On 25 May 2022, at 2:20, Thura wrote:
Hi I am trying to set up an old Strong ARM Risc PC with RISCOS ver
4.39 to connect to the Internet.
I have never used one of these machines before. It did connect to the Internet back in
2016. Unable to do so now. It has NetSurf ver 3.5 (6th April 1016).
As another reply points out, that isn't a NetSurf issue; it's a local machine
configuration issue. There are many reasons why the machine might not be connected and
this isn't the forum to try and diagnose it.
The most basic level would be - if, when you click on the Hard Disc entry on the icon bar
and get a Filer window open for the root of that drive, there is a "!Boot"
application, then try double-clicking on that. If you get a configuration window, then the
machine is at least booting normally and you can investigate Internet settings from there.
If you get a warning that no boot sequence has been run, then you have additional steps to
take in order to restore booting from the hard disc first; the built-in ROM only gets you
access to a basic desktop, but things like screen resolution settings or Internet
connectivity are enabled only when additional information is read from the hard disc.
You could register with the RISC OS Open forums (disclaimer: I'm a "staff"
member, insofar as we have "staff", so I am biased!) - be sure to check your
spam folder for the confirmation e-mail when you sign up, as your account won't be
activated without that - and then enquire on the forums there.
By the way - if your computer has been unused for several years I would encourage you to
open the lid and check the CMOS backup battery - it's one of those "big watch
batteries" (CR2032). It is probably flat and might be at risk of leaking. Replace it
as soon as possible, although this is a bit fiddly on an unmodified machine - some
TTFN, Andrew Hodgkinson
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