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Old 06-10-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

Picked up this lot for the grand total of $Au50!

Two A500 consoles, both revision 6 motherboards, one faulty.
A590, with 40meg HDD and 1meg fast ram!
A501 ram in the trapdoor
External floppy
1084s monitor
Two tank mice
Four joysticks
Plus a fair bit of original software! and some less than original









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Old 06-10-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

after spending half a day crawling around under the house, looking through boxes, cupboards, spare room, and everywhere I could think of, I finally found an old SCSI drive...

its a 2.1gig, Seagate ST32430N.

So, I ordered some version 7.0 roms for the A590, and while I was at it, I also ordered a KS3.1 rom, and 68010 CPU, cos thats just how I roll!



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Old 06-10-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

Deciding that a SCSI CD rom was the best idea ever, I trawled the interwebs to see what I could find, and ended up with a Yamaha CD burner, at the same time I decided to order a newer chip for the A590 (can't they get anything right? :P) just incase there was any compatibility issues.





I'm pretty sure this is how all A500's were intended to be setup!
everything lying on the bench, with random cables going everywhere... afterall, everything is external anyway

The plan is to tower it, seeing as its a "sometimes" setup, I can't possibly plug and unplug everything all the time!

Also, while cleaning up, I Found some old Amiga discs in the basement

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Old 06-10-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

Nice catch there AJ, I'll have to start a thread for my 500+ project soon.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

wow!, you have been busy. I was glad I never gave all my disks to who I sold my Amiga500. Great going through old disks and magazines over 20 years old!
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:21 PM   #6
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Our discs were either sold, or thrown out. The random discs I've found were just leftovers that must have been misplaced at the time.

I sent you a private message btw
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:10 AM   #7
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

i still have my original a500 ..with the 2meg agnus upgrade ..wire from the gary chip to somewhere did have 2.04 roms ...now 3.1 ..external harddrive cord runs to a old apple scsi harddrive i got for 10.00 ..2 meg chip 4 meg fast ..had a scsi dvd running on it at one stage ..and a 030 which had a broken chip now ..all my best high scores for pinball fantasy are on it ..only thing that ever wore out on the original was the keyboard died ..replaced it an all good....prob still be running in 20 yrs ..i hope.
i blame it for starting me off on this whole amiga madness ..the things i expected it to do ..run windows 3.1 on pctask ..why ?? cause it could..just..:>
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:47 AM   #8
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

I went looking for a suitable megadrive controller to use on the A500, got distracted, went and bought another plastic tub to store them in



Top row are wireless PS2
Next row are all USB, pretending to be PS2
3rd row down are usb again, the "sega" ones are good for emulators!
4th row, genuine PS2, and more USB "sega"
next, USB arcade joystick, genuine N64, most likely broken.
6th row, non genuine N64, horrible to use, but it makes it fair!
final row, two old, original, totally stuffed megadrive controllers, some cheapos which work ok, and finally some claimed to be genuine with terribly inflexible cords!

Although.... I have no megadrive games bought a console, was borrowing my cousins games... she wanted them back!
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:15 PM   #9
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I have no megadrive games bought a console, was borrowing my cousins games... she wanted them back!
problem solvered!

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:03 PM   #10
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

$50 is a bargain, did you get it off Gumtree by any chance?

I got my current A1200 from a guy in Royal Park (SA) for $80 with whole heap of other Amiga related stuff, that was advertised on Gumtree. Was an awesome find as its mint and replaced my old aging A1200.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:23 PM   #11
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Yeah gumtree. I would have loved to get a 1200!
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:59 PM   #12
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

Nothing quite like an old A500 doing it's thing
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:15 AM   #13
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mmm, sandwich!



and Walker, that wouldn't load through WHDLoad with the original 2 megs of ram I had



might be nearly time to put the lid back on!
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:53 AM   #14
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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

Under the cpu is that one of Tom Thul's fastram addons?
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:56 AM   #15
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yup, 8meg, and the 512k trapdoor is now set up as chip ram
so, 1 meg chip, 8 meg fast.

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Default Re: My A500 "project" pics, details, build log?

Nice.

My Rev6a 500 could use some fast ram loving. I am waiting on Tom to have some more boards available. He is also suppose to have a 1 meg chip/slow ram addon for the A500 sometime soon. Goes in the belly where the A501 typically sits.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:02 AM   #17
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I only just bought this 8meg fast ram, arrived here yesterday...
although he wasn't actually advertising them, might be worth sending him a message?
unless he's already said he has none?
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Yeah, I have inquired a couple days ago about them.

I really want one of his combo ide+fast ram boards but he isn't making any more of those.


AmigaKit is suppose to working with him to get at least one of his items made into a retail product. I really hope they consider the ide+fast ram addon.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:24 AM   #19
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They were only 4 meg weren't they? And didnt auto configure?
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I think so.
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