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Mirko Naumann (E-Mail)

Workshop: Building in Busboard Mediator PCI 3/4000T (shortened)
Author: Mirko Naumann

With the Mediator PCI 3/4000T busboard Elbox offers a very good solution for owners of a A4000-T or A3000-T who wants to extend their Amiga with modern PCI-interfaces. The technical equipment is more than sufficient - the only disadvantage is the lack of an AGP-slot but which has none of the up to now available PCI-extensions.

Building in the board is much more difficult than Elbox writes it in its documentation. First you have to fix the board on the mainboard. For that Elbox delivers ten brass-coloured bolts with thread of which you need five for fixing the board. Unfortunately the gradient of the screws in my A4000-T did not fit with the one of the bolts.

Well, what is to do? I could not find matching screws at the PC-dealers and I did not want to cut the threads. So you have to remove the screws and to fix the bolts with matching nuts on the main board. It is also annoying that the board hides the connection of the clock-battery and of the internal speakers. By bending the contacts it works but thats not a professional solution which you can expect.

Here there are some useful links to this topic:
Remark of the editing stuff:
In this connection please read the paragraph ´Exclusion of liability´ in our Legal Infos. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. May. 2002, 16:49] [Comments: 2 - 07. Apr. 2008, 03:14]
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InstallerNG Website

InstallerNG possibly becomes part of AmigaOS 4 (update)
The installing-tool InstallerNG of Jens Tröger possibly becomes part of AmigaOS 4.

Update: The word "possibly" has been added. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. May. 2002, 16:27] [Comments: 0]
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Chaos Computer Club

CCC: EU-parliament said yes to data retention
Despite of many protests the EU-parliament has agreed to loosen the data protection in the EU.

»The passed order "about the processing of personal data and the protection of the private sphere in the electronic communication" enables the memebership states to loosen the regulation of protection for data of connections to "carry out penal persecution and to save the national and public safety. Thus the way is free for the so called data retention.

Data retention means that the data of connections of the participant of the telecommunication are not only individually saved and kept after an official order but for all participants in advance and without a starting suspicion. Because of that the authorities can use also data which are far away in the past. Up to now the data of connections had to be deleted after 80 days after making the calculation.

Data protectors and people of the human rights warn before such a general data saving because thereby they say the fundamental rights for private sphere and freedom of opinion are endangered. Besides this such actions mean a turn away from the assumption of innocence because the data retention above all disadvantage the innocent poeple. Even the committee of the civil rights of the EU voted against it. The 16206 signers of a summons to the parliament refer to it.« (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. May. 2002, 16:10] [Comments: 0]
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Steffen Nitz (ANF)

Version 1.25 of RunTime uploaded on Aminet
Steffen Nitz wrote:
I have just uploaded a new version of RunTime on Aminet. It could be take some days until the version will be published.

RunTime is a Computer-runtime-monitor which saves all possible data and shows them as beam-diagramms.

New in version 1.25:

  • Daily calculation of the average runtime of the computer but also of the annual and complete statistics.
Users who do not want to wait a day until the new version will be published on Aminet can contact to get the version via email. Download: RunTime.lha (can still take some days until the file is available on Aminet). (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. May. 2002, 12:15] [Comments: 0]
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Olaf Köbnik (E-Mail)

Amiga Arena: Interview with Felix Schwarz (IOSPIRIT)
After we have not heard much of the software publisher "Innovative" we were surprised that on April the chief developer Felix Schwarz has come back with his newly founded company "IOSPIRIT" and new software-products!

Should this be a first sign of a change at the weakened Amiga market? In this interview Amiga Arena talks with Felix Schwarz about his reasons to go on developing for the Amiga market, about his new software products as well as further new developments.

Felix Schwarz explains how he has found a solution for himself to simultaneously support AmigaOS, MorphOS and emulators and how he is able to do something against not permitted copying.

I completely agree with Felix Schwarz when he says: "Negative signs, negative effect - postive thinking and good products, positive feedback. Let's tackle!"

Finally it is in the hands of the users if they want to set a sign by buying Amiga products and thus make further developments possible.

Direct link: Interview in German (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. May. 2002, 12:08] [Comments: 0]
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Raquel Velasco and Bill Buck (E-Mail)

Thendic-France: First Pegasos Boards Shipped
Thendic-France has shipped within the planned time line the first Pegasos PPC computers with Yellow Dog Linux and MorphOS, and they announced a next version of a Pegasos handheld. Please read the press release:

Thendic-France SARL, a subsidiary of Pretory USA Inc. (OTC: PTRU), an emerging technology-based leader in security, detection equipment and medical devices, today announced that is has shipped the first Pegasos PPC computer. The Pegasos was developed by bplan GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany. Thendic-France SARL has acquired the rights to organize and manage the worldwide distribution of the Pegasos.

