How to run AmiKit on a V4SA core version up to R3

Despite the official V4SA release in October 2019, the

“V4+ core is currently in developmental stage. Features are subject to change and might come and go”

as Apollo states on their website today (May 2021).

 

On top of that, according to our own extensive experience, the V4SA is NOT 100% Amiga compatible yet.

As such, Vampire V4 Standalone is currently NOT supported.

If you want to run AmiKit on V4SA anyway,

it will work fine on core numbers 7383 and 7513 (including AmigaOS ROM, not AROS).

However, to make it run on newer cores, some tweaking is required, see below.

If you're not sure which core version is your V4SA running on, contact Apollo team.

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IF YOUR AMIKIT IS ALREADY INSTALLED

and you want to flash a new core

on AmiKit 11.4.2 or higher

simply run Dracula > Vampire > Core Support first, and then flash the new core to your V4SA.

But if you have already flashed the new core without using Dracula first, boot your AmiKit without the Startup-Sequence

(hold down both mouse buttons during V4SA startup) and enter the following command: v4coresupport

 

on AmiKit 11.3.0 or 11.4.0

Either update to AmiKit 11.4.2 or higher and follow the instructions above

or, if you have already flashed the new core, get amikitxe-v4coresupport.lzx archive, boot your AmiKit without the Startup-Sequence (hold down both mouse buttons during V4SA startup) and unpack the support archive to you AmiKit by typing the following command: LZX -x -m x amikitxe-v4coresupport.lzx AmiKit:

Then wait for a few seconds (so the new files are really saved) and reboot your Vampire.

IF YOU'RE ABOUT TO INSTALL AMIKIT 11.3.0

on a V4SA with core 7649 or newer

If you're installing AmiKit LZX edition

Get amikitxe-v4coresupport.lzx archive, and follow the regular QuickGuide LZX install instructions.  Right after you have unpacked the main AmiKit archive in STEP 3, unpack the new support archive to your AmiKit as well:

LZX -x -m x amikitxe-v4coresupport.lzx AmiKit:

Then continue to follow the rest of the QuickGuide install instructions.

If you're installing AmiKit Premium CF edition

Get amikitxe-v4coresupport.lzx archive, and follow the regular QuickGuide CF install instructionsLater, after you have imported the copyrighted files, copy the new support archive to AMIKITXE:InstallFiles folder of the CF card too. Then boot your AmiKit CF card without the Startup-Sequence first (hold down both mouse buttons during V4SA startup) and unpack the support archive to your AmiKit installation by typing the following command:

LZX -x -m x AMIKITXE:InstallFiles/amikitxe-v4coresupport.lzx AmiKit:

Then wait for a few seconds (so the new files are really saved) and reboot your Vampire.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since the AROS Kickstart ROM included with V4SA cores is not able to boot cards with multiple filesystems (such as AmiKit CF card), you need the AmigaOS Kickstart ROM to do the job instead. Fortunately, V4SA can map a ROM from the microSD card. This is called a BootSD feature. Therefore, copy AmigaOS Kickstart ROM 3.x to your FAT32 formatted microSD card and name it "kick.rom". Then power on your Vampire with the card inserted and hold down the right mouse button (be advised that this works only on computer power on, not on reboot). Vampire will map the kick.rom file from the microSD card automatically.

ATTENTION: The BootSD feature was removed from the R4 core! That makes it virtually impossible to boot AmiKit CF card on Vampire V4 with AROS ROM core. The only way is to use a core with AmigaOS ROM included.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If your monitor is not capable of displaying the pre-installed 960x540x24bit screenmode, boot your AmiKit without the Startup Sequence by holding down both mouse buttons and type: Delete ENVARC:Sys/screenmode.prefs

Then wait for a few seconds and reboot, and you will be asked to select your preferred resolution.

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