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  • Keymaster
    Keymaster
    Member since: 19 June 2020

    Here is a short guide on how to configure WinUAE:

     

    1. Configurations

    Launch WinUAE. The “Configurations” panel allows you to load, save and delete as many configurations as we want. A useful feature of WinUAE is in fact to be able to define different configurations, which can then be called up simply with a click on “Load” after selecting them in the list.

     

    2. The Kickstart

    Let’s skip the “RAM” panel, on which there is little to say: just select the amount of memory you want, and you’re done.

    In the “ROM” panel we can define the image of the Kickstart and the possible key.

    To create the image on file of the Kickstart present on your Amiga, you must use one of the numerous and appropriate programs available in the public domain. There is one in the WinUAE archive (transrom).

    Finally, note the entry “ShapeShifter support”. If activated, it emulates the well-known “PrepareEmul” function, thus allowing you to use ShapeShifter on the emulated Amiga. As if to say, an emulation within another emulation!

     

    3. The CPU

    The next panel is the one that concerns the processor to be emulated. UAE stops at 68020, with or without the mathematical coprocessor (68881).

    If you want to emulate an Amiga 1200, select “68EC020”. If your goal is to play an old A500 game, select “68000” and “Approximate A500 Speed”. If instead you want an emulation as fast as possible, select “68020/68881” and “Fastest Possible”: if you have a PC of the latest generation, you will be amazed!

     

    4. The screen

    The next panel is called “Display”, and allows you to select the emulated chipset, and the preferred video resolution. The “AGA” emulation is still incomplete, so if you don’t need it, be satisfied with the “Full ECS”: so much WinUAE also emulates graphics cards!

    The “Full Screen” option opens the emulator on a separate screen: if this option is not activated, the emulated Amiga will be opened on a Windows window. If the emulation is too slow, you can try to “skip” a few frames while refreshing the video: with “Refresh Every Frame” all the frames will be displayed (maximum quality, slower speed), while sliding the indicator on the right bottom left we can tell the emulator to display a frame only every two, three or more.

     

    5. Hard drives

    After quickly configuring the sound (“Sound”) and the disk players (“Floppies”), in the first case by disabling the emulation, unless you need it, to increase the speed, and in the second making four players available ( they don’t hurt…), let’s move on to the “Hard Drives” panel, which allows us to configure the (virtual) partitions of our emulated Amiga.

    A virtual partition can be of two types: a folder on any Windows disk, or an image file. In the first case we will select the “Add Directory” button: we will then be asked which folder we want to make available to the emulator, and how to call the associated volume. In the second case we will select “Add Hardfile”, and we will be able to indicate to the system which image file, previously created, we want to use in the emulation, or we will be able to create a new image file that will be seen by the Amiga emulated as a hard disk.

    Image files are slower than folders, but have no limit in the name of Amiga files.

     

    6. We activate the Internet!

    In the “Game and I / O Ports” panel we will indicate to the system the entry / exit ports to be emulated. Select only what you need (for example, do not emulate the parallel and the serial if it is not necessary). To use the PC mouse as if it were an Amiga mouse select “PC Mouse” in “Amiga Mouse Port 0”, while to play you can use the PC joystick (PC Joystick 0 or 1 in “Amiga Mouse Port 1”), or if you don’t have to play it with the keyboard (selecting one of the three styles, A, B and C, always in “Amiga Mouse Port 1”).

    The penultimate panel is called “Misc”, and it contains a fair number of other advanced settings, which we advise you not to touch. On one, however, we draw your attention: the “BSD socket library emulation”. Cryptic name, very useful function: if selected, allows you to have PC access to the Internet from the emulated Amiga! And this without any need for Miami or Genesis: the PC itself takes the place of the TCP stack. By activating this item it is thus possible to use YAM or AmIRC on PC … thanks to Amiga and WinUAE!

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