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d0pefish
31st December 2010, 12:06
Well, it finally arrived today - my ACA630! :D

I thought I'd share some tasty hardware pr0n for all you Amiga 600 fans out there, and detail my findings/experiences with the new accelerator as I test various things out. :)

This card is the 30MHz variety, with an incredible 64MB of RAM! It boasts a very fast, modern design which allows its RAM to be accessed quicker than many accelerators, allowing the 68030 to perform at its very best. It also includes handy switches to disable/move DF0: if you plan to remove the floppy drive to make room for, example, an Indivision ECS, and even has a header for an NMI switch - allowing Action-Replay-like freezing with software like HRTMon, for some development/debugging fun.

The accompanying config tool, ACATune, allows enabling many off-by-default features such as MapROM, and "turbo" Chip RAM access - making for a very quick A600 all-round.

First thing to do in preparation for ricing my A600 was to replace its capacitors. The machine was fully working beforehand - these are purely preventative measures and to ensure the motherboard is running at its best for the new cards. Here you can see the new capacitors I have soldered in, as usual my favorite low-esr Panasonic varieties:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27rLIBBXI/AAAAAAAAAp0/cx5lu1Kzg64/s400/SAM_0910.JPG (http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27rLIBBXI/AAAAAAAAAp0/cx5lu1Kzg64/SAM_0910.JPG)

The storage solution: a SanDisk Ultra 16GB CompactFlash card. This card is nice and fast, which helped a lot when transferring all the WHDLoad game/demo packs, and my music collection :) You can also see one of Mika's awesome angle-CF-adaptors perched on the IDE header, courtesy of Fitzsteve! (many thanks again mate, it's perfect! :bowdown:) This adaptor is very well made, and once attached it doesn't move at all - very secure :)

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27raTLwtI/AAAAAAAAAp4/g5CtRUPJeuQ/s400/SAM_0911.JPG (http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27raTLwtI/AAAAAAAAAp4/g5CtRUPJeuQ/SAM_0911.JPG)

Here's the A603 Chip RAM expansion, also by Individual Computers. I added a button battery to enable its clock. There is potential for adding the Indivision ECS to this, but you must remove the floppy drive. At the present time I'm happy with my oldschool monitors. There's also a clockport, which I intend to experiment with in the near future... ;)

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27r_evrgI/AAAAAAAAAp8/ca9h9Imi_V4/s400/SAM_0912.JPG (http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27r_evrgI/AAAAAAAAAp8/ca9h9Imi_V4/SAM_0912.JPG)

And now for the centrepiece, the beautiful ACA630 itself... :D The design in ingenious, and very cool to look at. The machined heatsink is a work of art.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27sY5gkNI/AAAAAAAAAqA/yCeKraJcHic/s400/SAM_0913.JPG (http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27sY5gkNI/AAAAAAAAAqA/yCeKraJcHic/SAM_0913.JPG)
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27s_X3RVI/AAAAAAAAAqE/uynm2qm4-9s/s400/SAM_0914.JPG (http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR27s_X3RVI/AAAAAAAAAqE/uynm2qm4-9s/SAM_0914.JPG)
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28HEsRc2I/AAAAAAAAAqQ/IkdjLk5Nvrg/s400/SAM_0915.JPG (http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28HEsRc2I/AAAAAAAAAqQ/IkdjLk5Nvrg/SAM_0915.JPG)

The ACA630 is pushed down carefully over the A600's 68000 chip, and then secured with two self-tapping screws, which fix it to two of the HDD cradle's seating holes.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28IKzVfzI/AAAAAAAAAqY/YFxfda7p4PI/s400/SAM_0918.JPG (http://lh3.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28IKzVfzI/AAAAAAAAAqY/YFxfda7p4PI/SAM_0918.JPG)
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28IeFrc9I/AAAAAAAAAqc/c3YaUwxPJd0/s400/SAM_0919.JPG (http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28IeFrc9I/AAAAAAAAAqc/c3YaUwxPJd0/SAM_0919.JPG)
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28HtaB0nI/AAAAAAAAAqU/vvE7aj2_CV0/s400/SAM_0917.JPG (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28HtaB0nI/AAAAAAAAAqU/vvE7aj2_CV0/SAM_0917.JPG)

And finally, the top cover and keyboard is replaced. It looks like a completely stock A600, to the untrained eye... ;)
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28Iu5E0fI/AAAAAAAAAqg/tWGQ_Hv0R5k/s400/SAM_0920.JPG (http://lh4.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TR28Iu5E0fI/AAAAAAAAAqg/tWGQ_Hv0R5k/SAM_0920.JPG)

Here's a quick tip if you're ever opening an Amiga 600 (I posted this in the ACA thread over at EAB).

When disassembling your A600, don't do the obvious thing, which is removing the 4 screws, flipping the machine over and then wrenching the top half off by lifting the front edge of the case. You're very likely to snap off one or more of the rear hinges that hold the back half of the case together if you do this.

Focus on carefully un-latching the side clips - one near the floppy, one near the PCMCIA port. Undo the screws, and then unlatch the two clips by gently easing the top cover's sides outwards to unhook them from the clips, one end at a time. If it's difficult, use a plastic tool, like an iPod-opening spudger, or if you must, a screwdriver covered in electrician's tape to prevent damage to the plastic.

When these side clips are released, the top half can be lifted backwards, then upwards - effortlessly away from the delicate hinges.

I've come across too many A600 cases with broken hinges. Hopefully this may help prevent more being damaged :)

My A600's CF card is installed with ClassicWB Green Amiga Alien Edition. When booting it on the stock A600, it was up and running in about 15 seconds, but I'd struggle to run much with the limited memory - even with the A603. It was a bearable experience, but quite slow, especially opening large drawers and working with windows.

As soon as the ACA630 was installed, the machine now boots up in about 4 seconds (from the moment the CF gets accessed) It's just ridiculous! :D ACATune is also in the startup sequence, with MapROM and all the turbo options enabled.

Windows and drawers fly open, the icons are displayed very quickly (MagicWB on CWB). Disk access speed went up from 580KB/sec to over 2MB/sec according to SysInfo.

TODO:
Roll my own custom Kickstart with my patches of choice, ready for softkicking with ACATune/MapROM.
Experiment with various piece of software.
???
Profit! :D

Tajmaster
31st December 2010, 12:15
SOMEBODY GET ME A BOX OF TISSUES!...STAT!! :drool:

Nice one Dale, looks AWESOME! Cant wait to put mine together :P

fitzsteve
31st December 2010, 12:16
Awesome wright up dude!

Now I am really envious, it looks awesome and to know what the ACA's do for IDE is an awseome bit of news.

Now I really need one!!!

When you're done testing feel free to send it on mate, you've got my address :D

Anyway what a great bit of kit and its like Christmas day all over again for the Amiga community!!!

Have fun with that beast :thumbsup:

Steve.

