Website back up…

img-1Oops…we had a power outage here and I didn’t notice the laptop had rebooted! The web service is re-started now so the site is back up.

Stay tuned for updates….on G-REX, Blizzard PPC and more… ;)

Darren

RDesktop 1.6 for MorphOS now available!

A fresh new port of rdesktop 1.6 is now available, compiled for MorphOS! Many thanks to Michał Żukowski for the port!

We highly recommend you to use this version if you are using MorphOS!

 

 

New features in this version:

  • UTF support including:
  • UTF8 clipboard chunk to RDP (UTF16-LE)
  • RDP (UTF16-LE) to UTF8 clipboard chunk
  • RDP (UTF16-LE) to ID_CHRS clipboard chunk with conversion to local codepage
  • ID_CHRS clipboard chunk to RDP (UTF16-LE) with conversion from local codepage
  • Conversion from/to local codepage to UTF16-LE during disk access operations, user name, password etc.
  • Version string fix
  • Audio (backported from RDesktop 1.5)
  • Morphos directory mounting under Windows (NETDISK option)
  • Libnix version compiled with GCC4
  • Clone WB mode for automatically fullscreen mode selection

Download RDesktop-1.6-morphos here!

 

Registry fix for “stuck” windows keys while using RDesktop

Tweak!

 

Enterprising user Lazar Zoltan has discovered a registry tweak to disable the Windows keys (and thus avoiding the “stuck” key problem while using RDesktop.  This only disables the keys on Windows – not on the Amiga side.

You can insert the following into your Windows registry (Windows XP only) by pasting the text below into a file named Disable_Winkey.reg and then executing it on windows by double clicking.  It should automatically go into the registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout] “Scancode Map”=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,5b,e0,00,00,5 c,e0,\   00,00,00,00

If you want the “quick and easy way” then just download and unzip the file from this link:  Disable WinKey Registry.   Once unzipped just double click to run.  You may need to restart Windows.

Thanks Lazar!

Statement on lack of site updates

I just wanted to acknowledge to everyone that I know there has been a lack of updates since May of this year.   Unfortunately “life” has gotten in the way, both personally and professionally, so I no longer have the time to make frequent updates.

Hopefully that will change in the future! In the meantime this site will be kept online as a resource for Amiga users.  I will try to fix the links to the broken pages soon.

Thanks for your understanding! :)

New Amiga 3000, 4000 68k and PPC cpu card!

Gideon Zweijtzer and Rutger Bevaart have announced they are working to develop a new 68040 and PPC CPU card for the Amiga 3000(T) and Amiga 4000(T) computers.   The board will be named “Ultimate PPC”.  They already have a development board built!

 

 

 

 

 

It will feature the following specifications:

  • 33MHz 68040 CPU
  • 1.0GHz Freescale PowerPC CPU
  • 128MB of DDR3 memory for the 68040
  • An additional 2GB of DDR3 memory on an SO-DIMM
  • USB2 host controller with integrated 4 port hub
  • SATA2 controller with two SATA ports
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet controller
  • Embedded 2D video with DVI connector

Further information, photos, and a FAQ is available on their website at http://ultimateppc.nl/index.php.

They hope to gain support of AmigaOS 4.1 Classic and MorphOS for their new hardware, but that will require support from Hyperion and the MorphOS teams respectively.

I would urge users interested in this card to contact Hyperion and/or the MorphOS team to let it be known that you would purchase an operating system license for the Ultimate PPC hardware.

New Indivision MK2 flicker fixer for the A4000/CD32

Indivision MK2 A4000/CD32

Indivision MK2 A4000/CD32

Indivision AGA Mk2 A4000/CD32

Flicker Fixer for Amiga 4000 and CD32

The Indivision AGA Mk2 A4000/CD32 is the successor to the discontinued Indivision AGA A4000/CD32 flicker fixer. It can be used with the Amiga 4000 (desktop version, there’s the Indivision AGA Mk2 A1200/4000T for use with the A4000T) and the CD32, other Amiga models are not supported.

DVI-I Connector:
The Indivision AGA Mk2 sports a DVI-I connector instead of the usual VGA socket. DVI-I provides digital as well as analog signals, so you can use modern TFT displays, older TFT displays with analog input or CRT monitors alike (the latter two with a VGA adapter).

Performance and Compatibility:
The output pixel clock can go up to 135 MHz (the former Indivision AGA only allowed up to 71 MHz), the data rate reaches more than 480 MBytes/s peak performance (used to be 330 MBytes/s peak); 50 Hz modes (e.g. PAL) can be promoted to 60+ Hz and thus be displayed on modern monitors; 16 MBytes framebuffer, entirely addressable (used to be 12 MBytes previously); supports S-Hires (*) and full 24-bit colour depth; unlike other internal flicker fixers, the Indivision AGA Mk2 supports the BorderBlank flag.

On Screen Display:
A subtle semitransparent OSD replaces the splash screen of the predecessor model.

Perfect Fit:
The Indivision AGA Mk2 is plugged over the Lisa chip, no other connection to the motherboard is required (unlike other internal flicker fixers that also require a connection to Alice). Due to a much enhanced 84-pin PLCC socket being used, the Indivision fits like a glove and won’t come off easily.

Energy Efficient:
Modern FPGA technology and low power consumption (1.2V core voltage) make sure to save energy and avoid heat problems.

Reconfigurable Logic:
Hardware updates can (*) be downloaded from the Internet. Even timing corrections are possible, allowing the Indivision AGA Mk2 to adapt even to the strangest chipset combinations (e.g. Lisa chips made by NCR).

(*) Important Note: The first batch of Indivision AGA Mk2 is shipped without a configuration program, and the current version of the flash program shipped with the device is rather an expert tool than an example of user friendliness. Furthermore, the Indivision AGA Mk2 can currently only display PAL and NTSC modes accurately, support for other screen modes is still being worked on. You should only buy the Indivision AGA Mk2 if you are an experienced user and if you can download updates from the Internet and transfer them to your Amiga.

Item currently not available, ETA April 30, 2012.  It will be available from Vesalia here:

http://www.vesalia.de/e_indivisionagamk2a4000.htm
EUR 199.90 incl. 19% German VAT (EUR 167.98 excl. VAT for non-EU customers)

Computer Legend and Gaming Pioneer Jack Tramiel Dies at Age 83

Computer Legend and Gaming Pioneer Jack Tramiel Dies at Age 83

Link to Forbes article:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/04/09/computer-legend-and-gaming-pioneer-jack-tramiel-dies-at-age-83/

Rest in peace Jack!

Recent downtime….due to green energy!

The site has been down recently because I have moved the site (yet again) – this time to a laptop.  The laptop uses about 6 times less energy than the old desktop! About 15-25 watts vs well over 100 watts.

So enjoy the new “green” site! Some of the links are still broken and some of the images that were using the “File Gallery” plugin need to be re-done. – I will fix those asap.

Algor USB added to AmigaOS 4.1 Classic compatibility list

The Algor USB controller has been added to the AmigaOS 4.1 Classic hardware compatibility list.  Thanks to Jürgen for the report!

Update on site status

The site has been up-and-down recently, and I am sorry about that.  I have moved to a new location under construction and there have been various issues (including my cable/internet line being cut!).

Those issues are resolved now and the connectivity will be more solid and I can update the site more often.

If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on this site please let me know.

Thank you!