"We are very excited to be moving ahead with the Pegasos on schedule. We look forward to both developing a reseller network and a development community for the Pegasos. The next version of the Pegasos will be a handheld device and this important step moves us closer to our ultimate objectives," commented Raquel Velasco, Chairman of the Board.

Internet references can be found as follows:


[News message: 31. May. 2002, 11:46] [Comments: 0]
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Dietmar Knoll (ANF)

AmigaOS XL: Experiences with the H&P Big-Tower 1800+ (Update)
Dietmar Knoll writes:
In my report, I describe the experiences I have made with the Big-Tower. Version 1.18 of the report finally contains the promised chapters, in which I more closely describe "AmigaXL" and "QNX". Furthermore, I included some links to the "Software" chapter and added the latest "Patches for Amithlon".

Note: The last update was released one month ago. Since the webserver of Compuserve is frozen since the beginning of May, I uploaded this update to Fortunecity, although this server is a bit problematic. In QNX-Voyager popups are generated, in Amiga-Voyager only ads are displayed instead of the images. Therefore, I recommend to use AWeb or Amiga-Voyager (with background images switched off). (ps)

[News message: 31. May. 2002, 11:24] [Comments: 0]
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Achim Stegemann (ANF)

Astronomy: Second developer-snapshot for Digital Almanac III
You can download the new beta version DA III v4.9beta from the DA-homepage (title link).

All users who want to install the beta version are asked to make a statement to the author about possible problems. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. May. 2002, 11:22] [Comments: 0]
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Volker Mohr (ANF)

Event: Classic-Computing 2002
Though it unfortunately fell through last year, the Classic Computing Convention is a go this year. This is made possible through our new host Manfred Schwab (Alias "C64-Doc"), who's going to organize the event. Your comments and enthusiastic assistance are welcome. (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 21:26] [Comments: 0]
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kdh news (ANF)

HIGHWAY USB card for Amiga is shipping now
The USB card HIGHWAY is available now. KDH Datentechnik has delivered the HIGHWAY board to customers and Amiga dealers who did pre-order the HIGHWAY card.

The scope of delivery includes the USB Stack Poseidon. The currently supported USB devices are listed here.

KDH offers you at a special bundle price the Memorycard-writer/reader device HexaMedia Drive from Lacie. This allows you to read in all pictures from your digital cameras into your Amiga and to change or print them with your favorite graphic program. (ps)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 21:17] [Comments: 0]
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Sebastian Beloch (ANF)

Instant-Messenger: StrICQ v2.8.2 Released
On the 29th of May, 2002 Douglas F. McLaughlin released version 2.8.2 of his Instant-Messenger "StrICQ." A few mistakes were corrected in this version.

New: Offline messages now display properly

Download: STRICQv2.lha (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 18:00] [Comments: 0]
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Dirk Conrad (ANF)

Amiga MAS-Player 1.3f Update
A software update for the MAS-Player is now available. MAS-Player is a hardware solution for playing MP3s on less-powerful Amigas.

The MAS-Player Software contains a seldom encountered but serious bug! It happened to me as I was being the DJ at a party. Once or twice an evening the Amiga would bump into a skipping loop for a couple minutes, then come out of it. The problem appears to have been solved :-). (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 17:55] [Comments: 0]
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Golem - IT News

Golem: Threat of Full Control over the Internet
»Data-Protector: "Strike against the right to have unmonitored communications."

Today the German Upper House of Parliament is debating a measure which would require Internet and telecommunications providers to collect and store data of their customers. According to the Independent National Center for Data Security at Schleswig-Holstein such a law would totally upset the protection of personal data.«

See the title link for the complete article (German). (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 12:26] [Comments: 0]
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Eyetech Group

Eyetech Group: AmigaOne Update from 30th May 2002
Press release:
The AmigaOneG3-SE

The first model in our AmigaOne range is the AmigaOneG3-SE. This is in effect a 600Mhz G3 Amiga accelerator with built in 10/100 ethernet, USB, PCI/AGP interface and memory slots for up to 2GB of SDRAM. As well as being many times more powerful and at (UKP350/USD500/Euro600*) around half the price of the previously most powerful Amiga PPC accelerator (the phase 5 Cyberstorm PPC 604 240MHz).

