ZZ9000 Compendium

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

Updated: January 4, 2021 | ZZ9000 is 2019-2021 MNT Research GmbH

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F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Why do I get a "Picasso96: Could not create graphics board context for 'Altais' Please check your Picasso96 installation!" error on bootup?

A: The Altais monitor file (temporarily stored in DEVS:Monitors) and the Altais.card file (temporarily stored in LIBS:Picasso96) need to be deleted after the ZZ9000 monitor driver has been created by the ZZ9000 Installer during initial installation. That should fix this error, and prevent the ZZ9000 Installer from failing to install any driver updates.

Q: How do I use ZZ9000 memory on my Amiga, and (more specifically) how is ZZ9000 memory shared between the Amiga and ARM apps?

A: As of firmware/driver release v1.8, 256 MB of AutoConfigTM Fast RAM (from the ZZ9000) are automatically added to your (Zorro III-only) AmigaOS. If you choose to add RAM manually, you can safely add (and use) up to 192MB of the ZZ9000's RAM to your Amiga's Fast RAM (see "Adding ZZ9000 RAM to your Amiga's Fast RAM" in Apps 'n ARMs). As code contributor _Bnu notes:

"Technically, you can add more than 192MB, but the scratch area is somewhere around 52MB in ZZ9k memory, and was designed to hold an amount of arbitrary data that would never be limiting for any reasonable data it might hold (like memory buffered files, frame buffers, etc.). So the first 64MB are kind of soft-partitioned off to be used internally by the card. Note that while the ZZ9000's RAM is technically faster than the RAM on other Amiga expansions (e.g. BigRamPlus), it is also higher latency since it is DDR rather than SDRAM."

Please see the MNT ZZ9000 ARM SDK for information regarding memory sharing between the Amiga and ARM apps.

Q: Will I be able to create/add my own custom screen mode(s)—e.g. using PicassoModeTNG—tailored to my monitor's specifications in future updates?

A: (answer will be posted when available)

Q: What are the maximum supported mass storage capacities of the microSD card and USB ports?

A: (answer will be posted when available)