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  • My Custom A600...

    Hi guys, I thought of sharing my A600 project as I did with my A1200D PPC one. One page with all the upgrades would be nice instead I thought
    The A600 was my favorite (my means of appearence and size) Amiga in my childhood but I was never able to get one with my pocketmoney... After many many years I got one and was able to get even an M-Tec 630 with 4MB RAM. Was a true beast but sadly the lack of more RAM was always an issue plus with a hungry A1200D PPC project eager to continue, I sold it

    Some years after and kinda feeling bad for giving my baby, I decided to get one more A600 (part by part to be less expensive) just for the fun part of it.
    I managed to get an 1.5rev mobo for 15euro, one pretty neat case for 7euro and a clean keyboard with 7euro also. As a summary was 29euro for complete A600 without PSU and Floppy (which I already had) so I thought it was ok
    I spend a large amount of time into cleaning the case since it was pretty dirty but almost white. Keyboard was perfect but also dirty. Dismantled all keys and washed them one by one! (What a sh*ty proccedure lol). In the end, it was well worth it! (pics soon).

    For the hardware part I really wanted an Apollo since 2005, but being unable to find I thought of waiting for a 2nd or 3rd batch of A608... so I just ordered an A603+Indivision ECS for feeling a bit l33t
    When I was in easter vacation (and because one colleague wake me early in the morning to support him in a harware issue) I couldn't sleep so I thought of checking the forums+eBay for my casual searches...
    ...THEN SUDDENLY it hit me!
    An Apollo 630@40MHz+FPU+Original Box+Manual tested and working for 160euro BIN??? WTF?
    I made a 15second check on seller+feedback and bought it faster than a speeding bullet!

    Ofc I contacted seller for some pics and Tracking ID... and everything was just fine...


    After a long waiting week (shippment from Spain to Greece) it arrived yesterday! W00h00!


    Ok... enough for long talk (sorry for keep ya waiting lol). Time for teh hackery!
    First of all I'd like to thank Christian Krenner for the inspiration and wonderfull how-to's on his so many years website http://www.amiga600.de

    Ok first of all... A603 doesn't fit right with Apollo 630 not to mention Indivision ECS = NOT AT ALL

    Image taken from Christian's website since I forgot to shoot mine

    Only way to fit without bending the Apollo's right side... is by cutting A603's top left pin from the 48pin socket, putting another 48pin socket on top, and bridging the pin under the A603 with the pin from the upper socket.


    Since I couldn't find localy an 48pin socket but only 40pin ones (round gold ones) I cut the remaining 8pins from another 40pin socket LOL (sorry but it was the best I could do)


    Ok, 1st step done... On the Apollo now... :S
    The jumpers that Apollo has for WAIT state and Enabling/Disabling the RAM had to be removed since they can't fit with Indivision ECS (VGA header is on the way), so carefully the left:


    ...and YES! Now it fits like a glove!

    Image taken from Christian's website since I forgot to shoot mine

    Some more photos from different angles:


    Pretty awesome stuff!
    Powering on and testing was 100% succesfull so I went with installing OS3.9 with help of my A1200's 4way buffered interface+CF Adapter+Slim DVD-RW... Thanks sistah. Of course I also putted the usual outstanding copper VGA heatsinks I always use and some other temporary heatsink to the 030 (he will get a fan also don't worry)


    Everything went smoothly without even much heat (odd), and now I installed OS3.9 BB3@640x512@8 colors. It's pretty fast and neat
    Tried for fun HighGfx 1024x768 as shown in Christian's website... but 4colors seem ugly, but the worst part... is that they whole experience SUX bigtime. Everything is so slow that I thought of starting smoking... hahahah!

    That's about it for now...

    I'm waiting some more parts like Mika's custom angled CF adapter for everything to fit just fine, and some other things

    Stay tuned and I'll keep the updates to this thread as I do on the other one for my custom A1200D PPC

    Cheers
    Last edited by mfilos; 13 April 2010, 10:30.
    Visit my Amiga Blog: http://www.mfilos.com
    - A600: Vampire V2, 128MB, A604n, 16GB CF, Indivision ECS, RapidRoad USB, Ratte's auto RTG/ECS switch, Gotek w/HxC-LCD + Slim floppy (internal)

  • #2
    ah, I see you been a busy little bugger... LOL
    kudos
    Aacheron and slk486 are my heroes
    A1200D mfilos ed. : ACA 1231/42 , Indivision MK2 , IDEfix Express , Subway , PicoPSU 120w custom 3.9 ROM/OS

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    • #3
      nice job dude!
      Official Amiga Walker





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      • #4
        Nice work

        Have you though of try Classic Workbench ADV? Its really a very nice option for the A600 with the Apollo and 8 colour mode is nice and quick.

