Amiga A1200 finally setup.

It’s been awhile and i’ve been meaning to do this for a looooong time now – My Amiga 1200 is finally out of it’s storage box and setup on my desk for some retro fun.

At the moment my I’m still using a stock 2mb A1200 with external floppy drive but I plan to slowly build up a few hardware addons as and when budget permits. I’ve also got a stack of diskette boxes containing games, demos, programs and i think i’ve got some of my Deluxe Paint and Imagine 3D projects disks here too. I haven’t seen some of these in over 15 years so it would be nice to get them archived, assuming the disks can still be read.

Game wise I’ve already picked a few out that I want to revisit again.

Flashback
Stunt Car Racer
Carrier Command
Hunter
Syndicate
..and on and on.

This particular A1200 is the third one I’ve owned and the previous two (Desktop Dynamite packages) are long gone. Unfortunately one died during one all day gameathon and the other was sold many many years ago to help fund the purchase of my very first PC during the PC gaming explosion thanks to the titles likes of Doom and X-wing….and CD-ROM drives with games like 7th Guest…erm..ok probably not that last bit.

As popularity and demand for the Amiga seemed to have dwindled in favour of PC’s and Commodore themselves going down the tube, my rather large collection of hardware and software sold for a fraction of the original price and letting it go is something I deeply regret now, especially as the accelerator/ram card would be really useful for WHDload. Hey-ho, live and learn πŸ™‚

This is my current A1200 from the Race ‘N’ Chase sold around 1993 feature Nigel moustache Mansell and Trolls…which is just pants even with the AGA sparkle.

w
20120329-194727.jpg

20120329-194916.jpg

Set up on my desktop and ready to boot. The case is still fairly white, but I’ll give it the RetroBrite treatment this summer to remove the subtle hint of yellowing.

20120329-192942.jpg

Yay, well it booted ok and no smoke yet.

Testing the internal floppy drive with Lotus…..which took about an hour. Such a great game πŸ˜‰

20120329-193234.jpg

Testing the external floppy drive (and mouse i guess) with Ocean’s Operation Thunderbolt.

20120329-193439.jpg

All seems to be working o.k so far. I had planned on installing a 4gb 2.5″ Harddrive taken from an old DOS laptop by instead had opted to try one of those SD card/IDE adaptors. I ordered one about a month ago and it’s been sitting in my desk drawer waiting for me.

What I’m really looking forward to, is having a go at preparing the SD card/hardrive on my PC running an emulated A1200 under WinUAE. I have no idea how to do this but it should be fun to play around with it. I’m hoping to install Workbench and a few other bits n pieces as my Workbench floppies (especially Locales and Storage) are looking a bit ropey.

I’ll be back with more pictures to show how I get on.

Advertisements

12 responses to “Amiga A1200 finally setup.

  1. Hi! Congrats for your setup…
    I’m in search of a Blizzard 1230 accelerator but the prices are very high… 😦

  2. Awesome! Congratulations on hooking up your Amiga 1200 again! πŸ™‚ Very happy to see that the computer is working properly and that it looks to be in nice condition. I’m sure you had a good time trying out various games on it. Lotus is great fun. πŸ˜€

    As for installing Workbench, then I recommend you have a look at the Classic Amiga Workbench website. There you’ll find complete Workbench setups for all kinds of configurations. Here is the link: classicwb.abime.net

    2MB RAM is not much and you’ll certainly gain a lot of performance by adding Fast-RAM. I’m currently on a 2MB setup myself, but I’m waiting for a Microbotics 1230 turbo-card with 16MB RAM and an FPU to arrive. That will open up a whole range of new possibilities (WHD-Load, Internet and demos).

    Looking forward to read more about your Amiga 1200 in the future.

  3. Hey there and thanks for the link, I will

      definitely

    be trying those soon…and a big thanks to you too as it was your recent Amiga posts that got me thinking into setting up my Amiga again.

    Absolutely loving it at the moment, it’s been quite a some time since i’ve sat down and had a good Amiga session.

    You turbo card sounds fantastic mate, especially with a whopping 16mb of RAM. WHDLOAD-tastic!

    I’m guessing nowhere as good as a dedicated ram board but do you know if those 2/4mb PCMCIA slot Ram cards are any good? Obviously this ties up the PCMCIA slot but just curious.

    Memory/Accelerated card has been added to my list…in addition to a new Amiga mouse, this one I have is terrible πŸ™‚

  4. Hey mate,

    I’m happy to hear that my Amiga posts was of inspiration to you. πŸ™‚

    Those PCMCIA memory boards are decent enough. They are not as fast as regular turbo-cards and memory upgrades due to the restrictions of the PCMCIA port, but works well with WHD-Load. Certainly an easy way to upgrade your machine though. If I’d have to choose, I’d pay a few bucks extra to get a trapdoor expansion. That way, you’ll still have access to everything the PCMCIA port offers. In that respect, I’ll recommend getting an PCMCIA Compact Flash Transfer Kit from Amigakit. I’ve got one of those and it makes it incredibly easy to transfer stuff from all kinds of devices to the Amiga. Well worth the money! πŸ™‚

    Good luck in your hunt for a mouse. πŸ™‚ I use an optical mouse on the Amiga together with a Micromys mouse-adapter.

  5. Hope you’re having a nice Easter….and it sounds like after Easter will be just as good when the post office reopens!

  6. I’ve been meaning to get a A1200 for some time now – preferably installing some modern form of SD storage. I believe Gideon of 1541 Ultimate fame is working on something at the moment. There is no denying this is the best looking machine CBM ever made. I may treat myself to one for Xmas πŸ™‚

  7. I totally agree and adding extra storage (and a bit of ram) makes for o me awesome setup. Interesting heads up re Gideon, huge fan of his 1541 cart.

  8. Hey thanks Karl, that’s something I’ll definitely be wanting to take a look at so thanks for the link. Is your A500/600 fairly stock then or are you packing oddles of ram?

    Regards

    StiGGy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s