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AMIGA alive

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!

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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