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It's possible that some people may be able to get these programs working without the need for any tinkering.

I'm not quite sure why it should work on the Kinetic, but on my 4.39 StrongARM RiscPC the original mid-90s version of Dinosaurs just hung the machine, and the original version of VRMLEyes took about 60 seconds to load, during which time the machine just freezes, so most people would assume it's crashed and hit the one/off button.

This version loads in about 2 seconds. But the IMS reader for another of these CDs, The Way Things Work, still doesn't run properly, even after its runimage has been expanded!

If Dinosaurs and Ancient Lands work on your machine, leave well alone. If not, following the instructions should get them going again.

VRMLEyes has a BASIC runimage which should work on any version of RISC OS, but it also has a support file called DaCode which I think is 26 bit assembler. If David has a copy of this application that works on the Iyo/A9, without the need for Aemulor, then somebody must have made the support module 32-bit compatible. If you'll send me a copy, I'm sure Paul Vigay will be happy to make it available for download from riscos.org.

The reason I had a go at these programs was that I was trying to get some more software working for the handful of schools that are still using RISC OS. I have been trying to provide technical support to a couple of them for about two years.

If anybody knows of any more schools, here or overseas, which are still using Acorn machines, please let me know. They may not wish to draw attention to themselves on the internet, so could you contact me by email. My address is

castlevarich@yahoo.co.uk

I'm also looking for a working copy of the Aegis Geographical Information System, a copy of the DaVinci 3D modeller and the high quality clipart collections that used to be available from Archimedes World.

If anybody has copies of these, which they would be willing to donate for educational purposes, or sell at a reasonable price, I'll be able to find a good home for them.

Jon Robinson

 is a RISC OS UserJon on 11/3/08 11:58AM
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