New Amiga Tank Mouse funded  

Tank MouseTank Mouse is a brand new computer mouse, inspired by the famous Commodore Amiga 1352. However under the classic look a modern technology is hidden. Tank mouse blends retro-computing passion with everyday tasks. This modernized version is a wireless optical mouse, which received a touch panel, placed between the two buttons, for scrolling. Tank Mouse operates under Bluetooth or 2.4GHz, which makes it possible to connect to almost any kind of device, but more importantly it can be used with your original Commodore Amiga computer! The mouse connects directly to all computers supporting Bluetooth, for other computers a small USB receiver is included. The iconic bold design makes the mouse not only unforgettable but also suitable for left and right-handed people.

More info here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lukas-remis/tank-mouse-your-new-amiga-mouse/

My X5000 with AMD RX570 and HD5450 graphics

As you could have read in one of my previous posts is my AmigaOne X5000 equipped with an AMD RX570 graphics card. The use of the RX line of cards allows us to use the VA library. The Video Acceleration Library has been created to support hardware video decoding on Radeon Polaris (RX) cards. For us AmigaOS4.x users this is a very welcome addition to the use of our beloved OS and X5000.

The downside to switching to an RX based graphics card is not having support in the Linux kernel for this. This results in losing the ability to use LInux on the X5000. The only option I could think of was adding a second graphics card to bring Linux back to the machine.

As there are some posts on the hyperion forum referring to the setup of two graphics cards in the X5000 I thought it would be nice to write about my own setup.

Choosing what card to use.
Since the PCIe X16 slot is already in use for the RX570 card it leaves us with the PCI and PCIe X1 slots to choose from. The PCIe X4 slot in the X5000 is due to bad design blocked by the PCIe X16 graphics card so cannot be used. As PCI graphic cards are hard to find and very outdated (like Radeon 9250) a PCIeX1 card would be the better choice . Finding a PCIe X1 radeon/amd based graphics card is an option, but I tried using a PCIe X16 to X1 converter as those converters are easy to find and cheap due to the whole crypto mining landscape these days. As having a usable linux system for me is more important than the ability of playing games, the performance is not a big issue and a PCIe X1 slot would be good enough.

By using a converter you have many cards to choose from. I started with a Firepro RV620 based normal size graphics card but eventually got it replaced. I could not find a decent way to fit the card in my X5000 case.

For me the best way was to use a low profile Radeon graphics card (MSI HD5450), as this card leaves us the space we need for use of the converter board.
This card also has DVI and HDMI outputs so any monitor can be used, and the connectors are where I want them to be, on the back of the machine.

The monitor.
I first made the choice of attaching both graphic cards to the same monitor. As this is usable, the downside is having to switch input when starting up Linux. As my Philips monitor does not have great buttons and an OSD menu to do the switching, I am using a second monitor attached to the new graphics card just for Linux use.

The result.
So there we have it. The AmigaOne X5000 with RX card for the best OS4 experience and the option to run Linux by using a second graphics card. All stuffed away in the X5000 case and ready for action.

To do.
At the moment the Linux graphics card (HD5450) is using the FBdev (driver) in the Xorg.conf so hardware acceleration is limited… (i think there is a way to make use of hardware acceleration by using the GPU) The other thing will be making use of just on big Linux drive with several partitions instead of two drives.

Thanks.
Big thanks go to the captain of the Amiga Linux Development community, Christian Zigotzky and of course all forum members who keep the scene going. Thank you!

17/2/2022 UPDATE!

