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Old 03 September 2012, 17:24   #2
Amiga Fan in Phoenix
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Phoenix, AZ USA
Age: 60
Posts: 60
Welcome, grobda. I too am new to this forum, and like yourself have returned to an older gaming platform, but one that was (and still is) a favorite, the Amiga 500. The difference is I had my old A500 boxed up since 1993 so I didn't have to buy one (it's truly amazing that, after all this time, it booted up after only having to blow-off and re-seat the chips on the motherboard
Like yourself, I am looking at ways to beef-up my machine. I was pointed to this link, and am waiting on delivery (I have a Rev5 motherboard for which the card wasn't ready yet).
One upgrade that I completed yesterday was replacing my 40mb SupraDrive 500XP hard drive with a 240mb SCSI drive. After having reloaded my backed-up files, I discovered I had bad sectors, so I had to perform another low-level format, this time with mapping (there were less than 100 bad sectors out of, well I can't remember but it was in the hundreds of thousands), and after 7 hours for this process (thank God I didn't have a drive with 500gb!), and then reloading again, it's running like a champ!.
My remaining upgrades that I've ordered and waiting to receive are: a) 3.1 ROM chip so I can install Workbench 3.1 (I'm on 2.05 now), b) 8mb DIMs to install on my 500XP SCSI controller, c) Clockport adapter for A500, and d) Hypercom High Speed Serial interface.
The last two of these are (hopefully) for transferring files between my PC and the A500. I currently have this working with a null-modem connected to the A500 serial port, and it works just fine except that it's SLOW (transfer speed is 19200). Speaking of, it you're not aware of it, there's a GREAT product called Amiga Explorer, which can be bought separately or as part of the Amiga Forever PC application (a truly wondrous app which is half the cost of PC games now-a-days).
Sorry for the long post but I wanted to share what I've done/will do with someone like me.
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