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AmigaOS 4 / MorphOS: Sqrxz 3 1.05
Sqrxz 3 is a classic jump'n'run for exercised players (video) which is availalbe for AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS.

The latest update to version 1.05 by Frank Willes improves the display on screens with solutions higher than 640 x 480 pixels. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 28. Feb. 2013, 09:15] [Comments: 0]
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Web-Browser NetSurf 3.0 (alpha)
Artur "Arti" Jarosik is about to port the latest alpha version of the web browser NetSurf to AmigaOS ("Development Plan" for Netsurf 3.0). He releases test versions in his blog.

Amiga-related changes in this release:
  • selectable, copyable text
  • scrollbar works in frames
  • added caret
  • updated:
    • libpng 1.5.13
    • libsdl_image 1.2.12
    • libturbojpeg 1.2.1
    • libcurl 7.28
  • updated getvideo 0.32
  • works on Aros m68k now
  • fixed closing of program
  • 16 bit work again

On 24bit screens, websites are displayed with false colours but on 16Bit screens the bug was fixed. Besides, the status status line occasionally has some useless characters. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 27. Feb. 2013, 15:11] [Comments: 0]
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26.Feb.2013 (Forum)

ACube Systems: Audio issue on some Sam460-boards identified
Press release: The problem with the crackling audio on some Sam460ex boards/AmigaOne 500 systems has been identified.

For some reasons, still under investigation, a few boards miss a resistor (R267). This 0 ohm resistor is responsible for the clock source selection of the AC97 codec, without it the codec runs at a wrong frequency which causes the crackling audio.

If you have a sound quality problem with your Sam460ex board/AmigaOne 500 system, please check if the R267 resistor is in place or not. See this photo from the bottom of the board. If the resistor is missing, it could be easily fixed just soldering the two open pads together, for such fix we suggest to contact your reseller.

Alternatively the problem may be mitigated with a special driver which minimizes (but not completely removes) the noise. Download and try this alternate driver.

Download: sm502_audio_6.3_alt.lha (20 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 26. Feb. 2013, 22:37] [Comments: 0]
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26.Feb.2013 (Webseite)

Emulator: Preview to WinUAE 2.6.0
As usual the developers of the well-known Amiga emulator WinUAE habe given a preview to the forthcoming version. WinUAE 2.6.0 is supposed to be released in Spring 2013 with the following changes:

New features:
  • SCSI and ATAPI (IDE) CD drive emulation.
  • Full 68030, 68040 and 68060 MMU emulation. Amix, Linux, NetBSD, Enforcer, WHDLoad MMU option and more fully working.
  • Built-in full CHD CD and HD image support. HD image support is read-only.
  • Partial partition hardfile on the fly eject/replacement support, requires filesystem that has removable drive support.
  • Multiple Direct3D shader filters can be enabled simultaneously, optionally shader can be now run after scaling and filtering.
  • Directory filesystem shortcut (.lnk) and symbolic links are mapped to Amiga soft links.
  • Added support for mountlist-like hardfile configuration files.

  • A590/A2091/A3000 SCSI emulation compatibility improved. (Amix, NetBSD etc..)
  • A2065 network adapter compatibility improved. (Early NetBSD versions)
  • 68040 MMU emulation compatibility improved.
  • Multithreaded IDE and SCSI emulation, slow read or write operations won't temporarily pause the emulation anymore.
  • When CPU double faults, emulated CPU is halted instead of forcing instant emulated hardware reset.
  • Custom chipset emulation improved (Subtle Shades / Nuance).
  • Full Amiga file timestamp resolution (1/50s) support on FAT directory filesystems.

Fixed bugs:
  • If display mode switched from RTG to native (or vice versa) and WinUAE window had no focus: emulation incorrectly started receiving keyboard input.
  • 1.5M chip ram option didn't work.
  • GamePorts panel Swap Ports button cleared custom mappings.
  • 68060 + more compatible checked was unreliable.
  • 68040/68060 no FPU/FPU disabled exception stack frame fixed.
  • A2024 and Graffiti emulation memory leak fixed.
  • FPU rounding mode was reset when using filters.
(cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 26. Feb. 2013, 17:17] [Comments: 0]
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26.Feb.2013 (Forum)

Big Book of Amiga Hardware: Available under new URL
According to Steen 'bitman' Jessen and with the permission of Ian Chapman, he is going to continue the Big Book of Amiga Hardware under the new URL The original website is still available, but since September 14th, 2006 no longer updated. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 26. Feb. 2013, 11:02] [Comments: 0]
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