How to : Install the new cores

The Vampire boards can be updated to use the latest Core improvements, such as :

  • Bug fixes.
  • New features.
  • Speed improvements.
  • Compatibility improvements.

The Vampire core contains the following modules :

    • M680x0 compatible and enhanced CPU.
    • M68040 compatible and enhanced FPU.

Method #1 : Using Flashroms binaries

This the preferred method because :

  • FlashRom tool runs directely from AmigaOS 3.x.
  • FlashRom tool is easy to use, totally configuration-free method.
  • FlashRom tool is protected against incorrect hardware target.
  • FlashRom tool read the current revision and allow/forbid flashing if wrong hardware.
  • Do NOT requires USB-Blaster and cables.
  • Do NOT requires third party Windows/Linux computer.
  • Do NOT requires Altera Quartus II Programmer installed.
  • Do NOT requires .JIC binary file for the dedicated Vampire.
  • Flashing is much faster than with Quartus II - some seconds whereas USB-Blaster method needs about a minute or two.

Method #2 : Using .JIC binaries with Quartus II Programmer

This is NOT the preferred method, because :

  • Reserved in case of broken system (brick) and/or for testing purpose.
  • Requires USB-Blaster and cables.
  • Requires third party Windows or Linux computer.
  • Requires Altera Quartus II Programmer installed.
  • Requires .JIC binary file for the dedicated Vampire.
  • IMPORTANT: Quartus do NOT protect the Vampire against undedicated .JIC binaries.

  • NEVER switch off the computer during a flash operation.
  • NEVER flash undedicated cores on a Vampire board :
  • Do NOT flash, for example, a core dedicated to V600 V2 on a V600 V1 or V500 V2+.
  • DO NOT use your Operating-System during a flash operation.
  • ALWAYS have a copy of the previous working core.
  • Having copy will be useful in case of severe bugs in new release.
  • BETTER to have a ready-to-use USB-Blaster in case of serious issue.

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