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NinjaKat

2020 Apr 26 22:36:04
Tie breaker imminent for Game of the Month for May!  Come on, your vote counts!!!
 

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2020 Apr 16 18:29:47
Get voting!  May GOTheM voting is open!  Also a reminder to put in game requests for following months, I'm running out of requested games.  ;)
 

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2020 Apr 03 19:53:52
Both AGA and OCS GOTheMs are OPEN! after tie breakers!
 

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2020 Mar 30 18:30:10
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2020 Mar 28 22:01:52
at the moment it is a tie for AGA GoTheM for April... get your votes in or we will go for a tie breaker vote!!!!

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Injection moulding even to test is expensive.

Obviously it costs money if you don't have one already but 3d printing might be okay for some level of prototyping - if you don't have a 3d printer perhaps there are some maker spaces in your area might be able to help out.

When I've been interested in something better than what I can do at home, I've engaged 3rd parties to print stuff with reasonable results, that particular mob I linked to is out of country so may take time to get something in your hands with the whole Zombie apocalypse going on at the moment, so you may need to weigh up cost vs turn around time.  These days there are good materials that can be sanded/painted and have reasonable strength and thermal properties which help before you go down the path of injection moulding.
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I've finally got my 4000 up and running now that I've replaced some ICs near the RTC area that died.

Now I'm in the process of extracting the files from the pimiga project to see if I can get it running on the 4000 with my zz9000...not sure how much work that will be upgrading that install from 3.1 to 3.1.4 though!

What's that project??

It's this one here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmigaCDnestProject.CD1200/
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The CD1200[nest] project is on hold/the go slow for the time being. There's considerable cash investments i'll need to make to progress to the next stage and there's still a few critical items left unsolved being the CD eject/change mechanism, the hinge which is currently pretty flimsy and the interface board with audio mixer circuitry. Injection moulding even to test is expensive.

What's that project??
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Now that we're on lockdown, I've stopped the retro spending  :( ...but like all good hoarders...I mean 'collectors' I've managed to stockpile some items  ;) So, there's lot's of recap work to do including my CD32, 1200 and the AV Module and the board itself on the 4000T. I recapped the Disk Module and the 3640 a few months ago which went well with no lifted traces, fingers crossed the rest go the same way!

I also bought a new 2000 board from Paul Rezendes (Acill) and the set of passives & logic chips from Mouser, so there's plenty of work in that...estimated 20 hours of soldering. I'll try and save as much components as possible from the old 2000, but not looking forward to removing the Zorro 2 slots!

The CD1200[nest] project is on hold/the go slow for the time being. There's considerable cash investments i'll need to make to progress to the next stage and there's still a few critical items left unsolved being the CD eject/change mechanism, the hinge which is currently pretty flimsy and the interface board with audio mixer circuitry. Injection moulding even to test is expensive.

Working from home, I'm going to take advantage and do some retro-briting Amiga and other computers and consoles! The QLD sun still shines  8)
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Have to repair my 4000's mouse & joystick now. Buttons work but no movement. Hopefully it's just a chip replacement and not some damaged traces.

Do you mean that you need to repair the mouse/joystick ports? Some critical traces and parts for the RTC and both the joystick ports are located fairly close to the RTC Battery.

If the battery has previously leaked severely, then these parts and the traces underneath and around the area can be damaged. This will kill the movement in your joystick ports (fire button/right button should still work) and it can also prevent the RTC from working.

I just repaired a non-working RTC in Exsfo's A4000 which was due to this (damaged IC, and a broken trace). Fortunately the parts/traces for the joystick ports were OK.

It seems to be a common issue if the battery has leaked.
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Have to repair my 4000's mouse & joystick now. Buttons work but no movement. Hopefully it's just a chip replacement and not some damaged traces.
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General Discussion / Re: What Amiga based Project(s) are you currently working on?
« Last post by power on March 17, 2020, 11:36:16 am »
I recently acquired my first Amiga 1200, the IDE port was a bit butchered so i've sent it away to be replaced and while it's there recapped.

Next thing to do will be to decide amongst the myriad of accelerators and IDE options what is the best to go with.

Out of interest, did you send your machine overseas?

just noticed this question, no i sent it to a guy in NSW. He's a recommended installer of DCHDMI and WiiDual on the retrorgb website - does great work and is quick and well priced!
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General Discussion / Re: Welcome the Amiga Retro Brisbane Forum
« Last post by Amigaman on March 10, 2020, 05:40:00 pm »
New to the forum, looks to be a nice place, I have 2 Amigas, a 4000 and a 2000 both in need of at the very least re-capping, which is currently happening on the 4000. They have both been sitting doing nothing for around 28 years packed in their original cartons.  I finally decided it was time to see if I could get them up and running again. My grey matter will need a kickstart too  I reckon.

Welcome, great to see you here! :)
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General Discussion / Re: What Amiga based Project(s) are you currently working on?
« Last post by Exfso on March 08, 2020, 04:34:20 pm »
I should have added that Amigaman here is doing the re-capping, he has been excellent to communicate with, definitely very helpful.
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General Discussion / Re: Welcome the Amiga Retro Brisbane Forum
« Last post by Exfso on March 08, 2020, 04:30:26 pm »
New to the forum, looks to be a nice place, I have 2 Amigas, a 4000 and a 2000 both in need of at the very least re-capping, which is currently happening on the 4000. They have both been sitting doing nothing for around 28 years packed in their original cartons.  I finally decided it was time to see if I could get them up and running again. My grey matter will need a kickstart too  I reckon.
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