Amiga 500+ help please!

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  • Super_Zee 28 Nov 2006 21:27:37 2,110 posts
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    So I've just dug out my old Amiga 500+ and, well, it's seen better days. The keys have yellowed and the mouse is almost finished. However, I plugged it all in and it seems to be working absolutely fine - I just need a joystick so I can re-live my early gaming days with Sensible Soccer and Alien Breed. Got about 50 great games.

    I read a thread recently about upgrading Amigas with all kinds of extra stuff and it sounded great - can someone who knows what they're talking about give me an indication what to do with it and how much it might cost?

    Alternatively, I'm thinking of sending it to a better home where it might be better utilised - feel free to make me an offer if you're interested...
  • chopsen 28 Nov 2006 21:56:34 16,232 posts
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    iirc the 500/500+ aren't that upgradable - hence the cheaper price. It was the 4000 and other more expensive ones in the series that you could buy upgrade cards for and stuff.

    The 500 was compatible with a hard-disk add-on, not too sure about the 500+, which I think is basically the same.
  • Lutz 28 Nov 2006 21:59:54 48,854 posts
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    IIRC they had an option of a 1mb ram upgrade...

    Nitro is still a fantastic game though. As are:

    Awesome
    Speedball 2
    Alien Bread
    Nightbreed
    Simulcra
    Hunter
    North & South

    To name but a few.
  • Dynamize 28 Nov 2006 22:00:50 1,672 posts
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    Yeah, I had a 500 and I remember the cute little switch to turn the awesome power of the 1mb RAM on and off.
  • manuel_garcia 28 Nov 2006 22:02:55 4,079 posts
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    Dynamize wrote:
    Yeah, I had a 500 and I remember the cute little switch to turn the awesome power of the 1mb RAM on and off.

    why would anyone want to turn it off?
  • TriodeBliss 28 Nov 2006 22:04:20 724 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:
    Dynamize wrote:
    Yeah, I had a 500 and I remember the cute little switch to turn the awesome power of the 1mb RAM on and off.

    why would anyone want to turn it off?
    Compatibility with some programs.
  • mwtb 28 Nov 2006 22:07:19 2,381 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:

    why would anyone want to turn it off?

    There were some early compatibility issues. Not many though.

    A500 expansion was via the slot in the side. You could plug hard-drives and I believe even CPU upgrades into it. Frankly, the hard drive option is worthwhile if it's to be resurrected for some retro gaming action, the CPU isn't.
  • beep 28 Nov 2006 22:07:19 451 posts
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    I made an old NES joypad compatible with my Amiga. All you need is a cord from a non working Amiga joystick and a wee bit of soldering inside (just rip open a joystick for reference).

    Granted, it's not the same as holding a large wankstick like tool, but considering the Amiga joysticks weren't analog it doesn't really matter. Plus the NES are quite sturdy and it looks cool.

    I remember when having a second disk drive for the Amiga was 'da bomb'.
  • Lutz 28 Nov 2006 22:09:47 48,854 posts
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    I thought that the upgrade slot was underneath the machine?
  • caligari 28 Nov 2006 22:10:14 17,185 posts
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    Remember that Mega Drive pads can be used with the Amiga. They're usually pretty easy to pick up for about one shiny pound.
  • OnlyMe 28 Nov 2006 22:10:30 3,104 posts
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    If you have a Megadrive/Genesis controller, you can use that.
  • mwtb 28 Nov 2006 22:11:38 2,381 posts
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    Lutz wrote:
    I thought that the upgrade slot was underneath the machine?

    Did GVP-style expansions actually run through to the trap door? I thought there was a side slot.
  • OnlyMe 28 Nov 2006 22:15:50 3,104 posts
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    There's a side slot for the GVP hd. The slot underneath was used for extra memory/accelerator card.

    Either way, I recommend getting an A1200 with an accelerator card and around 32mb ram, plus a decent sized HD. That way you can download and/or install your own original games by using THIS fantastic tool. Don't forget to register it. Believe me, it's worth it. Read up on the site what the tool actual does.
  • mwtb 28 Nov 2006 22:29:30 2,381 posts
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    According to
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_500, my memory is right (or both I and wikipedia are wrong) and the trap-door was memory only and the side-slot was HD and CPU upgrades on the A500.
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