Very cool website with hardware projects for Amiga

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 <–

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Terrible Fire’s accelerators for Amiga

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!

Another cool Homebrew hardware project: Amiga floppy read and write via Arduino

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.

AmigaOne x5000 emulation coming?

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.

AmiKit X as a Windows front end

Someone on the Amikit X forums has written a forum thread on how to make the AmiKit X system function as a front-end for Windows, running windows programs through rabbithole as well as making the Windows apps have an amiga-look.

Doing this effectively can make your machine look like a very high-end, modern Amiga OS with all the latest app needs being filled in with Windows apps when needed.

Very cool!

See the forum link –> here <–