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Forum: Amiga scene 22 January 2020, 18:43
Replies: 994
Views: 60,271
Posted By AmigaHope
The cruelist thing is that you can get a version...

The cruelist thing is that you can get a version of Windows 10 that doesn't spy on you, but only if you have a large enough corporation to qualify for the Enterprise license. They won't sell a...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 22 January 2020, 18:36
Replies: 104
Views: 5,857
Posted By AmigaHope
They weren't bad, really. Not high-end PVM to be...

They weren't bad, really. Not high-end PVM to be sure, but much nicer than the typical consumer television. I prefer the Philips models to the Daewoo ones but they're both totally usable.

The...
Forum: support.WinUAE 22 January 2020, 18:10
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By AmigaHope
WTF were C= programmers thinking? o.o; That's...

WTF were C= programmers thinking? o.o; That's uncharacteristically bad of them for 1993.
Forum: support.Hardware 22 January 2020, 18:03
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By AmigaHope
No problem. If and when you do go the accelerator...

No problem. If and when you do go the accelerator route (say an 060) then you *will* want an FPU and MMU if you want to do Classic Mac gaming as there are a number of Mac games that either require or...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 January 2020, 17:19
Replies: 16
Views: 506
Posted By AmigaHope
There's a few math-intensive games that do...

There's a few math-intensive games that do benefit from FPU like TFX. Also there are ports of more modern games that use floating point math.

The real benefit comes when you start pushing around...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 January 2020, 17:07
Replies: 2
Views: 163
Posted By AmigaHope
Just brainstorming out of my butt -- there could...

Just brainstorming out of my butt -- there could be a bridged address trace somewhere which winds up bridging to nothing if you have the second bank removed.
Forum: support.Hardware 21 January 2020, 17:02
Replies: 3
Views: 220
Posted By AmigaHope
3.1 workbench will boot on 3.0, but you will run...

3.1 workbench will boot on 3.0, but you will run into some more esoteric font issues in some things, etc. It's mostly little niggling stuff not a huge deal.

On the hardware end though 3.1 has...
Forum: Amiga scene 20 January 2020, 18:19
Replies: 20
Views: 1,384
Posted By AmigaHope
There's all sorts of ways something that worked...

There's all sorts of ways something that worked on a bare-bones 256k A1000 wouldn't work right on a 256k UAE config.

The config in question might have just enough resources used up in RAM by...
Forum: support.Games 17 January 2020, 14:55
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By AmigaHope
The best degrader I remember using is TUDE, which...

The best degrader I remember using is TUDE, which fixed almost all of my problems on my A4000/060 before WHDLoad came out:

http://m68k.aminet.net/package/util/misc/TUDE

However you can of...
Forum: support.Hardware 17 January 2020, 14:31
Replies: 36
Views: 919
Posted By AmigaHope
I believe ACA 500+ has a hack to get around...

I believe ACA 500+ has a hack to get around having to change the solder jumper on Rev 6 A500 for 1M Chip RAM. That said, the jumper change is super super trivial and any 10 year old who's even held a...
Forum: support.Hardware 14 January 2020, 23:12
Replies: 36
Views: 919
Posted By AmigaHope
There are a number of "AGA" games that work fine...

There are a number of "AGA" games that work fine on ECS systems as long as you have enough chip RAM + fast RAM, or they use 68020 opcodes, etc. Examples are Primal Rage, Gloom Deluxe, Dungeon...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 14 January 2020, 22:38
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By AmigaHope
It's because early computer music applications...

It's because early computer music applications focused on trying to replicate traditional instruments and sheet music, rather than the full range of effects you could do with a computer. The SMUS...
Forum: support.Hardware 14 January 2020, 22:13
Replies: 36
Views: 919
Posted By AmigaHope
It won't be enough to cache the largest games in...

It won't be enough to cache the largest games in RAM but that's not a good approach for those anyway, as all the games that large had native HD install and using WHDload's floppy emulation on those...
Forum: support.Hardware 14 January 2020, 22:08
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By AmigaHope
Well the actual RAM-32 is a bit fancy, it has an...

