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Internal HDMI cable Vampire V2 Amiga 600

Every owner of a Vampire V2 for the Amiga 600 knows the problem: the Vampire has HDMI out but the positioning of the connector is not very useful. The floppy is in the way using normal HDMI cables/connectors. Besides, normal HDMI cables are way too inflexible.

Some time ago I stumbled upon this. Not cheap but promising. So I ordered one and tested it. I think it's a very nice solution to the problem.


In the mean time I have desoldered the RF-modulator from the A600 motherboard. So I can now find a way to attach the outgoing cable connector to the motherboard.

New Vampire V2 for the Amiga 600

After a very long wait of about 8 months I finally got my Vampire V2 for the Amiga 600. I wanted to test this beast immediately  and put it in one of my A600's. In the first A600 the board wouldn't stay solid on the processor of the A600 and because of that the Vampire only wanted to run when pressing it with my thumb on the CPU. I also detected a flaw in the A600 that I have to inspect later.

I decided to try it on a second A600 and there the board popped on the CPU and stayed rocksolid. I used the screws of V1 to keep it there. My first impression is that it does not feel as a great improvement from V1 of the Vampire. Figures tell me it is a lot faster though. And it has nice extras: microSD slot (which works but the driver is very buggy at the moment), HDMI port (works good but you have to manage the cable and connector in the cramped A600 case) and 128MB RAM.
A flaw of the board is also that it won't cold boot with a network adapter in the PCMCIA-port. I have to pull it out, boot, use CardPatch and reboot to get the adapter going. V1 of the board has this problem too.

But all in all: a very nice accelerator for the Amiga 600! More to come for the A500/A2000 and A1200. Thanks to the Vampire and Apollo team!

HDMI with VGA-adapter on my Dell monitor:

A600 memory expansion with RTC

I have a A601 memory expansion, but it lacked a clock. I also had a clock module for a different A600 memory expansion. With the help of some guy at Amibay I moved the components of the clock module to the A601 and I now have a memory expansion with battery backed up real time clock!

A600 recap [2]

I have soldered the ceramic caps to the motherboard and it works OK!
Even the blinking Caps Lock is gone. So I'm very happy and even very proud I managed to recap my first Amiga 600.
One more Amiga salvaged!

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