In fact you can regard the AmigaOneG3-SE as a high performance accelerator that comes with a free, built in computer! This means that you no longer need an attached A1200 or special tower case if you only intend to run retargetable Amiga applications. (For hardware-hitting applications an interface card to connect an Amiga 1200 motherboard to the A1G3-SE a PCI card interface will be available from Escena). The A1G3-SE also comes with a full range of legacy peripherals, and will run PPC Linux (and PPC UAE) in addition to running the new PPC-only OS4 natively.

The AmigaOneG3-SE will not be shipped to end users until OS4 is ready, but boards for OS4 developers and beta testers are already out in the field.

Amiga Inc, Hyperion and ourselves have also decided to bundle OS4 directly with the boards which we ship to dealers, mainly to reduce shipping and handling costs - and that has resulted in a small overall price reduction to end users of the A1G3-SE + OS4 bundle to ukp 382.94*. There will be equivalent reductions on the dollar and euro prices of the bundle to usd550* and euro652.50*.

Finally it is important to note that the AmigaOneG3-SE is fully quality-validated and licensed by Amiga Inc to run OS4, with all licence fees/royalties paid. AI's licence terms also stipulate that all boards capable of running OS4 must ship with an OEM version of OS4 and must have built-in hardware protection to keep OS4 piracy to a minimum, and this has been built into the AmigaOneG3-SE from the outset.

A list of dealers who have already ordered demonstration / familiarisation boards is posted on our web site ( Don't worry if your favourite dealer is not listed - several have either missed the ordering window or decided to wait until the end user boards and OS4 is shipping. These dealers will be added to the list on our website at the time they order end user boards from us.

Although we are advertising the A1G3-SE as an entry-level machine, have no doubt with OS4 installed it will really fly. The 600Mhz 750CXe cpu that is shipped with it is effectively that fastest G3 cpu generally available and some PPC experts reckon it is likely to deliver several hundred times the performance of an '030/50 with many applications.

Planning for the next AmigaOne - the AmigaOne-XE

We have always said that the AmigaOneG3-SE was to be the first, entry level, board in a range of AmigaOne boards which we have planned to produce. Many people have asked us to give some outline details of what we have planned for later boards in the series. So here is a taster.

The next AmigaOne board we have planned is for an up-market (read more flexible but more expensive) addition to the range. Further details will be published here and on the AmigaOne mailing list at Yahoogroups at the appropriate time (but not before!).

One of the prime requirements is to provide a socketed cpu module so that user-upgradable performance enhancements can be made as and when faster and more complex chips - and operating system enhancements that use them - become available. Our engineers do not believe that the Intel Slot-1 socket (as planned for the original AmigaOne-1200) is really suitable because of the need to minimise trace lengths between cpu and SDRAM memory at higher clock speeds. In addition both the Intel Slot-1 socket and the Apple ZIF cpu socket are now obsolete and therefore not a sensible choice for a new product not yet launched.

So for the next version of the AmigaOne, the AmigaOne-XE, we have borrowed the latest cpu socket technology from Apple in the form of the purpose-designed ´Megarray´ socket. This means that we can make low cost, tightly coupled cpu modules using either G3, G4, dual G4, (and possibly G5 - but information on the G5 is still very sparce) technology - for use on the same AmigaOne-XE motherboard. Upgrading cpu power therefore only needs a simple module exchange. The prototype socketed AmigaOne-XE board and the associated plug-in G3 and G4 modules have already been built and tested.

But before you rush off and cancel your pending AmigaOneG3-SE orders to buy the AmigaOne-XE instead, bear in mind that this extra flexibility will come at a price, and until OS4 supports the G4´s Altivec coprocessor, without much performance benefit either. And at the moment, unless you are Apple, G4 cpu´s are on very tight allocation, which means that it will be several months before they are available to anyone other than Apple at a reasonable price. At the moment the target price for the AmigaOne-XE board with the single G4 700MHz cpu module is around UKP200/USD300/Euro350* more than the AmigaOneG3-SE - and possibly less if Apple´s demand for these cpu´s drops significantly when the G5 starts shipping.

So does this mean you should cancel your existing AmigaOne-G3 order and wait a few more months? Not at all. We anticipate a high private resale value of used AmigaOneG3-SE boards, but to take the uncertainty out of the process, we, and the majority of other AmigaOne dealers, will underwrite a trade-in value of your AmigaOneG3-SE during a period of 6 and 12 months after its purchase against the purchase of a new AmigaOne-XE with single G4 cpu module. (You are of course still at liberty to sell the board privately for a higher price!).

