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Roy Gillotti

Posts 289
08 May 2019 20:59


Adam Polkosnik wrote:

  I was just saying that leaving an alpha release with virtually no insight into what bugs have already been reported is suboptimal. Perhaps, we can set up go fund me or some other donation scheme to speed up the development. It sucks when you just bought a piece of hard to obtain hardware, and you have to wait for the next version that has no clear release date to get services first. Therefore, let's fund development, how's that?
   
 

  Gold 3 was never promised for the V2 vampires, I think if anything it's just a bonus from the byproduct of V4 Vampire development.
 
  Not sure how effective crowdfunding would be, The apollo core team and the guys manufacturing the Vampire are just a collective of volunteers that have real day jobs, it's not like it's a real company that can just hire talent, not sure if anyone with the right skills will just leave a stable job to do this kind of work. 
 


Adam Polkosnik

Posts 13
10 May 2019 07:38


Roy Gillotti wrote:

 
Adam Polkosnik wrote:

    I was just saying that leaving an alpha release with virtually no insight into what bugs have already been reported is suboptimal. Perhaps, we can set up go fund me or some other donation scheme to speed up the development. It sucks when you just bought a piece of hard to obtain hardware, and you have to wait for the next version that has no clear release date to get services first. Therefore, let's fund development, how's that?
     
   

    Gold 3 was never promised for the V2 vampires, I think if anything it's just a bonus from the byproduct of V4 Vampire development.
   
    Not sure how effective crowdfunding would be, The apollo core team and the guys manufacturing the Vampire are just a collective of volunteers that have real day jobs, it's not like it's a real company that can just hire talent, not sure if anyone with the right skills will just leave a stable job to do this kind of work. 
   
 

  No idea who would take vacation from the day job, and bang out something usable in a week or two, and pocket a bounty. But you are so right, the money would be better spent on V4 whenever it comes out. I'm just kicking myself right now for not sticking with RaspberryPi, and actually paying money for V2+. Haha.


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 3805
10 May 2019 08:52


The Vampire V2 is a very good accelerator card.
It has the fastest 68K CPU you can get.
It has a very fast memory and very fast RTG.
The current GOLD2.11 is good and stable.
 
GOLD 3 is planned for the V2 too.
Its obvious that the teams work focus is right now the V4.
The V2 is pretty stable with 2.X and will get more attention later again.
 
Your bounty idea is not that bad - it could be a way to motivate a developer to take some days off and spend some weekends to port latest developments from V4 to V2 sooner.
 


Adam A

Posts 42
11 May 2019 01:11


Im with the bounty idea too, the MiSTer project has benefited a lot from donations, While software part just requires time, hardware requires money! and sometimes problems happens like equipment die during testing/experiments.




Richard Shears

Posts 7
15 May 2019 21:44


Vojin Vidanovic wrote:

  I do agree at least one more improved beta gold3 that fixes some of the issues (resolution limit too, that is not yet full AGA) would be most welcome. But I would be happy to see that this year.

I agree that it would be nice, although I’m having good times with gold2 and without wishing to be a sycophant; grateful for having ide harddrive in my A500 along with FPU/RTG and a not insubstantial speed increase.
I do occasionally get the urge to flash gold3 for the AGA demos and games etc but hold off as I don’t know the physical limits of FPGA and therefore due to my ignorance I don’t know how many “writes” it can sustain or even if it matters.


Sean Sk

Posts 229
16 May 2019 00:19


Richard Shears wrote:

I don’t know how many “writes” it can sustain or even if it matters.

According to the Intel website:

Altera does not specify the number of times you can reprogram or reconfigure FPGA devices because these devices are SRAM-based. An SRAM-based device can be reconfigured as often as a design requires; there is no specific limit.

Yeah, so no need to worry about a write limit.


Andrew Miller

Posts 186
16 May 2019 07:13


As far as I can recall the fpga is configured every time you power it on, losing it's configuration each time you turn the power off.


Jonny Pulli

Posts 41
16 May 2019 16:03


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

The Vampire V2 is a very good accelerator card.
  It has the fastest 68K CPU you can get.
  It has a very fast memory and very fast RTG.
  The current GOLD2.11 is good and stable.
   
  GOLD 3 is planned for the V2 too.
  Its obvious that the teams work focus is right now the V4.
  The V2 is pretty stable with 2.X and will get more attention later again.
   
  Your bounty idea is not that bad - it could be a way to motivate a developer to take some days off and spend some weekends to port latest developments from V4 to V2 sooner.
   

God news there GOLD 3 for V2 :) Thanks make my weekend extra nice!



Richard Shears

Posts 7
16 May 2019 18:16


sean sk wrote:

 
  Yeah, so no need to worry about a write limit.

And Andrew Miller thank you  for the reply. Nice to know that I can enjoy both.


Istvan Hegedus

Posts 9
17 May 2019 08:23


Andrew Miller wrote:

As far as I can recall the fpga is configured every time you power it on, losing it's configuration each time you turn the power off.

