Easy way to transfer files to the new, emulated OS4.1 Classic side

In pre-PowerPC WinUAE days, I found it easy just to add a Windows-side directory to the WinUAE emulation and download files to that folder, and the files were instantly accessible on the Amiga side.

For the new PowerPC WinUAE, Windows directories aren’t available (in this beta stage at least), so I had to find a way to get them over.

I chose to burn ISO images via imgburn.

Here’s what I did to easily get the Amiga OS4.1 updates (after registering on Hyperion’s website and downloading them) over to the emulated Amiga side:

1) Start IMGBURN and select Create Image from Files/Folders

2) Click the “Add files” option on the next page, and select the files you want included. Since AmigaOS4.1 Classic has update 2 included, I just chose updates 3 to 6

3) I set the options to be and ISO9660+Joliet, set the disc titles, added the files, and set the output ISO name and location (highighted)

4) Next, set it up as a CD on the WinUAE side. I’ve numbered the steps:

  • 1. Select the image iso file
  • 2. Click the Add SCSI/IDE CD button to bring up the selection and make sure to set it to IDE, 1. (the HDF used for the main install should have been IDE,0)
  • 3. It will then be added as another drive

    5) The new CD will be on the desktop after bootup.

    I couldnt’ get it to dynamically add or remove. If I figure out how, I’ll make a post. Otherwise, I have to boot up with this CD in place.

    After you are finished, you can just delete the ISO file. Not the best way to do things but it works for now.

    Have fun!

  • Installing AmigaOS4.1 Classic onto WinUAE 2.9.0beta12

    When I saw that WinUAE was to the point of actually installing OS4.1 Classic, I immediately put in an order to AmigaKit.com to get my copy. I ordered on Friday and it arrived Monday, just 3 days later. That’s UK->US in 3 days and I didn’t specify rush shipping at all! Good job AmigaKit!

    The disc was actually the base install with Update 2 integrated (there have been 6 updates, plus the AmiUpdates that have been online only since update6). I first made an ISO as I find that is much easier than using a real disc with WinUAE.

    Just setting up, I had to do the following:

    Got the latest “official” beta version of WinUAE (not the quick fixes he posts sometimes). At the time of this writing, it was WinUAE_2900b12 (from this post): http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=970403&postcount=481 There may be a newer one by the time you read this.

    Then, I had to download the PowerPC ROMs from the Zone! area on EAB. Just go to eab.abime.net, do a search for getting access to the zone. The file was called accelerator_roms.zip by Toni Wilen. Extract this to the same place where the normal Amiga ROMs go. I also copied the 44.69 version of both blizzardPPC and cyberStormPPC files to ones without the version (i.e. bizzardppc.rom and cyberstormppc.rom). Also, go –> here , to download the file called PIV_FlashImage74.zip, extract the single file in it, copy to the same roms folder as the rest, and rename the bin file to “picasso_iv_flash.rom.

    Now, go to this thread here here <– and follow the Guide exactly. This was written for OS4.0 but I found it worked with OS4.1.

    The only difference I found was that I unchecked the JIT Z3 memory option in the RAM section. I had read that it was very problematic in earlier versions of WinUAE.

    Here are some pictures of my boot / install screens:

    I missed the part about skipping the “Run Media Toolbox” and “Format Disk(s)” screen and clicked the Media Toolbox button. The emulation just sat there so I reset WinUAE and when I started back into the install, I got an RTG screen which was much easier on the eyes. Here are some images for the final stages of the install





    Install took a VERY long time.

    In the end, I had my AmigaOS4.1 Classic emulated environment. After the initial install, I shut down WinUAE and made a backup copy of the hdf file in case something messed up later. That install took too long to do again.

    Now, I need to test what does and doesn’t work, as well as patiently wait for Toni to get the JIT QEMU PPC Core replacement so we can see some real speed! [This version seems a bit fragile so far]

    Good Job Toni and Hyperion!

    (p.s. Post-Install images):



    Amiga Hell finally freezes over…

    It finally happened! A few weeks ago, Toni Wilen, current maintainer (and all around extremely smart guy) of WinUAE, decided he wanted to add CyberStorm/Blizzard/CyberStormPPC/BlizzardPPC and WarpEngine RAM configurations to WinUAE (simulating RAM accessible on those boards).

    Well, word got out, and people started asking if he was going to add PowerPC Emulated CPU to those emulated PPC boards. He initially said no. He’s said for a very long time he doesn’t like PowerPC and wasn’t interested.

    However, he’s apparently the kind that wants to make his product the best it can be, probably likes a challenge and saw a jump in development donations specifically tied to PowerPC emulation.

    QEMU was looked at and passed up, as it was harder to bring the code changes over than he wanted to do. However, the long-abandoned PearPC source code (the original MAC OSX emulator that was cut short when Apple jumped to Intel), provided a ready-made, drop in PPC cpu.