Kyle
31st December 2010, 12:21
Time to install a new version of ClassiWB now ;)

In my A600HD I have installed ClassicWB 68k, but when I'll receive the A630 I'll change it with ClassicWB Full :)

Let we know how your new accelerator board manages mp3 files :roll:

jvdbossc
31st December 2010, 12:28
I resisted the temptation, and what do you do? You post this hardware porn right on this forum you *****:rofl3

No only kidding, nice upgrade! :thumbsup::rainbow:

It looks like every cpu upgrade increases aga and ide in my A4000 it did. (even between 040 and 060)

cosmicfrog
31st December 2010, 12:43
Nice, No really N....I....c....e......

Kin Hell
31st December 2010, 12:51
Bloody Hell Fire! :wooha:

I am loving the 030 card & very nicely priced too tbh & only imo.

@ thread .... (Please, no trolling)

Couple of the silk screen annotations are quite amusing. RTFM by the Jumpers :lol:

But one thing that really does tickle me is the Silk Screening next to the Timing X-Tal saying, "Don't even think about Over-clocking". - Heh...! :twisted:

So Dale, ....... Are ya? :ninja:

@ Taj

Hope your monitor didn't suffer too much damage for the gushing. :mrgreen:

Charlie

tokyoracer
31st December 2010, 12:54
Nice! Alot of card for the money, have to say looks like Christmas all over again for you. :thumbsup:

Keep us posted.

Tajmaster
31st December 2010, 12:57
Bloody Hell Fire! :wooha:

I am loving the 030 card & very nicely priced too tbh & only imo.

@ thread .... (Please, no tolling)

Couple of the silk screen annotations are quite amusing. RTFM by the Jumpers :lol:

But one thing that really does tickle me is the Silk Screening next to the Timing X-Tal saying, "Don't even think about Over-clocking". - Heh...! :twisted:

So Dale, ....... Are ya? :ninja:

@ Taj

Hope your monitor didn't suffer too much damage for the gushing. :mrgreen:

Charlie

I cleaned it up before she got home ;)

d0pefish
31st December 2010, 13:18
Cheers guys, I'm glad you like the pictures! :D (LOL, Taj! :lol:)

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised by the IDE speedup - it's clearly a very CPU-bound interface. I am using PFS3 which may be a minor speedup, though I need to switch it out for the 030 build.

At some point I'll certainly be replacing the CWB install with a higher-end version, now that there's so much RAM to just gorge on utilities and add-ons, w00t! :D

About the crystal (and the comedy silkscreening, which I love! :D), I really do wonder who will actually have the balls to go right ahead, ignore all of Jens' warnings and solder in another crystal?

It certainly won't be me, before you ask :p Apparently the clock governs RAM too and is a very finely cut balancing act, that would be upset if the crystal were to be just changed without the ACA's logic being reprogrammed.

It's really fast as it is though - it feels very strange using the A600 and having it return this kind of performance... it's not right! :lol: The "worst Amiga", now up there with the big boys as a serious machine! :D

r0jaws
31st December 2010, 13:32
Very nice indeedy. Mine has just been packaged ready for dispatch, so hopefully here next week.
Seeing the improvement in performance you've seen, I can't wait to get hold of mine and get stuck in. :D

FOL
31st December 2010, 13:39
I really do wonder who will actually have the balls to go right ahead, ignore all of Jens' warnings and solder in another crystal?


ME!!!!!!!!! :).

jvdbossc
31st December 2010, 14:06
Why is there a 60 mhz crystal on a 25 mhz accelerator? Am i missing something here?

d0pefish
31st December 2010, 14:08
I have the 30MHz version, which has a 60MHz crystal (it gets halved). The 25MHz boards will have 50MHz crystals :)

It's a bit like the A3640 - CPU clock is crystal / 2.

jvdbossc
31st December 2010, 14:31
Thanks mate, sorry for the little hijack, it is nice to have an A600 at the speed of an A3000.:thumbsup: (or better)

scan_x
31st December 2010, 15:34
A w e s o m e !

Kin Hell
31st December 2010, 16:25
@ D0pefish

I might have some 128Mb SDRAM modules here somewhere. Fancy maxing out or is the 64Mb surface mounted?

Kin

Merlin
31st December 2010, 17:36
Clean-up on Aisle 3.........:whistle:

Some nice hardware pr0n there; thanks....

PulsatingQuasar
2nd January 2011, 19:37
I stuck a fan and heatsink on my ACA630/30 because the heatsink of mine does get quite warm. I run the harddisk in the location where it is on the photo so it is of no consequence to the heat of the ACA630. It is solely produced by the 68030. This harddisk stays quite cool while the heatsink got quite warm.

Ok, ok, the temperature might be well in normal working parameters but whenever I have heatsinks getting that temperature I do something about it. You should see the cooling measures on my PC's. :-)

jvdbossc
2nd January 2011, 19:53
I could not resist and ordered one at vesalia and other pieces at amigakit. :wink: Did not wan't to miss all the fun. I do like the idea of a small powered amiga.

I decided not to go with a real hard disk wich I normally prefer due to space reasons. I ordered USB as well, so over that interface lot's of space.

Phipscube
2nd January 2011, 23:14
Awesome A600 there d0pefish! Love the pics :) The ACA630 looks class! Makes the humble old 600 look beastly.

d0pefish
3rd January 2011, 00:24
@ D0pefish

I might have some 128Mb SDRAM modules here somewhere. Fancy maxing out or is the 64Mb surface mounted?

Kin

Hi Kin :)
The 64MB is a surface mount factory option, and the only removable component is the 68030, which is socketed.

The board itself, underneath all that heatsink, is very small!
Thanks for the thought though mate :)

@all:
Many thanks for your comments :)

I am currently playing with ClassicWB FULL edition now, and am just trying different drive configurations to see if there's any differences in speed (scsi.device version, filesystem, etc).

I decided against the more advanced CWB packages because I'll be using my 600 on the good old 1084S, and need the half-height icons etc to match the screen. For more serious business, I have my A4000 with a hi-res CGX desktop etc, so all that's needed on this machine is stuff that suits PAL:Hires in 8 or 16 colors :)

8 color mode with FBlit and friends is very quick, and even 16 colors is comfortable.

Also, softkicking Kickstart 3.1 with ACATune happens in about a second, you barely even notice the reset happen. This card really doesn't mess around, I'm having an absolute riot playing with it :D

FOL
3rd January 2011, 01:01
@all:
Many thanks for your comments :)

I am currently playing with ClassicWB FULL edition now, and am just trying different drive configurations to see if there's any differences in speed (scsi.device version, filesystem, etc).

I decided against the more advanced CWB packages because I'll be using my 600 on the good old 1084S, and need the half-height icons etc to match the screen. For more serious business, I have my A4000 with a hi-res CGX desktop etc, so all that's needed on this machine is stuff that suits PAL:Hires in 8 or 16 colors :)

8 color mode with FBlit and friends is very quick, and even 16 colors is comfortable.

Also, softkicking Kickstart 3.1 with ACATune happens in about a second, you barely even notice the reset happen. This card really doesn't mess around, I'm having an absolute riot playing with it :D

Im currently running AmigaSYS4 AGA OS3.9 with softkicked KS3.9 BB4, :).
It runs decent at 16 colours.

d0pefish
3rd January 2011, 01:05
@FOL:

Cool! :)

Question: In your BB4 Kickstart, are you using scsi.device v44.2? I am having trouble getting this version to work on my machine.

