A couple of degrees below zero on this Sunday afternoon so that can only mean one thing, Amiga! I tried for some time already but I am unable to get Commando to work on WinUAE. It crashes a while after the title screen appears. From what I remember reading on the internet it has to do with the sound. Did anyone get Commando to work on WinUAE? If so could let me know the settings you are using?
When I transfer files between my laptop and A1SE I use a FTP server on my laptop and a FTP client on my A1SE. This is how I transfer files since there is no FTP server on OS4.1. But now A-FTP Server has been released for OS4.1. My first attempt to transfer files was successful. Not only could I transfer files it also did not freeze or crash. Surely it will happen sometimes but that is just my combination of A1SE and OS4.1. I give it to thumbs up and this will be a for sure my most used utility of this year
I have had some playtime with my A1SE and OS4.1 this Sunday afternoon. For some reason XAMOS does not really work on my setup. It displays output as it should but not executing the code it was started with.
Fast forward to Saturday, still cold and lot’s of snow outside, so what better time to have another go at XAMOS. Sadly I had no time since last Sunday but with a new weekend amongst us I have some time to get XAMOS to work. It seems to freeze the whole machine when I run it. I got Snoopy running but because it freezes I can’t get the log. I guess I have to look a bit further into this.
I came across another great podcast called Retro Gaming Roundup. I am in the middle of RoundUp 55 and so far I am loving it. I have added the soundcard back into my A1SE so I got sound again. First time I heard the OS4.1 startup sound. I forgot about it but I had my boxes on when to my surprise I heard the sound. Time to play around a bit more with OS4.1 while I still have time for it.
With a new DVD drive sourced I was ready to install Icaros. I managed to boot the DVD but once I tried to create the partitions and have them formatted (as part of the installation process) it presented me with an error. The exact error message has slipped my mind. But after trying to change some setting in the bios regarding the optical drive it actually did not boot into the desktop at all anymore. It started to hang on the optical drive part and it looked like it was not responding. I thought I would boot with only the optical drive connected and indeed it booted. Connecting the HD back it started to hang again and by accident I discovered that pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL made it continue and boot the desktop. I actually wanted to reset the PC which turned out to be a great move. After I installed Icaros I removed the optical drive and it boots just fine. This has nothing to do with Icaros but with my desktop machine I am using which is very unstable. Just today it suddenly refused to boot and when I plugged it into IDE port 2 it did boot again. For now it will do just fine as a testing machine and who knows I might put down some money for new hardware that will run Icaros without any problems.
So that’s all the problems you had? Not really. First up it became clear that the on-board SIS graphics card would not work. Unless I preferred a C64 look for my desktop. I wanted to continue and not having to wait a couple of days before I would be able to source a new graphics card. So I decided to take the ATI Radeon 7000 from my A1SE and use it for Icaros. I could always pickup a new graphics card for Icaros at a later time. The Radeon card works just fine and presented me with a nice looking desktop.
Next up was the networking part. After figuring out what driver to select I got it to work. For a moment I was worried it would not support my on-board LAN card which would have signaled the end of my Icaros testing. First check was to connect to my FTP server running on my Acer laptop using MarranoFTP. This worked just fine and I will try to see if I can move really large files over the network. Might not seem like a big issue but when you run OS4.1 on a A1SE this is the kind of thing that matters.
Sound is also important and I kind of figured the on-board sound card would not be supported. After trying some settings it was clear that this was the case. Since I was stripping my A1Se anyway I decided to get the SoundBlaster card from it and use that for Icaros. When I wanted to set and test in in AHI prefs I got the error message “no emu10kx data for unit 0”. With my A1SE experience I calm and cool and just moved it in another PCI slot. After trying to set and test it and click play a test sound it froze the system. Still calm and cool I moved it to another PCI slot and it worked just fine when playing a test sound. Next up it was time to play some mp3 files and it also gave me the opportunity to test the network by moving a 250MB zip file full of mp3 files. Again this might not seem like a big deal but for A1Se owners it is. Getting 250MB of data over the network is impossible on that machine so getting it done with Icaros on old hardware would put a big smile on my face. And there it is that big smile. Pumping data like there is no tomorrow without even a single glitch or a complete freeze. Even unpacking that big zip file was fast and problem free. I still need to tweak a bit with the settings since when I play the mp3 files it does give me a poor sound quality.
