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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.

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.

Amiga CDTV Monitor [2]

Well, the story ends here for the moment. I tried to swap the contents of the two monitors I had. This seemed successful but in the end, when I wanted to close the back, it didn't fit. The new motherboard is 10 mm shorter and 5 mm wider than the old motherboard. So the sub-D connector cannot reach the connector on the motherboard and I cannot use this monitor. Will try to get a beige 1084S-D2 monitor and try again.

Amiga CDTV Monitor [1]

I have a complete setup of an Amiga CDTV with keyboard, diskdrive, mouse and monitor, all in black color. When I switched the set and monitor on to test the newly acquired keyboard I heard a big bang. And there was no picture on the display. I fear it has some part blown up so I opened her up and I found the reason of the big bang:

An electrolytic capacitor has exploded.

As this monitor didn't produce a nice picture I will try to swap the inner parts with a beige monitor of (almost) the same type.

To be continued.

CDTV Keyboard

This week I was lucky. I spotted an Amiga CDTV keyboard at the local online marketplace, UK layout.  Price € 10,00 only! I couldn't resist buying it and it arrived yesterday. After testing I immediately posted it on Amibay for € 75,00 and it went within the hour.