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new Nova drivers

Postby Idek Tramielski » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:57 pm

- new type 8 Nova ET4000 driver for MegaSTE and TT with added SC15025 support
https://silicon-heaven.org/atari/nova/

- added CrazyDots MegaSTE driver with opitonal redirect
https://silicon-heaven.org/atari/nova/MegaSTE
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Re: new type 8 Nova ET4000 driver

Postby TheNameOfTheGame » Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:12 pm

Thank you! :cheers:

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Re: new type 8 Nova ET4000 driver

Postby joska » Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:33 pm

Would it be possible to build the ET4000 driver for the Falcon?
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Re: new type 8 Nova ET4000 driver

Postby Idek Tramielski » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:56 pm

joska wrote:Would it be possible to build the ET4000 driver for the Falcon?

I am quite sure that this is possible. It requires modifying the drivers and it might also be necessary to change the GAL content.
Since my Falcons are currently not on my workbench, I can't easily check the situation right now. Next time when I have a Falcon in front of me, I will do a quick test, but I will not promise how soon that will happen.

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:52 am

Hi @Idek!

Is any change to compile Menu for Nova with English version? :)

Best,
Peter

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby dimfil » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:24 pm

piotrk wrote:Hi @Idek!

Is any change to compile Menu for Nova with English version? :)

Best,
Peter


I think you should try xmenu. Better option to my opinion with a point 'n click interface and you need not to know any German at all, just what the words "speichern" and "abbruch" mean ;)

This is how it looks like :

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:28 pm

OK.. Works... : )))

Well... I should talk with Lotharek, that all Polish software and documentation for retro computers should be written in Polish for fun :P

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:01 pm

Cubase with NOVA driver (ATI Mach32, 1024x768x256):
Zrzut ekranu 2017-12-09 o 18.57.43.png


and after reboot I have this:
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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby dimfil » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:10 pm

Have you checked the order of the files in AUTO folder?
Emulator.prg should be first, then menu (or xmenu) then sta_vdi.

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:21 pm

AUTO folder without sorting:
emulator.bib
emulator.prg
xmenu.prg
sta_vdi.bib
sta_bdi.prg
xmenu.inf

but.... after cold reboot (turn off computer) works fine.... This is after Cubase hang.

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:22 pm

Cubase 640x480x2 Nova ATI Mach32 / Atari MSTE:

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:24 pm

It will be nice to debug this... if any chance to that... After all many of us want to use Cubase with hi res....

In next few days I will have latest orginal Cubase 3 + Cubase Score with red dongle. I will test it again.

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:34 pm

I've noticed that Cubase hangs after move of mouse...

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:19 pm

@dimfil

I've changed order with belowed (XMENU instead of MENU). Right now booting is lottery.. Sometimes it works, sometimes is like the last screen in previous message.

Atari Mega STE 4Mb /TOS 2.06 UK / 40Mb disk / Nova ATI Mach32

Is any chance to make it stable? Maybe this is case of Hard Disk driver ?

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"EMULATOR.PRG initialisiert die Grafikkarte, wirft auf dem Originalbild-
schirm 2 Bomben, wenn er die Grafikkarte nicht findet. Dies
kann zwei Ursachen haben, entweder defekter VME-Bus oder
falscher Treiber installiert.
EMULATOR.BIB wenn vorhanden, wird die Grafikausgabe nach dem EMULATOR.PRG
auf die Grafikkarte umgeschaltet. Hierbei wird die erste in
der EMULATOR.BIB angegebene AuflĒsung benutzt.
MENU.PRG hier werden die AuflĒsungen und Farbanzahl ausgewĄhlt. Man
kann hier auch angeben, daě das Bild auf dem ATARI-Ausgang
erscheinen soll, dann wird das STA_VDI.PRG in STA_VDI.PR um-
benannt. Es kann eine Tastenkombination festgelegt werden,
bei der nach dem Booten das Menu erscheint. Bei Sondertasten
wei z. B. Shift hat der ATARI leichte Schwierigkeiten diese
zu erkennen, wenn vorher nicht eine beliebige "klickende"
Taste gedrĀckt wurde. Wenn es Probleme gibt auf "3 Sekunden"
stellen, dann wartet das Menu 3 Sekunden auf irgendeinen
Tastendruck.
STA_VDI.PRG das NOVA VDI fĀr alle Farbtiefen, macht das gleiche wie NVDI,
sollte daher nicht gleichzeitig betrieben werden. Ausnahme:
Sie verwenden NVDI als GDOS, dann darf aber kein Screentreiber
geladen werden und NVDI muě hinter STA_VDI stehen. Das Laden
der Screentreiber verhindert man, indem die NVDIDRV?.SYS-
Dateien lĒscht oder umbenennt oder aus dem GEMSYS-Ordner ent-
fernt.
STA_VDI.BIB die AuflĒsungsbibliothek, daraus kĒnnen Sie im Menu auswĄhlen.
Sie kĒnnen im Ordner Monitore die fĀr Sie passende .BIB aus-
wĄhlen, in STA_VDI.BIB umbenennen und in den Autoordner
kopieren.
Eventuell:
STA_VDI.INF hier kĒnnen zusĄtzliche Funktionen des STA_VDI.PRG eingestellt
werden."


