New Amiga 2017

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  1. B00nie

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  2. Pieter3dnow

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    For nostalgia it would be very cool to own an Amiga again.
     
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  3. BulletDust

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    I've been reading about this, from what I can gather it's just the Vampire accelerator (which you can get for the A500 and A600) emulating the entire Amiga custom chipset in FPGA. Don't get me wrong, the damn things fast, far faster than even the overclocked Motorola 68030's in my A500 and A1200! But I dunno, it's just not the same as the real thing, still feels a little too much like modern emulation.

    I've got an expanded A500, A1200 and C64 breadbin with 1541 and 1541 UII+ and Wimodem that are all prestine and protected in pillowcases that I guard with my life - I can't see this new incarnation replacing them any time soon.
     
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    My C64:

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    BBS Action (many wouldn't even know what a BBS is these days):

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    Top down view:

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    NTSC crystal removed:

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    PAL crystal installed:

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    PAL VIC-II graphics chip installed:

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    All my Amiga photo's are on Photobucket, and Photobucket are retarded now regarding the linking of photo's so I've gotta find all my originals, sorry.

    Not too sure if these will work.

    A1200 DVI port and overclock switch (24/42Mhz):

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    Internal shot of DVI connector, overclock switch and hand made aluminium mount:

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    ACA Tune status:

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    Kickstart 3.1 in MapROM:

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    Innards without CF HDD, Indivision AGA MkIICr and ACA 1232 accelerator installed:

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    My beloved:

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    More:

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    Indivision:

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    A500:

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    ACA500 and ACA1232 accelerator with custom enclosure made by me:

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  5. BulletDust

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    For anyone interested, here's my modern PPC based Amiga workbench.

    Well, it's actually a PPC based Mac Mini overclocked to 1.5Ghz with 1GB of ram and some form of ATi graphics, plays Wipeout and Duke Nukem like a boss. MorphOS is actually a very capable operating system, fully loaded with a modern MS Office compatible office suite as well as email clients and a webkit based web browser. Before the Amiga faded from existence there was actually a bit of a battle between MorphOS and AmigaOS as the PPC based OS of choice.

    I love the little Mac Mini icons!

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    Shot of the Amiga 'Mini' set up on the bench:

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    [H]OCP on the Morph Mini:

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    I heart this thread.

    Loved my huge collection of commy and amiga stuff back in the early/mid 80s, one of my amigas was upgraded to a massive 1MB ram and kept me going til 1989/90.

    Keep the pics and posts coming
     
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    Here's a video of my Commodore 64 playing the Miami Vice intro from the 80's, all possible due to the 8MB Ram Expansion Unit (REU) built into the 1541 Ultimate II+. Bear in mind that the C64 is actually rendering the video with no CPU upgrades whatsoever, video converted using NUVIEmaker.

    Excuse the background noise of my wife packing the dishwasher....

     
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    Another video of my A500 running the Enhanced Chipset, 1MB of chip ram, 130MB of fast ram, Indivision ECS, ACA500, ACA 1232 with a 68030 @ 25Mhz (so not overclocked), AmigaOS 3.1 with Scalos workbench and an 8MB CF HDD playing the FPS DOOM clone, Gloom.

    Plays bloody well if I do say so myself, plays even better @ 42 Mhz.

     
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    Vroom vroom! :D
     
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    One thing I used to love about the old days was the demo loader cracks. You see the interwebz hadn't been invented yet and very few of us had modems, let alone modem's fast enough to download even C64 games without hacking the telecommunications network to avoid the outrageous phone bills [cough]. As a result many people actually mail ordered cracked games off cracking crews for literally the cost of the postage, most of the time from Europe. These cracking crews used to place their demo loader before the start of the game, usually with cheats that could be enabled/disabled and cool graphical effects as well as chip tunes.

    Sadly the microphone on my Nexus 5 doesn't do the dual SID chips justice here, for a computer that first saw the light of day in 1982, the sound really is impressive!

