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ACube Systems: New Motherboard – SAM 460CR

Hi guys,

A bit of Amiga news from the Italian company ACube Systems. On the 25th of October 2014 they announced the coming of a cost reduced version of their 460EX motherboard, namely the SAM 460CR. With this board you can run AmigaOS 4.1, as well as Linux.

Here is the press release:

After the Sam460ex here comes the Sam460cr

 Bassano del Grappa, 25-Oct-2014

Since we created the Sam460 motherboard we have seen many of our customers adding to their board: a graphic card, a sound card and a SATA card. It was obvious that we could find a way to make a cheaper product removing the onboard audio, video and SATA features.
We then decided to produce Sam460 motherboards with the following components removed: SM502 audio/video chip, video connector and onboard SATA. This new Sam460 will have the same number of expansion slots (PCI, PCIe) as the well known Sam460.
This allows us to reduce the cost of the motherboard for our customers. That’s why this new board is called Sam460cr, “cr” stands for “cost reduced”.
Our shop will be updated later today.
Cheaper and still as powerful as before. :-)
We hope you’ll enjoy the extra effort we do for all Amigans.
ACube’s shop has been updated today and you can now find the new motherboards available for purchase.

The price ranges from 469 EUR to 539 EUR (AmigaOS included).

The official ACube logo
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Amiga Days (Remasters) by Frederic “Elmobo” Motte, the artist formerly known as Moby

Hi guys,

A few days ago I received an e-mail from the legendary Amiga musician Moby of Sanity. I was, as you can understand, very happy that contacted me. :) I probably heard my first module by Moby back in the early 90’s, which is decades ago. :D

Moby told me that he has now released several remastered versions of his best Amiga Demoscene music for free. You can find it on Bandcamp:

https://elmobo.bandcamp.com/album/amiga-days-remasters

I’m listening to his music right now and the songs are simply great, so please have listen yourself. :)

For those you aren’t familiar with Moby, you can check out this old interview done by Magic of Nah-Kolor ages ago:

Interview with Moby/Sanity

Now, enjoy the music!!

Moby's music on bandcamp (picture by Old School Game Blog)

Moby’s music on bandcamp (picture by Old School Game Blog)

How to get LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth working on Windows 8

Wallpaper - Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth

Wallpaper – Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth

Hi there,

Recently I decided to fire up the classic RTS-game Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth from EA Games. I use Windows 8 on my PC (with a patch so that I get the “normal” Windows desktop), but did not give it much thought. The installation process went well, but the game refused to run properly afterwards.

The game crashed with the following message: “EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION”

If you experience the same problem, here is a solution which worked for me:

1) Open Notepad or a similar text editor and insert the following lines:

AllHealthBars = yes
AlternateMouseSetup = no
AmbientVolume = 50
AudioLOD = High
Brightness = 50
FixedStaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
FlashTutorial = 0
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
HeatEffects = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = VeryLow
IsThreadedLoad = yes
MovieVolume = 70
MusicVolume = 70
Resolution = 1600 1200
SFXVolume = 70
ScrollFactor = 56
StaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
TimesInGame = 6
UnitDecals = no
UseEAX3 = no
VoiceVolume = 70

2) Save the file to the directory “AppData\Roaming\My Battle for Middle-earth Files\”. The name of the file must be “options.ini”.

3) You can adjust the resolution (where it says UltraHigh) to fit your own screen, for example Low.

4) Run the game and enjoy!!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. :)

A-EON Technology and AmigaKit Buys Amigaworld.net

The official logo of A-EON Technology

Greetings,

Some of you may know that AmiWest (an Amiga event) is currently being held in Sacramento, California.

I have not followed the event as closely as usual this year, but will catch up on the news today. I did, however, read that A-EON Technology and AmigaKit bought another Amiga orientated discussion forum, namely Amigaworld.net.

Back in June I wrote this post about these guys buying Amiga.org.

Am I the only one skeptical about this move from two of the “movers and shakers” in the Amiga community? I don’t think so..

To own one discussion forum I can understand, but why do they need two of them? Are they seeking to control the Online Amiga community? Will they buy up what is left of independent forums to use for marketing? What is their agenda? Will they silence their competitors (MorphOS, AROS) in favor of AmigaOS 4.X? Time will show.

I’m a bit worried about what is currently happening, seeing two of the largest Amiga discussion forums under the control of the same company. We’ve seen more strict moderation on Amiga.org and complaints concerning this.. will Amigaworld.net now follow?

I’m sure there will be reactions on this move by A-EON and AmigaKit, so time will (as usual) show what happens.

Thanks for reading and have a nice Sunday. :)

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