Re: [Ql-Users] 16th Italian Sinclair QL meeting (virtual) - Report

2020-04-14 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

Grazie Davide
E' stato un bellissimo evento e ben organizzato. Spero che ce ne saranno 
altri.

Buona giornata
Renato

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From: Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users

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Subject: [Ql-Users] 16th Italian Sinclair QL meeting (virtual) - Report

16° Meeting Sinclair QL Italiano – 5th of April 2020

The 16° Sinclair QL should have been held in Modena as it has been the case
since 2008. Unfortunately, due to the restriction enforced following the
Covid-spread 19 we had to meet on the virtual teleconferencing platform
Jitsi. Twenty people have attended the teleconference including Marcel
Kilgus, Dilwyn Jones and Urs Keonig as welcome international guests.

Marcel, as also happened in the last two QL Italian meetings, had many
interesting news to report. Guest star was the new RGB-VGA interface for
Sinclair QL. This is yet another very useful piece of hardware to keep the
original QL alive at the time were only SVGA interfaces are available in
modern monitors. The prototype is almost finished and the image quality is
outstanding, everything is managed by a FPGA which scans the RGB signal and
transform it into a VGA signal. All the details can be found on

https://www.kilgus.net/2020/01/08/ql-vga-the-second/ An Italian QL user
living in Toronto since many years, Michele Perini, is designing a QL style
case to be realized with 3D print technology.

The second news was that the excellent QL-SD interface card will not be any
more realized due to the effort at Marcel’s side needed to solder and
integrate the boards. That’s a pity, but do not despair as a new replacement
named QL-SD ROM is already in the pipeline. This board will connect to the
QL ROM port. The nice plus is that the new QL-SD ROM will have an onboard
flash ram capable to keep up to 8 QL ROMs which can be loaded and selected
with simple SuperBasic commands.
https://www.kilgus.net/2020/03/28/ql-sd-rom-the-early-days/

As side activity Marcel is also working in the port of SMSQ/E for the MiSTer
platform. MiSTer is a hardware platform capable to emulate most of the
“retro-computers”. You can find the Sinclair QL port on

https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/QL_MiSTer while a MiSTer description is
given at this link  
https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Main_MiSTer/wiki

One of the possible future ideas which were mentioned by Marcel is the QL
port on the Spectrum Next  
https://www.specnext.com/ which has been shown “live” by Massimo Boccardi,
one of the few guys who managed to buy one. One of the nice things about the
Spectrum Next is that the case has been designed by the same designer of the
Sinclair QL case.

Another nice video contribution was an original Sinclair QL connected to an
internet connection with this serial-ethernet interface

https://www.simulant.uk/shop/retro-vintage-computer-wifi-modem-rs232-serial-
hayes-compatible as well as V-Drive with a case made with SLS 3D printing
technology. The case was almost identical to the original Sinclair QL one.

Dilwyn Jones has shown his QL-IRC program. QL-IRC is written in structured
Super Basic (by Tim Swenson) and allows to any QL platform allowing to have
a TCP/IP connection like QPC2 to an IRC server (like e.g. the one hosted by
QLForum https://qlforum.co.uk/)

During Dilwyn’s presentation I noticed QL IRC was running on QPC 4.99 so I
could not resist to ask whether this was an error or a special version
developed on purpose for QL IRC. Actually, Marcel forgot that he almost
completed the work on QPC 5 which is a version almost completely re-written
in C a part for the core. There are many advantages vs QPC 4 like full
Direct-X 11 support, an improved floppy driver and capability to save header
information on DOS files. Only minor drawback is that it will not run
anymore on Windows 95.

Last presentation was made by Giorgio Garabello who has shown the latest
developments of his Black Phoenix platform
http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/black-phoenix-en/ Most of the efforts have
been spent on a new sophisticated file manager called Quantum Explorer which
will be available in the next release. Roberto Porro in parallel has shown
the ongoing development work in the routines to allow image processing also
to be implemented in a new utility which will be part of Black Phoenix.

I hope I did not forget any of the very interesting information exchanged
during this virtual meeting, two hours and a half has flown and our wish has
been to organize a similar virtual event not far in the future. This was
however not new for us as since 2014 during our physical QL Italian meeting
we always organized videoconferencing sessions which allowed many people
from 

Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-03 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users
Perhaps trying to alter printer_dat I have used also config and altered 
accidentally the starting drive, mdv_ or flp_

Can this explain the abnormal behavior ?
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From: Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users

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Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

On 02/01/2019 23:43, Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users wrote:


The hard disk map can be corrupted by
a variety of software: the main culprits are probably the GST Linker (old
version, not the one supplied by Quanta) and any software which draws arcs
or uses ATAN, ASIN or ACOS (QDOS only, not SMSQ/E!).


