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by paintings
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Sparkplug problem since HDD setup in Arculator 2.0
Replies: 26
Views: 465

Re: Sparkplug problem since HDD setup in Arculator 2.0

Is there a way I can set the OS to default to a valid drive on startup? I will do some digging and see if I can find out. If you haven't found the answer yet, the usual method is the *Configure command. For example, to set ADFS drive 4 as the default, you would enter: *configure filesystem adfs *co...
by paintings
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Sparkplug problem since HDD setup in Arculator 2.0
Replies: 26
Views: 465

Re: Sparkplug problem since HDD setup in Arculator 2.0

SparkPlug v2.28 and 2.29 expect to find Universal Boot (as supplied with RISC OS 3.7). They will not work on a vanilla RISC OS 3.1 (or 3.11) installation. SparkPlug v2.26 is your best bet. Stick to a 16-colour mode (e.g. mode 27) as SparkPlug doesn't like high-colour modes (or was SparkFS that was p...
by paintings
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Sparkplug problem since HDD setup in Arculator 2.0
Replies: 26
Views: 465

Re: Sparkplug problem since HDD setup in Arculator 2.0

Additionally, while I am at it, as I am struggling to understand why I wanted an HDD on the machine in the first place, is there any actual benefit to putting an HDD onto the VM within Arculator, or am I just as well using HostFS as my virtual HDD? Some applications won't work from HostFS, but will...
by paintings
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: general
Topic: riscosblog.co.uk
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: riscosblog.co.uk

Updates to the blog ceased in June 2019. The front page (now titled "The RISC OS Blog Archives") was still visible until last month, but on a visit a few weeks ago I noticed that clicking on any of the links no longer worked. A WHOIS lookup shows that the domain was (re-)registered in Dece...
by paintings
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Can Camera GPS Data Be Wrong?
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Can Camera GPS Data Be Wrong?

Maybe the camera had successfully got a fix back at the mystery house, but not got a fix slightly later at the social event where it took the photo? My stepmother's camera behaves in exactly that way. If it can't get a GPS fix (e.g. if you switch it on and immediately start taking pictures) it uses...
by paintings
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 63
Views: 3360

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

Hmmm... "If your USB drive presents as drive 0". How can I tell what drive my USB is on? A quick-and-dirty method from the command line: *scsi *cat It says "Can I boot the Pi from USB (without an SD card at all)?" And then "3. RISC OS will be saving the CMOS file to the SD ...
by paintings
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)

The distributed file consists of: 1. A BASIC program (BARK) that unpacks the archive 2. The archive itself. BARK - originally written by David Pilling - does the heavy lifting of unpacking the archive. If my memory serves (it's been nearly 30 years and I have long since lost my notes) the original B...
by paintings
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Raspberry Pi 400
Replies: 63
Views: 3360

Re: Raspberry Pi 400

Instructions for booting a Pi 400 from USB can be found at https://www.riscosopen.org/wiki/documentation/show/Raspberry%20Pi%20questions%20and%20answers#BootUSB - if you want any configuration changes to survive a reload you will also need to read https://www.riscosopen.org/wiki/documentation/show/C...
by paintings
Sat Dec 12, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.3
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.3

Try the obvious one first... In RISC OS, go to Configuration > Screen and choose another monitor type (it defaults to "Auto" which restricts you to 640x480). You can choose a real monitor if you want (e.g. "Acorn AKF85") but "Other > Generic" offers an extended range of...
by paintings
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: BeebIt system modules.CLib not found
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: BeebIt system modules.CLib not found

Assuming you're running RISC OS 3 on the A3000: There's a "System Resources" download at https://www.riscosopen.org/content/downloads/common (filename "PlingSystem.zip") which contains a 32-bit CLib in !System.310.Modules It should be enough to copy just that one file rather than...
by paintings
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Connect to MacOS share
Replies: 21
Views: 612

Re: Connect to MacOS share

Moonfish: The directory needs to be shared as /Public not Public - with that change it should work.
by paintings
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Connect to MacOS share
Replies: 21
Views: 612

Re: Connect to MacOS share

It's odd that you couldn't get Moonfish to work. Here's a run-down of what I did. On RISC OS: Start Moonfish and select-click on the Moonfish icon to display the Exports window Add the "Public" directory; export as /Public (Optional) Allow connections only from 192.168.0.0/24 (or your loca...
by paintings
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Connect to MacOS share
Replies: 21
Views: 612

Re: Connect to MacOS share

You part-answered the question, but here is my answer anyway. unumask: Specifies the minimum Unix permissions for files transferred to Unix. Default 0600 (always set "user read" and "user write"). umask: Specifies the (inverted) RISC OS permissions to transfer. Default 022 (trans...
by paintings
Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Connect to MacOS share
Replies: 21
Views: 612

Re: Connect to MacOS share

I suggest you persevere with MoonFish: I got that working with both macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and macOS 10.15 (Catalina). The Mac is the client instead of the server, but it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick...
by paintings
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Filer Window Sizes
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Filer Window Sizes

