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Forum: support.Hardware 26 February 2021, 12:11
Replies: 23
Views: 814
Posted By AmigaHope
That looks super cool! (Of course then you'll...

That looks super cool! (Of course then you'll need another angled adapter to put an A1200 accelerator on it. :crazy )
Forum: request.Old Rare Games 26 February 2021, 02:26
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By AmigaHope
Interestingly, from tests that have been done, it...

Interestingly, from tests that have been done, it seems that Akiko still helps slightly on an 030/50, but that's only with extremely optimized code that runs out of fast RAM that only touches the...
Forum: support.Hardware 26 February 2021, 02:13
Replies: 23
Views: 814
Posted By AmigaHope
I still think the ACA500plus offers the best...

I still think the ACA500plus offers the best balance of features, at the expense of not fitting inside the case. The fast 68000 is plenty for almost all WHDLoad games, and while the A1200 accelerator...
Forum: support.Hardware 26 February 2021, 01:54
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By AmigaHope
Yeah not sure why they didn't cost-reduce by just...

Yeah not sure why they didn't cost-reduce by just making a universal solder point for the modulator, and instead just had it in the video slot. This meant that if you wanted to install a genlock...
Forum: support.Hardware 25 February 2021, 13:03
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By AmigaHope
CDTV had color composite (as well as Y/C) on its...

CDTV had color composite (as well as Y/C) on its internal video board that shipped in all systems. It did not require an external modulator. The board was swappable between different regions so they...
Forum: Amiga scene 25 February 2021, 05:51
Replies: 89
Views: 3,238
Posted By AmigaHope
People had no trouble word processing on CGA...

People had no trouble word processing on CGA 640x200 15Khz. For most MS/DOS apps, this remained the standard through the mid-80s -- even if you had an EGA card, most of your software worked in 80x25...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 February 2021, 02:17
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By AmigaHope
Turn down the contrast (and then turn down...

Turn down the contrast (and then turn down brightness to match). a.k.a. white level and black level. As CRTs age, they take more power to drive the beam, and thus they don't behave as well if you...
Forum: support.Hardware 20 February 2021, 21:28
Replies: 38
Views: 1,316
Posted By AmigaHope
Technically, Akiko was primarily the CD-ROM...

Technically, Akiko was primarily the CD-ROM controller. The C2P feature was added in as a bonus. The only games I remember using it for C2P were Wing Commander and Gloom.

Instead of having...
Forum: support.Hardware 20 February 2021, 10:51
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By AmigaHope
He was talking about the 256k front panel...

He was talking about the 256k front panel expansion that increases the total to 512kb (including the 256k on the motherboard, not counting the kickstart RAM).

You can add a ROM adapter to the...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 20 February 2021, 00:10
Replies: 14
Views: 1,322
Posted By AmigaHope
The greatest ST game yet to be ported has to be...

The greatest ST game yet to be ported has to be Sundog, which is apparently a bit harder to port since it actively uses TOS/GEM features.
Forum: support.Hardware 13 February 2021, 18:44
Replies: 24
Views: 976
Posted By AmigaHope
The higher horizontal frequencies let you do fun...

The higher horizontal frequencies let you do fun high-quality Paula audio (especially if you fix the permanent LPF), so there is more value in them than just displaying stuff.

Also they support...
Forum: Amiga scene 06 February 2021, 15:54
Replies: 49
Views: 4,047
Posted By AmigaHope
Amazing! That would've blown peoples minds back...

Amazing! That would've blown peoples minds back in the day considering how bad all the other ports of Metal Gear were.

Will it be NTSC optimized since it's an NTSC game originally? If you don't...
Forum: support.Hardware 06 February 2021, 15:40
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By AmigaHope
I don't really think you need 8M, but you do need...

I don't really think you need 8M, but you do need at least some fast RAM, and definitely some mass storage to load libraries and whatnot.

Fortunately it's not that expensive to find expansions...
Forum: support.Hardware 31 January 2021, 06:07
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By AmigaHope
Does it work with the A2088 removed? Have you...

