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[News] AOS4 on A1 VideoANN.lu
Posted on 16-Oct-2003 15:44 GMT by Rassilon AKA Lewis Brunton18 comments
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As it says in the title: AOS4 shown booting on the A1 (Please note that debug option is enabled, this is shown in the video as modem activity). Web site with video's
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 1 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by itix on 16-Oct-2003 14:00 GMT
Negative things: Slow bootup and slow graphics but with unfinished IDE drivers (no DMA ?) it is ok. Gfx is in my opinion slow for G3@933MHz machine despite of 68k emulation. Positive things: In overall proofs OS4 is working and doing progress on A1.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 2 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Anders Kjeldsen on 16-Oct-2003 14:07 GMT
Why show off solid window movement when it seems so slow as it does? :)
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 3 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Lando on 16-Oct-2003 14:41 GMT
I don't really understand the point of this video?
Surely it's better to wait until OS4 is more advanced and then make videos that actually make it look good, rather than releasing videos that show it running so slowly?

People who don't know about all the debug output, 68k stuff and unfinished gfx and ide drivers will just see this "AmigaOS4 on a 933Mhz G4" video and think it's rubbish.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 4 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Rassilon AKA Lewis Brunton on 16-Oct-2003 14:44 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (itix):
I tried to point out in the post that debug output was enabled, that it one large reason why the boot was slow.

Rassilon
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 5 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 16-Oct-2003 14:53 GMT
A tripod would be a good investment.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 6 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by itix on 16-Oct-2003 14:56 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Rassilon AKA Lewis Brunton):
Yes, that too.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 7 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 16-Oct-2003 15:51 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Rassilon AKA Lewis Brunton):
>I tried to point out in the post that debug output was enabled, that it one large reason why the boot was slow.

That's not very likely because MorphOS has debug output while booting, too, and there is little effect on performance (besides, at 115 KBps, you can dump thousands of bytes per second). The blinking on the modem looks more like WindowsXP trying to figure out what modem is connect. Such chatting between devices would indeed take a bit of time.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 8 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Elwood on 16-Oct-2003 15:51 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Lando):
>I don't really understand the point of this video?

To show that it's real.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 9 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 16-Oct-2003 16:07 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (Anonymous):
> The blinking on the modem looks more like WindowsXP trying to figure
> out what modem is connect. Such chatting between devices would indeed
> take a bit of time.

ATZ^MATI^M
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 10 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by NihilVor on 16-Oct-2003 16:18 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Elwood):
Thanks for the video. Window refresh rate is rather good (after the initial opening) for an alpha. The prefs come up very quickly! They seem much more responsive than Amiga 3.9.2, but not as aesthetic as the 3.9.2. This is an improvement over the initial responsivness shown a few weeks ago.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 11 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 16-Oct-2003 16:22 GMT
In reply to Comment 9 (Joe "Floid" Kanowitz):
> ATZ^MATI^M

Isn't there a bit more? A command is sent to query the installed firmware. That dumps more or less information, depending on modem, probably at low speed. Followed by the initialization commands for the detected modem. What about detecting the correct seril speed? And I'd assume that, at least with some modems, the initialization sequence includes commands that take a longer to process (like resetting to factory defaults), thus holding up the computer a further second or two. Or not, if that part is in a thread.
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 12 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 16-Oct-2003 17:26 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Anonymous):
> Isn't there a bit more? A command is sent to query the installed
> firmware.

ATI^M

> That dumps more or less information, depending on modem, probably
> at low speed.

ATI1^M ; ATI2^M ... ATIn^M

But actually, this is where you're off.
With RS-232 kit, either the *modem* is smart enough to autodetect port speed, or it isn't. Now, maybe XP starts sending commands at 1200BPS and works its way up, but no other Windows does, and any delays would more likely be pessimistic (and poorly threaded) timeouts in terms of how long it waits for a response.

Like the way some flavors of '9x, with DHCP enabled, will hang the boot process for an extra minute or three in vain hope of obtaining a lease if the network cable's unplugged...

> Followed by the initialization commands for the detected modem.

ATZ^M

AT&F^M

ATwhateveritisit'slessthanakilobyte^M

> What about detecting the correct seril speed?

See above.

> And I'd assume that, at least with some modems, the initialization
> sequence includes commands that take a longer to process (like
> resetting to factory defaults), thus holding up the computer a
> further second or two. Or not, if that part is in a thread.

Actually, fairly instantaneous.

Now, if you have a USB modem, either port speeds are 'obvious' (set by the standard), you're getting what you need to know probing the device anyway, or it's a winmodem and needs practically no configuration anyway. (HCF modems would seem to require the most setup traffic, technically.)
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 13 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by nasu on 16-Oct-2003 18:00 GMT
Why there are Prometheus options in screen resolution selection?
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 14 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by I'm not Eva on 16-Oct-2003 18:14 GMT
but I'm waiting for one for her comments
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 15 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by Peter Gordon on 16-Oct-2003 18:21 GMT
In reply to Comment 13 (nasu):
Maybe the Voodoo drivers are based on the Prometheus ones?
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 16 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by T_Bone on 16-Oct-2003 20:03 GMT
nice!
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 17 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by MIKE on 17-Oct-2003 14:09 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Lando):
Yes after all, "You only get one chance at a first impression"
AOS4 on A1 Video : Comment 18 of 18ANN.lu
Posted by BrianK on 17-Oct-2003 19:12 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (Lando):
I agree there's pluses and minuses.

Plus -- It's working on the A1 now to clean up the code and convert to PPC sections that aren't done.

Minus -- Someone may not understand this.

The people I know that are into Amiga computers are knowledgeable enough to understand the debug slowness and the other parts still undergoing change. I, perhaps wrongly, give Amiga, and MorphOS, users a couple extra experience points when it comes to understanding the more technical aspects of the alpha state of the OS and associated video then I would the average PC user viewing the same thing.
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