Home > Amiga & AROS > Upgrade Board for A1200 with AmigaOS4 Upgrade Board for A1200 with AmigaOS4 Submitted by Mike Bouma 2005-12-01 Amiga & AROS 25 Comments Within an interview with The Swedish Association of Amiga User Groups (SAFIR) ACK Software Controls revealed some details on their WIP upgrade board for classic A1200 systems, which should come bundled with AmigaOS4.0 when available. About The Author Thom Holwerda Follow me on Twitter @thomholwerda 25 Comments 2005-12-01 2:31 pm deathshadow Well, two sites later I found the article… kinda funny the nagging little details that just… dunno. “Freescale presented the successor MPC5200 with a core at 400Mhz that will deliver 760 MIPS and only generate 1 watt at the same time.” It GENERATES Power? WOW, that would be really neat. You know, I love classic hardware and keeping it going, but considering what this board does, wouldn’t it just have been simpler to toss USB on the card and build a small scale computer around it? 2005-12-01 4:30 pm nii_ Instead of only upgrade boards being sold, I’d really like to see systems in full in the style of the A1200, not necessarily exactly the same – no need for floppy, maybe a DVD burner & multicard reader, USB ports etc – but something like it. In addition to OS4 PPC boxes linux the normal expandable mini desktops and Mac mini style, at reasonable prices. How about it? http://safir.amigaos.se/article_ack_eng.html …And some marketing to get them into retail shops! Edited 2005-12-01 16:32 2005-12-01 4:33 pm henrikmk “Something worth a mention is the design of a terminator, which features among other things sockets for mouse, keyboard, sound and so on. This means in reality that one does not need an A1200 to use the card.” Instead of only upgrade boards being sold, I’d really like to see systems in full in the style of the A1200 It would probably be possible and with its physical size, one could probably build it into the back of a display in iMac style. 2005-12-01 5:10 pm and people think that the apple cult is bad. 2005-12-01 5:24 pm Why, for the love of God, do we keep trying to re-live the past. First there was Elvis, then John Wayne, then Unix now this? Geesh! 2005-12-01 5:46 pm Browser: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 95; PalmSource; Blazer 3.0) 16;160×160 im definitely getting one. I was looking forward to os4 but I didn’t want to upgrade. oh, a floppy IS needed. most classic software is on floppies and there is still a ton of it around. I guess you could use a usb drive… 2005-12-01 6:35 pm mini-me Floppies bad!!!! I would buy one floppy drive, use copying sofware, image all the floppies on a big HD – job done – put your floppies and floppy drive away forever (oh year – backup those disc images to DVD so you wont have to repeat the process) 2005-12-01 5:51 pm Yoke Heh. This reminds me it’s almost ten years since I sold my Amiga 1200 with a 50MHz 030 and 18MB RAM (which was a hell of lot on the Amiga at the time), which I had actually traded for my A4000/040 and a bundle of cash since I really didn’t need the expansion slots of the A4000. That said, to the degree that one can ‘love’ a computer, I really did love the Amiga. Too bad Commodore fudged up. The reason I sold it was that I had gotten internet access through school and had become addicted to a so-called MUD, and barely touched my computer at home. 2005-12-01 6:19 pm henrikmk This could solve a problem that has plagued the market for some time, namely the lack of motherboards, especially for developers, who continously ask for them. That they are cheap is only good, but secondary to the fact that the vendors don’t have any, so that’s critical. For a while, people have been swapping AmigaOne’s around to get OS4 ports of software done. If this board is produced in proper quantities, this problem will hopefully end. 2005-12-01 8:30 pm Mike Bouma > This could solve a problem that has plagued the market > for some time, namely the lack of motherboards IMO another problem it possibly solves is the demand for near complete backwards compatibility with the classics from some classic Amiga fans. AmigaOS4 can access the classic Amiga custom chips when available (older BlizzardPPC, CyberstormPPC upgrades for the classics and probably this upgrade, OS4 beta already performs well on 166Mhz PPC classic Amiga configurations so I believe the OS will fly with this upgrade), so more classic sofware will run with AmigaOS4 transparently this way. IMO integrating a full custom chipset emulator would be too time/effort consuming compared to the actual benefits for desktop usage (also not neglecting potential disadvantages such as an overall performance penalty). IMO AmigaOS4 running on A1 spec hardware (no classic custom chips) already offers good backwards compatibility with most important productivity classic Amiga software titles and for chipset-tied software there’s already the external/non-integrated E-UAE emulator. 2005-12-01 7:02 pm the major notable item in that statement, will come with AmigaOS4.0 when available. hasn’t it been in near release for, like…. forever. I think it’s vaporware myself. 2005-12-01 11:42 pm There is already a pre release avaliable to the amigaone owners though, so i doubt it is vaporware since amiga users are using it on daily basis as their main OS. 2005-12-01 7:09 pm The article is available in Spanish too: http://safir.amigaos.se/article_ack_sp.html and in Swedish: http://safir.amigaos.se/article_ack_sv.html 2005-12-01 7:38 pm If you read the article you now that you don´t need a A1200 to use it it can run on it´s own. The A1200 is just a nice addon for the PowerVixxen 2005-12-01 8:11 pm Mike Bouma Well a pre-release together with three updates are already available to anyone owning A1 hardware. At a time a more primitive version of AmigaOS4.0 was planned for different hardware and these plans were revised and the original hardware project was replaced with more advanced hardware. The current pre-release is more advanced in many ways than the original AmigaOS4.0 which was planned. But IMO rightly they decided to call it a pre-release as a first impression is important, despite the fact that the AmigaOS4 already received some very positive reviews, including an Ars Technica review of the AmigaOS4 prelease with update 1. It’s no vapourware as can be judged from visiting AmigaWorld.net, OS4Depot.net, etc or the following video: http://uniweb.free.fr/os4videos/os4intuition.avi 2005-12-02 1:48 am aliquis “which should come bundled with AmigaOS4.0 when available.” Which as always means “never”, so there’s no huge risk in saying that. 2005-12-02 4:27 am dylansmrjones Amiga OS 4 Pre Release 3 is being shipped with AmigaOne. So Amiga OS 4 does exist. And it is available. 2005-12-02 9:15 am Well, there is no AmigaONE available to buy since more than 8 month. So its only available for people who bought an AmigaONE last year or second hand. 2005-12-02 10:20 am dylansmrjones Not true. microA1 are available. 2005-12-02 2:27 am Amiga and Commodore still have a brandname (even though it has been a little bit cheapend) This allows them to be sold in a high street electronics chain. Add firefox to amiga OS and a retail price of around 200 Euro and you have a runner as it would be cheap enough to try it out. 2005-12-02 5:47 am StychoKiller I’ll bet that AmigaOS4 gets released before the next version of Windows! 2005-12-02 10:39 am AmigaRobbo Are they? Where? 2005-12-02 12:12 pm “Are they? Where?” Ebay! LOL 2005-12-02 12:32 pm AmigaRobbo I’ve never seen one on eBay! 2005-12-02 3:42 pm I’ve seen them on eby, bus that was his point wasn’t it? Second hand..