I got a short notice work assignment and am heading out on a work trip Saturday April 17th through May 8th. I will not be able to reply to many if any work requests during this time. If you have something in and I haven’t got it back I will have to take care of it once I get back home. I apologize for the inconvenience of this, but duty calls.
It’s time to share a cool project that’s NOT Amiga related and goes in tune with the “Consoles” in the name here! This is a fantastic recreation of the original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System Top Loader system! Its open source and very cool! I would love to see more like that and plan to look into doing some of these myself.
Check out the GitHub here: https://github.com/Redherring32/OpenTendo
The design is as true to the original board as possible, with subtle changes where needed to compensate for outdated/unsourcable parts, as well as some improvements. (Expansion audio enabled, and other minor changes)
Since this project is open-source you may do as you like with it, whether that is to make boards for personal use, sell replacement NES boards, or to use the provided info for further custom PCB work/designs.
AmigaXfer is an easy to use GUI tool for lightning fast serial-port floppy and file transfers.
All Classic Amiga models are supported. All AmigaOS (1.x/2.x/3.x), all Kickstart versions (I have tested 34/37/39/40/45).
All you need is an Amiga, another computer and a serial cable (any null-modem will work, only 3 wires used).
Its main feature is that it does not require special software on the Amiga side, as it uses the kickstart’s builtin serial debugger.
The easiest way to get into the debugger and use amigaXfer is via the extra workbench menu when wb is loaded via loadwb -debug.
Additionally, it can be used to bootstrap an Amiga without bootable floppies.
By disabling interrupts and polling the serial port directly, speeds as high as
512kbps are achieved, even on a basic Amiga 500 with its 7MHz cpu clock.
Both floppy images and files can be transferred in both directions.
I worked on this 4000 today and fort it back to like new again. Fixed the broken simm sockets, nice new modern caps and a batter mod. It should last another 30 years now.
I have been taking some time over the last couple weeks to sell off some of my gear and clear up some space. It’s allowed me the time to finally get my V500 installed and into the Checkmate case I’ve had stored away for over a year now. It’s coming along very well and looks great. Here is the current progress of the build. It came to life just before posting this today.
I got this A4000 in needing a re recap (someone previously did a very poor job) and it had an audio issue. I took care of the audio issues by replacing the op amp, fixed several bad traces from the previous recap not being cleaned up before new caps were installed, put a proper clock battery mod on it, full cleanup in the ultrasonic cleaner and a successful repair and restore to like new again.
I want to thank everyone that’s been helping me out and has been so understanding of the slow turn around. I’ve had some unexpected financial hardships recently and I’m slowly getting back to normal, whatever that is these days.
Its been WAY to long since I did a post about something I worked on, so here we go! This 3640 came in needing some GALs to be removed and replaced with the Speedgeek versions. I took care of that and while I had it the caps were bad and needed some help, so I replaced them and corrected the issues the typically come with on these boards with the polarity being wrong on a few of them. Its looking good for a card as old as it is eh?
Yes, I know they are. I have been just so overloaded with real life things that taking the time to post or do anything outside of my full time job has been nearly impossible. For that I am sorry. I am working on a few things around here behind the scenes to try and get some cash flow and make some improvements.
The first on my list to getting some systems together to sell off. This is mostly Amiga related gear, but I have a few consoles as well I may be letting go. I plan to add a section to the site for all of that, so my visitors will get the first go at them at a lower price found on other pages when I make them available. Keep an eye out for that new page up in the top menu.
Service and new work you ask? Yes I am taking in a few limited things. For now I am steering clear mostly from completely dead machines. I just cant give you all the time on them they need, and its not fair to keep them here for so long while you wait for me. Please feel free to ask, and if I cant do it I will refer you to someone that will. As always I will still take in upgrades, recaps and minor repairs with no problems.
We will see you all soon! Also dont forget to join us in our Discord chat! ITs full of some amazing people now! Join us here: https://discord.gg/794pneG
Surfing through the feeds over at Facebook I came across a really neat post with a video showing of this A1100 motherboard inside an Amiga 1000 case. I dont know anything about it other than watching this video, but I would sure like to find more in it. What do you think? Do you know who this is and what the plans for this are in the future?
Yes, its true! I am home again for a bit and catching up again. If your up for watching me work you can watch me at the time of this post on Twitch. Hope to you see online! I do take questions if I see them.
Doing some random repairs and other things. Live on Twitch if anyone is interested. https://www.twitch.tv/acill