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Amiga Sidecar A1060 Repair [2]

I got a spare edge connector from some nice Italian guy and I soldered it in. It works perfectly!

I also bought a replacement MFM harddisk via someone at A1k.org. I got it to work after many tries by circumventing bad sectors on the Amiga partition. As the MS-DOS-partition avoids these automaticaly, the Amiga apperently does not. So I chose the cylinders that are not bad for the Amiga side. The partition is quite small, but it works well now.

Nice trip to Spain and Portugal

In april and may we made a nice trip to Spain and Portugal. It started in Germany and France. A short report can be found here (Dutch only).

Photo taken at the Praia da Alberta Nova, Portugal

It was the 13th trip with this T3 and we enjoyed every one of them.

Reports of all 12 earlier trips:

Amiga Sidecar A1060 Repair [1]

A long time ago I bought an Amiga 1000 with a A1060 Sidecar. A Sidecar is a complete PC XT-clone made by Commodore. It has it's own housing that is attached to the side expansion bus of the A1000 and uses its periferals. The unit I bought had a hardcard in it: an MFM-controller card with harddisk. It worked perfect. But it doesn't anymore. I bought another one, but the disk only worked once.

This picture is not mine. I took it from https://compidiaries.files.wordpress.com.

The harddisk stopped working and the many times I attached/detached the Sidecar to the A1000 trying to get it working again has made the connector fail. One or more legs of the 86 pin edge connector do not make contact and aren't easy to repair. A new edge connector is rare and expensive. Only Digikey has some to offer but you pay almost € 70,00! So I put up a Wanted ad on Amibay.com and now I will get a desoldered connector from some guy in Italy.

Another problem of the A1060 was the 360kB 5-1/4 inch floppy drive. I didn't know if it was working because I didn't have MS-DOS system disks in 5-1/4 inch. I now managed to get a drive and attach it to an older PC. After much trial and error I now have a system disk to boot the Sidecar once it is repaired.

On the picture the board with connector desoldered.
To be continued.

CDTV pimped!

So I pimped my CDTV! A few months ago I was able to get a replacement CD-drive, because the old one only worked sometimes and most of the time it did not work at all.

And now I put in a 2MB RAM expansion, a SCSI-adapter and a SCSI to SD card reader that works as a harddisk.

Besides these wonderful expansions I installed a joystick adapter. As you may know the CDTV is used with a remote controller. This controller is not very suitable for playing games. So I bought a joystick adapter from eBay.
The only thing I need to do is make a nice slot to install both joystick connectors into.

The four components (RAM expansion, SCSI adapter, SCSI2SD and joystick adapter):

Picture from http://www.a1k.org/forum/showpost.php?p=492091&postcount=566.

Picture from http://www.a1k.org/forum/showthread.php?p=638802#post638802.

Picture from http://imall.iteadstudio.com/scsi2sd.html.

Pictures from the eBay auction of seller '24mata'.

A big thank you to the respective makers of these great expansions: Matze (Matthias Heinrichs) from a1k.org. I don't know who designed the SCSI2SD but here is it's project page. The joystick adapter is sold by eBay seller 24Mata. Matze also made an adapter like this.