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Re: [Qemu-ppc] [RFC PATCH 09/12] ppc440: Add emulation of plb-pcix contr

From: BALATON Zoltan
Subject: Re: [Qemu-ppc] [RFC PATCH 09/12] ppc440: Add emulation of plb-pcix controller found in some 440 SoCs
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:03:11 +0200 (CEST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.21 (BSF 202 2017-01-01)

On Fri, 18 Aug 2017, luigi burdo wrote:
i have sam460 amigaos cdrom iso as my backup and can test it inside qemu. sharing the logs if you needed.

It may help if you can do that. You need to compile QEMU from git with this patch series applied and copy the u-boot-sam460-20100605-fixed.bin linked from the cover message as u-boot-sam460-20100605.bin to the current dir. Then try booting the CD and see if it shows something. It should print some messages to console where it's started with -serial stdio when you start AmigaOS with debug (you may need to set os4_commandline in U-Boot for this but I don't know AmigaOS).

about real hardware no problem i will ask inside amigan community if someone have the opportunity to share the serial debug of sam 460 runinng amigaos.

Do you know about a good place for such requests? Is there some forum or mailing list I should be aware of?

can i ask you something ?
why you dont try to integrate in qemu the pegasos 2 or the efika machine. i have the feeling that probably it can be more simple because more old machine and components.

The age of a machine and components has nothing to do with how easy it is to emulate. It depends on what is already emulated in QEMU. If none of those old components are implemented by QEMU already then it's a lot of work to write emulation of them. (Such as the Marvell system controller chip in Pegasos or the SoC the Efika uses. Besides, does AmigaOS run on Efika?) If there are some previous work we can build on then it's easier. QEMU already had ppc440 emulation including a similar board and Francois has started sam460ex emulation so it was easier to finish this than making a new one. (Also firmware and graphics emulation may be more difficult for those other boards.)

At the end it does not matter which machine we emulate if the goal is to run these OSes. If we have any of the supported boards they will run so we don't need more of these just one and it was the sam460 which was nearest to start working. (The MorphOS team or one of the developers may have some Pegasos 2 emulation but they don't intend to publish that and I don't know about previous work on Efika so the Sam460ex seems like a good choice with support for a lot of OSes, including porting Haiku which was why Francois has started emulating it so this may help that activity as well increasing the available OSes.)


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