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Old 07 February 2018, 13:02   #61
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Ah the highs and lows of A500 ownership.

I've got the day off today! I decided to treat myself to A WHOLE DAY of tracking on the Amiga. Made a cup of tea, turned the Amiga on... nothing on the screen.

I've tried turning it off and on a few times and its behaviour has varied. Removed all the peripherals in case any was causing an issue. Generally the power LED blinks, although once it just lit up and made some funny little clicking sounds from around the flloppy drive. Generally it's silent, the monitor is blank and the power LED blinks.

I pulled the trapdoor RAM out to see if that made a difference. It still won't boot up but the LED seemed to blink more slowly.

Opened it up, made sure all the chips were seated firmly. No change.

Opened up the PSU to check for obvious damage, then measured the voltage on the pins. All seems well.



Any ideas? At this stage I'm tempted to just buy a reconditioned A1200 off of eBay...unless anyone has anything for sale on here. I know I want to keep on going with Amiga music, and sooner or later I'll probably want to upgrade anyway. Maybe now's the time...

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Old 13 February 2018, 19:31   #62
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Ha!

I now have two working Amigas. Bought an A1200 off eBay. Plugged it in to my monitor, and it did the same thing. Flashing power LED.

Plugged it in to the TV downstairs and it worked.

Took my monitor cable apart. Maybe the earth wire was shorting against another connector, not sure, but wrapped some PVC tape around it, and tried again and all was well.

Am a bit embarrassed, a frustrating course of events, but all's well that ends well.

Have bought a CF card for the 1200 and am planning to use it as my music machine. I probably would have ended up getting one in the end anyway... it seems to work a bit better than the A500 especially the floppy drive. The A500 may come in handy as a spare, could use it for extra channels of Paula, or maybe I'll just let the kids play with it... We'll see...
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Old 13 February 2018, 20:05   #63
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You can use A500 and A1200 for this: http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?...ghlight=pt1210
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You can use A500 and A1200 for this: http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?...ghlight=pt1210
Cool.
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Just caught up with your thread marm. What a journey! and sounds very familiar the up and downs of this. It pays to walk away from it sometimes and things don't go to plan when you do get the time, but it sounds like you have a nice amiga collection going now. The A1200 is a beauty of a machine and will serve you well in making music and anything else. CompactFlash adapter to PCMCIA is now open to you and rather than hunting around for working CF cards, I highly recommend SD to CF Type I Adapter to go with PCMCIA Adapter. http://amzn.eu/aj2vrri
It works surprisingly well for a adapter within an adapter
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Just caught up with your thread marm. What a journey! and sounds very familiar the up and downs of this. It pays to walk away from it sometimes and things don't go to plan when you do get the time, but it sounds like you have a nice amiga collection going now. The A1200 is a beauty of a machine and will serve you well in making music and anything else. CompactFlash adapter to PCMCIA is now open to you and rather than hunting around for working CF cards, I highly recommend SD to CF Type I Adapter to go with PCMCIA Adapter. http://amzn.eu/aj2vrri
It works surprisingly well for a adapter within an adapter

I already bought one of these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Workb...6/122915801580 as I needed Workbench too. Not sure what's happened to the price - I paid about £20.

You're right re walking away...and coming back... but impatience got the better of me. Anyway, I've just made a space for the machine/monitor in the studio (put the PC away and a new shelf up) and am about to try installing the CF card in the A1200. Actually I'm so pushed for space that the A1200 is advantageous compared to the A500 just because it's smaller. I even considered an A600 but I think the keyboard layout would be a pain.

Wish me luck!
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Old 16 February 2018, 22:05   #67
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It's all working!

The CF card with workbench on it, the monitor, the Gotek drive, a USB trackball connected via a "Jerry" adapter (works brilliantly) and I've even got MIDI working properly in Octamed.

Crappy mobile phone picture, but it's an A1200, in my shed studio, making music. Very cool. Love Octamed. Love the Amiga.
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Not much space left to use A1200+A500 for do 24h mixing stuff. Where is the fog machine and flashlight?!
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Not much space left to use A1200+A500 for do 24h mixing stuff. Where is the fog machine and flashlight?!
Hehe it's compact but it's mine. And I can make noise at 3am without upsetting anyone. Setup and equipment is in a bit of a state of flux but settling down, I hope. Been having fun down there, anyway!
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