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Forum: support.Hardware Yesterday, 15:40
Replies: 2
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Posted By solarmon
Make sure you inspect and clean the floppy disks....

Make sure you inspect and clean the floppy disks. And the floppy drive read/write heads too, now since you have potentially have used floppy disks with mould on them.

Yes, once you have the Gotek...
Forum: support.Amiga Forever Yesterday, 11:15
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By solarmon
You can use transrom to dump the Kickstart ROM...

You can use transrom to dump the Kickstart ROM image - see:

GUIDE: How to extract Kickstart ROM from Amiga Forever Value vs Plus / Premium
http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=79667
Forum: support.Hardware 18 September 2021, 13:43
Replies: 11
Views: 892
Posted By solarmon
Using the logic probe, Agnus pin 22 (RW) does...

Using the logic probe, Agnus pin 22 (RW) does seem to be mainly high but it does pulse low at a high frequency. The red high LED is constantly on, but the green low LED is dimmed but pusling, and I...
Forum: support.Hardware 17 September 2021, 19:04
Replies: 11
Views: 892
Posted By solarmon
@dalek, If your comments were directed at...

@dalek,

If your comments were directed at me, then I think you are misunderstanding slightly what I'm saying.

I'm using the fact that the _WE pin 21 on the Agnus chip is not connecting to pin...
Forum: support.Hardware 17 September 2021, 16:17
Replies: 11
Views: 892
Posted By solarmon
On my faulty A500+ board, there is an issue where...

On my faulty A500+ board, there is an issue where the /WE socket pin is bent and does not make contact with the corresponding pin on the Agnus chip.

In this situation I can test the /WE signal on...
Forum: support.Hardware 16 September 2021, 23:54
Replies: 11
Views: 892
Posted By solarmon
@solidcore Did you ever identify the root...

@solidcore

Did you ever identify the root cause of this issue?

I'm having the same issue with my A500+ board - /WE signal is held high, and DiagROM is indicating that all the read back memory...
Forum: MarketPlace 08 September 2021, 11:10
Replies: 1
Views: 755
Posted By solarmon
I have now added rev 1.1 of the CPLD boards -...

I have now added rev 1.1 of the CPLD boards - these have a built-in push button for BT1, so an external is not required just for initial setup (although, one can still be used).

I have also added...
Forum: support.Hardware 08 September 2021, 10:08
Replies: 25
Views: 1,778
Posted By solarmon
Check your Kickstart ROMs in the working...

Check your Kickstart ROMs in the working motherboard, just to rule it out. Also, clean the socket pins and chip pins.
Forum: support.Hardware 05 September 2021, 21:28
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By solarmon
It seems your hunch was right: Glad...

It seems your hunch was right:



Glad you found the root cause! :great
Forum: support.Hardware 05 September 2021, 10:54
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By solarmon
Sorry, I mis-remembered! Thank you for the...

Sorry, I mis-remembered! Thank you for the correction.Yes, the twist on the Amiga is for the INUSE signal, for the floppy drive LEDs.
Forum: support.Hardware 05 September 2021, 09:54
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By solarmon
What is the actual 12V reading? Is it within...

What is the actual 12V reading? Is it within spec? With the drive connected and attempting to do something.

Have you tried putting the DF0 Gotek at the end, after the twist? The Gotek doesn't use...
Forum: support.Hardware 04 September 2021, 19:12
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By solarmon
The most immediate difference between A500 and...

The most immediate difference between A500 and A600 drives is that the A500 drive requires 12V.
Forum: support.Hardware 04 September 2021, 14:52
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By solarmon
No - the initial firmware flashing/programming...

No - the initial firmware flashing/programming cannot be done with just the USB memory stick.

See the firmware flashing/programming options at:
...
Forum: support.Hardware 04 September 2021, 13:54
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By solarmon
It looks like you have the old Cortex software. ...

It looks like you have the old Cortex software.

I would highly recommend flashing it with the latest FlashFloppy firmware. There are plenty of Youtube videos and blogs/articles on how to do this...
Forum: support.Hardware 04 September 2021, 11:39
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By solarmon
Does your Gotek have an LED or OLED display? When...

Does your Gotek have an LED or OLED display? When it is powered up without a USB stick, what does the display show?

We need to determine whether it is using FlashFloppy or HxC firmware.
Forum: support.Other 04 September 2021, 08:12
Replies: 4
Views: 558
Posted By solarmon
You can try unADF and tell it to list rather than...

You can try unADF and tell it to list rather than extract.

http://lclevy.free.fr/adflib/unadf.html
Forum: support.Hardware 04 September 2021, 01:52
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By solarmon
Have you cleaned the CIA sockets and pins. ...

Have you cleaned the CIA sockets and pins.


Does the issue prevent the A500+ from booting? If not, I would recommend using Amiga Test Kit to perform various health checks.

Since it is an...
Forum: support.Hardware 02 September 2021, 17:40
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By solarmon
Are these original Kickstart ROM chips? Or burned...

Are these original Kickstart ROM chips? Or burned to EPROMs?

Have the Kickstarts been tested to be working on another Amiga?
Forum: New to Emulation or Amiga scene 29 August 2021, 16:40
Replies: 4
Views: 709
Posted By solarmon
What Amiga have you got? What are the specs? ...

What Amiga have you got? What are the specs?