    It does pick up my wife and daughter having an argument in the background effectively though!

     
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    Don't knock the good 'ol Motorola 68k, there's probably one (or two) running the PCM in your car!

    They were a damn site faster than the good ol' ~1mhz 6510 in the C64! Having saying that, I never found the C64 to be lacking when it came to performance.
     
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    I'm saying, in this day of placing Ghz instead of Mhz after the 'at' - a good ol' machine can still do actual stuff cyberpunk style.

    Also, the demo scene...
     
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    I know, sorry, my context wasn't good considering that reply!

    Respect my good friend, I know exactly what you were saying.

    Talking about Amiga demoscene, it's still alive! Here's Dekadence, the winner from Assembly 2015. Remember, the Amiga doesn't have the power to play back MP3's, so all music is rendered in real time.

     
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    Rift by The Black Lotus, 2014:

    Remember, AGA chipset, 68060, software rendering of music and graphics.

     
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    Starstruck by The Black Lotus, 2006:

    Once again, AGA chipset, 68060, software rendering of music and graphics.

     
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    One more, this is impressive. The Timeless by Mercury:



    Always respect your elders my friends.
     
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    Only one thing missing from that video, audio.

    miami vice tune was cool back then.
     
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    What machine is that running on ?

    The one from post #9 ?

    As thats nice and if I recall my stock amiga with 1mb upgrade would of died before displaying that.

    Hehe, I also remember the cracked games with the loaders, some had cool music and a scrolling design, others had mini games you could play whilst game was loading etc. This is when copying games took off for me, back before copying games was even considered illegal.

    I seem to remember I had some copying discs that could basically copy anything, if the stock copy didnt work, the nibble copy option which was slower always worked :)

    Had hundreds upon hundreds of amiga games and loved most of em, shadow of the beast 1 and 2 FTW

    Dont do it now though but boy it was fun when I was a kid.
     
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    You guys are making me miss the old demo scene. I spent more time in university tracking music then I did doing anything actually useful.
    Well I guess if you google Husanak even 20+ years later there is still some evidence of that wasted time. lol

    Some really bad tunes in there... but I guess 20 years later at least 7 tracks are still in a version of the old hornet archive. Crazy the internet never forgets.
    https://hornet.org/cgi-bin/scene-search.cgi?search=Husanak
     
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    Those demo's aren't running on stock 68000 equipped A500's. They're coded in emulation, designed to run on full house A1200 or A4000's with 68060 accelerators at around 60+Mhz. They're also using clever assembly coding, hitting the custom chipset directly, not like the lazy 'developers' of today that struggle without an API between the coder and the metal.
     
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    I know, sadly that is pushing the limits of my little 6510 @ 1Mhz!
     
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    When watching these demos, consider that a machine that first hit the market in 1986 is rendering those video's. Admittedly it's using the last AGA chipset and a 68060, but apart from that every other custom chip is present and the architecture is all Amiga.
     
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    Pretty remarkable to see how powerful it is, even today those videos look nice and that was using stuff from the mid 80s.
     
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    The Amiga's multimedia power was actually it's downfall, back in 1986 no one knew how to market it as no such market existed yet.

    Plus Commodore's management were a bunch of retards.
     
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    This may be a PC based demo, I'm not too sure, trying to find out. Even if it is, still impressive that it fits into 64k!
     
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    I agree that their management were retards.

    Commodore should in my opinion still be a big player in todays market if they had their heads screwed on back in the day.

    They had a gaming system and an office system in one and it didnt cost you an arm and a leg to own it like it did with others.
     
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    If only.

    Just using AmigaOS 3.1, it's amazing just how powerful and capable an OS it is even today. The multitasking capability is incredible.
     
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    Oh the phone bills... My salary was 2500 marks a month and my phone bill was 1200 marks a month. The rent was around 800 so I had to eat pea soup and tuna to get by lol.
     
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