Unboxing A Surprise Parcel and More!

As I dive into some exciting unboxing. With Christmas around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the goodies I’ve received in the mail. Some of these items are purchases I’ve made, while others are surprises from generous folks out there. Let’s see what we’ve got!

First up, we have some ICs for the Commodore Amiga RS232. These will come in handy for fixing the serial on a couple of boards I’ll be featuring in upcoming videos. Then, there’s an IDE port for the Amiga 1200 or 600, teasing some content on the horizon.

Next, we dive into a mystery package containing an Amiga 500 keyboard, CIA, and Agnus chips. Alongside, there are 44-pin disk-on-modules, a great find for Amiga installations. And there’s an Archimedes A4000/A5000 PS2 keyboard adapter, perfect for testing some machines in the pipeline.

But the highlight of today’s unboxing is a massive parcel from Casual Retro Gamer. Inside, I find an Iomega SCSI Zip Drive, an Amiga 600 keyboard, and various other surprises. It’s like Christmas came early!

As I delve deeper, I uncover an 8-bit modem with a speaker, bringing back memories of my late teens tinkering with similar tech. There’s also a motherboard, possibly a 286, complete with a mysterious RAM expansion card that leaves me puzzled.

Despite some battery damage, the tech inside seems salvageable. With careful examination and a bit of tinkering, I’m excited to see what I can resurrect from these vintage pieces.

I’m grateful for the generosity of Casual Retro Gamer and the thrill of uncovering retro treasures.

Amiga 2000 2MB Chip RAM

I’ve been on quite the journey with my Amiga 2000 lately, and let me tell you, it’s been a rollercoaster of challenges and triumphs. From the moment I got it, slightly dusty and with a few signs of wear, I knew this project was going to be something special.

In my last video, I shared the hurdles I faced in getting the Amiga up and running smoothly. Despite some setbacks, including major surgery to install the upgrades I had in mind, I was determined to see this through.

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The first hurdle was installing AmigaOS 3.2 from CD-ROM. While the setup seemed straightforward, it took some troubleshooting to ensure everything worked seamlessly. I opted to use SCSI spinning rust for storage, adding a nostalgic touch to the system. Sometimes, the sound of a magnetic hard drive spinning brings back fond memories.

Next up was expanding the chip RAM to 2MB using the Ram expansion kit. This seemingly simple task turned into a soldering marathon as I had to swap out the Agnus and Gary sockets. With 132 pins to solder, it was no easy feat, but I persevered.

Adding a coin cell battery adapter and upgrading the 16-bit ISA slots were also on the agenda, promising exciting possibilities for future projects.

To image the old SCSI disk that came with the accelerator card, it took multiple attempts, but I finally got the SCSI drive to spin up and register on the controller, allowing me to image the drive successfully. It was a moment of triumph after much trial and error.

As I wrap up this phase of the project, I’m already planning more upgrades and improvements for my beloved Amiga 2000.

If you’re interested, let me know if you’d like to see a dedicated video on physical disk imaging—I’d be happy to share my process!

Restoration of a Generous Gift

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to dive into the restoration of a classic Amiga 2000, all thanks to the exceptionally generous donation from Chris Scott. This vintage computing gem came complete with an Amiga 2000 motherboard, a Zorro 2 accelerator card, and additional Zorro 2 cards, setting the stage for a unique and exciting restoration project.

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Upon receiving Chris’s generous donation, I eagerly delved into the Amiga 2000, examining its components and potential. The machine boasted an MFM hard drive, an A2090A SCSI controller, and a somewhat battered Zorro 2 slot. Further inspection unveiled a hidden gem—a 68030 accelerator card running at an impressive 40 MHz, sparking my interest in potential upgrades.

The initial phase of the restoration involved dismantling the Amiga 2000, revealing layers of grime and signs of battery damage on the motherboard. With meticulous care, I undertook the task of cleaning and preparing the system for the next steps. Notably, the Zorro slot required special attention, with plans to replace the worn-out socket with a gleaming gold-plated 100-pin Zorro 2 connector.

With the cleaning process complete, a mixture of excitement and nervousness filled the air as I powered on the Amiga 2000 for the very first time. To my delight, the familiar Amiga Kickstart 1.3 screen graced the composite video output, signaling a promising start to the restoration journey. Successful booting from the floppy drive revealed the presence of a 68030 accelerator card and a hard drive yearning for Kickstart 2.0.

The restoration adventure didn’t conclude with the initial success. I hinted at future upgrades and endeavors for the Amiga 2000. Plans include imaging the hard drives, and executing an upgrade to a full ECS chipset with a generous 2 Meg of Chip RAM. The journey will also involve integrating a CD-ROM drive and navigating potential challenges that may arise.

The exciting restoration of an Amiga 2000, made possible by the generosity of Chris Scott. As I share my progress and future plans, viewers are invited to join me on this captivating journey, witnessing the classic Amiga 2000 undergo a transformative preservation and modernization process. Stay tuned for upcoming videos chronicling the stages of this thrilling restoration project!

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