FOL
3rd January 2011, 01:37
@FOL:

Cool! :)

Question: In your BB4 Kickstart, are you using scsi.device v44.2? I am having trouble getting this version to work on my machine.

Yep all working fine.

You need to make sure, you have altered the setpatch line to say NOROMUPDATE (if you have all the bb's in rom) or SKIPROMMODULES (then list each rom module, if you dont have all the bb's in rom).

mfilos
3rd January 2011, 10:12
Check your PM on EAB bro! :)

grahamit
10th January 2011, 13:46
Looking really nice.

I too was lucky enough to get the 30 Mhz one, and I have had the machine up and running over the weekend. Need to set up some switches for the jumpers to save opening the machine every time I want to disable it.

I was really impressed with the speed increase of the CF drive too. SOOOO fast now. Its a truely magnifficent bit of kit. I can't wait to add USB to that machine. Awsome games and productivity machine.

Was thinikning about haveing a second CF with a UNIX/Linux install. Can anyone reccomend a good place to start on that?

gencom64
17th January 2011, 14:41
Hi, Thanks for your post on the Amiga 600 upgrade. I unfortunately snapped off all the back and side plastic brackets on my Amiga 600 cover taking it off. Is there a way to fix this without replacing the cover? Thanks!:thumbsup:

d0pefish
17th January 2011, 14:53
Thanks for your kind comments guys :)

Sorry to hear about your case, gencom4 - they are ridiculously delicate clips, mind you - a big oversight on Commodore's behalf IMHO. :(

I don't really know of any solid way to repair this well, you could perhaps get creative with some hinges and screws/bolts to give the case some strength, or maybe even some intricate plastic-welding to recreate the hinges.
If you come up with anything it's be well worth sharing with us, as this problem plagues these machines :(

@grahamit: Sounds like a fun experiment, Linux/m68k etc - perhaps check out the new NetBSD developments too - though I'm not sure exactly what the setup procedures involve on the Amiga, it's not something I've played with before.

As for the speed, with PFS3/020, scsi.device v43.45, and the SpeedyIDE patch from BlizKick, SysInfo reports an amazing 3.2MB/sec on the CF card! I'm not sure how accurate this benchmark is, but it goes up and down with various combinations. This is the best I've achieved so far, and I can't see any way to further increase the speed - but it feels very fast and I'm very pleased with it! :)

I ought to update this thread when I get a chance, I have a few new accessories hooked up to the A600 now :)

Cheers :)

fitzsteve
17th January 2011, 14:57
I ought to update this thread when I get a chance, I have a few new accessories hooked up to the A600 now :)


*Fitzsteve waits paitently hitting F5*

d0pefish
17th January 2011, 15:05
Alright, I'll let you in on it :) But I have no pictures yet :P

An "APower" custom power supply made by m3ch of Amiga.org - an awesome, small-footprint, modern switching-PSU with plenty of oomph to drive the A600 and all its new accessories. It's like a laptop PSU, very small - I'll get some pictures :)

Joystick twin-extension lead courtesy of our very own imnogeek, which lets me attach Paul Willingham's PSX DualShock adaptor, and the Cocolino I bought from AlanH (also from here) :)

A Technosound Turbo II, courtesy of tokyoracer (:bowdown: thanks bud!)

And hopefully sometime this week, a Netgear ethernet card which should hopefully be compatible with cnet.device. Let's see. Will be nice to get the little beast online for easy AmiNet-leeching :thumbsup:

Cheers :D

fitzsteve
17th January 2011, 15:09
Awesome stuff, I've seen the PSU you mention it is indeed a great development. I was tempted to get one for my A600.

Sounds like the project has really taken shape :thumbsup:

Steve.

Amigafanboi
17th January 2011, 15:15
Great thread!

I hate threads like this, it's making me want to source a 600 and aca630 now!

Nice bit of kit you have there :thumbsup:

mfilos
17th January 2011, 15:26
d0pefish my friend you are a Haxz0rz!
How on earth you get 3.2mb/s using same shiz like me???
I tested both SFS and PFS3/030 (Normal and DS with 200 and 250 buffers) and also using ClassicWB AdvSP and OS3.9+BB3 both with SpeedyIDE patch and SCSI.device 43.45 (yours).
My best is 2.3mb/s on my 4GB 133x CF disk (On partitions DH0=256MB and DH1=128MB).
On the DH2=~3.4GB games partition (PFS3 as well with 250 buffers) I get an 3.2mb/s! WTF?
Why system partitions are slower than the big games one? lol

fitzsteve
17th January 2011, 15:31
I don't think sysinfo reports correct values outside system partitions, if you notice the test brings back the result with no time to read the drive.

The same happens with my FastATA and Blizzard SCSI. DH0 give reading of 4.7mb/sec whilst DH1/2 etc give 6.2mb/sec but the DH0 takes some time reading whilst the DH1/2 etc bring back a result right away and I think this is not a correct value.

Maybe its due to partition size and sysinfo cannot deal with large partitions?

Steve.

gencom64
17th January 2011, 18:29
Thanks for your kind comments guys :)

Sorry to hear about your case, gencom4 - they are ridiculously delicate clips, mind you - a big oversight on Commodore's behalf IMHO. :(

I don't really know of any solid way to repair this well, you could perhaps get creative with some hinges and screws/bolts to give the case some strength, or maybe even some intricate plastic-welding to recreate the hinges.
If you come up with anything it's be well worth sharing with us, as this problem plagues these machines :(



Thanks d0pefish. I will work on some of these ideas and post what I come up with. :ninja:

PulsatingQuasar
26th January 2011, 21:29
I added a 603 RAM expansion and an Indivision ECS to my ACA630 setup. Because removing the diskdrive wasn't an option for me I did some modifying.

fitzsteve
26th January 2011, 21:55
I added a 603 RAM expansion and an Indivision ECS to my ACA630 setup. Because removing the diskdrive wasn't an option for me I did some modifying.

Nice solution, I like it :thumbsup:

merlinkv
27th January 2011, 07:40
@PulsatingQuasar

Hi m8, good job. :thumbsup:

I will try to make one like this. :)

Best wishes

fitzsteve
27th January 2011, 22:17
Hey Dale,

I got my ACA630 today, what do you find the best ACA Tune settings and what would be the exact startup entry for it?

Just getting to grips with mine. Managed to play Doom with the Chunky Graffiti malarkey through the IndiECS, that was a bit slow but probably because I've not setup ACATune.

Workbench seems faitly quick, again not the speed gain I was expecting until ACATune I'll save final judgement :cool:

Cheers mate!

Steve.

merlinkv
28th January 2011, 06:33
@Steve

I don't know my friend, but 030/25 MMU, no FPU, is not too much. Of course, is a great solution for A600's. But, I think, is only suitable for 3.1 environmments and simple/middle apps.

Also the speed of HDD's/CF's are limited by the IDE port of the A600, I think is PIO 0, right?

Best wishes

d0pefish
28th January 2011, 07:36
Hi Steve,

I use:

ACATune -maprom * -chipcache off -z2cache on -fastchip on -fastz2 on -cache on -burst on >NIL:

See this post for why chipcache should be used with caution: http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=725815&postcount=1261 I keep it off for stability and so I can use the floppy without fear or problems.

