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Amiga CDTV monitor [3]

At last I succeeded in getting a replacement monitor 1084S-D2! I even got two!
I now have put the inner works of one of them in the black case. And it works like a charm.
I also moved the hinged front panel door after spraying it black.

Vampire 600: Amiga 600 FPGA Accelerator

Majsta has made a fine new Amiga 600 accelerator. It has no CPU but emulates an 680x0 CPU through an FPGA. The card has it's flaws but the core of the FPGA can be updated. It also is open source so other people are trying to improve the core. We will see if that works out.

I have core V1.0 installed. It emulates an 68020 processor and 64MB Fast RAM. Some programs don't work but it's exciting to see new hardware developed.

This accelerator is put together and sold by kipper2k.

Commodore 264 series complete!

With the purchase of a C116 off Ebay I now have my Commodore 264 series complete. OK, there exist a few prototypes of the V364, but it never went in production. In the picture from the top: Plus/4, the tiny C116 and the C16.

The 264 series is a one-chip design. The chip is called TED (Text EDitor), the MOS 7360. It was presented in 1984 when the C64 still was very popular. It was not compatible with the C64. It had some nice features, like BASIC 3.5, but almost no periferals of the C64 worked with the 264.

The C116 was a small presentation of the C16 with the same specification: 16Kb only, while the Plus/4 had 64Kb. Being cheap and with it's rubber keyboard the C116 should have been a Spectrum ZX-killer. But it failed, as all 264 series computers failed. The C16 had the same breadbin case as the VIC-20 and C64.

The Plus/4 even had built in office software: word processor, spreadsheet, database and graphics programs. But it all was buggy and limited in use.

Zoomfloppy clone from Finland

Amibay.com is a good site to buy and sell Commodore hard- and software. There are plenty of people who still develop hardware for Commodore computers and sell them through Amibay.

One of them is Antti from Helsinki. He made a lowcost copy of the Zoomfloppy. Zoomfloppy is a interface between a modern PC and a 1541/1571 diskdrive. It uses a USB port and with the openCBM software you can copy files and d64 images to and from you PC to disk. It's a wonderful piece of hardware for little money.