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Matthias "maz" Ziegs (ANF)

Demo scene: New edition of the book FREAX Volume 1?
"Freax Volume 1" is called a book about the history of the C64 and Amiga demo scene. The book which was published in 2005 is sold out. If there are at least 100 reservations the author would print another edition.

For further information please have a look at the website (content, example chapter, photos and reservation). (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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14.May.2008 (Webseite)

Podcast: Amiga Round Table, Episode 24
The "Amiga Round Table" (ART) is an English Podcast created by Rich Lawrence and Mike Blackburn where Amiga users and invited guests discuss the current events of the Amiga scene. Topics of the 24th issue:
  • Zorro II/III DMA USB 2.0 controller for all Zorro capable Amigas!
  • Eric Schwartz Interview at AROS Show
  • Origyn Web Browser 1.24
  • VLC 0.8.6 Media Player
  • Frodo the commodore 64 emulator hits the iphone
  • Nice Commodore 64 music (third track is really really good!)
  • Justwhat justin?
  • The wiki/Amiga_OS needs your help (asking people to participate)
  • Confessions of A Drunk - Episode 5!
Direct link: ART20080511.mp3 (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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Andreas Magerl (ANF)

New update for Desert Racing available
Press release: A new update for Desert Racing is available today. Optimizations have been made for a better performance. The visibility range has been raised and can now be set directly in the game or by using a tooltype.

The update is available directly from APC&TCP ( subject: Desert Racing) via email without a charge for all owners of the full version.

We need your real name and address for the update. If Desert Racing has been bought from a dealer we need the dealer name aswell.

We are working simultaneously on the update and a port for AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 12.05.2008
These are the latest uploads to Aminet which have been added since our last message:
FussballBundesliga.lha       biz/misc       34K    GEN   TurboCalc Spreadsheet Football (german)
Blitz_PM.lha                 dev/basic      60K    OS3   "popupmenu.library" dev kit for Blitz
Blitz_XAD.lha                dev/basic      31K    OS3   "xadmaster.library" dev kit for Blitz
Blitz_XFD.lha                dev/basic      17K    OS3   "xfdmaster.library" dev kit for Blitz
ecx.lha                      dev/e         603K    VAR   E Compiler ECX
ecxsrc.lha                   dev/e          32K    GEN   ECX sources
PAR_Dev_Board.lha            docs/hard     515K    GEN   Kid Lvl Parallel Port Experimental Board
SCSI4345p.lha                driver/media   13K    OS3   Patch for 43.43 scsi.device (3.9 BB2)
TilesSlide.lha               game/actio     72K    OS3   Align 3 tiles of the same colour
FlagSim1.lha                 gfx/3d        241K    MOS   Texture Mapping and Backface Culling          gfx/conv      568K    ARO   CLI converter for camera raw files
GSGui_languages.lha          gfx/conv       26K    GEN   Langage pack for GSGui
scale2x-morphos.lha          gfx/edit      422K    MOS   Scale2x effects
vlt.lha                      gfx/misc      144K    OS3   Very Limited Titler. AGA scroll titler.
mngplay.lha                  gfx/show      475K    OS4   Simple MNG animation player
genplus_mos.lha              misc/emu      603K    MOS   Sega Genesis/MegaDrive emulator
VICEplus-AmigaOS3-v1.1.tgz   misc/emu      5.3M    OS3   Emulates c64(dtv),c128,pet,+4,cbm2,vic20
VICEplus-AmigaOS4-v1.1.tgz   misc/emu      9.0M    OS4   Emulates c64(dtv),c128,pet,+4,cbm2,vic20
VICEplus-AROS64-v1.1.tgz     misc/emu      7.3M          Emulates c64(dtv),c128,pet,+4,cbm2,vic20
VICEplus-i686-AROS-v1.1.tgz  misc/emu      6.4M    ARO   Emulates c64(dtv),c128,pet,+4,cbm2,vic20
VICEplus-ppc-AROS-v1.1.tgz   misc/emu      8.2M          Emulates c64(dtv),c128,pet,+4,cbm2,vic20
Home_Run.lha                 mods/house    422K    GEN   Cool Summer 2008 House by Pseudaxos (.xm
Monoscope_1_5.lha            mus/misc       34K    OS3   Oscilloscope for parallel port samplers
guideml.lha                  text/hyper    196K    VAR   AmigaGuide -> HTML converter with GUI
htmldoc-morphos.lha          text/misc     4.6M    MOS   Convert HTML to PDF, PostScript                text/misc     361K    OS3   Multi Lingual Graphic Word Processor
xsltproc-morphos.lha         text/misc     405K    MOS   XSLT processor, transform XML to XLST
crvectors.lha                util/cli        3K    GEN   clear/reset vectors from shell
CR2_DataType_V39_0.lha       util/dtype     36K    OS3   Canon CR2 RAW DataType
aiss4.2_alt.lha              util/misc     2.0M    GEN   AISS for alternative and classic systems
(cg) (Translation: (dr)

