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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: 974

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: 888

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: 1947

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: 1284

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: 1697

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: 724

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: 1048

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: 1048

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: 1120

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: 1124

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: 4992

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: 8609

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: 1271

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: 1389

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: 1389

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: 3066

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: 1389

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: 43
Views: 4638

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: 3354

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: 6082
Views: 676443

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: 161
Views: 19719

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: 161
Views: 19719

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: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 161
Views: 19719

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: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 161
Views: 19719

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: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 161
Views: 19719

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 11:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: ADFFS on Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 5
Views: 1531

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 8:42 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: DCI-4 Econet driver
Replies: 7
Views: 1349

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 10:40 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Configuring CD ROM drive under RO 3.50D
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

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: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Keyboard Repair
Replies: 10
Views: 2459

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.

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