|Past HP quality and 41 emulators (long)|
Message #1 Posted by Marc on 6 Jan 2004, 1:22 p.m.
After having moved some boxes from one room to another, I put hands on a few of my HP calcs that were sleeping for years (without batteries of course). I immediately tried to power up a mint 41CV bought in 1985 : Perfect ! everything works... Same test on a very used 41C : OK ! Every key works, the card reader is alive... Wow, that's what I call quality. The 41CV didn't run since 1987 ! I remember having dismantled the 41C several times in 1988, then I never used it again. I'm amazed. Not to mention the LED calcs I successfully waked up ! All that funny stuff lives again since the last week.
Well, I wouldn't expose these beauties to any hazard by using them outdoors, so I'll keep running Warren Furlow's eV41 emulator on my iPAQ 1930 ;-) and play with the real calcs at home of course !
The 41 emulators are great, but IMHO they have a drawback which takes its roots in the 41's ROM code : if one tries to speed up the emulation to take advantage of nowadays' fast CPUs, guess what ? Every function key is immediately NULLed. Not very convenient. So, I wish I have some time to modify the code in order to suppress the NULL feature. Does anyone ever tried that ? Warren, what do you think about that ?
I'll be happy to have news concerning that trick... And if no one did it, if I have time, I'll let you know !
Regards from France