The emulator is still free (though it's a huge download)
Teklogix (look for the mentions of the "OPL Software Development Kit"). If
you can't find it, note that there's an archive copy on the 3-Lib Library CD...
A comment on Usenet by Duncan Booth got me thinking and
writing. Here's my brief tips summary (so far) for the EPOC emulator:
- To quickly access your backed-up files in the EPOC
emulator under Windows 95/98: just add a line SET _EPOC_DRIVE_P=c:\Psion\Your
Name\Backup\Internal to your PC's AUTOEXEC.BAT and reboot. The next time (and
every other time) you start the Emulator, you'll see a new disk drive ("P").
This tip works well for your CF disk as well, I've set mine to be the "Q" drive
with SET _EPOC_DRIVE_Q=c:\Psion\Steve Litchfield\Backup\Steve. If you do access
your backups from within the Emulator and want to make changes to any file,
it's probably a good idea to copy the file to the "C" drive first. Doing this
will stop PsiWin complaining about you tampering with its backup dates and
To do the same under Windows NT4, which doesn't use
autoexec.bat etc, use the following procedure, sent in by
-Click on Control Panel icon
-Click on System icon
-Click on Environment tab
On the last but one line (Variable) type
_EPOC_DRIVE_P (where P will appear as additional drive on your Psion emulator
On the last line input the Value of the path, e.g.
Click, then "Set" and OK it.
of course, set up different 'drives'.
- Most shareware and freeware programs are written in
OPL and can be made to work with the EPOC emulator with
a modicum of effort. A couple of common files crop up occasionally in reported
- Toolbar.opo. This can be copied if necessary from
your Series 5. If you can't find this file, either grab it
here or just create a new "Program" document
in any folder and use the "Create standard files" command. Toolbar.opo will
then magically appear in the current folder and can be copied across to
- Sysram1.opx. Although there is a file of the same
name compiled for the ARM chip in the Series 5, the compiled-for-PC version you
may need for the emulator can be downloaded
here. Put a copy of it in \epoc32\wins\c\system\opx.
It's worth noting that there are several other common
OPXes that have been written by third-parties. Many of them have now been
compiled for the PC by their authors and are available. Try the
RMR Software web site first for these.
Again, just place the modified OPX files in the same folder as Sysram1.opx
above. See John McAleely's web
site for more up-to-date OPX news.
Once you've set up your PC-compiled OPXes in the
correct folder, make them 'Read-Only' before going any further.
Otherwise, the installation of further applications may possibly overwrite your
new PC OPXes with Series 5 versions!
- (from Charles Newgas) Printing from the
emulator. Although it is not possible to print direct from the emulator, you
can print to file and copy the file to your printer with only one extra mouse
The easiest way to do this is to create a DOS
batchfile called "EpocPrint.Bat" on your Windows95 desktop. Inside it put just
the single line
C:\epoc32\wins\c\printfile lpt1: (Change the drive and printer port letters if
necessary). It is now easy to print from the emulator. Simply print to file
using the driver that is most appropriate for your printer (the emulator will
default to using file "printfile" in the root of the virtual internal disk),
and double-click on the batchfile on your desktop.
If you've any tips to add, please email me.