Hyperion releases Gorky 17 as a digital download

Hyperion Entertainment has released the horror conspiracy game Gorky 17 as a digital download.  Visit Hyperion’s website to purchase and download   Here is the press release below:

http://www.hyperion-entertainment.biz/index.php/news

Gorky 17 available as digital download

Gorky 17 product imageBrussels, March 20, 2017
Hyperion Entertainment is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the horror conspiracy game Gorky 17 as direct download purchase from the direct downloads section on our website.
Customers not being able or willing to buy a physical copy from an Amiga dealer can now purchase this purely digital version from everywhere in the world at a price of EUR 24.95 incl. VAT*. The downloadable content consists of an archived game drawer including all languages and manual. Just extract and run… “AmigaOS style” 🙂
Purchasers of course also get a serial number by email to register their purchase at our website in order to get access to our restricted download area for possible updates and backup copies of the game archive as well as the original ISO.
For existing customers of Gorky 17 we also made an updated installation script available from our restricted download area, which fixes installation issues on Update 1 of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition.
Gorky 17 is a horror conspiracy game mixing elements of strategy and RPG gameplay. You, the player, command a small group of NATO soldiers who must reveal the mystery behind the sudden appearance of hybrid creatures in a small Polish city named Lubin. The game was originally released in October 2015 for AmigaOS 4 by Hyperion Entertainment CVBA.

* may very depending on your local taxes

phase5 born again!

In case you haven’t heard, the bankrupt company phase5 – a premier Amiga Accelerator and hardware add-on maker from the 1990’s –  is coming back under new ownership/management.

phase5 was famous for making great quality (really, the best) hardware add ons including 68060 accelerators, combo ppc/68k cards, scsi add ons, graphic cards such as the CyberVision PPC, etc…they even had ambitious plans for a full PPC computer.   This is potentially great news for Amiga users who remember those amazing times in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s when phase5 was at it’s peak.

Check out all the info on their facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/phase5digital/

New A4000T 68060 accelerator discovered!

Enterprising user jack3D has discovered a new 68060 accelerator buried inside an ultrasound machine!  It actually is attached to a real A4000T motherboard.  Check it out at his website:

http://jack.untergrund.net/2016/12/07/tekmagic-4060t-aka-ultrasound-accelerator-en/

Hyperion Entertainment new Facebook Page

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Hyperion Entertainment has a new Facebook page.  Here is the link.  Make sure you check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/HyperionEntertainment

 

Site issues

hacked

Hi everyone, the site was hacked due to a javascript exploit in one of the WordPress themes. I have fixed it now but if you run into any issues please let me know.

 

Finally! New Site and fixes!

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!

Quikpak 68060 Information

Note: much of the text on this page is in the “past tense”, so it will remain that way for historical significance.

 quikpak4060_2_sm1This 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.

Software Support

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

Quikpak 060 Tower version Manual

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.

Hardware Support

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!

Desktop Version

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:

Known Issues

Problem Description Solution/Comments
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.

Performance

Machine configuration:

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)

Memtype Cycle Bandwidth
fast readw 44.8 ns 44.6 meg/sec
fast readl 71.1ns 56.6 meg/sec
fast readm 73.1ns 54.7 meg/sec
fast writew 44.8ns 44.7 meg/sec
fast writel 89.8ns 44.6 meg/sec
fast writem 89.0ns 45.0 meg/sec
rom readw 44.8ns 44.7 meg/sec
rom readl 69.9ns 57.2 meg/sec
rom readm 73.0ns 54.8 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.

Elbox: Two new Mediators

elbox

As posted to the Elbox mailing list:
We are pleased to inform about new versions of the Mediator 1200 TX and Mediator 4000 Di models:

Mediator PCI 1200 TXblack
and
Mediator PCI 4000 Di 3V.

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.

Best regards,
Elbox Computer Team

 

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 🙂