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by richw
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Using a real HDD with Arculator
Replies: 5
Views: 872

Re: Using a real HDD with Arculator

by richw
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: ADFFS on Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 5
Views: 389

Re: ADFFS on Raspberry Pi 2

Did you change the config file to disable native screen sizing? (So let the Pi GPU resize anything from RISC OS)
by richw
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: DCI-4 Econet driver
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: DCI-4 Econet driver

Is it not buried in the universal boot sequence? Either Acorn's, or the latest from ROOL.

I remember the DCI4 EconetA. It had some odd bugs (or exposed some in RISC OS!). I seem to recall machine freezes, particularly if CDFS was active.
by richw
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Configuring CD ROM drive under RO 3.50D
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: Configuring CD ROM drive under RO 3.50D

Yes, back in 1994, those SLCD drives started appearing (a forerunner to ATAPI). Cumana produced a board which added SLCD capability to the Risc PC IDE bus. The tiny PCB would sit in the bottom slice and CDFS was soft-loaded during the boot sequence. When RISC OS 3.6 came along a year later, 16-bit a...
by richw
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Keyboard Repair
Replies: 10
Views: 669

Re: Keyboard Repair

Looks like an A4000 or A5000 keyboard. I saw Acorn varied them when looking at equipment in schools. Note that the interface isn't PS/2, as that first appeared on the Risc PC.
by richw
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Saloon Cars on RISCOS 3
Replies: 16
Views: 1042

Re: Saloon Cars on RISCOS 3

The Acorn I/O podule is this http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/32bit_UpgradesA2G/Acorn_AKA10_IO.html but there were clones. It provided a BBC-style ADC which could be read with OSByte xxx or BASIC's ADVAL keyword. I had SR2000 too, but the previous gossip was definitely Saloon Cars. I think...
by richw
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Saloon Cars on RISCOS 3
Replies: 16
Views: 1042

Re: Saloon Cars on RISCOS 3

I suspect there were multiple versions, even for the original game. I also played it on RISC OS 3. I think by the time Deluxe appeared, it would have been RISC OS 3 compatible. My big frustration with the Arc games is that they failed to work on newer machines, and/or has annoying key disk requireme...
by richw
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPC EMU lots of questions!
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: RPC EMU lots of questions!

Although it is for RISC OS 5, this guide explains a fresh setup step by step. If you follow and understand, then you can do similar with RISC OS 3.7. In fact, you can swap out the RISC OS 5 image and keep the ROOL HardDisc4 since it works on RISC OS 3.1 and later. https://www.riscosopen.org/wiki/doc...
by richw
Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Star LC-10 dot matrix printer
Replies: 15
Views: 1253

Re: Star LC-10 dot matrix printer

These were amazing!

I seem to recall using PrinterJX on RISC OS 2 in a stupidly high quality mode where a single sheet would take about twenty minutes to print! Looked alright though, for a 9-pin dot matrix which cost buttons to run.
by richw
Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Acornsoft Speech expansion
Replies: 8
Views: 800

Re: Acornsoft Speech expansion

There was a Body Building article in the Micro User which showed how to wire up alternative PHROMS via the 'ashtray' socket. I am sure I've seen information on how the 'ROM filing system' is supposed to work, so you can blow your own ROMs which hold your own software.
by richw
Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3000 CPU, memory and HDMI / USB upgrade...
Replies: 14
Views: 1304

Re: A3000 CPU, memory and HDMI / USB upgrade...

Since you have bags of space in there, you could fit an Ethernet/WiFi adaptor too. I use a cheap Aldi one on my Pi, and since it presents as an Ethernet router, it 'just work' with RISC OS.

I wonder if some sort of crazy hinged screen could work, making it into a 'luggable'. Hmm...
by richw
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu vs. Virtual Acorn (Or Others?)
Replies: 2
Views: 601

Re: RPCEmu vs. Virtual Acorn (Or Others?)

I think the floppy access only works in some situations, perhaps certain versions of Windows? I don't see the point. It is easy to make images of floppies or CDs, and they are an awful lot more convenient to use. For me, it would be RPCEmu all the way. Not sure I would want to put £1 in the directio...
by richw
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Help with XCode
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: Help with XCode

Gerald, is your code from Jon Welch? I recall he ported Arculator to OS X some time ago, and it was reasonably polished. If it could be brought into line with the current repo, that would be great.
by richw
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Keep Calm and Carry On
Replies: 112
Views: 8430

Re: Keep Calm and Carry On

I'm sure TUPE is nothing to do with the EU, Thatcher brought it in to make it easier to move public sector functions into the private sector. And we'd only be passing control from the EU to a rightwing conservative government if The People vote for a rightwing Conservative government. There are pro...
by richw
Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Keep Calm and Carry On
Replies: 112
Views: 8430

Re: Keep Calm and Carry On

I shall stick up for Leave (the principle, not the campaign!). For me, is comes down to one thing. Who is running the country? (Making the laws). Those countries in the EU (currently including the UK) have bound themselves into treaties which make the EU supreme over their nation states. The EU Comm...
by richw
Tue Jun 14, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.8.14
Replies: 6
Views: 930

