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Hardware News   Hardware News : AmigaOS4 will run on BlizzardPPC boards
   posted by ikir on 5-Oct-2003 14:50:38 (5288 reads)
It is official, AmigaOS4 will run on any Amiga1200 equipped with a BlizzardPPC. Hans Joerg Frieden confirmed it via IRC last weekend. Thanks Hyperion.

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Re: AmigaOS4 will run on BlizzardPPC boards
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If this is official, official, then WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was under the impression that the A4000s were in the better position to run OS4 , .


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Re: AmigaOS4 will run on BlizzardPPC boards
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Woo Hoo

That means my old Amiga is going to be running OS4 as well. If only I could get that damn Grex thingy working.

 
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Wot's Grex?


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If it's true, thats really great news. I will be able to run it on both my Amigas. Suddenly PPC equiped A1200 will have more resale value too due to the fact that they can run the latest and greatest (hopefully) Amiga OS


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UH OH! E-bay here we come! (Before OS4 comes out on the A1200's and before people find out about it )


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Great news, if this is really true (especially because i own an Amiga1200/BlizzardPPC)! I will buy it for sure (additional to the AmigaOne I want to buy next year)

But: In the describtion of the IRC I can´t find anything "official" about that. Maybe someone from Hyperion could comment this?

And if it´s really true: When can we expect this version (after the AOne-version)? Shouldn´t the Cyberstorm-version run with a few changes on BlizzardPPC (expect of additional hardware-drivers)? Or is it difficult to build a version for the BlizzardPPC-cards?

Thanks!


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Re: AmigaOS4 will run on BlizzardPPC boards
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How much more official than a statement from Hans-Joerg Frieden, one of the main-developers
of Hyperion Entertainment in a Chat do you want it ? :)

BTW: Blizzard version was confirmed in the past
already by various people from Hyperion if they were asked, so it is not THAT big news... but somehow
the news "went under" before...

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@ MagicSN

Not much more .

Oh... and regarding the Blizzard thing ~ don't worry, the way I post, I'll make sure that people won't forget , not that I spam or anything like, for that is bad.


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G-Rex is a PPC add on giving PCI capability to any CSPPC/MK3 owner. It connects to the mini PCI slot on the CSPPC/CSMK3 cards.

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Cool, thanks _Steve_.


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Sure, this is official enough for me.

To my shame I must confess, that I translated "Blizzard: Affirmative. " in a wrong way to German last night . (I thought it meant something like "Blizzard:Maybe.", must be my avatar). :


Is there any conversion-work done by now?

Anyway: Good to hear! (and I will buy it for sure)


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An upgraded for the a1200 is looking tempting

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@ brother Bodie

Oh no more cash . .


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Re: AmigaOS4 will run on BlizzardPPC boards
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I believe that there is a fair bit of common ground between the Blizzard and the Cyberstorm, I think I recall someone from Hyperion (maybe ben from amiwest) mentioning that when they looked into it it wasn't that hard to get working.

 
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Good news, although I personally never doubted it

As I have always understood it, two of the principal reasons OS4 on the A1200 PPC has been a sticking point are the fact that the documentation for the BlizzPPC is slight/hard to get and that there are so many frankenstein add-ons for it...


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Frankenstein add-ons?


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There is a lot of common ground. The major differences are:

- The memory layout (Blizzard is a bit weird since it puts memory top-to-bottom, changing the start address depending on size).
- No hardware for TLB lookup (generically fixable, though).
- Hardware support.

The latter (hardware support) is the problem really. Most hardware additions on the 1200 are non-standard (because there really is no "standard" way to expand a supposedly unexpandable machine). This may produce problems, both in being able to use the original drivers for these products under emulation, and by providing the memory map/protection settings to actually be able to use this hardware.

So, the hard part isn't getting it going, but rather keeping it going.


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The memory layout (Blizzard is a bit weird since it puts memory top-to-bottom, changing the start address depending on size).


So...any info about the bvision PCI BAR and stuff?

/me winks and grins broadly...


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Quote:
So...any info about the bvision PCI BAR and stuff?

/me winks and grins broadly...


Not yet. I will surely let you know


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Weeeeeeee!

I'm happy!

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