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  • Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

    You may have noticed but I love Amiga photo stories. I'm into following what people get upto with their miggy's and love the hardware pron and their trials and tribulations.
    To that end, I'm about to enter the tantalising void that is Amiga PPC and thought some of you maybe interested to see what happens.
    I recently bought a Phase 5: Blizzard PPC 603 Accelerator with a Bvision Graphics card and OS4.
    Now I've had all sorts of accelerators in the past, and have been happily running various flavours of workbench for a while and hadn't even thought of going any further until, on a random whim, I decided to put in an offer on this kit on this very site.
    I admit, I know nothing whatsoever about Amiga PPC or OS4. I am hoping to learn fairly rapidly. There will be a modicum of hackery involved in the eventual upgrades, I intend to try and cram everything into a desktop case.

    This will eventually include;
    a1200 1d4 mobo (obviously),
    3.1 Roms,
    Indivision SD/FF,
    Bvision 8mb graphics card,
    Internal VGA switcher (to swap between Indy and Bvision outputs.)
    2x 4Gb CF Cards with IDE adapter (to be mounted to allow easy swapping without opening the case so that I can switch between WB3.1 and OS4 on separate drives),
    Pico PSU, internally mounted,
    Internal DVD/CDRW combo slimline drive,
    Blizzard PPC 603 Accelerator

    I really like the original Amiga Case, Tower's are very practical, but I much prefer the Classic "zero footprint" Miggy cases.
    Cooling will be a big problem, as will space, but if a 1200 can be squeezed into a 600's case, this should be a doddle.
    Anyhoo, lets get started;
    The parts arrive, there's nothing quite like the feeling of unpacking new(ish) kit.


    Unwrapping, and generally basking in the glow.


    The Blizzard, now that is sexh!



    The Bvision graphics card, looking forward to playing with this'


    Sliding the Blizzard into her new home, tight fit.


    There's also nothing quite like the feeling just before you flick the switch for the first time, then the anxious wait while she boots, just waiting for the first indication of a foul up, then Pow, Workbench-tastic.


    Ever mindful of the need for extra cooling, I left the trapdoor off, and elevated my Miggy with the use of these handy CF card cases.


    My rather spiffy desktop,


    Mips and mflops, beautiful.


    Sysinfo,


    A bit of web browsing with an 060, no longer grinding along like a wall eyed, epileptic sloth.


    Rest assured miggy fans, there will be more to follow.

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    Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

    good setup. I like the cases too, and wish someone would step up and make a new accelerator using two or more 603's (think be-box) and 256 MB RAM, a new GFX card with *gasp* 64 MB RAM. Man I wish!
    Power Mac G4 MDD 1.5 Ghz Leopard and MOS 1.25GB RAM
    iPad 2 16GB
    Mac Mini 2006 C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM Snow Leopard
    MacBook Pro Retina 16GB 3Ghz Mountain Lion

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    • #3
      Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

      MmmmmmmmmMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm YUMMY!!!!!
      Flux Mastah' Zee
      50 L337 1'M W1R3FR4M3

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      • #4
        Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

        Originally posted by Zetr0
        MmmmmmmmmMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm YUMMY!!!!!
        I Know, And it's up the road from you and you can visit and have access anytime you like, Just got to sort out the custody battle now

        Seriously Phil, Congratulations she is a beauty. If anyone really deserved such a cool setup.......It's you my friend...

        Enjoy

        TC
        Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow June 2016, I Was There

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        • #5
          Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

          If you're gonna continue that setup, maybe a fan or water cooler should be added to the trap door slot, as well as a heatsink to the 060
          Power Mac G4 MDD 1.5 Ghz Leopard and MOS 1.25GB RAM
          iPad 2 16GB
          Mac Mini 2006 C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM Snow Leopard
          MacBook Pro Retina 16GB 3Ghz Mountain Lion

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          • #6
            Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

            totally sweeeeeeeeeet dude
            Official Amiga Walker





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            • #7
              Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

              Nice one r0jaws.

              Kin

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              • #8
                Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                Originally posted by Dreamcast270mhz
                If you're gonna continue that setup, maybe a fan or water cooler should be added to the trap door slot, as well as a heatsink to the 060
                You know, we were talking about passive water-cooling for this bad boy just last week. Watch this space.

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                • #9
                  Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                  Ok, time for an update.
                  Ive been running with the PPC installed since it arrived, but hadn't got round to testing out the Bvision just yet.
                  Sunday night saw that change, over to Zetro's for an evening of hackery and fun!
                  Opening up the 1200 and installing the Bvision is a learning curve, and it also highlighted a small problem. The Bvision and Indivision are physically incompatible in standard configuration.
                  The VGA cable port on the Indivision obstructs the Bvision by about 5mm, bummer. That said, we wanted this to be able to support both outputs so a modicum of hackery will be involved. Pictures will follow.
                  Anyhoo, while Keith sorted out a lovely 200w PSU hack I cobbled all the bits together. Being ambitious, I hooked up the CDROM as well via an idefix, hoping we might be able to get lucky and crack on with installing OS4.0
                  That was a little previous.
                  After rigorously testing the PSU, we hooked it up and flicked the switch. To say that I nearly did what my dear mother patiently taught me not to do in my trousers 30 years ago, would be an understatement.
                  A small cloud of smoke was curling upwards from my Miggy! F*%k!!!
                  After yanking the cable out and patiently taking the whole machine to bits we found out that it was the VGA cable for my Indivision. I had been a little lazy, and figuring a VGA cable was pretty much the same anywhere had connected the Indy's VGA cable to the Bvision.
                  The line from port 8 heated up so much it melted the plastic shielding but luckily that was the only damage! A continuity check of the cable revealed that the lines were all still good, so a bit of insulating tape and bingo, instant fix.


