Sunday, September 16, 2018

Episode 5 - the 15 Khz Conundrum

Most of us Amigan's have had to deal with this issue - How to display our Amiga's video signal on a display available today?

There are a lot of great solutions including Flicker-Fixers for our A1200, Home-Made converters, SCART to HDMI thingies (I am from the USA... What on Earth is a Scart? Some kind of British biscuit?)

Well, the good news is that there are still a few monitors available today that support the 15 Khz videos of our beloved retro machines! And I have one and demo it for you. And, as an added bonus, the link I have up on my video is wrong... I watched and re-watched the video so many times, and did not catch that I missed a letter until AFTER it was up on Youtube... Oh well...

Here is the real link for the 15 Khz Monitors

Episode 5 - The 15 Khz Conundrum (YouTube)

Episode 5 - The 15 Khz Conundrum (MPEG1)

Episode 5 - The 15 Khz Conundrum (HAM6 - Caution, large file)

Episode 5 - The 15 Khz Conundrum (HAM8)

Episode 4 - Rapid Road USB Adapter Review

This weeks episode is broken into two parts just because there was so much to talk about!

I have been using a Thylacine Zorro2 USB adapter for years, but it was a bit on the slow side. I could only get about 380 Kbs data transfer with flash drives. No problem for 95% of the things I was using it for, as Amiga files are fairly small. But when  I started this video cast, and I had to test 400MB files on my A4000, the data transfer was too slow.

I already owned an Individual Computers X-Surf 100 Zorro3 card, so a Rapid Road USB Adapter from Individual Computes was a logical step. Jumping up from 380 Kbs to 5 or 6 Mbs is worth every penny! Check out the videos on YouTube at the links below, or you can download the MPEG1 file right to your Amiga and play it back on RiVA!

Episode 4, Part 1 (YouTube)

Episode 4, Part 2 (YouTube)

Episode 4, Part 1 (MPEG1)

Episode 4, Part 2 (MPEG)

Episode 4, Part 1 (HAM6)

Epsidoe 4, Part 2 (HAM6)

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Episode 3 - Taking Stock

Thanks for checking out Episode 3. This week I am showing off my Amiga collection. I currently have eight Amiga's, but only six are in working condition and two are used on a weekly basis.

I have plans for my extra towerized A4000 - I want to set it up with the Video Toaster 4000 and the Time Base Correctors I have. But...Then I have no clue what I will do with it.

My A3000 Tower will eventually get a nice BIGRAM 256 MB Zorro3 board installed, and I will upgrade it to OS 3.9, install the One Stop Music Shop card and my Thylacine USB card. That should make a nice little setup. If I can get another A3640 card functional, I will install it in there too.

The A2000 will be a fun one since it has so many ZORRO slots. It will get the Bridgeboard and the toaster 2000 installed. I know there is an option to use an ISA Networking card in conjunction with Bridgeboard to get this Amiga online, so I will play with that.

The A500 will probably get Vampired - unless we hear something soon about the V4 that works in an A1200! I honestly don't need the A500 for anything as there are only so many hours in the day.

The big project will be the A2200 board - I need to get it booting again. I remember last time I had it functioning it did not seem to recognize the IDE ports on the board. I am concerned that the ROMS are incorrect. Maybe they are A3000 ROM's with no IDE support.

Thanks again for following my site and my channel! I appreciate it!

YouTube Link for Episode 3

Episode 3 MPEG1 for playback with RiVA on your Amiga

HAM6 version of Episode 3

HAM8 version of Episode 3