As mentioned before the FBdev issue has now been solved. This means that we now have Hardware 3D support. YEAH!!! It was hard to find the correct xorg.conf values needed to get things going…

 

GLXINFO!
OpenGL vendor string: X.Org
OpenGL renderer string: AMD CEDAR (DRM 2.50.0 / 5.17.0-rc4_A-EON_X5000, LLVM 12.0.1)
OpenGL core profile version string: 3.2 (Core Profile) Mesa 21.3.3
OpenGL core profile shading language version string: 1.50
OpenGL core profile context flags: (none)
OpenGL core profile profile mask: core profile
OpenGL core profile extensions:
OpenGL version string: 3.1 Mesa 21.3.3
OpenGL shading language version string: 1.40
OpenGL context flags: (none)
OpenGL extensions:
OpenGL ES profile version string: OpenGL ES 2.0 Mesa 21.3.3
OpenGL ES profile shading language version string: OpenGL ES GLSL ES 1.0.16
OpenGL ES profile extensions:
My Xorg.conf to get it up and running!
Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Monitor0”
EndSection
Section “Device”
Identifier “Device1”
Driver “radeon”
EndSection
Section “ServerFlags”
Option “AIGLX” “on”
EndSectionSection “Module”
Load “dri”
Load “dri2”
Load “dbe”
Load “glx”
Load “type1”
Load “freetype”
Load “record”
EndSection

Section “DRI”
Mode 0666
EndSection

Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “Enable”
Option “RENDER” “Enable”
Option “RANDR” “Enable”
Option “DAMAGE” “Enable”

Option “GLX” “Enable”
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Screen0”
Device “Device0”
Monitor “Monitor0”
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24
Viewport 0 0
EndSubSection
EndSection

AmiKit 11.5+ Released, get it now! 

new monitor.png

AmiKit XE 11.6.0 (February 2022) Released…..

CHANGELOG

– ADDED: Be Kool Fool demo by Focus Design: 1st at Gerp 2015
– UPDATED: AmigaAMP 3.29 by Thomas Wenzel
– UPDATED: AmiSSL 4.9 by AmiSSL Open Soure Team
– UPDATED: Ask Your Amiga (AYA) 0.5 by ALB42
– UPDATED: Hollywood Player 9.0 by Andreas Falkenhahn
– UPDATED: iGame 2.1b2 (15-Mar-2021) by Emmanuel Vasilakis and Contributors
– UPDATED: LoadModule 45.18 by Thomas Richter and Etienne Vogt
– UPDATED: VisualPrefs 1.5m by Massimo Tantignone

More info here… https://www.amikit.amiga.sk/

Updated my own system already… see screenshot below.

 

Amiga X5000 Maintenance and Upgrade 2022

Since 2017 my AmigaOne X5000 has been running with the same Gelid Silent 6 Fan. Since a few days, that Silent became Noisy so it was time to replace the fan. I already bought two new Silent 6 fans just in case a thing like this would happen. I also had a MSI RX 570 4GB card ready to replace the R7 250 card the X5000 came shipped with. With the RX series we can use the GPU for hardware decoding things like movies to ofload the CPU.

     

SUCCESS!! 🙂

GfxBench2D 2.9 (27.1.2022)
A benchmark tool for graphics cards.
Written by Hans de Ruiter.

Copyright (C) 2011, by Hans de Ruiter, all rights reserved
————————————————————

System Information:
OS: AmigaOS Release 4.1 – Final Edition Update 2
Motherboard: AmigaOne X5000/20
CPU: Freescale P5020 (E5500 core), 1.2 @ 1.995 GHz
L1 Cache Size: 32768, L2 Cache Size: 524288, L3 Cache Size: 0
Total RAM: 2 GiB
External Bus (FSB) Speed: 798 MHz
Exec.library version: 54.30
Graphics.library version: 54.248
Intuition.library version: 54.28
Picasso96API.library version: 54.18
Rtg.library version: 54.90

Opening screen: RTG-0:Board 0:1920×1080

Board name: Radeon RX Polaris10
Product ID: 0x67df Vendor ID: 0x1002 SubProduct ID: 0x3416 SubVendor ID: 0x1462
Board driver: PCIGraphics.card (53, 18)
Chip driver: RadeonRX.chip (2, 5)
VRAM: 4 GiB
Display mode: 1920×1080@61 (32 bpp)

Hollywood Iconic and Special Offer..