                  Phew!

                  Connecting up the Bvision's VGA cable saw it fire up no problem. At least this proves the Bvision is working. One objective achieved at least.


                  Unfortunately it was getting rather late, and whilst Keith was all revved up to go, I was starting to feel the effects.
                  Back home, after a bit of kip, I set about starting again. This time with the aim to install OS 4.0.



                  The setup was similar to at Keith's except that I had to change the CDROM, as the adpater on my slimline drive appears to conflict with the IDEFix board. (definitely something to work on later)



                  Firing up the new PSU saw it all spring to life beautifully. It booted off the floppy and after a while hung not responding to anything. A look in the troubleshooting section of the installation manual reveals that occasionally the CDROM does not respond quickly enough, but a 3 fingered salute should sort that problem. It did, and after a minute I found my Miggy booting off the CDROM and into the installation sequence.

                  I've never used OS 4.0, or even seen it running so this was all new to me. It looked pretty smooth, considering the age of the kit involved. Although it does take a while to bring up each option. But then it is running at 160 Mhz.

                  The installation went swimmingly, and I was able to select the options that seemed the most appropriate. The options were well described and it all seemed fairly straightforward.



                  Time for a reboot and a play,



                  Bugg@r.

                  Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                    Looks positively AWESOME!



                    the irony of that picture eh?

                    Had a lot of fun that night, I think its the longest I have seen our dear r0jaws consious... well except for byte-back

                    looking forward to Friday hackery indeed!!!
                    Flux Mastah' Zee
                    50 L337 1'M W1R3FR4M3

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                    • #11
                      Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                      @rojaws

                      She's coming along very nicely my friend. Zeet's mentioned you had a bit of magic smoke and will need to remove the Indivision Header to fit both cards in situ.
                      There's usually no room for guess's or mistakes with old rare kit like this and I am really glad no damage was sustained...Take your time & double check everything..

                      I'm sure you will get OS 4 up & running my friend, from the piccies it looks 99.9% there, I can't help with the DH0 - DOS error i'm afraid as I've never attempted to install it so know nothing about it...

                      Thanks for this very interesting Photo Story, the Hardware pr0n is totally fab

                      Keep it coming and Best of luck

                      Regards
                      TC
                      Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow June 2016, I Was There

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                      • #12
                        Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                        I'm enjoying this thread also.

                        Great pictures and a nice breakdown of events

                        May I suggest that you try a different CF card to that one shown in the picture. I have used this type previously and found them nothing but trouble. They worked intermittently and had to be disguarded.

                        Regards
                        Magno

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                        • #13
                          Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                          Originally posted by "r0jaws[img
                          http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l119/r0jaws/a1200%20Upgrades/Installing1.jpg[/img]
                          I love the toilet roll insulation

                          Dave G

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                          • #14
                            Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                            Heck Phil. Lucky with that smoking cable m8y. I had 30 Amps ground itself to the Floppy Port. No amount of nano-second speed would have saved my old 1D4. I recall getting off on the smell at the time.

                            RE your DH0 coming up as non DOS after the reboot, I have seen the same. It was something to do with the file system used during the partition choice prior to installation. Look at the partitioning layout within the set up process. I can't remember if it was Green or Orange that worked. The colour of the Partition changes depending on the choice of File System & for the life in me, I can't remember what colour relates to what File System.
                            Another possibility is dual booting. If you selected the OS4 Partition from a cold boot, did it pick up the OS4 Partition after kicking Kickstart 4 into Ram a resetting thereafter? Boot Priority on the Hard drives will sort it & setting the OS4 Partition higher than OS3.9 will mean it will boot OS4 fine. Kinda all cocks up though when you want to use OS3.9. One of the reasons I gave up with OS4 as OS3.9 is more useful.

                            Still, hope the info helps & I just gotta say, I'm loving the squashed bog roll tube for IDE cable insulation. Get ur Big Bore Bog rolls out eh!

                            Kin

                            *Edit* - Feck....pipped by Dave on the Bog Roll tube!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Desktop 1200 PPC Upgrades, a picture story.

                              Originally posted by Kin Hell
                              *Edit* - Feck....pipped by Dave on the Bog Roll tube!


                              I've used many a bit of thick card to insulate stuff inside Amigas and PCs It makes a good temporary insulator.

                              Dave G

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