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Dienstag, 15. Juni 2021, 19:20

I need help with getting a new computer for PC/GEOS internet access

Hello Everyone it's been a while since I have posted here. I now have some free time on my hands. I was wondering if someone could help me out with a Raspberry Pi for use with Pi/GEOS and the internet. Since I have a disability it would be difficult for me to set up a PC/GEOS with internet since it requires some coding. If I could have someone preconfigure a computer with Pi/GEOS installed that would be great I will pay for such a computer. I only have a Wi-FI connection at home for regular internet. Any help is much appreciated-Brett

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Freitag, 18. Juni 2021, 12:01

Hi Brett,

I can try to help you out, but I don't think the Pi/Geos for the moment is a good idea, as it is in an Alpha state. I have experienced some crashes, and they are a bit tricky to fix for an ordinary user, but I have managed to fix them.

In general you will only need a configured MicroSD card. It is important to setup the MicroSD card on the same type of the Raspberry Pi, (RPi) which it is to be used, like for example if you set it up on a Raspberry Pi 3, it should be used on a RPi 3, likewise if it is setup on a RPi 4, it should be used on a RPi4. THis to avoid any trouble. There are also other issues to fix like data transfer, if you want to get data from an external USB to put on the RPi. The internet browser in Ensemble is also limited with the increasing number of secure websites (https://), which can not be reached, for the moment. The internet browser needs improvements, as this is no secret.

I would say that the simplest and most stable solution today in the Raspberry Pi is to use the DOSBox in the Raspberry Pi. Do the Geos part in the DOSBox and then exit the DOSBox and do the browsing in the text mode of the Raspberry Pi. In this case you will manage with a Pi Zero. The performance will be adequate if you know how to set it up. Works OK in the different 256 color modes. Still, there are issues to resolve, like getting files from external source like USB and one have to have knowledge about Raspian, which is the Raspberry Pi OS.

To be honest, there is no simple solution to your wishes.

Can you tell me more specific what you want to do in Geos, and can you shell out to Raspberry Pi OS to do the browsing? Is text mode an alternative? Do you have a Raspberry Pi, if so what model?

Sincerely,
Hans

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Freitag, 18. Juni 2021, 19:04

Hi Brett,

I can try to help you out, but I don't think the Pi/Geos for the moment is a good idea, as it is in an Alpha state. I have experienced some crashes, and they are a bit tricky to fix for an ordinary user, but I have managed to fix them.

In general you will only need a configured MicroSD card. It is important to setup the MicroSD card on the same type of the Raspberry Pi, (RPi) which it is to be used, like for example if you set it up on a Raspberry Pi 3, it should be used on a RPi 3, likewise if it is setup on a RPi 4, it should be used on a RPi4. THis to avoid any trouble. There are also other issues to fix like data transfer, if you want to get data from an external USB to put on the RPi. The internet browser in Ensemble is also limited with the increasing number of secure websites (https://), which can not be reached, for the moment. The internet browser needs improvements, as this is no secret.

I would say that the simplest and most stable solution today in the Raspberry Pi is to use the DOSBox in the Raspberry Pi. Do the Geos part in the DOSBox and then exit the DOSBox and do the browsing in the text mode of the Raspberry Pi. In this case you will manage with a Pi Zero. The performance will be adequate if you know how to set it up. Works OK in the different 256 color modes. Still, there are issues to resolve, like getting files from external source like USB and one have to have knowledge about Raspian, which is the Raspberry Pi OS.

To be honest, there is no simple solution to your wishes.

Can you tell me more specific what you want to do in Geos, and can you shell out to Raspberry Pi OS to do the browsing? Is text mode an alternative? Do you have a Raspberry Pi, if so what model?

Sincerely,
Hans


Hello Hans,
It is very nice to hear from you again. I do not have a Raspberry Pi yet. My current set up for GEOS is a Virtual Machine with Windows 98 and most versions of PC/GEOS including Breadbox Ensemble, NewDeal Office 2000, NewDeal for Global PC , BrotherWorks 98, Palm connect, NewDeal release 3, HP omnigo SDK and emulator, Nokia 9000 emulator, Breadbox Ensemble Lite, Breadbox Ensemble Demo AOL for DOS Geoworks 2.0 ETC. As I could be missing a few others. This works quite well and I have been using it for many years. The only way for me to connect with the internet with PC/GEOS is my Brother Geobook NB-60 or NB-80c prototype via dial up PPP and Globalhopper. Since my NB-80c is a prototype I would like to keep it in good condition. I am looking for other ways to use the PC/GEOS Web Browser. I go on very simple Web sites that are 3.1 HTML. Maybe Pi/GEOS is not for me. Is there any other ways you can think of to get me on the internet with PC/GEOS and my current setup? If you have any other questions please let me know thank you so much once agian for your help.
From,
Brett

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Samstag, 19. Juni 2021, 17:46

You write that you have a virtual machine with Windows 98? What is the primary operating system on the virtual machine?
There is a new version of DOSBox called DOSBox Staging, works similar to DOSBox Megabuild, maybe except for the printer support? I have managed to connect.Geos to internet using the modem emulation in DOSBox Staging. I use Ubuntu, but it should work in Windows.and Mac, too, as DOSBox Staging is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Maybe that is something for you?

Hans

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Samstag, 19. Juni 2021, 18:25

You write that you have a virtual machine with Windows 98? What is the primary operating system on the virtual machine?
There is a new version of DOSBox called DOSBox Staging, works similar to DOSBox Megabuild, maybe except for the printer support? I have managed to connect.Geos to internet using the modem emulation in DOSBox Staging. I use Ubuntu, but it should work in Windows.and Mac, too, as DOSBox Staging is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Maybe that is something for you?

Hans

My primary operating system for virtual machine is Windows 98. Please send me any directions you have for modem support in DOSBox Staging I have tried the dosbox mega build but it was not working for me
Brett

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Donnerstag, 24. Juni 2021, 23:21

Hi Brett,

you can follow this Pi/GEOS Alpha but there is not much to do rather than writing the Pi/GEOS to a sd card, setting up Wi-Fi networking (what is call "WLAN" in German, if you want to search for some advise in the board) and downloading the GEOS-Demo image. Pi/GEOS will even work on the 2GB Pi4 which you can get for cheap.

Never the less as I played with the new FreeDOS 1.2/1.3RC some days ago and provide you my VirtualBox VM that contain FreeDOS+Ensemble Demo with networking enabled. Maybe it will work for too. Give it a try!

Thomas

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Mittwoch, 30. Juni 2021, 18:04

Thomas your virtual machine has worked I now have internet access in Ensemble thank you so much you made my day!
Brett

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Samstag, 17. Juli 2021, 10:56

Very good work Thomas! It is often a tricky business to help someone from distance.

BR,
Hans

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