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by dilwyn
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Alien Laser when copying
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Alien Laser when copying

This is a feature of the Level 2/3 disc drivers. Unlike earlier drivers these do writes asynchronously because that is much faster. But then this also means that the call that ordered the write has already returned, so the driver cannot return an error retroactively! On Windows you would get an err...
by dilwyn
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Alien Laser when copying
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Alien Laser when copying

Essentially an audible "bad or changed medium" error. Not quite - after that audible warning, the system will retry - If it doesn't come back with a real "bad or changed medium" then, the retry succeeded and the audible warning can be understood as a thorough reminder to create ...
by dilwyn
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Alien Laser when copying
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Alien Laser when copying

Anyone know what it means when you copy a cart that all of a sudden it sounds like aliens are shooting me Any ideas? Thanks Bill Assuming you mean zaps etc from the QL speaker (as opposed to weird mechanical noises from a jammed cartridge etc) it can mean a corrupt cartridge. Some systems choose to...
by dilwyn
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: vDrive page and games
Replies: 0
Views: 88

vDrive page and games

vDrive For Sinclair QL Thanks to Andrei Tenu I've put ten freeware games for QL in .MDV format for the QL version of the vDrive interface on a new page on my site. There's also .MDV images of the Abacus, Archive, Easel and QL software too. The page is at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/vdrive/index.html
by dilwyn
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: Problems printing from QPC to QPCPrint
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Problems printing from QPC to QPCPrint

Hi Tobias, I'm using QPC2 4.94/SMSQ-E 3.34 (version which Marcel sent me on 13/4/19 (there has been another Beta in early August which implements a sound chip emulation, but I haven't tried that one yet). 3.93 was issued as a Beta earlier in the month for some issue relating to laptop sleep mode. I ...
by dilwyn
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: Themes
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Themes

An update of Per Witte's Themes utility is now available to download from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/gd2/index.html This is version 0.05, which fixes a couple of bugs in the software. On the page, scroll down to "themes05.zip" to download the package as a zipped file. The Themes package consi...
by dilwyn
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: The Welcome Area
Topic: Hello from Auckland, New Zealand.
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: Hello from Auckland, New Zealand.

ChalkyNZ wrote:
dilwyn wrote:Congratulations on your first post!

And good luck sorting out the QL.


Thanks, and congrats on beating England this weekend!

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Welsh Rugby
by dilwyn
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: The Welcome Area
Topic: Hello from Auckland, New Zealand.
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: Hello from Auckland, New Zealand.

Hi everyone, I've been a member for a while, but this is my first post. I'm trying to repair a Rev 5 QL, am off to find correct forum to post my Minerva ROM questions! I'm a hobby-grade electronics repair guy, grew up with Sinclairs, Segas, and Commodores. So much more enjoyable than the business c...
by dilwyn
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Hey it works!
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Hey it works!

Both look good. Depends on the kind of look you want - an extension of the QL or more like a microdrive (which vDrive kind of emulates).
by dilwyn
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Hey it works!
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Hey it works!

Excellent - very retro, and very true to BBQL styling.

As no external microdrives were ever sold for QL (apart from people who used a ZX Spectrum one or cobbled one together from salvaged QL drives) this is a great way to add a vDrive!