Amiga cd32 newbie and A1200 floppy drive

gamer888

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Hello,

Although I have had my amiga cd32 for quite some months, I have been the casual user...meaning I play Amiga cd32 games and that's about it. I know you have a few addons such as an A1200 games floppy drive.....I might get one, is it hard to install??Plug and play??Also are there several models (one faster, one better...that sort of things)??

Can I play say Amiga 500 or else on this floppy drive?

Thanks for any info!!Big noob here.........
 

RichyV

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The CD32 console, out of the box, only has connectors for the audio and video (composite, S-video & RF) and nothing in the way of expansion (apart from the official FMV module...).

You would need a device such as the Microbotics/Paravision/Hi-Tech SX-1 to add anything to your CD32, such as keyboard, extra RAM, floppy and hard disks.

http://www.bigbookofamigahardware.com/bboah/product.aspx?id=278

They usually go for quite a tidy sum and aren't that easy to come by. One does pop up now and again though... On here and the other 'bay.
 
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I guess the cheapest approach would be to dive into WHDLoadCD32 (http://whdload.de/docs/en/cd32.html) and create your own compilation CDRs with the A500/1200 games you would like to play (http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=40027). Haven't done this myself yet, so can't judge how complicated this is. Or check here first: http://unofficial-cd32-ports.blogspot.co.uk/

You can connect an Amiga keyboard on the standard aux port (or a PC PS/2 one with a Lyra in between), no expansion required for this.

For floppydrive however, indeed you require a SX-1, or you have the following options:
SX32 MK1, MK2
SX32 Pro (incl CPU upgrade)
FWSI (http://amiga.resource.cx/exp/fwsi)

But just like the SX1, these are rare and (way more) expensive (than a CD32)

Or you can wait till the supposedly new CD32 expansions:
- PyRamIDE (http://www.a1k.org/forum/showthread.php?t=32822&highlight=pyramide)
- Hermes (https://ianstedman.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/project-hermes/)
 

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I bought an FWSI drive direct from Analogic in the UK a few months back--they might still have them in stock.
 
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