Installing E-UAE sdl 32bits on ubuntu 64bits

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Prerequisites

You should have first installed your ubuntu server 64bits in the way written in this article.

ia32-utils is fundamental to use e-uae 32bits on your 64bits installation.

[it has been replaced by lib32ncurses5 and lib32z1 since]

Why 32bits on 64bits ?

Most of the times, 64bits codes are faster than 32bits ones. Anyway, e-uae sdl allows to use a JIT emulation (to get faster 68040 code execution) that is only available on the 32bits version (and not available at all on the normal version of e-uae).

All the steps

Installation of e-uae

That’s simple. We use the commande apt-get install :

sudo apt-get install uae

It installs the program and all the dependencies needed by e-uae.

Get e-uae sdl

This is quite simple : connect to this web page http://www.rcdrummond.net/uae/

get to the bottom of the page, and download this file : http://www.rcdrummond.net/uae/e-uae-0.8.29-WIP4/e-uae_0.8.29-WIP4_linux-i586_sdl-alsa.tar.bz2

OR, in a terminal :

wget http://www.rcdrummond.net/uae/e-uae-0.8.29-WIP4/e-uae_0.8.29-WIP4_linux-i586_sdl-alsa.tar.bz2

You should unpack it :

tar xvjf e-uae_0.8.29-WIP4_linux-i586_sdl-alsa.tar.bz2

You now have everything you need to get a very nice Amiga user experience !

The drawers hierarchy

Personnally, I organised my amiga-related drawers in this way :

  • root of amiga related stuffs : /home/[yourusername]/amiga
  • e-uae binaries : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/euae32
  • uaerc files drawer : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/uaerc
  • roms drawer : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/ROMS
  • launch scripts drawer : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/alaunch
  • adf storage drawers : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/ADF and /home/[yourusername]/amiga/GamesADF
  • Amiga OS drawers : /home/[yourusername]/amiga/System and /home/[yourusername]/amiga/Work

Copy the files needed for emulation

So, to begin with emulation, you need to get roms and disk images. ROMS are images of the kickstart component included in all Amigas (something like an extended BIOS). They are protected with copyright, then it’s not available in public domain.

There are 2 ways to get the ROMS : you extract it from a real amiga (possible, but you need an Amiga !), or you get Amiga Forever DVD from there : http://www.amigaforever.com/

For ADF files, there are many places on the internet. There are 2 : http://ada.untergrund.net/ for demoscene stuffs, and http://thegamearchives.net/?val=0_2_1_0_0_4_17_0_0_0_0 for games.

Download one, extract it, and put it into ~/amiga/ADF

I’ll presume you got Amiga Forever DVD, and Arte demo (http://ada.untergrund.net/?p=demo&i=94) so :

Mount Amiga Forever DVD it /mnt using :

sudo mount /dev/sr0 /mnt

Copy the content of the drawer AmigaFiles/Share/ROMS into the /home/[yourusername]/amiga/ROMS using

cp -R /mnt/…./ROMS/* ~/amiga/ROMS

You are ready to launch e-uae emulation using :

cd ~/amiga/ ./euae32/uae

This should open E-UAE window where you can choose :

  • disk image to load
  • ROM to use
  • hardware caracteristics of the emulated amiga

For the first time, you’ll do it by hand and try to get your demo working. After, when you’ll get used to it, you could save your preferences into “uaerc” files.

Some ressources

  • http://obligement.free.fr/articles/euae.php (in french)
  • http://askubuntu.com/questions/204987/how-to-set-up-e-uae-amiga-emulator
  • http://fs-uae.net/ (like WinUAE)

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Amiga was a computer family which had its glory time in 1990’s. The name of the first designed amiga-machine was “Amiga 1000” or “A1000”. It included a 256Kb memory, 1 3,5″ disk drive, a desktop tower, a mouse and a keyboard. It could be linked to your tv screen. The “kickstart” (the main system software libraries and procedures) came on a disk (the followers came with it ONBOARD, on chips that are called ROMS). The other main models were : A500, A600, A2000, A3000, A1200 and A4000. Below are photos and characteristics of each model. Some people consider the Amiga family as the most innovative personal computer range ever made, even more than Apple and IBM. Continue reading “what is the “Amiga” computer range ?”
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