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Amiga 500/600 Q's

by xjas » Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:54 pm

Hi all, I'm vaguely interested in picking up one of these. Well, I actually want an A600 but I don't think Trademe prices ($2-$300, yeesh!) are worth it for a barebones 68000/ECS machine.

What exactly is required to upgrade any old A500 to "near-600" specs? Specifically I want to be able to boot/use a compact flash card but I have no idea what I'd need to do this? Colour composite/s-video out and maybe a RAM expansion would be nice too.

Alternately, anyone got a reasonable A600 for me?
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Re: Amiga 500/600 Q's

by Swivel » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:12 pm

Hello. To be honest i've never had one (600) but then I felt they were a temp computer till the 1200 came out.

But look here for a good bit of info

http://www.lemonamiga.com/forum/viewtop ... 0727094562
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Re: Amiga 500/600 Q's

by Carcenomy » Sun Jul 20, 2014 5:06 pm

The 600 wasn't a temporary fill-in for the 1200 so much as a replacement for the very aged 500. It shares some architectural features with the 1200, along with case design.

Biggest difference between an Amiga 500+ and an Amiga 600 beyond the obvious change in chassis and PCB assembly techniques (600s are SMD, 500s are not) is the drive controllers - 600s, like 1200s, have integral IDE and a PCMCIA II slot.

To upgrade an existing 500 to 600 specs, you'd start with a 500+ so you already have ECS and KS2.0, then you'd need to add a hard disk drive controller of some kind - the official model is the Amiga A590. These are like hen's teeth in complete condition, and use either 50-pin SCSI drives or 8-bit IDE drives... no good for your CF requirements, so you'd need to keep looking. What are you wanting to run on it that needs to run from a CF card?
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