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Re: X1000 and interleaved memory controllers
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There were rumours about RAM: driver utilizing memory beyond 2 GB on AmigaOS 4 for RAM Disk: storage, hence the reason I still keep 8 GB in my X1000 since summer 2020. Now almost 4 years later, still no public available driver yet.

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Re: Is a porting of qemu to OS4 possible?
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@vagappc

Windows 3.11 runs fine on DOSBox-JIT. Here is me installing it on X5000




You will also need to install audio drivers for proper gaming:




Windows 95 starts under DOSBox-JIT, but colors are not okay and freezes sometimes.




I think Windows 98 is possible too. I am not that experienced with Windows to debug where is the issue with these OSes. Probably some special drivers may fix the issues.

Long time ago I was able to run OpenGEM 6 and some other OSes under DOSBox, but it was more for curiosity, than for real usage.

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Re: Is a porting of qemu to OS4 possible?
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QEmu can come useful for some machines emulation, for example PPC Macintosh. But for PC, DOSBox with JIT is very good already (old X86 machines emulation).

Even if QEmu is ported to AmigaOS, it will lack the speed of DOSBox! DOSBox has some endian troubles which I wrote about in the DOSBox thread, but most of the games work with excellent speed.

If you want many machines emulated, better look and try to port the latest version of MAME, which emulates PCs as well. I see it is still being backported to Windows XP (32-bit), so Amiga port is doable.

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Re: Best way to clone HDD?
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Recently I did many backups and then restores of Amiga, Apple Macintosh (68K and PPC) and PC hard drives (I have more than 100 HDDs already of various sizes, interfaces (IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB, ATAPI) and capacity.

The best utility for such task is dd (disk/data duplicator) on Linux operating system. dd on MacOS X (10.4 and 10.5) comes second. It is the best and easiest to use cloning software, since it preserves everything on the disk.

dd combined with gzip and sometimes split if needed to go for Flash drive, compresses the data in real time. It can ignore errors as well.

dd doesn't care about filesystem, partition table, etc.. It simply copies everything and I had case where I used the dd-ed image directly under QEmu without any issue.

Is there such utility like dd for Amiga?

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Re: What RX card do you use, and what is your experience with it?
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From the invoice for my X5000:

AFox Radeon RX550 4GB graphic's card :
4GB GDDR5 video memory, GPU 1183MHz,
Core Cuda : 51, Bus 128Bit, Memory clock :
6GHz, 1 x HDMi + 1 x Display port + 1 x DVI

So far I am lazy and didn't got MiniGL working on it, but the GLExcess demo worked fine and I even was able to record the output.

On my 12 years old AmigaOS 4.1 install on microAmigaOne I got MiniGL working. Forgot how I did it back then.

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Re: Updated elf.library for OS4.1 FE available through AmiUpdate
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@Skateman

On AmigaOS Workbench - press right mouse button, go to top left on the menus Workbench->Update software.
At least it is how I obtained it:

Video from this morning:

https://youtu.be/tZNVaKu6Ke0

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Re: Latest DOSBOX : with PPC dynamic recompiler and stuff , right there!
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I used DOSBox with JIT on my Amiga X5000 a lot recently and even installed Excel 5.0 under Windows 3.11 on it for serious use, but I came to very strange issue:

When I try to enter numbers in Excel spreadsheet cells, the accepted number is always rounded to a smaller number if it exceeds a certain value.

For example I can enter 1,2,but not 3 (it accepts 2), then 4 but when I enter 5 it enters 4, up to 8 where 8 is okay, but 9 returns 8 up to 16 etc..
Here is a video demonstrating the issue:




I will try to test if the same issue will happen on the MacOS X 10.4 or 10.5 versions of DOSBox with PPC JIT.

Software is stable and doesn't crash.

Does anyone else experience similar problem?

Is it because I am using fakeshar.exe and noshare.exe to simulate the share.exe which doesn't work under DOSBox from what I read or it is something else. Is there a way to fix this and use Excel 5.0 on Amiga?

Edit: I have tested same DOSBox Windows 3.11 installation on iBook G3 900 MHz with DOSBox JIT for MacOS under MacOS X 10.4.11 (Tiger) and same issues appear. Then I copied the same files to Windows PC running DOSBox-X and Excel worked fine there.

So, this is either endian issue, or some bug that is fixed with the DOSBox-X fork.

I've tried to run my installation on the original DOSBox on PC from DOSBox's site and Excel didn't start at all.


