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Third A9home Flash upgrade expected soon

Published: 28th May 2006, 13:59:05 | Permalink | Printable

Polishing off left over bugs

a9home's FlashROM and CPU daughter cardAdvantage Six are preparing a third Flash ROM update for A9home customers. The upgrade is expected to address minor faults and add functionality missing from the ARM9 powered computer that went on general sale earlier this month.

Speaking at the Wakefield show on Saturday May 13, Ad6's Matt Edgar said there were known problems with USB printing and the serial port. Users have also reported that the RISC OS configuration memory, refered to as the CMOS or NVRAM, is disabled. The on-board DMA acceleration, which is used to quickly move data around the system, is also disabled.

The next Flash ROM release is expected to be released "soonish", said Ad6 this weekend. The updates are usually downloaded from the Advantage Six website and installed by running the included upgrade software.

• A new release of the GCCSDK is said to be waiting in the wings. Version 3.4.6 of the free C/C++ compiler package exists in the developers' source code vaults and is expected to be released "very shortly", according to contributor Peter Naulls.


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Hi Drobe,

why do you hide that GCCSDK announcement in this A9home artifact?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/06 4:00PM
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Very positive to see an update coming so quickly. I'm assuming that the reason for the A9 accessing the HDD at PIO speeds at Wakefield was the lack of this DMA acceleration ?

It would be nice if CJE were able to offer an HDD upgrade service so users could upgrade to a bigger/faster HDD (for example a Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 100GB 2.5") without voiding the warrenty.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnB on 28/5/06 7:24PM
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It does seem odd to put these snippets of unrelated news at the end, perhaps a sidebar on the main page with 1 line news items would be better.

It's also strange that in the Wakefield review stuff noone mentioned that they were planning to add DMA soon, making the remark about PIO speeds seem more harsh than it actually was

 is a RISC OS Userbobloblaw on 29/5/06 9:52AM
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