I’ll post the journey I’ve had with Amithlon, from hardware I’ve used, installing issues and tweaks and eventually to compiling the kernel based on Milan’s “Kernel 4” tree. Make sure to visit http://amithlon.snkbitten.com/ for downloads of patches, kernels and miscellaneous files. Lots of internet searches and hardware experimenting to make your journey easier 🙂 – SnkBitten
There are a limited number of supported graphics cards for Amithlon. NVidia, Matrox, ATI and even Voodoo. Some better than others, though it still revolves around older linux 2.4 framebuffer support. Going through the kernel and gathering what we can find, this is the support breakdown for acceleration with each card type. This is information based on kernel 4.
Current status is “work in progress” but we have patched Amithlon to remove the 4 MB limit on Matrox video cards. Linux 2.4 Matrox framebuffer drivers had issues crossing a 4 MB barrier which results in Amithlon only seeing 4 MB on Matrox cards. In testing with a Two-headed 32 MB Matrox G550 PCI-e card, after the patch to Amithlon internal binaries we saw Matrox-1: at 16 MB and Matrox-2 at 4 MB. This only works with Bernie’s new_emubox.gz kernel and Gary’s kernel 3.10. Kernel 4 is incompatible with this mod and we are looking if any other incompatibilities are within Kernel 4. With Kernel4 already requiring a switch from ram0 to ram1 in the init string, there may be some other issues undiscovered at this time.
Reading through the posts I noticed my system had changed slightly since the last time I posted, so a little updating…
Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L motherboard
Intel Core2Duo @ 4.00 Ghz (e8600 @ 3.33 GHz)
(2) 512 MB ram modules (1 GB total)
64 MB nVidia 5200 PCI graphics card
32 MB Matrox G550 PCIe graphics card
Catweasel MKIV PCI card
Soundblaster Live 5.1 PCI
Realtek 8169 10/100/1000 Network card (PCI) Intel Pro-1000 10/100/1000 Desktop Network card (PCIe)
Motherboard 10/100/1000 Realtek RTL8111 chipset
8x DVD-RW(-/+) Slot loading drive
20 GB SATA dos boot drive (freedos)
256 GB SATA AmigaOS drive
Multi-card USB reader
3.5″ PC Floppy (Catweasel allows for r/w of Amiga DD/HD and PC DD/HD disks)
Nothing spectacular but for those of you with the common RTL-8111 motherboard NIC (10/100/1000) this is a very nice addition.
Doing some linux investigating we’ve found a 2.4 kernel module for the RTL8111 series chips, common on motherboards (10/100/1000 nic).
I have a new module file for the following network chips used on motherboards, it doesn’t build with the kernel so had to be manipulated a little to get it to ‘make’ for kernel4.
It’s based on version 1.07, no changes to the driver just modified the make file.
Download this for your Amithlon system.
Extract the files to ram: then copy the r1000.o file to your devs: pcidrivers/net/ folder and copy the other three files to your S: directory.
It will overwrite your pci_modules, vendors.txt and vendors_pci.txt files in S: so you may want to back those up. The new ones were updated and should give more useful info as well when doing a pcilist or pciscan command (much less “unknown device”).
I can remove the Intel Pro 1000 Nic from my system now and use the motherboard built-in Nic.
I replaced the kickstart in Amithlon with a stock A500/A2000 3.1 kickstart. The system booted just fine and runs with no issues that I’ve noticed so far. It looks like only exec is different between the two. I’m going to experiment with how much the shape.rom can be patched without creating any issues.
Okay, this is a much easier process to setup a compiling environment in Virtualbox to build the Amithlon kernel based off Milan’s Kernel 4 tree.
I’m working on a new guide for compiling the kernel using an older Ubuntu distro, though it’s newer than the previous guide using a really old Centos distro.
It seems to be a quicker and easier setup as well and I hope to have it posted/hosted over the weekend.
This doesn’t add anything new though it does make the process easier and hopefully help some start rolling their own kernels.
I feel the installation guides have reached a point of being complete, at least as much as I’ve been able to make them. So I exported them as PDFs and archived them together and posted the archive to Aminet.
I’ve started a new ‘Miscellaneous Notes’ of items that I’ve found useful or information I’ve found that doesn’t really involve the installation process. Once that has a bit more info in it, I’ll host it as a live Google Doc like I’ve been doing with the installation guides.
Honestly there isn’t a lot I have going on with Amithlon (or Amiga) at this time. I’m getting more involved in Lightwave 2018 (and 2015.3) these days but I’m hoping to do some more hardware testing this year if funds permit. Still wanting to build up an i7 based system, just need to find (and purchase) the right motherboard/CPU and use the best combination of PCI and PCIe cards I’ve tested.