The maprom syntax above will map your real chip-based Kickstart into Fast RAM. If you replace the * with a path to a Kickstart image, it softkicks it for you. :thumbsup:

abraXXious
28th January 2011, 08:39
Guys, can someone tell me if Fblit actually helps with ECS. I know it does wonders with Aga, but does it actually speed up ECS? Also, what options what best with it running on an Aca630?

Im already running BlazeWCP - makes a huge difference.

Are there any good speed ups I should install on the Aca630 system?

---------- Post added at 18:09 ---------- Previous post was at 18:06 ----------

Oh, and as for speed, Im getting 5.98 mips in Sysinfo. About 20% faster than a stock a3000. Amazingly, my a600 can play mp3s! :) Using the Deliplayer plugin (seems to use least cpu of all Amiga mp3 players) and low quality, freq/4 - sounds a little tinny - but works. :)

I cannot seem to get Adoom running as fast as it should. Perhaps I need Fblit... or some better maths trans etc.

d0pefish
28th January 2011, 09:28
Guys, can someone tell me if Fblit actually helps with ECS. I know it does wonders with Aga, but does it actually speed up ECS? Also, what options what best with it running on an Aca630?

Im already running BlazeWCP - makes a huge difference.

In short, yes. :thumbsup:

abraXXious
28th January 2011, 09:39
Cooliez D0pefish! Are you going to be a swell fellow and post the prefs you use?

d0pefish
28th January 2011, 10:12
I would be glad to at some point, yes mate :) I have some catching up to do and will try to find some time this weekend to finally relax and document some of the things I've been doing lately. :)

Work has not been kind to me this week :(

fitzsteve
28th January 2011, 10:12
Hi Steve,

I use:

ACATune -maprom * -chipcache off -z2cache on -fastchip on -fastz2 on -cache on -burst on >NIL:See this post for why chipcache should be used with caution: http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=725815&postcount=1261 I keep it off for stability and so I can use the floppy without fear or problems.

The maprom syntax above will map your real chip-based Kickstart into Fast RAM. If you replace the * with a path to a Kickstart image, it softkicks it for you. :thumbsup:

Hey Dale!

Thanks for sharing that :thumbsup:

I've tried these settings on my A600 this morning, and WOW :blink:

It seems twice as fast!!! :bowdown:

Mips up from 5.5 to 5.97 and IDE (On the MicroDrive up from 1.9 to 2.4mb/sec) Icons load blasingly fast!

What a difference! I also remapped a 3.1Rom Image I grabbed from Tosec which is already modified for ShapeShifter so that I could remove PrepareEmul in case that had any issues with ACATune.

I must say yesterday I was a little downbeat about the speed gain over the Apollo 620 but with ACATune it really flys :D



@Steve

I don't know my friend, but 030/25 MMU, no FPU, is not too much. Of course, is a great solution for A600's. But, I think, is only suitable for 3.1 environmments and simple/middle apps.

Also the speed of HDD's/CF's are limited by the IDE port of the A600, I think is PIO 0, right?

Best wishes

Hey Pablo!

As above, since adding ACATune its a whole new machine :D

ShapeShifter seems much better now, and in fact the whole Workbench is really flying - I'm still not sure how much use SS will be, but we'll see.

I think slow access to the HDF's is because I'm using a Micro Drive, I will switch to a fast CF card and see if that helps.

Steve.

d0pefish
28th January 2011, 10:20
Nice one Steve :) Yes, most of the additional speedup features are turned off by default for compatibility on cold-boot, so this unleashes the full potential of the card! :D

MapRom is a big impact, as Kickstart in ROM is quite slow compared to the (very!) Fast RAM you have on the ACA, so moving Kickstart to Fast improves general Workbench interactivity and responsiveness quite significantly.

There's more speed to be squeezed out of it yet, in the form of a custom ROM with newer Kickstart components. :thumbsup:

fitzsteve
28th January 2011, 10:26
Nice one Steve :) Yes, most of the additional speedup features are turned off by default for compatibility on cold-boot, so this unleashes the full potential of the card! :D

MapRom is a big impact, as Kickstart in ROM is quite slow compared to the (very!) Fast RAM you have on the ACA, so moving Kickstart to Fast improves general Workbench interactivity and responsiveness quite significantly.

There's more speed to be squeezed out of it yet, in the form of a custom ROM with newer Kickstart components. :thumbsup:

Thanks again mate, will have to look at making those Custom Kickstart Images as this will be the way forward.

Updated my post above with MIP & IDE speed ups.

I might overclock my ACA as well, see how Cosmos is getting along with his. I'm thinking to try for 40mhz :shhh:

Replace the heatsink with a proper slimline fan like on my BVision...

Steve.

merlinkv
28th January 2011, 10:42
Mmmmm....

ShapeShifter modded ROM.... Nice idea.. :thumbsup:

I will try today on my A4KD-DENEB, I have one 40.68 ready for this task....

Best wishes

abraXXious
30th January 2011, 00:06
Hey guys, I notice that Blizkick does not work with the Aca630 (bummer).

The only module I want to use is SpeedyIde, is there another way to do this? I am running ClassicWB 68k over WB 3.1, so there is no RomUpdate.

Is it possible to patch the scsi.device of 3.1? Or is there another way of getting the Speedy Ide speed up on a 3.1 system?

mfilos
30th January 2011, 00:24
You can use either LoadModule command, or make a custom kickstart via Remus (I have a guide here in photobooth section) and load it via MapRom.
You can make it 1MB and load whatever module you like.
Btw, Cosmos released a new awesome SCSI.device that you can find here:http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=57419

AmiNeo
30th January 2011, 11:19
Here's a quick tip if you're ever opening an Amiga 600 (I posted this in the ACA thread over at EAB).

When disassembling your A600, don't do the obvious thing, which is removing the 4 screws, flipping the machine over and then wrenching the top half off by lifting the front edge of the case. You're very likely to snap off one or more of the rear hinges that hold the back half of the case together if you do this.

Focus on carefully un-latching the side clips - one near the floppy, one near the PCMCIA port. Undo the screws, and then unlatch the two clips by gently easing the top cover's sides outwards to unhook them from the clips, one end at a time. If it's difficult, use a plastic tool, like an iPod-opening spudger, or if you must, a screwdriver covered in electrician's tape to prevent damage to the plastic.

When these side clips are released, the top half can be lifted backwards, then upwards - effortlessly away from the delicate hinges.

I've come across too many A600 cases with broken hinges. Hopefully this may help prevent more being damaged :)


I learned this in my early days after busting clips off about 4 cases :(. I decided to have a close look at the way the clips were positioned and came to the conclusion that the sides would have to be popped first.

Hopefully this will save a few cases from being damaged by people who dont yet know!

