The Hunt for the Amiga CD32

Hi everyone,

OK, I admit it.. after reading about Amiga4eva’s Amiga CD32 project, I’ve been thinking about this particular console a lot. I was distracted during AmiWest due to all the news related to AmigaOS 4, but now the thoughts are coming back again to haunt me.

It actually seems like I’ve got to get a CD32 for my collection again. πŸ˜‰ I’m sure it will fit nicely alongside my Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200. Although it will increase my Amiga hardware projects to two (still working on the Amiga 500 project.. TV-modulator should be sorted soon), I think its worth it.

Big thanks must go to Amiga4eva for the inspiration by the way! πŸ˜‰

At the launch of the Amiga CD32 in 1993, David Pleasance and Chris Evans (taken from http://www.amigahistory.co.uk/celebrities.html)
At the launch of the Amiga CD32 in 1993, David Pleasance and Chris Evans poses for the camera. (taken from http://www.amigahistory.co.uk/celebrities.html)

The hunt for the CRT is over, but the hunt for the CD32 has just started.. I’m already scouting AmiBay and e-Bay for potential items.

My plan is as follows:

Get hold of a basic unit with a controller and a PSU (just like the one I used to own)

Upgrade the console with Amiga 1200 functionality (either one of the SX-upgrades that gives you the option of using hard drives++ or the floppy disk upgrade from Analogic)

Get a decent keyboard for it (an Amiga 4000 keyboard would be awesome)

Any CD32 owners out there that can recommend an upgrade or have some helpful information concerning the console? Then I’d love to hear from you. πŸ™‚

8 comments

  1. Good luck! They were rare even when I started posting on Classicamiga.com….it’s going to take you a while to find one! Good to see the blog kicking along!

  2. The cd32 isn’t rare at all, the sx-upgrades has become quite expensive the past year or two. Used to go for euro 100 but now around 2-300 on evilbay for some odd reason. the diskdrive addon is easy to get but bit pricy for what it is. However would probably work wonderful with a HxC. Not that it is a particular fast solution, or extremly pratical neither since it’s a hassle to constantly switch disks on the hxc. I prefer the cd32 with a stack of cd games, and leave the computing to the computers. πŸ˜‰

    • Hello Geir! Thank you for your comment! πŸ™‚ You’re right.. the CD32 isn’t rare, but the expansions sure are. The SX32 MKII would be awesome, but it is horribly expensive. Thanks for the info on HxC by the way. :_) Do you have any upgrades for your CD32?

  3. So glad to hear that I’ve offered up a little bit of inspiration on the path to CD32 goodness :).. I can tell you it is so much fun playing all the Amiga greats off 1 or more CDs.

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