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General Discussion / Re: Is it me?
July 12, 2022, 09:47:30 PM
Sorry Folks,

I'm dealing with much more urgent problems at the moment and haven't had time to worry about this.

I'm grateful for all your suggestions and I'll get back to this asap, but that might not be anytime soon...

Thanks again.

General Discussion / Re: Is it me?
June 20, 2022, 10:06:02 PM

I just found a site offering drivers for usb 1 and 2 for win98 inside an iso file...

Anyone know how I'd unpack them on the old PC?
General Discussion / Re: Is it me?
June 20, 2022, 09:57:34 PM
Thanks All,

Keith, I used #2. my problem is that I'm trying to resurrect an ancient PC which needs truecrypt installed and I can't get truecrypt onto it because I can't yet find the usb driver for win98, I haven't got access to another machine with a floppy drive (although installing one may be the last resort), and win98 refuses to see the files on a cd.

MP, not sure how I'd use a flash drive that way, but as I said, I haven't found usb drivers for win98 yet.

David, I'll keep MKUDFFS in mind if all else fails.

Sounds like the easiest options would be to find the usb driver or temporarily install a floopy drive in another pc and write the files to it. Amazingly I still have a couple of floppy drives lying aroung and I've found an old floppy disc.

Come to think of it, the usb driver isn't really an option if I can't get it onto the old pc either. Maybe I'll have to give it internet access just long enough to download the usb driver...
General Discussion / Is it me?
June 18, 2022, 06:09:35 PM
Hello all,

I know this is the non-technical section but there's nowhere obvious to post this question anywhere else. Sorry.

I'm trying to burn two small files to a cd. They are truecrypt-1.0-source-code.zip and truecrypt-1.0_files.md5.

I've tried Xfburner in Linux and the standard Windows burner. Either way, linux can see the files but windows can't. It just sees the CDs as blank... but full.

Any suggestions, other than to keep banging my head on the desk, gratefully received...


Linux Support / Re: Recommendations please
May 02, 2022, 11:52:38 PM
Thanks everyone. I've been using Asunder and FreeFileSync for a couple of weeks now and I'd recommend both of them.

FreeFileSync  feels slightly less intuitive than Foldermatch, although the features are there if you look around. And, of course, it's free! I like it.

I like Asunder too. There are occasional problems with identifying some CD details - names, tracks etc, but that seems to be down to whichever CDDB you link it to.  99% of the time it's fine, and again, free.

What's not to like?
Linux Support / Re: Recommendations please
April 18, 2022, 08:22:18 PM
Thanks Brian,

I couldn't see any way to get VLC to rip a CD, but I've settled on Asunder which seems pretty good. It was unable to download album data until I switched the CDDB server to gnudb.gnudb.org, but now it's fine.

I then checked alternativeto.net and downloaded FreeFileSync which seems very similar to Foldermatch.

So far, so good. I'll wait a few days to see how they go before marking this thread solved...
Linux Support / Re: Recommendations please
April 14, 2022, 02:55:38 AM
Thanks Brian,

I'll look at VLC and I've already looked at diff, but I'd really like something more idiot friendly. Windows has Foldermatch which I found really intuitive and capable. I can't find a linux equivalent...
Just my luck!

But Blue Evolution will do very nicely.

Thanks for your help.
I tried that yesterday and again just now, but both themes are light for some reason.
I must have missed something. SociWT didn't work for me. It stayed resolutely light. I'll have another look but probably not tonight. Work tomorrow..

Thanks again. Blue Evolution is fine. SociWT would have to be very good to better it.
Thanks Mad Penguin,

Blue Evolution it is!

Ah, I hadn't thought about the security aspect...

Also I suppose it was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction on my part, for which, apologies. I've now switched to a different theme which I find easier on the eye, and I suppose the interface does look more 2022 than the old one, for obvious reasons. I'd still like a dark mode or at least a darker theme, but having calmed down I'm giving it a thumbs up. Sorry for any offence I may have caused.
Linux Support / Recommendations please [solved]
April 11, 2022, 09:56:59 PM
Hello everyone.

Has anyone got a favourite Linux CD ripper or folder comparison software?

I need both, and for the record, MELD keeps telling me that two folders I know for a fact are completely different, are identical!



Sorry. It wasn't broken and didn't need fixing.

Please, Mad Penguin, tell me how to change to another theme. The default hurts my eyes. Just as everyone else is offering dark mode we suddenly get glaring white!
Linux Support / Re: Keyboard and mouse problems
January 30, 2022, 08:06:21 PM
Ok, no more problems since I swapped the mouse and changed the keyboard back, so I'm crossing my fingers and marking this solved.

Thanks very much to everyone who helped. Much appreciated.