Great Advice!

d0pefish
2nd February 2011, 19:39
Glad it helped, AmiNeo :)

Today I received this item from an evilbay seller for 6 delivered, an Edup MCR-5A:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TUmpRkH1WkI/AAAAAAAAA2Y/3AXjwr2rnlQ/s400/IMG_20110202_185511.jpg (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TUmpRkH1WkI/AAAAAAAAA2Y/3AXjwr2rnlQ/IMG_20110202_185511.jpg)

It reads SD/MMC, Memory Stick/MSPRO, and SmartMedia - works perfectly with compactflash.device! :) Hot-swapping works and the icon appears and disappears if I remove/reinsert either the memory card or the PCMCIA card. :thumbsup2:

I get a transfer speed of about 1.3MB/sec with this adaptor and a FAT32 formatted 1GB SanDisk Ultra II SD card - ideal for feeding the machine with more stuff :D

Highly recommended, and a bargain! :thumbsup:

This is my APower switching power supply - totally awesome, takes up less space on my somewhat space-deprived desk, and delivers more juice, with the added benefit of being small enough to comfortably put in a laptop bag with the A600 - perfect for parties! :drinkin::pint:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TUmpZM40CJI/AAAAAAAAA2g/61WVPzx9Ytc/s400/IMG_20110202_185541.jpg (http://lh6.ggpht.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TUmpZM40CJI/AAAAAAAAA2g/61WVPzx9Ytc/IMG_20110202_185541.jpg)

All I need next is a suitable network card. I used to have loads of them but I must have given them away with various laptops long ago :(

fitzsteve
2nd February 2011, 20:18
Lookin' good bud :thumbsup:

Phipscube
4th February 2011, 12:02
Fantastic d0pefish! :) And that APower is really awesome isn't it? I have one powering my crazy A1200D and it only gets quite warm, not hot at all.

d0pefish
19th February 2011, 19:14
A few more pictures as I add stuff :)

Well, I got the ethernet card I was after:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWASf6MncxI/AAAAAAAAA7M/2CygghZ3N6Y/s400/IMG_20110219_184941.jpg (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWASf6MncxI/AAAAAAAAA7M/2CygghZ3N6Y/IMG_20110219_184941.jpg)

Works as great as these cards ever did :) I'm using AmiTCP 4.3, and getting online to transfer files is quick and convenient. I used Miami to start with, then switched to AmiTCP and noticed slightly improved performance.

I've also repaired some external disk drives, and hooked them up! :) You can see my PSX DualShock controller hooked up too, on one of Paul Willingham's fantastic adaptors. I love being able to use it to play my favorite Amiga games :)
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWASTMd4hgI/AAAAAAAAA7E/SB74iFsn0rg/s400/IMG_20110219_184907.jpg (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWASTMd4hgI/AAAAAAAAA7E/SB74iFsn0rg/IMG_20110219_184907.jpg)

Also seen in the picture above is another device! :D I also thought I'd play with a Progressive Peripherals & Software FrameGrabber my best friend gave me a long time ago when I was at school with him! :D His uncle bought it at a car boot sale, thinking it would work on a PC. When he found it was for Amigas, he let my friend have it, thinking he may be able to use it. Well, this wasn't the case, but my friend knew I was an Amiga nutjob, and kindly gave it to me. It has its original box, all cables, manuals, and disks - perfect condition too!

Anyway, I hooked up an old camcorder to it, and this is the result! :lol:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWAQV9gPCEI/AAAAAAAAA6Y/AvegjNsPLoo/s400/IMG_20110218_212756.jpg (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWAQV9gPCEI/AAAAAAAAA6Y/AvegjNsPLoo/IMG_20110218_212756.jpg)

The complete setup, with new... ahem... self-portrait wallpaper thanks to the FrameGrabber! :ROTFLOL2: You can also see I've swapped over to my Philips CM8833 Mk II which has a truly excellent picture.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWARszEAS9I/AAAAAAAAA6g/8k6tCretZxU/s400/IMG_20110219_184838.jpg (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWARszEAS9I/AAAAAAAAA6g/8k6tCretZxU/IMG_20110219_184838.jpg)

And finally, my latest purchase, again from evilBay, but it completes the setup - a smart little dustcover, which fits perfectly and has a neat little cutout for the mouse/joy leads and for the ports on the back. :thumbsup: I bought this to protect her from the inevitable beer spills during particularly hard drinking sessions. :drinkin: And just to keep the dust out. :thumbsup:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWASut803kI/AAAAAAAAA7Q/WNBv3-3MXZg/s400/IMG_20110219_185018.jpg (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWASut803kI/AAAAAAAAA7Q/WNBv3-3MXZg/IMG_20110219_185018.jpg)

Sorry for the poor pictures, it's dark in here and there's only so much my camera can do, but the dust cover does look very nice in real life. It's a grey colour and has a nice Amiga badge sewn on :)

Cheers:)

fitzsteve
19th February 2011, 19:21
Awesome setup you have there mate :bowdown:

Looks great on the CRT Monitor, sometimes I think thats how they all should be :)

Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

Steve.

tokyoracer
19th February 2011, 19:48
That's just. . . oh dear il have to get the Kleenex.

P.s. WANT THAT WALLPAPER! :p

d0pefish
19th February 2011, 19:59
Hahahaaaaa!! :lol::lol:

Cheers Steve & tokyo :cool:

@tokyo: your wish is my command.

tokyoracer
19th February 2011, 20:05
@tokyo: your wish is my command.
*Yoink*

d0pefish
19th February 2011, 22:30
Disaster! :(

The Philips screen, pictured previously, has just this second gone bang! :(

The picture collapsed, the tube went dark, the power LED went out and now there's a high pitched whining noise.

Turn the monitor off, and the whining slowly dies down as the capacitors discharge. Flyback transformer. :Doh:

Oh dear :( Another nice Philips bites the dust! I've had this one for years.

I wonder if I can find a replacement flyback and fix it. I'd just have to do its caps, too... :)

desiv
19th February 2011, 22:41
The picture collapsed, the tube went dark, the power LED went out and now there's a high pitched whining noise.

The high pitched whining noise sounds like (insert wife joke here) or flyback, but does the power LED usually go out when it's the flyback???

desiv

d0pefish
19th February 2011, 22:57
That, I don't know.. :unsure:

I've not tried to repair a CRT monitor before - fully aware of the dangers and the need to discharge them etc, but not messed with their power circuits.

Time to find a service manual and get reading :(

All I've done with this monitor repair-wise is I've resoldered its RGB plug as it had dry joints.

In the meantime, the 1084S can go back onto the Amiga. :)

rkauer
19th February 2011, 23:01
Yes, pretty normal, as the horizontal transistors still try to feed it.

hikey
20th February 2011, 00:04
I had exactly the same fault on my CM8833-II D0pefish.
the fusible resistor protecting the HOT was open circuit, also
there were several blown components in the psu crowbar circuit:
BT151 Thyristor, 2x 15v diodes and a bc548b transistor were
all shorted. I have a photo somewhere with the components marked out
i think.

d0pefish
20th February 2011, 00:13
Wow, thanks hikey mate :)

Does this mean that there's a chance that the flyback is alright and I've just got a shot power supply?

I'll pull it all apart soon and have a look around.

fitzsteve
20th February 2011, 00:21
Hey mate!

Sorry to hear about the screen.

Just be careful if you decide to try and fix it :readit:

All the best.

