Picked up Commodore Amiga 2000

ethan at 757.org ethan at 757.org
Tue Oct 4 21:35:51 CDT 2016

> A buddy located this just in time, it was out at a scrapyard and we are
> about to get hit with a hurricane over here in florida. Picked up a
> commodore amiga 2000 with the keyboard, no mouse or monitor. I hooked it up
> to a tv via composite and get to the boot screen. It appears to have a scsi
> hard drive controller in it.
> I figured this would be the place to ask... It looks as if PC compatibility
> boards can be added to the machine,  boards with a 286, 386, or 486 and
> some memory on a board, capable of running  MS DOS. IF i were to install
> such a board, what kind of graphics capability would the dos side of things
> have?

I think the generic bridgecard might give you something like CGA, but the 
way the bizzare Amiga 2000 was created the bridge card (that is a PC on a 
board) sits in like the middle where there is a Zorro Slot and an ISA 
slot. So that bridge card then enables/drives all of the ISA slots, so you 
then add your VGA card into an ISA slot. Then connect a good monitor 
(Anything VGA is good compared to staring at a 15khz TV :-) and then 
you've got this crazy contraption on your desk with one keyboard, one 
computer that technically has a 2nd computer in it hooked to two monitors 

This is just me, but the spirit of having an Amiga 2000 (which don't get 
me wrong, is cool, I gave mine away and slightly regret it!) is running 
Amiga software. I'd go for a NewTek Toaster before going for the 
bridgecard. There is also software (I don't think hardware is involved) to 
run Mac software on Amigas as well.

SCSI card is a great start, none of mine ever had those.

Ethan O'Toole

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