Strange. Does anyone know why the above could result in a corrupted MAP
for a hard disc?

Cheers,
Norm.

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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users
I solved the problem deleting, with Qxlwinreader, config file in the unreadable 
file and copying an old config from a backup qxl.win. Now it’s all’ OK.
Thank you very much for your advice. Have a nice night.
Renato

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> Il giorno 3 gen 2019, alle ore 00:43, Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users 
>  ha scritto:
> 
> hdutils DRVCHK and DRVLINK are QL side - they are QL executables. I have no
> instructions for them, just this extract from the SMSQ/E manual.
> Dilwyn
> --
> DRVCHK and DRVLINK  Hard Disk Utilities
> 
> DRVCHK and DRVLINK are two hard disk utilities. In an ideal world you should
> need neither, and if all is well there should be no harm done if you try
> them. The programs will work on “QLWA” type hard disks, i.e. on the Miracle
> Harddisk, all ACSI and SCSI harddisks connected to ATARIs, the QXL and QL
> formatted disks on the Q60. They will also work with QXL.WIN type hard disk
> containers, as used on QPC, SMSQmulator, Q68 and newer versions of SMSQ/E
> for the Q60. We have no experience with the Falkenberg Harddisk interface
> (it might trash your harddisk, we don't know), but it will not work on the
> QUBIDE.
> 
> DRVCHK is rather like a soft format which checks the readability of the free
> sectors on the drive. It does not check the sectors which have been
> allocated to files. If you find that reading some files is becoming
> unreliable, you should copy the contents to a new file and then delete the
> old file. This returns the sectors to the free space list. Executing DRVCHK
> will check all the free sectors and eliminate unreadable sectors. Unreliable
> sectors may not get eliminated and it might be useful to execute DRVCHK more
> than once. If you have a rather unreliable drive, you may find it worthwhile
> executing DRVCHK after a hard disk format as an additional check.
> 
> DRVLINK is intended to repair the hard disk map of contents when this has
> been corrupted. (Note that as the hard disk map is in the form of linked
> lists similar to those used by MSDOS and other low grade operating systems,
> continuing to create, delete or modify files on the disk when you suspect
> that it may be corrupted is very unwise. It is safe to copy files to new
> backup disks, but DO NOT OVERWRITE old backup disks, or you may find that
> your backups are corrupted as well!). The hard disk map can be corrupted by
> a variety of software: the main culprits are probably the GST Linker (old
> version, not the one supplied by Quanta) and any software which draws arcs
> or uses ATAN, ASIN or ACOS (QDOS only, not SMSQ/E!).
> 
> The most obvious symptoms of corrupted maps are "drive full" messages when
> the drive is not full or "bad or changed medium" when accessing files. In
> the latter case, execute DRVLINK first, then delete the bad files, and
> finally execute DRVCHK to check the freed sectors.
> 
> DRVLINK may not completely repair the hard disk map, but it should put it
> into a state where it will not get any worse. BEWARE: although DRVLINK is
> believed to be safe, there could possibly be circumstances where the cure
> could be worse than the disease. Corrupted maps are quite rare, so there has
> not been much opportunity to exercise DRVLINK.
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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

Can I modify from windows the config file ?

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From: Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users 
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Cc: Renato Barigazzi 
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted 


QXLWinreader can read old the files in qxl.win but qpc2 cannot read!

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From: Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users 
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 11:36 PM 
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Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted 


Evening Renato.

Are there any errors displayed?

Cheers,
Norm.
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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

QXLWinreader can read all the files in qxl.win but qpc2 cannot read!

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From: Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users 
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Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted 


Evening Renato.

Are there any errors displayed?

Cheers,
Norm.
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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

QXLWinreader can read old the files in qxl.win but qpc2 cannot read!

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From: Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users 
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Cc: Norman Dunbar 
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted 


Evening Renato.

Are there any errors displayed?

Cheers,
Norm.
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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

Hi, only QPC2 does not see this qxl.win

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Cc: Norman Dunbar 
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted 


Evening Renato.

Are there any errors displayed?

Cheers,
Norm.
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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

All those programs work on the QL side or Windows side ?


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From: Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users

Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 11:16 PM
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Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

There are some utilities out there such as Tony Tebby's DrvCheck and DrvLink
(see hdutils.zip on Utilities page on my site
http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/utils/index.html).

There are a number of programs out there which MAY prove useful, such as
Wolfgang Lenerz's Wined http://www.wlenerz.com/qlstuff/#wined which may
prove useful, plus programs such as QxlWinReader on same page and another
qxl win reader whose name I've forgotten (QXL.WIN explorer?) which may be
able to "explore" the content even if not actually able to fully recover the
file.

