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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #405 on: January 25, 2015, 01:35:00 pm »
Hey SpiroH,

Nice!  For what it is worth it does work on Wine!  Using wine-1.7.2.

Also nice to see nHitori in your screenshot!   ;D

Keep it up!  And have a great day!

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #406 on: January 27, 2015, 10:08:09 am »
Hi Andrew!
Nice to see you around ('One of the last of the Mohicans'?) still producing beautiful Nspire games. Thanks for you kind words (as usual, btw) and Wine feedback. Have a great day without much blizzard, i hope.

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #407 on: March 02, 2015, 03:02:54 pm »
First off thank you SpiroH very much for your work. As an educator, emulators are really important for classroom presentations and general use. We need an emulator in various lecture classrooms, on our portable, on our office desktop, and on our home computer.

Have it somewhat working. On my Mac using Windows 7 under parallel it work perfectfully.

Tried versions kArmTI update v1.76,  x86kArmTI_v1.65_x86, and v753 on Windows 8.1 x32 bing OS tablets and windows 8.1 x64 OS laptop. Link menu, USB Explorer shows, lets me navigate, but will not let me copy either way.

All others things seem to work. Anybody else using Windows 8.1 having this problem?

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #408 on: March 02, 2015, 05:21:12 pm »
Hi Larry,

Thanks. I do own a windows 8.1 (x64) laptop and i've just tested kArmTI v1.76 and i did not find anything unusual.  I can copy files either way using USB Explorer. For the moment that's all i can say. Hopefully you'll sort it out too.
Good luck with your books :).


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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #409 on: March 04, 2015, 02:08:24 pm »
SpiroH, thank for the encouragement on my eBook, TI-Nspire Guide Algebra Fundamentals. A free two chapter sample is available along with free YouTube videos for all the chapters. The product page contains the tns files for the libraries referenced in the eBook and videos. The eBook is available at amazon.

You work inspired me to work on some skins for the community. Unzip and place the files in the 'SKINS' directory. I use Auxilary Display - right click zoom 3 to place over the small display. The attached jpg shows the results. Made them as large as possible for hp stream 7 and asus tab 10 Windows 8.1 bing tablets, enjoy.

Edit P.S. Still trying to figure out my USB explorer problems with Windows 8.1. Update: Recompiled emulator on Windows 7. Now works correctly on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (64x) laptop. Recompiled version copied to Windows 8.1 with Bing (x32) tablets is still a no go for USB Explorer... Can drap a tns file both ways, stays at "starting" for a long time. Dragging to right after a long time finally stops with a files size of 0. Dragging to left hangs at "starting" forever. Anybody else with Windows 8.1 with Bing (32x) can you copy over a working kArmTI emulator from desktop/laptop and see if USB Explorer... works on your Windows 8.1 (x32) with Bing tablet? Note: Windows with Bing (x32) is a special version of OS for tablets and 2-in-1 tablet/laptop.
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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #410 on: March 06, 2015, 06:37:34 pm »
About your skin: It looks great, good idea, thanks! I did some some key position adjustments and I'm sending it back as 'v_skin_nd_703.skz'. BTW, in the latter versions of kArmTI you can drop 'v_skin_nd_702.zip' directly over the Skins Manager ListCtrl. The unzipping and the placing in the SKINS directory get's done automagically.
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kArmTI_v1.761: Some tiny fixes to kArmTI_v1.76 that might come in handy:
   a) some button icons were missing
   b) on Auxiliar Display the Halftone option was not being persisted to registry.
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Windows 8.1 with Bing (x32) tablets: Sorry, i don't have one of those :(.

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I have modified kArmTI to work only with the Auxiliary Display (main lcd not visible) based on Larry's suggestion.
Named it v1.77. I hope there are no secondary effects. Please check the companion skin.

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #411 on: March 09, 2015, 12:47:17 am »
SpiroH, thanks for the adjustments and the new skin. Really like your no lcd version.
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This article below tells a little about Windows 8.1 OS with bing wimboot system. Not sure if there are any clues here but looks like this is possibly the cause of the file problems. Microsoft Store online sells one on these, hp stream 7 for $79 with $25 app/music/movie gift card and free 365 personnel office that you can install for one year and a second copy that can be installed on other devices. I installed the second copy on my wife's iPad. Need OTG usb connector and usb mouse or Bluetooth mouse because fingers are too big. I also use Bluetooth keyboard with it. Legacy apps are really, really, small on the desktop. I sat it to 125%. It has 32GB emmc plus 1GB ram. Other problem besides small ram is only 8 in and above will have desktop with windows 10. This model will only have modern/metro updated in system 10. This is one of the tablets that I own. It is still having the same problem with version 1.77.
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http://www.howtogeek.com/196416/wimboot-explained-how-windows-can-now-fit-on-a-tiny-16-gb-drive/

