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DiagROM is now OpenSource

April 24th, 2017 No comments

DiagROM is now OpenSource and is avaible at: https://github.com/ChuckyGang/DiagROM

source: diagrom.com

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Released the latest version of DiagROM v0.9

April 16th, 2017 No comments

What is DiagROM?

DiagROM is a diagnostic tool for the amiga computers.

And it is to be used on defective machines, trying to help no-boot situations etc.

You simply replace the Kickstart roms in the Amiga with the DiagROM. and when poweron. your Amiga will start a diagnostic software. It will try to dump info on the serialport (and actual menus etc aswell) while also trying on the screen.

Changelog:

  • A lot of internal changes.
  • But changed keyboardhandling in “Manual Edit” mode, hopefully keyboard works better now.
  • Chipmemdetect at startup does more tests to capture more biterrors.
  • Also added tests if CPU can do odd/eveb reads and writes. Request by Terriblefire.
  • Added a testpicture as GFX Test
  • Added test for RTC Chip, reads both types you have to know what chip is in your machine.
  • Added a experimental Autoconfig support for Zorro II boards and memory, Remember that you can only run this ONCE.
  • Autoconfigcode is based on Terriblefires code with addons by me.
  • Audiotest now includes several notes and waveforms and also a module.

Updatehistory:

  • 2017-04-15: Added Support for OKI Chipset in RTC Test
    • Added (somewhat experimental) support for Autoconfig for Z2 boards.
    • Must say thanx to Terriblefire for autoconfig code. (with some changes by my)
    • Added test at startup to see if CPU can do odd/even byte read and writes
    • Bumped version to V0.9 – Next Stable release
    • Released while being at the Revision demoparty.
  •  2017-02-25: Moved mainmenu alternatives to make space for more maintest-menus. also added some for future use.
    • Started on Others tests/RTC Test for the moment only showing ricoh RTC chip (A4k etc)
    • Removed temprary debugfunction added the 18:th.
  • 2017-02-18: Minor changes. sometimes when exiting a testscreen you got to the mainmanu instead of the submenu. cleaned up now.
    • also added a fakefastmem allocation at the boot so you can run stuff in fakefast by pressing LBM at poweron if needed.
    • TEMPORARY DEBUGFUNCTION: while dumping serialport at beginnning, screen also flickers while doing a serial timeout.
    • this is to figure out if machine still runs to veryfy I can do serialstuff (and detect failures) if paula is missing.
    • will be removed soon as it screws up onscreen colorcodes.
  • 2017-02-15: Added a testpicture, testscreen is moved in menu and will still bug. this will be reworked soon.
  • 2017-02-04: Simple audiotest is now improved, it now plays different waveforms, I have checked the frequencys with my Rigol scope.
    • But 20.6Hz in my headphones sounds weird, maybe should remove it in the test. the only thing not working there now is setting volume.
  • 2017-01-30: In Manual edit: added when using “goto memoryaddress” when pressing x it clears the string totally. Also hopefully fixed keyboardbug making
    • it more or less impossible to use keyboard on some machines.
    • Fixed bug showing strange flickering spritebugs random
    • Changed that in initial chipmemdetecting it checks more combinations of bits, this will make detect slower (due to serial output) but will detect more
    • biterrors.
    • TEMPORARY function: pressing fire/mousebutton in joystickport while poweron will totally disable serialoutput. this is to be able to run with broken
    • Paula. Will look into a better solution. so function will maybe be removed.
    • Added a testmodule, A groupmember will make a chipmodule for me later to have here. Now using the classic “Echoing”
  • 2017-01-06: Long time since last update.  Hollidays etc.  Anyway some minor internal fixes and a basic low-res testscreen added.

Download: DiagoROM v0.9 Stable (154)

source: diagrom.com

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Released the latest version of DiagROM v0.8

October 23rd, 2016 No comments

What is DiagROM?

DiagROM is a diagnostic tool for the amiga computers.

And it is to be used on defective machines, trying to help no-boot situations etc.

You simply replace the Kickstart roms in the Amiga with the DiagROM. and when poweron. your Amiga will start a diagnostic software. It will try to dump info on the serialport (and actual menus etc aswell) while also trying on the screen.

