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Simo Koivukoski
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 601
30 Jun 2020 16:50


G211 for V1200 on Apollo Accelerators Wiki:

https://wiki.apollo-accelerators.com/doku.php/vampire:accelerator_core_updates



Cyberstormer Amiga

Posts 9
30 Jun 2020 17:01


Cannot install from Amiga OS,

Do I need a Blaster ?


Simo Koivukoski
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 601
30 Jun 2020 17:08


With the JIC files, yes.


Cyberstormer Amiga

Posts 9
30 Jun 2020 17:16


I ordered one from France

Eternals wait for a decent Amiga mhh :(

Thanks anyway.


Ross Bushby

Posts 16
30 Jun 2020 18:59


Henrich Raduska wrote:

Read before FLASH...
  Internal IDE working.
 
  There are two versions of V1200 GOLD 2.12
  one with vampire IDE and not working PCMCIA
  and
  second with working PCMCIA and INTERNAL IDE

OK, Perhaps I am missing something, there is no second version of 2.12 that supports the Vampire onboard IDE, both the EXE and JIC files when flashed enable only the Motherboard IDE. So it seems that it is only 2.11 that supports Vampire IDE?

"There are two versions of V1200 GOLD 2.12
  one with vampire IDE and not working PCMCIA
  and
  second with working PCMCIA and INTERNAL IDE" Where?



Henrich Raduska

Posts 52
30 Jun 2020 20:33


Just read this thread (page 8) :-)
 
  CLICK HERE 

dowload link:
  EXTERNAL LINK


Ross Bushby

Posts 16
30 Jun 2020 21:15


Thanks Henrich!

The Vamp IDE enabled core (RC3) is older than current 2.12. I'm assuming it's probably better to stay with release version and use on mobo IDE for the time being. Unless there are no fixes or improvements in released version, but unlikely I'm guessing. I can live with slightly slower IDE and improved stability over the RC3 core if this is the case.


Andy Hearn

Posts 366
22 Jul 2020 10:10


A1200 to A4000 CPU slot adapter. just a few related questions / thoughts. not worth it's own thread.

so someone mooted the idea of an A4000 to A1200 CPU slot adapter. now i'd love to stick a Vamp in my A4k - but i have a few stumbling blocks.

on the V1200 card, are the Address lines A24 to A31 implemented to the slot connector, or is it a 24bit address design? as only those lines are connected on the actual A1200 mainboard anyway?

now the A1200 CPU slot looks to be MOSTLY there. but we're missing:-
_BGACK - bus grant acknowledge
_CBACK - cache burst acknowledge
_CBREQ - cache burst request
_CIIN  - cache inhibit in
_ClOUT - cache inhibit out
_ECS  - early cycle start
_IPEND - interrupt pending
_OCS  - operand cycle start
_STERM - synchronous termination
A(31:24)  - top 8 address lines

also i need to look at what address range the V1200 sticks its 128meg ram.

so this could lead to a range of possibilities not limited to:-
1. the A4000 doesn't start at all
2. the A4000 does start, but only with all motherboard fast ram removed and NO Zorro cards detectable
3. the A4000 starts, no mainboard fast ram, but Zorro2 capability is available.
4. the A4000 starts, the V1200 cpu card's ram is mapped to the A4000's cpu slot ram address range so mainboard fast ram capability is available, and Zorro cards are available - but again, only in Zorro2 mode (those pesky address lines)

i can't see Zorro3 capability being available without full bus protocol signals being available, and the full 32bits of addressing. we can probably lose the cache control lines, but i'm not so sure OCS/ECS and BGACK are so easily ignorable?

now i know that there is an A4K CPU board to A1200 Slot adapter - in the shape of the micronic Mk3Z3-PCI busboard thing. and that was only able to have "slower" Zorro3 available when an A4K CPU card was installed - which kinda bears out my thoughts that the A4000 CPU cards expect and provide a lot more bus control logic.

also, if it was easy enough for someone like me to do, surely someone would have done it by now! ;)

but i'm a total novice - so any guidance or advice is most welcome. :)


David Pesce

Posts 12
22 Jul 2020 17:26


Andy Hearn wrote:

    i can't see Zorro3 capability being available without full bus protocol signals being available, and the full 32bits of addressing. we can probably lose the cache control lines, but i'm not so sure OCS/ECS and BGACK are so easily ignorable?
 

 
  ECS/OCS are not useful for a bus master.
  CBACK and STERM are not used by a bus master if there is no slave.
  BGACK is required for zorro III bus arbitration
 


Andy Hearn

Posts 366
28 Jul 2020 10:27


Cheers David, good info.

i half figured ECS and OCS would be fine to ignore - plus they seemed to have been depreciated on anything greater than the 030 anyway, but thanks for confirming that BGACK is a definite must for Zorro3...

heh, so that plus the 24bit instead of 32bit addressing, to put a V1200 in an A4000, you almost lose the whole point of having the A4000 to begin with. unless you like zorro2 mode cards and no additional ram it would seem...

having said that, even Zorro2 availability would definitely have it's uses. ;D


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 5474
28 Jul 2020 10:58


Andy Hearn wrote:

and no additional ram it would seem...

