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by VincentVega
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

I apologise, didn't mean to be rude. If anyone else has views on my use of "Application Support", then please let me know - if the prevailing view is that people would rather me use something else, then I'll change the patch. The Windows/Linux versions of RPCEmu will load the support files from the ...
by VincentVega
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Anyway, I did download the package last night and had the following thought: rather than having to have the user put your stuff in "Application Support", why not just have it all in the same folder as the emulator and allow the user to simply drag that folder from the DMG to wherever they wish to i...
by VincentVega
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Don't worry, it's one the primary reasons for the Qt rewrite. I demoed a mockup version of this at ROUGOL a couple of months ago. Do you have a roadmap anywhere? It would be useful to know what is planned for the emulator, to avoid duplicating work. I did spend some time mocking up a UI in QT's des...
by VincentVega
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

I assume you're using the Caliston build, then? I've not used it before, hence my original question.
by VincentVega
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

I have made a stab at building a binary distribution, which can be downloaded here . It's about 33MB in length and consists of both the interpreter and recompiler versions, plus the "RPCEmu" folder that belongs in "Application Support". The actual emulator itself isn't very large, but the QT framewo...
by VincentVega
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

I'd personally urge you not to implement it in that way; or, if you do do it that way, make it do something else! Agreed, on second thoughts it would be confusing. I'll think about adding a menu item to Mac side of things, which has the side benefit of not requiring me to get to grips with assemble...
by VincentVega
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RiscPC600:battery leak
Replies: 12
Views: 390

Re: RiscPC600:battery leak

There's a useful guide for decoding RISC PC POST error codes here: https://retrocomputing.stackexchange.com/questions/1540/why-does-my-acorn-riscpc-display-the-post-boot-error I'd download the technical drawings - http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/docs/Acorn/Manuals/Acorn_RiscPCTRM_Drawings...
by VincentVega
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Glad to hear that the keyboard is working a bit better. Here's a sneak preview of an additional patch I've been working on: http://maemagel.com/f/sd/2018/10-Oct/RPCEmu-cfg.png This implements a setting that tells the emulator where to find the root for HostFS, so you're not restricted to having it i...
by VincentVega
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

(This is a separate post as it's not related to the previous one.) I have a new release ready for test - version 3. This reworks a lot of the code that interacts with the QT side of things, particularly communication between the main window and the emulator itself. There were some threading issues t...
by VincentVega
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

HostFS works fine for me if it's in "Application Support" (as a proper directory). RPCEmu does log HostFS activity to the standard C error log (stderr). If you right-click on the application (e.g. "RPCEmu-interpreter-debug"), choose "Show Package Contents" (below "Open" on a UK Mac), click on "Conte...
by VincentVega
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Where do you get your retrocomputing fix?
Replies: 35
Views: 745

Re: Where do you get your retrocomputing fix?

Mainly this site. People aren't just knowledgable about Acorn stuff, they're familiar with other makes as well, and they are always very friendly, helpful (even for someone as, err, uneducated, as I am) and some of the hardware and software you all come up with is superb. I don't think I've bought a...
by VincentVega
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Sorry for the "should", I'm french, appologize, it may not mind exactly what I want to say. "You may" have been better ? That's what I wanted to say. May is a better [sic] choice of word, yes. At this juncture, I'm only supporting people on the version specified in the title of the thread. If you w...
by VincentVega
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

pittdj - I'm working on a fix for those keyboard issues, though it's more complicated than I anticipated. I haven't seen the clock issues myself. jvernet - I am aware that the patch won't work with the current state of source control - it's for 0.9.0, as stated in the title of this thread and in th...
by VincentVega
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Richard - I haven't experienced any mouse lag issues, and I use SteerMouse as well (version 5.3.1). Do you have any other processes running that might be causing an issue? Try running Activity Monitor and see if it reports anything chewing up processor cycles. pittdj - I can reproduce an issue with...
by VincentVega
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Ah, that'll be why - I'm using 3.71. I tried 5.24, and it happens with that as well, but not always. I attached lldb (the Mac debugger) to it and it looks like it's getting stuck with QT waiting for something. There are lots of threads and calls into the bowels of Apple's libraries, none of which I ...
by VincentVega
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Link fixed - thanks for that. When exactly does it crash when saving the preferences? I haven't experienced that (administrative user, OS X 10.12.6) - if I go into the "Settings" menu and change something, or modify something in the preferences dialogue, it works fine (and the settings are saved if ...
by VincentVega
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Hooray, a bug report! I was getting a bit worried. I've fixed the issue found by pittdj - it was attempting to read the configuration from the current working directory (usually "rpcemu-interpreter-debug.app/Contents/MacOS") instead of "~/Library/Application Support/RPCEmu". There is a new release o...
by VincentVega
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron MGC
Replies: 466
Views: 47919

