ZZ9000 Compendium

Much more than a modern Amiga graphics card
Compiled by a ZZ9000 owner and enthusiast

Updated: July 7, 2020 | ZZ9000 is 2019-2020 MNT Research GmbH


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Installation

P96 RTG Software | Drivers | Firmware | Updating Drivers/Firmware | P96 Variables

P96 RTG Software

Note that there are two versions of the required P96 ReTargetable Graphics (RTG) software (used to be known as "Picasso96", but to meet legal demands of the Pablo Picasso family, now strictly referred to as "P96") that can be used with the ZZ9000:

Needless to say, version 2.4.6 from Individual Computers is highly recommended. If you haven't already bought a copy of P96, doing so will help support its ongoing development. Just be sure to log in to the Individual Computers website first so that P96 will be visible for purchase and subsequent download.

  1. If you have any Amiga graphics card drivers (CyberGraphX or P96) installed in your system, be sure to completely uninstall them before proceeding with a new install of P96.
  2. Install P96 using the "Altais" graphics card (image below). The ZZ9000 Installer will then use it to create its own ZZ9000 monitor file.

Drivers

Download the latest ZZ9000 drivers from the ZZ9000 driver releases page (stable versions recommended over pre-release versions), and then double-click the "Install ZZ9000" icon to step you through the process:

Install screens: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16

Files copied (some are optional) are:
• DEVS:Monitors/ZZ9000
• DEVS:Monitors/ZZ9000.info
• LIBS:Picasso96/ZZ9000.card
• DEVS:Picasso96Settings
• ENVARC:ZZ9000-VCAP-800x600 (an empty file that triggers an 800x600 screen on 60Hz systems; otherwise the ZZ9000 uses a 50Hz 720x576 screen mode)
• DEVS:ZZ9000USBStorage.device (optional)
• DEVS:Networks/ZZ9000Net.device (optional)
• DEVS:NetInterfaces/ZZ9000Net (optional)

After a successful installation, ensure that the following three files have been deleted:

  1. DEVS:Monitors/Altais
  2. DEVS:Monitors/Altais.info
  3. LIBS:Picasso96/Altais.card

Firmware

Note: Always power off your Amiga before removing or inserting the ZZ9000's MicroSD card.
  1. Download the latest firmware archive from the ZZ9000 firmware releases page that matches your Amiga (Zorro II for Amiga 500 and 2000/2500-series systems; Zorro III for Amiga 3000(T) and 4000(T) systems).
  2. Extract the "BOOT.bin" file and copy it to the root of the MBR/FAT32-formatted MicroSD card that came with your ZZ9000.
  3. Reinsert the MicroSD card back into the ZZ9000 MicroSD card slot; you should hear a slight "click" indicating that the card is in correctly.

Updating Drivers/Firmware

Lukas notes: "It's probably better to install the driver first and then reboot [i.e. power off, update firmware, then power on] with the new firmware installed; else you might not get back into a correctly-working RTG Workbench."

Simply download and extract the latest ZZ9000 Installer archive, and then run the ZZ9000 Installer, which will overwrite the older driver files. Always update the firmware last.


P96 Variables

P96 has a number of user-settable environment variables and Tool Types. After installation of the ZZ9000, PVS v3.2 (Picasso96 Variable Setter, a handy third-party global prefs editor for P96) reflects the following settings:

Environment
Tool Types

If for some reason these ever need to be modified (and providing no new variables are added or removed from P96), PVS makes them easy to manage.