Dilwyn Jones Sinclair QL Pages
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Welcome to Dilwyn Jones's QL information and PD software download pages. All of the material here is for the Sinclair QL and compatible computers and emulators only, unless otherwise stated. The site is split into sections - just click on the links in the box to the left to get to where you want, or use the site search box above to search for something. If you haven't visited recently you may wish to refresh your browser to make sure you have the latest copy of this page - try pressing F5 in your browser.
The Sinclair QL
The Sinclair QL is a vintage computer first produced in 1983/4 and still used by many worldwide. If you are into retro-computing at all, the QL is an ideal choice of computer. It has a wonderful multi-tasking operating system called QDOS and a great on-board SuperBASIC interpreter for those who like to try their hand at the odd bit of programming! A newer operating system for QL is called SMSQ/E. The QL has spawned several compatible computers, including the Q40, Q60, Thor and Aurora, plus several QL emulators which run on computers as diverse as PCs, Amigas, Ataris, Macs (68K, PPC and OSX) and Linux systems. More information on the QL is available from the About The QL pages on this site.
QL Manuals and ROM imagesIf you need a QL manual, look here. An online QL user guide may be found here. An eBook version of the QL user guide is here. Replacement manuals for older QL hardware such as floppy disc interfaces may be found here. For QL ROM images (e.g. for use with emulators) look here.
All of the software here is either freeware, PD, shareware or charity-ware unless explicitly stated otherwise. If you discover that any software on this site should not be here for copyright or any other reasons, please let me know as soon as possible so that the offending software may be removed. Similarly, if you discover any errors, please let me know so that I may try to correct them.
Broken executables, lost dataspaces and executable file headers after unzipping in Windows (program gives a "bad parameter" error after unzipping in non-QDOS environment), etc - have a look at this blog post.
Most of the QL software packages on this site are in zip file format - QL Zip and Unzip packages are available from the Archivers page on this site. Note that if QL programs are unzipped using non-QDOS versions of Unzip, the QDOS executable file header will usually be lost and the programs may not work as intended. Information on the use of Zip/Unzip and transferring files can be found here.
PC/QL File TransferWhat with using our PCs to download files from the internet and the widespread use of QL emulators, file transfer between the QL and other computers is a very real issue. This article deals with the use of Unzip, file transfer software, rawdisk and so on. A second article deals with using serial cable links between computers to transfer files.
New or Returning To The QL?
Returning to the QL after a period of absence, or new to the QL? Try this page. It also deals with the tricky subject of connecting a QL to modern TVs and monitors. This website also has a page with some useful articles about various QL-related subjects, and all sorts of useful documents and replacement manuals.
Also, view a Glossary of Terminology here.
Pointer EnvironmentHeard of pointer environment, but don't know where to start? Here's a gentle introduction to pointer environment and choosing a mouse system for QDOS systems. Read it online here, or as a PDF file (234K) or a Word document (113K).
You could also try my QL page on Facebook.
Important note: If I don't respond to messages sent via this site within a day or two, it's possible that spam filtering may be blocking your message somewhere in the chain. If so, contact me via some other method (e.g. Private Message via QL Forum).
"QL Users Do It In Black" - anon.
The News Column
QL On A Stick
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v2.12 updates now available - if you have already got an older copy of Launchpad and would like to update, download the zip files from the Launchpad page. The link to the downloads page is on the bottom of that page.