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Bondbug last won the day on March 10 2017

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  1. Bondbug

    Problem installing Linux

    I really cannot understand what is happening here. I have two correctly created starter usb, one for 32 bit, one for 64bit. I am using them on the relevant computers, but neither is responding correctly, one refusing to recognise the presence of Windows, the other which ignores the BIOS1st boot priority.. Please will someone pass the sledgehammer
  2. Bondbug

    The related food game

    Are you really having problems getting sausage skins. Butchers here used to give miles and miles of them away for free. But since the EU in their wisdom produced rules which effectively closed down all the excellent small slaughter rooms that local butchers had, it has been more difficult. But our supermarkets are now selling them, more length that you could use in a lifetime for next to nothing. It is getting the end open and onto the nozzle of my sausage making pump-thing that nearly defeats my large hands.
  3. Bondbug

    Happy New Year

    Thanks pal; Bonne Année and Meilleurs Voeux. Too late to wish it in English, but OK in France.
  4. Bondbug

    Happy New Year

    Living in France I can still dish out Happy New Year greetings till the end of January, so in case I have not already done so...HAPPY NEW YEAR TO SID and THE BOSS. I just wish you would stop giving me a guilt complex about being healthy and too far away to be much use. You haven't mentioned the therapeutic value of intermittent spasms of Lotro, EQ2, and the reviving Vanguard but these are unfortunately not of much permanent value. Whatever else may be happening to you laddie, I know that the old grey matter is still very alive and well. Ciao
  5. Bondbug

    Problem installing Linux

    BIOS Mode: Legacy
  6. Bondbug

    Problem installing Linux

    The problem is that I cannot install Linux on my main PC as dual with W8.1.The Linux install does not recognise the presence of W8 and therefore does not offer the option to install alongside it for dual booting. I am also trying to install Linx 19 for dual booting on my laptop following a tutorial guide on youtube for that make of laptop. In this case I can open the BIOS but it does not offer the option of a usb boot. So there again I am blocked.
  7. Bondbug

    Problem installing Linux

    No not Amiga this time but something more up to date. I ask here because I am more likely to get help than on the normal tech help sites which normally hand out advuce based on american stuff an rarely corresponds to my installation. So I have been wasting all my free time for 3 days trying to get Linux installed in a dual (triple in fact) set up with Windows 8.1. I followed tutorial stuff by English contriutors, and managed to get a booting up plug in done. I managed to find out that the PC (!!!!don(t laugh too loud you may hurt yourselves) is a 64 whereas the laptop I started trying to install on is a 32. I had trouble with BIOS on the laptop and eventually switched to the PC, where I managed to get the plug in to work. That took nearly 2 days, a lot of frustration and bad language. Note my highly technical jargon....and I am just coming to the point. I have 4 partitions on my PC, one for W8.1, one for general data, one for XPPro which I still use to access old musical scripting, and 1 of 125Gb now cleared and ready for Linux So I got the Linux demo up and clicked on Install Linux Mint, 19.3 in this case. But when I got to the crucial point where a dialog box should have said approx "we have detected the installation of W8.1" and then offered a set of installation options which included "Install Linux Mint alongside Windows....", what I actually got was "This computer has no detected operating systems" and the "install alongside" option was missing. Brick wall. Any suggestions or kindly comments to enable Linux to detect the operating systems already there, and offer the needed installation option. Perhaps it objects to being part of a 3some:) I will eventually delete W8.1 but can't do it just yet There was also a little note in the corner of the screen "this computer has only 64mb of disc space remaining". Extraordinary in the circumstances but PCs are full of nonsense, even though this one was overhauled and cleaned up a couple of days ago. Sorry Gogo, I always did rattle on too much. OK I could have said it all in a tenth of the space..........
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    Thanks pal. Been a busy month and I just spotted this. The link was great and brought it all back Sensible Soccer - yep. I can still play that on DOS BOX. But Player Manager 1 is not a DOS game unfortunately . Nice thing about PM was that the made-up leagues were small and seasons did not last for ever. But you could design your own tactics. Good to see Settlers at number 1. Worth playing just for that superb intro. We still play that regularly. Later versions removed the ability to start with more or less random worlds and some of the cute simplicity of the cartoon images. Other games went the same way, much of the original game being sacrificed for fancy graphics. Colonization was an example of the total disaster that could be created like that. I play these when an on-line game is suffering a down-time I suppose I should really have posted this in the bar rather than Tech, but had faint hopes. I had no response from Cloanto or the other one. You would have thought that they would be interested in selling some gear. Cheers mate.
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    Does anyone remember the Amiga.? If so and you are up-to-date with Amiga Forever and Cloanto then I need some advice as I have a slight problem. Long, long ago I was hooked by a game called Player Manager (1990). I have recently downloaded a copy of this old game for the PC, and it is running. So far OK. But when I want to save .... there is still the old demand for a disk to save to, and I am lost. There must be some gadgetry to handle this problem, but I got lost in Cloanto's very full and very excellent documentation. I have sent off a query to their support service, but it occurred to me that someone here may also be taking/have taken a stroll down memory lane and be able to help. I have a stack of old Amiga games so this might just be the start of a better life when games were more content-orientated rather than hidden behind fussy and unnecessary graphics. Sorry Gogo, but age has not improved my computer skills or technical knowledge. Things have changed too much since my old Mac Classic and Amiga 500 - which I did understand. P.S. The question is not essentially to do with Player Manager, but with the problem of linkage between the PC and the disks required by Amiga. However I only asked here on the off chance. A reply would be a bonus, but no reply would be quite understandable!!
  10. Bondbug

