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Bill Loguidice
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clok1966 wrote:

keep in mind the 500 is the MOST compatible of any AMIGA.. the 600 has some issues with it.. Adding ram can solve most, but as any old amiga owner knows.. some games did not like added ram :)

personally the 500 with a HD additions would be my choice.. but that HD addition would cost... so the 600 which has a spot for a HD may be the best bet.. but whre you going to find an old scsi HD? (or did the amiga 600 use IDE? im not sure?)

Actually, a newer ROM and the right files make both the 600 and 1200 extremely compatible. I think most 600/1200/4000 owners use compact flash cards these days in place of hard drives. Some 1200's have internal hard drives, but they're usually replaced with the IDE to compact flash adapter. Using a 4GB CF card is trivial.

This is what I was talking about: http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id... . Some sell it with all the games already on it (I have one of them). Here's a link to a YouTube video showing how the 2,000+ games are on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_3Qw6CD6vQ

EDIT: Looks like Mark Vergeer did a similar video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuxuRHBWKx8

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Well my goal would be to not

Well my goal would be to not ship anything if possible. My wife and I are going up to Osh Kosh Wisconsin sometime in May, and if there is a meeting point halfway between St. Cloud Minnesota and Osh Kosh, we could meet and deliver the items to you. We're already going to be up there, no reason to increase the cost with extreme shipping costs. By the way, the A600 I have that would become available has a compact flash adapter that is angled out to the side over the PCMCIA slot that allows for ease of removal and set up.

There are a few things that I would recommend getting to go along with an A600 that unfortunately won't be with the model I have. You'll want Kickstart 3.1 (I only have one, and it's in use... Sorry) the Marvelous A604 Ram extension, and if you can swing it the ACA630. I have two A600's and I use the ACA630 in my PAL one to play games, and I will say this, the little A600 is faster than my full A3000D unit. With some software tweaks I can get the built in IDE to run at a whopping 3MB/s which is very fast for those little things. Unfortunately finding the Kickstart ROM is a little difficult right now as Amiga Inc. isn't licensing the ROMs this year supposedly. Vesalia.de has some in stock but who knows how long that will last. With the ACA630 you can map the kickstart to 1MB of the extra 64MB of RAM that comes on the accelerator. Very useful.

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keep in mind the 500 is the

keep in mind the 500 is the MOST compatible of any AMIGA.. the 600 has some issues with it.. Adding ram can solve most, but as any old amiga owner knows.. some games did not like added ram :)

personally the 500 with a HD additions would be my choice.. but that HD addition would cost... so the 600 which has a spot for a HD may be the best bet.. but whre you going to find an old scsi HD? (or did the amiga 600 use IDE? im not sure?)

one other good thing about newer Amigas.. the FAIL rate went way down doe to a diffenrt type of assembly.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Hm...interesting options. Seems like the A600 might be worth holding out for, since it seems like the most compact of the bunch. I remember my dad talked one of his friends into buying one, which I thought was a bad idea (even as an Amiga fan; I knew the brand was dying at that point). Still, it might be better for a modern enthusiast than a 500. I guess my top preference is a 1200, since then I could check out the AGA stuff. I don't really have room here for anything bigger.

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Is there some advantage in having the Commodore monitor? I'd be okay with just running it through my TV. The shipping on one of those heavy ass things would probably make it too expensive to mess with.

One of the nice things is that both the 1200 and 600 can use a simple compact flash adapter and one of the readily available packages to pretty much have all the games available for it (this is just the card with no ROMs, but this is the type of thing I'm talking about: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Amiga1200-600-compact-flash-OS-3-1-2GB-guarantee... and also this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ADF-Transfer-Kit-CF-Compact-Flash-PCMCIA-Amiga-6... . This store also has many Amiga products: http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id... ). The only catch with the 600 is that you need a newer version of the AmigaOS, which may require an extra expense if the chip is not already there. The 1200 is a better option for several reasons, though it's bigger and a bit more expensive (neither model is particularly cheap - $100 minimum on a good day).

As for the monitor, the 1084S is one of the finest classic monitors to have. It's very versatile and handles all classic C-64, C128 and Amiga resolutions. With that said, there are readily available S-Video and SCART adapters that should work with your displays (example: http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id...), though the expense of either one (SCART is no doubt not an option for you) would not necessarily offset the cost of the shipping for a 1084S, and it still may not be ideal in all situations

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Hm...interesting options.

