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Installing new Cores

Overview

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

Two different methods

Method #1: Using .JIC binaries with Quartus II Programmer

This is the preferred method, because it is the only solution in case of a broken system (“brick”).

It requires:

  • A USB-Blaster and cables.
  • A Windows or Linux computer.
  • Altera Quartus II Programmer installed.
  • .JIC binary file dedicated to the target Vampire.

WARNING

Quartus II Programmer does NOT protect the Vampire against unsuitable .JIC binaries.

Installing new Cores using Quartus II Programmer

Method #2: Using FlashROM executables

This the secondary method because of the following risk:

WARNING

FlashROM can brick a weak card! Prefer Method #1 if possible.
  • Runs directly from AmigaOS 3.x.
  • Easy to use, totally configuration-free.
  • Protects against incorrect hardware target.
    • Reads the current revision and allows/forbids flashing if wrong hardware.

Installing new Cores using FlashROM executables


Warnings

  • NEVER switch off the computer during a flash operation.
  • NEVER flash unsuitable Cores on a Vampire board :
    • Do NOT flash, for example, a Core dedicated to Vampire 600 V2 on a Vampire 600 V1 or a Vampire 500 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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