Updatehistory:

  • 2016-10-22: Fixed bugs in new Chipmemdetection that made it not detect any chipmem if there was missing/Broken chipmem in the beginning. Added errorhandling in the startprocess, so it can show on serialport if there was a exceptionerror. also will show colorcodes on screen.  done some smaller bigfixes. Will bump versionnumber and this will be the stable version.  It will take a while until next stable version is bumped. Need to do floppy, serial, paralell tests etc before that will happen. but you always have the daily version.
  • 2016-10-12: New Chipmem detection now handles shadowram so it should stop detecting memory instead of giving false 2MB Chip. IF no Chipmem avaible and machine can detect fastmem (NON autoconfig. more or less only A3000/4000 motherboardmem) it will now start using fastmem only. (screen flickers in different colors instead of printing text, nullmodem only) Fixed addresserrorbugs at CIA and joystickport tests on machines with 68000CPU. also should have correct CIA timing on slow machines. IF fastmemshadowram is detected during memorytests, test will exit.  MANUAL test have a option to disable that test.
  • 2016-10-07: LONG time no updates.  Familystuff.  Anyway. decided to do a total redo of initcode especially chipmemdetection. Detection is slower, but progress is printed on serialport so you can see address checked and if failure (in the beginning of the detection)  you will see what it wrote and what is read to help debugging of chipmemproblems. Screen should flicker in green while detecting.        drawback is that some tests (cia and joyport tests) now generates an addresserror. Will have a look of that.

Download: DiagoROM v0.8 Stable (176)

source: diagrom.com

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Vampire 600 V2 HW Accelerator for Commodore Amiga

October 22nd, 2016 No comments
Vampire 600 V2 HW Accelerator for Amiga

The Vampire 600 V2 is the newest and the fastest accelerator available for your Commodore Amiga 600.  There is nothing on the market that can compete with its performance and price. It is intended to be used as an educational tool to allow users to be able to learn programming for the 68K series of CPU’s and see the capability of todays powerful FPGA’s.

This is not the final product as there will be constant impovements to the board and core and new programming instructions are being continually added.

Main Features:

  • 128MB Fastmem RAM.
  • Digital video output (HDMI).
  • SD card for HDD storage.
  • 64 bit core, full 32 bit compatibility.
  • Directly update core from the Amiga without need for external programmer.
  • FPU and 16 bit Audio is planned for future updates.

Gallery of the installation and testing:

Video Vampire A600 V2 Unboxing/Testing (sorry only in Italian language)

source: apollo-accelerators.com kipper2k.com

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Individual Computers Indivision AGA Mk2 A1200/4000T

The Indivision AGA Mk2 A1200/4000T is the successor to the discontinued Indivision AGA 1200 flicker fixer. As the name suggests, the new version also supports the Amiga 4000T (not the A4000 desktop model, there’s the Indivision AGA Mk2 A4000/CD32 for use with that computer). Other Amiga models are not supported.

The Indivision AGA Mk2 support a DVI-I connector instead of the usual VGA socket. DVI-I provides digital as well as analog signals, so you can use modern TFT displays, older TFT displays with analog input or CRT monitors alike (the latter two with a VGA adapter).

source: vesalia.de jschoenfeld.com

New donations – Spectrum +2 Boxed / Joy CD32 / C2N old model

January 13th, 2012 No comments

Today a friend has donated to me some nice things. Thanks Damiano (Manosoft).

Things that have been donated:

  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 Boxed.
  • Commodore CD32 Joypad Brand new.
  • VIC-20 Expansion Cartridge.
  • Commodore C2N old model.
  • Joystick Microswitch – The Bug from Cheetah.

New donations – A1200 + Blizzard 1260/80mhz – Scsi Module – 4Mb

November 22nd, 2011 No comments

Today a friend has donated to me some nice things. Thanks Igor.

Things that have been donated:

  • Amiga 1200 in nice cosmetic condition.
  • Amiga 1200 Powersupply.
  • Amiga Mouse (never used)
  • Phase5 Blizzard 1260 / 80Mhz with SCSI Module and 4Mb of Ram.
  • Commodore Amiga Video cable.

About the Amiga:

The A1200 offers a number of advantages over earlier budget Amiga models. Specifically, it is a 32-bit design, the 68EC020 microprocessor is faster than the 68000 and has 2 MB of RAM as standard.

The AGA chipset used in the A1200 is a significant improvement. AGA increases the color palette from 4096 colors to 16.8 million colors with up to 256 on-screen colors and an improved HAM mode allowing 262,144 on-screen colors. The graphics hardware also features improved sprite capacity and faster graphics performance. Additionally, compared to the A600 the A1200 was considered to offer greater expansion possibilities.

About the Blizzard 1260:

The Phase5 Blizzard 1260 is an accelerator which plugs into the trapdoor slot of the A1200. An optional SCSI-II controller is also available for this board. Includes a battery backed up clock. The card was also manufactured by DCE when Phase 5 went bust.

source: wikipedia amiga-hardware

Amiga 2000 REV4.5 Super Denise (8373R4) Upgrade

January 27th, 2011 No comments

I continue to upgrade my Amiga 2000 PAL REV 4.5. After the upgrade of the chip Fat Agnus and the Kickstart/4MB, today i have replaced the Denise chip with a new one. The Super Denise chip is capable of still higher resolutions and bit depths.

