AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Home Computer Emulators – Week 7


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FS-UAE is a cross-platform Amiga emulator based on updated emulation code from WinUAE. FS-UAE uses SDL for input, OpenAL for audio and OpenGL for graphics.

FS-UAE boasts very accurate Amiga emulation. This program emulates the Amiga A500, A500+, A600, A1200, A1000, A3000 and A4000 models.

There’s configuration needed to get the emulator up-and running. The emulator requires (and doesn’t provide for copyright reasons) the original Amiga operating system ROMs. There are various ways you can legally acquire these ROMs. For example, they are provided with Amiga Forever Plus or Premium edition (which costs money). This offers licensed version of the Kickstart ROMs for all supported Amiga models. It’s also possible to extract a ROM if you own Amiga hardware. Alternatively, you can use the replacement AROS ROM which is free. For the latter, you need to set the Kickstart ROM to “Internal”.

Once you have the ROM(s), use the FS-UAE Launcher frontend; it makes things so much easier.

What’s the performance like of FS-UAE running on the AWOW AK41? Playing games with this emulator was flawless. CPU usage was around 70% of 1 of the 4 cores. The program makes intensive use of the AK41’s GPU.

I played a lot of games with the emulator, and was impressed by the performance on the AK41. Graphics are smooth and fast moving with faithful audio reproduction. One of the reasons I liked the Amiga was the sound quality. This is faithfully reproduced.

Next page: Page 3 – ZEsarUX & Hatari

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – FS-UAE
Page 3 – ZEsarUX & Hatari
Page 4 – Clock Signal
Page 5 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

Week 11Video consoles: SNES emulation
Week 10Running TeamViewer with AWOW AK41 as the host
Week 9Astronomy on the AK41 including Celestia, Stellarium, Skychart, and more
Week 8Recording video with OBS Studio
Week 7Home computer emulators: FS-UAE, ZEsaurUX, Hatari, Clock Signal
Week 6Web browsing with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi
Week 5Gaming: SuperTuxKart, AwesomeNauts, Retrocycles, Robocraft, DOTA 2, and more
Week 4Run multiple operating systems on the AK41
Week 3Video and audio playback looking at hardware acceleration
Week 2Benchmarking the AK41 with 3 other low power machines
Week 1Introduction to the series including wiping Windows and installing Manjaro

This blog is written on the AWOW AK41 Mini PC.

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David Harper
David Harper
3 years ago

Thanks for the series about the AWOW mini PC, very informative.