Home Again

I just got back from an exhausting month away. Rest assured I will be finishing up the last few of the repairs I’ve had in soon. I’ll need a few days to get back in this time zone. I’d also like to finish up what I have before taking anything else in for a short time.

As always, thanks for understanding and it’s good to be home.

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Away Again for Work

For anyone looking to get things looked at, quotes or status updates I will not be available after today for about three weeks. I may have a slight chance to check in on Facebook but wouldn’t count on it. I should be able to get back to answer any inquiries about March 22nd or shortly after. Thanks as always for understanding.

MegaChip A500 Install

I had a request to install this MegaChip on a REV 5 Amiga 500 and take care of the 3.1 ROM kickstart socket mod as well while I had it. The process was fairly straight forward. I followed the original manual for the MegaChip for a REV 5 by cutting and relocation the JP2 jumper and then had to cut a single trace over near the trap door RAM header. You then need to attach a jumper wire from the board to pin 36 on Garry or pin 48 on the 68000 CPU socket. Once done I desoldered the original Agnus socket and replaced it with this newly made adapter board with 2MB and the 8375 Agnus on it directly to the motherboard. This will allow a 68000 socket accelerator like the Vampire 500 and others to fit over the Mega Chip. I am quite pleased with the final results. If you are interested in one of these you can pick one up over at Amibay following this link: http://www.amibay.com/showthread.php?101224-Megachip-for-A500-A2000-and-CDTV-(rj1307-project-Poland)

Jumper and Trace Cutting Modifications Required.

Greetings Everyone!

Its been a rough start of the year for me. As you all should know, and those that don’t I hope will understand the repair of classic systems isn’t a full-time job for me. I do this work mostly out of the love for the platform and to ensure they continue to live on. That being said I have had a lot of things sent in over a very short time. With my full-time regular job taking my time, me just getting over a massive case of the flu and a long trip scheduled to start on February 24th through March 23rd things WILL be returned slowly. I just want to make sure you are all updated and know I am working my best to get things done. As always if you can’t wait I fully understand and just ask you contact me so we can arrange for a return before I leave on the 24th.

The Next Replica Project!

Several of you have been asking what will the next replica project I take on be? Well I think a lot know the answer to this now, but let me share with you. It will be the 4000T! Things have been put into motion already with the same place I had help me get the 4000D boards completed. I have lots of data collected and turned over, a blank NOS board on it’s way to me from a friend and I have had some of the daughter board modules made so I can supply blanks for them to reverse and not need to take apart an assembled set.

The next phase of the project will be to get a quote from them on the cost of this. I will once again be on hand to help with all I can do which will lower the cost down in the same way as it did before. I will also be making a batch of boards again to sell off once complete to get the price per board as low as we can for the first of you interested in them, and finally it WILL all be posted open again on GitHub as a project for anyone to do with as they please, just as the previous one is.

Once I get a price quote and have an idea of what it will be you will all see the GoFundMe page go live. I am also going to start another PayPal account specifically for the project for those of you wanting to help with donations this way. Just understand that it will be difficult to show credit on the main page of who has made a donation this way. The solution I may do is to post weekly updates and list all of them by hand in that.

Thanks again for all of your continued support! I will be posting anything new as I get it in.

Another A4000 Reborn!

Hello from Sunny Florida! Yes I am on yet another work trip and away from home not doing retro hardware stuff. I guess having to do my real job must get in the way from time to time right??

Well today I bring you a great picture of one of my boards I sent out to my good friend John Hertell. He has done an old dead 4000 a great service by transplanting its parts to this nice newly made white PCB, complete with my logo on it!!! It does me proud to see these machines getting new life in the exact way I have intended them to live again through these boards!! Well done John and thanks for showing it off!