Yes, that is true however the FPGA gets the configuration from a flash chip and that chip has a certain write limit. If the flash wears out then it can cause problems. However I believe with normal use you will never reach that limit.


Jonny Pulli

Posts 41
26 May 2019 11:07


LOL EXTERNAL LINK 
Soon......?


Sebastian Blanco

Posts 116
28 May 2019 19:45


in reality if the alpha aga core could have another working screen mode besides 640x200 like 640x480 or something having this could already make it much more usable.


Adam Polkosnik

Posts 13
05 Jul 2019 19:36


Any chance for a refreshed alpha release anytime soon?

Thanks for your hard work!



Jonny Pulli

Posts 41
07 Jul 2019 22:05


Well core 3.0 in Vampire 500 V2+, was reported 2 Years by EXTERNAL LINK 
So in my dreams we will never get the 3.0 core in V500 V2....
And Alpha core for 1 or so Year... and sorry for spelling from Sweden....

I`m still wating for the usb blaster, so that i can test the Alpha core...


Mike Kopack

Posts 69
08 Jul 2019 02:37


Jonny Pulli wrote:

Well core 3.0 in Vampire 500 V2+, was reported 2 Years by EXTERNAL LINK 
  So in my dreams we will never get the 3.0 core in V500 V2....
  And Alpha core for 1 or so Year... and sorry for spelling from Sweden....
 
  I`m still wating for the usb blaster, so that i can test the Alpha core...

I loaded the alpha core on my 500 recently and it works pretty well! I managed to play every OCS/ECS game I tried (I have a bone stock ocs A500 without any memory expansion). Most of the AGA games I tried also worked although there were a few that were wonky, and no having to mess around with dual monitors or switchers. Everything just went out the DIGITAL-VIDEO of the vampire. You DO lose the high res desktop afforded by RTG though.

Def gives me hope for an upgraded saga capable core once the v4 hits and they had a chance to catch their breath.



Jonny Pulli

Posts 41
08 Jul 2019 07:00


Mike Kopack wrote:

Jonny Pulli wrote:

  Well core 3.0 in Vampire 500 V2+, was reported 2 Years by EXTERNAL LINK   
  So in my dreams we will never get the 3.0 core in V500 V2....
  And Alpha core for 1 or so Year... and sorry for spelling from Sweden....
 
  I`m still wating for the usb blaster, so that i can test the Alpha core...
 

 
  I loaded the alpha core on my 500 recently and it works pretty well! I managed to play every OCS/ECS game I tried (I have a bone stock ocs A500 without any memory expansion). Most of the AGA games I tried also worked although there were a few that were wonky, and no having to mess around with dual monitors or switchers. Everything just went out the DIGITAL-VIDEO of the vampire. You DO lose the high res desktop afforded by RTG though.
 
  Def gives me hope for an upgraded saga capable core once the v4 hits and they had a chance to catch their breath.
 

Thanks for the information! I bought Vampire just for AGA, and of course for the speed!
But that Alpha core has been out for 1+ years, isn't it time for a Beta Core? I hope so.
And my Usb blaster is probably on the seabed, I've been waiting for 4 weeks now ... Grrr



Adam Polkosnik

Posts 13
12 Jul 2019 17:43


I've tried running Andromeda's Nexus 7 demo with the alpha release, and it kept crashing before the Goraud Pulse part unless turtle mode was enabled. With turtle mode it would get to the Goraud Pulse, but it would show the same glitches as the MIST/MISTER. Also, there seems to be issues in every part... In the initial scene somehow the scaling for "Andromeda" gets messed up, and "ndromeda" is only visible. In the part with a bouncing ball, there is a horizontal lines on the right side visible.



Roy Gillotti

Posts 289
12 Jul 2019 19:31


Adam Polkosnik wrote:

I've tried running Andromeda's Nexus 7 demo with the alpha release, and it kept crashing before the Goraud Pulse part unless turtle mode was enabled. With turtle mode it would get to the Goraud Pulse, but it would show the same glitches as the MIST/MISTER. Also, there seems to be issues in every part... In the initial scene somehow the scaling for "Andromeda" gets messed up, and "ndromeda" is only visible. In the part with a bouncing ball, there is a horizontal lines on the right side visible.
 

Gold 3.0 core for the V2 Vampires is over a year old and in real alpha state, curious if the issue exists on the current V4 core which has had continuous development over the last year for the V4 bring up.



Jonny Pulli

Posts 41
15 Jul 2019 16:22


So now i have the USB Blaster, but windows cant install the driver!!
  What to do, i tried Altera webpage and downloaded 16.1 driver dont work!
 
  And no driver in Altera folder will work.....GRRR
 
  Help..

I tested in a new laptop same, cant install the driver, what is wrong???



Andrew Miller

Posts 186
15 Jul 2019 17:21


EXTERNAL LINK 
I cant remember off-hand how I installed the driver but I think this worked. Cant remember what driver it was, might have only shown one when I browsed for it.

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