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The original Black CD Caddy for Commodore CDTV

February 2nd, 2015 No comments

I must thank Andrea Pierdomenico for The original Black CD Caddy for Commodore CDTV.

Cleaning Commodore CDTV Keyboard

January 5th, 2015 No comments
Commodore CDTV Keyboard

Cleaning Commodore CDTV Keyboard:

Gallery:

The Commodore CDTV Keyboard it’s nothing more than a Amiga 3000 keyboard, black with a different connector.

Restoration Commodore Amiga 500 (ASSY 312512 – REV 3)

November 25th, 2014 10 comments
Commodore Amiga 500 (ASSY 312512 - REV 3)

I have received a Commodore Amiga 500 to use as spare parts. I decided to restore because it’s a ASSY 312512 (Revision 3) with key-switch like IBM chiclet keyboards.

The cleaning took me a whole day but with a great satisfaction at the end of the work. The Commodore Amiga 500 works fine, the floppy drive reads very well and i have added a memory expansion (FAST RAM) of 512k.

Gallery of images (before and after cleaning):

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A new donation from Fabio B. (Frater Sinister)

January 14th, 2014 No comments

I thank Fabio B. (Frater Sinister) for the donation.

Donated item:

Amiga 1050 Memory Expansion Cartridge (Boxed/Unwrapped)

October 1st, 2013 No comments
Commodore Amiga 1050 Memory Expansion Cartridge (Boxed/Unwrapped)

Autopsy:

Commodore Amiga 1000 256kb Trapdoor Expansion Cartridge.

Commodore Amiga 1000 Keyboard (Italian)

August 24th, 2013 No comments

I have decided to replace my Amiga 1000 keyboard (US version) with the space key yellowed and a hole in the plastic caused by a wrong installation with a Amiga 1000 keyboard (Italian version) cosmetically perfect and running.

Brand New Commodore Amiga 1200 Keyboard (UK)

Replaced a old yellowed Amiga 1200 keyboard with a new one.

Donation of the sunday (Commodore 1085S and Amiga 500)

February 24th, 2013 No comments

Material donated:

  • Commodore Monitor 1085S (The 1085(S) is a cost-reduced version of the 1084, with lower resolution (.52 mm dot pitch) and no non-glare screen treatment.)
  • Commodore Amiga 500 + 512k Expansion.

Commodore CDTV / Floppy Drive / Remote Control & Mouse

August 25th, 2012 No comments
Commodore CDTV (front side)

Autopsy:

from Wikipedia:

The CDTV (an acronym for “Commodore Dynamic Total Vision”, a backronym of an acronym for “Compact Disk Television”, giving it a double meaning) was a multimedia platform developed by Commodore International and launched in 1991. On a technological level it was essentially a Commodore Amiga 500 home computer in a Hi-Fi style case with a single-speed CD-ROM drive. Commodore marketed the machine as an all-in-one home multimedia appliance rather than a computer. As such, it targeted the same market as the Philips CD-i. Unfortunately for both Commodore and Philips, the expected market for multimedia appliances did not materialise, and neither machine met with any real commercial success. Though the CDTV was based entirely on Amiga hardware it was marketed strictly as a CDTV, with the Amiga name omitted from product branding.

The CDTV debuted in North America in March 1991 (CES, Las Vegas) and in the UK (World of Commodore 1991 at Earls Court, London). It was advertised at £499 for the CDTV unit, remote control and two titles. Commodore chose Amiga enthusiast magazines as its chief advertising channel, but the Amiga community on the whole avoided the CDTV in the expectation of an add-on CD-ROM drive for the Amiga, which eventually came in the form of the A570. This further hurt sales of the CDTV, as both it and an A570-equipped A500 were the same electronically, and could both run CDTV software, so there was very little motivation to buy it. Commodore would rectify this with CDTV’s successor, the A1200-based Amiga CD32, by adding the Akiko chip. This would enable CD32 games to be playable only on the CD32.

The CDTV was supplied with AmigaOS 1.3, rather than the more advanced and user-friendly 2.0 release that was launched at around the same time. Notably, the CDXL motion video format was primarily developed for the CDTV making it one of the earliest consumer systems to allow video playback from CD-ROM.

Though Commodore later developed an improved and cost-reduced CDTV-II it was never released. Commodore eventually discontinued the CDTV in 1993 with the launch of the Amiga CD32, which used which again was substantially based on Amiga hardware (in this case the newer Amiga 1200) but explicitly targeted the games market.

source: wikipedia

Commodore Amiga TV-Modulator 520 Boxed

June 17th, 2012 No comments
Commodore Amiga TV-Modulator 520 Boxed

Autopsy:

The Commodore Amiga  520  Video  Adapter  is a device that allows you to connect your  Amiga  500  to  a  TV  set  or a composite video monitor.

It does this by converting  the  RGB  video signal the Amiga produces for RGB monitors to a composite video signal that a TV  or composite monitor can interpret.

Commodore Amiga 500 (A500) REV 6A Expanded 1MB & Boxed

June 17th, 2012 No comments
Commodore Amiga 500 (A500) REV 6A

Autopsy:

from Wikipedia:

The Amiga 500 – also known as the A500 (or its code name ‘Rock Lobster’) – was the first “low-end” Commodore Amiga 16/32-bit multimedia home/personal computer. It was announced at the winter Consumer Electronics Show in January 1987 – at the same time as the high-end Amiga 2000 – and competed directly against the Atari 520ST. Before Amiga 500 was shipped, Commodore suggested that the list price of the Amiga 500 was 595.95 USD without a monitor. At delivery in 1987, Commodore announced that the Amiga 500 would carry a 699 USD list price.

