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by richw
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Do you have Domesday LaserDiscs?
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: Do you have Domesday LaserDiscs?

Ohh... First time I have seen those mentioned here! I don't know where they are now, but I had a good look at one of those BNFL systems at a local school. Essentially an Archimedes version of the Domesday setup. An A3000 with a genlock minipodule, RS232 chip, and a SCSI hard disk. It was a simpler L...
by richw
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Joystick interfaces
Replies: 5
Views: 486

Re: Joystick interfaces

TSP supported their own API and also the Acorn one. It also provided comprehensive keyboard and mouse emulation.

The 'delta cat' interface was an analogue stick with three buttons which plugged into the mouse port. I think this was the Interdictor option.
by richw
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Arthur Desktop Apps
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: Arthur Desktop Apps

Wasn't the first release (or perhaps preview?) of Impression an Arthur app?

What about. Acorn's ArcWriter?

Pro Artisan? I only used it under RISC OS but it was a non-desktop experience!
by richw
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3010 Econet
Replies: 19
Views: 1222

Re: A3010 Econet

cmj6502 wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:26 am
Perhaps it would allow Econet and Ethernet to be fitted at the same time?!
Can put Econet on the network connector and Ethernet on a mini podule.
Ah yes, of course. Still, at least it frees up the minipodule!
by richw
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A3010 Econet
Replies: 19
Views: 1222

Re: A3010 Econet

Presumably this will work on the A3020 and A4000 too...:) No point, you can plug a module straight in, the pins from the Arm250 are tracked to the econet connector already. #-o quite right, I should really have checked the obvious before posting... Perhaps it would allow Econet and Ethernet to be f...
by richw
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A310, Risc OS 2 with Cumana SCSI podule error
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: A310, Risc OS 2 with Cumana SCSI podule error

Good spot. Don't think so.

I remember those early Cumana SCSI devices. Didn't they appear with A5000s, so RISC OS 3?
by richw
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: RISC OS presentation to my Linux user group
Replies: 7
Views: 746

Re: RISC OS presentation to my Linux user group

So how did it go?!
by richw
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 2 8mb compatibility
Replies: 13
Views: 821

Re: RISC OS 2 8mb compatibility

Wow. I am slightly surprised it worked, but good result.

Of all the daft nonsense to remember! I think it was mentioned in the RISC User review of the A540, almost in passing (probably Acorn trying to keep a lid on expectations for more revisions of RISC OS).
by richw
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A310, Risc OS 2 with Cumana SCSI podule error
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: A310, Risc OS 2 with Cumana SCSI podule error

That SWI number is MessageTrans_CloseFile according to the PRM info on riscos.com.

Didn't MessageTrans come in with RISC OS 3? So it may not work on 2.

I assume you have checked *Unplug and done a delete power on?
by richw
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: ADFS Upgrade board repair
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: ADFS Upgrade board repair

Back in the day, when I broke ROM legs, I would tin some wire and solder it on!to the stub. Then trim to size carefully. Has a high chance of breaking if you move the ROM again, but hey-ho...
by richw
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Latest project ...
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Latest project ...

Interesting.

If you are looking for feature-creep, can I suggest joystick support? You could probably use most of USBJoystick for the HID-to-SWI stuff.

This isn't entirely serious. I have done nothing with USBJoystick itself for a long while! But it could be a bit of polish for a rainy day...
by richw
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 2 8mb compatibility
Replies: 13
Views: 821

Re: RISC OS 2 8mb compatibility

Can you extract WindowManager from 2.01 and soft-load it (pre-desktop)?

I have a vague recollection that the changes to support 8MB were in the Wimp. Maybe.
by richw
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from 'Ull, East Yorks
Replies: 20
Views: 1061

Re: Hi from 'Ull, East Yorks

Wow, the boxed games! Amazing. Welcome!
by richw
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: What became of the 80186 podule?
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: What became of the 80186 podule?

I think Aleph One and Watford Electronics came out with 386/486 podules in about 1991/92. Quite a bit later than the Archimedes launch and Acorn's PC Emulator solution.
by richw
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RPC and Win95 Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 670

Re: RPC and Win95 Sound

Wow. Didn't know there was a version 2!

