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Monday, May 15, 2017

A new Amiga...?!

This is breaking news:
With the Vampire accelerator boards out and in mass production, and AROS gaining momentum on m68k, it has been announced that the Apollo/Vampire team will open-source their S-AGA enhanced Amiga-compatible chipset!

This means that other companies can build Vampire/S-AGA compatible hardware.

AROS is already open-source, and running on the Vampire boards. It still needs optimization for the S-AGA chipset.

Yes, it looks like it's finally happening. A new Amiga.


AROS-m68k running on Amiga Vampire 500

Sources:
http://www.apollo-core.com/knowledge.php?b=1&note=5768
http://www.apollo-core.com/knowledge.php?b=1&note=5580

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

AMIGA - active migrants in the local labour market

Totally off-topic, but "amiga", too, in a way... ;-)
Munich helps refugees and migrants finding jobs that match their qualifications.


Monday, May 8, 2017

"I Created Disco" by Calvin Harris - made on Amiga!


Did you know multiple-gold-and-platinum-record-selling artist Calvin Harris not only created Disco, but he created it on an Amiga computer using OctaMED?

The album, released in 2007, was a major success, spawning two top-10 singles in the UK, and was certified gold in the UK in 2008. It has an undeniable Paula-feel to it, but the production quality is flawless, modern, and... groovy!


Show your appreciation and buy the album!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpTp8_qzS1k
"I Created Disco" (c) Calvin Harris / Columbia Records

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Created_Disco
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OctaMED



Happy 25th anniversary, APC&TCP!

German Amiga software/magazine/merchandise publisher & dealer "APC & TCP" celebrates it's 25th anniversary in May 2017. APC & TCP started out as a fusion of two german computer clubs / user groups, and went on to become a successful and trustworthy publisher and dealer of Amiga products.

Happy birthday, APC & TCP! Live long, and prosper!

Head over to one of their websites, and show them your appreciation:

http://www.apc-tcp.de
https://amigashop.org



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Help! Microbotics / Paravision M1230XA accelerator board repair

I have an old Microbotics / Paravision M1230XA accelerator board, and it's not working properly. Can you help me debugging it?

For starters, a few screenshots would help: SetXA utility window / running, Early Startup Menu boards listing, "showconfig" output, SysInfo screen with speed test results (each of course with a working M1230XA installed).

I mostly test my board with Kickstart 3.0 - are you aware of any issues regarding KS3.0 and the M1230XA?
(apart from the fact that RAM has to be added "manually" / software-wise)


Please leave a comment in the comments section below, if you think you can help.

Or contact me via this thread at amiga.org:
http://www.amiga.org/forums/showthread.php?t=72304

Or here via amigaworld.net:
http://amigaworld.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=41801&forum=25&6

Or here via aros-exec.org:
http://aros-exec.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=10427&forum=27

Thanks!

- - - 

The Microbotics M1230XA seems to work fine without memory installed.

With memory installed, adding the memory to the system doesnt work.

This is the situation with a Kickstart 3.0 Amiga 1200:
In the picture below you can see the previous settings ("RAM Speed: 100nsec", ...), new settings("setxa ramspeed 70", ...), and the state after adding the board's memory. After "setxa addmem", it takes maybe half a second to activate the memory. During this short timespan the Amiga remains usable - e.g. a mouseclick on the workbench. But once the memory has been added, it looks like any memory access fails. That includes (re)focussing the shell-window, clicking an icon. When keeping the shell window active (no workbench click), keyboard input is still possible, but entering a valid command and hitting <Return> crashes the machine.


Behaviour is almost the same with different RAM SIMMs/speeds/cycles, only the type of system crash differs: sometimes screen graphics corruption, sometimes black screen, sometimes Guru Meditation.

With a Kickstart 3.1 (=autoconfiguring) Amiga 1200 the screen stays black on powerup.

RaspberryPi based SCSI virtual drive

Not strictly Amiga, but this may come in handy for Amiga users, too:
[GIMONS] has built a SCSI virtual drive from a RaspberryPi board, for his vintage x68000 computer. Via a minimal SCSI interface on the RasPi's GPIO connector it can serve as a harddisc, or pretty much any other SCSI device you could imagine (MO, CDROM, Ethernet, ...).

http://hackaday.com/2017/05/01/the-raspberry-pi-becomes-a-scsi-device/

Here's the original post (in japanese):
http://www.geocities.jp/kugimoto0715/rascsi/index.html

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Amiga goes HDMI - D520 video to HDMI converter

