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Kipper2k's A500 RAM Expansion/IDE-CF adapter

Today I installed one of those RAM expansions for the Amiga 500/1000/2000 made by Kipper2k. I thin they are absolutely great. Not only you get 4 or 8 MB Fast RAM, but you also get a IDE-CF adapter that you can use as a solid state harddisk. You can't recognize your A500 after you installed this. Recommended!

You can get this fine piece of hardware here.

ISA CF adapter for the A1060 Sidecar [3]

I stumbled upon this thread. It learns me that the ISA CF adapter will not work with the Sidecar because of conflicts in the BIOS. This can be solved, but I don't have the skills nor knowledge to perform this.

So this is the outcome at this time of the ISA CF adapter adventure.

I tried the Western Digital Filecard and it worked a few times. After that the Amiga partition vanished. So it's not reliable anymore.

ISA CF adapter for the A1060 Sidecar [2]

I digged up the A1060 sidecar and connected it to my spare A1000. While it booted fine, it did not recognize the floppy diskdrive. So I thougt I format and prepare a harddisk, connect it to the ISA CD adapter, and hope the Sidecar would boot from it. It didn't. It repeats bleeping when the floppy diskdrive is needed, the drive's light blinks for two seconds and it starts over to check the RAM. And over and over again.

I now believe the floppy disk drive is faulty. As I have no spare I need to get one.

To be continued.

ISA CF adapter for the A1060 Sidecar [1]

I have an Amiga A1060 Sidecar. This is a fully functional IBM XT PC for use with the Amiga 1000. In the Sidecar was a Western Digital 30MB Filecard. This is a harddisk controller with attached harddisk.
This harddisk got faulty, so I tried to obtain a new one, but i couldn't find one. Now I will try to get an XT-compatible ISA-card to work. I bought a kit. It has a 40-pin connector to connect harddisks or CF adapters.

That was the kit and now soldered together:

I will keep you informed!

Replacement PLA for C64

One of the C64's I have would not boot. The led came on, but the screen remained dark. I swapped the PLA chip 906114-01 from another C64 and it then worked OK. If you search for this chip you will notice that it's quite expensive. That's because, like the SID, it will go bad at some point in time. So it becomes rare.

Several alternatives are available and I chose the Commodore C64 PLA 906114-01 redesign with M27C512-90B6 EPROM from Vintage Computers. I also bought the SwindSID from here.

I received the PLA this week, installed it and it works fine.

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