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Old 22 March 2018, 18:11   #1

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Amiga 500 Raspberry Pi Non Destructive Case Mod

Matthew Martin (aka @mattsoft) based out of Seattle, WA, USA, revealed an amazing project where he took an old A500 and replaced the MB with a raspberry pi.

He says in his post:
My goal for this project was to create an emulated Amiga, but maintain the original aesthetics of the iconic Amiga 500 -- down to a functional keyboard, floppy drive, mouse, and joystick ports. All of this had to be done without permanently modifying -- or destroying -- any part of the Amiga. This emulated Amiga had to FEEL like an Amiga. Version 1 has accomplished a lot of this, but there is still more to do.
He created his own custom internal brackets, which he 3D printed from his home. He's since put all of his print files on Thingiverse (for free) in case anyone else wanted to follow his lead. He also posted his entire parts list, and instructions.

Very cool project. There's more about it here with a few extra pics. Fascinating take on emulation where all of the user inputs are via original hardware. Main difference is he can pop into any KS/WB environment and dial them to any speed he desires.

I run the Pi with 2 configs: (1) Amiga 500 @ 16MHz w/1.3 and floppy, and (2) Amigas 1200 stock w/3.1 and HD with WHDLoad. I'm old school, even when emulating. ;0
Pretty danged cool IMO!

FWIW, I believe I read you can dial the Pi's speed to behave well beyond the capabilities of a Vampire even though that's not really a fair comparison. But if you wanted it to be a crazy machine, you could (in all original Amiga clothing).

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Old 06 April 2018, 04:32   #2
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this is smart as and what i like about the new 3b+ is it autoboots a hardrive so im using 500gb 2.5 sata on mine and got shed loads of games im loving my pi amiga come loads of machines its so cool everyone should own a pi.
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That is some serious work... Congratulations..
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Old 06 April 2018, 08:45   #4
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awesome project!
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