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Amiga User Group News / Re: New UK group, West Midlands, Saturday 21 October 2023
« Last post by AndyFC on September 09, 2023, 09:26:34 PM »
Here are a few updates.

Most exciting is that we have a name...Midlands Amiga Enthusiasts, or MAE! Meetings will be MAE Days. :-)

For our first meeting we'll be using the Mary Edwards Room at The Westbury Centre. It has 16 plug sockets (8 doubles) and there are plenty of tables and extension leads available.

Please feel free to bring your Amiga-related systems.

If you have anything to sell, please also feel free to bring it. Trades will be private between the buyer and seller, and not the responsibility of the group.

There are two car parks in site, one at the back has 8 marked spaces, one of which is a disabled space. There is a car park at the front (also used by dog walkers etc for the nearby park) which has about 9 spaces, one of which is disabled. There is free on-street parking too.

There are toilets on site with disabled and baby change facilities.

The room we'll use has a small kitchen area and we'll have tea, coffee and squash available. There is a McDonalds about two minutes walk away, and a retail park with supermarkets and coffee shops about five minutes walk away.

See you between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 21 October.
@mechy and @kolla - just wanted to report back to you guys. After a bit of sleuthing around, I did find a Volktek BNC/TP media converter, a couple of T-connectors, a matching pair of 50 Ohm terminators and a matching 50 Ohm coaxial "Cheapernet" cable. After setting everything up and powering on the converter and the Amiga, the converter "Link" LED powers up, suggesting a sound connection between the Ariadne card and the converter.

Unfortunately, that's where my luck ends. Despite having told the Ariadne card to use the BNC jack ("SetEnv Sana2/ariadne_0.config 10BASE2"), despite setting up the card1 ("ifconfig ether0 netmask"), despite checking the default route ("route add default"), AmiTCP still won't detect any incoming data. Pinging localhost works just fine, but pinging the gateway (i.e. ends up with a 100% packet loss. When I ping the router like this, strangely the media converter's "Receive" and "Send" LEDs starting blinking, so there actually seems to be traffic going through the coaxial cable - but for some reason, AmiTCP doesn't see it coming back. Using Roadshow's DHCP functionality doesn't change anything - NetLogViewer shows that the stack never receive an answer from the gateway's DHCP server.

All in all, the outcome is the same no matter if I use the Ariadne's RJ45/Twisted Pair jack, or its BNC connector. Unfortunately, I'm leaning towards the Ariadne being busted somehow - which is really strange. It's been working flawlessly since I got it, and it's been stored in room temperature ever since.
Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: Help files
« Last post by kolla on September 09, 2023, 05:43:33 PM »
From what I recall, the help files are installed in HELP:<language>/Sys, where <language> is the langauge you selected to use during install. If you change language setting afterwards, help stops working. The entire “help system” is just a shell script, with … plenty of … room for improvements.
Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: Amiga Demos on my A1200
« Last post by kolla on September 09, 2023, 05:30:17 PM »
Monitor is attached directly to the Amiga, and not to the Raspberry Pi, right?
Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: Help files
« Last post by AndyFC on September 09, 2023, 08:26:06 AM »
I don't use an Amiga keyboard and the scroll lock key, which is supposedly mapped to Help doesn't work, but I don't know if that's hardware or software related.

Just typing 'help' in shell brings up the OS 3.2 help pages for me though.
Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: 3.2.2 upgraded Roms
« Last post by AndyFC on September 09, 2023, 07:26:20 AM »
I see from another thread that you now have access to your serial no. again. Good news!

When you go onto the Hyperion website you should find a list of bugfixes. From what I can tell is software only and the latest official ROM version is 3.2.2.

With the PiStorm32 it can use a different kickstart to the one you have as physical ROM chips. I have 3.2 physical chips but softkick to 3.2.2. This might help you if you are swapping between boards; it sounds like the 1260 ROMs you are asking about are modified for a specific accelerator so you could have those on your motherboard and then when you use a PiStorm32, that can override the physical ROMs by having your PiStorm boot with 3.2.2.
Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: Amiga Demos on my A1200
« Last post by bradhansen1 on September 08, 2023, 10:58:03 PM »
Hi, Download "Stateoftheart" from Aminet and tried to run it.
Just locked up my computer. This is my A1200 with  PiStorm32 lite.
Brad Hansen
Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Help files
« Last post by bradhansen1 on September 08, 2023, 10:12:00 PM »
Hey All, seems the more I advance the more I fall behind. Only been using
this computer since 1988 and I am still lost. I have upgraded my A1200 thanks to Hyperion helping me recover a Serial number. But
now when I press the Help key nothing happens when before it used to
open the OS3.2 Help pages. Which was great to use. There was another
way to open it, from the Shell I believe, but I lost it. If someone could
point me to that or other wise give me some advise on how to access
it, I would be most appreciative.
Brad Hansen
Amiga User Group News / Re: New UK group, West Midlands, Saturday 21 October 2023
« Last post by BozzerBigD on September 08, 2023, 09:44:00 AM »
How are the arrangements going! Is it possible to bring along a few second hand items to sell?
Amiga Hardware Issues and discussion / Re: Image Puzzel?
« Last post by Thomas on September 08, 2023, 07:32:11 AM »

There are numerous variations and extensions of the JPEG format. Apparently the programs you use don't support some of them. The most incompatible is "progressive". This means the image is saved in a format which allows to quickly load a blurry preview of the image and it gets sharper the more layers are loaded. Another extension which might confuse loaders is meta data in JFIF containers.

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