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Old 20 August 2002, 00:46   #1
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The AMIGA was crap because....


I expect youve come in fuming and ready to rant and tear me to shreads but..
What (if any) were the faults of our favourite machine?

My trivial gripes are:

Stupid disk drive kept slipping down so I couldnt insert disks properly
Annoying positioning of joystick/mouse ports on rear of computer
Great ugly modulator sticking out of back!
Crap mouse after crap mouse (or maybe that was just me)
That damn noisy drive, grrrrrr@SOTB3
Too many good games to copy and not enough time in the day

Despite these admittedly minor complaints, my Amiga500 was and is the best computer/games machine Ive ever owned

What bugged you......?

EDIT: The title of this thread was merely an attention grabber
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Old 20 August 2002, 01:04   #2
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Yikes! You got my attention... My only "gripe" was the occasional guru meditation, nothing compared to windows, nothing at all. Nothing. No thing.
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Old 20 August 2002, 01:09   #3
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Of course, the Amiga was a rock compared to Windows. Im just asking to see if anyone had any moans AT ALL about our beloved Meega
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Old 20 August 2002, 01:22   #4
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It took all of my money away from me as a teenager, and made me have to get up early in a morning so I could run down to the local swap shop to see if i could find something i'd not played.

I hate you for that! I hate getting up early!
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Old 20 August 2002, 01:27   #5
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Of course, the Amiga was a rock compared to Windows. Im just asking to see if anyone had any moans AT ALL about our beloved Meega
I don't have mine anymore. I want to cry. You really are Dastardly...
(characterized by underhandedness or treachery <a dastardly attack> <a dastardly villain)

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Old 20 August 2002, 01:30   #6
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Well, I've racked my grey cell, and taken into consideration my experiences with A500, A500+, desktop and towered A1200.

I can honestly say I have no gripes whatsoever.

Nice one Dast! You just reminded me how much I love my Meega. Awwww. I'll polish it tomorrow.
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Old 20 August 2002, 01:51   #7
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The AMIGA was crap because....

..... it was far too expensive when it came out I had to wait half a year before I could afford it that days
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Old 20 August 2002, 02:50   #8
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its not Amiga's fault, but having the internet at that time would of been handy

i can't really think of anything that made the Amiga crap, it was (at the time) a commercial success and it had a pretty good underground scene too (which a lot of todays *console* gamers miss out on).

the only thing that slighty pissed me off was of course disk drive clicking... which meant you HAD to play "9 Fingers" extra loud

but even now compared to stupidly high spec'ed computers it ROCKS!!!
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Old 20 August 2002, 04:22   #9
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Hmm.. i still don't like the diskdrives because they break a lot and then you are in deep shit trying to find a replacement.

I think that's all.. being that I never had an A500, I didnt have problems like joystick/mice port placement (though the A1200 has them in the back. I dont like that.), the mouse was great imo, and... nothing

Oh yes, one thing... The ultraseparated stereo... They should have made the thing have a widemix feel to it, or something. Sometimes it gets to bother you, specially if you listen with headphones.
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Old 20 August 2002, 04:55   #10
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The only bad thing I can really think of is the truely bad marketing and management that killed the company.
 
Old 20 August 2002, 06:21   #11
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HEY! Loud Disk-Drives are cool!!!! Sometimes you know when you have to change disks by the noise the drive is making!
If you think the A500 drive was loud, you should see my old MSX Disk-Drive!

What I didn't like in my Amiga was that everyime I went to the courier to get my pirated games. half of them wouldn't be working.
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Old 20 August 2002, 08:59   #12
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HEY! Loud Disk-Drives are cool!!!! Sometimes you know when you have to change disks by the noise the drive is making!
yeah! I always got teh disk ready when I heard teh noise of "here comes the diskchange screen!". Sometimes I even managed to swap disks before the screen would appear. Anything to minimize loading times! Also you know if something is wrong with the disk or the drive.
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What I didn't like in my Amiga was that everyime I went to the courier to get my pirated games. half of them wouldn't be working.
That happens to you for being a low-life young south american software pirate scumbag (like me )
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Re: The AMIGA was crap because....

Never had problem with the disk drive slipping down, I guess yours wasn't screwed properly! Ports positions never bothered me and neither did the noise. Crap mouse? Please.. My worst Amiga mouse lasted 4 years while I've had PC mice that broke down in days!
My worst headache, and I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet, was that before the internet (more particularly before WHDload and JST and other installers), installing something in your hard drive was often a nightmare. Not a dos disk, forget it. DOS disk, ok let's copy all the files. Does it work? No, it asks for the disk again. Let's make the assigns. Does it work? No, the graphics are corrupted. Let's boot with no startup-sequence. Does it work? No, not enough memory. Maybe if I ran it from pure DOS? Does it work? No, corrupted graphics again.
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yeah! I always got teh disk ready when I heard teh noise of "here comes the diskchange screen!". Sometimes I even managed to swap disks before the screen would appear. Anything to minimize loading times! Also you know if something is wrong with the disk or the drive
Exacty I did that too, swap disks before the screen. This was very usefull in fighting games, like Mortal Kombat 2 and Shadow Fighter Oh yeah, it was also cool when I would try to push the button before the game searching for a file in other disk,. but then I would press the button in the EXACT time the drive were searching the file (I.E, while the light was ON) . The Drive would do a loud noise, and I always would think "DAMN, I FUCKED UP MY DISK!"

Lucky I never fucked up any of my disks doing that



Never had ANY trouble with Amiga Mice.. I only had ONE amiga mouse, and it lasted for... ooohhh, 7 years, I guess.. maybe it's still working.
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Old 20 August 2002, 10:00   #15
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Hard drive invalidation if crashing while writing to disk. But even then, the Amiga never sucked...
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Old 20 August 2002, 10:12   #16
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Old 20 August 2002, 10:24   #17
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There wasnt one thing I didnt like about the Amiga. It was Perfect in every way - It got me interested in programming and I ended up with a good career because of it.

If I have to be picky it would be the (useless for games) Ham mode. If we had more games in 16 million colours that would have been nice!
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Old 20 August 2002, 10:34   #18
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Re: Re: The AMIGA was crap because....

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My worst headache[...]was that before the internet[...]installing something in your hard drive was often a nightmare.
I actually LOVED trying to install a DOS disk that wouldn't come prepared with an install script. I had many hours of fun and it taught me a lot about how AmigaDOS works.

of course afterI managed it I had a lot more fun by playing the game from the HD at fast loading speeds and without diskswapping
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Old 20 August 2002, 10:48   #19
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There was really nothing that bothered me. Just the long loading times and that you couldn't install most games on HD. But that's all.

And I really LOVE the drive ticking. Tells perfectly that the computer works . I miss it in WinUAE.
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Old 20 August 2002, 17:10   #20
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The AMIGA was crap because....

..... it was far too expensive when it came out I had to wait half a year before I could afford it that days
Oh yeah! I should add that to my list aswell! £400 was a lot of money to a young kid.

@Konrad
Who knows, maybe the drive ticking will be emulated aswell soon.
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