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. The program emulates the Amiga A500, A500+, A600, A1200, A1000, A3000 and A4000 models.
The Raspbian repositories host a package for FS-UAE, so installation is straightforward. Fire up PiPackages, and type FS-UAE in the search box. You want to install the three packages indicated below. You get version 2.8.4 which, sadly, isn’t the latest version. In fact, it was released way back in December 2017. Since then, there’s been substantial development.
There’s a bit of 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. For the latter, you need to set the Kickstart ROM to “Internal”.
FS-UAE includes an easy-to-use graphical configuration program which allows you to use FS-UAE and Amiga emulation without writing configuration files. It’s definitely worth using this launcher program.
How did the emulator perform on the RPI4? In a word, excellent. I played a fair few games with the emulator. They run really well, and are impressive. Graphics are smooth and fast moving. Audio is faithfully reproduced. Loading times are faithful to the original, even the floppy disk sounds are nostalgic. My gamepad was automatically detected.
Here’s an image of Arcade Pool running on the RPI4 with FS-UAE.
There’s no need to overclock the device with this Amiga emulator. The RPI4 has more than enough grunt even for the most demanding games.
Read all my blog posts about the RPI4.
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|Week 36||Manage your personal collections on the RPI4|
|Week 35||Survey of terminal emulators|
|Week 34||Search the desktop with the latest version of Recoll|
|Week 33||Personal Information Managers on the RPI4|
|Week 32||Keep a diary with the RPI4|
|Week 31||Process complex mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs with calculators|
|Week 30||Internet radio on this tiny computer. A detailed survey of open source software|
|Week 29||Professionally manage your photo collection with digiKam|
|Week 28||Typeset beautifully with LyX|
|Week 27||Software that teaches young people how to learn basic computing skills and beyond|
|Week 26||Firefox revisited - Raspbian now offers a real alternative to Chromium|
|Week 25||Turn the Raspberry Pi 4 into a low power writing machine|
|Week 24||Keep the kids learning and having fun|
|Week 23||Lots of choices to view images|
|Week 22||Listening to podcasts on the RPI4|
|Week 21||File management on the RPI4|
|Week 20||Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio) on the RPI4|
|Week 19||Keep up-to-date with these news aggregators|
|Week 18||Web Browsers Again: Firefox|
|Week 17||Retro gaming on the RPI4|
|Week 16||Screen capturing with the RPI4|
|Week 15||Emulate the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and the Atari ST on the RPI4|
|Week 14||Choose the right model of the RPI4 for your desktop needs|
|Week 13||Using the RPI4 as a screencaster|
|Week 12||Have fun reading comics on the RPI4 with YACReader, MComix, and more|
|Week 11||Turn the RPI4 into a complete home theater|
|Week 10||Watching locally stored video with VLC, OMXPlayer, and others|
|Week 9||PDF viewing on the RPI4|
|Week 8||Access the RPI4 remotely running GUI apps|
|Week 7||e-book tools are put under the microscope|
|Week 6||The office suite is the archetypal business software. LibreOffice is tested|
|Week 5||Managing your email box with the RPI4|
|Week 4||Web surfing on the RPI4 looking at Chromium, Vivaldi, Firefox, and Midori|
|Week 3||Video streaming with Chromium & omxplayerGUI as well as streamlink|
|Week 2||A survey of open source music players on the RPI4 including Tauon Music Box|
|Week 1||An introduction to the world of the RPI4 looking at musikcube and PiPackages|
This blog is written on the RPI4.