 90´s

Tuesday 12th March 2002
Paul Kilfoyle (Somerset)

I am trying to find some information about the standard Archimides colour monitor, used by schools in the UK,(made in Taiwan/Korea?) that was supplied with their A310 computer supplied around 1990.

Specifically, what was the "vertical refresh rate" of these momitors?

Does anyone out there still have the original specification booklets/manuals that came with the A310 as these may contain this information I am looking for.

Sunday 3rd March 2002
Gary (United Kingdom)

This morning I was strolling around my local car-boot sale when I turned around to spot an Archimedes A3020 complete with monitor, disks and a couple of games. :D

I've been playing Lemmings and James Pond (Robocod) this morning and was wondering if anyone could answer this question to enable me to play more.

Is it possible to download a rom image from the internet and convert a disk to the format for the Archimedes and put the game on a disk? If possible please could you explain how to do it, i'm despirate to find out, Thank you

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