Steve.

hikey
20th February 2011, 01:36
Possibly, but i'm not sure: I did replace the flyback first, but when it
was still whining with the same symptoms I found all these other components faulty. It's very possible (and fairly likely tbh), that it was the flyback that caused the other components to short. It's worth checking
out the parts i mentioned though, they're all located to the left of the yellow mains transformer.

---------- Post added at 01:36 ---------- Previous post was at 01:28 ----------

I have a spare flyback (unused) here btw. It's a HR6489. I can't remember off hand which model this is for, but if you get the code off of yours you could do some cross referencing

d0pefish
20th February 2011, 02:09
Sadly it looks like my monitor has a different kind :( Thanks all the same mate.

I whipped off the cover and can see the flyback in my monitor is a Philips AT2079 / 37593 which corresponds to a HR 7533.

Can't see anything obviously fricassee'd yet (unless the darkening of the flyback's case is something?), but I need to discharge the thing and clean it of fluff really :lol:

I've taken some pictures an attached them. Have I found the area you are referring to mate?

hikey
20th February 2011, 14:20
hi Dale,
No mate - it's the other side. You can see the Thyristor that was shorted on my monitor in the 2nd pic, it's inbetween the 2 capacitors.

d0pefish
20th February 2011, 15:20
I'm with you now - cheers :)

Well, I somehow found the courage to go for it. :ninja:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWEvlP6r77I/AAAAAAAAA8A/B2udrnn24Hw/s400/CIMG0165.JPG (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWEvlP6r77I/AAAAAAAAA8A/B2udrnn24Hw/CIMG0165.JPG)

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWEvvAl28EI/AAAAAAAAA8E/HH_AkcK9w3E/s400/CIMG0164.JPG (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWEvvAl28EI/AAAAAAAAA8E/HH_AkcK9w3E/CIMG0164.JPG)

So far so good. I'll see about removing the board from the tray and giving it a nice clean up.

Does anyone have a service manual and/or schematics for the Mk II? I see plenty of CM8833 Mk I service manuals around the net, but not for the Mk II. :unsure:

@Mods: probably a good idea to split the last set of posts about the monitor fault into a new topic if possible; perhaps call it "Philips CM8833 Mk II repair"? :)

hikey
20th February 2011, 15:50
I have it somewhere but can't find it at the moment. have a search around for cm11342, thats the alternate model code for this monitor

d0pefish
20th February 2011, 16:28
Cheers Hikey - that did it, I have a manual now. :)

I've already noticed a couple of concerns.

This wire has a dry joint and is just freely wiggling around in the hole - it's the lower grey wire of the flyback, soldered to the tube daughterboard. Just above the "S" of the sticker:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWFAGut6OoI/AAAAAAAAA8U/yk158vdAHAY/s400/CIMG0166.JPG (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWFAGut6OoI/AAAAAAAAA8U/yk158vdAHAY/CIMG0166.JPG)

And the solder joints on the flyback itself aren't fantastic, there evidence of some fractures in at least one of the legs' joints:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWFAHIkClZI/AAAAAAAAA8Y/57crg2RswF4/s400/CIMG0167.JPG (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWFAHIkClZI/AAAAAAAAA8Y/57crg2RswF4/CIMG0167.JPG)

Not sure if this is enough to cause my symptoms, or just coincidental.

After I re-do these, I'm thinking of desoldering the components you mentioned, and testing them individually.

Is there any way to test the health of the flyback if it was to be removed from the board?

Cheers :)

d0pefish
20th February 2011, 21:19
Well, I re-did the poor joints in question, and I also removed and tested the thyristor, transistor and the various diodes around that area - they all seemed to be behaving fine, though all I can do is some basic multimeter tests, here.

I couldn't make the thyristor latch with just the resistance test on the multimeter, but it wasn't open circuit, at least.

So far nothing's changed, no power LED, and whining. The tube doesn't get seem to get fired up at all or anything.

Can you remember which component is the fusistor on this board hikey?
I wish I had more knowledge on how to fault-find circuits like these :(

At least the board and the monitor's other internals are now meticulously clean! :lol:

hikey
20th February 2011, 22:05
Hi Dale,
Good work so far.
There are quite a few fusible resistors on this board. They look like regular resistors but are stood away from the board. The silkscreen symbol for them is like a regular resistor but with a horizontal line above and below. The fusible resistor for the HOT is located quite near the brightness/contrast controls.

d0pefish
20th February 2011, 23:29
Thanks hikey, your description of the fusible resistors was spot on:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWGdszZZryI/AAAAAAAAA8g/s7aNAzMFD2w/s400/CIMG0169.JPG (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWGdszZZryI/AAAAAAAAA8g/s7aNAzMFD2w/CIMG0169.JPG)

I went round and used the diode test function on all of the fusible resistors I could see, especially the ones around the transformer/power supply area. They all buzzed out - though I'm not sure an in-circuit test is good enough. Should I desolder them all and test their resistance against the parts list in the Philips service manual?

Also, is this the HOT?
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWGdtiSM0XI/AAAAAAAAA8o/dJioVVRO5aQ/s400/CIMG0170.JPG (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWGdtiSM0XI/AAAAAAAAA8o/dJioVVRO5aQ/CIMG0170.JPG)

Can I test it like a regular transistor? Shall I remove it and see?

Thanks for your help mate :)

rkauer
21st February 2011, 02:35
Remove the transistor to check, it may buzz OK on transistor checker.

BTW: from the second shot on the page#7 I can tell the flyback is shot.

d0pefish
21st February 2011, 10:03
Thanks, I'll pull it out tonight and see how it meters.

I've ordered the flyback regardless :) CPC.co.uk, a division of Farnell, carries the HR replacement transformer for a reasonable price, so I've gone for it and should have it this week, maybe even tomorrow going by Farnell's history! :D

If you think it's shot, then I'll put it in and cross my fingers. Is is the discolouration to the casing that's telling you it's broken (combined with the symptoms in general)?

If the transformer fixes the screen, I'll do a huge capacitor list/order and re-do the entire board to try and keep it going. :thumbsup:

rkauer
21st February 2011, 16:09
Replacing the electrolytic capacitors on old hardware is always a good idea.

I spotted a black carbonization on the top of the ferrite of the flyback, that give the problem away.

Sack it out and smell it: you sense the burn "essence". Don't sniff it in place! The tube may still have charge and a discharge on your nose will be not funny at all.

d0pefish
25th February 2011, 22:27
I'm back with news :)
My new flyback is finally in my hands after the Royal Mail doing their card trick and me having to go parcel hunting! :lol:

So, out comes the old one:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqLkXcBbI/AAAAAAAAA9g/Dyev_brzjM4/s400/CIMG0183.JPG (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqLkXcBbI/AAAAAAAAA9g/Dyev_brzjM4/CIMG0183.JPG)

Here's the new HR one and its box next to the old. Looks to be nice, high-quality and well built :)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqL3TrZEI/AAAAAAAAA9k/BxwL7uzG5QY/s400/CIMG0180.JPG (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqL3TrZEI/AAAAAAAAA9k/BxwL7uzG5QY/CIMG0180.JPG)

In it goes! :lol:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqLya0nSI/AAAAAAAAA9s/RpyEC9Sshv0/s400/CIMG0185.JPG (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqLya0nSI/AAAAAAAAA9s/RpyEC9Sshv0/CIMG0185.JPG)

