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Forum: support.Hardware 19 July 2019, 14:09
Replies: 5
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Posted By Daedalus
It depends on the design - the pin 6 could also...

It depends on the design - the pin 6 could also be wired straight through, with the signal used to control the flip-flop that in turn controls the switch, but isn't actually switched itself. A quick...
Forum: support.Hardware 19 July 2019, 13:00
Replies: 5
Views: 67
Posted By Daedalus
The CD32 controller uses both pins 5 and 6 as...

The CD32 controller uses both pins 5 and 6 as outputs - 5 puts it in CD32 mode, and 6 clocks the serial data, which is then fed in from the controller on pin 9. Both pins 5 and 6 therefore have to be...
Forum: support.Hardware 18 July 2019, 17:30
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By Daedalus
Hmmm, I would suspect U52 since that's the chip...

Hmmm, I would suspect U52 since that's the chip corresponding with bit 2 as far as I can see from the schematic. that might explain the confusion, but I would also check that U2 is working correctly,...
Forum: Hardware mods 17 July 2019, 16:18
Replies: 14
Views: 866
Posted By Daedalus
My main A1200 is still in its full-height AT...

My main A1200 is still in its full-height AT tower, and has been for over 20 years. It's an ugly beast, but every time I've considered dismantling or selling it, I quickly realised I didn't want to,...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 16 July 2019, 22:09
Replies: 200
Views: 20,437
Posted By Daedalus
Same applies really - PPaint is excellent for...

Same applies really - PPaint is excellent for creating the image data that can be loaded directly into shape objects by Blitz. There are shape editors around, including REDShapez that comes with the...
Forum: Amiga scene 16 July 2019, 21:24
Replies: 864
Views: 108,203
Posted By Daedalus
Yeah, it's tough to go back alright ;) I do most...

Yeah, it's tough to go back alright ;) I do most of my Blitz coding with AmiBlitz under OS4.1, which has anti-aliased fonts, but when I'm back on the Amigas (either 3.1.4 or 3.9 on a 1920x1200...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 16 July 2019, 20:47
Replies: 200
Views: 20,437
Posted By Daedalus
Oops, only saw this today... Sounds like a 1.3...

Oops, only saw this today... Sounds like a 1.3 limitation alright, or it's possible that arguments are handled differently and Blitz can't deal with that internally. There are a couple of different...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 16 July 2019, 10:47
Replies: 17
Views: 635
Posted By Daedalus
Indeed, the costs were higher than they had...

Indeed, the costs were higher than they had intended, at least partly because of the move to surface mount technology which required more R&D time. Releasing it as a cheaper A300 at that point would...
Forum: Amiga scene 16 July 2019, 10:43
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
Interesting... So there must be a different...

Interesting... So there must be a different version specially compiled for the 68000 versions of 3.1? The V37 utility.library is supposed to detect the CPU and use appropriate instructions for 68000...
Forum: support.Hardware 16 July 2019, 10:35
Replies: 17
Views: 358
Posted By Daedalus
Indeed, and it appears many A500s shipped with...

Indeed, and it appears many A500s shipped with the floppy cable backwards at both ends from the factory. Still works fine of course, but can be confusing if you only disconnect one end to remove the...
Forum: Hardware mods 16 July 2019, 10:25
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By Daedalus
Nice! Good to know it's doable up to 20cm - that...

Nice! Good to know it's doable up to 20cm - that might be enough for most people's requirements.
Forum: Amiga scene 16 July 2019, 09:38
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
I'm pretty sure it was all 68000 code, but...

I'm pretty sure it was all 68000 code, but perhaps the issue with WinUAE is simply a check it does when you're using machine-specific environments? Have you tried using a non-specific setup with a...
Forum: Hardware mods 15 July 2019, 11:35
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By Daedalus
What sort of extension were you thinking of?...

What sort of extension were you thinking of? You'll need the two connectors and a PCB to mount each on as a minimum for a short extension (like a couple of inches). Beyond that, a ribbon cable and...
Forum: Amiga scene 14 July 2019, 23:43
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
Well done. What year was this? I'm gonna guess...

