Hardware for Amiga 1200?

Hardware for Amiga 1200?

Post by larse » Tue, 21 Feb 2006 21:54:40


Hi.
I have just bought an Amiga 1200 "Magic Pack" (not used, it will be a
fantastic feeling to unpack a new Amiga), and now I'm scanning the net
for more information. What can I do with it? How can I upgrade it? I
haven't used my Amiga 500 for about ten years, so I'm a little bit
lost. I divided my questions into some few sections:

Zorro expansion
-----------------------
The A1200 has only one zorro port. I've heard about A1200 Tower. Do I
get more zorro ports if I buy a A1200 Tower, or is it just a box where
I place my A1200 motherboard? Is it possible to upgrade the Amiga 1200
with more zorro ports (by splitting)? What are the benefits with a
Tower?

Turbo card
---------------
Are these produced anymore, or do I have to find them on ebay? Are
these installed internally or do they take up a zorro port? I've read a
little bit about Blizzard and Apollo. What should I get? What about
PPC-expansion? What do I need to run OS4?

Memory upgrade
------------------------
A first step should be to upgrade the memory so I can install OS3.9.
Elbox 1200 seems to be a nice memory upgrade card with a socket for a
68882 PGA FPU. Is this memory installed internally? Is it possible to
buy the FPU anywhere? How many programs uses the FPU? With the Elbox
1200, I will get 6 MB of total memory. I wonder if it is enough for
running OS3.9?

Graphics card
--------------------
Is it possible to upgrade the graphics with a better graphics cards?
OpenGL? Through zorro-port?

Sound card
----------------
I saw that Individual Computers sells Delfina, which seems to be quite
nice. How well is it supported by software? Does it come with
midi-interface? What other solutions are there?

Ethernet
------------
Should I get a pc-card or should I buy an ethernet-card for the
zorro-port?

CD-ROM, DVD, Burner
---------------------------------
I saw that the ethernet card from Individual Computers has IDE so I can
connect a CD-ROM drive. Is it possible to use CD-burner? DVD-burner?
What other solutions do I have to connect a CD-ROM?

Scan doubler
-------------------
It would be nice to be able to play all the old games and demos on my
PC-screen. I've heard that A1200 can emulate a PAL screen in the OS,
but I guess this won't work for most games. I saw that there's a scan
doubler called Indivision. Is that one good?

Power supply
-------------------
I guess that I need a better power supply with all these add-ons. Do I
need a Tower or can I buy just a power supply?

General questions
--------------------------
Individual Computers and Elbox are two companies I've found that still
make Amiga hardware. What other companies and resellers are there?


Cheers,
Lars
 
 
 

Hardware for Amiga 1200?

Post by Glen » Wed, 22 Feb 2006 03:01:34

gt; + On 20-Feb-06 13:54:40
+larsef < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote



The A1200 dont have any Zorroports at all, only A2000 (Zorro2) ,3000
and A4000 (Zorro3) have. (A1000 have a slot that is similar to the
Zorro1 port)

There are towers that is just a case, and towers wich will give you
zorroslots, usally Zorro2.

The benefit with a tower is that you get more space, several
turbocards cannot even be used without a tower.


To run OS4 you have to have patience, the classic-version isnt released (yet),
but it will need a PPC-based accelerator, and right now there is only
one, the BlizzardPPC.

For other accelerators I would go for 040 or 060, 030-50 is useable but
a bit slow today..


No idea, but you want an accelerator instead, period.


The BlizzardPPC have its own slot for a special gfxcard, otherwise you
have to get zorroslots.. the problem is that you get limited to Zorro2
in most cases (there are only one zorro3-solution, and its VERY rare)
and Zorro2 is a bit too slow to be fun with gfxcards.


I dont know much about AHI (wich is the soundsystem) so i let someone
else reply to that.


Well, up to you, but second hand pc-cards can be found VERY cheap..
just check the compatiblity lists first.


You can connect it to the internal IDE-port.. but you'll need software.
(you also need a 2.5" to 3.5" convertercable)


No idea about that particular scandoubler, but try to go for an internal.


You can either buy a special powersupply, or make an own one from a
PC-supply, or go for a tower.


Depending on where you live I guess.. your namew sounds nordic, and
for sweden there are two companies, "guru meditation" and GGS-data.