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by richw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: AcornA7000 Motherboard alive and well need some basic help now... (if I may)
Replies: 40
Views: 1349

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: software
Topic: ADFFS 2.63 released
Replies: 21
Views: 1891

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: 4926
Views: 348518

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: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 7197

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: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 7197

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...
by richw
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 7197

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

NewLook only contains an update to Window borders to give them the 3.5 look. I did compare a few versions of !Edit and couldn't tell any difference between them, except for the version number, so we'll leave it as is. I think you need to find the module romapps3d that modified the resource files by...
by richw
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 7197

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

I think we're going to go with a ZIP file system Module and ZLib instead, it makes more sense going forward as it could be merged into RISC OS 5. It also avoids all those pesky copyright issues and approvals. If an image FS can be grafted into your ZLib implementation, then it does indeed sound goo...
by richw
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 7197

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

Best suggestion I have seen so far is SparkPlug, but please remember to remove the check for System$Path in the !Run file. Drives me crazy every time, that one! I am also surprised that Acorn's core fixes, the latest networking and toolbox stack will actually fit! Speaking of networking, is Access (...
by richw
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: ADFFS on Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 5
Views: 909

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: 855

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: 831

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: 1421

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: 1812

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: 1812

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: 742

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: 2237

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: 1304

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: 1898

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: 1091

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: 620

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: 12132

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: 12132

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: 1779

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: 1356

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: 1189

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: 1840

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: 1838

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: 2459

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: 2330

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...