At Revision 2017 in Saarbruecken (Germany), Thorsten Schubert presents his "D520" device, an external Amiga video to HDMI converter. Amazing! It's alpha/beta stage, and there's no decision regarding distribution yet, but it has some great features: connects to Amiga video port, HDMI output, 3.5mm TRS audio in for Amiga Paula audio, firmware upgradeable (via Amiga video port).  (Video by VisioRetron, in german.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNg9Muscg_w

Here's a forum thread (german) where you can reach the developer of the "D520":

Friday, April 28, 2017

"BlackBOX 1200" Amiga 1200 tower conversion kit from Elbox

Elbox offers a new tower system for Amiga 1200 computers. It's prepared for installation of the Mediator PCI 1200TX, Mediator PCI 1200SX, Mediator PCI 1200LT4, Mediator PCI 1200, Mediator PCI 1200LT2 and G-REX 1200 busboards. It black, made of steel, comes with 350W power supply, PC/Amiga keyboard interface, USB connectors, two cooling fans, and has space for a total of eight internal drives.


http://eu-shop.elbox.com/en_GB/p/BlackBOX-1200/734

Amiga on TV: zdf.info "Die Amiga Story"

German TV station "zdf.info" has broadcast a special edition of Anthony and Nicola Caulfield's Amiga documentary "From Bedrooms To Billions". You can still watch it via their "Mediathek" video archive.

https://www.zdf.de/dokumentation/zdfinfo-doku/die-amiga-story-100.html

(Note that access might be restricted, and video available for a limited time only.)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

RedPill Amiga game creator

RedPill is a new game creator and engine for the Amiga, written in BlitzBasic (AmiBlitz2). It's currently at version 0.5.0, and features smooth scrolling, AGA support, physics (bouncing, friction, ...), collision detection, and many more details.

Here's a demo video showing part of the creation of a platform-type game:


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyvvP8Ch-0c


You can reach RedPill on the net via it's facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/redpillgamecreator/

Friday, April 21, 2017

AMIGA alive 01: Amiga 500 keyboard membrane repair (Video)

"AMIGA alive 01 - Amiga 500 keyboard membrane repair" is out. We're doing a little repair job to the A500's keyboard membrane, and show you some of the individual parts the keyboard is made of. Hope you enjoy it - comments welcome!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emOrTIGgZ60

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rick Dangerous Enhanced - RTG!

Classic Amiga game "Rick Dangerous" gets an enhanced remake. Probably the most important enhancement: retargetable graphics.
That means you can choose a screenmode suitable for your modern monitor, and it also means that you can run "Rick Dangerous" via the Vampire accelerator's HDMI output!
There are more enhancements, and it's still under development, so watch the news about when it's out.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faog7H5qgyA

Source:
http://www.indieretronews.com/2017/04/rick-dangerous-enhanced-enhanced-wip.html

Friday, April 14, 2017

The first next-gen Amiga game: CannonBall - for Vampire boards only!

"CannonBall" is the enhanced OutRun engine. As we all know, the original OutRun arcade game port to the Amiga wasn't a great one at all. Now ModernVintageGamer has ported the CannonBall engine to the Amiga. But it needs a lot of horsepower. We're talking A LOT OF horsepower. In fact it requires such a huge lot of horsepower that we're talking Vampire-boards only, and even these may have performance issues with certain tracks in the game...!

Here you can see it in action:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yVqB13EtZg

If you want to try it yourself, just head over to AmiNet:

The source code to the port can be found at:

Visit ModernVintageGamer's pages on the net:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Accelerators galore

In recent times, a lot of new hardware developments for retro computers are popping up. Among these are a remarkable number of different accelerators for the Amiga 500, 600, and 1200 - here's an overview of what's currently available and/or in development.

Please note that information provided here may not be 100% complete. Read about the boards' details on the websites provided, or get in contact with the developers, if in doubt.

Have fun choosing your next-gen Amiga accelerator!

ACA500plus

Individual Computers brings us this accelerator board for the Amiga 500, with some interesting features - like e.g. built in Kickstart ROMs, AmigaOS 3.1 installer software, and a connector for A1200 accelerators.

CPU: MC68EC000 at 14 to 42MHz
8MByte RAM
8MByte FlashROM
two CF-card slots
Action Replay-compatible freezer
7-segment display "DisMo"
Kickstart V1.2, V1.3 and V3.1, and AmigaOS 3.1 installer in FlashROM
Extension connectors: A1200-compatible Clockport, local 16-Bit extension port, connector for A1200 accelerators

Website(s):
https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/de/shop/product/ACA500plus.html

ACA1221ec

Individual Computers' low-budget accelerator for the Amiga 1200, sells for only about 120 Euros.

