Re-enthused We play Cinemaware’s epic strategy action game, Defender of the Crown, on the CD32
Outrun is probably one of the best loved Arcade racers out there. Designed by Yu Suzuki in 1986 it utilised the hardware created for the earlier Hang On and Space Harrier titles.
Because it was an incredibly popular Arcade machine it was ported to many consoles, we take a look at it on:
- Sinclair Spectrum
- Commodore 64
- Commodore Amiga (CDTV)
- Sega Megadrive / Genesis
- Fujitsu FM Towns (Marty 2)
- NEC PC Engine / TurboGrafx
- Sega Dreamcast
- Sony Playstation 2
The external floppy drive that I was using with my CDTV died and replacements were a little expensive (ok, they weren’t that bad but I was impatient). So I figured, how different could an Amiga FDD be from a PC one?
Turns out there are a couple of differences, the signals on pin 2 and pin 34 are reversed (Density Select, Ready Change) and the drive needs to identify as DS0 if it’s the internal drive on a normal Amiga or the external drive on the CDTV (PC drives don’t because they’re generally picked up using cable select).
How this works will vary depending on your drive, but for my Sony model it was very simple. It requires two wires, two track cuts and a jumper change.
Basically we need to cut the connection that pins 2 and 34 are on, and then put a wire from 2 to a solder point that was pin 34‘s original destination and between 34 and a solder point that was pin 2‘s original destination.
You should be able to work out where they are from the pictures, be careful when cutting to only cut the one track and don’t cut yourself.
If you want to revert the drive you can just run a wire between the pins and their original solder points.
The jumper is at the back of the drive, next to the motor. If it’s on 0 and 1 (nearest the motor) then it’s set to be DS0, if it’s on 1 and 2 then it’s DS1. If you want it to be internal on an Amiga or external on a CDTV then it needs to be DS0, if you want it external on an Amiga then set it to DS1.
When creating a bootable iso for CDTV or CD32 do NOT edit the Startup-Sequence file outside of the Amiga environment. You will add extra characters to the end of lines that will cause it to fail. You can use an emulator to edit it.
If you are creating an iso for the CDTV then you need to call RMTM at the top of the Startup-Sequence to remove the CDTV trademark. This isn’t required for CD32 but it won’t cause problems if it’s there.
the CD32.tm and CDTV.tm files are needed (if you want to make a cd for both then use CDTV.tm). This file is selected in the options for ISOCD.
If you want to create a bootable Workbench CD then just create a hard drive folder in UAE and copy the Workbench files across (or install it for later versions). You can then use this drive as the source for ISOCD.
If you want to create a bootable game then you’ll need to install it using WHDLoad.
|ISOCD, run on an Amiga device (or emulator) to create a bootable iso||CD32 / CDTV||ZIP|
|Basic Workbench 1.3 CD CD32 / CDTV (requires mouse)||CD32 / CDTV||ISO|
|Convert Sony MPF520-1/04 to Amiga||Amiga / CDTV||Instructions|
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|5th Generation Competitors|
|3DO||Jaguar||Saturn||Playstation||Nintendo 64||FM Towns Marty||PC-FX||Pippin||Playdia||Loopy|
|Region||Release Date||Discontinued||Lifetime Sales|
|Europe||17th Sep 1993||1994||100K|
The history of Commodore is long and complicated. But by the time the gaming industry recovered from the crash they were doing ok with the Amiga platform. But this was due to change, Europe had been a stronghold for them but the NES and, to a lesser extent, Sega MasterSystem were about to hit and hit hard.
Their final attempt was again based on the Amiga, but this time it got pretty much everything correct.
The CD32 was the first 32 bit console and was based on the Amiga 1200, in fact with the addition of an extension board it was possible to add peripherals like a keyboard and mouse to make it a fully fledged computer.
The machine itself was powerful, priced fairly well and had the advantage of having a library of existing Amiga titles that could be easily ported across. The controller is a fairly weird inverted look, but is surprisingly comfortable. The buttons, however, feel slightly cheap, as does the D-Pad.
There are some truly great titles for the CD32 and programmers, even now, are porting across other Amiga titles across, including the awesome Supercars 2 by Gremlin.
Unfortunately, despite a strong start, the CD32 failed selling just 100,000 units. This was due to a number of factors, first Commodore missed a patent payment to XOR. This meant that they were unable to sell the CD32 in America. Then their available stock was stuck in the Philippines, the factory refused to release it due to an outstanding bill. Unable to pay the bill, the patent payment or to sell more units, Commodore filed for Bankruptcy.
A few companies purchased the Commodore name but they didn’t want to release new machines, just use the name to shift various items. An ignominious end to a revolutionary company.
|Processor||Motorola 68EC020 @ 14.32 MHz (NTSC) 14.18 MHz (PAL)|
|ROM||Kickstart 3.1 ROM with CD32 extensions
1 KB non-volatile EEPROM memory for game saves
|Custom Chips||Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA)
Akiko CD controller and performs chunky planar graphics conversion
|Video||24-bit colour palette (16.8 million colors)
Up to 256 on-screen colours in indexed mode
|Audio||4 × 8-bit stereo PCM channels)
28 kHz maximum DMA sampling rate
|Removable storage||Double-speed (300 KB/s) CD-ROM drive (proprietary Matsushita controller)|