Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by Samue » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 18:40:10


Hi there everyone

I haven't been on these groups for a while, but I now need the
collective wisdom of these groups...

My father had an old Strong Arm RISC PC, RISC OS Select, and so on.
He used the machine basicly for internet and email, plus scanning
negatives and slides and photographs using Photodesk.

But a few days ago the machine got stolen... :(. What would the best
option be for a replacement? I am investigating three options: Getting
an Iyonix (although I see they have been discontinued? Can anyone
clarify?) , getting a PC with Virtual Acorn, or getting a Mac with
Virtual Acorn. If I go the Mac route, would a Mac Mini be sufficient?
My biggest problem is the scanner, as it is an oldish Epson Perfection
SCSI scanner.

I'm more inclined to go the PC or Mac route, as we live in South
Africa and PC's and Macs are more readily available, but I am open to
any suggestions you may have...

Thanks for all the help in advance!

Regards

Samuel Kock
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Pretoria, South Africa
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by Rob Kendri » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 18:44:17

On Mon, 20 Jul 2009 02:40:10 -0700 (PDT)



Any reason you've not considered an A9 Home? I suspect you'll have no
fun attaching a SCSI scanner to any modern system without hoop-jumping,
so you may need to purchase a new scanner too.

My understanding is that the Windows version of Virtual Acorn is
somewhat more polished.

B.

 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by New » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 19:01:13

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Why not a secondhand RPC? They tend to last for ever and don't cost much.

I have a SCSI/Parallel Epson GT-9500 and couldn't find an XP driver for it.

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Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by Joyce Hasl » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 19:23:42


This family has Virtual Acorn on a PC, and we are very pleased with
it. The new printer/scanner came with Windows drivers, so it has
been no problem.

Just make sure that if you use a PC you have all the malware
protection in place and up to date.

Joyce.

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Powerbase Support http://www.yqcomputer.com/
running Select 4.37 with 64M RAM plus 2M VRAM on SA RPC
learning Ubuntu, VRPC-A & Windows XP on an amd64 tower
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by David Pit » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 19:44:27

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[snip]


The Iyonix has indeed been discontinued. Simplified a bit it was
overtaken by a change in regulations which meant that though the
existing stock could be sold no more could be made. Castle did consider
developing a Mark 2 Iyonix but came to the, perhaps inevitable,
conclusion that it could not be cost effective.

The only new RISC OS hardware is the A9home which sadly has an OS that
has been stuck in beta for the last three years.


That is fine the preferred host would be WindowsXP. VRPC does work with
Vista subject to some provisos. See :-

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

http://www.yqcomputer.com/


The Mac mini would be sufficient but there is unfortunately a huge snag
at the moment. VRPC is difficult to start following an upgrade to Mac OS
X 10.5.7, it can take up to twenty reboots to get it going. It is a
shame as VRPC was rather good on my iMac.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/


It is worth comparing prices of Mac minis and the A9home :-

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

As already suggested second hand is worth a thought :-

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

I hope this helps.
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David Pitt
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by Dave Lawso » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 20:08:49


I'm now using a Mac iBook G4 with OSX 10.4.11 and VRPC with no problems.
I am can use boththe SCSI scanners from the Risc PC, a GT5000 ? and a
Coolscan 111 with a SCSI to firewire adaptor from Ratoc. I do use them
with Vcan on the mac, not sure if they work with VRPC but tranfering
files is no problem.
Dave L
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by druc » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 20:47:07


The easiest option is used Strong ARM Risc PC and SCSI card, there are
plenty around. Restore from your backups, and carry on as before.


They are far better machines, and again readily available second hand,
but wont drive the SCSI scanner. You would need to upgrade to a USB one,
of which there is a very limited choice of models with RISC OS drivers
(including certain old Epson Perfection models).


If you went down that route, any modern new US scanner could be used, at
very little cost. Plus the native scanner driving software is far more
comprehensive than anything available on RISC OS. You can still import
the scans in your favourite RISC OS software running inside the emulator.

---druck
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by jl » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:39:32

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I have a PC with Virtual Acorn and am very happy with the combination. I
only use my RiscPC for interfacing now. As far as I know it is not
possible to run an E[son Scanner on WindowsXP or later - I certainly never
managed to do that. But modern scanners are not very expensive and likely
to have a much higher resolution than old ones. You might have trouble
operating one from the Acorn side though.

Jochen

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Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by Stuar » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:46:31

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I'm sorry to hear that.

I hope you had copies of all your photographs and other files elsewhere.

--
Stuart Winsor

For Barn dances and folk evenings in the Coventry and Warwickshire area
See: http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Risc OS London show Sat 3rd Oct. http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Risc OS Midlands show Sat 5th Dec - Birmingham university, as last year
 
 
 

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Post by Stuar » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:47:44

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And the shipping charges to South Africa would be?

--
Stuart Winsor

For Barn dances and folk evenings in the Coventry and Warwickshire area
See: http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Risc OS London show Sat 3rd Oct. http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Risc OS Midlands show Sat 5th Dec - Birmingham university, as last year
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by Samue » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 22:51:59


>> >>>> Why not a secondhand RPC? >> >> And the shipping charges to South Africa would be?

Ridiculously expensive... ;)

Samuel
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by Stuar » Tue, 21 Jul 2009 23:41:04

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Quite so!

--
Stuart Winsor

For Barn dances and folk evenings in the Coventry and Warwickshire area
See: http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Risc OS London show Sat 3rd Oct. http://www.yqcomputer.com/
Risc OS Midlands show Sat 5th Dec - Birmingham university, as last year
 
 
 

Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by New » Wed, 22 Jul 2009 02:02:35

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Not a lot surface mail.

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*A fool and his money can throw one hell of a party.

Dave Plowman XXXX@XXXXX.COM London SW
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Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by New » Wed, 22 Jul 2009 02:10:40

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Well, the OP was considering a new Iyonix and I'm willing to bet there's
no dealer in SA so carriage would apply to that too.
Oh - there's likely to be more than one SARPC in SA anyway? Or the stolen
one might appear on SA Ebay - I doubt the thief actually wanted it. ;-)

--
*Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

Dave Plowman XXXX@XXXXX.COM London SW
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Advice on getiing a new RISC OS (virtual) machine

Post by John » Wed, 22 Jul 2009 02:12:09

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If you do go down the Virtual Acorn/Windows route, you
would be advised to look at Uniprint from RComp. Not only
does it allow you to do RISC OS printing from any printer
connected to the Windows side, it'll also let you use quite
a wide range of modern scanners from within RISC OS by
using UniScan. The web site says Uniscan has only been
tested on Windows XP so you would have to check with RComp
for the current situation if you intend using Windows Vista.

I have no connection with RComp other than being a
satisfied customer.

--
John
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j dot mccartney atte blueyonder dot co dot uk