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Forum: support.Hardware 01 June 2020, 14:39
Replies: 18
Views: 6,801
Posted By solarmon
@avantgarden Looking at the pictures you...

@avantgarden

Looking at the pictures you have provided, it is possible that the break is where that dark round spot is on the Y12 trace going between the pads. The reverse picture of this, you can...
Forum: Hardware mods 01 June 2020, 11:39
Replies: 16
Views: 128
Posted By solarmon
What about making an adapter, so that you don't...

What about making an adapter, so that you don't need to cut anything on the switcher? Although, this will add extra height since two sockets are used for the adapter.
...
Forum: support.Hardware 01 June 2020, 08:38
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By solarmon
I used this cabling solution for my A1200, but it...

I used this cabling solution for my A1200, but it should apply for the A500 too:

https://www.ikod.se/amiga-1200-gotek/
Forum: request.Old Rare Games 30 May 2020, 22:15
Replies: 16
Views: 561
Posted By solarmon
If it is just demagnetisation, and not physical...

If it is just demagnetisation, and not physical damage, then a trick is to use a strong neodymium magnet to wipe it and then write the original IPF image back on to it.
Forum: support.Hardware 30 May 2020, 19:31
Replies: 18
Views: 6,801
Posted By solarmon
@avantgarden To help with troubleshoooting...

@avantgarden

To help with troubleshoooting the keyboard membrane I have created some keyboard mappings at:

https://github.com/solarmon/Amiga-Keyboard

Specifically, for this keyboard membrane...
Forum: support.Hardware 27 May 2020, 14:37
Replies: 14
Views: 1,019
Posted By solarmon
@Thomas Richter, From my experience, I get...

@Thomas Richter,

From my experience, I get this issue with PCMCIA ethernet/wireless network adapters too.
Forum: support.Hardware 27 May 2020, 08:58
Replies: 14
Views: 1,019
Posted By solarmon
As stated in my post, this issue occurs during...

As stated in my post, this issue occurs during boot - if you go to the early boot menu (hold down both mouse buttons during power up) and look at the Boot Options list, the CFO (carddisk-0) and DH0...
Forum: support.Hardware 26 May 2020, 18:58
Replies: 14
Views: 1,019
Posted By solarmon
@Mikerochip That 8MB card is similar to mine...

@Mikerochip

That 8MB card is similar to mine - I think yours is the rev 1 and mine is a rev 2. But both are based on the TF328, if that is of any significance.

My 8MB card is the one at:
...
Forum: support.Hardware 25 May 2020, 18:12
Replies: 14
Views: 1,019
Posted By solarmon
@Thomas Thanks for the update. I don't...

@Thomas

Thanks for the update. I don't completely understand the technicalities, but this is what is happening for me:

If my Fast ram card is in 8MB mode and I have a PCMCIA CF device inserted,...
Forum: support.Hardware 25 May 2020, 16:06
Replies: 14
Views: 1,019
Posted By solarmon
@Mikerochip I recently got the 3.1.4 ROMs in...

@Mikerochip

I recently got the 3.1.4 ROMs in my A1200 rev 2B with 8MB fast ram expansion (A1208 by Edu Arana) and have come across this exact issue!

Please can you confirm what revision A1200...
Forum: support.Hardware 24 May 2020, 14:14
Replies: 10
Views: 294
Posted By solarmon
From the schematics at: ...

From the schematics at:

https://www.amigawiki.org/dnl/schematics/A2000_R6.pdf

(I could only quickly find rev 6)

The pull up resistor for _RST is on resistor pack RP101
Forum: support.Hardware 24 May 2020, 14:09
Replies: 10
Views: 294
Posted By solarmon
The _RST signal is active low. It will pulse low...

The _RST signal is active low. It will pulse low to initiate the reset of the chips it is connected to.

This _RST signal should be normally pulled high to VCC via a pull up resistor, so check that...
Forum: support.Hardware 24 May 2020, 14:04
Replies: 8
Views: 948
Posted By solarmon
Use Amiga Test Kit to show which keys are...

Use Amiga Test Kit to show which keys are failing.

If it is the control/special keys, then there is a common ground trace that they use.