Edited by drHirudo on 2024/1/22 8:46:38
Reason: Embed video and tests on other platforms
Edited by drHirudo on 2024/1/22 8:48:34
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Re: IBrowse 3.0 released
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I also had issues with installing the latest AmiSSL from IBrowse's site (5.12) on my Amiga X5000. The Installer kept saying that some application is using AmiSSL, even after fresh boot, refusing to copy the new libraries. So I went to the LIBS folder, manually renamed the available AmiSSL libs with appending _OLD to their names, then copying the new libraries from the AmiSSL package and rebooting.

Everything worked fine after.

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Re: IBrowse 3.0 released
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Nice update. Looks very fast on AmigaOne X5000. I use the browser very often for downloading files on both my PPC and Classic Amigas. With the latest SSL I can open wide variety of sites.

Here is short video that I've made, including visit to Amigans.net
https://youtu.be/39OXUDVzZ14

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Re: My Amiga Projects
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@TheMagicSN

Any chance of looking into MAME again? The latest version emulate lots of hardware, including Silicon Graphics Indy, C65, Macintosh, etc...

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Re: RadeonHD V.5 driver
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@LiveForIt

I've such devices. The output audio signal you are getting from the Amiga is still analog, even if you are converting it to digital. I've spend more than 6,000 € on hardware, to be able to record AmigaOne in high quality, only to see that with 300 € laptop and QEMU you can achieve better result in the Audio recording of AmigaOS 4 and AmigaOne.

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Re: RadeonHD V.5 driver
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Sorry to bring this again, but is there any chance (software or hardware hack) to bring sound over HDMI? The Apollo Core V4+ SA and the MiSTer FPGA both have output on the HDMI cable on the Amiga cores and I make excellent video recording from them, also I can use directly the display, without the need for external speakers or audio embedders.
On the AmigaOne I use separate 3.5 mm cable for the audio, with analog signal recording and background noise, which is clearly heard, because I need to amplify the volume to at least +12 dB.

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Re: Last Chance: AmigaOS 4.x hardware vs emulation survey
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Not sure if ARM will be of any help for the future of AmigaOS4.
You can forget about those mobile phone CPUs. GFX drivers are closed source. And they are obsolete within 3 years. If they offer PCIe at all then it is limited to one or two controllers with a low amount of lanes. Memory is stacked on top of the CPU package. Lack ethernet MACs. And they only sell the CPU platform (CPU+modem+PMIC) to a handfull of top tier manufacturers. Both Qualcomm and Samsung tried to enter the industrial market with some offering. The SD410 was for sale. The SD600 required approval before you could design with it. The SD820 was only available for selected SOM partners. And similar to the T10x2, the SD820 chipset price tag was about EUR 130 (@10k annual qty).
Those small form factor devices like RPI are a couple of steps backwards compared to the X5000 when it comes to GFX solutions. I doubt if the experience will be better compared to QEMU on a fast PC


The Power platform is still alive, with Power 10 launched in 2021 with 7 nm technology node. But seeing the price of Power 10 solutions, it is prohibitely expensive, even for small to middle based business. On another hand currently the AmigaOne X5000 and the Sam are one of the few PowerPC based computers still being manufactured as listed on the PowerPC Wikipedia page.

If moving to ARM needs another decade, for AmigaOS 4 it will be better to stay with PowerPC and wait for some new PowerPC based hardware to appear. Desktop or Laptop.

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Re: List of where to buy AmigaOS 4.x systems
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I purchased brand new Amiga X5000/040 back in November and it came two weeks ago. So, new X5000 systems are available (can confirm). I still tinker with it. So far works fine, only issue is that the Antec case is more noisy than the X1000 Fractal case (may be the Radeon RX550 adds to this).

The AmigaOne X5000 is the best Amiga that I ever had (I used to have almost every Amiga model except A3000).

I also have Ultimate MiSTer FPGA and Apollo Core V4+ for newer Amiga experience, but I prefer the NG Amiga experience.

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Re: Say or speech: in amigaos4?
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I use FSay and it works just like Say, without crashing:





Works fine on my different PPC based Amigas.

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Re: First user
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Is there any chance to have audio through the HDMI for X1000 and X5000, or it is not possible?

It is very hard for me when I am recording from the analog output together with the DVI to HDMI and having to boost volume for each different application.