Reattaching all the wires and placing the board back into its tray in the chassis.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqfzOGGII/AAAAAAAAA9w/YOcek11X1EI/s400/CIMG0187.JPG (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqfzOGGII/AAAAAAAAA9w/YOcek11X1EI/CIMG0187.JPG)

Fire the monitor up, and.... the power LED turns on, but no screen... :unsure:









... but I turn up the voltage potentiometer on the new transformer and...
IT'S ALIVE! :D:D:D:D :drinkin::thumbsup2::pint:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqhUsqdTI/AAAAAAAAA98/rX2f63swWsY/s400/CIMG0189.JPG (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgqhUsqdTI/AAAAAAAAA98/rX2f63swWsY/CIMG0189.JPG)

...but out of focus as you can see! xD

A careful tuning of the focus potentiometer on the new transformer returns the Philips to being as bright and sharp as it ever was! :D
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgq2yVSIxI/AAAAAAAAA-I/eDAgRarDk6U/s400/CIMG0194.JPG (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgq2yVSIxI/AAAAAAAAA-I/eDAgRarDk6U/CIMG0194.JPG)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgq2kQS75I/AAAAAAAAA-M/vz60pf_rKpc/s400/CIMG0193.JPG (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgq2kQS75I/AAAAAAAAA-M/vz60pf_rKpc/CIMG0193.JPG)

Another excellent Amiga monitor saved from the skip! :D
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgrNO73ebI/AAAAAAAAA-g/tfcIgbdBzh8/s400/CIMG0200.JPG (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_kRG1wB80tiI/TWgrNO73ebI/AAAAAAAAA-g/tfcIgbdBzh8/CIMG0200.JPG)

Time to party and play some Apidya! :thumbsup::pint:

Many thanks to hikey and rkauer for the advice! :bowdown::bowdown: Cheers guys. :)
The flyback was the only thing wrong with this Philips monitor. I'll do the caps soon :)

Looks like my first encounter with high-voltage scary stuff was a success, and I managed to do everything safely :D

Tajmaster
25th February 2011, 22:31
Woo Hoo!!!!

Another fine job mate :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

:thumbsup2:

tokyoracer
25th February 2011, 22:32
Cake or no cake? That is the question...

Great job though, looks a fantactic picture on that screen! :thumbsup:

fitzsteve
25th February 2011, 22:39
Great work mate - well done :thumbsup:

rkauer
26th February 2011, 05:06
Greatly made, Dale!:thumbsup:

But the cake is a lie! :p

mfilos
26th February 2011, 06:40
Awesome news mate!!!

Congratz

ad-rs1600i
28th February 2011, 21:26
Incredible work there guys, and well done bringing it back from the dead d0pefish, I would have been far too scared to be honest....

Top work indeed :bowdown::bowdown:

johnim
28th February 2011, 21:35
good job and great news mate

FOL
1st March 2011, 01:09
Ah, good ol HR.

They have a LOPT for everything, :).
If you have a tube booster, give the guns a clean, ;).

Kin Hell
1st March 2011, 16:56
@ d0pefish

Well done fella. Is there no end to your talent?

I really do enjoy reading your posts, especially when you include quips like Royal Fail pulling another card trick, forcing you into a parcel hunt. - PMSL!!! :lol:

Kin

d0pefish
2nd March 2011, 20:36
Thankyou very much guys, seriously though hikey and rkauer are the real experts here, I'm just either brave or stupid and happen to be able to wield a soldering iron decently enough! :lol:

Hehe yes, the Royal Fail :D
I remember the awesome picture from t'other thread, special forces crossbow postman :lol: ahhhhahahahahah!

Kin Hell
3rd March 2011, 16:54
^^^^^^

aka Parcel Farce. :lol:

Kin

rkauer
3rd March 2011, 22:07
Thankyou very much guys, seriously though hikey and rkauer are the real experts here, I'm just either brave or stupid and happen to be able to wield a soldering iron decently enough!

:oops:
Don't be that modest, Dale. You are an awesomely skilled guy, too. I wish I have all your soldering knowledge (or Zetr0's, for that matter).:bowdown:

Rakeim132
22nd May 2011, 05:56
Nice little Miggy, mate. :thumbsup:

I'm also buying the ACA630, A604 (announced but not yet out), Indivision ECS and some other nice stuff for a small A600 that I use to play on the livingroom 46" LCD... Great fun.

Question: where did you buy the angled CF to IDE connector and the micro PSU ?

d0pefish
23rd May 2011, 00:59
Hi Rakeim132 :)

Thanks man, it has to be said an accelerated A600 is just so much fun to use, I really don't know why! You'll love that setup you're planning. :)

The CF adaptor is one of Mika's - keep an eye on his thread for latest stock etc, he seems to do them in occasional batches: http://www.amibay.com/showthread.php?t=7158

The power supply is by m3chy of Amiga.org - he has a website set up for ordering now: https://a4000t.com/store/

Cheers :thumbsup:

Rakeim132
23rd May 2011, 16:56
Thanks for the links.
Purchase order to m3chy done. :p

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to the rebirth of my A600... I new I did well to buy this machine looooooong time ago in a CashConverter shop for 50 EUR. :whistle:

d0pefish
22nd July 2011, 19:56
Hi guys :)

Just a very tiny update!

While I had my soldering iron out (working on Taj's 500+) I thought I'd do a little bit on my 600.

I bought one of kipper2k's Indivision PCBs that mount in the RF modulator area - it's such a simple board but a great idea and means that the VGA plug can neatly poke out of the case and remain very secure without any case-cutting or modification :)

All you have to do is remove the modulator, which is a pretty useless device in 2011, and always was the least desirable video output.

So, out it comes - with some care this can be done fairly easily leaving behind a nice space on the board:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CDiDAtSIKsg/TinCUOgKgrI/AAAAAAAABMk/XqZwQdWPjyY/s400/IMG_20110722_183611.jpg (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CDiDAtSIKsg/TinCUOgKgrI/AAAAAAAABMk/XqZwQdWPjyY/IMG_20110722_183611.jpg)

Here's kipper2k's adaptor installed - a pair of screws and nuts secures it to the Amiga's motherboard using the holes previously used by the modulator. The cable can be routed underneath the Mika angle-adaptor if you have one.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_ODEiJmOx_k/TinCaO2c0YI/AAAAAAAABMI/b0AsbQ21qmo/s400/IMG_20110722_190003.jpg (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_ODEiJmOx_k/TinCaO2c0YI/AAAAAAAABMI/b0AsbQ21qmo/IMG_20110722_190003.jpg)

The result - VGA where the modulator used to be - secure and professional-looking! :D Nice one kipper2k!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PYY9qmciqlw/TinCeufALRI/AAAAAAAABMQ/3nMHBIUTpmM/s400/IMG_20110722_190020.jpg (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PYY9qmciqlw/TinCeufALRI/AAAAAAAABMQ/3nMHBIUTpmM/IMG_20110722_190020.jpg)

But what about the Indivision?