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13.May.2008 Uploads until 12.05.2008
These are the latest uploads to which have been added since our last message:
lame-g4.lha        aud/rec    1Mb  Lame MP3 encoder for G4 (AltiVec)
agg2sdk_gpl.lha    dev/lib    9Mb  Anti-Grain Geometry 2D Graphics C++ SDK
glpng.lha          dev/lib  173kb  Load PNG graphics files as an OpenGL tex
cpc.lha            dev/uti    1Mb  Application that Creates Reaction Comman
viceplus.tgz       emu/gam    8Mb  Emulates c64,c64dt,c128,pet,plus4,cbm2 a
ww2.lha            gam/boa    3Mb  World War II strategy war game
aiss.lha           gra/ais    1Mb  AISS - Amiga Image Storage System
aiss.pdf           gra/ais    1Mb  AISS Documentation
aissanimshow.lha   gra/ais   64kb  Show all AISS anims
propercropper.lha  gra/con   34kb  Easily scale/crop images to fit your scr
owb.lha            net/bro    9Mb  Origyn Web Browser
owb_update.lha     net/bro    2Mb  Origyn Web Browser update
openssh-bin.lha    net/mis    1Mb  OpenSSH secure connectivity tools
(cg) (Translation: (dr)

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AROS-Archives: Uploads until 12.05.2008
These are the latest uploads to AROS-Archives which have been added since our last message:
aros-pc-i386.iso                dev/ins   69Mb  AROS Stable ISO
viceplus-i686-aros-v1.1.tgz     emu/com    6Mb  Emulator of c64dtv,c64,c128,pet,plus4,cb
viceplus-powerpc-aros-v1.1.tgz  emu/com    8Mb  Emulator of c64dtv,c64,c128,pet,plus4,cb
viceplus-x86_64-aros-v1.1.tgz   emu/com    7Mb  Emulator of c64dtv,c64,c128,pet,plus4,cb             gra/con  567kb  CLI converter for camera raw files
(cg) (Translation: (dr)

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Andreas Magerl (ANF)

Amiga Future: Issue 40 and further articles online
Because issue 40 of the Amiga Future is sold out all articles are available online in our article database. Furthermore over 3000 Amiga articles were added. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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AmigaOS 4: Jagged Alliance 2-Port in progress
Jagged Alliance 2 is a round based strategy game with role play elements. There is an open-source SDL-port of the game called ja2-stracciatella (screenshots: 1, 2, 3).

In the forum of the ja2-stracciatella-project Hans-Jörg "Alwarren" Frieden told that he is developing a port for AmigaOS 4.0. The port obviously is already playable but the developer tries to write the source code more CPU-independent. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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Ars Technica: A history of the Amiga, part 7
In the seventh part of his English history of the Amiga Jeremy Reimer analyzed games from 1986 until 1991.

According to Reimer on he is going to publish his serie as a book. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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AmigaOS 3.9: scsi.device-patch for LBA48-support (update)
Download: (335 Bytes)

Update: Meanwhile this fix was integrated in Christian Sauer's scsi.device-patch which has been available on Aminet for a while and which fixes another bug.