I just checked the configuration options on RISC OS 4.39 - there isn't any such option. I think the best you can manage is to create an Obey file with the necessary Filer_OpenDir command in it and pin it to the Pinboard.
by paintings
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: OS Call for *SETTYPE
Replies: 19
Views: 1005

Re: OS Call for *SETTYPE

In case you were wondering: If the load address matches the exec address, RISC OS treats it as a load/exec address. If the first three hex digits are anything other than FFF, RISC OS treats it as a load/exec address. To spell it out: If the first three hex digits are FFF, RISC OS usually - but not a...
by paintings
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: issues softloading riscos 5 on riscpc
Replies: 9
Views: 399

Re: issues softloading riscos 5 on riscpc

I agree with Ian. The IOMD version of RISC OS 5 exists primarily for use on emulators, where it puts in a respectable turn of speed. Load it on a real Risc PC and you will be extremely disappointed with its performance. If you want to persevere with RISC OS 5: Your message suggested you were using t...
by paintings
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: why does mode 2 on the bbc micro use 160x256 instead of 256x160 pixels?
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Re: why does mode 2 on the bbc micro use 160x256 instead of 256x160 pixels?

The BBC Micro was designed for use with a 625-line TV set, which meant that the vertical resolution was more or less fixed at 256 pixels. You may notice that all of the other graphics modes (0,1,4,5) also use 256 pixels vertically.
by paintings
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Application directories as ZIP files, but still 'runnable' despite being archives..
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Application directories as ZIP files, but still 'runnable' despite being archives..

This feature was introduced in SparkFS 1.19, although to begin with you had to edit the !Run file to activate a module (ImageFSFix). By SparkFS 1.41 (20 Oct 2004) it had become the default behaviour.
by paintings
Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Historic Migration Path from 8bit to Arc?
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Historic Migration Path from 8bit to Arc?

The Archimedes A300 came with 6502Em, which allowed BBC Micro software to run. If you could afford it there was also a ROM podule so you could install BBC ROMs. I fitted an external 5.25" disc drive to my A310 so I could transfer the BBC discs. As far as I can recall the "DFS reading"...
by paintings
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)

Herewith the RISC OS 2 version, complete with CLib.

Please note this is an older version of SparkPlug (2.23) as I couldn't get SparkPlug 2.26 to run under RISC OS 2.
by paintings
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)

The reason I was thinking of separate versions for RO2 and RO3 relates to CLib. For RISC OS 2, you must have CLib, as the version in ROM is too old. For RISC OS 3, you don't need CLib, as the ROM already contains a suitable version. My plan was be to bundle CLib alongside !SparkPlug, and write the i...
by paintings
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Sparkplug (self-extracting version)
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Sparkplug (self-extracting version)

Since I was responsible (if that's the right word) for packaging SparkPlug into a self-extracting format some 25 years ago, it seems appropriate that I should answer the call for a self-extracting SparkPlug that doesn't look for !System on startup. This version is designed to run on RISC OS 3. It sh...
by paintings
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:18 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

For the record, I've had problems using the Acorn 3.70/3.71 disc images on 3.5/3.6 - you don't get a full Universal Boot, only the 3.7 components. You'll need to find a full Universal Boot from somewhere: I've seen copies on Acorn User CD8 and the May 1998 Acorn Developer CD. Alternatively, it's ava...
by paintings
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Modern Printer for Econet (BBC / RiscOS)
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: Modern Printer for Econet (BBC / RiscOS)

http://www.cjemicros.co.uk/ is another possibility: they sell printers with parallel ports that should work with an A7000.
by paintings
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Trying to install !FTPc but need acornssl module
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: Trying to install !FTPc but need acornssl module

If you can't find it anywhere else, it's hiding inside !Boot.Resources.!System.350.Modules.Network on the "Nightly Beta HardDisc4" archive on the ROOL website: https://www.riscosopen.org/content/downloads/common Be sure to grab the .ZIP version of the archive, as the self-extracting versio...
by paintings
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: !MailMan Setup
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: !MailMan Setup

Those scans are fine. Thank you for uploading.
by paintings
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: !MailMan Setup
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: !MailMan Setup

Actually I'd be interested in a scan of those pages from the Level 4 Fileserver Network Manager's Guide. The only version of the guide I've been able to track down was Acorn part number 0484,021 (issue 1, 1992) which doesn't mention MailMan at all. As a result, my software information page for MailM...
by paintings
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Exile type games
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: Exile type games

I think this may be the Icon Bar thread: https://www.iconbar.com/forums/viewthread.php?threadid=6276 Dates from March 2005. Sadly the screenshots have disappeared into the ether. Looking at the thread, it appears that one big problem was coming up with a "pseudorandom" algorithm that could...
by paintings
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn User/ Micro User Cover Discs for 32 bit systems..
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Re: Acorn User/ Micro User Cover Discs for 32 bit systems..

Acorn User: Nearly all of the cover discs - and all subscriber discs from April 1990 onwards - appear on the first nine Acorn User CDs (that's AUCD1 to AUCD9 inclusive). The first Archimedes item appeared on the February 1998 subscriber disc, so if you have the CDs you'll be missing roughly 28 of th...

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