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Forum: support.Hardware 23 May 2020, 10:59
Replies: 6
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Posted By Gorf
I got fooled by the title of this thread: ...

I got fooled by the title of this thread:

"whaaat?? there is a wireless pcmcia standard now?"

lol
Forum: Hardware mods 23 May 2020, 02:14
Replies: 11
Views: 699
Posted By Gorf
the board has already 2Mb on it...

the board has already 2Mb on it...
Forum: Amiga scene 22 May 2020, 00:22
Replies: 517
Views: 49,491
Posted By Gorf
yeah - sure a lot of people save money by not...

yeah - sure a lot of people save money by not getting paid like the waiter in the closed restaurant ...:banghead
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 21 May 2020, 21:21
Replies: 12
Views: 602
Posted By Gorf
so we can assume that the MMU was simply...

so we can assume that the MMU was simply mentioned as substitute for "more than 16MB of RAM!"

the official requirements for the DOS version are
486 DX2 66 MHz and 8 MB RAM (probably with...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 May 2020, 20:08
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
For the existing software base a 68080 ASIC @...

For the existing software base a 68080 ASIC @ 1GHz would be certainly sufficient - for most games it would be too fast and one would run it in turtle mode ...

For the future? Most things could be...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 May 2020, 19:04
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
As I said earlier: the bus should be as close as...

As I said earlier: the bus should be as close as possible to the native CPU bus...

But in defense of Gemini: for a cluster of 030s @25MHz ZorroIII is not that bad (even if it needs to multiplex...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 May 2020, 16:09
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
as said in the comments above: it depends largely...

as said in the comments above: it depends largely on what you mean by it and how you expect it to work.

Under some circumstances an Amiga-like OS can e.g. provide SMP like AROSx64 (sillySPM).
An...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 May 2020, 15:23
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
certainly not "everything" but many things, if...

certainly not "everything" but many things, if there ist no functional sandboxing, that even might include a dummy-kernel in that sandbox....



as I already said, this functionality would be...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 May 2020, 14:33
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
I did not claim it would be the same - please...

I did not claim it would be the same - please read my posts again.

As I pointed already out: the 060 is the only classic CPU in the 68K family, that has some support for SMP.
So IF AmigaOS/AROS...
Forum: support.Hardware 20 May 2020, 22:59
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
does it? AFAIK on AROS x64 the binaries can be...

does it?
AFAIK on AROS x64 the binaries can be totally unaware of the SMP-kernel.



because no one ported it to Exec and the scheduler on 68k yet

the Apollo-core (Vampire) has...
Forum: support.Hardware 20 May 2020, 20:22
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
more like A3640s, since you wouldn't want to go...

more like A3640s, since you wouldn't want to go down to a 16-bit bus with a 32-bit CPU.
Forum: support.Hardware 20 May 2020, 20:18
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
well - it shows how it can be done and what...

well - it shows how it can be done and what changes to Exec are necessary.

The problem with 68k is the missing support for SMP in any model but the 68060.
(But that would be less a problem if we...
Forum: support.Hardware 20 May 2020, 19:49
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
well: the CyberstormPPC with GRex does provide...

well: the CyberstormPPC with GRex does provide PCI. So it is definitely possible without going through ZorroIII like Prometheus.

So a FPGA could certainly provide a 680XX-bus-to-PCI interface. ......
Forum: support.Hardware 20 May 2020, 19:31
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
AROS on x64 does support SMP.

AROS on x64 does support SMP.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 20 May 2020, 19:01
Replies: 312
Views: 18,172
Posted By Gorf
let's say some people are less than happy with...

let's say some people are less than happy with the gaming experience of ocean games...
http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=1400326&postcount=226

(the Amiga port of Dennis is even harder and some...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 20 May 2020, 18:57
Replies: 312
Views: 18,172
Posted By Gorf
yeah ... but ocean! :D

yeah ... but ocean! :D
Forum: support.Hardware 20 May 2020, 17:07
Replies: 42
Views: 1,165
Posted By Gorf
As far as I know the Gemini was a Zorro III card...

As far as I know the Gemini was a Zorro III card and meant to be used in a A3000. At least that's what all webpages claim about this card ...
And it makes more sense too, doesn't it?

So the setup...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 20 May 2020, 16:11
Replies: 2
Views: 289
Posted By Gorf
real 3D letters carved with a hot wire out of...

real 3D letters carved with a hot wire out of styrofoam... covered by a thin blanket
some lights with low angle and than a photo taken from above

just guessing of course ;-)
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 19 May 2020, 19:12
Replies: 312
Views: 18,172
Posted By Gorf
Robocop 3: ...

Robocop 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czTpAYmnAsE
(in this video a slow A500 - but the enemies are rudimentary animated...)

and of course:
"Tales from Heaven"...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 16 May 2020, 16:02
Replies: 24
Views: 1,161
Posted By Gorf
Dave Needle and R. J. Mical from the original...

Dave Needle and R. J. Mical from the original Amiga team tried again in the 90s with the 3DO - licensing the design to several manufacturers...

sadly it was only a modest success (2 million units...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 16 May 2020, 15:45
Replies: 24
Views: 1,161
Posted By Gorf
some additional thoughts: While Tramiel and...

some additional thoughts:

While Tramiel and Gould (and Ali) had certainly no clue about computers and the importance of software and compatibility, they were not the only ones back then.

