Amiga CD32 IDE+RAM card in the works

TerribleFire, known for open-source Amiga accelerator designs on YouTube, has added the CD32 as one of the devices he is now making cards for.

This one appears to be a RAM and IDE controller card. As his A500 accelerators have evolved over time, I would expect this one to as well.

Check it out here:

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Towerized A1200 – Part 2

Well, a few months ago, I was watching eBay, trying to get my first NextGen Amiga motherboard (an Eyetech AmigaOne XE), when I spotted something interesting: An infinitive case with an A1200 motherboard installed. It was missing a side door as well as a front plastic panel. It did have a rev 2B motherboard, and the case had a PS/2 keyboard, and a powersupply with adapter.

The motherboard sits in a slide-out tray. Very good design. Unfortunately, it’s all plastic (apart from one shield behind the motherboard). The plastic snaps together and doesn’t feel terribly sturdy. Here’s a diagram of how it is put together:

The tower came from Europe and I’m in America so the first thing was to check to see if the PSU would need to be replaced. It said “switching” but I wanted to be sure. Fortunately for me, it was an auto-switching power supply. The power supply had a custom power connector that plugged into a rail in the slide-out tray. At the bottom of the case, a special connector that connected the power rail to the standard A1200 power plug. Here’s the rail with the connector at the bottom. You can see the keyboard ribbon as well, and the next picture is also a close-up of the power connector at the bottom:

It did come with a floppy drive and a RAM/FPU expansion, but no harddrive. Using my old 1084s, I could get the system up to the “insert floppy” animation. I didn’t have any Amiga floppies left though.

Over the next few weeks, I’d pick up more hardware. See my next post…

New Project: Classic Amiga 1200 … Towerized! Part 1

Okay, I realized that I have collected enough parts of the past year to be able to start on my next Classic Amiga Project: an A1200T. As I mentioned early in this blog site, my first Amiga was an A1200. Just before I sold it, I had wished to be able to towerize it. Back in 1996, there weren’t many options to do this, unless you wanted to break out plastic and metal tools or pay huge $$$’s to a company that was most likely overseas.

My inspiration for this project came from an Amibay user named Aquapuls. He was selling his amazing awesome machine in -> this thread <–. Here are a few pictures of his machine:

Here’s the breakdown of the specs:

  • Amiga 1200 Rev 2B motherboard
  • Micronik Infinitiv Tower for Amiga 1200
  • Micronik 6860 rev 5.42 Zorro Busboard
  • Blizzard PPC/060 accelerator
  • Scandoubler/FlickerFixer
  • Subway USB clockport card
  • Wireless PCMCIA network card on PCMCIA angle adapter & wireless antenna extension
  • SCSI & IDE controller cards with multiple memory card readers
  • GVP Spectrum RTG card
  • XSurf Network card
  • Plenty of harddrives, an optical drive and CF drive
  • plus much more

This dream machine was listed for about $4k on US Ebay for a long time. I don’t think he ever sold it, due to the high cost but it was quite a machine in any case.

My goal was to try to make something similar using parts I had or would acquire soon. I doubted, when I started this, that I would get a PPC card with Amiga OS4.1, but something good and classic running the latest Classic 3.9 would be enough.

So, with the proceeds of the sale of my 2nd Amiga 4000T in my Paypal account, I set out to see what I could find.

To be continued…