Date: December 7th 2006

Subject 01: Collection Advent Calendar : Amiga 1400 Bogus
Subject 02: CygnusEd - Finds a New Home
Subject 03: A4000D - Motherboard Update
Subject 04: Amiga Format - CoverDisk Mystery Solved

Entry 0007: Blogs: 4


Day 7 and today we have an Amiga 1200 ... with a strange twist.

scuzz log C-A-R Advent Calendar Day 7

As folk may know I have a bit of a soft spot for the
A1200. It all started with Desktop Dynamite.... I was
mucking around with animation at the time, and
pondering over a camera for doing the recording.
One day I was walking past Dixons and noted the
Panasonic and A600 set-up in the window and
thought whether the Amiga could do my bidding.
I would still need to get the images into the computer,
but I owned a pretty expensive Sony video camera
that could do this... Anyway I ventured into Lansdown
Computers in Bournemouth and was hooked...
Took me all of two days before I down tools at
work and strutted up to the shop and purchased
the Desktop Dynamite pack. I even put 50 down
on a new Commodore monitor. That Saturday I
collected the A1200 and have spent day upon day
after day on this computer ever since... Not technically
correct as it was swapped out in the first six months
for a bogus fault which actually turned out to be a
PCMCIA card conflict. She sits in the lounge and there
are few days she isn't fired up... Would break my heart
to lose her. Still have the box and the games Oscar
and Dennis plus DPaintIV and Wordworth... Magic
times... magic...

Anyway... to today's oddity... The A1200 in an A1500 which
Spidey thought for some reason should be called

The bogus A1400...

I just couldn't resist this auction and having won the thing
for about 30 travelled to Southampton to a small workshop to
meet with the creator who turned out to be more than just a
bit of a retro nutter.

This guy had managed to put an A1200 in an A1500 case
complete with keyboard adapters and buffered interfaces. He
lost interest in the project when he realised he couldn't use
a standard monitor without a decent graphics card, so he had
bought an A3000 which on the night I was with him he had
bought a very expensive graphics card for... from abroad.
The guy worked in a workshop mending main frame computers
for the police. These were giant breadboards with the wiring
and circuits on the back. They were strewn everywhere. In between
his mending stuff he collected retro, and he showed me his endless
collection of kit. He started by showing me the Falcon he had, then
the Oric, onto the Aquarius and then to rare computers like the
Enterprise. He even had a Star Wars arcade machine... Each of
the sections of his collection were packaged neatly up and having
seen his Sinclair stuff I commented that all he needed was the
C5... And then he showed me his C5 which they jollied round the
workshop in... Amazingly he hadn't realised how rare the Jupiter
Ace was and he showed me quickly his which was actually the
more rare Ace4000...

Anyway we parted company and I mucked around with the
A1200 for a while and set up a new hard drive...

Surprise, surprise some few weeks later he was selling
the Jupiter Ace and I was pipped at the post by this
foreign buyer.. Anyway I got a mail from the guy saying
that the other guy had pulled out and did I want the Ace.
When I quizzed him he admitted that the Ace had been
mucked around with and the inside wasn't the original.
This computer was close to 250 at auction... I declined.
And he got quite nasty making reference to those
that had bid in his next auction in less than complimentary
terms... he hadn't been honest. Bit like his Amiga 1200 in
an A1500... It eventually did sell for around 150. Some
months later I did buy a Jupiter Ace... for around 430..
but that's another story.

Anyway...  This was my 15 A1200s till it became more like 25 A1200s

so say hello to..Sue | ATX | Tank | Daniella | Emma | Moot
Terai | The Lady | Magicman | Chantel | A500 | Wingman
Sir Prize | Spike | Unfinished Business ... all my A1200s
have names.....

And this is the old layout of the A1200 space prior to networking..

There isn't much you can say about the A1200.. other than maybe this..

