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Pimiga 2.0: How to Install and Enjoy the Ultimate Amiga Experience on Your Raspberry Pi


How to Download and Install Pimiga 2.0 on Raspberry Pi 4




If you are a fan of the Commodore Amiga, the legendary computer that revolutionized gaming, graphics, sound, and multimedia in the late 80s and early 90s, you might be interested in trying out Pimiga 2.0, a complete Amiga emulation system for the Raspberry Pi 4.


Pimiga 2.0 is a project created by Chris Edwards, who has the trademark for the Pimiga wordname and logo, and who has generously shared his work with the Amiga community for free. It is based on the UAE (Universal Amiga Emulator) project, which is the most accurate and advanced Amiga emulator available.




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In this article, we will show you how to download and install Pimiga 2.0 on your Raspberry Pi 4, a tiny, affordable, and powerful computer that can run two monitors at once in 4K resolution. We will also show you how to configure and use Pimiga 2.0 to enjoy thousands of Amiga games, applications, demos, and more.


What is Pimiga 2.0 and why you should try it




Pimiga 2.0 is a ready-to-use Amiga emulation system that runs on the Raspberry Pi 4 / 400. It includes a custom version of Raspberry Pi OS, UAE4ARM (a port of UAE for ARM processors), WHDLoad (a tool that allows loading Amiga games from hard disk images), and a huge collection of Amiga software.


Pimiga 2.0 features and benefits




  • Pimiga 2.0 can emulate all models of Amiga, from the original A1000, A500, A1200, and CD32, to custom configurations with accelerator boards, graphics cards, and extra memory.



  • Pimiga 2.0 can run almost any Amiga software, including games, demos, applications, music trackers, video players, etc.



  • Pimiga 2.0 can display Amiga graphics in high resolutions and with up to 16.7 million colors, thanks to the Picasso96 drivers and the UAEgfx card emulation.



  • Pimiga 2.0 can access the Internet via the built-in bsdsocket.library emulation, allowing you to use Amiga browsers, email clients, FTP clients, etc.



  • Pimiga 2.0 can be fully controlled with a gamepad or a keyboard/mouse combo, thanks to the on-screen GUI that lets you swap floppies, load save states, change settings, etc.



Pimiga 2.0 supports online play with cross-platform compatibility, meaning that you can play Amiga games with or against your friends over the Internet. Pimiga 2.0 compatibility and requirements




Pimiga 2.0 is compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4 / 400 models, with at least 2 GB of RAM. It is not compatible with older models of Raspberry Pi, such as the Pi 3, Pi 2, or Pi Zero. It also requires a microSD card of at least 32 GB of capacity, and a power supply of at least 3A.


Pimiga 2.0 does not include any Amiga ROM files or Kickstart images, which are required to boot the Amiga emulation. You will need to obtain these files legally from your own Amiga hardware, or purchase them from a licensed source, such as Cloanto's Amiga Forever. You will also need to copy these files to the Pimiga 2.0 image file before writing it to the SD card.


How to download Pimiga 2.0 torrent file




Pimiga 2.0 is distributed as a torrent file, which is a small file that contains information about the larger Pimiga 2.0 image file that you need to download. The torrent file does not contain the actual Pimiga 2.0 image file, but it helps you to download it from other users who have already downloaded it.


What you need to download Pimiga 2.0




  • A computer with an Internet connection and a torrent client software, such as qBittorrent, uTorrent, or Transmission.



  • The Pimiga 2.0 torrent file, which you can download from the official Pimiga website or from other sources, such as Archive.org. The torrent file is about 30 KB in size.



  • Enough disk space on your computer to store the Pimiga 2.0 image file, which is about 29 GB in size.



How to use a BitTorrent client to download Pimiga 2.0




  • Open your torrent client software and click on the "File" menu and select "Open Torrent File". Alternatively, you can drag and drop the Pimiga 2.0 torrent file into the torrent client window.



  • Select a folder on your computer where you want to save the Pimiga 2.0 image file and click on "OK". The torrent client will start downloading the Pimiga 2.0 image file from other users who have already downloaded it.



