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Old 17 April 2016, 22:54   #1
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MNT VA2000, an Amiga 2000 Graphics Card (Zorro II)

[Not sure if this is the most suitable sub-forum...]

I saw mention of this, anyone else heard of it yet?

https://github.com/mntmn/amiga2000-gfxcard/

A guy designed and built his own RTG-compatible Zorro II graphics card from scratch, DVI/HDMI output, working Picasso96 driver. Pretty impressive work!
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Old 17 April 2016, 23:28   #2
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yes, someone posted about this in a danish amiga group on facebook - impressive stuff!
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Old 17 April 2016, 23:40   #3
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Absolutely great!
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Old 17 April 2016, 23:46   #4
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The writeup is a nice read and ofcourse the repo is fun to look through. How one could wish more Amiga projects where like this ;-)

Also: i'll be amused once the first person complains about unlicensed P96 crap if he sells a run :-D
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Old 18 April 2016, 00:07   #5
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Also: i'll be amused once the first person complains about unlicensed P96 crap if he sells a run :-D
It is perfectly legal what he did.
He reversed engineered the P96 driver using UAE sources which are GNU/GPL.

He is not the first one that has done it lately: The FPGAReplay guys and the Apollo Team (VampireII) did pretty much the same.
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Old 18 April 2016, 08:27   #6
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Apollo Team (VampireII) did pretty much the same
I don't know the details about what they did, but it was them that tried to resurrect the failed commercial model of Picasso96 (and impose fees on hardware developers using P96). More about it can be read in later posts of this amiga.org thread.
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Old 18 April 2016, 08:38   #7
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It is perfectly legal what he did.
He reversed engineered the P96 driver using UAE sources which are GNU/GPL.

He is not the first one that has done it lately: The FPGAReplay guys and the Apollo Team (VampireII) did pretty much the same.
I understand its perfectly legal, and in my opinion justified. But thats not how it was seen by some people.
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Old 19 March 2017, 14:44   #8
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My user review of VA2000 in A4000 with the latest firmware and drivers v1.4.

http://jack.untergrund.net/2017/03/1...-card-fw-v1-4/

I must say progress is obvious and VA2000 is currently more then promissing project.
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Old 19 March 2017, 17:18   #9
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Awesome that it is also Zorro3 and 32MB
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Old 20 March 2017, 10:48   #10
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It is awesome that it manages to get Zorro II speed out of Zorro III.
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Old 20 March 2017, 19:51   #11
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I have one on order with the MNTVA2000CX add-on card. Not sure whether to run it in my A2000 or A4000 (have a Retina BLT Zorro 3 Card in that already).
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Old 22 March 2017, 19:36   #12
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I am awaiting an order as well with the VA2000CX. I only have an A2000, but I would suggest trying both. One benefit to the 4000 is that the VA2000 can supply a lot more RAM when not held back by Zorro II
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I have one on order with the MNTVA2000CX add-on card. Not sure whether to run it in my A2000 or A4000 (have a Retina BLT Zorro 3 Card in that already).
I'd suggest running it in your A2000 since the add-on card doesn't support AGA screens.
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Old 30 March 2017, 01:33   #14
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I wish I could hook it up to the 32-bit graphics card port on my GVP accelerator instead of the Z2 port in the A2000.
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Old 30 March 2017, 09:08   #15
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I think its quite obvious the total market for that is far to small for that.....
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Old 30 March 2017, 10:10   #16
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Interesting concept about using an FPGA for a dedicated RTG card -

I wonder if after the general 2D stuff is implemented that 3D stuff like Transforming and Lighting could be implemented - I suppose this comes down to the size and speed of the FPGA - still one would be lacking the software to really use it sadly =(
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