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What is your current RISC OS setup? (David Feugey)

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:46, 6/1/2021 | ,
 
This time, we pop across the channel to find out what David Feugey's desktop looks like...

 
I have two RISC OS sets.
 
The first one is in the office and is used for all of my business activities. A good 2560x1440 screen, with a perfect audio setup and a Pi4 @2.0 GHz running RISC OS 5.28. Under the desk, there is a box with a PC (Intel NUC), accessible from RISC OS via RDP. I plan to add another computer for development work. I also have an ARMbook, not visible here.
 

 
The second set is in the workshop. Photos are taken from left to right.
 
The first computer is behind the screen. It is a Pi4 @2.147 GHz connected to an AverMedia device, for video sessions. The PC on the left is a semi-functional laptop, without a screen, and now used to upload videos (and a few other tasks, for example emulation).
 

 
The second computer is actually a collection of computers. Iyonix PC , Pi1, Pi2, Pi3 and Pi4. A complete set of CPUs running under RISC OS 5.28. This is my test bench, which is now used to create the new RISC OS 5 software catalogue for the RISCOSFR website. I also use it to test my own software.
 

 
You can see two computers here. Both are useful for reading and testing floppy disks and old media. The first one is a StrongARM RiscPC, with a full SCSI chain. The second one is an Archimedes 410/1 with all the options (ARM3, 4MB RAM, SSD). Both have a MIDI interface (DMI 50). They are my music studio :)
 

 
The last one, on the right, is an Acorn A7000+. It doesn't work very well, and it's not very useful for things other than testing my own software. If only I could find a one slot backplane to install my ViewFinder inside it... I could drive a better screen and try to find new uses for this computer.
 

 
You can see lots of other RISC OS Computer setups
 
If you want to add yours, send us send a pic and an intro on your RISC OS related setup (email to markstephens At idrsolutions.com), and we will add it.
 
  What is your current RISC OS setup? (David Feugey)
  nytrex (10:16 9/1/2021)
  dfeugey (22:15 11/1/2021)
    markee174 (14:10 12/1/2021)
 
Alan Robertson Message #125043, posted by nytrex at 10:16, 9/1/2021
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Very cool. Lots of great RISC OS equipment at the heart of your house.
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David Feugey Message #125045, posted by dfeugey at 22:15, 11/1/2021, in reply to message #125043
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Thanks smile

Nota: the link of the first photo is broken...
Nota2: I'll have a studio soon for live capture.
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Mark Stephens Message #125046, posted by markee174 at 14:10, 12/1/2021, in reply to message #125045
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Thanks smile

Nota: the link of the first photo is broken...

Fixed.
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David Boddie Message #125048, posted by davidb at 16:38, 12/1/2021
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Nice to see the A7000+ get some love. smile

Are you running stock RISC OS 3.71 on it?
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David Feugey Message #125049, posted by dfeugey at 17:55, 14/1/2021, in reply to message #125048
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Yes. It was crashing a lot, and can't open a CD. After some investigations, I found it was because of the softload upgrade to RISC OS 4. So I simply remove it!
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David Boddie Message #125050, posted by davidb at 15:14, 15/1/2021, in reply to message #125049
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I never even considered an upgrade to RISC OS 4 because it didn't provide anything I was interested in, so mine still uses 3.71.

The power supply whined a lot the last time I used it, so I'm thinking of replacing it at some point. Do you have any tips on keeping it running smoothly?
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David Feugey Message #125052, posted by dfeugey at 17:33, 18/1/2021, in reply to message #125050
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The new filesystem coming with RISC OS 4 is great.

For the PSU, sorry, no tip... On the RISC PC, I have a classic PC PSU. Easier to replace smile
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David Boddie Message #125053, posted by davidb at 21:33, 18/1/2021, in reply to message #125052
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I was already using raFS, which was a neat hack and pretty robust.
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Andrew Rawnsley Message #125054, posted by arawnsley at 15:12, 19/1/2021, in reply to message #125053
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As David said, the new FS is not only effective for long filenames, but much more efficient with hard drives (capacity/usage), removing most of the restrictions and bugs present in 3.7/3.71, in a way that remains compatible with modern machines (unlike RaFS).

On top of that, RO4 was significantly faster, especially on that class of hardware. We typically (if I recall) saw up to 30% speed gains, and routinely 20+%. That was significant on those machines.

I personally wouldn't want to use a RiscPC/A7000 without OS4, but I know some of the retro crowd prefer the "pure Acorn" aspects of 3.x warts and all!

[Edited by arawnsley at 15:13, 19/1/2021]
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