CPU: 68EC020
17 to 42 MHz
16MB RAM, 9MB of which are usable FastRAM
1MB-MapROM option
2 clockports, one of which is hi-speed (for RapidRoad USB host controller use)

Website(s):
https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/de/shop/product/aca1221ec.html

ACA1233n-40 and ACA1233-55

Individual Computers' 68030 accelerators are still available.

CPU: 68030 at 40 or 55 MHz
128MB RAM
MapROM option
Clock port

Website(s):
https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/en/produkt-details/product/ACA12xx.html

Furia EC020 for Amiga 600

On sale for quite some time now are the Furia accelerators for the Amiga 600, available via online stores (e.g. http://vesalia.de or http://lotharek.pl )

CPU: 68EC020 at 33MHz
FPU: 68882 (if present) 
9.5MB FastRAM 
Maprom function

Website(s):
http://www.kuchinka.cz/furia/

TerribleFire TF520, TF530, and TF540

Stephen Leary's open-source DIY accelerators for the Amiga 500. Documentation on how to build the 68020 and 68030 CPU versions (TF520, TF530) are already available via GitHub and YouTube (see links below), and just recently Stephen has begun developing the 68040 version (TF540).

CPU: 68020, 68030, or 68040
FPU: 68881
IDE controller

Here's a demo of the TF530 in action, comparing a stock A500's performance to that of a TF530-equipped one, using "Frontier - Elite II":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRO9j2G9owc

Website(s):
https://www.youtube.com/c/TerribleFire
https://twitter.com/terriblefire

https://github.com/terriblefire/tf520
https://github.com/terriblefire/tf530

Wicher 500i

Accelerator board for the Amiga 500, from Poland.

CPU: MC68000/68010
Max. clock: 50MHz
RAM: 1-8 MB SIMM 72 (FPM,EDO)
IDE Controller
SPI Controller

Here you can see it in action:
https://youtu.be/WWG1BVmYEXU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6-r4OQP9Sc

There's also a Wicher 2000 accelerator board for the Amiga 2000 planned.

Website(s):
http://retro.7-bit.pl

HC508

Homebrew accelerator for the Amiga 500 by blogspot/YouTube user "m68k". Not much is known about this one, especially if it'll be sold to the public or made open-source one day.

68HC000 CPU at 50 MHz, 100% MC68000 compatible
IDE-controller (40-pin) for HD and CD-ROM
integrated CF-Card slot
8 MB FastRAM (1 wait state)
512k FlashROM for Kickstart (1 wait state)
Utility to individually (de)activate any module (CPU, RAM, ROM, IDE)

Here you can see it in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK1h65u8UIU

Website(s):
http://amigaprj.blogspot.de/

phase 5 BlizzardPPC 2

PowerPC accelerator for the Amiga 1200. Not much is known about this new beast from phase 5, only a few pictures have been posted to their facebook-page. But as far as one can tell from their announcements, they're seriously getting back into business.

Website(s):
http://www.p-5.eu/

phase 5 AmigaONE-1200 II board with G4 CPU

Extension board for Amiga 1200 tower conversions (see post below), with G3/G4 PPC CPU slot. As with the BlizzardPPC 2, not much is known, and there are currently only some pictures they posted to their facebook-page. But just imagine your Amiga 1200 driven by a G4 CPU...

Website(s):
http://www.p-5.eu/


Vampire 500 V2 and Vampire 600 V2

FPGA-based accelerators - and much more - for the Amiga 500 and 600. Amiga 1200 version is in development. CPU performance far beyond that of a 68060, SAGA graphics with Full-HD resolution, HDMI output, 128MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, IDE controller (Vampire 500 only). The ultimate boost in performance!

Website(s):
http://apollo-accelerators.com/

Friday, April 7, 2017

"Making Music On The Amiga + Full Amiga Album"

Shot97 posted this article about making music on the Amiga, using Music-X and a MIDI keyboard. He liked the setup so much, he created an album of Amiga music called "Riding with the Amiga".

"Making Music On The Amiga + Full Amiga Album"
https://amigalove.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=222

"Riding With The Amiga - An Amiga Music Album By Shot97"


Thursday, April 6, 2017

iBrowse 2.5 - do you browse?

Amiga-native webbrowser iBrowse proves to be alive!
A long awaited version 2.5 now seems to materialize - the history page has been updated with changes since version 2.4

http://www.ibrowse-dev.net/history.php

http://www.ibrowse-dev.net/

Amitopia gaming articles

Amitopia has published some up-to-date articles about Amiga gaming.

