Today i have installed the Indivision AGA MK2, a product from Individual Computers (Jens Schönfeld) GmbH, which i bought at Vesalia Online. Installing this piece of “good hardware for good computers” was an easy task, as described in the manual.
While connecting the Amiga 1200’s Indivision AGA Mk2 using a standard VGA the picture showed some artefacts . This imperfections, vertical bands and distorted overlay image, will be fixed after a software update. So I decided to hook up the Amiga Indi (DVI-I) to my Compaq TFT8030 (DVI-D) monitor using a standard DVI-I cable and the picture was perfect apart from a small band to the left of the screen. So I have to be patient for the firmware/driver update.
Recommended software from the manual:
Indivision AGA Mk2 A1200/4000T – Flicker fixer for Amiga 1200 and Amiga 4000T Computers
The Indivision AGA Mk2 A1200/4000T is the successor to the discontinued Indivision AGA 1200 flicker fixer. As the name suggests, the new version also supports the Amiga 4000T (not the A4000 desktop model, there’s the Indivision AGA Mk2 A4000/CD32 for use with that computer). Other Amiga models are not supported.
The Indivision AGA Mk2 sports a DVI-I connector instead of the usual VGA socket. DVI-I provides digital as well as analog signals, so you can use modern TFT displays, older TFT displays with analog input or CRT monitors alike (the latter two with a VGA adapter).
Please don’t forget to use the configuration options to add a VGA or HDMI adapter if you intend to use the Indivision AGA Mk2 with a monitor that has no DVI but a VGA or HDMI input.
Performance and Compatibility:
The output pixel clock can go up to 135 MHz (the former Indivision AGA only allowed up to 71 MHz), the data rate reaches more than 480 MBytes/s peak performance (used to be 330 MBytes/s peak); 50 Hz modes (e.g. PAL) can be promoted to 60+ Hz and thus be displayed on modern monitors; 16 MBytes framebuffer, entirely addressable (used to be 12 MBytes previously); supports S-Hires (*) and full 24-bit colour depth; unlike other internal flicker fixers, the Indivision AGA Mk2 supports the BorderBlank flag.
On Screen Display:
A subtle semitransparent OSD replaces the splash screen of the predecessor model.
The Indivision AGA Mk2 is plugged over the Lisa chip, no other connection to the motherboard is required (unlike other internal flicker fixers that also require a connection to Alice). Due to a much enhanced 84-pin PLCC socket being used, the Indivision fits like a glove and won’t come off easily.
Modern FPGA technology and low power consumption (1.2V core voltage) make sure to save energy and avoid heat problems.
Hardware updates can (*) be downloaded from the Internet. Even timing corrections are possible, allowing the Indivision AGA Mk2 to adapt even to the strangest chipset combinations (e.g. Lisa chips made by NCR).