    A little problem with GOG Oblivion.

    Thanks Spock. Nice and clear, and I understand it - which says a lot.
  11. Irritating rather than life-threatening. I have played Oblivion for a long time. I love designing little mods, but that is "by the way". I have original disks, and have been using copies to preserve them. I got a bit sick at having to put the disk in the drive every time I wanted to play. So when the drive on the laptop started refusing to read the disks, I turned to GOG and bought their version - no disk needed. BUT .... OBSE Loader --------------------------- You have an unknown version of Oblivion. Please check http://obse.silverlock.org to make sure you're using the latest version of OBSE, then send an email to the contact addresses listed in obse_readme.txt if this version is not supported in the latest release. (CRC = E243684D) --------------------------- OK --------------------------- Much of the game runs without OBSE (I think), but it is an irritation. Works OK on PC. I tried to get new versions of OBSE but got in a right old tangle and gave up Anyone else had this problem?
  12. Bondbug

    Laptop games?

    I don't know how Podgie stands the pace! My laptop is an ASUS. I play anything on it that I can play on the PC; Oblivion; Morrowind, Lotro, Sacred 1 & 2, Neverwinter, Baldurs Gate; a lot of the oldies from GOG. No problems. I tend to play the games in their old original forms, as I find that all the follow-up versions concentrate on more detailed graphics at the expense of game plot and quests - Settlers 1 & 2, but nothing later, the original Colonization not the more recent disastrous version (only game wife will play, and preferably on the Amiga, which gave up when I tried to install a modern replacement mouse, WoW in the old version on Excalibur, and the rest. I was very very annoyed when WoW improved communications (update 7?) and robbed me of the pleasure of setting up links by running the gauntlet between major centres. Not everyone's choice of games but I enjoy them So while I can easily run Lotro on the laptop I can also run games back to SM98 - usually in GOG versions but often from the orignal disks. No laptop problems
  13. Bondbug

    Internet connection

    Thank you Schot. I think that that should cover what I need. I have the user name and password. I have no great confidence in the French "Orange" service, but I hope I don't need to contact them again - my last visit to their Customer Service office nearly ended in a punch-up. I will follow the link you have given me when I can find time and let you know how I get on. Thanks for all your trouble
  14. Bondbug

    Phone land line, time to give it up>?

    Ah. Indeed yes. This no doubt explains why, everytime that I see the telephone people fiddling with their main box out in the village street, I have to go and buy a new phone - which is of course never as satisfactory as the old one. As to the original theme of the thread it would only be possible for us to abandon the "land-line" if we could do without a phone. Celll phones which only work out in the village square are not a practicable option.
  15. Bondbug

    Internet connection

    aha Good to hear from you friend. Your summary is spot on. Netgear Model number: DGN1000v3 Is a modem/router I intend to take only the laptop and the Netgear to Home 2. I note that it has not at any time asked me for my "identifiant" and my password for the Orange network connection, and I have not been able to find where that info might be input. I have an Installation Guide but that aspect is not covered. There is a "filter/splitter" through which I have connected although there is no telephone involved.