Re: RPCEmu 0.8.14

Is this any use? I found it worked for me, and I updated the pages a tad.

https://www.riscosopen.org/wiki/documen ... c%20OS%20X
by richw
Tue May 17, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: The next version number of RISC OS
Replies: 18
Views: 1111

Re: The next version number of RISC OS

This is something I don't understand about the RISC OS community. The desire for software written for Arthur to run on RISC OS n. I have software written for windows XP that doesn't run on Windows 10, in fact I had one piece of third party software which MS actively un-installed as part of my upgra...
by richw
Wed May 04, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Which joystick or gamepad
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Which joystick or gamepad

Isn't an Atari-style Joystick or gamepad (Sega Master System) a pretty safe bet?

You can easily knock up an interface which should work to the vanilla Beeb A2D mechanism. I think this was one of the first Body Building articles. And there were commercial adapters.
by richw
Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 Joystick Port. Was it worth it?
Replies: 13
Views: 1016

Re: Games with native support for the A3010 9-pin joystick ports?

I recall that there was some software (JoyMaster?) which allowed the Acorn Joystick events to be mapped to keypresses or mouse movement. This would allow for pretty much any game to become compatible with the A3010 ports. A long time ago, I had one of those double Atari interfaces which plugged into...
by richw
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: My First Arc 310
Replies: 20
Views: 1413

Re: My First Arc 310

I can't believe that the function key strip is still attached to the keyboard!
by richw
Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Getting An Old Archie up and running.
Replies: 25
Views: 1868

Re: Getting An Old Archie up and running.

Wouldn't perhaps USB be handy if it allowed: 1. Flash drives to be connected so they appear to the Arc as a SCSI or IDE hard disk 2. Keyboards and mice to be connected via an adaptor circuit so they appear to the Arc as the original interfaces ? No need to faff about with extra drivers, especially w...
by richw
Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: software
Topic: Risc OS on Pi 2
Replies: 14
Views: 1489

Re: Risc OS on Pi 2

Yeah, those USB to WiFi jobbies need a lot of software support, which simply doesn't exist in RISC OS. Maybe one of the RISC OS wizards will look at the BSD/Linux drivers and WiFi stack and work out a suitable architecture? It is probably a lot of work for the sake of a £20 or less adaptor. But I ag...
by richw
Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Risc OS on Pi 2
Replies: 14
Views: 1489

Re: Risc OS on Pi 2

There is no WiFi stack in RISC OS. You have to use the Ethernet interface.

A transparent Ethernet/WiFi adaptor works fine, since RISC OS will see it as an Ethernet router.
by richw
Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Idea for Project: Econet / Ethernet FileServer
Replies: 12
Views: 800

Re: Idea for Project: Econet / Ethernet FileServer

I think an Econet adapter for a modern PC is the way forward, perhaps USB.

On RISC OS you can use NetI which implements the Net/AUN stuff over TCP/IP, so joining Econets over the Internet should work anyway. Might be tough to get an 8-bit machine in there, though.
by richw
Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Network Computers
Replies: 13
Views: 1154

Re: Network Computers

Blimey... this thread brings back memories! I had a NetStation in 1997 (NC OS 1.06). I put in an Ethernet card and setup a bootp+NFS service on a Linux box. I recall that the podule interface was somewhat different to the normal Arcs - only certain types of card would work (EASI?). I rolled my own N...
by richw
Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Boot RISC OS 4.39 fom SCSI drive
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Boot RISC OS 4.39 fom SCSI drive

Oh, and forget hform!
by richw
Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Boot RISC OS 4.39 fom SCSI drive
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Boot RISC OS 4.39 fom SCSI drive

Do the discs/partitions work OK in the Desktop?

If so, check the boot option. Press F12 then *SCSI (or maybe *scsifs) and do *opt 4, 2

You may also need to change some CMOS settings. Do *status and look at the bottom.
by richw
Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Arculator Install Instructions
Replies: 10
Views: 2292

Re: Arculator Install Instructions

Exactly. Just host a ready-made hd4 and CMOS file set. We could include a basic boot structure and essentials like SparkPlug. Perhaps even ADFFS and the re-released games?

Similarly, I do fancy looking into making a Raspberry Pi disk image which offers similar.

Both could help attract users.
by richw
Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Arculator Install Instructions
Replies: 10
Views: 2292

Re: Arculator Install Instructions

Might it be a plan to put the info on a sticky on the JASPP forum? Perhaps we could also look into providing some example/minimal hard disk images or hostfs contents to make it really simple? Just a thought!
by richw
Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Joystick for all games on the A3010 ?
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: Joystick for all games on the A3010 ?

Back in the day, there was an application called JoyMaster. It could be used to configure the A3010 joystick ports to simulate key presses. This allowed most games to be controlled with the little-supported Acorn Joystick API. It was similar in concept to the software for the Vertical Twist (aka 'Se...

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