Post by Andy Turnbull on Jul 17, 2018 22:53:28 GMT
I've recently ordered a nice brand new shiny case (traditional white) for my old Amiga 1200.
Going to sort out a nice CF harddrive for it, and a few other bits and bobs, as I have some old unfinished Transformers fancomics on disc. I think I might try my hand at sorting out and getting back to.
I do have OS 3.5 and a cd-rom drive for the beast already.
I'm tempted by the CD32 expansion, but would need to have my CD32's capacitors replaced before upgrading. I haven't seen any sign that they're going bad, but it's only a matter of time after 25 years.
On a related topic, there's been a huge breakthrough in Amiga PowerPC emulation in the past few weeks. QEmu recently added support for the AmigaOne Sam460ex PowerPC board, allowing x86/x64 users to run the latest version of AmigaOS, MorphOS and AROS. It's incredibly slow and glitchy at the moment, so don't expect to run games like Spencer or Tower 57, but it's a start.
Post by Andy Turnbull on Aug 31, 2020 10:03:30 GMT
Finally gotten round to doing this.
Picked up an 8mb ram expansion and a black case instead of the white. Sadly, the keyboard is not getting any power to it. Also couldn't get the IDE Compact Flash HD to work - the install disk was greyed out on next when trying to install WB 3.1 by floppy. Decided to do it manually, when I discovered the keyboard wasn't working when I needed to reassign the number value from a scsi HD to IDE HD.
Found a replacement keyboard membrane with locking connectors so will pick that up.
I recently unboxed my Mac Mini and booted MorphOS for the first time in 2 years. I didn't have the energy to install the latest OS upgrade, just to play on a few freeware titles (and Wipeout 2097). The number of new freeware titles for the platform seems to have dropped significantly during the past few years. Most of the Amiga userbase is focused upon FPGA hardware nowadays, which give classic Amiga titles a speed boost. However, the upcoming MorphOS 4.0 release for AMD/Intel hardware may gain some new fans.
I've been contemplating buying a second-hand CRT for gaming purposes. Not sure I have room for it, but it would give my older computers and consoles a new lease of life.
Post by Andy Turnbull on Sept 19, 2020 14:51:33 GMT
Harddrive fitted - but catastrophe - my WB 3.1 disc is borked and won't copy the necessary files across. I could go online and cheat but that's not the point. Next pay day a set of WB 3.1 discs will be reacquired.
My first thought would be to clean the disk and the drive heads. If the discs have been in storage for a long time they've probably oxidised and clogged the drive heads. I found this with my BBC. It was reading floppies okay until I hit a bad batch that had visible oxidisation, now it won't read anything. I'd got that far at the point iso alcohol became the rarest thing in the world during lockdown.