Category Archives: AmigaOS4.1 Classic

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

 

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.

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!

If you haven't heard….OWB MUI for AmigaOS 4.1 is out!

If you haven’t heard…OWB (Origyn Web Browser) MUI port, based on Fabien Coeurjoly’s MUI port for MorphOS is now out!  It runs much better than the ReAction OWB port, especially on AmigaOS 4.1 Classic.

You need to be running AmigaOS 4.1 Classic with Update 3 installed.  Head over to Hyperion’s website, login, download and install Update 3, then head to OS4Depot.Net to download OWB-MUI!

For users with 128MB of ram, you should have either a Swap partition enabled, or a ZorRAM or DKB 3128 card as OWB MUI requires more than 128MB physical ram to operate properly.

Thanks very much to Kas1e for the AmigaOS4 port and to Fab for all his tireless assistance and continued work!

 

AmigaOS 4.1 Classic Hardware Compatibility List

AmigaOS 4.1 Classic WorkbenchAre you an AmigaOS 4.1 Classic user? What hardware is working for you? Post a comment if you have something working and I will update the list!

Here is a work-in-progress list:

AmigaOS 4.1 Classic Compatibility Hardware list
[updated June 15, 2015]

Amiga Computers (requires one of the PPC processor cards listed below)

Amiga 1200, 3000(T) and 4000(T)

Note: on-board SCSI of A3000 and A4000T is not supported, use the SCSI controller on the Cyberstorm PPC processor card which is fully supported with a native DMA enabled driver, or the on-board IDE controller in the Amiga 1200 or 4000(T), or one of the IDE controllers listed below.

Processor Cards

phase5 or DCE Blizzard PPC (all models – no SCSI driver yet)
phase5 or DCE Cyberstorm PPC (all models)

Memory Expansions

ZorRAM 128MB or 256MB (Amiga 3000(T) or Amiga 4000(T) only)
DKB 3128 Zorro Memory Card (Amiga 3000(T) or Amiga 4000(T) only)
Indivision’s BigRamPlus 256MB RAM (Amiga 3000(T) or Amiga 4000(T) only)
Generic Zorro 3 memory support (in theory any Zorro 3 memory should be found and configured automatically)

PCI BusBoard Expansions

Elbox Mediator A1200 (all models)
Elbox Mediator 3/4000 (all models including the new MK-II version)
Maytay Prometheus
Firestorm (upgraded Prometheus)
DCE GREX 1200 or 4000 – Support for Voodoo 3 and RTL8029 ONLY! Experimental Support in Amiga OS 4.1 Final Edition and up.

Zorro Backplanes

RBM Towerhawk Zorro backplane
Elbox ZorroIV (Winner Z4)

A quick note about PCI cards in general: There are many different types of cards, with different BIOS, firmware, voltages, and circuit board layouts.  Therefore each card must be tested in your own machine to see if it works.  Even if a card is listed here it does not guarantee it will work in your machine due to the reasons above – you just have to try it.

Graphics Cards (PCI)

Sapphire ATI Radeon 9250 PCI 256MB (128MB visible) (card is 3.3 Volt or 5 Volt)
Elbox ATI Radeon 9250 PCI 256MB (5 Volt only)
Elbox ATI Radeon 9200 PCI 64MB (5 Volt only)
Radeon 9200 256MB (RV280/M9+) (3.3 Volt card working in modified 3.3 volt A4000 Mediator)
3DFX Voodoo Banshee 16MB PCI (no Warp3D, no overlay, no hardware pointer)
3DFX Voodoo 3 16MB (including Warp3D and DDC)
3DFX Voodoo 4 32MB (including Warp3D)
3DFX Voodoo 5 64MB (only 32MB recognized, including Warp3D)

Graphic Cards (Zorro)

Picasso II or II+
GVP Spectrum
Graffity
Picasso IV
Piccolo
Piccolo SD64
Retina Z3 (Altais)
Pixel64
Merlin
Domino
Cybervision 64
Cybervision 64/3D

Graphic Cards (other)

Cybervision PPC 8MB Permedia 2 (including Warp3D – beta)
Blizzardvision PPC 8MB Permedia 2 (including Warp3D – beta)

