My Amiga 500: Back from the Shadows
August 2, 2011
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My Amiga 500 is making a return to its rightful place. It has been living in the shadows for too long, neglected and forgotten in favour of the Amiga 1200 and the PC. Now the time has come to pamper and spoil it 90′s style. In other words, I’m going to give this computer an extreme make-over!
Now, let’s have a quick peek at the current specifications:
Commodore Amiga 500
512KB of extra memory in the trapdoor slot
This is a very basic setup as you can see. It’s worth mentioning that the machine looks OK after all these years, but sadly everything is not as it should under the hood. It turns out the floppy disk drive is not working properly anymore. It needs replacing.
My plan is to upgrade it with the following components:
New floppy disk drive
Kickstart ROM-switcher (This makes it possible to use a newer Kickstart that opens up the possibility of using a more modern version of Workbench. It’s very handy for a lot of utilities, applications and so on. At the same time one can revert with ease to the old 1.3 version.)
KCS Power PC Board (Already purchased from a guy at AmiBay. This beauty will open up the world of PC emulation!)
Hard-disk (Need storage space. Can’t work without a hard-disk. A must have! There are plenty of units to choose from, but I dig the ones from GVP.)
That’s what I’ve planned until now. I’m already in the process of acquiring the necessary bits and pieces. :)
I’m going to make a blog post about the upgrading and do some “before and after” snapshots once I’ve received all the hardware. :)
If you’ve got any suggestions for additional stuff to enhance the computer with, please feel free to comment below. Thanks in advance!