Hm...interesting options. Seems like the A600 might be worth holding out for, since it seems like the most compact of the bunch. I remember my dad talked one of his friends into buying one, which I thought was a bad idea (even as an Amiga fan; I knew the brand was dying at that point). Still, it might be better for a modern enthusiast than a 500. I guess my top preference is a 1200, since then I could check out the AGA stuff. I don't really have room here for anything bigger.

I actually owned a 1200 for a brief period, but it was missing a letter key from the keyboard and had a non-standard internal disk drive (with some ugly hack work to make it fit). I ended up selling it on ebay for about twice what I paid for it at a flea market. Good deal, but looking back, I wish i could have just found a way to replace the key and kept it. Those things must indeed be precious.

Is there some advantage in having the Commodore monitor? I'd be okay with just running it through my TV. The shipping on one of those heavy ass things would probably make it too expensive to mess with.

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All this amiga talk had me

All this amiga talk had me cruising Ebay.. most with a few days left where quite cheap. but then a few had some HUGE ulgy prices... I still find it sad.. the Amiga is my sentimental favorite home PC.. and of all the ones I have owned, its the only one i sold. Im amiga-less.. but I do have an excellent torrent somebody setup of one of the AMIGA emu's... it basicly unrar, go into a config file and change some drive letters to match where you installed.. and done.. click and go.. most games are installed on the AMIGA HD so its just a desktop with a ton of folders with games (and apps).

Side note.. man all those spriffy addons i bought for astronomical prices... commmand um still on EBAY!!!! dang.. my old Quatum exteranl addon with a HD and more RAM and accelerator might have almost paid me back half my original purchase price on EBAY. oh well its got a good home and its still fired up once and awhile by its new owner ( friend of mine). I go over to his place and see the two 2'X2' baseball card boxes with AMIGA wrote on the side and know those 1000's of disks are in um still.. I wonder how many still work? I know about ayear ago we dug out Torvak
and played a few minutes ( maybe it wasn an hour) one of CORE's ( you know Tomb Raider) early games.. (its not even listed on thier wiki page) Some people who made Torvak made alot of great amiga games.. One of the first true FPS was made by them CORPERATION 2 years before Id's Castle wolf...
many of them went on to form Rebellion (AvP for the Atari Jag, and many other systems later)

ah the good old days... By the way.. play corperation somtime on the AMIGA.. tell me the ceilling face hugger dont scare the crap out of you!

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He only wants $30 for the

He only wants $30 for the A500, and I'm pretty sure we can scrounge you a monitor from Ed for very cheap if not free. It won't be super pretty, but it will work and play games. In the future, I may have an A600 available, but I wasn't certain what you thought of that model. It's really small.

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Matt Barton
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I appreciate the thought,

I appreciate the thought, Nathaniel, but keep in mind I'm a cheap ass bastard. ;) Anything over $50 is not going to work for me.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Got an A500

My friend has an A500 he's trying to sell. If you are interested I will talk with him and see what he wants for it. Still can get a monitor and all the leads for it. I will see if I can scrounge up a mouse as well while I'm at it as you'll need one. If I had a spare A1200 I would set you up with one, but Alas, all of the A1200's I had in my possession have been sold on as requested.

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Matt Barton
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Nathaniel Tolbert wrote:

I have a spare Breadbin Commodore 64 sitting here at my house. I don't remember if it has the power leads and the video leads, but I will look for it if you wish. I also know someone who has full Amiga A2000 set up machines that he's selling. If I remember correctly they have 1MB chip ram at the minimum, with a hard drive controller and one floppy. Depending on the machine it may have an 030 accelerator as well. He has several 1084S monitors that would go along with it. The only thing that might need to be scrounged for is the mouse. I wish I had known you were looking, I would have had you come to KC when you were leaving St. Louis to have a look.

Thanks, Nathaniel. I'd have liked to drop by just to visit! Will take note if I'm ever near Kansas.

I'm mainly looking for something I can use for a prop, so a 2000 might be a bit heavy. A 500, 600, possibly a 1200 would be more ideal. As far as I'm concerned the breadbin C-64 is the only real choice for that; it's the one everybody recognizes.

I'm not really serious; just something I'm keeping an eye open for if I can get one local and dirt cheap. Doesn't even have to work as long as it looks good.

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