View Full Version : Hardware Pr0n: An Amiga 2000 Story

26th October 2009, 22:13
As promised, here are some shots of my Amiga 2000.

First, here she is, in her native state:

And here she is with her top off (Ooh er!):
If you look closely, you can see she is a B2000 rev 6.

Next is the inevitable battery shot:
No leakage is evident, and she still keeps the time, so I suspect the battery has been replaced (Or it's an awesome 20-year-old battery!)

The infamous "Apollo 2030 Lite" accelerator:
This puppy is loaded with a 20MHz 68030 and 20MHz PLCC 68882 (The cheeky so-and-so's at Apollo have overclocked these to 25MHz) and I've added 64MB of FastRAM from my pile-o-SIMMs!

Sysinfo says:
4025 Dhrystones (What is a Dhrystone, anyway?) She's also credited with an ECS Agnus, with 1MB ChipRAM, but only an OCS Denise.

The manual for the card says I should run 'cpu cache burst' in my startup-sequence. I wonder what difference it makes?:
4408 Dhrystones now, That's about a 10% improvement, not bad for one line of shell!

So, there we have it, as promised, my A2000 has made her way to the photo booth. :)

26th October 2009, 22:40
Very nice buddy, the 2000 is a joy to own. :D
The battery isn't too bad to get out, snips on it, then desolder, it's definitely worth it. The 030 accelerator is a nice upgrade and well worth keeping hold of. It is so expandable and can be very rewarding.
Keep it coming fella.

Kin Hell
27th October 2009, 04:46
@ AndyLandy

RE: Dhrystones

Linkypoo via google (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhrystone) :wink:

Also, your pics are not loading for me? :shrug:


27th October 2009, 10:13
Also, your pics are not loading for me?
Hmm. They're being served over my broadband connection at home, so I'd expect them to be slow. I've cropped and scaled them now, so they might load in a more-reasonable time. If all else fails, you can look at them here: http://www.proggle.net/~andrew/download/A2000/

27th October 2009, 10:26
wow, you got an Apollo 2030 to work with a rev6 A2000 , that is a feat! :!:

Kin Hell
27th October 2009, 12:31
They're loading okay for me now Andy & good stuff m8y. :thumbsup:

Just a real snipet of Nostalgia for everyone reading this thread:

The BBC used these B2000 machines in conjunction with a Genlock to give us our weather reports on the TV. Yet the Amiga was allowed to die?
Not fair eh?


21st February 2010, 22:32
Take another look at that accelerator card photo:


That CPU looks suspiciously like it says XC68030RC20A. That's a fully-blown 68030, not some el-cheapo LC or EC. So, why did Apollo feel the need to shove an MC68882FN20A on there, too? Answers on a postcard. :)

21st February 2010, 22:56
None of the 68030's have a built in FPU, the budget versions just ditched the MMU.

Kin Hell
21st February 2010, 23:15
It's a 2030 Light because it's only @ 20Mhz. Base speeds for all 030 machines from C= always used 25Mhz, though they did do a 16Mhz version of the A3000 afair.

It has a 20Mhz 68882 FPU becasue the 030 did not have a built in FPU. Only the 040 & 060 Cpu's have the built in FPU.

You should have a working MMU though, because they are Relase Candidate markings. Thats the RC bit in the code on the CPU. ;)

SysInfo reports that 20Mhz 030 to be running @ 25Mhz, so in essence, it's an over-clocked 20Mhz 030 & the 25Mhz X-tal on the card proves that. :thumbsup:


21st February 2010, 23:22
Ahh, OK. It's a misunderstanding on my part. I thought the full '030 had an FPU and that there was an LC version without. I guess that only applies to '040s and '060s.

The card is a 2030 Light because it's 25MHz instead of the 50MHz of the full 2030. In both cases however, Apollo were cheapskates: The Light card has 20MHz parts clocked at 25MHz and the full card has 33MHz parts clocked at 50MHz. Cheeky, huh?

Kin Hell
21st February 2010, 23:24
Cheeky, yes, but not cheapskate really....

....it helped keep costs down. ;)


27th April 2010, 19:27
More photos:

Workbench running in PAL Hires interlaced and OctaMED in its native screenmode, fed out through my newly-acquired MultiVision 2000 scandoubler into my Iiyama Prolite TFT!

