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AmigaOS 4.0 AmigaOS 4.0

for Classic Amigas with Blizzard PPC or Cyberstorm PPC (*)

After a long development time, it's finally here: the biggest upgrade of the Amiga operating system for classic Amiga equipped with a PowerPC CPU card (Blizzard PPC or Cyberstorm PPC). The completely rewritten kernel, modern hardware support, the updated GUI, an Internet software suite, new applications and many improvements make AmigaOS 4.0 the best and most comprehensive Amiga OS ever.

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Package Contents: AmigaOS 4.0 CD-ROM, boot diskette, installation manual.

System Requirements: AmigaOS 4.0 requires a PowerPC processor and does not work without a PowerPC processor card (Blizzard PPC or Cyberstorm PPC). You need at least 64 MB RAM and 200 MB free hard disk space to use AmigaOS 4.0. Additionally a CD-ROM drive is required and, in case there's no Amiga OS 3.x installation to start from, a floppy disk drive.

Some of the features of AmigaOS 4.0:
  • Exec Second Generation (Exec SG)
  • Just in Time (JIT) 68K emulation
  • PPC native TCP/IP stack & PPP drivers
  • Re-implementation of the Amiga file system (FFS2) for PPC
  • PPC native CD Filesystem
  • Recovery and Salvage tools for FFS2 and SFS
  • PPC native CD back-up tool
  • PPC native RTG system
  • PPC native arithmetically optimised version of layers.library
  • PPC native RTA system based on AHI
  • PPC native GUI system (Intuition and Reaction)
  • PPC native shell
  • PPC native version of "Amidock"
  • PPC native utility for archiving and de-archiving
  • AmigaInput API (for multimedia controller devices)
  • USB stack
  • PPC native datatypes
  • New HDToolbox ("Media Toolbox")
  • Support for TrueType/OpenType fonts
  • PPC native rewrite of DOS library
  • PPC native devices
  • Generic PPC native PCI library

Amiga OS4.0 for classic Amigas is compatible with all Amiga 3000(T) or Amiga 4000(T) equipped with a Cyberstorm PPC card and with all Amiga 1200 equipped with a Blizzard PPC card.



Hardware compatibility list (Nov 20, 2007 - subject to change):