Well done. What year was this? I'm gonna guess the 486 was at least four times the price of the A1200. Why would you expect them to be anywhere near comparable? Would you expect a £10,000 car to give...
Forum: Amiga scene 13 July 2019, 20:21
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
Don't forget that a Blizzard 1230 IV is the top...

Don't forget that a Blizzard 1230 IV is the top end of 030 accelerators. You could get an entry-level 030 card for £120-130, and a Viper 030/28 with 8MB of fast RAM for £180.


Indeed. Feels more...
Forum: Amiga scene 13 July 2019, 15:13
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
£750 in 1992 got you a 16MHz 386SX with 1MB of...

£750 in 1992 got you a 16MHz 386SX with 1MB of RAM, 256K Trident VGA card (yes, capable of 800x600, but that was next to useless because the card didn't have enough RAM to show all the pixels, so...
Forum: support.Other 12 July 2019, 10:36
Replies: 29
Views: 2,145
Posted By Daedalus
Those figures are somewhat at odds. You have a...

Those figures are somewhat at odds. You have a system setup there that's not a standard Amiga OS installation, which makes sorting these issues out a little tricky. It's a modified setup that...
Forum: New to Emulation or Amiga scene 11 July 2019, 23:08
Replies: 11
Views: 639
Posted By Daedalus
3.9 completely updated many parts of the OS,...

3.9 completely updated many parts of the OS, including adding large hard drive support, greatly improved Workbench, updated printing subsystem, new GUI engine and prefs to go with it, new icon...
Forum: Amiga scene 11 July 2019, 22:50
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
Now that's clearly a silly comparison to make, or...

Now that's clearly a silly comparison to make, or is that the point? You're comparing machines and architectures, and specifically in this case, graphics chipsets, 25 years apart. Time-wise, the...
Forum: Amiga scene 11 July 2019, 13:54
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
Indeed, such games wouldn't improve visually on...

Indeed, such games wouldn't improve visually on the 4000, much like any game written for 2D VESA cards on the PC wouldn't improve by moving to a faster VESA-based PC. But, as with the PC, the...
Forum: support.Hardware 10 July 2019, 23:03
Replies: 13
Views: 400
Posted By Daedalus
If a capacitor is particularly bad it can burst,...

If a capacitor is particularly bad it can burst, yep, but that's pretty rare. There's a much higher chance of causing a capacitor to burst if your air temperature is too high, but then you're...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 10 July 2019, 22:48
Replies: 2,285
Views: 336,358
Posted By Daedalus
There are some recent threads that show that...

There are some recent threads that show that everyone wanted the A1200 to have everything, when in reality Commodore were trying to make it as cheap as possible to appeal to the home computer market....
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 10 July 2019, 13:54
Replies: 2,285
Views: 336,358
Posted By Daedalus
SCSI isn't actually that complicated (from a user...

SCSI isn't actually that complicated (from a user perspective anyway) - it just has a more elaborate set of rules than IDE. In general, the standards and interfaces are backwards compatible, though...
Forum: Hardware mods 10 July 2019, 13:12
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Daedalus
Ah, ok, sorry I didn't catch that. Fair enough,...

Ah, ok, sorry I didn't catch that. Fair enough, there are many different types of power supply that Commodore used - I haven't seen them all.

The independent supply really needs to be independent...
Forum: Hardware mods 10 July 2019, 11:34
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Daedalus
No, at least not with how these combined meters...

No, at least not with how these combined meters that run off the same supply work. A completely separate meter that can accept its own *isolated* supply will be able to do it, but they're generally...
Forum: Hardware mods 10 July 2019, 10:54
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Daedalus
True, and most newer floppy drives don't even use...

True, and most newer floppy drives don't even use the 12V at all, so it's only for the audio and serial circuitry, where stability/smoothness is more important than precision.

It has to be...
Forum: Hardware mods 10 July 2019, 10:36
Replies: 249
Views: 36,662
Posted By Daedalus
Hi Mark - I thought I had sorted out everyone on...

