Sadly I only managed to take a small number of photographs of Groby church. The images were utilised in the production of the 2016/2017 Parish Profile in which I was involved. The Parish Profile was produced for the recruitment of a new vicar in 2016/2017.
St. Philip and St. James Church Groby this was built in 1840 by the Earl of Stamford owing to the distance to Ratby Church from his home in Bradgate House, and ‘to the foulness of the way there’. Henry Grey, the 7th Earl of Stamford, decided to build a chapel of Ease at Groby for the princely sum of £2,300.
Although Groby had no church prior to 1840, it is recorded that in earlier times two or three chapels existed here. After the Norman Conquest in 1066, many castles were built throughout the country.
The Game Boy Advance was released in 2001, even now holds it’s own as a great portable gaming platform, however the original screen does leave a lot to be desired, thankfully it is a colour screen but not backlit, so playing in a dark room is a definite no no, unless you are a dwarf with darkvision….However modifiying the Game Boy Advance to support a backlit screen is pretty easy in 2017, this brings the GBA right upto date with a crisp beautiful backlighted screen.
The first step is to check which screen type your motherboard has, two types exist a 32 pin version and a 40 pin version. Just remove the battery compartment cover, and you will see printed in white lettering a line of numbers, just where the locking tab of the battery cover clips into place.
For a 40 pin screen connector Game Boy Advance AGB-001 the first number is “0” see example below:
GBA Mainboard with 40 pin screen connector
For a 32 pin screen connector Game Boy Advance AGB-001 the first number is “1” see example below:
GBA Mainboard with 32 pin screen connector
Another project I started recently was the purchasing of old postcards and photographs of Ratby, Leicestershire in the UK. My original aim was to frame them and have them on display in my house, however some of the post card and photos were in poor condition or damaged, so with trusty Photoshop I set about restoring them. Each restoration is fairly time consuming I will add more as I complete them.
This is dated on the rear of the postcard 1960 (hand written) however I assume this picture to be of a much earlier date. The picture depicts the junction of Desford Lane, Main Street and Station Road. The picture was taken looking down Main Street towards Station Road, with the road to Desford Lane on the right of the picture.
Original – Click image to view at high resolution.
Cleaned – Click image to view at high resolution.
Finished – Click image to view at high resolution.
A quick quide to flashing the BIOS on your GIGABYTE BRIX. I’ve had a number of these and they make great little servers or media streaming PC’s, however it really is best to update the BIOS on these little boxes as it fixes a number of issues the tiny PC’s have.
Firstly you will need your specific BRIX models BIOS file.
Click here to download Gigabyte Brix BIOS files
Select your the BRIX model from the list then click on the tab “Support” next choose BIOS and download the latest BIOS file.
You will also need these:
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
- Run hpusb.exe to install the utility.
- Plug in you USB flash drive to your computer. (all current files will be deleted)
- Run the program you just installed (HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool).
- Select your USB flash drive as your device.
- Choose FAT32 as file system.
- Under format options, choose create a DOS startup disk.
- Select ”using DOS system files located at” and point the program to the folder ”win98boot” which you just downloaded (you need to unzip this file).
- Click the start button.
Part 2: Flash the BRIX using the bootable USB flash drive:
- You now have a bootable USB flash drive, next copy the BIOS and other files over.
- Download the latest BIOS for your BRIX.
- Unpack the file you just downloaded.
- You now see three files, AFU303.exe, flash.bat together with the BIOS file. Copy all three files to the USB flash drive.
- Choose ”replace all files on destination” if you get this option.
- Reboot your computer, and during boot press ″F12″.
- Choose ”boot from USB”.
- You will see a Windows 98 loading screen very briefly and then get a C: prompt.
- Type flash.bat then press return / enter.
- The AMI firmware update utility will now update your BIOS.
- All done!