Well the actual RAM-32 is a bit fancy, it has an onboard kickstart ROM and a very early FPGA with ROM to handle the logic and presumably the autoconfig stuff. Making an exact duplicate would involve...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 14 January 2020, 10:33
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By AmigaHope
SMUS, the first tracker format before trackers...

SMUS, the first tracker format before trackers were invented. XD
Forum: support.WinUAE 12 January 2020, 10:40
Replies: 11
Views: 671
Posted By AmigaHope
There is an RTG patch for AB3D2:TKG on Aminet. I...

There is an RTG patch for AB3D2:TKG on Aminet. I have not tried it on UAE but on my A4000 w/CSPPC+CVPPC the performance improvement was like night and day. Bypassing the Amiga bus and going straight...
Forum: support.Games 12 January 2020, 10:33
Replies: 40
Views: 1,466
Posted By AmigaHope
If the game fits in RAM, you can initialize an...

If the game fits in RAM, you can initialize an Amiga screen then load the binary blob into memory, with writes to the ST's framebuffer patched to write to Amiga bitplanes instead. Any writes to the...
Forum: support.Hardware 12 January 2020, 10:19
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By AmigaHope
BTW when you plug in that A590 make sure that the...

BTW when you plug in that A590 make sure that the baseboard mem is getting added at less priority than the A590's mem, otherwise the system will allocate the baseboard's slow memory first! Your goal...
Forum: support.Hardware 12 January 2020, 10:09
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By AmigaHope
Yeah probably a 20%-30% performance improvement....

Yeah probably a 20%-30% performance improvement. If you got a RAM-32 board though you'd see like 200%+ improvement.
Forum: support.Hardware 12 January 2020, 09:56
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By AmigaHope
The 68030 will get better performance in three...

The 68030 will get better performance in three ways:

1) Faster instruction execution (less cycles per instruction)
2) Faster memory bandwidth (either from cache or from main ram)
3) Better...
Forum: support.Hardware 12 January 2020, 09:40
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By AmigaHope
As long as it doesn't draw too much power, you...

As long as it doesn't draw too much power, you can chain USB -> PS/2 -> Amiga adapters just fine and use the USB optical mouse of your choice. You can also find old PS/2 optical mice without too much...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 12 January 2020, 09:07
Replies: 16
Views: 931
Posted By AmigaHope
Just to clarify, AB3D and AB3D2 don't use any...

Just to clarify, AB3D and AB3D2 don't use any special Amiga tricks for their 3D rendering, transparencies, etc. -- that's all done in software. Any AGA trickery was done purely in the service of...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 11 January 2020, 22:56
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By AmigaHope
Strip Mahjong. To the best of my knowledge, not a...

Strip Mahjong. To the best of my knowledge, not a single strip mahjong game was ever released for the Amiga. Which is a shame, the Amiga could've done a really good version of Super Real Mahjong or...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 11 January 2020, 22:48
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By AmigaHope
Yup. It can be used for crude texture effects too...

Yup. It can be used for crude texture effects too (check out Armour Geddon II's sand dunes).

Early-CGI anime Count of Monte Cristo uses a similar flat mapping but with more complex designs and it...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 11 January 2020, 22:30
Replies: 53
Views: 2,615
Posted By AmigaHope
They can in AGA, but not in the way you're...

They can in AGA, but not in the way you're thinking. On the X axis they can't be any wider than a lores 140ns pixel, but they can be half or a quarter of that too. They can be doubled on the y axis...
Forum: support.Games 11 January 2020, 21:55
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By AmigaHope
I don't have access to my setup for a couple of...

I don't have access to my setup for a couple of weeks. =(
Forum: support.Games 11 January 2020, 21:53
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By AmigaHope
Not really, at least not without a TON of work....

Not really, at least not without a TON of work. From what I've read, the input/movesets are different from the "real" CE movesets, so to get CE the first thing you'd need to do is reverse-engineer...
Forum: support.Games 10 January 2020, 11:21
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By AmigaHope
Actually I'm amazed enabling boss characters...

