View Full Version : Closed Design IT A3020/A4000 Ethernet Card for RJ45 Ethernet Mini-podule

25th April 2010, 17:31
Hello all.

Here's a piece of kit I never thought I'd consider letting go.

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Its a Design IT A3020/A4000 Ethernet Card. It plugs into the internal Ethernet socket found only in the Acorn A3020 and A4000 computers.
This one is brand-new (old stock), never used, and most importantly has the external adaptor (MAU) - these usually go missing and the card is useless without one! Better still; it's the even more uncommon RJ45 version - usually BNC.

You can network your A3020/A4000 and still have your internal 'podule' slot free for other upgrades.

Because I don't own an A3020/A4000 and after studying the schematics hacking this card into an A3000 isn't going to happen.
So I'm after a standard Ethernet mini-podule instead. (RJ45 version only please)

Like this:
This one happens to be an ANT Ethernet mini-podule

Design IT A3020/A4000 Ethernet Card for a RJ45 Ethernet mini-podule (not BNC). Straight swap.

Mine should be working (as it's unused) but I can't test it. So I suggest if either card proves non-functional they get swapped-back.

Thanks. :)

25th April 2010, 22:53
Unfortunately I don't have the swap you want, but if you ever decide to sell it, I would be interested.

25th April 2010, 23:08
@ Charlie

Dammit! :Doh:

My A3020 has the I-Cubed Etherlan 200 podule in it (which I think isn't what you want) however, I haven't got the 10BaseT adapter for it, but they are fairly common. Is this any use to you...?


R0jaws has maybe beaten me to the punch, with an offer to buy.

26th April 2010, 11:23
Hi chaps, thanks for the interest.

I'm most interested in a swap but if there's no takers I'll put up a price to buy...
...probably not fair of me to keep it when it's not being used.

Kind of you to think of me. Not what I'm after, I'm afraid.

Just in case peeps are wondering:
My A3000's got a WE HD mini-podule with a full-sized network podule hanging out the back. (destined for my A5000)
The 'plan' is to get hold of an Ethernet mini-podule, plug that in place of the HD one and then wire the HD Mini-podule into the back of the network card.
That gets all the cards in-board and frees the external slot. I think the mini-podule bus has enough lines to address more than one card...

26th April 2010, 11:47
Have you tried www.iconbar.com ?

26th April 2010, 15:13
It plugs into the internal Ethernet socket found only in the Acorn A3020 and A4000 computers.
A4000s have an internal Ethernet socket???


26th April 2010, 15:21
@sdg: maybe you were confusing it with a CBM A4000? That's an Acorn "Archie" Archimedes A4000 :D

26th April 2010, 15:55
Ahh! Thank you for clearing that up for me. :D Being from the USA, I don't know anything about the Acorns.

Take care,


27th April 2010, 22:22
Hi Heather,
Yes, sadly no Acorns in the US and to add confusion they were very keen to give their computers similar names to Amigas...
...hmm, I wonder why..?

27th April 2010, 22:26
It's rather strange and unknow unit to me to.. It sounds rather Brithish: BBC, archimedes:roll: I took some time to read about it, we used old pc's in schools, and yes the great C64, old apples etc..

30th April 2010, 20:10
Ok chaps,
I guess nobody has a mini-podule network card to swap for the above.

I probably shouldn't be sitting on hardware that others may find useful, so I'll bide my time on the card I want...

How about:

15.00 + Postage to the first person who asks?

Small print:

It's new (old stock) so should be working but I don't have the hardware to test it.
Should it turn out to be non-functional then return for full refund.
(not inc postage)

1st May 2010, 20:07
I'm interested in buying it.

1st May 2010, 23:19
Good, good - It's yours! :)

Do give me a PM regarding details.


11th May 2010, 23:35
Unfortunately, as my deal with Rich has fallen through I will have to pass on this. :(

16th May 2010, 13:22
I'm interested in buying the card as long as it's still available and you accept paypal payments.

Chief :)

17th May 2010, 11:54
Hi chiefwhosm,
Thanks for your interest. r0jaws has dibbs on it at the mo' but may have to pull out.

If you are in a position to be patient do keep an eye on the thread.


21st May 2010, 17:29
That's okay, I'm still patiently watching. :)

22nd May 2010, 13:36

8th June 2010, 19:35
Not to seem too impatient but I was wondering what was happening with the NIC?

Kin Hell
9th June 2010, 18:06
3 weeks does seem to be a little long to be still wondering?


9th June 2010, 20:25
I have PM'd Charlie to confirm I'm not interested in this.
However, he hasn't been on the site since the 28th May, he may be away from home for a few days.
I'm sure he'll get back in touch soon.

9th June 2010, 20:42
Well I know he's been on the iconbar since he replied to my CMOS thread there - guess he's too busy butchering electronics to sign on here ;) Wasn't going to plague him over on TIB though over it :)

15th July 2010, 21:05
I've decided that I no longer want this card.


23rd July 2011, 04:08
I'm interested when & if he ever gets on here again. Got all the time in the world unless i find one someplace else.

23rd July 2011, 20:29
I'm interested when & if he ever gets on here again. Got all the time in the world unless i find one someplace else.
His last activity on here was December 2010, I wouldn't get your hopes too high.

24th July 2011, 08:33
Oh well, he is bound to come on eventually wanting to sell or buy something. Then he should get my PM if he logs on with the same ID. Or maybe that net card is sold already someplace else.