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Old 10 August 2022, 15:55   #1
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Question Custom Blizzard/DCE 603 PPC Firmware?

Yo Bromigos!

I seem to recall seeing a post in here (Which I can’t find anymore) where some enterprising person created some custom firmware for the Blizzard 603 PPC card where it omitted the ppc.library?
I know BBPCfix is supposed to do this at software level, but I have a problematic scenario where it doesn’t always fix this for WarpUP and get the old ppc.library detected and to terminate on some occasions message.

Anyone know if this is still available? And can provide a link?

Thanks Mangs!
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Old 10 August 2022, 16:00   #2
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BPPCFix is still your friend, but it needs to be the very very first thing that happens in your startup-sequence.

Top 15 lines of my old (working) S-S for 3.2.1:

Code:
; $VER: Startup-Sequence_HardDrive 47.16 (18.10.2021)
; Startup-Sequence for hard drive systems

; Below needed to use WarpOS with BPPC
C:BPPCFix install 040 reboot >NIL:

Version exec.library version 47 >NIL:
If Warn
  LoadModule Libs:Modules/AtapiMagic L:System-Startup ROMUPDATE
Else
  Version strap version 47 >NIL:
  If Warn
    LoadModule DOWNGRADE Libs:Modules/AtapiMagic L:Ram-Handler L:Shell-Seg L:System-Startup Libs:dos.library Libs:gadtools.library Libs:graphics.library >NIL:
  EndIf
EndIf
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Cosmos had some kind of BPPC firmware that works if you have no PPC chip on the card at all, but this was probably not what you were looking for. :-)
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Originally Posted by indigolemon View Post
BPPCFix is still your friend, but it needs to be the very very first thing that happens in your startup-sequence.

Top 15 lines of my old (working) S-S for 3.2.1:

Code:
; $VER: Startup-Sequence_HardDrive 47.16 (18.10.2021)
; Startup-Sequence for hard drive systems

; Below needed to use WarpOS with BPPC
C:BPPCFix install 040 reboot >NIL:

Version exec.library version 47 >NIL:
If Warn
  LoadModule Libs:Modules/AtapiMagic L:System-Startup ROMUPDATE
Else
  Version strap version 47 >NIL:
  If Warn
    LoadModule DOWNGRADE Libs:Modules/AtapiMagic L:Ram-Handler L:Shell-Seg L:System-Startup Libs:dos.library Libs:gadtools.library Libs:graphics.library >NIL:
  EndIf
EndIf
Yep that seems to work Bromigo!

Interesting that the BBPCfix I used was off THORsMMUlibs and wasn’t placed right at the beginning. But I had also installed the FASTATA drivers afterwards.

I didn’t also have that “reboot” syntax on my BBPfix as I just added the >NIL:

So I’m guessing the reboot option helps

Thanks!
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Cosmos had some kind of BPPC firmware that works if you have no PPC chip on the card at all, but this was probably not what you were looking for. :-)
Nope Bromigo! I recall there were a few out there.

1).. One was to add a more recent ppc.library which wasn’t available from P5

2).. I bought a 060 BPPC a few months back when I had a contract in the US of A That when I checked the ppc.library was missing on. Unfortunately I reflashed it to try for G-REX testing
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@leon I get the terminate message but do I still need to install bbpcfix regardless ?
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@leon I get the terminate message but do I still need to install bbpcfix regardless ?
Hi Bromigo!

If you are getting the “Terminate” message after installing WarpUP/WarpOS is because it doesn’t expect the ppc.library to be seen off the card.

You need BBPCfix to fix that problem. I used ThorsMMULib in “expert” mode to get the BPPCfix program installed and to change the startup-sequence.

If you want to do it manually. Then get BPPCfix off Aminet. Install copy this into C:

Then add at the very beginning of your startup-sequence the following:

C:BBPCfix install 040 reboot >NIL:

You need the reboot option or it doesn’t work right as I found out Mang!

Links;

MMUlib here http://aminet.net/package/util/libs/MMULib

BPPCfix is included in THORsmmulibs
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