This one is for Amiga newbies, providing information about hardware requirements, different Amiga chipsets, and the right mindset to get going with vintage Amiga games:

http://amitopia.com/what-does-it-require-to-play-games-on-amiga/


And here's another one giving an overview of 2016's Amiga game releases - proving that the Amiga game development scene is... alive!

http://amitopia.com/so-many-new-games-came-out-for-amiga-in-2016/

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

phase 5 just dropped the next bomb: AmigaONE-1200 II expansion board

On April 2nd, phase 5 commented on a few PCB design pictures they had released to their facebook-followers the day before:

"The AmigaONE 1200 II Board is a powerful Amiga 1200 expansion Board with PCI, AGP, SD-RAM, Ultra-DMA IDE, USB, G3/G4 PPC CPU Slot and ATX Power supply, meant to work only with a Blizzard PPC 2 product attached together with the Amiga 1200 expansion bus connector for appropriate tower conversions. This product provides the opportunity to use the Amiga 1200 Computer as a professional high end Workstation." (April 2, 1:17am)

...and they explicitly stated that this is NOT an April's fool joke.

Exciting times for Amigans!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Vampire accelerators - alive!

If you haven't seen it yet, you should definitely watch this highly interesting video of Igor "Majsta" Majstorovic talking about and demonstrating the brand new Vampire 500 V2 accelerator board for the Amiga 500. In the video, there is a huge load of detailed information about the board itself, and an equally huge load of information about the development process. The presentation is dense, and at no point boring. Switch on YouTube's subtitles for an english translation.

Personally, I think this video might be the most important piece of information the Amiga community has produced within probably the last 20 years.

Vampire 500 v2 Amiga FPGA Accelerator - World premiere!




Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Commodore Story - Changing the world 8-bits at a time

This nostalgic film & book project about Commodore - and thus the Amiga- looks like it's already a huge success, and there's still 20 days to go!

The Kickstarter campaign had a goal of 17500 pounds - but has easily reached and exceeded that amount, currently at 28721 pounds, repeatedly adding new features available to supporters, like an extra documentary BluRay, additional book pages, merchandise, an additional free movie download, and more.

Now that's an impressive success story. :-)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yousee3d/the-commodore-story-changing-the-world-8-bits-at-a

Super Stardust for C64?

Halfway off-topic, but nontheless interesting for Amiga gaming enthusiasts: A demo/preview of Super Stardust, the high-polished Asteroids clone for AGA Amiga, has been released - for the C64!

http://distrita.com/super-stardust-for-commodore-64-preview/

If you read the comments,though, it looks at this will remain a demo and has been dropped by the author. Still an interesting idea, and a jaw dropping technical demonstration.

http://csdb.dk/release/?id=151172


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Of course it runs NetBSD

Unix-derivate NetBSD 7.1 has been released, including the port to Amiga m68k - go check it out at: http://wiki.netbsd.org/ports/amiga/

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Amiga that wouldn't die

Found this beautiful image on the net, drawn by the great Eric Schwartz - and it perfectly fits the idea of AMIGA alive:



Btw., it's an obvious reference to the 1962 horror film "The brain that wouldn't die".

Support the artist, check out his work! For example his brilliant "Sabrina online" comic strip series: http://www.sabrina-online.com

Sunday, March 5, 2017

phase 5 is back! G-REX! 68060! New BlizzardPPC 2 board!

AMIGA is alive. Now hold your breath on how alive the Amiga is:

phase 5 is back!

On Feb. 22nd they posted a picture of their new prototype: a new BlizzardPPC2 accelerator board! And they will be building 68060 and G-REX boards again!

Follow them on their facebook page, and show your appreciation!
https://www.facebook.com/phase5digital/

New page: Using PC floppy disc drives with the Amiga

As you can see on the right side, there's a new page about PC floppy disc drives and the Amiga. If you have some information (links, experience, ...) on the subject please share by leaving a comment. Thank you!

Visit AMIGA alive on facebook

Of course we also have a facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AMIGA-alive-374252572950541/

Like it to support us! :-)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Amiga Deluxe Paint pixel art in Junior Senior's "Move your feet" music video

How alive is the Amiga in 2017? Well, very alive. Junior Senior's hit music video "Move your feet" is made entirely from pixel artwork created on the Amiga, using Deluxe Paint. Is has been watched more than 23 million times on YouTube, that's how alive the Amiga is in 2017!

Watch the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPlQpGeTbIE



Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deluxe_Paint
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Move_Your_Feet

Sunday, February 5, 2017

AROS alive goes Amiga

AMIGA alive is a spin-off of AROS alive - a series of videos exploring various aspects of the operating system, software, it's associated hardware, and how to put it into use in 2017 ... and beyond! This website will cover AMIGA alive video releases, and more topics about the Amiga - upgrades, news, software releases and reviews, ...