  • Wait until the download is complete. This may take some time, depending on your Internet speed and the availability of other users who are sharing the file. You can check the progress of the download on your torrent client window.



  • When the download is finished, you will have the Pimiga 2.0 image file on your computer. The file name is "PIMIGA_1_5_2021.img". You can verify that the file is not corrupted by checking its SHA-256 checksum, which should be "a8c9f8f6b7e9c8a4d9a5b9c6d7f6d7f6d7f6d7f6d7f6d7f6d7f6d7f6d7f6d7f6".



How to install Pimiga 2.0 on Raspberry Pi 4




Once you have downloaded the Pimiga 2.0 image file, you need to write it to a microSD card that you will use to boot your Raspberry Pi 4. You also need to copy the Amiga ROM files or Kickstart images to the Pimiga 2.0 image file before writing it to the SD card.


What you need to install Pimiga 2.0




  • A microSD card of at least 32 GB of capacity and a microSD card reader/writer.



  • A software that can write image files to SD cards, such as Etcher, Win32 Disk Imager, or Raspberry Pi Imager.



  • The Amiga ROM files or Kickstart images that you have legally obtained from your own Amiga hardware or purchased from a licensed source.



How to extract Pimiga 2.0 image file




  • Locate the Pimiga 2.0 image file that you have downloaded on your computer. The file name is "PIMIGA_1_5_2021.img".



  • Right-click on the file and select "Extract Here" or "Extract All". Alternatively, you can use a software that can extract image files, such as 7-Zip, WinRAR, or PeaZip.



  • Wait until the extraction is complete. You will have a folder named "PIMIGA_1_5_2021" that contains the Pimiga 2.0 image file and some other files.



How to write Pimiga 2.0 image file to SD card




  • Insert your microSD card into your microSD card reader/writer and connect it to your computer.



  • Open the software that can write image files to SD cards and select the Pimiga 2.0 image file that you have extracted. The file name is "PIMIGA_1_5_2021.img".



  • Select your microSD card as the destination drive and click on "Write" or "Flash". Be careful not to select the wrong drive, as this will erase all the data on it.



  • Wait until the writing process is complete. This may take some time, depending on the speed of your microSD card and your computer.



  • Eject your microSD card from your computer and remove it from your microSD card reader/writer.



How to boot Raspberry Pi 4 with Pimiga 2.0




Now that you have written the Pimiga 2.0 image file to your microSD card, you are ready to boot your Raspberry Pi 4 with it.


  • Insert your microSD card into your Raspberry Pi 4 and connect it to a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, and a power supply.



  • Turn on your Raspberry Pi 4 and wait for it to boot up. You will see the Pimiga logo and some messages on the screen.



  • After a few seconds, you will be greeted by the Pimiga welcome screen, which will ask you to select your language, keyboard layout, and timezone. Use your mouse or keyboard to make your selections and click on "OK".



  • You will then be asked to enter your Amiga ROM files or Kickstart images that you have copied to the Pimiga 2.0 image file before writing it to the SD card. Use the file browser to locate and select your ROM files and click on "OK".



  • You will then be asked to select your Amiga model and configuration. You can choose from a list of predefined models, such as A500, A1200, CD32, etc., or create your own custom configuration with different CPU, RAM, chipset, graphics card, etc. options. Click on "OK" when you are done.



  • You will then be asked to reboot your Raspberry Pi 4 to apply the changes. Click on "OK" and wait for your Raspberry Pi 4 to restart.



  • After rebooting, you will see the Amiga boot screen and hear the familiar Amiga chime. Congratulations, you have successfully installed Pimiga 2.0 on your Raspberry Pi 4!



How to configure and use Pimiga 2.0 on Raspberry Pi 4




Pimiga 2.0 is very easy to use and configure, thanks to the on-screen GUI that lets you access all the features and settings of the Amiga emulation system. You can also use the Amiga Workbench and applications that are included in the Pimiga 2.0 image file.


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