This trade-in will be at 75% of the current retail price of an A1G3-SE 6 months after its purchase falling by 1% per month (to 69%) at 12 months after its purchase. The board must be traded in to the original dealer where it was purchased, by the original purchaser, be in full working condition and be used as part payment against an AmigaOne-XE with a single G4 cpu module. Individual dealers may also opt to have their own trade-up scheme instead, so please check with them when making your original purchase. Finally this offer does not apply in conjunction with any other discount offer, such as that applied to the A1G3-SE developer boards.

If you´ve been sitting on the fence wondering whether to buy an A1G3-SE or to wait until an upgradable G4 AmigaOne is available, you can now have the best of both worlds. Order a new, low cost AmigaOneG3-SE now and upgrade within 12 months. What are you waiting for?

* Prices quoted exclude local taxes and shipping charges. (ps)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 12:23] [Comments: 0]
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VGR: Mediator support page updated (PatchInt)
The worlds oldest Mediator support pages have been updated with PatchInt (and ResetInt) information. Mr. Matthew Allatt has released his PatchInt (and ResetInt) to the public.

He writes: "Dear sufferers of the SoundBlaster and FastEthernet lockup problem. If you have been using ResetInt for the last couple of days to clear these problems, then you may be getting fed up of having to run that program every time that error happens. I have now written a version, called PatchInt, which you can put in the user-startup. You need to run it with the line: "run <nil: >nil: PatchInt".

You can find information on PatchInt and all other Mediator programs on the 3rd Party Mediator Software Page. If you see a program missing email the information here: (ps)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 11:40] [Comments: 0]
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Amigan Software

Tool: Report+ Version 5.51a
For users of the AmigaOS 3.9 is version 5.51 of Report+ available for download. With Report+ by Amigan Software can bug reports, Aminet readme files, autodocs and similar reports be done in an easy way. The program is freeware and supports the GUI systems ReAction and GadTools. Changes since version 5.51: bugfixes.

Download: ReportPlus.lha (349 KB) (ps)

[News message: 30. May. 2002, 11:29] [Comments: 0]
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New poll: How many hours a day are you using your computer?
This latest poll has its origin in the question how many hours a day our readers are sitting in front of and using their computers (privatly and for work). We are curious about the result. (ps) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 29. May. 2002, 23:21] [Comments: 0]
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29.May.2002 There is a new board within our forum - Programming
Several times we were asked to establish a board for programmers within our forum. Finally Stephen Nitz convinced us to do so.

It is a common board all around programming and not related to any special language. Likewise beginners and advancers are both welcome to share, improve or acquire their knowledge. (ps) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 29. May. 2002, 15:19] [Comments: 0]
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Cyborg (ANF)

IRC-Client: BenderIRC version 1.5b9
BenderIRC went through several updates, for example the DCC routines got a GUI now. Benders main GUI is infinitely resizable now, at least the start bug is also fixed along with several other little improvements.

For version 1.6 there is still a PGP chat planned as well as some further improvements of the GUI and, of course, more plugins..

Hint: Please take a view to the history before you start Bender, the config has changed a little.

Download: BenderIRC.lha (ps) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 29. May. 2002, 12:44] [Comments: 0]
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IOSPIRIT brings USB-scanners to the AMIGA
Finally it's going to become a reality! Thanks to the continuous development of fxSCAN 4.0 you will be able to use current USB scanners, interesting both in price and technology, with the release of the latest version!

The required drivers will be made available seperatly in the "IOUSB Scanner Package" (IOUSB SP) with the appearance of fxSCAN 4.0. By building upon the IOUSB technology, it will be possible to use the drivers with both the Poseidon stack (Highway®, Subway®, MorphOS) and the stack contained in AmigaOS® 4.0.

The first driver will support Epson® scanners. Please have a look at the list of supported USB scanners on the fxSCAN- or IOUSB SP-subpages for supported devices.

ATTENTION: SPECIAL OFFER!! All those who preorder (no matter whether update or full version) fxSCAN 4.0 now, get the IOUSB Scanner Package for free!! This special offer takes effect for all already existing preorders, too.

Furthermore fxSCAN 4.0 does now support special scanner settings that may be available through the respective Betascan-drivers. This includes selection of scanner source (e.g. transparency unit or automatic document feeder) and the internal contrast-, brightness-, gamma- and black&,white-pattern-settings of the scanner. PNG is supported for saving now, too.

New screenshots and an updated "NEW in V4!"-list can be found at the fxSCAN-subpages.

The delivery of fxSCAN 4.0 might be delayed (if at all!) by a maximum of two weeks due to the new features and the required tests. Thus delivery should start by mid of July the latest. Thanks for your understanding. (ps)

[News message: 29. May. 2002, 12:33] [Comments: 0]
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