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Old 03 August 2018, 22:34   #1
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Amiga 500: Bottom half of screen shows only garbage

Hello everyone,

Bought an Amiga 500 (Rev 6) off Ebay three days ago. Worked perfectly the first two days.
Today, though, the Amiga decided that it shall no longer show anything on the bottom half of my screen. Doesn't matter via which cable or port it connect (both mono and rgb). The bottom half of the screen is always garbage. Sometimes as in the attachment, sometimes a more solid color. And even more funky, the mono output plug does now also display some color (?!)

The only changes I did in the meanwhile was, that I connected a freshly bought "Boomerang B432" Gamepad to the Amiga (of course, when it was switched off) and a shiny new RGB -> SCART cable today.

Any ideas what went wrong? Hopefully the Gamepad or RGB cable doesn't have a problem and permanently damaged the machine.

Update: I also got the following Guru meditation when wiggling the RGB plug at the back of the computer: 80C01570
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Old 04 August 2018, 18:41   #2
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As much as it's not recommended, wiggling the RGB plug shouldn't cause a guru.

Can you try the Amiga on a TV to rule out the monitor?
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Old 04 August 2018, 18:58   #3
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TV most likely gets confused by Amiga's progressive mode and shows only half of the lines and the rest is uninitialized internal buffer RAM garbage. (More common side-effect is showing full height display but only updating it every other field)

Try setting WB to interlaced mode, does it "fix" the display?
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