Fun little project I completed Saturday. This is an Amiga accelerator card. It was originally designed for the Amiga 1000 remake board called the GBA1000. It will allow the use of a faster 68060 CPU in place of the 68030. Its also got some pretty fast RAM.
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 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.
With the feedback I received from some members of the community its been decided that this will not move forward for now and is on hold for the foreseeable future.
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.
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!
With things finally caught up again I can start to accept a selective amount of minor repairs, recaps, and upgrades again. Anything with severe corrosion and abuse will remain on hold for now. I just don’t have the time to deal with that. Recaps should go out within a few days of receiving them. Repairs will depend on the issue, but totally dead boards are not particularly desirable for me still. I do have several personal projects I would like to complete between things too.
AmiWest 2018, the 21st AmiWest show celebrating two decades of AmiWest, and related events: October 11th to October 14th, 2018! I will be there this Friday afternoon and will have several things to show such as my adapters, homemade accelerators, A4000 Replica Boards, John Hertell’s Re1200 boards and even some Commodore 8bit gear! If you are in the area this is the premiere Amiga event! See you soon!
For more information and a list of events go check out http://www.amiwest.net/