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Vampire V2 MENU: Installing new cores
Posted on Monday, April 08 2024 @ 20:03:36 CEST by majsta

Installing new Cores on Vampire V2


The Vampire boards can be updated to use the latest Core improvements, such as:

  • Bug fixes
  • New features
  • Speed improvements
  • Compatibility improvements

The Vampire Core contains the following modules:

Three different methods

Method #1: Using .JIC binaries with Quartus II Programmer

This is the preferred method, because it is the only solution in case of a broken system (“brick”).

It requires:

  • A USB-Blaster and cables.
  • A Windows or Linux computer.
  • Quartus II Programmer installed.
  • .JIC binary file dedicated to the target Vampire


Quartus II Programmer does NOT protect the Vampire against unsuitable .JIC binaries.

→ Installing new Cores using Quartus II Programmer

Method #2: Using FlashROM executables

This the secondary method because of the following risk:


FlashROM can brick a weak board! Prefer Method #1 if possible.
  • Runs directly from AmigaOS 3.x.
  • Easy to use, totally configuration-free.
  • Protects against incorrect hardware target.
    • Reads the current revision and forbids flashing if wrong hardware.
  • Updates the version string stored in the Vampire Core.

→ Installing new Cores using FlashROM executables

Method #3: Using VampireFlash tool

This the third method because of the following risk:


VampireFlash tool can brick a weak board! Prefer Method #1 if possible.
Currently does not work in ApolloOS.
Earlier versions don't support flashing new cores. Use latest VampireFlash 1.14.
Tool can be used up to Apollo Gold core 2.16.
  • Part of SAGA drivers package
  • Runs directly from AmigaOS 3.x.
  • By default integrated in CoffinOS
  • Can directly flash .JIC and .ROM binaries

→ Installing new Cores using VampireFlash tool

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