This all depends on the nature of the corruption of course. **Always** read
instructions of such programs carefully and if possible consult with other
users for their experience before you embark on anything. It is only TOO
easy to cause further damage and render any chances of recovery even smaller
than before.

All of my QXL.WIN failures over the years have been covered by backups or
use of Tony's programs on a couple of occasions when the backups were
unreadable back in the days when my backups were on CD and Iomega zip
drives.

Easy for me to be wise after the event obviously (sorry if that causes
offence Renato), but of course Simon's advice is best - always backup, since
it is so easy to copy a QXL.WIN somewhere as a backup since it's just a
normal (if rather large) Windows-style file.

Dilwyn

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From: simon629--- via Ql-Users

Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:36 PM
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Yes All ways Back up your win file to Dropbos
   On Wednesday, 2 January 2019, 21:06:07 GMT, Renato Barigazzi via
Ql-Users  wrote:

Hi
Is there anyway to recover a corrupted Qxl.Win ?
I cannot open it in QPC2.
Best regards
Renato
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Re: [Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

Hi
I have saved qxl.win to my dropbox, but how can you read this file ?


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Yes All ways Back up your win file to Dropbos
   On Wednesday, 2 January 2019, 21:06:07 GMT, Renato Barigazzi via 
Ql-Users  wrote:


Hi
Is there anyway to recover a corrupted Qxl.Win ?
I cannot open it in QPC2.
Best regards
Renato
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[Ql-Users] QXL.WIN corrupted

2019-01-02 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users
Hi
Is there anyway to recover a corrupted Qxl.Win ?
I cannot open it in QPC2.
Best regards
Renato
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Re: [Ql-Users] Password protection

2018-12-14 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

Ho anche una mail riservata

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From: Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users

Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 12:18 PM
To: ql-users
Cc: Giorgio Garabello
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Password protection

you have a private mail :-)

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Il giorno ven 14 dic 2018 alle ore 12:12 chohag--- via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> ha scritto:


Do you use a real QL or an emulator? If you use an emulator it's easy:
encrypt the disc of the server which runs it with a passowrd.

Matthew

Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users writes:
> Hi,
> Since 1990 I am using in my dentist office a database written in Archive
RTM to manage my pati
> ent’s data with a Miracle QXL card. Now with the new GDPR ( European
Data Protection) I must us
> e a password to protect the patient’s sensible data. Is there anyone who
can suggest a procedur
> e or a Superbasic program or something else to obtain such a result ?
> I am in serious difficulties.
> Best regards
> Renato Barigazzi
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Re: [Ql-Users] Password protection

2018-12-14 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

Normally I use a QXL card

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Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Password protection

Do you use a real QL or an emulator? If you use an emulator it's easy: 
encrypt the disc of the server which runs it with a passowrd.


Matthew

Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users writes:

Hi,
Since 1990 I am using in my dentist office a database written in Archive 
RTM to manage my pati
ent’s data with a Miracle QXL card. Now with the new GDPR ( European Data 
Protection) I must us
e a password to protect the patient’s sensible data. Is there anyone who 
can suggest a procedur

e or a Superbasic program or something else to obtain such a result ?
I am in serious difficulties.
Best regards
Renato Barigazzi
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Re: [Ql-Users] Password protection

2018-12-14 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users

Ciao Giorgio
Grazie per la celerità nel rispondere, vorrei proteggere l'accesso al 
qxl.win.

Saluti
Renato

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From: Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users

Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 11:58 AM
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Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Password protection

Ciao Renato :-)
Do you want to protect only the db or the whole disk.win? Giorgio Garabello


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Il giorno ven 14 dic 2018 alle ore 11:54 Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> ha scritto:


Hi,
Since 1990 I am using in my dentist office a database written in Archive
RTM to manage my patient’s data with a Miracle QXL card. Now with the new
GDPR ( European Data Protection) I must use a password to protect the
patient’s sensible data. Is there anyone who can suggest a procedure or a
Superbasic program or something else to obtain such a result ?
I am in serious difficulties.
Best regards
Renato Barigazzi
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[Ql-Users] Password protection

2018-12-14 Thread Renato Barigazzi via Ql-Users
Hi,
Since 1990 I am using in my dentist office a database written in Archive RTM to 
manage my patient’s data with a Miracle QXL card. Now with the new GDPR ( 
European Data Protection) I must use a password to protect the patient’s 
sensible data. Is there anyone who can suggest a procedure or a Superbasic 
program or something else to obtain such a result ?
I am in serious difficulties.
Best regards
Renato Barigazzi
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