        Steve.
        My YouTube Channel:

        CD32 + TF330, A500+ Vampire V2, A1200D + BPPC/BVision/SCSI2SD, A1200T Black Box + Mediator B1260 + Killer K1 PPC

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        • #5
          Ofc i thought of it my friend! It will be put on a second partition as well with OS 3.9
          I always loved ClassicWB, but also wanted a Custom WB of my own to customize it and know how it works 100%.
          Visit my Amiga Blog: http://www.mfilos.com
          - A600: Vampire V2, 128MB, A604n, 16GB CF, Indivision ECS, RapidRoad USB, Ratte's auto RTG/ECS switch, Gotek w/HxC-LCD + Slim floppy (internal)

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          • #6
            Nice piece of work What I like alway's about these types of project that it's small & powerfull..
            Proud on the classics: A1000-A500-A2000-A600-030-A1200 PPC -A3000D(basic)-A4000D(060)
            Mac Mini 1.45 ghz 1 G RAM MORPHOS 2.6
            Pentium 3 1.4 ghz 512 sdram AROS

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            • #7
              Mario, that is a lovely job there. I just love the inventiveness of your hacks!
              Excellent work.

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              • #8
                Nice result.

                Kin

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                • #9
                  @mfilos

                  Φοβερό!




                  I have a sneaky suspicion that there will be an update to the indivision ecs core soon =)
                  Flux Mastah' Zee
                  50 L337 1'M W1R3FR4M3

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                  • #10
                    A mighty fine job indeed! As it has been said before, never underestimate the power of the A600

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Zetr0 View Post

                      I have a sneaky suspicion that there will be an update to the indivision ecs core soon =)
                      As Cammy said over EAB, there would be possibly and update with support of 800x600@16 colors similar in speed with the 640x512 one!
                      That would be really awesome!
                      Visit my Amiga Blog: http://www.mfilos.com
                      - A600: Vampire V2, 128MB, A604n, 16GB CF, Indivision ECS, RapidRoad USB, Ratte's auto RTG/ECS switch, Gotek w/HxC-LCD + Slim floppy (internal)

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                      • #12
                        Mario i think you are very lucky lately.

                        Your dream came true. Do not even think (even in ther near future) to sell your Amiga's.

                        Excellent. Now you are in A600 Elite Club.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the good words guys

                          One more update:

                          Mika's custom angled CF to IDE adapter arrived 2 days ago so I had to get some more photos.



                          I just love how nice is aligned with the Apollo! Since I won't need any CD-ROM solution to this Amiga (at least for now lol) I thought that this was a clean and nice solution.

                          Soon to come:
                          - Modification to the Apollo for extra juice and stability
                          Visit my Amiga Blog: http://www.mfilos.com
                          - A600: Vampire V2, 128MB, A604n, 16GB CF, Indivision ECS, RapidRoad USB, Ratte's auto RTG/ECS switch, Gotek w/HxC-LCD + Slim floppy (internal)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mfilos View Post
                            Thanks for the good words guys



                            Mika's custom angled CF to IDE adapter arrived 2 days ago so I had to get some more photos.
                            Mine arrived yesterday, looks a great fit

                            Look forward to fitting mine later...


                            Originally posted by mfilos View Post
                            Soon to come:
                            - Modification to the Apollo for extra juice and stability
                            What you got in mind?
                            My YouTube Channel:

                            CD32 + TF330, A500+ Vampire V2, A1200D + BPPC/BVision/SCSI2SD, A1200T Black Box + Mediator B1260 + Killer K1 PPC

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fitzsteve View Post
                              What you got in mind?
                              After some suggestions from amiga600.de and some advices from Zetr0 and Rkauer...
                              Putting 2 capacitors + power connector in the left side blank side (left from CPU) that was meant for extra power...
                              Will input pictures and details later today or tomorrow my friend.
                              Visit my Amiga Blog: http://www.mfilos.com
                              - A600: Vampire V2, 128MB, A604n, 16GB CF, Indivision ECS, RapidRoad USB, Ratte's auto RTG/ECS switch, Gotek w/HxC-LCD + Slim floppy (internal)

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