Motorola 68EC020 microprocessor running at 14 mHz
AGA custom chipset offering graphics with 256 colours from a
palette of 16.8 million in all colour modes
Built-in de-interlacing of NTSC and PAL video modes.
Up to 2 MB 32-bit Chip memory
AT IDE hard drive interface (16 bit)
Integral full-size keyboard with numeric keypad
PCMCIA "credit card" memory/accessory slot
Internal 150-pin local bus CPU slot
Expandable to 8 MB Fast memory
RGB, colour composite, and RF (television) outputs.
Built-in 880 KB floppy drive
Four-voice stereo sound output.
Optional internal 2.5-inch hard drive
Mouse Controller Two 9-pin male ports for attaching
a mouse, joystick, light pen, or other controller. Attach
the mouse to port 1, marked MOUSE.
FLOPPY port A 23-pin female port for attaching an
external floppy drive
SERIAL port A 25-pin male port for attaching a
serial device such as a modem, MIDI interface, or serial printer
PARALLEL port A 25-pin female port for attaching a
parallel device such as a Centronics compatible printer or
a scanner
AUDIO jacks Two RCA jacks for attaching the Amiga`s
left and right audio output to a monitor, speakers, or stereo system
VIDEO port A 23-pin male port for attaching an analog RGB
monitor to view the Amiga`s video output
COMP jack An RCA jack for attaching a composite video
monitor or connecting a vido cassette recorder.
RF MODULATOR An RCA jack for connecting to a television.
The associated controls vary depending on whether the Amiga
is NTSC or PAL
POWER port A square 5-pin female port for attaching the
Amiga`s power port
VIDEO port Analog RGB monitor (multiscan/15kHz/VGA/SVGA)
Television with SCART connection
RGB monitors
Multiscan A Multiscan ( multiple horizontal scan rate or
"multi-sync" ) RGB monitor provides the greatest flexibility
A multiscan monitor is required if you wish to use display modes
that have different horizontal scan rates
A 15 kHz analog RGB monitor can display only the Amiga`s
default display mode and other 15 kHz scan rate modes
A VGA or SVGA type monitor can display the Amiga`s
de-interlaced and higher resolution modes, but not the standard
15 kHz video modes
SCART With the proper adaptor cable, a television with a
SCART input can be used as a 15 kHz RGB Monitor.
Technical Specification
Clock Speed NTSC 14.32 mHz
Clock Speed PAL 14.19 mHz
Processor Surface-mount Motorola 68ECO20 microprocessor
Custom Chips AGA multichip coprocessor system
(Alice, Lisa, Paula ) for video, graphics, sound, and DMA
Fast Memory Expandable to 4 MB of 32-bit RAM in CPU slot
additional 4 MB od 16-bit RAM in PCMCIA card slot
Chip Memory 1 MB or 2 MB of 32-bit RAM; second megabyte
on motherboard or on internal expansion module
ROM 512 KB
Internal Interfaces AT IDE ( 40-pin header )
Internal Interfaces CPU local bus ( 150-pin edge )
Keyboard Integral, 96 keys; international ( configurable
keymap )
Internal Disk Drive One internal 3.5-inch floppy drive
standard (880 KB formatted maximum ). Mounting provision for
2.5 inch AT IDE hard drive
External Disk Drives Up to two compatible floppy drives
Sound 4 independent voices configured as two stereo channels
Power Supply 23 watts switching
Environment Operating 0-45 degC (32-113 degF)

[ end quote on the greatest computer Commodore ever made ]

Well there you go... Day 7. And guess what .. Day 8 tomorrow.


CygnusED has found a new home. 

[ quote ]

APC&TCP is proud to announce that it has taken the 
distribution of the well known text editor CygnusEd. 

CygnusEd will be able to run on the classic Amiga and 
AmigaOS 4. A version supporting MorphOS is planned. 

In only a few weeks the program will be available. 

The support homepage for CygnusED will be online in a f
ew days aswell. 

About CygnusEd Professional Release 5 

The maybe most famous text editor for developers was developed 
by Bruce Dawson, Colin Fox & Steve LaRocque (CygnusSoft Software) 
20 years ago and was originally published by themselves. Already at that
 time CygnusEd has been known for its speed and solidness. CygnusEd 
has been developed even further in the following years and was one of 
the first programs with an ARexx interface and the first Amiga text editor 
with Undo/Redo functions. Many Amiga developers grew up with CygnusEd 
and a lot of software for the Amiga was developed using CygnusEd. 
The last version 4 of CygnusEd was published in 1997 and was a fully 
reworked version adapted to AmigaOS 3.1. 

The new version 5 of CygnusEd has been enriched with new functions 
and it is even faster and more solid. The helping tool "Ed" has been 
rewritten completely from scratch and is supplied with CygnusEd 
including the complete sources. Many old restrictions and flaws of 
CygnusEd have been eliminated. Version 5 is also the first version 
ported completely with all helping tools to the PowerPC processors 
and one of the first completely adapted commercial products for AmigaOS 4. 

[ end quote ]

Also home of Amiga Future.



Just got a mail from a guy in the States wanting an update on his
A4000d  motherboard he sold me last year. Great at times like
these to have the website, so I can show him exactly how I installed
the motherboard on the 4000

[ quote ]


The motherboard sits in an Amiga 4000d complete with 040 processor
PicassoIV graphics card , Conceirto sound card and much more. You can
see the card being installed here..

You can see the various cards fitted to the board on this page


And so it is that I discover why I could never 
find Amiga Format cover disk 24. Turns out it
wasn't numbered. I say it, cus there were actually
2 disks  on Issue 24 for July 1991....

Archipelagos by LogoTron and
Vaxine plus Wordworth....

Every other AF disk is numbered. But not these
two, and I needed the magazine to prove the
point. Well there you go..


Commodore Amiga 1400


Machine lovingly known as Graham

a1400 a1400 a1400 a1400

a1400 a1400 a1400

Commodore Amiga A1400 Bogus

Amiga 1400 Bogus - Commodore-Amiga-Retro
CygnusEd - The New Home
A4000D - Motherboard Update

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