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So Today I dug Out My Old Amiga 500


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It has been in a bin liner in the garage for the last 20 years so I was expecting the worst.

 

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It was pretty dirty and the external drive had rust on it. The power supply looked like it has seen better days too.

 

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I opened it up and cleaned it up. So much dust had built up in there.

 

 

 

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Looking much cleaner inside and out

 

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The 512k expansion looks to have survived pretty well.

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After cleaning I tried to power it up and hey presto

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Even the floppy games I had stored seem to load although I had no sound. Could well be a sound chip problem but I will look into that when I get my decent RGB cable sent from ebay

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Overall I'm just happy it powered up after all this time :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well my external floppy drive is dead and a few keys on the keyboard dont work but apart from that its all good. My SCART to RGB connection came today and its given me a decent picture with sound!

 

Batman The Movie :wink:

 

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It always amazes me to consider how far we have come in such a short amount of time. My Amiga 2K had a badass full height 60MB SCSI hard disk. My 3K had an even bigger 300MB drive. Now the entire contents of both of those drives sit on a couple of PCs - taking up virtually no space whatsoever, alongside my TOSEC Amiga .adf files.

 

I remember downloading Amiga disk images from local BBSes using a 2400 baud modem. It would take me several hours to get one disk back in the early '90s. - And here we are today..

 

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I still have the 2K, 3K, A c64, 128d, TI994a, And an Apple 2 sitting in the basement. Last I checked, they all still worked :)

 

I also have an original IBM 5150 (The first 'PC') that no longer functions. I intend to casemod a new PC into it one day. Maybe when I get sick of looking at my slick. black Asus tower. Anyway, the 5150 retailed for something like $3000.00 back in 1981, and today, a free digital watch one might find in a box of cereal has about as much computing power as this tank did.

 

Check out this graphic -

 

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Yay technology !

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It really is crazy how things have advanced now. These new gadgets have helped to give these old machines a new lease of life as floppy disks are eventually going to fail and be impossible to replace. Using a floppy emulator eradicates this issue whilst letting you enjoy the programs on the original hardware as intended. Quite genius. :matrix:

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