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by richw
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: OS 3 To OS 3.1 or not
Replies: 9
Views: 366

Re: OS 3 To OS 3.1 or not

In addition... The 'RTFM' joystick interface fitted into the Econet socket. The 'Serial Port' (or 'Vertical Twist') one plugged into the parallel port. And the A3010 had one built in. Oh, and the A7000 had an optional bespoke interface - dunno if that was ever available. Saloon Cars Deluxe supported...
by richw
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Arculator v2.0 released!
Replies: 103
Views: 16287

Re: Arculator v2.0 released!

Can you run Arculator under WINE in macOS?

I tried this once, a few years ago, and I think RISC OS booted!
by richw
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from the North East of England!
Replies: 17
Views: 426

Re: Hello from the North East of England!

Welcome. I am in Stockton-on-Tees too, what a small world!!! Nice, it certainly is! :) Let me know if you need any repairs doing, be that on Acorn kit or others (i.e. Commodore, Sinclair, Amiga, etc), I have the know-how and equipment to get a lot of stuff back up-and-running Thanks for the offer. ...
by richw
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from the North East of England!
Replies: 17
Views: 426

Re: Hello from the North East of England!

Welcome. I am in Stockton-on-Tees too, what a small world!!!
by richw
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Fervour by Clares
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: Fervour by Clares

I think 4QD (Aaron Timbrell, also behind RISCOS Ltd. in its final years) acquired the ex-Holden stuff, but it has just been sat under lock and key. Great shame.
by richw
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 63
Views: 3360

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

Those modules will be included in RISC OS 5, don't panic.
by richw
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: RISC OS Direct for Dummies
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: RISC OS Direct for Dummies

In my experience, ADFFS on a Pi is the best option. The hardware offers easy internet access, SD card storage, an HDMI interface, ability to use common keyboards, mice and joysticks. You can run the later RISC OS games like SF3000 or Dark Wood (which benefit from faster hardware than an 8MHz ARM2). ...
by richw
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: 987y or oiuy
Replies: 14
Views: 875

Re: 987y or oiuy

This reminds me of the Chocks Away instructions. They said something about newer Archie keyboards not picking up the keypresses properly in two player mode, so there was a utility or recommendation to change the keys.
by richw
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: A5000 using Wifi Dongle
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Re: A5000 using Wifi Dongle

I think you might be able to use a higher rate, but you might need to switch to mode 0!
by richw
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)

Don't you just need to make the system$path check in the !run file only happen if the check for CLib fails? So the same version could work on RISC OS 2 and 3?
by richw
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: ArcFS - SparkPlug can't run on A4000 & OS 3.11
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: ArcFS - SparkPlug can't run on A4000 & OS 3.11

Has anyone ever bothered to construct a new self-extracting SparkPlug with a fixed !Run file? This used to drive me crazy!
by richw
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Eagle M2 (or similar?) video capture Podule
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Re: Wanted: Eagle M2 (or similar?) video capture Podule

Isn't the Irlam 24i16 supposed to be the best for Replay?

I used an EagleM2 and thought the capture quality was pretty poor. The Eidos Escape compression was interesting though.
by richw
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Updating RiscPC System for Networking - Need Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: Updating RiscPC System for Networking - Need Advice

I think that you need to either use the traditional Acorn UniBoot, as was back in the day. You can add a few newer bits, such as AcornSSL. Or you can go the ROOL way. The RISC OS 5 disc image, amazingly, supports machines right back to OS 3.1, so you can use their HardDisc4 and PlingSystem instead o...
by richw
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Does anyone have this computer desk?
Replies: 13
Views: 1377

Re: Does anyone have this computer desk?

Sadly I don't, but I just wanted to say thanks for the memory!

I had one of those which held up my beeb and commodore 64 for a number of years. That was a blast from the past.

You could show the pic to a local joiner,and I am sure they could make one.
by richw
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn Galileo (the computer?)/Dream Machine/Turbo Nutter
Replies: 11
Views: 2673

Re: Acorn Galileo (the computer?)/Dream Machine/Turbo Nutter

Didn't Acorn make a bit of noise about the CHIRP (later PREP) standard, where they would use an off the shelf PowerPC board and plug in an ARM card. No idea how RISC OS would ever have booted!
by richw
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Setting up AppFS on an Econet (HOWTO)
Replies: 2
Views: 539

Re: Setting up AppFS on an Econet (HOWTO)

I used it back in the day, on Econet and Ethernet. There certainly are more command line arguments. You can configure ram caching and perhaps some network transfer options. I wish I could remember where I found them! I seem to recall there were two or three major releases, maybe v2 was DCI4 compatib...
by richw
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.3
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.3

There is a macOS port in progress. Have a look at the mailing list.
by richw
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3
Replies: 45
Views: 3568

Re: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3

Wow, well done chaps! Makes total sense why they had to modify mine.

Absolutely amazing that the A4 could have had the same issue. Mind you, would anyone even have tried to use an A4 as a server? Probably not.
by richw
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3
Replies: 45
Views: 3568

Re: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3

Sadly I don't have the hardware any more, so could not oblige with a photo.

I thought maybe one of the Econet boffins on here who understood the hardware could maybe compare the circuits...
by richw
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3
Replies: 45
Views: 3568

Re: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3

Makes sense. I would have thought it wasn't a simp!e ROM issue, as you would think that could be resolved with a soft load driver/patch (and Risc PCs all had hard discs). I suspect a hardware fault.
by richw
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3
Replies: 45
Views: 3568

Re: Acorn Level 4 Fileserver Issue 3

Back in 1994/95 I remember my dad trying to run Level 4 on his Risc PC with Econet. It didn't work. Acorn said they needed to modify the Econet board to make it work 'as a server'. It was returned and then worked fine. Don't know what they did to it. Carl Elkins of Acorn was suggesting that we didn'...
by richw
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: How play joytick games on A3020 ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: How play joytick games on A3020 ?

Of course, if you use ADFFS to enjoy retro games on a Pi, then USBJoystick will allow you to use a modern USB joystick/joypad to control any Joystick game (regardless of which SWIs it used). :)
by richw
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: How play joytick games on A3020 ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: How play joytick games on A3020 ?

Yes, the A3010 has an Atari interface.

Not many games support the Acorn Joystick SWIs. There was an app called JoyMaster which allowed the joystick movements to be mapped to keyboard or mouse actions.
by richw
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Level 4 - Econet & Ethernet simultaneously
Replies: 10
Views: 972

Re: Level 4 - Econet & Ethernet simultaneously

It should certainly be possible. I had an A5000 with Econet (to Beebs and Arcs) and Ethernet (Arcs only, of course). I ran Level 4 OK. I think I ran the GateWay app, although it wasn't necessary as machines from either side did not need to talk to each other. Sadly I cannot remember much detail, but...
by richw
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Do you have Domesday LaserDiscs?
Replies: 3
Views: 608

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: 883

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: 1447

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: 1994

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: 1994

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...

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