Sysinfo tells me I have seven autoconfigured Zorro II cards! (The Apollo 2030 is classed as a Z2, and the A2091 counts as two cards (SCSI and RAM)) -- I now have more Z2 cards than I have available slots for them. Probably time to buy another Amiga! ;-)

Kin Hell
27th April 2010, 19:29

Nice. :thumbsup:


4th June 2010, 18:03
I'm still waiting for mine to arrive in the mail..

it should have a GVP 030 something inside..

while waiting, I can just sit here and enjoy your piccies.. :thumbsup:

I'm intending to buy an indivision ocs/ecs and perhaps the mini meg thingy that adds 1 mb chip mem.. don't know if it is worth it, and how much mem it has right now.

btw AndyLandy.. you might want to edit your topic (Age 18 and up) since it's hardcore pr0n :whistle:

7th June 2010, 22:55
@Tomse: I'm glad you like the piccies. :-)

A scandoubler is certainly a worthwhile upgrade. The Indivision ECS is about as awesome as it gets, but there are also some pretty reasonable ones that fit in the video slot.

As for the Chip RAM, I've wondered about the 2MB upgrade thingy myself. The conclusion I reached is that it's definitely worth it if you only have 512k Chip RAM. However, if you have a 'half-ECS' 1MB Agnus, it's probably less of an issue, (but that's just my thoughts on the matter.) :-)

7th June 2010, 23:02
well I did have in mind to get the indivision.. (still waiting for the A1200 aga version aswell)

I have a small philosophy that for the small community we are, buying something new adds to the diminishing pool of active hardware.. so it's worth it ;-)

17th June 2010, 06:59
As for the Chip RAM, I've wondered about the 2MB upgrade thingy myself. The conclusion I reached is that it's definitely worth it if you only have 512k Chip RAM. However, if you have a 'half-ECS' 1MB Agnus, it's probably less of an issue, (but that's just my thoughts on the matter.) :-)

Well, if you have a machine with only 512k Chip Ram, there's always the certainly cheaper option to simply upgrade to a 1MB Agnus (8372A/8375):
Here's how to do that (http://l8r.net/technical/t-agnus-installation.shtml)

I guess in combination with the Indivision ECS a 2MB-chip could be beneficial (e.g. for HighGfx modes), but if you're using a graphics-card for your desktop anyway it's imho negligible.

20th June 2010, 19:35
After a recent discussion on 24-bit DMA and hard disks, I got a PM from matt020, asking what speeds I got out of my A2091 which allegedly does DMA transfers to the 24-bit Fast RAM. So, I've had a bit of a poke with SysInfo and grabbed a shot:


So, the answer is 89,808 bytes/sec. I've no idea if that's good or bad. :-)

20th June 2010, 19:58

I can say that my Malibu controller with the 20Meg drive attached gives around 1.1megs/sec

and the GVP card with 2 Maxtor 512MB performs with around 2.2Megs/sec.

I guess the GVP performs so well because it accesses the 32bit ram it's got attached.
I'll add some screenshots later when I finish copying through parallel (pc2am) bit of slow

Kin Hell
20th June 2010, 19:58
Certainly far from good tbh Andy. What hard drive are you running off it?


20th June 2010, 20:04
hmm just got to think, is your SCSI chain terminated in both ends ?

20th June 2010, 20:18
Certainly far from good tbh Andy. What hard drive are you running off it?


Just some 100MB drive I pulled from the A3000. I used to have a Barracuda 4GB on there, but the disk is physically too big to sit comfortably on the card.

I thought it seemed slow, to be honest. Workbench displays the contents of a CD faster than the hard disk!

I don't know for sure about termination, but I believe it's terminated at both ends (The controller is in the middle, with the hard disk on one end and the CD-ROM on the other)

So, what do I need to prod to make it less-shonky?

20th June 2010, 20:59
After reinstalling I can only pinch my drives up to 1.1Megs/sec.. not the 2.2 as stated ealier :-(

you should take a look if you have both your CD and HDD terminated, where the controller is not..

If you remember the old coax network, there were terminators in each end, and only in the ends... the same goes for the SCSI bus.

If possible, try to let the controller be an endpoint, the harddrive next, and the CD last where the controller and CD are terminated. or swap the CD with the HDD.

Adding my SS's and of my trackball

something that can improve hdd access aswell is DynamiCache from the cyberstorm scsi disk I think it works like smartdrive from dos

Kin Hell
20th June 2010, 21:05
I expect it's the poor performance of the 100Mb hard drive tbh.

RE: Termination, terminate the cable @ both ends & run both devices un-terminated. I should think your termination is okay as you're not experiencing any lock up's.

Get a bigger & faster HD on there though & I'm sure you'll have some much better throughput for it. You could drop a floppy drive & shove the HD in there with a blanking plate if you can't get the device on the card. ;)