I remember the enhanced DOS SB emulation meant I could play Grand Prix 2 with sound, which was nice.
by richw
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RPC and Win95 Sound
Replies: 4
Views: 670

Re: RPC and Win95 Sound

From what I remember, you could get sound working in Windows 3 and 95 with the Aleph One drivers. I am positive I did this back in the day. I did also have PCSound Pro, and its main improvement was the SoundBlaster emulation, which became good enough for DOS games. I don't recall it making any diffe...
by richw
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 10
Views: 741

Re: Hello!

Hello! Similar start to me. It is easier than ever to get back into those 8bit games...
by richw
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from France
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: Hello from France

Hi Patrick,

Welcome to the community!
by richw
Thu May 23, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: How to clone a 'master' disc on Archimedes
Replies: 48
Views: 2848

Re: How to clone a 'master' disc on Archimedes

My memory could be terrible, but from what I recall of PiRat it was just a fancy front-end to the NVCS/Archive disk copier utility. I used that to duplicate loads of key disks back in the day.
by richw
Fri May 03, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!
Replies: 91
Views: 6084

Re: RISC OS relicensed: now under Apache 2.0!

Porting the OS to other platforms would widen the audience significantly. Really? RISC OS has never run on so many platforms, nor has it been cheaper. I would suggest that polishing the existing ports would help more. And that includes utilising all of the hardware in each platform. In the Pi, we h...
by richw
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi to my fellow acorn-philes
Replies: 16
Views: 765

Re: Hi to my fellow acorn-philes

Welcome. What an amazing collection!
by richw
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Somewhat belated hello
Replies: 15
Views: 934

Re: Somewhat belated hello

Aye, that Doom thread is particularly amazing. With the 8-bit side, all of these modern hardware add-ons make it much more appealing to use a real physical beeb. So that is certainly an investment in terms of cash and physical space! I wonder if one day the same will apply for the 32-bit machines? M...
by richw
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Somewhat belated hello
Replies: 15
Views: 934

Re: Somewhat belated hello

Thanks for the kind words. Enjoying it, yes. It's funny how something so basic, and with annoyances like no Wi-Fi support, sort of beckons you back in! And I still need to sort out my development environment properly. It's a bit like the various bits of DIY around the house... I should get back into...
by richw
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Should i get an A3000 or a RISCPC ?
Replies: 36
Views: 1908

Re: Should i get an A3000 or a RISCPC ?

I think it's worth considering Steffen's point, if you're not bothered about the exact 'retro-experience'. A Pi of any flavour, even a basic Zero, will run ADFFS, which will allow you to run boatloads of games - not just those which are Risc PC onwards. Of course, if you want the exact 'look' hardwa...
by richw
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Somewhat belated hello
Replies: 15
Views: 934

Somewhat belated hello

Hello, I've been lurking here for years, and keep forgetting to introduce myself. Apologies for the delay. I've been an Acorn user since I was a kid - my earliest computer memory is fiddling with a Model B when I was about seven, in 1987. My dad taught Computer Studies in a local secondary, so there...
by richw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: AcornA7000 Motherboard alive and well need some basic help now... (if I may)
Replies: 40
Views: 2689

Re: Acron A7000 Motherboard alive and well need some basic help now... (if I may)

Just to offer another option... You can download the HardDisc4 and System Resources from RISC OS Open. Their current Boot structure etc. works right back to RISC OS 3.1.
by richw
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: ADFFS 2.63 released
Replies: 21
Views: 2582

Re: ADFFS 2.63 released

What files are in your 'HardDisc' area? Do you have something called !System?

If you can, grab the HardDisc4 and System archives from riscosopen.org. Alternatively, use the old Acorn 'universal boot', as either should work.
by richw
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5828
Views: 511993

Re: Today I received.....

Wow. CECC!

They were just down the road from here. I remember their 'EcoMen' launcher thingy for the local school Econets.
by richw
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 129
Views: 12299

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

Regarding !Boot, any particular reason for using Acorn's?

From what I have seen of ROOLs HardDisc4, there is support for 3.1. It also benefits from being under active development.

P.S. LineEditor? Genius!
by richw
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 129
Views: 12299

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

I always liked the New-Look. Perhaps the option to turn-on rather than turn-off? It will be off by default. If people want it added, I'll need to code another Module to add a *Configure item and find some free bits in CMOS to store the configuration state. At the minute it's somewhat academic as th...

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