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Offline wrath of khan

Armiga. Emulated, Floppy disk compatibile amiga.
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:27:30 PM »
Indiegogo crowd funding http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/armiga-project

An arm based emulation of the a500 with a real floppy disk drive.

It comes in an Amiga styled case and also runs android.
 

Offline polyp2000

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 11:56:07 AM »
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Indiegogo crowd funding http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/armiga-project

An arm based emulation of the a500 with a real floppy disk drive.

It comes in an Amiga styled case and also runs android.


Sweet - although AGA would be nice too.

Offline Gulliver

Re: Armiga. Emulated, Floppy disk compatibile amiga.
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 05:29:48 PM »
It seems like an arm board running UAE with a catweasel like device, and in a nice case.
Nothing truly outstanding...but certainly more affordable than other offerings.
 

Offline Surreal

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 06:29:42 PM »
Really only all that worthwhile if it contained an actual Amiga Floppy Drive, and not a PC Floppy Drive.  So we could actually use it in all it's multi-speed glory with real Ami disks.

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Re: Armiga. Emulated, Floppy disk compatibile amiga.
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014, 05:49:07 PM »
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Really only all that worthwhile if it contained an actual Amiga Floppy Drive, and not a PC Floppy Drive.  So we could actually use it in all it's multi-speed glory with real Ami disks.

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ummmm, i think the whole point is that you can run amiga floppies
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 01:03:14 AM »
From the looks of it, it does not really read disks like real Amiga would. It looks like it creates ADF on the fly and stores it on SD card.
Also, in the description it says that so far only supports cracked/unprotected disks. Now...if you want to play your original disks that are protected then it probably it's not going to work. Am I right??? Real Amiga does not have that problem.
The menu looks like UAE from my GP2X, nothing custom.
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 04:35:24 PM »
Yea, my thoughts were along the lines of what amiman99 said.  It's still a PC FDD with a custom controller, but the drives in the Amiga were 'special'.   If I had to venture a guess it's probably part of the issue with reading copy protected disks.  

It'd really be worthwhile if I could take some of the games I purchased way back when, plug them in an be able to play them again.  But that isn't really what it is.

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Offline Thorham

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2014, 05:16:37 PM »
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the drives in the Amiga were 'special'
Not really. They have some extra circuitry to enable daisy chaining up to four drives, but that's it. The extra signals that the drives have can be produced with some wires on a peecee drive's circuit board. Did it once back in my teens. My mom thought a replacement Amiga drive was too expensive, so I had to make do with a peecee drive. Got it to work with a few wires. Didn't work with extra drives, of course.

The big difference is the controller in the peecee. That thing is the reason peecees can't read Amiga formatted disks.
 

Offline Erol

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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2014, 05:40:23 PM »
hmmm,   it looks like a floppy drive.   i hope they re-consider the look of the device I certainly dont think it does the Amiga justice by design.  (Sorry, but that's my view)
 

Offline persia

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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2014, 10:57:22 PM »
How about a clear cube that the chassis slides in and out of?
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Re: Armiga. Emulated, Floppy disk compatibile amiga.
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2014, 01:38:57 PM »
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Not really. They have some extra circuitry to enable daisy chaining up to four drives, but that's it. The extra signals that the drives have can be produced with some wires on a peecee drive's circuit board. Did it once back in my teens. My mom thought a replacement Amiga drive was too expensive, so I had to make do with a peecee drive. Got it to work with a few wires. Didn't work with extra drives, of course.
 
The big difference is the controller in the peecee. That thing is the reason peecees can't read Amiga formatted disks.

Yes the problem hass always been the controller not the drive itseld.  As long as they re-create the floppy controler  , paula is it ?  then it shoudl work fine with amiga disks
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Re: Armiga. Emulated, Floppy disk compatibile amiga.
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2014, 02:28:14 PM »
My only question would be... why Android?  I would think it'd be a horrible OS for the basis for this.  Also, it looks like all they did was make a cool case for a Raspberry Pi and slap a floppy drive into it.  I wonder how hard it'd be to create a proper floppy controller on a board for the Pi that would allow copy protected Amiga disks to be read...

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Offline gunni

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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2014, 07:38:39 PM »
I believe they only used the pi for initial testing, they are planning to use some dual-core board for the finished product.

I don't get why android either, if they could make it run the ARM flavour of AROS now THAT would be more fiiting....
 

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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2014, 03:17:45 PM »
Android gives access to Android games would be my guess.  Android is unix under the GUI....
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