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Offline Dew-It

Lurker finally bought a Amiga 500
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:35:51 AM »
Been lurking the forums for years. Just bought a Amiga 500 off of ebay. What's a good start for a new Amiga user? I also own a Atari 1040STe as well. I know it's a Atari.
 

Offline amiman99

Re: Lurker finally bought a Amiga 500
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2018, 07:50:41 PM »
Get the gotek drive from Ebay and flash it with HxC firmware.
you can use ADF file like normal disks.
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Offline Dew-It

Re: Lurker finally bought a Amiga 500
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2018, 06:47:19 AM »
Quote from: amiman99;837826
Get the gotek drive from Ebay and flash it with HxC firmware.
you can use ADF file like normal disks.


What about SCSI hard drives? I have some SCSI hard drives I would like to use with the Amiga 500. What would I need too connect a scsi hard drive to a Amiga 500 and do I need extra memory for games or will all games load in 512K. Is 1mb memory required for some games?
 

Offline amiman99

Re: Lurker finally bought a Amiga 500
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2018, 01:37:35 PM »
For SCSI you will need a SCSI controller, and that will cost you some money.
There are alot of options to upgrade the 500.

Extra 512k RAM in the trapdoor it's always nice, most games will use it and some games require it. Buy that for sure.

The question is, how much you are willing to spend and what you want to do with your Amiga 500?
A500 KS 2.1, 1MB Chip, 68000
A600 KS 3.1, 2MB Chip, ACA630 32MB RAM
A1000 KS 1.3, 8MB RAM
A1200 KS 3.1, Blizzard IV 50MHz 64MB RAM
A2000 KS 2.1, 68030 25MHz, 6MB RAM
A3000 KS 3.1, 68030 25MHz, 16MB RAM
A4000 KS 3.0, 68040 25MHz, 16MB RAM
CDTV KS 3.1, 4MB RAM
CD32
(AROS BOX) Dead :(
 

Offline Dew-It

Re: Lurker finally bought a Amiga 500
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2018, 05:50:06 PM »
Use it mostly to play games. I suppose a ide sidecar hard drive is a better choice than scsi? Does the scsi hard drive have to have parity  to be used with the side car hard drives such as the Supra 500XP? Looks like you get the added benefit of extra memory when you have one of these sidecar hard drives. Is there a limit on how large of a hard drive you can use with a Amiga 500?
 

Offline pyrre

Re: Lurker finally bought a Amiga 500
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2018, 09:17:36 PM »
Quote from: Dew-It;837868
Use it mostly to play games. I suppose a ide sidecar hard drive is a better choice than scsi? Does the scsi hard drive have to have parity  to be used with the side car hard drives such as the Supra 500XP? Looks like you get the added benefit of extra memory when you have one of these sidecar hard drives. Is there a limit on how large of a hard drive you can use with a Amiga 500?
Lots of questions :)

1: SCSI vs IDE does not really matter. It mostly depends on whats available. But yea, sidecars are the preferred way. However. there are some interesting DIY internal options if your steady with a solder iron and are able to source the necessary parts.

2: Drives in amiga does not have any form of parity by default. It is up to the user to perform regular backups.
However. there has been some success with raid controllers in amigas before. Try searching up the topic on the forum.

4: Some of the sidecars do provide optional ram sockets in various forms. But rarity increases as well.

5: YES. by default (using FFS=Fast File System) max is 4GB total size on any given drive. And you should never exceed 500MB for boot partition or 2GB size for other various partitions. Other rules apply when using different filesystems. But be aware of compatibility with your current kickstart....!
When you get familiar with the systems and are able to experiment, you can increase HDD sizes. Quite a lot. But the absolute max DRIVE is around 128GB (if i am not misstaken)
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