WinUAE 3.0 with PowerPC Support

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.

AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition – new features specific to Classic Amigas

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 now shipping to Dealers

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:

  • AmigaOne XE, SE and MicroA1
  • AmigaOne X1000
  • AmigaOne 500/Sam460
  • Sam440
  • Pegasos 2
  • Amiga 1200/3000/4000
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  orders@hyperion-entertainment.biz .
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!

Source: http://www.hyperion-entertainment.biz/

AmigaOS 4.1 Classic on WinUAE

powerpc

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.

Check out all the details over at the Support.WinUAE forum on English Amiga Board.

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)