It’s been a while since I’ve made any entries, but I have been lurking around the Amiga community on and off for the past few months, thinking about a trend I’m seeing: People getting printed boards of either replicas or completely new Amiga board designs and building them by the parts.
I hope to talk more about these and the new designs, but for starters, here’s a video of someone soldering on the components for a replacement Amiga 1000 board that also sports things the Amiga 1000 never had access to: 68060 accelerator, a USB board, and a video card.
Click here: link
I’d mentioned this guy’s products a long time ago but he’s gone and made an official website for his hardware projects for various amiga models.
Check out –> Irixlabs <–
Just thought that some Amigans might like to see this one person’s efforts with the TF530 accelerator I’ve been talking about recently:
I’ve posted about this fellow before, but on YouTube, a user named Terrible Fire has been designing open sourced amiga Accelerator and vlogginb about it. It was in late 2016, that he put up his first video about an Amiga 500 68020 accelerator (TF520). You can see that video here:
He then started including Atari ST computers as part of his design. Later, he started work on the TF 530 (68030):
Later, he teased the TF540 (68040) accelerator for the Amiga 500:
Lately, he’s been working on a CD32 expansion card (not a cpu accelerator), called the TF328
I’ve spotted a few of the TF530 bare boards on ebay recently (unpopulated), so people can start assembling them if they have the parts lists.
I think this sort of shared, open DIY community is one of the many reasons why I prefer Amiga-land over the rest of the boring computer world.
Good job TerribleFire!
So, back in the day, if you wanted to read or write Amiga floppy disks, you needed a dedicated Amiga floppy drive. The first workaround was to get a catweasel card from Individual Computers, which would allow a PC standard floppy drive to read and write Amiga floppies.
Then, there was the Kyroflux forensic floppy controller was supposedly able to read Amiga floppies.
Then, there was a flurry of activity around the Gotek floppy replacement that allowed a user to plus in a usb flash drive full of Amiga ADF disk images in one side and output a floppy-drive compatible interface on the other.
Now, there is the Arduino Amiga floppy project. Click the link –> here <–. The author wanted to read amiga floppy disks with a PC floppy drive and, over time, he achieved that goal as well as adding write capability. The project appears to be continually upgraded through trial and error but you can see he has open sourced the code and the diagrams for others to use.
The history (under the "project so far" link at the top), is an interesting read.
Just stumbled across this video on YouTube of an Amithlon user running the MUIMapparium program on his machine.
I’ve been meaning to look into this program for a while now. Nice to see it working on Amithlon (one of my favorite flavors of Amiga).
It was just a week ago that I posted about QEMU patches being worked on to let the Sam460ex motherboard to be emulated. I was excited because this means that
- We can get MorphOS emulated on x86
- OS4.1 can be run at fullspeed if using a powerpc mac with KVM on (kernel virtual mode)Now, it seems that the x5000 motherboard from A-EON is being added to QEMU.
Check it out here.