WinUAE-author Toni Wilen wrote:
"I found something interesting when I was implementing LBA48 support to IDE emulation. OS3.9BB2 scsi.device (v43.43) does have LBA48 support but it has bug that freezes or crashes the Amiga..

I fixed the bug (patch details below) and now (at least in emulation) my A1200 IDE 160G test hard file works perfectly with full capacity.

This may also fix common v43.43 scsi.device boot freeze if drive has LBA48 support. (but older scsi.device versions work). Confirmation needed.

Patch is compatible with all v43.43 scsi.devices (A600/A1200/A4000)

Please test if you have >128G IDE drive and/or you have boot freeze without NOROMUPDATES or SKIPROMUPDATES scsi.device

Patch offsets in OS39BB2 "ROM Updates" file (near "Conner Peripherals 20MB - CP2024" string)

Old values:
43FA 000E 3219 B001 66FA E049 3001 4E75
0220 02C4 0430 04C5 02EC 0450 0070 0010
0091 00C6 0040 0090 0000

New values:
43FA 0018 7200 0C11 00FF 6606 5289 1219
6704 B019 66F0 3001 4E75 FF02 C429 2024
ECFF 04C5 3930 3450 FF00

Also spatch-patch file attached if you don't want to do manual patching (patches OS39BB2 "DEVS:AmigaOS ROM Update". Remember backups) WARNING: Patching HD drivers is always dangerous, data loss is always possibility.

Next follows my random notes, no need to understand this

Old code that returns garbage after LBA48 command:
10FEF2A0 43fa 000e LEA.L (PC,$000e) == $10fef2b0,A1
10FEF2A4 3219 MOVE.W (A1)+,D1
10FEF2A6 b001 CMP.B D1,D0
10FEF2A8 66fa BNE.B #$fffffffa == $10FEF2A4
10FEF2AA e049 LSR.W #$00000008,D1
10FEF2AC 3001 MOVE.W D1,D0
10FEF2AE 4e75 RTS.L

10FEF2B0 0220 02C4 0430 04C5 02EC 0450 0070 0010
10FEF2C0 0091 00C6 0040 0090 0000

20 = read sectors
c4 = read multiple
30 = write sectors
c5 = write multiple
ec = identify drive
50 = format
70 = seek
10 = recalibrate
91 = initialize drive parameters
c6 = set multiple mode
40 = read verify sectors
90 = execute drive diagnostics
00 = nop

New code (different because space was really tight..)
43FA 0018 lea data(pc),a1
7200 moveq #0,d1
0C11 00FF l1 cmp.b #$ff,(a1)
6606 bne.s l2
5289 addq.l #1,a1
1219 move.b (a1)+,d1
6704 beq.s l3
B019 l2 cmp.b (a1)+,d0
66F0 bne.s l1
3001 l3 move.w d1,d0
4E75 rts
dat dc.b 0xff,0x02,0xc4,0x29,0x20,0x24,0xec
dc.b 0xff,0x04,0xc5,0x39,0x30,0x34,0x50
dc.b 0xff,0x00

This adds following missing LBA48 commands:
29 = read multiple ext
39 = write multiple ext
24 = read sectors ext
34 = write sectors ext

Meaning of this table is to return 2 (if read command), 4 (if write command) or 0 (no data). Someone simply forgot to add new LBA48 commands to this table when LBA48 support was implemented.." (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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MorphOS: GenesisPlus 1.3
GenesisPlus is an emulator of the Sega game console MegaDrive (Genesis) and is now available in version 1.3 for MorphOS.

  • Switched to the latest GameCube/Wii version of the Genesis-Plus source code which features better sound, improved CPU cores and SRAM emulation, etc.
  • Enabled full stereo sound output
  • SRAM auto load/save added
  • Save states made operational
  • Iconifies with program icon now
  • Added reset key on F12
  • Commodity info text shortened
  • Added 1 and 2 player joypad configs
  • Added selectable rom path
  • Stability fixes
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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Voxel Informatique: New French Amiga-Onlineshop
Voxel Informatique is a new French onlineshop for Amiga products and was opened by J.F. Bachelet. It is still in development

The only product which is available is the USB-card Deneb. Voxel Informatique is one of the official distributors. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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