Hardware Name System Works? Notes
Systems
Amiga 3000 Desktop + Cyberstorm PPC A3000D YES  
Amiga 3000 Tower + Cyberstorm PPC A3000T YES  
Amiga 4000 Desktop + Cyberstorm PPC A4000D YES  
Amiga 4000 Tower + Cyberstorm PPC A4000T YES  
Amiga 1200 + Blizzard PPC A1200 YES  
Graphics Cards/Chipsets
ECS A3000 YES  
AGA A1200 - A4000 YES  
BVision PPC A1200 YES  
CVision PPC A3000 - A4000 YES  
Cybervision 64 A3000 - A4000 YES  
Cybervision 64/3D A3000 - A4000 YES  
Merlin Zorro-II YES  
Picasso II Zorro-II YES  
Picasso IV Zorro-II/III YES May have problems with apps that require overlay.
RetinaZ3 A3000 YES  
Voodoo 3 3000 PCI Prometheus/Mediator YES  
GVP EGS Spectrum 24 A3000 YES  
3D Labs Permedia 2 PCI Prometheus YES  
Voodoo Banshee PCI Mediator 1200 YES  
Radeon PCI gfx board Prometheus NO  
PCI Busboards
Prometheus A3000 - A4000 YES  
Mediator 4000 A4000 YES  
Mediator 1200 A1200 YES  
G-REX 4000 A3000 - A4000 NO  
G-REX 1200 A1200 NO  
Zorro Busboards
Micronik Infinitiv V5 Zorro-II Busboards A1200 YES Reset Button causes a warm OS4 Reboot with Timer.device 52.4 - Needs to be held for 10 seconds to reboot to 68K ESS
Zorro-IIIi rev 6.8 A1200 NO The zorroboard Switches the data cache off , but OS4 requires data cache
SCSI & IDE
Cyberstorm SCSI A3000 - A4000 YES  
A4000 onboard IDE A4000 YES  
A1200 onboard IDE A1200 YES  
DKB Rapidfire SCSI II contoller A3000 - A4000 YES  
A1200 4 IDE interface A1200 YES  
IDE-fix Express A1200 A1200 YES  
FastATA 1200 MK-III A1200 YES AllowBasePageAccess required, CDFS might need a own Dosdriver when the Fastata driver is used.
FastATA 4000 A4000 YES AllowBasePageAccess required
Buddha Pheonix Edition Zorro IDE Interface A1200 - Micronik Zorro-II YES Hard disk can be moved to this when installed, however Hardware hangs if an x-surf 3CC is present and x-surf.device is opened by roadshow. Happens under 3.X too with miami. Zorro card Problem or Micronik Z2 Problem.
Yamaha SCSI Adapter cybppc.device YES Works with both HDs and CDs without problems
Impact A4000-HC+8 (A4008) A4000 YES  
A3000 onboard SCSI A3000 NO No working driver
A4000T onboard SCSI A4000T NO No working driver
Blizzard SCSI A1200 NO No working driver
PCI IDE cards 3.3V Mediator 1200 NO No 3.3V support in PCI hardware
PCI SCSI cards Mediator 1200 NO No DMA support in PCI hardware
Network
Ariadne Zorro-II YES  
Ariadne II Ethernet card Zorro-II YES  
PCMCIA network cards A1200 YES cnet.device works
NetPCM003 PMCIA network card A1200 YES  
Netax A1200 PCMCIA network card A1200 YES Using cnet.device
ConneXion network card A4000 YES  
Realtek RTL8029AS PCI Prometheus YES  
A2065 Ethernet card (+ transceiver) Zorro-II YES  
X-Surf Zorro-II YES  
X-Surf 3 Clock Port Zorro-II YES Works when used with Micronik V5 Busboards
X-Surf 3 Network Card Zorro-II YES Works with Micronik Busboards in the A1200 and x-surf.device V1.2 filesize 13448 Patched Ariadne file not required
X-Surf 3 IDE Interface Zorro-II NO Media Tool Box could not find any devices on 2ndscsi.device with XSURFIDE in WBStartup
Norway A4000 YES Seems to work slowly
PCI 3Com Ethernet card Prometheus/Mediator NO No DMA support in PCI hardware
Realtek RTL8139 PCI Mediator 4000 NO No DMA support in PCI hardware
Hydra Systems AmigaNET Zorro A4000 NO  
USB
HIGHWAY USB A3000 - A4000 YES  
Romulus for HIGHWAY A4000 NO Must be turned off using the right/left mouse buttons or Highway won't work. Check out your Luciferin config.
SUBWAY USB A1200 YES Works on either of the X-SURF 3 Clockports
Poseidon 2 OEM USB Stack A1200 YES Works with the SUBWAY - Don't install input.device patch
Poseidon 3.8 USB Stack A1200 YES Works with the SUBWAY - Don't install input.device patch
USB PCI OHCI card Prometheus/Mediator NO No DMA support in PCI hardware
USB PCI UHCI card Prometheus/Mediator NO No DMA support in PCI hardware
Sound Cards
Delfina lite v1.2 A4000 YES Must blacklist delfina.device, delfina.library, delfinit
MasterSound Parallel Sound Sampler A1200 YES Tested with AHI and AHIRecord
Terratec 128i PCI Prometheus/Mediator YES On Mediator A1200 still some problems
Toccata v1.0 A3000 YES AHI Requires Toccata.library v12 on aminet and Toccata software.
Repulse Zorro-II soundcard Zorro-II NO Apps using sound lock up
Most PCI sound cards Mediator 1200 NO No DMA support in PCI hardware
Mice, Joysticks, Interfaces
Amiga Mice (Commodore & Amiga Technologies) all systems YES  
Commodore CD32 Joypad all systems YES  
Keyrah all systems YES Works with SUBWAY and Poseidon
Micronik Infinitiv A1200 keyboard (PS/2 A4000 Style) all systems YES Works with Micronik keyboard adaptor or Power Tower keyboard adaptor
Micronik Infinitiv PS/2 keyboard adapter all systems YES  
Power Tower/Winner Tower Keyboard AT adapter all systems YES  
Amiga Joysticks all systems YES  
Standard PS/2 keyboard all systems YES Using Power Tower PS/2 keyboard adapter
Standard PS/2 or Serial mouse all systems YES Using Punchinello or Cocolino adapters
Mass Storage
IOMEGA ZIP 100MB SCSI A4000D YES  
Syquest 270 removable cartridge disk drive A4000D YES  
Video Capture Cards
Vlab v1.3 A3000 - A4000 YES Tested with ImageFX 4
Paloma IV A3000 YES May be affected by overlay
Serial/Parallel Cards
Multiface III IO Zorro Card Zorro-II YES Works also in the Micronik Zorro-II busboards

Please note: AmigaOS 4.0 Classic can't be used on AmigaOne machines! If you are an AmigaOne owner, please have a look at the new AmigaOS 4.1.

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