 
Actually not using slow memory is maybe always a good idea.
The Vampire local fast-RAM reaches ~ 500 MB/sec.
If you compare this to 3.5 MB/sec Zorro2 or ~7-15 MB/sec Zorro3 Ram.
Then the local Vampire Memory is like 50-100 times faster..
 
Its obvious that if you want a fast Amiga then
you clearly never want to use any old slow memory cards.
 
Also the Vampire-FastIDE is faster than any other IDE card available for Amiga. So you might not want any other card.

Of course you are generally right that the Vampire includes a lot "upgrades" which you typically needed Zorro before.
The Vampire comes with build-in GFX features and allows a Network-upgrade - so the need for Zorro cards is reduced a lot.



Mallagan Bellator

Posts 393
15 Aug 2020 13:32


Did anyone test the V1200 with Mediator 1200 (original, SX or TX version) with good results?
Id really wanna know since my interest in the V1200 is highly related to it working with the Mediator 1200 SX that I have


Pascal Babel

Posts 37
15 Aug 2020 15:27


Hi, what do you want to do with the Mediator that the vampire isn't already doing?


Juan Jose

Posts 23
15 Aug 2020 21:57



With the Vampire 1200 the Mediator does not work.
I have in a PC box the motherboard of my Amiga 1200 plus Vampire and the Mediator is only used for power supply through the ATX connector.



Igor Majstorovic
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 405
16 Aug 2020 10:15


We are aware of the situation with mediator and together with Elbox we identified problem month ago. I hope we will fix this in future core releases. With cores we have now we can't identify PCI cards properly. Some parts of identification like vendor ID are good, but some others are bad. Problem appears with longword reading on specific addresses. However, I think that this is easy fix but it is not our top priority right now. We are focused to first enable all features on V1200 card with maximum performance on next core release then back to this topic. We won't let this unfixed so nothing to worry about.


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 393
17 Aug 2020 10:27


igor majstorovic wrote:

We are aware of the situation with mediator and together with Elbox we identified problem month ago. I hope we will fix this in future core releases.

Well, awesome! :)
I like reading that this is being adressed, and that you guys have actually been in contact with Elbox about this, with results as good as those. I love that!
I will be patient and wait for this, I have time.
To be honest I agree with your approach to get the features on the Vampire working correctly before meddling with compatibility issues with other devices, the stock Amiga 1200 should be the first part to focus on in that sense.


Mallagan Bellator

Posts 393
17 Aug 2020 10:34


pascal babel wrote:

Hi, what do you want to do with the Mediator that the vampire isn't already doing?

First off, in my PCI slots I have different cards that I use, and need for the things I do.

1. Voodoo 3 graphics card. SAGA doesn't have 3d acceleration support (yet?) as far as I know. This is cool, but I have it on my Voodoo 3 card.
Also, on my Voodoo 3 card, I can have 1920x1080 resolution in 60 Hz, which I use for my workbench and other productivity when I need it.

2. TV card. This I need in order to display AGA/ECS/OCS screenmodes in a window on the workbench, say I'd like to play a game that doesn't support RTG. With core 3.x though, once that's done, I wont need that anymore.

3. I also have a network adapter on there, that I also won't really need, also a Soundblaster 128 soundcard, which I also wont need with Pamela on the Vampire, BUT what I do feel that I need is my Spider USB PCI card. I mean... that's USB after all, and... I have it, so...

Well, that's it. in general, having PCI is good for all sorts of stuff


Edvin AWalter

Posts 28
17 Aug 2020 12:46


I do agree with point #1, 1920x1080 is a must in most cases when some work is being done on Amiga. Unfortunately Vampire does not support that @60 Hz. That is why I still mostly use my A4000T with ZZ9000 instead of V1200...

Mallagan Bellator wrote:

pascal babel wrote:

  Hi, what do you want to do with the Mediator that the vampire isn't already doing?
 

 
  First off, in my PCI slots I have different cards that I use, and need for the things I do.
 
  1. Voodoo 3 graphics card. SAGA doesn't have 3d acceleration support (yet?) as far as I know. This is cool, but I have it on my Voodoo 3 card.
  Also, on my Voodoo 3 card, I can have 1920x1080 resolution in 60 Hz, which I use for my workbench and other productivity when I need it.
 
  2. TV card. This I need in order to display AGA/ECS/OCS screenmodes in a window on the workbench, say I'd like to play a game that doesn't support RTG. With core 3.x though, once that's done, I wont need that anymore.
 
  3. I also have a network adapter on there, that I also won't really need, also a Soundblaster 128 soundcard, which I also wont need with Pamela on the Vampire, BUT what I do feel that I need is my Spider USB PCI card. I mean... that's USB after all, and... I have it, so...
 
  Well, that's it. in general, having PCI is good for all sorts of stuff




Roy Gillotti

Posts 478
17 Aug 2020 14:07


720p on my Vampire looks just fine on my 4k TV and I do a bit of work on it...


Andrew Miller

Posts 318
18 Aug 2020 10:47


Quick question regarding the ROM on the V1200, what file systems does it support? I mean will it support large disks?
I'm currently trying to get Apollo OS hdf onto a CF Card and wondering what file system I should use. I have a 4GB and a 32GB CF Card I could use.

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