Hi Mark - I thought I had sorted out everyone on my list, but must have missed you entirely (and missed this post a couple of days ago). So sorry about that! I have a board for you ready to go if...
Forum: Amiga scene 09 July 2019, 16:04
Replies: 864
Views: 108,203
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, that's where I got mine. Be aware though,...

Yep, that's where I got mine. Be aware though, the pictures are carefully arranged to hide the fact that the floppies used are high density. I had 3 of them not work in two drives - both known-good...
Forum: Amiga scene 09 July 2019, 14:15
Replies: 864
Views: 108,203
Posted By Daedalus
Thought you'd enjoy it :p Yeah, I'm not...

Thought you'd enjoy it :p


Yeah, I'm not so sure it's a case of not being allowed, but maybe a decision not to get involved given the legal shenanigans surrounding it, or to at least wait until...
Forum: support.Hardware 09 July 2019, 13:38
Replies: 13
Views: 400
Posted By Daedalus
The tantalum probably doesn't need to be replaced...

The tantalum probably doesn't need to be replaced as urgently as the electrolytics, since they don't leak. Older revisions use an electrolytic in that position so that would be more urgent. But if...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 09 July 2019, 09:47
Replies: 26
Views: 1,316
Posted By Daedalus
Are you sure they were overcharging? Often,...

Are you sure they were overcharging? Often, replacement screens are more expensive than you realise, especially if you go for legitimate spares and not cheap clone parts, which can often lack...
Forum: Amiga scene 09 July 2019, 09:42
Replies: 864
Views: 108,203
Posted By Daedalus
If you've already registered the licence number...

If you've already registered the licence number with your Hyperion account, there's not a whole lot they can do with it. Most people who burn the ROMs will do that just to make sure you own it...
Forum: New to Emulation or Amiga scene 08 July 2019, 15:03
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By Daedalus
Yeah, PersonalPaint is an excellent tool for...

Yeah, PersonalPaint is an excellent tool for converting graphics, with good palette reduction and scaling algorithms that are well suited to Amiga use.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 08 July 2019, 12:34
Replies: 12
Views: 493
Posted By Daedalus
I don't remember any improvements other than the...

I don't remember any improvements other than the obvious loading times etc., but I do remember one that lost something: When I installed Flashback to hard drive back in the day (not using WHDLoad), I...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 08 July 2019, 11:11
Replies: 26
Views: 1,316
Posted By Daedalus
Shopping online is fine and all that, but there...

Shopping online is fine and all that, but there is something nice about being able to pick something up, examine it, and take it home with you. I tend to do a bit of both - when I'm buying generic...
Forum: support.Hardware 07 July 2019, 23:53
Replies: 5
Views: 150
Posted By Daedalus
It sounds like it could be issue with the track...

It sounds like it could be issue with the track zero / head home sensor. Without it, the head will always try to move towards the end, before (hopefully) giving up when the sensor isn't triggered for...
Forum: support.Hardware 06 July 2019, 21:25
Replies: 9
Views: 620
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, whatever screenmode your graphics hardware...

Yep, whatever screenmode your graphics hardware supports, your Workbench can use. For example, I have an old Picasso IV in my A2000 that gives me a 1280x1024 Workbench in 16.7 million colours....
Forum: Amiga scene 05 July 2019, 19:23
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
My point exactly.

My point exactly.
Forum: Amiga scene 05 July 2019, 14:01
Replies: 583
Views: 27,304
Posted By Daedalus
Also, the Windows EULA has always stated that it...

Also, the Windows EULA has always stated that it is not intended for mission-critical systems, so it seems that mission criticality has no correlation with popularity.
Forum: support.Hardware 05 July 2019, 10:08
Replies: 24
Views: 984
Posted By Daedalus
Do you mean the original AT unit? As Vypr...

Do you mean the original AT unit?


As Vypr pointed out, the load on the ATX might not be sufficient to start it. Sometimes connecting a drive is enough, but optical drives use hardly any power...
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