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Vampire4 RELEASE 5 Is Out : 2021-01

Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5098
12 Jan 2021 18:05


Dear users,
 
we are glad to give your RELEASE 5 for the Vampire4.
RELEASE5_7905.jic is available for you on our download page.

Some updates in the new R5 release

* Copper compatibility fixed.
  We found a bug in Copper and fixed it.
  This fixes a high number of games which before were displayed not perfectly.
   
* CPU speed up. We are working on /testing CPU improvements which will give you about 10 MIPS speedup. Our target score is 165 Mips.
   
* H.D.M.I Monitor compatibility improvement
  Right now a few monitors not like the V4 signal.
  We work on fixing this.
   
* More Screenmodes. We will add more Screenmodes to the monitor drivers allowing you to e.g. access 800x600,1024*768
   
* Deluxe Galaga works now on APOLLOS

* RiVa Video Player PIP improvement!
  Smoother truecolor Video Playback for the Workbench
   
* ApollOS Kids edition with all games child safe!

* Magic PAL/NTSC Hotkey
  (You can even during runtime switch your Amiga video out to PAL/NTSC50/NTSC).  This allows running games like an PAL or NTSC Amiga.


Michal Pietal

Posts 155
12 Jan 2021 18:55


Great news, Gunnar!

I'm on my way to have mine updated (via V4BL)!


Manos Sg

Posts 20
12 Jan 2021 19:55


Awesome news, can't wait to try it out!

The Flashrom procedure in Coffin is the same as the one described in the manual? Sorry for asking, but this is my first time updating the core and I wouldn't want to cause any damage.


Willem Drijver

Posts 85
12 Jan 2021 22:34


V4 Core flashing can be done in two ways;

1. First update your Amiga OS (for example Coffin) to newest SAGA-Driver, so you have the newest VampireFlash. Then open CLI, go to the folder where you have the new Core (.jic) file and type "VampireFlash SA_Release5_7905.jic". It's real easy and safe, but in case something does go wrong, you will need an USB Blaster (see 2)!

2. Use a USB-Blaster with Quartus software. I recommend always to spent a few bucks on this as a fail-safe to always be able to recover your precious V4SA.




Allan Versaevel

Posts 91
12 Jan 2021 22:44


Here is a link for a compatible USB Blaster:

EXTERNAL LINK


Manos Sg

Posts 20
12 Jan 2021 22:48


Willem Drijver wrote:

  V4 Core flashing can be done in two ways;
 
  1. First update your Amiga OS (for example Coffin) to newest SAGA-Driver, so you have the newest VampireFlash. Then open CLI, go to the folder where you have the new Core (.jic) file and type "VampireFlash SA_Release5_7905.jic". It's real easy and safe, but in case something does go wrong, you will need an USB Blaster (see 2)!
 
  2. Use a USB-Blaster with Quartus software. I recommend always to spent a few bucks on this as a fail-safe to always be able to recover your precious V4SA.
 

 
  Thank you, Willem, don't want anything bad happening to my precious V4, indeed!
 
  Going to try updating the core, fingers crossed!

Edit: Update worked, easy-peasy! :D


Oscar Meza

Posts 9
14 Jan 2021 01:46


Where do I find the latest SAGA-Driver for the V4 SA?


Michael MiB

Posts 22
14 Jan 2021 02:25


If you are not using ApolloOS (Don't use with ApolloOS, it's "inside") : https://www.apollo-accelerators.com/#download

posts 8