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User-friendly RPCEmu for Windows emerges

Published: 1st Jan 2009, 21:39:09 | Permalink | Printable

Matthew and Peter Howkins have produced RPCEmu Spoon Edition, a more user-friendly Microsoft Windows-compatible build of the open source and cross-platform RiscPC emulator. Their version features an installer for Windows users, the software's source code and various bug fixes and improvements - although this Windows port has no networking support.

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Good idea ... Windows-users will probably be better off since installation by drag'n'drop is alien for Windows users :-)

Please include network support.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/09 9:26AM
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The simple installer will be good for a lot of non techie users. I've had to do a bit of fiddling to make it work, but not everyone has that ability.

 is a RISC OS UserBecky on 2/1/09 6:08PM
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To be honest, until the emulator is a LOT more stable I wouldn't bother. I've used the RO 4.02/4.39 ROM images with RPCEmu over 7 days total and experienced in the region of 30 crashes, 2 of which screwed the !Boot folder rendering the boot sequence useless.

I'd have thought in this day and age that having a stable filing system would be one of the most important aspects of an OS but as usual the stupid features like pretty border graphics take precedent.

Worst £25 I've spent in a long time, the whole OS is just so archaic it's awful and just not worth the effort to bring it up to any reasonable degree of standards.

 is a RISC OS UserCalculon on 3/1/09 1:41PM
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I have had Adjust running on 0.7 for ages, with no crashes, but under 0.8 it wont boot, due to an emulator crash!

depends if you mean cosmetic archaicness, as it is, unless you dress it?

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 3/1/09 2:15PM
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I can get Select 3i4 aka RISC OS 4.39 running on the none Dynamic recompiler version of 0.8 "Spoon" version of RPCEmu under Windows Vista Home premium. It obviously runs slower by an order of around 3 times but it shows the potential. Still for Alpha quality software it isn't at all bad.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 3/1/09 4:56PM
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Hmm it looks like something in my boot structure, as I re-installed Adjust from the CD ROM ISO from the RISC OS Ltd. website and works fine :@)

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 5/1/09 1:30PM
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I think I'm missing something - what was the £25 for? The emulator is free and I think ROL were only charging £5 for ROS 4.02.

 is a RISC OS UserTomWalker on 3/1/09 4:15PM
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RPCEnu is stated as Alpha software and I can't see why you think the OS is archaic when it is most likely the alpha stste of the emulator causing the issues. I can state that I have had very good stibility off 4.39 and 6.xx versions on my real RiscPc hardware.

If you purchased the recently announced 4.02/4.39 RISC OS on a CD for updating either 3.6, 3.7 or 4.03 systems then that is aimed at real systems and you would have been better off getting the RISC OS "Virtually Free" version that lets you use 4.02 on anyone of the freeware RISC OS hardware emulators.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 3/1/09 4:50PM
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It is alpha software. If you were to use those roms with virtual acorn it wouldn't crash once (well, maybe once, but what doesn't?). I'm faily sure the website makes this alpha status clear. you may have to wait a little while before you can make the most of your £25.

 is a RISC OS UserMonty on 3/1/09 2:03PM
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The £25 includes the Virtually Free RO 4.02 and the 4.39 upgrade disc. You can copy the 4.39 ROM image from the CD and work the 4.39 boot structure into RPCEmu but I remember getting Broken Directory errors quite frequently even when using my RISC PC 15 years ago.

The emulator is just too flaky and RISC OS obviously hasn't matured enough to avoid screwing up the system boot up due to something which is effectively just an emulated power-cut. Whilst I release that forced power-downs are not good for any OS, most cope much more admirably.

Maybe in a few more years I'd recommend RISC OS and RPCEmu - then again, I said the same thing five years ago about Linux becoming a desktop OS and look what a horrible mess that's become. Oh well...

 is a RISC OS UserCalculon on 3/1/09 5:57PM
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Well apart from stating the obvious that you have a copy of an upgrade that is tailored for upgrading on a system that is either 3.6 or 3.7 based and thus uses the old none long file names disc format, then unless you know what is happening you can't say it is RISC OS that is corrupting the harddisc image as it could be the emulator or the host system as well.

Try it on proper hardware before you dismis it. I can honestly say I have had no file corruption ssues in all the years I've used RISC OS apart from a hard disc hardware failure.

The statement you make about using a RiscPc 15 years ago is also telling as there were some issues with ADFS buffers but RISC OS 4 and above on real hardware seem to have put paid to that issue.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 3/1/09 6:18PM
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By the way, this version of RPCEmu doesn't seem to allow configuring the number of IDE discs which basically means creating and formatting a drive with the new FS specs is much more difficult. I'm going to try and go back to 0.7 which also didn't make use of a DOS launcher.

The only nice thing is the mouse following aspects. Nice try though.

 is a RISC OS UserCalculon on 3/1/09 10:00PM
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I'd love to see the Mac version developed a bit more. I have had broken directory errors too. I always keep a backup of my hard disc image. I did manage to use it recently write some code to port my Newsbase email to mbox format though so it's not all bad. The disc errors meant I needed the real RiscPC to do the actual reprocessing though.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 9/1/09 11:44PM
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