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Offline mikej

Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 03:15:40 PM »
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FPGA Arcade looks interesting if it can get enough developers and get the price down.


Come on then Alex, ready when you are.... want one?

/Mike
 

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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2011, 03:25:48 PM »
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You're much better off buying a real Amiga A1200 and a TV which can use it.

You'll save lots of money for lots of extra goodies.

MiniMig v1.1 is overly expensive for what it is.
It will never be able to be an A1200 (it is stuck at ECS).
It is not 100% compatible (yet).
It only has 4Mbytes RAM.
Without the ARM module hard disk emulation is not great.


I thought your free Minimig from ACube was unused and on a shelf and, due to your PIC, only flashed to run the original core from around 3 years ago?

The price of the Minimig is just a reflection of the limited production run and the fact that it is NEW and comes with a waranty.  Of course you can save money by looking for an A1200 on eBay and hoping that "as is"="working"...
The A1200 isn't exactly 100% compatible either with older software.  I dare say there are games that the Minimig will run that the A1200 will choke on.
Only 4MB of RAM (which can be user configured between Chip and Fast)?  Compared to the A1200 with only 2MB of Chip RAM?
The Hard Drive emulation without the ARM board seems to be OK with current users.
Now add the following advantages:
68000 running at turbo speeds (currently around 50MHz?)
Minimig uses ADF files rather than 25 year old corrupted floppy disks.
Minimig doesn't have a 25 year old floppy drive with misaligned heads.
Minimig uses a cheap PC keyboard.
Minimig uses a cheap PC mouse.
Minimig has a built in Scan Doubler.

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C-One was a great experiment 8 years ago. It is obsolete hardware these days and once again overpriced for it's capabilities.


Yep.  My broken C-One and Extender Card will end up on eBay when I get a chance.

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FPGA Arcade looks interesting if it can get enough developers and get the price down.


200 Euros isn't bad for an new AGA Amiga with a turbo 68020ish CPU, lots of RAM, Scan Doubler and a warranty.
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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2011, 03:29:39 PM »
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So better go for the ChameLEON? It's cheaper as well. My C64 does not load from tapes for some reason (Cassette drive, Interface, Faulty tapes...). Using Memory cards will bring new life to it. Looks like the C-One is unavailable without Minimig. Looks like the Chameleon can become more than a Commodore expansion some day. ChameMIGY may be?


Yep, definately get a Chameleon rather than a C-One now.

The D64 and T64 support is still being worked on, but I have loaded some D64 and T64 games using the same plug-ins from my old MMC Replay cartridge.

One downside of the Chameleon is that you can't use real cartridges with it, even if you have a multi-cartridge expander.  However, you can load (some/available) cartridge images.
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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2011, 04:18:08 PM »
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Come on then Alex, ready when you are.... want one?

/Mike

Sounds neat. I'd like one once you're past the beta stage. How do I arrange it?
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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2011, 04:34:56 PM »
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I thought your free Minimig from ACube was unused and on a shelf and, due to your PIC, only flashed to run the original core from around 3 years ago?
It still is :(


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Come on then Alex, ready when you are.... want one?
I think I'd need to prove that I would actually do something for it before I'd get one.

What is available from a developer point of view? Anything more than the main FPGA pin-map, board schematics and I/C datasheets?
« Last Edit: April 13, 2011, 04:39:36 PM by alexh »
 

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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2011, 08:05:33 PM »
Thanks for the input everyone! :)

My parent's have allowed me to pay less rent this coming month, (I live at home to save money) so I can go ahead and buy the Minimig. I'm gonna order the SD card with it so that I'll have one when it gets here.

Does anyone have a good idea of a case for it? - I'm thinking of making one out of Plexiglass. The actual case that AmigaKit sells for it is out of stock. (And I don't want to spend 50+ for it) Plexiglass at Home Depot is like $10-15 for a small sheet, which makes more sense.

I'm so excited!!!
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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2011, 08:28:12 PM »
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What is available from a developer point of view? Anything more than the main FPGA pin-map, board schematics and I/C datasheets?

Complete shell design.
Contains flexible video timing generator, clock code, joy/ps2/keyboard handling, audio driver, memory controller and interface to ARM controller. It also has the OSD generator as well.

You put your code in the hole in the middle and run the batch build script.
It's not quite ready yet, but nearing completion.
I'll use it as a wrapper for all the arcade games.
/MikeJ
 

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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2011, 09:41:12 PM »
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It still is :(


I don't know if you missed a reply I made to you in one of the other threads here, but I have a flashable PIC (the one I used before installing my ARM board).  You can have it if you want it.
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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2011, 09:42:12 PM »
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Thanks for the input everyone! :)

My parent's have allowed me to pay less rent this coming month, (I live at home to save money) so I can go ahead and buy the Minimig. I'm gonna order the SD card with it so that I'll have one when it gets here.

Does anyone have a good idea of a case for it? - I'm thinking of making one out of Plexiglass. The actual case that AmigaKit sells for it is out of stock. (And I don't want to spend 50+ for it) Plexiglass at Home Depot is like $10-15 for a small sheet, which makes more sense.

I'm so excited!!!


It is small enough to put in a cigar box.  :D
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Offline AmigaFreak

Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2011, 09:51:26 PM »
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It is small enough to put in a cigar box.  :D


Now that's an interesting idea! - The HEB down the street gives cigar boxes away for free. I used to grab them to store stuff in. :)
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Re: Buying a Minimig from AmigaKit!
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2011, 10:30:15 PM »
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Now that's an interesting idea! - The HEB down the street gives cigar boxes away for free. I used to grab them to store stuff in. :)


The flip-up lid will be handy to access the mobo for "reflashing" and a few holes cut/drilled will take care of the cables.  Perfect! :)
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