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Old 24 October 2015, 20:51   #3
ReadOnlyCat
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a) upgrade / repair - or to
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So there are some issues to solve here - in no particular order:
1) As I recall, most games won't work without the extra 512kb of chip ram provided by the A501. Is there a modern A501 I can buy from somewhere?
2) Nice to see the hdd still working after 23 years - but at some point it's going to fail - I reckon I need either a CF or some other alternative. What's best for an A500? Especially as my stack of disks is probably going to be a bit hit and miss.
3) Need some means of hooking up to a modern TV. I presume the easiest approach is an RGB to SCART and a SCART to HDMI - is that right?
4) Can I use a modern (optical) mouse on the Amiga somehow?

All in all, I don't want to throw my beloved A500 away, but without an A501 I don't see a reasonably cheap way of resurrecting all this old kit
In order:
  • 1) A501 fail regularly because of the battery they contain (keeps the clock up and running) which tends to leak.
    If you have soldering skills, you should warm that soldering iron and check the extent of the damage, with a bit of luck it would be easily repaired.
    Have a look at [ Show youtube player ] and this post on Lemon Amiga.
    I am sure there are many on the EAB as well but for some reason I could not find them.
  • 2) Kipper2K used to make IDE boards for the A500 to which you could plug a CF connector but I am not sure if he still does.
    But Individual Computers are working on a complete A500 memory + CF + plenty of goodness board which should be released around the end of this year. If you have the money and the patience, this should be a most excellent deal.
    I am planning to buy it.
  • 4) Yes, and you should! The tank mouse is horrible. Have a look at this thread: http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?p=1016206.

Hope this helps.
(And welcome back.)

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