Individual Computers: Amiga 600 /1200 Turbo cards

November 18th, 2010 No comments

Individual computers has been working on a new turbo cards for the Amiga 600 and 1200. If you wish to purchase the turbo cards visit the official resellers Vesalia.

Amiga 1200 features: Amiga 600 features:
  • CPU 68EC030 @ 28 MHz.
  • 64 MB RAM.
  • MapRom function.
  • RTC optional.
  • CPU 68030 @ 25 MHz.
  • 32 MB RAM.
  • MapRom function.
  • Sophisticated mechanical mounting.

source: vesalia.de

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Amiga 2000 PAL REV4.5 Kick v2.05 & 4MB of FastRAM Upgrade

October 5th, 2010 No comments

I continue to upgrade my Amiga 2000 PAL REV 4.5. I have upgraded the Kick Rom and added my Vector A2000i zorro Card with 4MB of fast memory.

Amiga 2000 PAL REV4.5 Battery & 1MB ChipRAM Upgrade

September 30th, 2010 No comments

I have decided to upgrade my Amiga 2000 PAL REV 4.5 for get 1MB of chip ram. I also took advantage of this update to install a new battery for the system clock.

Amiga 2000 PAL REV 4.5 Fat Agnus 8372A Installation:

  • Install a new Fat Agnus 8372A or 8375 (8375 R1)
  • Look for jumper J101 beside the power connector to the motherboard. Change it to the opposite position. (photo)
  • Look for trace J500 at the back of the machine near the Cia’s (8520′s). It’s a jumper trace that you will have to cut with a razor blade. (photo)
  • Look for trace J102 near the Fat Agnus (8372A). It’s a jumper trace that you will have to cut with a razor blade. (photo)

source: amiga-hardware.com iltecnicorisponde.info amigahardware.mariomisic.de amiga.org

Commodore Amiga 2000 REV 4.5 (Boxed)

September 17th, 2010 No comments
Commodore Amiga 2000 REV 4.5

Autopsy:

Today i picked up a Commodore Amiga 2000 (Revision 4.5) in good working condition with Keyboard and Mouse.

I have removed the battery and thoroughly cleaned the PCB in that area. I noticed that the PCB is pretty delicate when trying to unsolder. The solder mask becomes damaged when exposed to too much heat for too long, and probably one would easily kill leads unless being extremely careful. Maybe the board’s age adds to it.

from Wikipedia:

The A2000, also known as the Commodore Amiga 2000, was released in 1986. Although aimed at the high-end market it was technically very similar to the A500, so similar in fact that the A2000B revision was outright based on the A500 design. What the A2000 had over the A500 was a bigger case with room for five Zorro II proprietary expansion slots, two 16-bit and two 8-bit ISA slots, a CPU upgrade slot, a video slot, and a battery-backed clock.

It should also be noted that, like the Amiga 1000 and unlike the Amiga 500, the A2000 came in a desktop case with a separate keyboard. The case was more PC-like than the A1000 – taller to accommodate the expansion cards and lacking the space beneath for the keyboard.

source: wikipedia

Some pieces recovered from a Amiga 2000 devastated by humidity!

March 7th, 2009 No comments

Some pieces recovered from a Amiga 2000 devastated by humidity!

Commodore Amiga CD32 with Joypad & Powersupply

March 5th, 2009 No comments
Commodore Amiga CD32

Autopsy:

Description:

  • Country: Usa
  • Most Common: Usa/Europe
  • Rarity: Unrare
  • Year: 1993

from Wikipedia:

The Amiga CD32, styled “CD32“, was the first 32-bit CD-ROM based video game console released in western Europe and Canada. It was first announced at the Science Museum in London, United Kingdom on 16 July 1993, and was released in September of the same year.

The CD32 is based on Commodore’s Advanced Graphics Architecture chipset, and is of similar specification to the Amiga 1200 computer. Using 3rd-party devices, it is possible to upgrade the CD32 with keyboard, floppy drive, hard drive and mouse, turning it into a personal computer.

source: Wikipedia

Commodore Amiga 600 + Kick 3.1 + 1Mb Expansion Ram

March 1st, 2009 2 comments
Amiga 600

Autopsy:

Description:

  • Country: Usa
  • Most Common: Usa/Europe
  • Rarity: Unrare
  • Year: 1992

from Wikipedia:

The Amiga 600, also known as the A600 (codenamed “June Bug” after a B-52′s song), was a home computer introduced at the CeBIT show in March 1992.

The A600 was the final model of the original A500-esque line based around the Motorola 68000 CPU and the ECS chipset. A notable aspect of the A600 was its small size. Lacking a numeric keypad, the A600 was 14″ long by 9.5″ deep by 3″ high and weighed approximately 6 pounds. AmigaOS 2.0 was included which was generally considered more user-friendly than AmigaOS 1.3.

source: Wikipedia