Code business is back. In 2022 Airsoft Softwair, the hardest working men in code business, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hollywood, the cross-platform multimedia application layer. To kick off the celebrations we are proud to present a brand-new plugin for Hollywood: Iconic. Iconic is the ultimate icon loader and saver plugin for Hollywood. It will make all your icon dreams come true because it can load and save icons in pretty much all of the most common icon formats. The following formats are currently supported:

– AmigaOS 1.x style icons
– AmigaOS 2.x/3.x style icons
– AmigaOS 3.5/3.9 icons (aka GlowIcons)
– AmigaOS 4.x icons
– macOS icons (*.icns format)
– MagicWB icons
– MorphOS/PowerIcons icons (PNG)
– NewIcons
– Windows icons (*.ico format)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hollywood we also offer a special 20 euros discount on the full version of Hollywood for a limited time only. This is the perfect chance for all people who don’t own Hollywood yet to grab their own copy and to explore the wonderful world of Hollywood and be fascinated by the gigantic functionality of this unique piece of software and all of the plugins that come with it! To order your own copy, just click here.

 

NovaBridge on AmigaOS4 demo by Kas1e 

NovaBridge is a layer between old Warp3D/MiniGL apps and Warp3DNova. So all applications written for old Warp3D and MiniGL works on Warp3DNova based cards such as Radeon HD and Radeon RX. With the help of ReWarp and ReWarp3DPPC libraries, you can run even applications from the old PPC era for example such as WiperOUT2097, Heretic2, demos from MadWizzards, and Encore, etc.

AmiWest 2021 Broadcast Schedule

As posted on amiwest….
Hello Amiga Community!

Welcome to Amiwest 2021. This marks the 24th year of the Amiwest show. 2021 has been an eventful year but the best event is happening Oct 16th. Amiwest 2021 will have a full show floor experience for those able to travel to Sacramento, CA. For everyone else there will be a greatly expanded broadcast featuring many of the familiar faces and many new folks as well. Scroll down to see the schedule and the speaker BIOs. Like years past we will broadcast using Youtube but this might change so check the page before the event to make sure you are all setup. For AmigaOS 4 users, see below for instructions on how to access.

For the actual shedule click here

Live Stream… 

The plan is we will stream the event using Youtube live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsM-rDlxhi4. We encourage people to tune in and enage with our live speakers for Q and A. Engagement can happen on the youtube channel and via AmigaWorld IRC on channel #amiwest.

Sam460: from the Begining to the End by Kas1e 

As posted on Amigans.net by Kas1e:

To give information to all newcomers to AmigaOS4, and even to those ones who considering buying sam460cr while owning something else for aos4 already (like me having also x5000 and pegasos2), I made probably one of my biggest and heavy video-work for, called “Sam460: from the Begining to the End”. It is a long 45-minute video, with all the stuff like unpacking, checking, testing, installing of os4, real-life tests, subtitles, and co. The video is of 7 parts:

PART 1: Unpacking the package and close look at the motherboard
PART 2: The first run. Tests on the Table.
PART 3: Installing into the case. Vertical GFX setup.
PART 4: Installing of AmigaOS4 FE. an USB Stick way.
PART 5: The basic configuration: Network, Audio, and Extras
PART 6: UP 2 DATE. Installing Update1 and Update2
PART 7: Full settings. Real-life performance

So, feel free to check this out if you consider buying sam460! Hope you like it:

ZitaFTP Server 20% Discount with Promocode madskateman20

Yes, another ZitaFTP Server update has just been released, and it’s almost a milestone. More about that later. Here’s what’s new:The server settings can now be edited via the UISecurity/encryption settings also have a UI pageYou can even tweak the UI’s own little HTTP serverIn short, the UI can now edit all of the server’s setting. This would be a milestone, but one thing is missing: the buttons to renew or get a TLS certificate. I ran out of time….

Get ZitaFTP server now with a 20% Discount only in the month of may.. promocode: madskateman20

Source: ZitaFTP Server v1.20 – Server Settings » Kea Sigma Delta