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Old 22 February 2014, 23:34   #1
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Armiga - A home made prototype of the next Amiga?



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Using a Raspberry PI, a custom controller and the Amiga floppy drive, you can play Amiga games by using the original floppy dumps. With the latest picture it shows the ability to use SD cards as well
http://www.indieretronews.com/2014/0...ext-amiga.html
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Old 23 February 2014, 00:12   #2
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Armazing!! :d

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Old 23 February 2014, 00:16   #3
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Looks great
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Old 23 February 2014, 10:26   #4
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Old 23 February 2014, 11:49   #5
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Great case design.
So Pi is providing the emulation or separate board inside?
I have not tried it on my RPi, but i read that AMIGA emulation is not the quickest.

Just watched some YouTube clips. It looks like it runs from RPi.looks like it copies disk into RAM then runs. I guess USB would be much quicker loading if you are just trying to create an image in RAM.
What about fitting the GOTEK floppy emulator instead of floppy drive. Probably cheaper.

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Old 23 February 2014, 17:35   #6
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Just watched some YouTube clips. It looks like it runs from RPi.looks like it copies disk into RAM then runs. I guess USB would be much quicker loading if you are just trying to create an image in RAM.
What about fitting the GOTEK floppy emulator instead of floppy drive. Probably cheaper.
If you start talking about speed, the RPi isn't first choice.
Gotek is more expansive than a standard floppy drive. Maybe needs some risky flashing.
I think he got the drive already, so this is neat and "cheap".

Still, the case is best.
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Old 23 February 2014, 18:21   #7
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I like it a lot, however, the weak link has to be the floppy drive. I still like to use the floppy drive but due to the flakiness of the 3.5" media it could take away some of the fun.

An option to load from an SD card would increase the appeal for a lot of people. (it is already using one for the OS so why not add a games/Apps directory on it for adf/ipf storage).
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Old 23 February 2014, 18:23   #8
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Yeah and what about multidisk games?
I love the way this is made, and that it exists, but it doesn't seem very useful.
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Old 23 February 2014, 19:29   #9
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I believe it will use an SD Card though, note the picture in the article
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Old 23 February 2014, 20:08   #10
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nice style! the floppy emulator interests me too, wonder what interface it uses (GPIO?)
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Love the look of it, but the floppy drive is absolutely pointless and makes the device much larger than it needs to be.
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Old 24 February 2014, 14:41   #12
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I don't agree with above, I think floppy is cool and provide good case. When you have friends around in living room loading games from floppy adds to retro experience.
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Old 24 February 2014, 16:36   #13
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Lukassid, you have to wait for the floppy to get dumped to memory, then whatever load time the game itself has. And forget about multidisk games (at this point) or probably original games.

I bet anybody that isn't a mssochist don't want to wait so much to play a shitty Amiga game
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surely the floppy drive is the whole point of this device, its unique feature. otherwise just running another emulator albeit in a fancy case.
those saying it should have a floppy emulator - surely thats like buying a retrode to play real console cartridges in emulators then wanting to use rom files instead?

Edit:- website link for project
http://www.armigaproject.com/

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Old 29 March 2014, 20:02   #15
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Is anyone aware of a "boot to Amiga" emulator for the Pi? Or are they coding this from scratch?
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There is a version of UAE for Pi. I am not sure if this uses that or not.
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Old 30 March 2014, 00:33   #17
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Says UAE4All on the project page, and guess what, for 1 million they are going to open source it. I mean...

The floppy interface:
http://www.techtravels.org/amiga/amigablog/?page_id=317

The emu:
https://github.com/petrockblog/Retro...-%28UAE4All%29


And if we just pay enough, all of this will be free for the community... I mean... UAE is GPL so WHAT is actually going to happen for those 860,000 bucks from 140,000 to the million?

BTW did anyone notice they actually suck in a complete disk AND THEN start emulation?

It's a nice idea, but looks like a missed chance.


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Is anyone aware of a "boot to Amiga" emulator for the Pi? Or are they coding this from scratch?
I assume it's more or less a standard UAE and then some frontend running which reads the disk to ADF, then launches UAE.

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That's not the floppy interface it uses. I have been in contact with them about that portion.
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Old 30 March 2014, 21:44   #19
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So it's even worse?

I mean... it does suck in a complete disk before anything happens...

And then it's UAE running on an ARM system. While there is very good synthesized hardware available, e.g. Minimig...
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I'm still trying to figure out why they need $140k through Kickstarter.
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