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Old 15 May 2013, 01:39   #21
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A500 power brick is maybe just a simple mains frequency transformer, meaning it has to be very big and heavy to carry the power. Newer one I guess is a high-frequency switching design, which requires more complex electronics but a smaller and lighter transformer.
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Old 15 May 2013, 01:48   #22
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Some old A500 PSUs are light, some newer ones are heavy, so it's not necessarily the newer ones that are light. My A500 has a light one while my A600 came with a heavy one.
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Old 15 May 2013, 02:02   #23
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There was a smaller design of PSU that sometimes came with A1200s, seen here
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38...i/DSCN0057.jpg
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Old 15 May 2013, 02:03   #24
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the weight of the power supply is the heavy transformer inside the case with mutiple windings for stepdown voltages.

if anyone has wondered why a disk doesent click when a disk is in the drive,then look inside the drive youll see two push down switches push the one on the right down (and hold it)the drive light will come on for a few seconds and stop after that the drive will stop clicking because it thinks theres a disk in it.

the other switch is the write protect switch
the two switches are right next to each other on the left of the drive in the front of the bay if your curios.
and if your really lucky and have a high density drive theres a third switch on the right of the drive so it knows what disk is in it.

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Old 15 May 2013, 02:21   #25
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Old 15 May 2013, 12:41   #26
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There, I've said it.
Something... wonderful.
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Old 15 May 2013, 13:27   #27
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what is the keyboard combination for the "easter egg" in workbench where you have to hold like 11 keys down (using your nose for one of them) and get a nice message from the developers
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Old 17 May 2013, 03:00   #29
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I believe IDE & ATAPI are the same thing (if not, please correct me, I very well could be wrong)... What does ATAPI mean?
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Old 17 May 2013, 15:21   #30
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"Advanced Technology Attachment with Packet Interface"

IDE is the precursor of ATAPI.
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Is there more use to Amiga keys than to resetting machine? Why inserting and ejecting disk is so loud?
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yep, they're used for shortcuts like ctrl+c and ctrl+v does on the PC.

when you look at your right click menu you'll see some of them listed there
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Old 17 May 2013, 16:18   #33
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yep, they're used for shortcuts like ctrl+c and ctrl+v does on the PC.

when you look at your right click menu you'll see some of them listed there
Add to that, in Workbench, that you can use right (IIRC) Amiga key + arrows to move the mouse cursor. Combine with some other keys (CTRL, ALT, SHIFT) for various effects (left and right click, faster cursor speed).
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Old 17 May 2013, 17:36   #34
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I'm not sure if you're kidding, but in spanish, an amiga is a female friend.
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Old 17 May 2013, 17:57   #35
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I'm not sure if you're kidding, but in spanish, an amiga is a female friend.

Yeah that's where the name comes from

A female Amigo
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IDE is the precursor of ATAPI.
No. IDE (or ATA) is a bus type or command set. ATAPI is data transfer protocol over IDE bus.

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I believe IDE & ATAPI are the same thing (if not, please correct me, I very well could be wrong)... What does ATAPI mean?
ATAPI = SCSI over IDE, for C/DVD etc.. drives. (All IDE/ATA CD/DVD ROMs use SCSI command set)

Harddrives still use standard ATA command set. (Update ATA registers, write command byte to command register. This won't work with SCSI)
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I always wondered why if you type = followed by return (equals sign) into a CLI window (even without a disk inserted) you're treated to "error in command name". There's no attempt to read a volume for a file, unlike virtually anything else you type into an open CLI window.

The above relates to KS 1.2/1.3 but I think KS2/3 display the same. Too obscure to bother raising it until now! I presume it's some sort of operand to use with stock CLI commands, but I always thought it odd that intuition accepts it on its own.

Something that's bugged me for years...

I can remember being uncertain about the pronounciation of esoteric computer-related things back at the beginning of the Amiga days. In an era before the internet and TV, none of us "heard" what things were called, we simply read about them in magazines and gave them our own vocal interpretation in discussions with friends, etc.

I've never been 100% sure if I'm right about the following:

I always said EXXX-COPY, but a friend insisted it was CROSS-COPY (with the X denoting cross, which kind of makes sense really). Mr Neuhaus? Can you clear this up once and for all please? By that logic, is Factor 5's EXXX-OUT pronounced CROSS OUT? But how should you pronounce ZED-OUT? Calling Jules Eggmeister!

I always said GEE (hard G - bee, pea, tea) ANNA SISTERS. A different friend (who I think had Italian roots) insisted it was GEE (gee-whiz, as in the bearded disco falsetto trio of gees) ANNA SISTERS. Armin! Help!? Oh.... :-(

I always said BAMIGA (like Fred and Wilma's club-happy son) SECTOR ONE. But I often heard the B and AMIGA separated among contacts - Bee Amiga... Chatterbox?

There are others I can't think of right now (I knew people who sounded the silent P in Psygnosis) but I wonder if anyone had a red face when they finally heard an official pronounciation of something they'd been mispronouncing for years ;-)
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I'm pretty sure it's EXXX-COPY and CROSS-OUT!
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Does anyone know where I put the screws from my A4000 when I took the board out to send it for repair?
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Does anyone know where I put the screws from my A4000 when I took the board out to send it for repair?


hang on,i'll just get out my crystal ball
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