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Darrin 
Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 18-Jan-2018 15:16:26
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I've been away from the Amiga scene for a long time due to changing work commitments and I'm finally trying to get back into it now that I have a steady schedule again. It's been close to two years since I took any real interest in my various machines or followed the news, so I thought I'd ask the members here to fill me in on any exciting new developments or whether some projects have just died and gone away.

X1000: Apart from automatic updates, I've not done anything with it since I found my copy of Quake wouldn't install and it was hard getting any sort of help on what was causing the installer to fail. Any recommended hardware upgrades (Graphics card, Sound card, etc)? Software (Internet, games, etc)? Any sign of OS4.2?

A4000/A3000/A2000/A1200: I have these pretty much decked out as I want them with a Mediator on the A4000, scan doublers/Flicker fixers all around and all booting off a variation of Classic Workbench that suits their best graphics modes. Any exciting new classic hardware? I've seen posts regarding an update to the classic OS3.1, but I've also seen posts about a fall out over who owns the rights to what.

FPGA Arcade: Still in development? Did the daughter-board ever get made? Mine still sits in an X500 case in working order, but desperately needs a new core.

Minimig: Still running, but no idea on developments over the last couple of years.

Chameleon 64: Not heard a thing about this since the Yahoo group just died and I stopped receiving updates. I have it installed in a real C64C, but I'm sure the C64 and Amiga cores need updating (actual C64 joystick ports were not recognised by the Chameleon cores, has that changed?).

C128: Ordered some replacement DRAM to fix a problem in 80 column mode and looking at an adapter to connect a modern LCD (80 column colour). Anything new?

C64: I have a few dead ones and saw a post on Amiga.org mentioning new "Ultimate 64" motherboards. Looks interesting, but it seems I missed the bus for the first batch.

PET 4016/8032: Last thing I picked up was SD card "floppy emulator".

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Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 20-Jan-2018 19:16:32
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@Darrin

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I've been away from the Amiga scene for a long time


That's prolly why no one responded to you. heh.

Maybe you should be more specific about the "developments" and "projects" you might be interested in.

For one, Vampire interest kinda took all the websites by storm.

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BigD 
Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 20-Jan-2018 19:42:48
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@Darrin

Classic hardware included the release of the Prisma Megamix MP3 and other codec playing card. Other than that it's Vampire news all the way!

Classic games released included Heart of the Alien and Beats of Rage.

NG the X5000 was released and Warp3D was further developed with Warp3D Nova. Graphics drivers saw release for new graphics cards too!

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Sbaitso 
Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 22-Jan-2018 0:11:13
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@Darrin

Welcome back!

There is now a US based Amiga dealer who may be able to offer you some advice on your video & sound card questions for your X1000. Stop by Amiga on the Lake and give Aaron a shout.

Always good to see a returning Amiga user. :)

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Darrin 
Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 23-Jan-2018 16:32:44
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@number6

I looked up some of the info on the Vampire. I like the idea, but it seems to be limited to the A600 at the moment (one Amiga model I've never been interested in). Also, there seems to be a lot of noise over the CPU core used.

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Darrin 
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Posted on 23-Jan-2018 16:33:24
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@Sbaitso

Thanks - I'll check that link out. Much appreciated.

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Darrin 
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Posted on 23-Jan-2018 16:35:15
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@BigD

I'll look up those games. Graphic driver updates sound good. Can't see me upgrading from the X1000 to X5000 though. The wife would kill me.

DRAM arrived for the C128D today, so I'm going to see if I can fix the issue with the 80 column corruption.

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Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 23-Jan-2018 16:36:53
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@Darrin

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it seems to be limited to the A600 at the moment


Then tell Amigakit to change their directions:

Quote:
Installation

Open the A500 and remove upper RF shielding


(evil grin)

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klx300r 
Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 23-Jan-2018 16:58:03
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@Darrin

welcome back & get ready to play Tower57 on your X1000 soon thanks to Daniel (aka Daytona) porting it over for us

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Trekiej 
Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 25-Jan-2018 1:21:25
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@Darrin
Hello, I hope all is well.


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wawa 
Re: Catching Up With The Amiga (and 8 bit!)
Posted on 25-Jan-2018 1:51:58
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@Darrin

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Also, there seems to be a lot of noise over the CPU core used.


yeah, few guys are beating up dust;)

for first hand info be heading here:
apollo-core.com

not that this or that shouldnt be considered carefully, but i have a feeling everything gets sorted eventually, such as fpu debate. also i wouldnt dive into it straight away, maybe even if i still had my a600, which i loved. one can stay supportive, follow the project and let the most impatient past. one day there will be a1200 version.

btw. welcome back!

Last edited by wawa on 25-Jan-2018 at 01:52 AM.

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