Amiga Forever by Cloanto
Home Products

Troubleshooting the Amiga Emulation Software



General Amiga emulation troubleshooting checklist.



As a first step, you may want to make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements. The installation of updates via Windows Update or from the display card manufacturer may solve some issues. The About dialog of Amiga Forever lists technical requirements for different emulation plugins, and indicted whether these are met.

Amiga Forever always sends the correct Windows keyboard characters to the Amiga side, regardless of whether the Windows layout is the same as the Amiga layout. However, in order to do this correctly, it needs to know what keyboard language is set in the Amiga OS. If some of the keys which are pressed on the keyboard do not correspond to the characters which appear on screen, then right-click the title, select Edit, and in the Input tab verify that the keyboard language matches the one that set in the Amiga Input Preferences. For Amiga OS 1.2 to 3.x, Amiga Forever may be able to detect runtime changes automatically.

If some keyboard keys work and others don't, check if joystick emulation via the keyboard is enabled, and change layout or switch it off. This can be done via the port options in the Amiga Forever playback window.

If you use a graphics tablet (or other device that does not rely on relative moves) to control the pointer, some versions of the emulation software require that the tablet be configured in mouse emulation mode (relative moves, rather than absolute moves), or otherwise the Amiga mouse pointer will move erratically. Similar problems with Wacom tablets have been reportedly fixed by installing newer, DirectInput-compatible, Wacom drivers. Virtualization systems often exhibit similar issues when their "mouse integration" is enabled (e.g. as in VirtualBox), and the same may also affect remote access ("remote desktop") applications. In Amiga Forever, it may be helpful to set the "Synchronize to host mouse" option (under Tools/Options/Emulation). On versions prior to 8, the option was named "Use with absolute pointing devices" or "Use on terminals and virtual systems".

If you don't see some files inside the Amiga environment, for example in the "Work" drive that is shared with Windows, keep in mind that by default the Amiga does not display files or directories that do not have an associated ".info" icon file. From the "Window" menu of Workbench 3.X, select "Show/All files" to view such items.

If you don't see the Amiga Forever player, or an Amiga emulation window, you may want to check how many displays are configured in the Windows Control Panel (or right-click a free area on the desktop and select Screen Resolution), and confirm that all listed monitors are connected and switched on. Amiga Forever may use separate windows: one for the player (listing the titles) and one or more playback windows containing the emulation sessions. The window positions are "remembered" from the previous sessions. Amiga Forever also has an option to use a second monitor for fullscreen content. If a monitor is turned off or removed from the computer, but is still active in the Control Panel, it may thus happen that some content is hidden from sight. If the Control Panel shows two monitors as active, but only one is connected, then disable the unused monitor, and all Amiga Forever windows will open in that monitor again.

Amiga Forever includes a logging option to better document issues that may occur during an emulation session.

Related Links


Article Information
Article ID: 14-114
Platform: All
Products: Amiga Forever
Additional Keywords: None
Last Update: 2019-12-16
Your feedback is always appreciated. It is safe to link to this page.