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Re: Download Speed from Internet
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I don't know if it is a bug, but when I used PCI 3-Com LAN card on my μAmigaOne, with 10 MBits everything was okay. But after I switched to 30 MBits and if my speed went too fast, something happened and the Internet speed went down to around 2-3 MBits/second. The slow speed remained until either I restart the Network interface with netshutdown and then reconnect with addnetinterface or until I reboot. May be some buffer overflow was happening, that needed to be flushed for high speed again.

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Re: Sound problems on MAME,Final Burn and more
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@MamePPCA1Quote:
MamePPCA1 wrote:@drHirudo

Do you have AmigaOne X5000?

I have AmigaOne X1000 and micro AmigaOne (but it is not used much recently, since I moved premises).

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On AmigaOne about 10 years ago I've experienced noisy sound and lockups.Now xMAME never lockups,only when I get a Grim Reaper,you cannot return to Workbench.



I used xMAME back in 2011-2012 on my microA1 and it worked flawlessy even on the lower specced Amiga (only 256 MB of RAM and 32 MB Video RAM) and it worked fine even on 800 MHz. I even have a video of it (low quality, but as seen no slowdowns).





Now with AmigaOne X1000 MAME is much better experience. Faster, better resolutions and HDMI (digital) output! On the MicroA1 it is VGA (analog).

Only issue that I have and is very annoying is that xMAME crashes if I have wrong ROM zip set (missing files etc.) and I have to reboot my Amiga to get back on track. So I need to have the exact MAME 1.06 ROMs sets. I am playing MAME on window on the X1000 BTW, but played full screen on the micro. Sometimes the speed is different, because on full screen, it can open lower bits screen (8-bits) instead of 16 or 24, which used to speed up a lot in the old Amigas. I don't know if this is still the case with the new graphics drivers on AmigaOS 4.1, but I can't use some of the custom screen modes, because I am framegrabbing my output to a very pick Decklink capture card.

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The point is that is happening me since ages and don't know why,for example on NEO-GEO roms it doesn't sound on the Bios startup sound,

All I can say is that is an annoying sound issue and to solve it I will need real help,
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Did you try different NEO-GEO bios?
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xMAME 1.06 rules!!!


Yes, so far xMAME 1.06 seems to be the most stable and working for me. There are newer versions also MESS and SDLMAME, but they are not stable on my X1000. Probably need to try them again on the μA1.

Also, I don't know how much X5000 is faster than the X1000, but you can try hyperemulation (Emulator in Emulator). Yesterday, I ran some MAME0.37b14 games under DOSBox SVN (DOSBox with JIT) and got more than 10 FPS with some games. Sound was okay. I am waiting for my Amiga X5000/040, then I can test again.

I see TheMagicSN (Steffen Häuser) active again on the Amiga. He was one of the first people to port MAME to AmigaPPC.
Probably, he can look into fixing some of the old bugs (or recompiling the old sources against newer libs), or even porting the latest MAME (v251 as of now)? With version 0.162 MESS merged with MAME and it became quete and beast of an emulator (I use it a lot and even have some bugs submitted and fixed), but also our Amigas improved a lot since then (speedwise and memory - what matters most for MAME).

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Re: Sound problems on MAME,Final Burn and more
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@MamePPCA1Quote:
MamePPCA1 wrote:Hi Amigans

I have problems with the xMAME 1.06 port
,Final Burn and sometimes on MickJT MPLayer.

For example on this evening,on some roms I experienced that when I loaded at the beggining there is no sound until for example when the demo of the Arcade Machine begun and I feel similar as bad when I tried to play and the sound lasted for some seconds to appear.This was on xMAME 1.06,

On Final Burn the same and with MickJT Mplayer same results.

These behavior was identical when I plugged and solve my initial sound issue back on December of 2021 when I was living on another house until December 2021.

Why this strange/erroneus behavior? Is this fixable? How can I run my MAME roms without loss of sound?

Is vital and very important to me.

Thanks in advance

I've tested xMAME v1.06 and it worked fine here. No jittering sound or slowdowns. Everything works fine. So far it seems I have issues with the other MAME versions for Amiga, but not with xMAME.

I've also tested MAME 0.37b14 (the latest DOS version) under DOSBox SVN - no problems with sound, but it is too slow and too many frameskips to be useful.

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Re: osdepot certificate not updated?
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@PrimaxQuote:
Primax wrote:Question: wouldn't it be time for implementing a secure https connection for OS4Depot?
Odyssey can handle it, IBrowse as well. So, what are the arguments against it?

As far as I know it costs money to have https certificate.
Since there is no money transactions or sensitive users' information collection, there is no sense in having secure connections.

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