I’ve been getting a lot of inquiry about getting boards recapped lately. I am accepting boards in for recaps as long as you are understanding of the time it may take to have them returned. Currently I have no waiting list, but I will be away from my shop for awhile. This doesn’t mean you can’t send something in now. It would arrive safe and be put into the work queue once it arrives. Someone will be here to receive it. I’m expected to be back July 28th. Boards received between now and then are first in line and would be returned about a week to two weeks later.
I am also looking for some help with the web site. If you are good with WordPress and want to help out, please get in touch! I’d like to integrate a simple store and do some cleanup of the way it’s currently looking. I plan to start selling projects here many ask for and want to keep an inventory of requested things many of you use. I’m also looking to do service like ROM burning, CF cards and other such things.
Hyperion Entertainment CVBA is very pleased to announce the immediate availability of AmigaOS 3.2 for 68K based Amigas.
AmigaOS 3.2 comes packed with well over 100 new features, dozens of updates that cover nearly all AmigaOS components and a battery of bugfixes that will undoubtedly solidify the user experience.
AmigaOS 3.2 is the result of more than 2 years of intense and relentless work from a team of over sixty people who have contributed to produce a new milestone in AmigaOS history.
Hyperion Entertainment CVBA has no words to express its gratitude to this talented and resilient team for its impressive work ethic.
The most comprehensive version of AmigaOS 3.2 is available now on CD-ROM and contains all the disks and AmigaOS Kickstart ROM sets for all Amiga machines ever produced allowing users to install AmigaOS 3.2 on multiple different types of Amigas at once.
Digital (machine type specific) downloadable versions will follow.
AmigaOS 3.2 FEATURE LIST SUMMARY
ReAction GUI toolkit integration
Built-in ADF (Amiga disk file image) management
Integrated Help subsystem
Updated Data Type system
Workbench and other user interface improvements
Improved Tools, Utilities and System applications
Enhanced Shell behavior
New and reworked command set
Touched up Preferences
Inclusion and refinement of the AmigaOS 3.1.4 feature set
Flexible delivery media
Many remarkable additions
1. REACTION GUI TOOLKIT INTEGRATION
The incorporation of the ReAction GUI Toolkit not only opens up a plethora of existing applications for AmigaOS 3.2 users, it also ensures much easier portability and cross-development between different versions of AmigaOS
No additional installation required, it just works, even on low-end 68000 systems
A new multi-file text editor called “TextEdit” is included as a show-case
ReAction has its own Preferences editor which lets you set backfilled patterns for ReAction based programs
Fresh and bug fixed Classes backport from AmigaOS 4.x with many exclusive characteristics and brushed up aesthetics
2.BUILT-IN ADF (AMIGA DISK FILE IMAGE) MANAGEMENT
DAControl & trackfile.device provide unprecedented functionality, as they enable users to create, mount, insert and eject ADF files
ADF images are handled just like any physical floppy disk
On “Workbench” you can mount an ADF image by double-clicking on it
ADF handling can be accomplished via Shell through the use of an extensive set of available options
Accessing such mounted ADF disk image files is fast and requires very little memory
Multiple ADF disk images can be mounted at the same time
A shared cache system is available in order to speed up ADF operations
3.INTEGRATED HELP SUBSYSTEM
A complete “Reference Manual” covers all commands and most complex topics
An AmigaGuide based central “Help hub” is available by simply pressing the HELP key
The Help database can be quickly queried from the Shell/CLI
Preferences and many other programs contain Help menu items
In the WBStartup folder, MenuTools adds the “Help” menu item to the “Tools” menu but can be customized to add other Tools as well
4.UPDATED DATA TYPE SYSTEM
New AIFF uncompressed audio data type
New GIF image data type
New WAV audio data type
New JPEG picture data type
New PNG multi-platform image data type
New BMP data type for Windows/OS2 bitmap images
New Icon.datatype enables use of “.info” files as images
New ACBM picture data type (used in AmigaBASIC & SpectraPaint)
The AmigaGuide data type can now display inline images
Text data type with search functionality
Faster and more configurable CDXL and ANIM data types
Sound.datatype manages bit rate samples of 8, 16, 24 and 32 bit
Picture.datatype is now stunningly fast even on low-end 68000 processors
5. AMIGAOS WORKBENCH AND OTHER USER INTERFACE IMPROVEMENTS
Resize windows from any border
Workbench title bar customization
Maximize a window by holding down the SHIFT key and clicking on the window zoom gadget
The [ESC] key quits easy requesters
Scalable “GadTools” user interface adapting to different font sizes
Workbench menu “Open volume”
Menu Window -> Sort Order (Forward or Reverse)
Off-Screen windows is a built-in default that is now configurable
Scrollers and sliders now feature 3D-style embossed knobs and a darker container background
Just as a reminder to those looking to get information on services that I’m away in a work assignment. I should return the 2nd week of may some time on or about May 8th. Thanks for understanding. I have limited to no internet most times where I am as well.
I got a short notice work assignment and am heading out on a work trip Saturday April 17th through May 8th. I will not be able to reply to many if any work requests during this time. If you have something in and I haven’t got it back I will have to take care of it once I get back home. I apologize for the inconvenience of this, but duty calls.
It’s time to share a cool project that’s NOT Amiga related and goes in tune with the “Consoles” in the name here! This is a fantastic recreation of the original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System Top Loader system! Its open source and very cool! I would love to see more like that and plan to look into doing some of these myself.
The design is as true to the original board as possible, with subtle changes where needed to compensate for outdated/unsourcable parts, as well as some improvements. (Expansion audio enabled, and other minor changes)
Since this project is open-source you may do as you like with it, whether that is to make boards for personal use, sell replacement NES boards, or to use the provided info for further custom PCB work/designs.
All Classic Amiga models are supported. All AmigaOS (1.x/2.x/3.x), all Kickstart versions (I have tested 34/37/39/40/45). All you need is an Amiga, another computer and a serial cable (any null-modem will work, only 3 wires used).
Its main feature is that it does not require special software on the Amiga side, as it uses the kickstart’s builtin serial debugger.
The easiest way to get into the debugger and use amigaXfer is via the extra workbench menu when wb is loaded via loadwb -debug.
Additionally, it can be used to bootstrap an Amiga without bootable floppies.
I have been taking some time over the last couple weeks to sell off some of my gear and clear up some space. It’s allowed me the time to finally get my V500 installed and into the Checkmate case I’ve had stored away for over a year now. It’s coming along very well and looks great. Here is the current progress of the build. It came to life just before posting this today.
I got this A4000 in needing a re recap (someone previously did a very poor job) and it had an audio issue. I took care of the audio issues by replacing the op amp, fixed several bad traces from the previous recap not being cleaned up before new caps were installed, put a proper clock battery mod on it, full cleanup in the ultrasonic cleaner and a successful repair and restore to like new again.
I want to thank everyone that’s been helping me out and has been so understanding of the slow turn around. I’ve had some unexpected financial hardships recently and I’m slowly getting back to normal, whatever that is these days.
Its been WAY to long since I did a post about something I worked on, so here we go! This 3640 came in needing some GALs to be removed and replaced with the Speedgeek versions. I took care of that and while I had it the caps were bad and needed some help, so I replaced them and corrected the issues the typically come with on these boards with the polarity being wrong on a few of them. Its looking good for a card as old as it is eh?