Inspect the disks for mould and physical damage - it might just need a clean.

Probably easier if you just write ADF/IPF images to disk on your...
Forum: support.Hardware 29 August 2021, 08:30
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By solarmon
I assume the def_cf0.info icon file is looking...

I assume the def_cf0.info icon file is looking OK?

If you copy that file on to the CF card as disk.info what happens?

What CFD driver version you using? I would recommend using CFD133, but not...
Forum: support.Hardware 28 August 2021, 13:18
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By solarmon
Do you have a def_cf0.info file in...

Do you have a def_cf0.info file in sys:prefs/env-archive/sys and env:sys?
Forum: support.Hardware 26 August 2021, 08:51
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By solarmon
I usually just inspect by eye. Sometimes you need...

I usually just inspect by eye. Sometimes you need to keeping angling it to see it in different lighting and reflections. Sometimes I also use a USB microscope for more suspect drives.
Forum: support.Hardware 25 August 2021, 23:21
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By solarmon
Maybe I should have suggested to clean the heads...

Maybe I should have suggested to clean the heads again, and again. I always clean and check the heads, especially after a disk has made a lot of noise and/or got scratched. But I don't use cleaning...
Forum: Hardware mods 25 August 2021, 08:42
Replies: 104
Views: 16,863
Posted By solarmon
See my sale thread. UK based. ...

See my sale thread. UK based.

http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=107314
Forum: support.Hardware 22 August 2021, 22:24
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By solarmon
Regarding ATK. It is actually a test build that...

Regarding ATK. It is actually a test build that has the alignment improvement. I had forgotten that Keir hadn't released it in a stable release yet. See:
...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 August 2021, 23:59
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By solarmon
Are you using latest ATK version - you can move...

Are you using latest ATK version - you can move between tracks in the alignment test now.

Make sure you clean and regrease the track motor worm gear, as well as the guide/glide rails.
Forum: support.Hardware 21 August 2021, 22:31
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By solarmon
I have drawn up a reset schematic for the A600...

I have drawn up a reset schematic for the A600 rev 2B at:

https://sites.google.com/one-n.co.uk/amiga-guides/amiga-reset-signals/amiga-a600-rev-2b-reset-signals

I find this useful to remind me...
Forum: support.Hardware 21 August 2021, 22:21
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By solarmon
It sounds more like a read issue. Did you...

It sounds more like a read issue.

Did you try the disk alignment test in ATK, which a known good disk - preferably an original Workbench or magazine coverdisk?
Forum: support.Hardware 21 August 2021, 21:50
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By solarmon
What is the revision of this A600 board?

What is the revision of this A600 board?
Forum: support.Hardware 21 August 2021, 21:42
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By solarmon
If it was alignment issues, then normally,...

If it was alignment issues, then normally, formatting a disk and reading it back on the same drive is OK. But here you are saying the reading back the the formatted disk is not OK?
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2021, 22:32
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By solarmon
Oh, sorry to hear that! But how did you...

Oh, sorry to hear that!

But how did you break the socket itself? Make sure you haven't put Denise back in the wrong way - I know I've done that before.

Since it is an A500+ then I assume it...
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2021, 20:56
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By solarmon
Just to rule it out, did you inspect and tested...

Just to rule it out, did you inspect and tested the serial and parallel port pins themselves? I.e. they are not oxidated, corroded or damaged?
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2021, 20:40
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By solarmon
The CIA test results look OK, so it is not an...

The CIA test results look OK, so it is not an issue with th data lines going to them.

I would suspect U38 and/or U39.

It would probably be best to use an oscilloscope or logic probe to see if...
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2021, 19:17
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By solarmon
Can you show a picture of to the CIA test.

Can you show a picture of to the CIA test.
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2021, 18:33
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By solarmon
Also check U38 and U39, and traces/components...

Also check U38 and U39, and traces/components ofrom if from the serial and parallel ports. These chips can also fail and may need to be replaced.
Forum: support.Hardware 12 August 2021, 18:18
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By solarmon
Check the data traces going to the CIA chips. ...

Check the data traces going to the CIA chips.

Did you do a CIA test in ATK?
Forum: support.WinUAE 12 August 2021, 17:50
Replies: 19
Views: 3,068
Posted By solarmon
I can donate you a Greaseweazle F1 Plus board,...

I can donate you a Greaseweazle F1 Plus board, which is a separate custom board from the main ones, but fully supported, and works with Rob Smiths WinUAE preview release.

See...
Forum: support.Hardware 08 August 2021, 16:23
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By solarmon
You need to check the power rails when it is...

You need to check the power rails when it is under load - i.e. when connected to th Amiga and turned on.
Forum: support.WinUAE 03 August 2021, 19:50
Replies: 19
Views: 3,068
Posted By solarmon
Yes, the support is in a beta preview version -...

Yes, the support is in a beta preview version - see for more details:

https://amiga.robsmithdev.co.uk/

There is a Discord channel where you can get more support.
Forum: support.Hardware 02 August 2021, 12:48
Replies: 13
Views: 590
Posted By solarmon
The +12V reading seems a bit high to me. However,...

The +12V reading seems a bit high to me. However, most floppy drives won't need/use it. But the internal floppy drive in the A500/+ will use +12V - so it seems a bit too high for that.

The +5V...
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