Does it work with the A2088 removed? Have you tried changing the slot order?
Forum: Coders. Asm / Hardware 29 January 2021, 13:05
Replies: 234
Views: 13,643
Posted By AmigaHope
Anyone done the tests with the LPF...

Anyone done the tests with the LPF removal/replacement mod? The filter is kinda crude.
Forum: Coders. General 29 January 2021, 12:48
Replies: 76
Views: 5,008
Posted By AmigaHope
What's weird here is listing OS issues as tied to...

What's weird here is listing OS issues as tied to a hardware model. From an operating system standpoint the A500 and A1200 are near identical. The only difference is due to driver issues you can't...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 26 January 2021, 01:57
Replies: 257
Views: 17,828
Posted By AmigaHope
Can you compensate by just narrowing the active...

Can you compensate by just narrowing the active part of the screen to 256 pixels?
Forum: support.Hardware 26 January 2021, 01:30
Replies: 35
Views: 2,011
Posted By AmigaHope
As long as you can set your DMA to be allocated...

As long as you can set your DMA to be allocated from mainboard RAM (you can do this with SCSI drives using the MASK mountlist setting, masking out any address bits higher than mainboard --...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 22 January 2021, 15:01
Replies: 98
Views: 5,606
Posted By AmigaHope
Read the scrolltext at the start of the game.

Read the scrolltext at the start of the game.
Forum: Hardware mods 22 January 2021, 07:34
Replies: 18
Views: 2,807
Posted By AmigaHope
This would be incredibly nice to have....

This would be incredibly nice to have. A3000/A4000 Z3 is criminally slow vs. its maximum theoretical performance. It's over 10X slower than theoretical maximum. Even a 3X-5X improvement would be a...
Forum: support.Hardware 22 January 2021, 07:23
Replies: 27
Views: 2,036
Posted By AmigaHope
Simple synthetic benchmarks are very, very...

Simple synthetic benchmarks are very, very misleading on JIT emulators because they are essentially the absolute best case scenario for JIT. Real world performance is an order of magnitude slower....
Forum: support.Hardware 22 January 2021, 07:19
Replies: 35
Views: 2,011
Posted By AmigaHope
There was an add-on board for the A3640 called...

There was an add-on board for the A3640 called XCalibur that added a local RAM bus. I wish someone would reverse-engineer that to make a clone. It would instantly turn the A3640 (and clones) into...
Forum: support.Hardware 22 January 2021, 07:14
Replies: 9
Views: 524
Posted By AmigaHope
There is a slight difference in CPU speed between...

There is a slight difference in CPU speed between NTSC and PAL A500 too, with PAL being slightly slower. It usually does not come into play as nothing written for NTSC pushes the limits enough to not...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 22 January 2021, 07:07
Replies: 12
Views: 1,022
Posted By AmigaHope
I wish there were 8-bit commodore resources as...

I wish there were 8-bit commodore resources as good as Amiga Hardware Database/Big Book of Amiga Hardware.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 22 January 2021, 07:03
Replies: 57
Views: 3,431
Posted By AmigaHope
With a better display mode that didn't require a...

With a better display mode that didn't require a weird custom monitor like the A2024, the Amiga would've made an awesome business computer. Even then, it would've been doomed because Commodore simply...
Forum: Amiga scene 21 January 2021, 22:48
Replies: 34
Views: 6,128
Posted By AmigaHope
Atari ruled the future in the original Blade...

Atari ruled the future in the original Blade Runner.
Forum: Amiga scene 21 January 2021, 15:01
Replies: 590
Views: 37,282
Posted By AmigaHope
AGA was a huge lost opportunity for sprite...

AGA was a huge lost opportunity for sprite enhancement. It's great that they can be 64 pixels wide instead of 16, but it would have been far, far better if they had used the bandwidth to allow 32...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 21 January 2021, 14:45
Replies: 3
Views: 944
Posted By AmigaHope
One of them definitely still dances and posts...

