The PSU of my VIC-20 died and so I had to find a new one. As my VIC has a two-prong connector this is more hard to find. Searching the internet I came across this forum-thread on Denial. It says that a two-prong PSU is nothing more than a transformer with a fuse. All logic is inside the VIC. It tells you can even use a simple AC/DC adapter with an output of somewhere between 9 and 12V, 3A.

So I cut the two-prong cable from the old PSU and soldered it to the output lead of a 12V 2A AC/DC adapter and the result is perfect.

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Over the years I have acquired a lot of Commodore machines. As I get older and older I asked myself what to do with them. My children and grandchildren are not interested in these old machines. So I decided to sell a lot of them and only keep a few. Those that I want to keep for the time being are:

  • A4000D with Cyberstorm II 060, Cybergraphics 64/3D and X-surf 100
  • A1000 with A1060 Sidecar
  • A600 with Vampire V2
  • A500 (my original first Amiga ever)
  • VIC-20
  • Commodore C-128D with RAM expansion

I sold already my A3000D, one A600 and several C-64 and Commodore 264 series machines as well as my complete CDTV-setup. I have an A2000 with GVP 030 accelerator/SCSI, Picasso II and 2286 Bridgeboard and an A500plus still for sale.

If there's one new periferal for the Amiga 500 I can recommend without hesitation it's the ACA500+ from Individual Computers. Among the specifications is 8MB RAM, 2 Compacr Flash connectors and a few expansion ports. One can be used to connect a Amiga 1200 expansion, e.g. an accelerator card. I have connected a Blizzard 1230 IV and it works like a charm. Price is € 135,00 which I think is very affordable; bang for the bucks!

But... Individual Computers does not recommend this setup. Use in an A1000 is not supported and could damage the ACA500+. You've been warned!

My Amiga 600 with Vampire V2 is giving me a lot of troubles. When using this A600 I had many crashes, freezes, reboots. It turned out the processor socket of the Vampire did not very well fit on the A600's CPU. It would come off too easily.

After a lot of removing the Vampire and then pushing it on again only made things worse. Then I decided to replace the CPU socket of the Vampire. It did not give any improvement. What's worse, the new socket cracked quite soon. As many other A600 owners seem to have no problems I asked some member of a Dutch Amiga forum to help solving this problem.

I sent him the A600 motherboard with the Vampire. He first replaced the socket again and it turned out that this would not solve the problem of the Vampire coming off. I had an A600 with a different CPU or there had been done some rework: the Vampire would pop off very easily no matter. So the guy offered me a different motherboard that seemed to hold the Vampire better than the old one.

But after a lot of testing I only can say that pushing a socket on the processor is still not ideal and prone to problems. Besides that it is possible that crashes also originate from the OS (Coffin). Not easy to determine.
Having an A500, A1000 or A2000 with a Vampire would be a much better solution! 

The Vampire's price doubled since it's introduction. So I will stick with the A600 and try to make the best of it. That means: open it up often to push the Vampire!