is it possible to rebuild old c64 hardware enhancements?

Brian Lanning brianlanning at gmail.com
Thu Mar 5 10:16:33 CST 2009


On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 10:02 AM, Keith <keithvz at verizon.net> wrote:
> Dan,
>
> Yes, it's absolutely possible.
>
> As a matter of fact I sort of get my rocks off on using the latest brand new
> technology to solve old school problems.  The solutions are often smaller,
> faster, better, etc.  I've done some work on some Amiga related stuff and
> doing this is a lot of fun.
>
> Keith


I'm greatly into this also.  I have four amigas.  I'm about to put
"hard drives" in two and replace one in a third with 2gb compact flash
cards attached to ide adapters.  They're small, fast, quiet, and the
capacity is huge for the era.  On my want-list for hardware is an
Apple 2e and Apple 2gs.  Both also have ide controllers being made
today.  One also has the compact flash adapter right there on the
card.  I'd also like to find a similar scsi solution for my two macs
that doesn't cost a huge amount of money.

The same is true for networking.  Someone has made ethernet connectors
for the 2e and c64.  I also have a deneb board in one of my amiga
2000s.  It's a usb 2.0 controller that works with all sorts of things
including usb ethernet adapters.

There's a lot of this sort of thing in the amiga community.  There's a
guy in germany making a device called the indivision.  It attaches to
one of the amiga custom chips and provides a vga connector.  There's a
also a guy in russia making memory expanders for the a600.  Then
there's the mediator from elbox.  All we need now is for someone to
make a new 68060 accelerator upgrade for the 1200 and/or the cpu slots
like in the 2000.  Those seem unlikely inspite of the crazy prices
those boards get on ebay.  Even 68040 upgrade boards would be
exceedingly popular.

brian




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