Er... yeah, I haven't got one yet. :Doh:
What I *do* have coming is the A604 to replace my A603, so I can be ready for the Indivision (when I can afford one and they're in stock! :)) without needing to lose my floppy drive or use any adaptors. Nothing against doing it with an adaptor at all - I just fancied it, and I have a potential plan for the extra room gained :)

And what about the Philips I just repaired the other month?

If/when I go Indivision, it'll be set up semi-permanently on my workbench for testing and working on Amigas I'm fixing for other people! :D

fitzsteve
22nd July 2011, 20:15
Hey Dale,

Thats some great work mate, I like Kippers VGA adapter, that is indeed a great solution :thumbsup:

Steve.

jvdbossc
22nd July 2011, 20:40
It looks better then hotglue solution:thumbsup:

johnim
22nd July 2011, 21:01
thats better than the rf poking out mate

tokyoracer
23rd July 2011, 00:56
Heh, "R.F. Modulator"? Er I think not, gimme VGA b***h!

Epic work though as per usual, got to be one of the very finest 600's in the world. :thumbsup:

Rakeim132
23rd July 2011, 01:47
Did you lock it in place with the little screws ?
Can't see them on your pictures...

For sure it looks great !

I bought 2 of these myself, one for the 600 (I have the Indivision :whistle:), and one for the 1200 ( I don't have the Indivision, I wait for the revision 2 :coffee: ... and don't even have the 1200D yet !! :lol:)

d0pefish
23rd July 2011, 02:29
Many thanks guys :)

@Rakeim132:

Yes mate, the screws are there, they just use some extra holes that aren't as visible as the metal-plated ones - if you enlarge the 2nd picture you can see them :)

d0pefish
4th August 2011, 19:58
New kit for the pocket rocket! :lol:

Here's my new A604, which offers pretty much the same functionality as the A603 - just smaller and has the Indivision socket moved back and angled so that it no longer conflicts with the floppy drive. It also has an extra clockport on a riser card. Another beautiful piece of engineering from Individual!
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fbKq29RcEF8/Ti6UYFJGXEI/AAAAAAAABM0/R-ugwMpIwWQ/s400/IMG_20110725_230130.jpg (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fbKq29RcEF8/Ti6UYFJGXEI/AAAAAAAABM0/R-ugwMpIwWQ/IMG_20110725_230130.jpg)

Today I also received the Indivision ECS itself, which gets stacked on top of the A604 and coupled with kipper2k's PCB mount VGA socket:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xRjtW58WFpA/Tjrlkn2_dqI/AAAAAAAABOw/mkdFZdHoGWk/s400/IMG_20110804_192817.jpg (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xRjtW58WFpA/Tjrlkn2_dqI/AAAAAAAABOw/mkdFZdHoGWk/IMG_20110804_192817.jpg)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PnB7jjuUoa0/TjrldK7U1xI/AAAAAAAABOo/tVbPJG88Hjs/s400/IMG_20110804_192747.jpg (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PnB7jjuUoa0/TjrldK7U1xI/AAAAAAAABOo/tVbPJG88Hjs/IMG_20110804_192747.jpg)

And wow, the picture is stunning! (although my phone camera's not doing much justice :P) This is my A4000's monitor:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-sU2yJLRZLsU/TjrqOajIaeI/AAAAAAAABO8/KdMGHgwY73k/s400/IMG_20110804_195040.jpg (https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-sU2yJLRZLsU/TjrqOajIaeI/AAAAAAAABO8/KdMGHgwY73k/IMG_20110804_195040.jpg)

It's nice being able to work in ProTracker and other programs in 60Hz, it's easier on the eyes, and the option to go back to 50Hz for smooth scrolling works perfectly! :D I have a (hopefully) nice 2nd hand Eizo TFT monitor on the way which supports 50Hz, so when it arrives I'll do a quick review of that. :)

This A600 turbo's definitely the most fun I've had on an Amiga in a long time, it's a blast to use and play with :)

fitzsteve
4th August 2011, 20:15
Nice work Mr Fish, lovin' the backdrop too :thumbsup:

mfilos
4th August 2011, 20:24
This A600 turbo's definitely the most fun I've had on an Amiga in a long time, it's a blast to use and play with :)
Say that to the A600 haters out there :thumbsdown:

Awesome job btw mate. It seems your miggy has a sister (http://mfilos.blogspot.com/2011/07/a600-a604-received-case-change-and-more.html) :grouphug:

d0pefish
4th August 2011, 20:35
Thanks guys :D

Wow, yes - definitely a twin sister! :grouphug: Very nice machine you have too, Marios :)

I think most of the hate towards the A600 is to do with how long it's been such an unexpandable computer, but these new developments in the last few years has enabled it to become a tiny, powerful productivity and games machine :) It certainly is a unique computer - I think the release of these new accelerators and add-ons has won a few hearts for the A600 - it certainly won mine! :inlove:

ad-rs1600i
6th August 2011, 11:20
Beautiful job, well done :)

Also really love the VGA adapter, what a great piece of work :)

I own a 603, but couldn't resist a 604 as well, as much as I have total respect for the 603 Indivision adapters people have made, I just felt like supporting Individual Computers in producing some more A600 kit :cool: I guess I am hoping Jen's has some more trick hardware for the A600 yet up his sleeve!:D

Did you replace any of the capacitors on your A600 mother board to give it a refresh?

Groooover
6th August 2011, 12:25
Hi m8, do you find the ide to cf adapter you used better than the standard or could I rest the adapter on top of the 630 heatsink?

tokyoracer
6th August 2011, 13:22
Excellent work Dale. I can't think there's anything more to do unless Jens has something else for the humble 600. :)


Did you replace any of the capacitors on your A600 mother board to give it a refresh?
Not to wish to intrude and speak for the guy but I can tell you personally that he has and a very high quality job it was too.

d0pefish
6th August 2011, 21:01
Did you replace any of the capacitors on your A600 mother board to give it a refresh?

Thanks ad-rs1600i!

Yes, I replaced all the caps on the motherboard - there was nothing visibly wrong with the originals and the board functioned 100%, but I did them regardless as after all, it's a 1991 computer and I wanted to ensure it stayed working :)

On the first page are some photos showing a cluster of capacitors near the PSU socket, if you zoom in you can see the newly-soldered capacitors.

@Groooover:
I haven't actually tried a regular CF/IDE adaptor but apprently the holes on top of the ACA630 are meant to fit the pattern of some of these adaptors :) Nevertheless the angle-adaptor I have that Mika makes is a nice, quality adaptor and works perfectly! I really like things that take a minimalistic and clean approach :)

@tokyoracer:
Many thanks for the compliments as always mate - if stuff continues to be made for the A600 I'll always be thinking of this machine :)

I am now in posession of my new LCD monitor to use on the Indivision! :D
When I get back home I'll add some pictures of the new screen - it's brilliant!

(I'm away from home at the moment, about to have dinner with my friend who has managed to solve a huge electrical problem with my car that it's had for over 2 weeks, so we're gonna celebrate a bit :D)

Cheers! :thumbsup:

ad-rs1600i
9th August 2011, 19:48
Cool - thanks for that, I think I will get my A600's replaced before I build mine up as once the ACA630 is fitted, I don't actually want to take it off again..! Incidentally mine seems 100% as well!

Thanks again, and keep the pictures coming :thumbsup: