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Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion Today, 12:18
Replies: 29
Views: 940
Posted By Daedalus
Why? Are there no physical copies of the...

Why? Are there no physical copies of the cartridges left in existence, and do you think nobody has a copy of every game stored on their machines somewhere? It's a huge blow for casual, convenient...
Forum: Hardware mods Today, 12:12
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By Daedalus
I don't get the relevance of this post to what I...

I don't get the relevance of this post to what I said. Yep, the chips are rare, and I am actually aware of that, but that only make it even more sensible to fit sockets while you have the...
Forum: support.Hardware Today, 10:54
Replies: 2
Views: 57
Posted By Daedalus
Welcome along! Well, an A1200 will cost you...

Welcome along!

Well, an A1200 will cost you more than an A500+, and A500+ keyboards are the same as the A500, so are the most common model made of all Amiga keyboards, so I would say that's the...
Forum: support.Games Today, 10:36
Replies: 52
Views: 1,171
Posted By Daedalus
Yes, but like GadTools, ARexx, and many other...

Yes, but like GadTools, ARexx, and many other things, ASL was not a part of the OS as standard and is instead a separate, optional add-on. This is something you really need to bear in mind when...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic Today, 10:29
Replies: 4
Views: 79
Posted By Daedalus
Hmmm, it looks like ASL_ tags were mostly only...

Hmmm, it looks like ASL_ tags were mostly only used for OS 2.x - the Autodocs for 3.x use ASLFR_, ASLSM_, ASLFO_ etc. to differentiate the flags that are specific to only one type of requester.
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Forum: support.Hardware Yesterday, 18:19
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Daedalus
I have a list of some of the guys who do repairs...

I have a list of some of the guys who do repairs here: http://robthenerd.com/amiga/repairers

There's Russel Cowell in Liverpool that might be close enough to you...
Forum: support.Hardware Yesterday, 15:03
Replies: 11
Views: 211
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, expanded Amigas need more power, but at the...

Yep, expanded Amigas need more power, but at the same time, they would have to be quite heavily expanded to reach the limits of a standard power supply. The problem is that a power supply's capacity...
Forum: support.Hardware Yesterday, 14:48
Replies: 2
Views: 83
Posted By Daedalus
Lin. RGB is the way to go, which is the best...

Lin. RGB is the way to go, which is the best you'll get out of a standard Amiga. TTL RGB gives you basically 16 colours, and composite is rubbish in general.
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2018, 15:47
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Daedalus
Ah, I see... Yep, that'll totally kill the...

Ah, I see... Yep, that'll totally kill the machine alright - that's the main 5V supply and not just to C800, so something else has shorted and allowed that trace to burn through. It's possible to do...
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2018, 15:20
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Daedalus
Hmmm, it's possible that the capacitor C800 has...

Hmmm, it's possible that the capacitor C800 has failed short and that's pulling the whole PSU down. That would also overheat the traces and damage the coating, but there might not be enough current...
Forum: Hardware mods 11 August 2018, 23:43
Replies: 144
Views: 8,641
Posted By Daedalus
Ah yes, and this is fantastic :)

Ah yes, and this is fantastic :)
Forum: support.Hardware 11 August 2018, 22:42
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Daedalus
Are you sure it's not the PSU? You really need a...

Are you sure it's not the PSU? You really need a multimeter to be able to troubleshoot that. So, no power LED at all? The bare copper trace, where is that? There aren't many 5V traces on the surface...
Forum: Hardware mods 11 August 2018, 22:30
Replies: 144
Views: 8,641
Posted By Daedalus
Awesome work, congratulations! @jotd ...

Awesome work, congratulations!

@jotd

There's not much point in recreating PSUs when you can build a much better supply for less cost. I've just built a PSU for someone that's about half the...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 11 August 2018, 11:38
Replies: 24
Views: 780
Posted By Daedalus
Early versions of the Blitz editor don't have an...

Early versions of the Blitz editor don't have an ARexx port. However, Blitz itself has a "BRexx" library that basically fakes Intuition inputs, so it should be possible to write a simple program to...
Forum: Amiga scene 10 August 2018, 16:43
Replies: 121
Views: 7,908
Posted By Daedalus
HDCP is its own, separate licence. Video and...

HDCP is its own, separate licence. Video and audio are carried over the same pins so the connector doesn't care whether you only use video. Simply using HDMI as an interconnect requires a licence -...
Forum: Amiga scene 10 August 2018, 13:42
Replies: 121
Views: 7,908
Posted By Daedalus
Nope, you can solder as many sockets to boards as...

Nope, you can solder as many sockets to boards as you wish, no problem. Selling a product that makes use of the standard does require a licence however. Just like many other technologies that are...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 09 August 2018, 13:05
Replies: 36
Views: 1,029
Posted By Daedalus
Hmmm, that's unfortunate, because I've only ever...

Hmmm, that's unfortunate, because I've only ever heard of very early CDs suffering from bitrot, and I have many Cds from the early '90s that all still play perfectly and have no signs of any rot....
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 09 August 2018, 12:14
Replies: 36
Views: 1,029
Posted By Daedalus
Will they retain their original signal quality...

Will they retain their original signal quality after all that time though? I suspect that the stored waveform will slowly decay over the decades, leaving a still working, but perhaps slightly noisier...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 09 August 2018, 10:01
Replies: 36
Views: 1,029
Posted By Daedalus
Or maybe more like IBM Microdrives...

Or maybe more like IBM Microdrives (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive), which were essentially high capacity CF cards (differing internal technology aside). If that's the case, he wasn't that...
Forum: support.Hardware 09 August 2018, 09:58
Replies: 18
Views: 531
Posted By Daedalus
No, this is standard behaviour for 3.1 ROMs. They...

No, this is standard behaviour for 3.1 ROMs. They disable the PCMCIA port when 8MB of fast RAM is detected, since that would conflict with a memory card inserted. 3.0 does not do that, and as a...
Forum: News 09 August 2018, 09:50
Replies: 56
Views: 7,670
Posted By Daedalus
No problem :) Thanks for your work! It's great...

No problem :) Thanks for your work! It's great that there are so many new releases for the Amiga these days.
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 08 August 2018, 00:18
Replies: 152
Views: 12,084
Posted By Daedalus
Sometimes, even when using the integer...

Sometimes, even when using the integer optimisation mode. Certain commands will require an FPU (e.g. Val() ), but there isn't a comprehensive list that I know of, so there's always a risk. If the...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 07 August 2018, 15:00
Replies: 5,747
Views: 902,334
Posted By Daedalus
I bought a canvas, printed with an image which I...

I bought a canvas, printed with an image which I processed in Personal Paint to reproduce a ZX-Spectrum-alike palette.
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 07 August 2018, 12:27
Replies: 152
Views: 12,084
Posted By Daedalus
As in, return a value to AmigaDOS? I don't think...

As in, return a value to AmigaDOS? I don't think it's possible (or at least, easy to do) with Blitz 2, but in AmiBlitz 3 you load the value you want to return into register d0, then use End d0...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 06 August 2018, 17:46
Replies: 9
Views: 280
Posted By Daedalus
Not really. All systems used their own data...

Not really. All systems used their own data encoding formats, similar to how they all used their own floppy formats. The best way to transfer like that would have been over serial or something like...
Forum: Hardware mods 06 August 2018, 14:34
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By Daedalus
But is it not considered normal practice in...

But is it not considered normal practice in general to add sockets for the RAM when doing mods like this? at least that's what I do. then you're not desoldering chips, just removing them from...
Forum: support.Hardware 06 August 2018, 13:05
Replies: 12
Views: 361
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, glad it's sorted. Sometimes cabled just go...

Yep, glad it's sorted. Sometimes cabled just go bad, usually where there wasn't a perfect connection at one of the connectors, and years of vibrations finally made it come loose.


Thing is, the...
Forum: support.Hardware 06 August 2018, 12:26
Replies: 1
Views: 136
Posted By Daedalus
the ACA1221 has been discontinued. The...

the ACA1221 has been discontinued. The replacement ACA1221EC is a little different and was also out of stock most places, but has recently reappeared in the Individual Computers shop...
Forum: support.Hardware 06 August 2018, 11:11
Replies: 10
Views: 186
Posted By Daedalus
Yes, a Gotek will work fine as an external drive....

Yes, a Gotek will work fine as an external drive. It's a little more nuanced than that however, because there are a lot of games that are hard-coded to use DF0:. So, even though the Gotek works...
Forum: support.Hardware 06 August 2018, 10:30
Replies: 10
Views: 186
Posted By Daedalus
The display is still visible through the floppy...

The display is still visible through the floppy opening, and the buttons are still usable, though not quite as convenient as if they were on display. But that's the best I've seen without modifying...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 06 August 2018, 09:51
Replies: 36
Views: 1,029
Posted By Daedalus
I never liked cassette tapes, and so didn't have...

I never liked cassette tapes, and so didn't have much recorded on them, so it was no great loss to me to get rid of them. Most were just songs recorded from the radio when I was a kid anyway. The...
Forum: support.Hardware 06 August 2018, 09:45
Replies: 10
Views: 186
Posted By Daedalus
I don't know the source of the model, but I was...

I don't know the source of the model, but I was given a 3D printed mount for a Gotek's innards that does an excellent job of positioning the Gotek so that it can be used with no modification to the...
Forum: Amiga scene 06 August 2018, 09:38
Replies: 26
Views: 1,086
Posted By Daedalus
Thanks very much guys for coming along and for...

Thanks very much guys for coming along and for your kind words :) I thought it was a great day, lovely people and lots of interesting chats, and a nice selection of machines to play with too.
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 06 August 2018, 00:03
Replies: 43
Views: 2,804
Posted By Daedalus
Essentially, yes. With double buffering, you're...

Essentially, yes. With double buffering, you're basically running two independent copies of the play area. But if you're using a dual playfield display, you likely don't need to draw anything to the...
Forum: support.Hardware 04 August 2018, 00:27
Replies: 39
Views: 941
Posted By Daedalus
Not particularly, no. But I really don't think...

Not particularly, no. But I really don't think they're the issue here.
Forum: support.Hardware 03 August 2018, 22:09
Replies: 39
Views: 941
Posted By Daedalus
If the CIAs are the problem, you'll still get 5V...

If the CIAs are the problem, you'll still get 5V on the 5V rails to the various parts. If there's a short in the power rails, the 5V will disappear or drop below maybe 4.5V. I can't see it being any...
Forum: support.Hardware 03 August 2018, 17:12
Replies: 12
Views: 361
Posted By Daedalus
So data is not getting written at all it seems,...

So data is not getting written at all it seems, That would make me think the write enable or data write line is damaged somewhere along the way.
Forum: support.Hardware 03 August 2018, 13:55
Replies: 2
Views: 116
Posted By Daedalus
CF cards do indeed need power, but sometimes an...

CF cards do indeed need power, but sometimes an otherwise unused pin of the 40-pin setup is used to provide that power instead. It might be worth trying anyway, since the pictures appear to show a...
Forum: support.Hardware 03 August 2018, 13:06
Replies: 39
Views: 941
Posted By Daedalus
Yep, that's it. Because the normal Kickstart will...

Yep, that's it. Because the normal Kickstart will refuse to boot unless the majority of the machine is fully working, it can be difficult to pinpoint issues. DiagROM will boot with a minimum of parts...
Forum: support.Hardware 03 August 2018, 10:29
Replies: 12
Views: 361
Posted By Daedalus
What do the error messages say? Do they say the...

What do the error messages say? Do they say the disk is write protected, or something else? Did you try the floppy ribbon cable in the A500 too? Sounds like a problem with either the write protect,...
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