Actually I'm amazed enabling boss characters works at all. Arcade SF2 uses scripting to enable input movesets, AI, etc. for all characters -- don't know how the Amiga port does it. But if the bosses...
Forum: support.Games 10 January 2020, 11:11
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By AmigaHope
Ideal would be a hacked character select screen...

Ideal would be a hacked character select screen with extra entries that just set the player's value to the boss's. This would probably crash the game when it tried to load the cutscenes for those...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 10 January 2020, 11:04
Replies: 53
Views: 2,615
Posted By AmigaHope
The anemic number of hardware sprites has always...

The anemic number of hardware sprites has always been my big lament about the Amiga. It's why the Sharp X68000 could throw imagery around like crazy in a way the Amiga never could have hoped to.
...
Forum: support.Games 09 January 2020, 05:43
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By AmigaHope
The WHDLoad readme mentions that you can swap...

The WHDLoad readme mentions that you can swap characters just by swapping files, including "becoming" the boss characters.

A character-select cheat would be pretty awesome if it could be added,...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 07 January 2020, 12:44
Replies: 113
Views: 7,201
Posted By AmigaHope
That's the thing, there was no price equivalent...

That's the thing, there was no price equivalent for the Amiga to 386 (and later 486 and Pentium) systems. Either you got the low-end A1200 (or garbage end A600), or you had the A4000 that was priced...
Forum: support.Hardware 07 January 2020, 12:36
Replies: 17
Views: 474
Posted By AmigaHope
Photoresistors can get old and the temperature...

Photoresistors can get old and the temperature decrease from spraying them could be making them perform better.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 07 January 2020, 08:23
Replies: 62
Views: 2,852
Posted By AmigaHope
The A500 was great but it suffered from the...

The A500 was great but it suffered from the sidelining of the original Amiga team.

To really compete as a gaming platform against consoles the Amiga chipset needed a WAY better sprite engine, and...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 07 January 2020, 07:46
Replies: 113
Views: 7,201
Posted By AmigaHope
The 68020 and 68030 (which are very similar to...

The 68020 and 68030 (which are very similar to each other in performance, the 030 slightly better mostly due to added data cache) were actually noticeably faster than earlier 386DX systems.
...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 07 January 2020, 07:31
Replies: 113
Views: 7,201
Posted By AmigaHope
I wouldn't call it "perfect". Just "playable"....

I wouldn't call it "perfect". Just "playable". For actual smooth Wolf3D you needed a 386. Remember the 80286 was an ugly hack of a CPU and was basically just a super overengineered 8086/80186 with...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 07 January 2020, 06:34
Replies: 75
Views: 2,501
Posted By AmigaHope
Definitely a decent port. Maybe they used the ST...

Definitely a decent port. Maybe they used the ST version as a basis but they clearly went out of their way to enhance it with overlays for the arcade-style score and status bars, etc. They could have...
Forum: support.Hardware 07 January 2020, 06:19
Replies: 31
Views: 921
Posted By AmigaHope
You could try getting the PAL B and see where it...

You could try getting the PAL B and see where it maps the memory. As long as it puts the 1.5 "exec memory" in Ranger space, and as long as the rest allocates from the autoconfig space *from the top*...
Forum: support.Hardware 07 January 2020, 06:08
Replies: 90
Views: 3,361
Posted By AmigaHope
You shouldn't use a USB->IDE adapter at all for...

You shouldn't use a USB->IDE adapter at all for stuff like this, because then you're at the mercy of the crappy microcontroller in the adapter -- they do NOT handle error conditions well. You want a...
Forum: support.Hardware 07 January 2020, 06:05
Replies: 2
Views: 163
Posted By AmigaHope
Just want to point out that in the US the A600...

Just want to point out that in the US the A600 and A1200 shipped with two different physical keyboard layouts. One was the normal layout with the long left shit key and fat enter key, and the others...
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