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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby dimfil » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:12 am

piotrk wrote:@dimfil

I've changed order with belowed (XMENU instead of MENU). Right now booting is lottery.. Sometimes it works, sometimes is like the last screen in previous message.

Atari Mega STE 4Mb /TOS 2.06 UK / 40Mb disk / Nova ATI Mach32

Is any chance to make it stable? Maybe this is case of Hard Disk driver ?


Well, sorry but I am not familiar with Cubase and maybe there are some specs of this app that are not compatible with the graphics card.
I don't believe that it could be a driver issue. At least, I checked my setup with two different drivers (ppera and hddriver) and there were no problems at all.

I should advise to double check the following :
- that the adapter and the card are in position
- that the jumper on the adapter is at the mega ste position
- that you use the correct gal
- that the driver you use is the proper one for your dac (check again photos on idek's site for the dac chip)
- the order of emulator, xmenu and sta_vdi using Autosort utility

If you have nvdi do checks with and without it. Use xboot to do it easily. Also, do checks with the GDOS option of menu/xmenu initialized or not. It makes a difference in some occasions.

Don't forget that if you find a working setup in menu/xmenu then you have to save it (Speichern) for it to be used on next boot.

Sorry but I cannot think of something else that could be an issue except that Cubase is incompatible with resolutions other than the fixed st ones (and it is a common issue with a lot of apps).

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby piotrk » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:50 pm

@dimfil

1. Well after cold reboot (power on) usually I don't have a problem. Only Cubase's hang. Maybe I will check Autosort utility as well, but I've hard that is mostly usably in case of TOS <=2.05 because in 2.06 it is possible to set View > Not sorted.

2. How to check NVDI (version / enable/disable ) ?

Best,
Piotr

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby dimfil » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:10 pm

piotrk wrote:@dimfil

1. Well after cold reboot (power on) usually I don't have a problem. Only Cubase's hang. Maybe I will check Autosort utility as well, but I've hard that is mostly usably in case of TOS <=2.05 because in 2.06 it is possible to set View > Not sorted.

2. How to check NVDI (version / enable/disable ) ?

Best,
Piotr


The autosort utility is just easier to check and resort the auto folder, that's all.

If you have NVDI installed you will see the nvdi file in auto folder. If yes, it should be sorted after all files relative to the graphics card.
Even if you have it installed, in the menu/xmenu you can enable/disable by the gdos option. So you have some combinations to check.

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby Bikerbob » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:48 pm

Sorry I am new to this, but I have my VME card from Frank, and I have an ET4000AX on the way. Is this xmenu or menu? is this part of the ET4000 T8 driver? or is this something else? is there a noob thread for the video card setup?

Thanks

James

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Re: new Nova drivers

Postby dimfil » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:09 pm

this is a good place to start...

Use the installer provided but before restart make sure to copy your own STA_VDI.PRG and STA_VDI.BIB that you downloaded for your version of the card from Idek's site.
Also, copy NOVA_COL.ACC to your root because it is a useful accessory to use.

Especially for ET4000 cards, make sure that you choose the correct version of the driver by comparing the photos for card revision and dac chip version. There are many different versions out there...

Menu.prg and xmenu.prg are two different apps that practically do the same thing. But xmenu is much more easy to use.

Also, don't forget that the correct order in AUTO folder is:
Emulator.prg
Menu.prg/Xmenu.prg
Sta_vdi.prg


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