I was checking over an A2000 that I was using as a pedestal for
an Amiga 4000d and discovered via SysInfo that the machine had
a card inside called the A2386SX... The 386SX rang alarm bells
in my head and so I decided to open up the computer. And there
to my horror clear as day the word ' INTEL '. Having picked
myself up from the floor and checking nobody was watching I
quickly took some pictures and hid the thing away... nuff said.
And there was I proud bearer of the sticker ' Intel Outside '
on my beloved A4000T.. How can I face her again knowing I have
an Amiga infected with the dreaded Intel virus.
No matter. All part of the history of things. And so I give you
the A2386SX Bridgboard made in 1991 by Commodore using some
third party items made by Intel and using , worse, MS-DOS, I
mean could it get any worse. Where is Dave Haynie when you need
words of comfort ?
Commodore A2386SX Bridgeboard: 1991
80386SX at 16/20/25 MHz
"The Amiga Bridgeboard is an expansion board that gives your
Amiga IBM PC/AT compatibility, while retaining all the Amiga's
advanced features." The board originally was shipped with a
floppy ribbon plus the five disks Amiga Janus, PC Janus, and
MS-DOS 5.0 (3 disks).
The board was designed for the A2000 and A3000 series of Amiga
machines. It uses its own RAM with 1 MB expandable to 8 MB.
The board can be run from floppy, though a hd is preferable.
Originally the board was designed for 1.3 and 2.0 OS.
The board has sixteen ZIP sockets that accepts the 8 MB RAM
Can use a PC hard drive ( with the additional ISA controller)
in addition to virtual drives on the Amiga. Two floppy drives
are accessible by the Bridgeboard. The Amiga's serial and
parallel ports are used for printing.
Don't shoot the messenger.. just what I read about the thing.
I couldn't find any reference to the PC software on the machine
so I am assuming the person wasn't aware of the horror held
deep within the computer. There is a BBC emulator on the 2000
which is kinda OK I guess.
I've done a couple of other blogs on the machine .. Read on.