You can use the keyboard map I made to find and check...
Forum: support.Hardware 22 May 2020, 14:24
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By solarmon
I find these JU-253-043P drives to have a high...

I find these JU-253-043P drives to have a high failure rate - granted they are 30 years old, but these seem to fail more than other drives, in my experience.

See my thread at:
...
Forum: support.Apps 20 May 2020, 12:56
Replies: 22
Views: 1,143
Posted By solarmon
Thank you, this is a great list! Maybe it...

Thank you, this is a great list!

Maybe it would be nice to show what minimum Kickstart/Workbench they work with? (Or show what they have been tested with) For example, Kickstart/Workbench 1.3...
Forum: support.Apps 20 May 2020, 00:03
Replies: 22
Views: 1,143
Posted By solarmon
You can probably get some more to add to the list...

You can probably get some more to add to the list from this thread:

http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=22887
Forum: support.Hardware 19 May 2020, 08:23
Replies: 20
Views: 666
Posted By solarmon
I'm not sure what you mean. I have this IDE/SATA...

I'm not sure what you mean. I have this IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 adapter:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/IOMAX-SATA-Adapter-Power-Drive/dp/B000R18ZNQ

and I am able to connect my old Seagate 127MB drive to...
Forum: support.Hardware 17 May 2020, 14:42
Replies: 20
Views: 666
Posted By solarmon
I would just take the hard disk and mount it...

I would just take the hard disk and mount it WinUAE. You can then make an image of the drive or use it directly and emulate an A1200 to boot it, then mount a PC folder and copy the data that way.
...
Forum: News 15 May 2020, 16:20
Replies: 204
Views: 37,009
Posted By solarmon
I think that Tiny Launcher is a great WHDLoad...

I think that Tiny Launcher is a great WHDLoad launcher, along with ABS (Amiga Boot Selector).

I would really like to see another separate section in TinyLauncher for WHDLoad Magazines, as these do...
Forum: support.Other 08 May 2020, 12:57
Replies: 0
Views: 295
Posted By solarmon
Kickstart 3.1.4 / Workbench 3.1.4.1 - VirusZ vector check issue

Hi,

My Kickstart 3.1.4 / Workbench 3.1.4.1 base/stock setup with just VirusZ installed, plus dependencies Installer-43_3, ReToolsUsr, xfdmaster, and xvslibrary, is throwing a vector check alert...
Forum: News 05 May 2020, 11:18
Replies: 204
Views: 37,009
Posted By solarmon
For adding to Favorites: A is when you have...

For adding to Favorites:

A is when you have an AZERTY keyboard, in Game menu
Q is when you have a QWERTY keyboard, in Game menu
Forum: support.Hardware 04 May 2020, 23:21
Replies: 30
Views: 1,163
Posted By solarmon
In your original post said you only ran the...

In your original post said you only ran the memory test in Amiga Test Kit for 10 minutes. This is nowhere near long enough, especially for that amount of memory.

I would leave a memory test for...
Forum: Coders. Asm / Hardware 04 May 2020, 18:11
Replies: 16
Views: 1,068
Posted By solarmon
You might want to have a browse through the Amiga...

You might want to have a browse through the Amiga System Programmers Guide to see if that had the information you are looking for.
Forum: Coders. Asm / Hardware 04 May 2020, 16:13
Replies: 16
Views: 1,068
Posted By solarmon
There is some good information here, if that...

There is some good information here, if that helps you:

https://www.chzsoft.de/site/hardware/preserving-a-floppy-disk-with-a-logic-analyzer/
Forum: support.Hardware 30 April 2020, 12:54
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By solarmon
You can fix the trace using silver conductive ink.

You can fix the trace using silver conductive ink.
Forum: support.Hardware 30 April 2020, 11:44
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By solarmon
If you are sure that there are no trace breaks...

If you are sure that there are no trace breaks then you can try the following.

Use a bit of aluminium foil wrapped around your finger and test the carbon pads for the suspect keys.
...
Forum: support.Apps 27 April 2020, 10:39
Replies: 3
Views: 469
Posted By solarmon
The Ultima 6 disks should be in AmigaDOS format...

