What's all the fuss about, the uninitiated might be heard saying, it looks just like any other Beeb to me!
Well, that's part of the problem. I've heard tell that a good number of Master 512s were only ever used as standard Master 128s without the delights of the 80186 co-processor and DOS Plus ever being tried out!
So, one of the ideas behind this section is to put an end to all that and give the BBC Master 512 a thorough going over.
How, then, do we tell if our Master 128 is in fact a Master 512?
The first tell-tale sign is the dinky little two-button mouse which comes with the Master 512. It's heavy and sluggish, but chunkily loveable!
Apart from that, there aren't any outward signs that your 128 is a 512, so we'll have to take the lid off, or switch it on!
Before we get down to unravelling the mystery a bit, I know you're dying to know what the modern-looking thing is, underneath the monitor. This is my DVD Recorder, a real marvel at letting me capture super quality screenshots from my Beebs. It accepts the composite video signal from the BBC from which I can then extract a still image from the recorded video footage.
Also seen here are the four Master 512 system discs, each set having a unique serial number, and a double disc drive which is highly recommended for efficient Master 512 operation.