The Amiga 500 represented a return to Commodore’s roots by being sold in the same mass retail outlets as the Commodore 64 – to which it was a spiritual successor – as opposed to the computer-store-only Amiga 1000.

The original Amiga 500 proved to be Commodore’s best-selling Amiga model, enjoying particular success in Europe. Although popular with hobbyists, arguably its most widespread use was as a gaming machine, where its advanced graphics and sound for the time were of significant benefit.

The Amiga 500 series was discontinued in mid-1992 replaced by the similarly specified and priced Amiga 600, although this new machine had originally been intended as a much cheaper budget model, which would have been the A300. In late 1992, Commodore released the “next-generation” Amiga 1200, a machine closer in concept to the original Amiga 500, but featuring significant technical improvements. Despite this, neither the A1200 nor the A600 replicated the commercial success of its predecessor as, by this time, the market was definitively shifting from the home computer platforms of the past to commodity Wintel PCs and the new “low-cost” Macintosh Classic, LC and IIsi models.

source: wikipedia

Commodore Amiga 1000 (A1000)

May 16th, 2012 No comments
Commodore Amiga 1000 (A1000)

Autopsy:

Many years have passed since i sold my Amiga 1000 with Memory Expansion and Harddisk but with some patience and thanks to a friend i have found an Amiga 1000 in good condition for my RetroComputer museum.

As you can see from the photos i have changed the yellowed keyboard cover with a new one that was sold many years ago for Commodore spare parts.

from Wikipedia:

The A1000, or Commodore Amiga 1000, was Commodore’s initial Amiga personal computer, introduced on July 23, 1985 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Machines began shipping in September with a base configuration of 256 kB of RAM at the retail price of 1,295 USD. A 13-inch (330 mm) analog RGB monitor was available for around 300 USD bringing the price of a complete Amiga system to 1,595 USD. Before the release of the Amiga 500 and A2000 models in 1987, the A1000 was simply called Amiga.

In the US, the A1000 was marketed as The Amiga from Commodore, however the Commodore logo was omitted from the casing. Additionally the Amiga 1000 was exclusively sold in computer stores, rather than the various non computer-dedicated department and toy stores the VIC20 and Commodore 64 were retailed in. These measures were an effort to avoid Commodore’s “toy-store” computer image created during the Tramiel era.

The A1000 had a number of characteristics that distinguished it from later Amiga models: It was the only model to feature the short-lived Amiga “checkmark” logo on its case; the case was elevated slightly to give a storage area for the keyboard when not in use (a “keyboard garage”); and the inside of the case was engraved with the signatures of the Amiga designers (similar to the Macintosh), including Jay Miner, and the paw print of his dog Mitchy. The A1000′s case was designed by Howard Stolz As Senior Industrial Designer at Commodore, Stolz was the mechanical lead and primary interface with Sanyo in Japan, the contract manufacturer for the A1000 casing.

source: wikipedia

New donations – Spectrum +2 Boxed / Joy CD32 / C2N old model

January 13th, 2012 No comments

Today a friend has donated to me some nice things. Thanks Damiano (Manosoft).

Things that have been donated:

  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 Boxed.
  • Commodore CD32 Joypad Brand new.
  • VIC-20 Expansion Cartridge.
  • Commodore C2N old model.
  • Joystick Microswitch – The Bug from Cheetah.

New donations – A1200 + Blizzard 1260/80mhz – Scsi Module – 4Mb

November 22nd, 2011 No comments

Today a friend has donated to me some nice things. Thanks Igor.

Things that have been donated:

  • Amiga 1200 in nice cosmetic condition.
  • Amiga 1200 Powersupply.
  • Amiga Mouse (never used)
  • Phase5 Blizzard 1260 / 80Mhz with SCSI Module and 4Mb of Ram.
  • Commodore Amiga Video cable.

About the Amiga:

The A1200 offers a number of advantages over earlier budget Amiga models. Specifically, it is a 32-bit design, the 68EC020 microprocessor is faster than the 68000 and has 2 MB of RAM as standard.

The AGA chipset used in the A1200 is a significant improvement. AGA increases the color palette from 4096 colors to 16.8 million colors with up to 256 on-screen colors and an improved HAM mode allowing 262,144 on-screen colors. The graphics hardware also features improved sprite capacity and faster graphics performance. Additionally, compared to the A600 the A1200 was considered to offer greater expansion possibilities.

About the Blizzard 1260:

The Phase5 Blizzard 1260 is an accelerator which plugs into the trapdoor slot of the A1200. An optional SCSI-II controller is also available for this board. Includes a battery backed up clock. The card was also manufactured by DCE when Phase 5 went bust.

source: wikipedia amiga-hardware

Amiga 2000 REV4.5 Super Denise (8373R4) Upgrade

January 27th, 2011 No comments

I continue to upgrade my Amiga 2000 PAL REV 4.5. After the upgrade of the chip Fat Agnus and the Kickstart/4MB, today i have replaced the Denise chip with a new one. The Super Denise chip is capable of still higher resolutions and bit depths.