Re: Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron MGC

Dave, do you have any cartridges available to buy? I've finally got myself a Plus 1 and it really needs a cartridge to go with it.
by VincentVega
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4925
Views: 347891

Re: Today I received.....

From forum member sirmorris, an Atom video RAM expansion and an AtoMMC:

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Thanks, Charlie!

From RS, a 5V/3A Meanwell PSU (with a panel-mount DC power socket attached to the power connector):

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by VincentVega
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: CRT repair
Replies: 10
Views: 536

Re: CRT repair

Sounds like it would be a good idea to replace the switch. I've used the display a few times since my last post, and it's still working. Where's a good source for switches? I see that Retroclinic sell some - for the "CM8833, CM11342 and others" - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PHILIPS-CRT-MONITOR-CM8833...
by VincentVega
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: acorn atom and system
Topic: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)

I can get some slightly different specifications ones - MM2114N-3 (300ns) - at £2.99 each from here . Would these work? Faster is fine, but those are not the low power variety that is usually fitted. Each one can draw up to 100mA according to the datasheet. Ah, I'd missed the "L". This place seems ...
by VincentVega
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: acorn atom and system
Topic: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)

How tolerant is the Atom of differing specifications of 2114 chips? The ones in ICs 42 and 43 are MM2114N-L, which according to this page are 450ns parts.

I can get some slightly different specifications ones - MM2114N-3 (300ns) - at £2.99 each from here. Would these work?
by VincentVega
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: acorn atom and system
Topic: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)

Here is a link to some Atom expansions with a link to the developer: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=8168&p=86259&hilit=Acorn+atom+colourboard#p86259 Thanks for that - most helpful. I've sent both of the developers a PM, so hopefully they'll have something available! I noticed th...
by VincentVega
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: acorn atom and system
Topic: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)

Thanks for all the responses, everyone. I cleaned the motherboard today, so that's one more task done. Right, let's talk add-ons. I want to keep the outside of the machine looking as original as possible, but I'd like to change the insides to make this computer more capable. So I've had a look at th...
by VincentVega
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: acorn atom and system
Topic: Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Meet my new Atom (warning: lots of images)

If you follow the "today I received" thread elsewhere on the forum, you may know that I am now the owner of an Atom. I'm not too clued up on this particular Acorn computer, so I've started this thread in an attempt to gain some enlightenment from more knowledgable members of this sub-forum. I will h...
by VincentVega
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Trying to track down an old Programmer - Steve Sutton
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Trying to track down an old Programmer - Steve Sutton

Does the person who used to know him remember the names of his wife, partner or children? You could use that to look at birth/marriage/death registers to try and identify them, and see if you can track him that way.
by VincentVega
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: What are people happy soldering ?
Replies: 43
Views: 1205

Re: What are people happy soldering ?

Through-hole for me. There's something about SMT that make me want to run a mile in the opposite direction.
by VincentVega
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted
Replies: 62
Views: 3202

Re: RPCEmu 0.9.0 and Macs - beta testers wanted

Update: the patch was submitted last week, but hasn't shown up on the mailing list yet. I had an email come through from the list saying that my message was held for approval because it was bigger than a specific size, but since then nothing. The list archives don't show any postings since June, so ...
by VincentVega
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4925
Views: 347891

Re: Today I received.....

A fairly unmolested Atom, in rather nice condition: http://maemagel.com/f/sd/2018/09-Sep/Atom1.jpg http://maemagel.com/f/sd/2018/09-Sep/Atom2.jpg http://maemagel.com/f/sd/2018/09-Sep/Atom3.jpg From looking at the auction, it's an issue 4 board; it has a RAM expansion card - a Timedata MB163, whateve...