The Ultima 6 disks should be in AmigaDOS format so you could use X-Copy to make a copy of them.

If they are suspected of possibly having a Virus then you should get them scanned by, for example,...
Forum: support.Hardware 26 April 2020, 21:35
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By solarmon
Try wiping the disks with a strong neodymium...

Try wiping the disks with a strong neodymium magnet before formatting them on the Amiga. You should also inspect and clean the disks to make sure they are physically OK.
Forum: support.Hardware 24 April 2020, 23:05
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By solarmon
If only one side (which side?) is giving errors...

If only one side (which side?) is giving errors then inspect the ribbon cable for that head is OK. And definitely clean the heads, and re-grease the worm gear and guide/glide rails.

I would highly...
Forum: News 24 April 2020, 17:55
Replies: 204
Views: 37,009
Posted By solarmon
There might be a way of mapping the game pad keys...

There might be a way of mapping the game pad keys to a keyboard key - have a look at some of the input tools on Aminet?

http://aminet.net/driver/input

Like:
...
Forum: support.Hardware 24 April 2020, 17:46
Replies: 8
Views: 504
Posted By solarmon
Well, for my Gary chip everything else seems to...

Well, for my Gary chip everything else seems to be working fine, apart from it not being able to detect the RTC - all the tests using Amiga Test Kit passing OK, including any floppy drive functions...
Forum: support.Hardware 24 April 2020, 15:50
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By solarmon
Can you confirm, is it a 'CHINON FX 354' or a...

Can you confirm, is it a 'CHINON FX 354' or a Chinon FZ-354, or even Chinon FB-354?

How have you determined the errors, using what tool/program?

To first rule out the Amiga itself, does another...
Forum: support.Hardware 24 April 2020, 10:11
Replies: 8
Views: 504
Posted By solarmon
The RTC clock read and write traces goes to the...

The RTC clock read and write traces goes to the Gary chip. I've recently had an issue on my A500plus where the RTC clock was not detected. After replacing Gary with a known working one, it detected...
Forum: support.Hardware 22 April 2020, 17:12
Replies: 8
Views: 504
Posted By solarmon
I've had similar issues and found that sometimes...

I've had similar issues and found that sometimes the RTC chip gets 'stuck' and needs to be reset.

As per this other forum thread (https://forum.amiga.org/index.php?topic=51562.0) this can be done...
Forum: support.Hardware 20 April 2020, 09:18
Replies: 33
Views: 1,744
Posted By solarmon
If it was memory issues then it is normally a...

If it was memory issues then it is normally a green screen, with a normal Kickstart chip in. You mentioned that it has a black screen. I would check the reset circuit to rule it out, if you haven't...
Forum: support.Hardware 19 April 2020, 14:29
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By solarmon
Some floppy drives require 12V - so for any...

Some floppy drives require 12V - so for any adapters you use, make sure it can supply 12V too, if that drive requires it.

Here is another floppy drive adapter, which some are based on:
...
Forum: support.Hardware 18 April 2020, 23:21
Replies: 33
Views: 1,744
Posted By solarmon
A common issue with the A600 is a problem with...

A common issue with the A600 is a problem with the reset circuit caused by cap damage.

Usually, cap C612 has leaked and stops the reset circuit from working, because of itself being degraded or it...
Forum: support.Hardware 16 April 2020, 17:58
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By solarmon
The A500 keyboard connector has the VCC (+5V)...

The A500 keyboard connector has the VCC (+5V) rail going directly to it, so it shouldn't be limited other than whatever the PSU can supply.
Forum: support.Hardware 15 April 2020, 17:22
Replies: 27
Views: 1,167
Posted By solarmon
I haven'y measured the voltage so I cannot say. I...

I haven'y measured the voltage so I cannot say. I have been using a logic probe which will indicate a high or low signal.

What I have observed is the following behaviour of the hall effect sensor...
Forum: support.Hardware 15 April 2020, 09:13
Replies: 27
Views: 1,167
Posted By solarmon
See my thread on a similar subject here: ...

See my thread on a similar subject here:

http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=98729

The hall effect sensor is this black chip in the middle:

https://i.imgur.com/oXoxkF9.jpg
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