    At first, it didn’t work, then slowly, WarpOS, and later PowerUP software began to work. The question was always if OS4.x and MorphOS for classics would work. There were issues, crashes, blank screens, etc, and Toni continued to deny that he would work specifically for that.

    However, today, August 14, 2014, he posted two images about his next beta:



    Here’s the original WinUAE2.9.0 thread where the PPC stuff originated.

    Here’s the PPC specific thread

    and here is the initial posting of the good news.

    Big Amiga blog link post

    Okay, so I’ve run across some really cool Amiga links (mostly blogs) which I thought I’d share here.

    I’ve divided it between Next Gen and Classic. I’ll make a permanent link to this post on the right size menu as well.

    NextGen Classic
    Epsilon’s AmigaOne x1000 blog Epsilon’s Classic Amiga blog
    Jack for AmigaOS mFilos’s Amiga blog
    Coder’s Blog AmigaOneX blog
    HKValhe’s AmigaOne 500 blog The Big E-UAE JIT blog
    GTMooya’s Amiga 4.1 blog Old School Game Blog
    Delirium Technology’s blog – Amiga section JAmiga (Amiga Java) development blog
    Hyperion’s Amiga OS blog Amiga Gamer blog
    Trevor’s Amiga blog (A-Eon) Amiga games
    AmigaOne Computing blog Amiga 68k blog
    Portacall’s Amiga software development blog Classic Amiga
    OS4 Coding Blog Commodore is Awesome
    HDRLabs HD Radeon development blog RetroGamer Amiga section
    Mac Mini OS4 blog Lallafa’s project blog
    ICAros development blog FitzSteve’s Amiga Retro blog
    o1i’s Blog Amiga Raspberry Pi drive

    Some Amiga Classic news

    Okay, so this isn’t going to become a news site but occasionally, when many things happen at once that are interesting, I’ll comment. This is classic-side news:

    Vampire 600

  • The fastest Amiga 68k accelerator is almost ready, and it’s only for the Amiga 600 at the moment. The Vampire 600, designed by Majasta, is prepping for the Phoenix core, a shrunken version of the Apollo core which will provide 68000 level instruction set at 100MIPs, faster than most Amigas even with 68060’s.

    Kipper2K has taken over production for now. Price is $125 USD.

    MUI

  • After 20+ years, MUI for AmigaOS3.x/68k users is getting bumped from 3.8 to 3.9. I believe release 3 of MUI3.9 was just released. Check out their website.
  • Over at Amigans.net, danbeaver just posted how to get an Amiga printer to work with USB printers. This looks handy!
  • A British group is selling the Cyclone RX adapter, which allows the Amiga to use Playstation controllers (most likely PS1). They are selling on ebay it appears.
  • And finally, there is a side scrolling game released for both Amiga and CD32 consoles using the Backbone game dev system (free on Aminet). The CD32 ISO and LHA files are downloadable.
  • Various thoughts and musings about Classic Amigas

    This post is just a collection of various thoughts I’ve been having about classic Amigas. Instead of making several tiny posts, I thought I’d put them all into one.

    The User Interface

    What is it about the Classic Amiga UI? As far back as the late 90’s, I just can’t stop staring at how the UI looks? I know that others UI’s would be considered prettier and more useful than the Amiga UI, but there’s just something that I can’t quite pinpoint. Here are a few thumbnails of some recent ones that mesmerize me (click for larger ones):

    From a Draco system

    From WinUAE with powericons

    From AmigaSYS4

    Continued Hardware development

    It’s amazing that computers made nearly 20 years ago continue to get hardware products. Let’s take a look at just a few:

    The Amiga Prisma soundcard for both Zorro slot and clockport enabled Amigas. This is a very nice soundcard that can be used in large zorro slot amigas as well as an Amiga 1200 (or other models that have expansions that include a clockport connector).

    Then there is a plug-in MP3 player so that your CPU doesn’t have to do all the work, it has its own player software and is cheap, and works on nearly all Amigas.

    A long-time Amiga hardware developer, Elbox, recently expanded their product line again, this time to add PCI adapter boards for the Amiga 3000’s. These, plus their other PCI Mediator boards, allow the use of cheap PCI expansions.

    There is a new, zorro slot, mini USB controller board that is fairly inexpensive for big box amigas called the MiniThylacine board. It’s ordered on a piece-by-piece basis and the assembler takes orders constantly.

    And then there’s a company called Individual Computers that makes a whole line of products for Amigas. From accelerators to flickerfixers, they continually prove their willingness to support the Amiga. Their most recent part, the ACA500, allows the use of Amiga 1200 accelerators in an Amiga 500. Someone even got Amiga OS4.0 running on the BlizzardPPC board on the ACA500.

    Wow, it’s amazing the dedication there is in the Amiga community.