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Cleaning the Amiga 600!

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Having confirmed the Amiga 600 worked ok, today's job was cleaning it out. This of course meant pulling it apart for the first time.

After opening the case (as above), I took a closer look. As you would expect for a computer that is over twenty years old, it is quite dusty inside and in need of a good clean.

Below you can see the kickstart 1.3 ROM and the PCMCIA port on the left:


Thin layers of dust and bits of hair everywhere to clean up. Here is a close up of the IDE connector and hard disk caddy tray:


Really looking forward to cleaning this Amiga up. The shot below shows the Amiga 600 motherboard revision is 1.5, with the Amiga 600 codename "June Bug", continuing the tradition of naming system motherboards after songs written by the music group the B-52's:


The hard disk caddy below is not screwed in and is easily removed. I will keep this caddy out the Amiga 600 permanently as I know I can't have this caddy in place with the planned upgraded Accelerator board mount…

My Amiga 600 has arrived!

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Finally my Amiga 600 arrived today in the post, along with the spare keyboard I bought for it! I was very keen to muck around with it!


This Amiga 600 is almost completely standard, with no extra memory cards, upgrades or hard disks installed.

Below is the view of the left hand side of the Amiga 600, showing the PCMCIA slot.


On the right hand side you can see the Floppy drive, mouse and joystick ports, and the light indicators for power, floppy and hard disk activity.


Moving to the back, you can see the Disk Drive, Serial, Parallel, RCA Audio, Video, AV, RF and Power ports.


The Amiga 600 was the first Amiga to have an AV out port built in. The RF out port was for older TV's lacking an AV port. In this day and age of course we have HDMI and AV ports, with RF still there too!


Turning the Amiga 600 over, we can see the expansion bay cover on the left and vents for letting heat out of the case.


You can open the expansion bay using a flathead screwdriver or a suitable coin, revealing the expan…

PT-1210MK1 Protracker digital turntable with Amiga 600's

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I know this has been reported elsewhere, but I had to link this story - Using PT-1210MK1 Protracker digital turntable to mix with Real classic Amiga equipment. (in this case Amiga 600's)


The website is here:

http://pt1210.kikencorp.com/

Check out the YouTube Promo video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lZwY2dbkSM

Showing live demo using an Amiga 1200:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg7Bi6Waje4

How awesome is this! I want to try this out!

Gives me extra motivation for the Amiga 600 project - unfortunately I haven't received it yet, but hopefully soon!

Found a Amiga 600 keyboard

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Following on from my first blog entry, I am getting an Amiga 600 to work on a new project to upgrade it.

As part of this, I already know that I need to fix the keyboard which is in terrible yellowed condition.

Fortunately I have located a much whiter keyboard on Ebay today, which I have also purchased and awaiting it's delivery from overseas.

I include some photos of this item from the seller's listing since I don't have it yet - can't wait to install it in the Amiga 600 when I get both of them!


Important for me is that it is an English Amiga 600 keyboard, not a European one - in Australia we use the US keyboard as our standard keyboard, but I have been using a UK keyboard on my AmigaOne X1000 so I am used to both.

I want the keys in the places I normally expect them to be! From the photos of the item below it is clearly a UK keyboard:


Getting very excited now and can't wait for all this stuff to arrive so I can get started!





I bought a second hand Amiga 600!

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Today I will look to cover a new project I have decided to undertake, to create an upgraded Amiga 600.

I have just purchased this Amiga 600 above, second hand from Ebay. I haven't received it yet, but it has been shipped and I am looking forward to getting it soon. I have included some photos of the Amiga 600 that were originally on the Ebay listing to keep me going until it arrives!

These days I generally focus more on Next Generation Amiga systems like AmigaOS4 and MorphOS. I particularly spend a lot of time playing around with the currently availableAmigaOne X1000 system running the latest AmigaOS4.1.6 on this very blog.


Classic Amigas are Amiga's made and sold by Commodore from 1985 to 1994, and the short period from 1995-1997 when Classic Amiga 1200 and A4000 equipment was made again and sold by Escom and QuickPak.

About me - I have been a Classic Amiga user since 1988. I set up and participated as a musician and demo designer for Australian demoscene group "The Exp…

Amazing Voxel Bird Saga BETA on X1000

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Today I want to take a look at the recently released Amazing Voxel Bird Saga BETA for AmigaOS4 on the AmigaOne X1000.


You can download Amazing Voxel Bird Saga BETA from Cherry Darling's website here. It is free to download.

The Cherry Darling developers were also responsible for the 2014 game release Ace of Hearts, which I took a look at here.

I should stress that this game only works if you have the dual graphic card setup installed on your AmigaOne X1000 using a Radeon 9250. You cannot use the Wazp3D software emulation to run it. If you do not have this Dual card setup which enables Warp3D, you cannot run this game.  I covered how to set this dual graphics card setup in my previous blog entry here.

Amazing Voxel Bird Saga is an enhanced Flappy Bird clone (the famous iPhone game if you don't know what Flappy Bird is).

The game uses an interesting concept of a Voxel 3D landscape and some gameplay tweaks to extend the original Flappy Bird game concept and make the game quite fu…