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #412 on: March 09, 2015, 06:05:12 am »
Hi Larry, It seems that the new WIMBoot filesystem does have compatibility issues with some desktop applications. Here is an article that sheds some more light (i don't know if you have seen it already): http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/08/21/ensuring-compatibility-of-desktop-applications-with-wimboot-systems/
That might well be the reason but, to be honest, i don't have much time to look into it right now. Given the description of the WIMBoot file system, I wouldn't be surprised if kArmTI get's stuck somewhere because it certainly assumes 'standard response delay behaviour' of a typical desktop/laptop filesystem. To test it, i think, i really need a WIMBoot device unless there's some sort of WIMBoot emulator available(?). I'll keep an eye on the issue.

Edit: And an hilarious one: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-fights-android-and-chrome-os-with-dirt-cheap-windows-8-1-pcs-and-tablets/

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #413 on: March 14, 2015, 11:38:16 am »
Hi SpiroH, I am having problems with USB Explorer's Windows 7 as well. Sometimes I can save and sometimes it times out. Notice Junk2 in screenshot worked and Junk3 has file size of "0". W8.1 with bing never completes the file transfer. Shows "Empty" folder at the beginning. Can eventually get "Empty" folder to go away (click multiple times - refresh - contents will then show)  now transfers going to host eventually show "0" file size and going to nspire hang forever. Here are some screenshots and console logs. The files in the w8.1 host screenshot were files that I made using my calculator and transferred to the computer.
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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #414 on: March 14, 2015, 01:02:58 pm »
Hi Larry, Just a short answer, I did not test kArmTI with the latest TI OS versions. All my UsbExplorer tests were done using OS 3.1. I'm afraid TI has extensively modified the USB protocol since OS 3.1 (maybe due to kArmTI existence, we'll never know...). Also, in the latter versions the console output is much more verbose with a lot of unnecessary (junk) messages. So, for the moment only OS3.1 is expected to work, what IMO is more than enough for the great majority of Nspire applications. Sorry for any possible inconvenience.
"W8.1 with bing" is a completely different scenario. I'll need to test it more thoroughly when i get hold of one of those 'reduced compatibility' toys.

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #415 on: March 14, 2015, 06:05:19 pm »
I just used the TICXCAS-3.1.0.392.tcc with "W8.1 with Bing". Flashed As T310CX_CAS.bin. Everything seems to work! Thanks SpiroH for the info and your work! Will report back with any problems. Below is a screenshot where a loaded downloaded file was transferred from "Host" to "Nspire" and then display using  "W8.1 with Bing" T310CX_CAS.bin ROM emulator. Higher ROM version do not work for "W8.1 with Bing"  with "USB Explorer..."

Edit: Just tried  T310CX_CAS.bin file on my "W7". Fixed the problems there as well.

I reference this activity in my eBook to teach an alternate rule for add/subtraction of positive and negative numbers. A free two chapter sample is available along with free YouTube videos for all the chapters. The product page contains the tns files for the libraries referenced in the eBook and videos. The eBook is available at amazon. The tns files on my website are for a higher versions of the ROMS. When I get a chance will redo them for the emulators 3.10 ROMS.
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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #416 on: March 15, 2015, 04:28:08 am »
It looks beautiful, thanks for the feedback. Let's hope more teachers will take advantage of it as well.
ROMS:  According to my Nov14 notes, the more recent TI_NspireCXCAS_3.3.0.538.tcc also appears to work, could you please also check it?
From TICXCAS-3.6.0.500.tcc onwards, I know, UsbExplorer becomes useless. TI also reads these forums, you know that don't you... ;)

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #417 on: March 15, 2015, 10:29:33 pm »
Just checked kArmTI 1.77 using W8.1 with Bing and TI_NspireCXCAS_3.3.0.538.tcc. The UsbExploxer appears to function normally in my test. I wrote some one-line global functions and move them from the Nspire to the Host. See attached screenshot and library tns file.

Creating one-line global functions is one thing that I emphasis in my eBook. See my YouTube Programming videos for additional information on global functions and global program creation and use.
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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #418 on: March 16, 2015, 05:21:10 am »
Another smaller footprint keypad only (kpo) skin for reduced screen area laptop/tablets.

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Re: kArmTI - TI-Nspire emulator with skin
« Reply #419 on: March 20, 2015, 08:51:04 pm »
Hey guys,
Here's kArmTI v1.78 with some window position fixes which can be rather annoying at times. I hope most are fixed now.
See how it looks dressed with a Win8.1 theme but should look as well (or even better IMHO) in Win7.