Apple...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 16 May 2020, 15:10
Replies: 24
Views: 1,161
Posted By Gorf
well - Tramiel managed to take a group of gifted...

well - Tramiel managed to take a group of gifted engineers from commodore with him.
That is the reason Atari managed to develop the ST in "record time" ... these people already started way earlier...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 16 May 2020, 14:39
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
that was exactly my reasoning - think about it: ...

that was exactly my reasoning - think about it:

the resistance to overcome the polarity stays exactly the same it you use and Amiga-HD-drive and modified DD disks - the same magnetic flux, the...
Forum: Amiga scene 15 May 2020, 20:53
Replies: 57
Views: 9,028
Posted By Gorf
"Matze" managed to successfully reverse...

"Matze" managed to successfully reverse engineered Gary and put it onto a Xilinx CPLD.

I wonder if a (5V?) CPLD might be a possible solution for Buster as well...

67326
...
Forum: Amiga scene 15 May 2020, 20:46
Replies: 57
Views: 9,028
Posted By Gorf
you would still need >10,000 customers to make it...

you would still need >10,000 customers to make it financially break even - this is a high mark for the Amiga retro market.

But before that you would need ether a complete system in FPGA* or a...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 May 2020, 20:15
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
that leads to the question if for an original...

that leads to the question if for an original Amiga-HD-drive (running at half speed) a modified DD disk is more suitable than a real HD-disk, since the write head generates still the same magnetic...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 May 2020, 18:14
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
well - manufacturers wouldn't test every single...

well - manufacturers wouldn't test every single disk anyways, but take a certain amount of samples from each batch and test them - if these samples are ok, the whole batch would be declared fine....
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 May 2020, 13:55
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
In this case really different coatings are used -...

In this case really different coatings are used - DD and HD disk are NOT the same.
But single sided DD disks are are, for all we know, exactly the same as double sided.

(And even if you could...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 May 2020, 13:39
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
Per side... since you can use it as a regular...

Per side... since you can use it as a regular double sided disk in all cases we are aware of, is is 1Mb in total.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 May 2020, 05:07
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By Gorf
The checkmate is actually (almost) a A3000 case...

The checkmate is actually (almost) a A3000 case and has no resemblance with the A2000.
(which is a good thing!)
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 May 2020, 02:36
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
yes, that would make the mechanics more...

yes, that would make the mechanics more complicated, but I guess the orientation could be (mechanically) detected by the flattened corner of the disk.
flat corner on the right, move slider to the...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 14 May 2020, 23:27
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
that is want I meant by "using them as normal" -...

that is want I meant by "using them as normal" - it works.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 14 May 2020, 23:23
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
ok - I assumed single-sided 3.5'' drives would...

ok - I assumed single-sided 3.5'' drives would behave like the their 5.25'' and 3'' counterparts. Did not now that they really only could use one side ...
Thanks!

luckily the disks themself are...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 14 May 2020, 10:24
Replies: 59
Views: 4,451
Posted By Gorf
Thanks for that link! That was finally helpful. ...

Thanks for that link! That was finally helpful.

So we are indeed talking about vertikal "lines" here and not horizontal!

(Sadly this article is mixing things up again, when It talks about scan...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 13 May 2020, 18:33
Replies: 21
Views: 819
Posted By Gorf
There a re many floppy-disk variants and formats....

There a re many floppy-disk variants and formats. Among them very strange ones.
But usually for 3.5 inch disk it means that is was written by or for a single-sided drive.

That means the disk had...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 13 May 2020, 12:55
Replies: 59
Views: 4,451
Posted By Gorf
Back in the day it was considered an advantage to...

Back in the day it was considered an advantage to get rid of these bad scanlines ;)

but it is actually possible to have (faint) scanlines on a Trinitron if you set the sharpness to max.
(same way...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 13 May 2020, 01:37
Replies: 59
Views: 4,451
Posted By Gorf
ok - that was clear. but that depends on the...

ok - that was clear.
but that depends on the signal und what range the monitor/tv can accept.



exactly - hence my comment ...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 13 May 2020, 01:20
Replies: 59
Views: 4,451
Posted By Gorf
Thanks! didn't know about this technology -...

Thanks!

didn't know about this technology - the modern one I mean.
(I now I do want one of these in large :spin )
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 13 May 2020, 00:39
Replies: 59
Views: 4,451
Posted By Gorf
:confused I don't think that is true ... ...

:confused

I don't think that is true ...
There are no "lines" in a CRT - but they have usually a raster, a mask with holes or slots in it to prevent the wrong electron beams getting on the wrong...
Forum: Amiga scene 12 May 2020, 19:02
Replies: 517
Views: 49,491
Posted By Gorf
The Apollo core already has working SMT aka...

The Apollo core already has working SMT aka Hyperthreading (pretending to be dual-core) and AFAIK it is used by bypassing the scheduler for things like cpu-blitting.

Also for other FPGA-68K...
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