Hyperion Entertainment has a new Facebook page. Here is the link. Make sure you check it out!
Hyperion Entertainment has a new Facebook page. Here is the link. Make sure you check it out!
Wow, I have finally managed to move the site to a new server and successfully copied over the content! I am in the process of verifying all links and adding back some photos.
The site should be much faster now and the links (finally!) should start to work over the next few days. Remote Desktop, Amiga Hardware, and Amithlon tabs are finished – all links should work there.
I still like the design of the site so I haven’t changed that. If you have any suggestions let me know.
Thanks for all of your patience!
Note: much of the text on this page is in the “past tense”, so it will remain that way for historical significance.
This is a support page for all those owners of Amiga 4000Ts with Quikpak 68060 accelerators installed. Since purchasing my board I have had some problems and questions. Others out there may be in the same boat. If you are, I hope this page will be able to answer some of your questions. For those of you who do not own the 68060 accelerator, you may find this page useful as well. Through some investigation I have found out that the 68060.library was licensed from Ralph Babel, and the 68060 board design from Jeff Boyer (Boyer Inc.) Some of you may know Ralph Babel’s name from his work on several Amiga Books and also the GURU ROM for GVP scsi controllers. I am not sure of the exact relationship of the license, but it seems that only the 68060.library and 68040.library stub were licensed. The CPU060 command is not Ralph’s work. Also, Quikpak (or perhaps Jeff Boyer) did not license Ralph’s new math library, that would work in similar fashion to phase 5’s CyberPatcher utility. I would encourage all of you our there to E-mail Quikpak and ask if they will license Ralph’s math library for their 68060 products. Also please contact me if you have any further information about the Quikpak 68060 card. Please keep checking back to this page in the never several weeks and days. I will add performance benchmarks and other information.
Please note that this page has no affiliation with Quikpak, phase 5, Boyer Inc, or any contract developers that may work for those companies.
Here is what I have determined to be the latest version of the support software for the Quikpak 68060 accelerator:
|Software/Disk||Current Version download|
|Install Disk version 1.0||(DMS Format) and Lha Format|
|68060.library||2.2 (July 26, 1996) – included in Install Disk|
|Manual, XP version
Manual, Tower version
|060 XP Version Manual ZIP format|
Recently it has come to my attention that a different version of the 68060.library has been shipping with the Quikpak A4060T systems. This version is the one from Coenobium Developments. It is unknown why the change was made (perhaps it was a mistake?). So far attempts to contact Quikpak have failed, but we will try to get to the bottom of the situation…
New: Installation disks for other 68060 cards can be downloaded from Gregory Donnor’s page.
The Quikpak 4000T 68060 accelerator runs at 56.75Mhz and will support EDO ram. If you can get your hands on EDO ram I would recommend it. I have tested the board with and without EDO ram installed. EDO ram gives an astonishing 15 to 18% speed increase in memory access. With EDO ram installed the board is close to 2x as fast as phase 5’s Cyberstorm MK-II 68060 card!
Quikpak also offers version of their 060 card that fits in an Amiga 4000 Desktop, although this card was also sold with the Amiga 4000T that Quikpak produced. The desktop model sports a UW SCSI controller as optional equipment! Here are some photos of the Desktop board:
|When using Shapeshifter and the serial port with TCP/IP the hard disk locks up and the light stays on freezing the machine.||Make sure your SCSI devices are properly connected and terminated. If the problem still persists, try turning off scsi fast bus or synchronous mode. If that does not solve the problem it may be a 68060 related problem or timing/DMA issues.Partial Solution: Run Shapeshifter off the IDE controller of the A4000T. There seems to be some problem with the SCSI controller. I am still getting some lockups on ShapeShifter. It seems that I can not find a 100% stable solution.|
|Prepareemul does not work||Use the prepareemul A1200 switch|
|Rendering is slower on my 68060 than on my friend’s phase 5 accelerator||Non-phase 5 68060 cards do not include a Cyberpatcher utility. This fpu patching is required because some instructions are missing from the 68060’s fpu. Oyxron, a demo/coding group, is releasing a commercial product named OYXpatcher that will work on all 68060 cards. For more information go to their page by clicking here.|
|The V-lab Y/C framegrabber card (from Macrosystems) when used with the QuikPak 060 board does not always grab a complete video frame, instead only grabs one field and keeps previous 2nd field in its buffer, thereby interleaving two different images. Curiously, when we switch back to the original 68040.library (thus slowing the machine way down), we don’t have a problem with V-lab. For more information contact Bob Richardson.||No solution yet.|