USB

Deneb USB Controller (requires Poseidon 4.x)
Subway USB Controller (requires Poseidon 4.x)
Highway USB Controller (requires Poseidon 4.x)
Algor USB Controller (requires Poseidon 4.x)

Network Cards (PCI)

Realtek 8029(AS) based PCI network card

Network Cards (Zorro)

Commodore 2065 (requires user supplied driver to be placed in DEVS:networks)
Zeus ConneXion (C= 2065 clone) (requires user supplied driver to be placed in DEVS:networks)
VillageTronic Ariadne II (requires user supplied driver to be placed in DEVS:networks)
X-Surf (needs driver version 1.4 or higher).  The on-board IDE does not work.
X-Surf 100

SATA Controllers (PCI)

Sabrent 2 port SATA Raid PCI controller (Silicon Image 3512 chipset) (5V compatible)
No-Name 4 port SATA PCI Controller (Silicon Image 3114 chipset (5V compatible)

IDE Controllers

Silicon Image 0680 based PCI cards (Firestorm only)
Elbox FastATA 1200 MK-III (PIO-0 to PIO-5 modes supported)
4 port adapters IDEFix, EIDE99, FastATA (using scsi.device)

SCSI Adapters/Converters

ACard AEC-7720UW SCSI to IDE converter (Tested in A4000)

Sound Cards (PCI)

Generic PCI Sound Card, Model SCBAS104, ESS Solo-1 1969 chipset (5V Compatible)
Terratec ESS Solo-1 (TTSOLO1-N VER1.1)
ESS Solo-1 (1938 chipset) – confirmed by one user Note: not all variants of this card will work
Soundblaster 128 (see post here on instructions)

Sound Cards (built-in or Zorro)

Paula
Concierto IV (Picasso IV add-on sound card)

TV Tuners and video encoders

VillageTronic Picasso IV – Paloma IV (needs modification of kicklayout as documented in FAQ)
VillageTronic Picasso IV – Pablo II

Other Peripherals

Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U e-SATA Hard Drive Dock
(e-SATA bracket or backplate and working SATA PCI controller card required)

Known incompatible Cards:

phase5 FastLane Z3 (machine will not boot with card installed)
DCE GRex 1200 and 4000 (no complete documentation available) – Experimental Support in AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition and up (See PCI BusBoard Expansions above)
AlienDesign Repulse Sound Card

Notes:

USB devices compatible with Poseidon are not listed here.  They all should work except for USB Sound cards which require an additional file named usbaudio.a.main to be placed in LIBS:  After a cold restart your USB sound card should be available in AHI prefs.  Poseidon must be started in order for the sound to work.

Update: AmigaKit confirms FastATA 1200 MK-IV and Mediators NOW in Stock!

AmigaKit has confirmed in a post on Amiga.org that the new FastATA 1200 MK-IV and also Elbox Mediator 1200TX and 1200 LT4 PCI busboards, compatible with AmigaOS 4.1 Classic are IN STOCK.

Head on over to AmigaKit.com to check out the product pages!

Small Update to AmigaOS 4.1 Classic FAQ now available

 

I have made some small updates to the Classic FAQ – namely added question 4.6 and fixed some typos.  Head on over to the Hyperion Forums in Platform: Classic to download the updated FAQ.

 

SCSI and USB hard drive tests, AmigaOS 4.1 Classic

Here is a quick test of hard disk transfer rates using scsispeed 4.2 (AmigaOS 3.9) and 4.3 (AmigaOS 4.1 Classic).  All tests done on the same machine.

Under AmigaOS 3.9 TLSFMem was enabled along with the MAPROM feature of the Cyberstorm PPC and 60ns ram settings to ensure maximum speed.

AmigaOS 4.1 Classic retail version was used with out-of-the-box recommended settings as per the Install guide and FAQ.

The Deneb USB Controller was set to Zorro III mode with DMA enabled under AmigaOS 3.9 and PIO enabled under AmigaOS 4.1 Classic.

Here are the transfer rate results:

 

And here are the CPU measurements.  CPU percentages were obtained using scsispeed’s built in function under AmigaOS 3.9, and CPUInfo.docky was used with AmigaOS 4.1 Classic.