One of them definitely still dances and posts about it on Facebook. I won't post links, but they do make public posts so if you feel so inclined to look them up you can.
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 21 January 2021, 14:40
Replies: 98
Views: 5,606
Posted By AmigaHope
I do when I'm playing the C64 version of Shadow...

I do when I'm playing the C64 version of Shadow of the Beast:

EDIT: Read the scrolltext when the game starts.

https://youtu.be/R_GdJiEjSho?t=4
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 21 January 2021, 14:20
Replies: 12
Views: 1,022
Posted By AmigaHope
Sweet Jesus this is a rare piece of kit. DO NOT...

Sweet Jesus this is a rare piece of kit. DO NOT BIN IT. "It belongs in a museum!".

Either donate it to a museum, or pass if off to a youtuber that can use it for views to try to repair/explore it...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 21 January 2021, 14:14
Replies: 57
Views: 3,431
Posted By AmigaHope
He was being sarcastic. In the 90's the Wintel...

He was being sarcastic. In the 90's the Wintel duopoly was well-entrenched.

Though in the 80's, the IBM PC-compatible (particularly outside the US) *was* struggling in the home market, because...
Forum: support.Hardware 18 January 2021, 20:54
Replies: 14
Views: 20,853
Posted By AmigaHope
There needs to be an easy way to repair/replace...

There needs to be an easy way to repair/replace the plastic disk body since a lot of them seem to be glued together. As mentioned above, a dirty disk will mean dirty pads inside the case. A lot of...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 18 January 2021, 20:41
Replies: 257
Views: 17,828
Posted By AmigaHope
I seem to recall Aladdin also is one of the few...

I seem to recall Aladdin also is one of the few games that used AGA's enhanced wider sprites.

Worms: Director's Cut was famous at the time for using the subpixel scrolling feature.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 18 January 2021, 20:36
Replies: 57
Views: 3,431
Posted By AmigaHope
EGA actually allowed 16 colors from a 6-bit (64...

EGA actually allowed 16 colors from a 6-bit (64 color) palette. The PCjr/Tandy enhanced CGA graphics mode was 16 colors from the fixed 16-color 4-bit RGBI palette, and EGA had similar modes...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 03 January 2021, 07:03
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By AmigaHope
There is a cartridge patch for C128 Ultima V that...

There is a cartridge patch for C128 Ultima V that eliminates the disk swapping, I believe. I think there also may be a 1581 version. Most of the files on the various disks are redundant so it was...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 27 December 2020, 06:42
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By AmigaHope
Pretty much no. Every Ultima has a better version...

Pretty much no. Every Ultima has a better version on another platform.

For example, Ultima V is better on the C128 (for American versions) and X68000 (but only in Japanese).

Overall the FM...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 24 December 2020, 20:55
Replies: 51
Views: 3,472
Posted By AmigaHope
The low resolution 240x160 display actually is a...

The low resolution 240x160 display actually is a blessing here, giving the Amiga much more leeway in dealing with the issues. Slow AGA bandwidth becomes less of an issue when you're only touch that...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 24 December 2020, 20:39
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By AmigaHope
It doesn't work that way. Most games use a custom...

It doesn't work that way. Most games use a custom NDOS format and access the floppy hardware directly. Even if you can fit more games on one disk you can't just automatically "add" them to each...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 24 December 2020, 20:30
Replies: 257
Views: 17,828
Posted By AmigaHope
Breathless and AB3D2 do not use AGA at all, other...

Breathless and AB3D2 do not use AGA at all, other than using an 8-bit screenmode. They're entirely CPU driven. The C2P in AB3D2 isn't even very good (as later patches with better c2p engines have...
Forum: support.Hardware 14 December 2020, 08:41
Replies: 91
Views: 6,369
Posted By AmigaHope
I don't like to use thermal adhesive as it makes...

I don't like to use thermal adhesive as it makes it difficult to impossible to remove the heatsink again without damaging the CPU. The mildly-adhesive pads are nice for ram chips with tiny heatsinks...
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