|Some Fujitsu hard drives do not seem to work with the A4000T. (Note: this is probably a general A4000T problem)||I have tested both 1.0 and 1.3 gig Fujitsu hard disks on the A4000T. Both were not recognized properly (or not at all) by the Amiga. Keep this in mind when shopping for an IDE drive for your A4000T.|
|FUSION is generally unstable and does not work (freezes after awhile) when dialing out to an internet connection.||This general problem with Mac Emulation and the Quikpak 060 hardware is still unresolved. We are attempting to find a solution.|
Amiga Technologies A4000T
Quikpak 68060 card installed
32 meg EDO 60ns local 060 ram
18 meg of motherboard ram (60ns Fast Page Mode)
Picasso 4 Graphics Card with Picasso 96 1.13
1.06 gig seagate medalist hard disk
BusSpeedTest 0.19 (mlelstv) Buffer: 262144 Bytes, Alignment: 32768 (bustest fast rom)
|fast||readw||44.8 ns||44.6 meg/sec|
Memspeed Benchmarks (Memspeed Copyright 1996 Frank Wille)
Ram type: 60ns Fast Page Mode (FPM) vs. 60ns EDO Ram (EDO)
|Type||FPM Read||EDO Read||% Change|
|Chip Ram||4617 kB/s||4617 kB/s||0.0%|
|Fast Ram||46492 kB/s||54545 kB/s||+17.3%|
|Rom||46586 kB/s||54545 kB/s||+17.1%|
|Type||FPM Write||EDO Write||% Change|
|Chip Ram||6969 kB/s||6968 kB/s||-0.01%|
|Fast Ram||38927 kB/s||44055 kB/s||+13.2%|
|Type||FPM Copy||EDO Copy||% Change|
|Chip Ram||2777 kB/s||2777 kB/s||0.0%|
|Fast Ram||22470 kB/s||26716 kB/s||+18.9%|
As you can see from the table above, the EDO ram has a significant impact on both the read and write speeds of Fast ram, with an upto 18.9% performance boost over FPM (fast page mode) ram.
New version of Mediator 1200 TX has the additional logic for signalizing the power management states. The red LED of theMediator PCI 1200 TXblack indicates when PCI cards cannot be removed or inserted. The solder mask of this Mediator is black.New Mediator 4000 Di is a busboard in format of the daughter board for Amiga 4000 in the desktop case. It is equipped with four PCI 2.2 slots and four Zorro III/II slots (one of them used by the Mediator 4000 Core Logic card). Mediator 4000 Di 3V allows to use the wider range of the PCI cards, including cards which require 3.3V power rail. The solder mask of Mediator PCI 4000 Di 3V is also black.
Availability: from 21 December 2015.
Elbox Computer Team
Toni Wilen has released WinUAE 3.0 that adds support, among other things, for PowerPC support. This does enable the ability to run Amiga OS 4.0 PPC, AmigaOS 4.1 Classic PPC, and likely AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition under emulation.
You can download WinUAE from the WinUAE site.
Note: You will need copies of Blizzard or Cyberstorm PPC ROMS and the rom image for a Picasso IV. Please obtain those legally.
Support for WinUAE is on the English Amiga Board, here.
There are a few new features in AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition that have been previously unannounced. I will publish them here as soon as I get permission to do so 🙂
AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition, including the version for Classic Amigas with PowerPC accelerators, is now shipping to dealers and should be available to end users very soon. See the Press Release below 🙂
AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition now shipping!
Brussels, December 18, 2014
Hyperion Entertainment is thrilled to announce shipment of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition to dealers has been started. This means that the first customers will get their own copy of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition right before christmas, just in time to put it underneath the christmas tree.
Since the initial release of AmigaOS 4.1 more than six years ago, functionality and user experience have been steadily improved by six free major updates and over 88 free smaller ones through AmiUpdate. AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition defines the new baseline by consolidating all previous updates, bringing new long awaited features and stability improvements and last but not least enabling the user to make a clean installation in one go. Additionally it comes professionally produced as full version on physical media in a nice DVD box, together with a booklet containing installation instruction as well as a little extra for only EUR 29.95 suggested retail price (incl. VAT, may very on your location).
AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition is currently available for:
Customers can find a list of possible dealers at http://www.amigaos.net/content/4/where-buy.
Interested dealers can register themselves and order AmigaOS by writing to email@example.com .
Hyperion Entertainment and the whole team behind AmigaOS wish a merry christmas, happy new year and lots of fun with AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition!
In case you’ve been under a rock, or perhaps on vacation, you may have missed that Toni Wilen has a proof of concept PPC emulation working on WinUAE. It’s just enough to run AmigaOS 4.1 Classic. The current PPC Emulator is not JIT, so it is rather slow – even on a fast PC, and you can’t use any of the WinUAE extensions. Also, several critical PowerPC instructions are missing, so it is prone to some crashes. Even so, it is an amazing accomplishment. It also works with PowerUP and WarpUP/WarpOS PPC apps under AmigaOS 3.9.
I gather Toni Wilen will look into getting the more advanced, QEMU PPC emulation core into WinUAE, which should provide greater compatibility and speed. Timeframe is unknown.