I did encounter a few freezes when testing various settings of the system. But like I said I am using a desktop machine that is about 10 years old and ended up being a spare one due to being unstable and unreliable. But for seeing what Aros can do it is ok enough. Currently I have one major issue left and that is OWB. When I start it I get a distorted screen and so far I have not been able to resolve this. I have posted about this on the forum so I hope someone can give me a solution.
With the Amiga 1200 being hooked up to my home network and having had the opportunity to test it (and finding out it works wonderful) it is time to get started on my disk magazine project. Since I am going to use Amos Professional I really need to get back in to the world of Amos programming. I already installed Amos Professional on my Amiga 1200. Now I really regret I did not bring my Amos books and other reading material with me from Thailand last year.
But I still have some reading material here so I should not worry so much. My plan is to have my mother in-law ship the Amos Pro manual and also the Mastering Amiga Amos book to me. Spending time on Amos really brings back some great memories. There is really something special about Amos. Just reading the Amos The Creator manual or fire up some Amos disk magazines has me all emotional. I really miss those days.
I have also started work on my next OS4.x programming article in case you are wondering if I am still continuing with that. It could still take a bit before it is done but I will really do my best to get it done as soon as possible. In the next article I will explore the world of IDCMP. One problem I have now since I moved upstairs is that I don’t have any network access on my A1SE. I can’t get the cable upstairs to give it access to my network. And the network is the only way I can transfer files since the USB does not work on my A1SE. The only solution would be to use a repeater with a LAN connection port connected to my wireless router downstairs. I would plug the A1SE in to that LAN port so it has network access.
After installing the disk image device software I suddenly could not run my EasyNet software together with AmiTFP any more. It took a bit of memory which was the killer in this case. So I installed the Elbox 1200 4MB card to give it extra memory. I remember having problems with it before in which my Amiga 1200 would crash and not start any more. After I installed it I had no problems at first but after about 1 1/2 hours it happened. Even after switching it off I could not switch it back on any more. The lights would start flashing. The next day it started again but soon after about 10 minutes it happened again. I have placed another card in it at the moment with 8MB memory. At the time of writing this column it still works but I remember that this card had the same problem. If it fails I will try to remove the disk image device software to see if it frees enough up memory so I can transfer my files again.
It is now early Friday evening and this weekend will be all about programming in Amos. Time to get some work done on the disk magazine. I am really going to set some targets for this weekend. The plan for this weekend is to get some code done on displaying text on the screen. I would be really happy if I get some crude form of displaying text on the screen done so I can look back at a productive weekend. I will write all about in the column of next week. Happy weekend Amigans!
I really needed my own office for some of my projects and since the plans for the big office are on hold for the moment because of the cold I had use one of our rooms upstairs in to my new office. I took some negotiation with the missus but the deal was sealed with the agreement that she could decorate it. With the understanding that I could already set everything up a bit I was happy with the deal.
From the above picture you can see my AmigaOne A1SE and my Amiga 1200HD ready for action. The only thing still missing is my whiteboard which will be up once the decorating is done. One thing I did not mention yet regarding the negotiation is that I also got the go ahead to order the EasyNet PCMCIA Wireless Card from AmigaKit. I really need this so I can transfer files from and to my Amiga 1200. I decided to go for the wireless one since I don’t want get myself all worked up on how to get the network cables upstairs. Surely my wife would not allow me to start drilling holes at random (that is how it would look like) places in the house. With the approval for the card I checked the AmigaKit website and discovered it was no longer in stock. Go figure! I decided to e-mail them asking when they will be on stock again. Very quickly (always something that scores you extra points with me) I got a reply back that they have them in stock again. Yes! I just ordered the card and I am bursting with excitement.
Since I was ordering anyway why not get the (Full Colour Edition) of Amiga Future Issue 94? So that also got placed on my shopping basket. There was really no excuse not to order it.
What also happened is that I can’t stop playing Amiga games. I just had a go at (you can see it on the picture) Predator which is really addictive. This will open the door to do some game reviews which I am really looking forward to. The push to set up the Amiga 1200, and with it the office, was the disk magazine project. I will use Amos Basic for this project and currently I have Amos The Creator already installed on the hard drive. The disk magazine is a project I am really excited about. The plan is to start coding this coming week or anything else that would require me to get started. The wireless card should arrive this coming week and of course I will write about it as well as the Amiga Future magazine.