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Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2019, 03:54:54 PM »
So a quick update...I've managed to get CD32 games burned to a disc to play just fine with both Paula audio and CDDA audio. I had a copy of IDEFix and the CD32 emulator works like a charm after setting it up. I just wish it played CDTV games as I'd love to play the CDTV version of Defender of the Crown CDTV on my machine. I've tried other emulators like CDBoot and the emulator that came with my Squirrel interface but no luck. Anybody know of a good way to play CDTV discs on an A1200? I know I can just use WHDLoad but then I lose the cool voice acting and CD audio.

I solved my mixing of Paula and CDDA audio problem by purchasing this passive mixer...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00102ZN40

It works perfectly with no distortion or added noise.

I have a few more mods to do (waiting on parts) and I will be close to done with my build.  :)
 

Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2019, 02:07:55 AM »
So I decided to buy a new keyboard instead of using an old Dell keyboard I had laying around. I knew I wanted to buy a mechanical keyboard since I loved the feel. After searching online I found a place that lets you customize your keyboard however you like.

https://www.wasdkeyboards.com/

One of my favorite things about wasd is that you can choose an Amiga OS key. So I ordered one with the Amiga OS keys, brown tactile switches, and a classic layout. It was a bit pricey but it turned out awesome.







I wanted to put a badge on the keyboard but didn't want to use a cheap sticker. So a quick trip to A1200.net turned up this little beauty...

https://www.a1200.net/product/a1200-metal-badge-checkmark/






And with that my A1200 project is almost done. The only thing left is the Vampire 1200.  :)
 

Offline nbache

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2019, 10:26:59 AM »
Nice.

You do realise that the Alt and Amiga keys are swapped compared to a "real" classic keyboard, right?

Was that an option that could be configured?

Best regards,

Niels
 

Offline kolla

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2019, 12:44:55 PM »
You do realise that the Alt and Amiga keys are swapped compared to a "real" classic keyboard, right?

Was that an option that could be configured?

They write about custom layouts and "useful remaps", but I don't see anything in their ordering system for the most common remaps like swapping "GUI keys" and ALT-keys (it's not just Amiga, Mac keyboards are the same), or swapping left ctrl and caps-lock.
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Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2019, 12:50:13 PM »
Nice.

You do realise that the Alt and Amiga keys are swapped compared to a "real" classic keyboard, right?

Was that an option that could be configured?

Best regards,

Niels

I do and the keyboard is actually programmable thanks to DIP switches underneath it. It even comes with a key puller. I'll get around to swapping them around sometime. Right now I'm just using it with my PC at the moment because it just feels so nice to type on.
 

Offline nbache

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2019, 09:00:36 PM »
Ah, now that's a nice solution, having it configurable by the user.

Best regards,

Niels

Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2019, 09:45:02 PM »
It's a really nice keyboard. It's solid as a rock and has some heft to it. Now that I've been using it on my PC I almost don't want to give it up for the Amiga. Something tells me I'll be ordering another on in the near future.
 

Offline Pyromania

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2019, 10:04:21 AM »
Nice setup, thanks for sharing. The Checkmate A1500 is a well designed case. Steven Jones is awesome!
 

Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2019, 09:22:18 PM »
Just a quick update...

Looks like I'm one of the first folks to get a Vampire 1200 card. As soon as I receive it I'll update the thread with pictures, impressions, etc. Looking forward to some sweet Vampire goodness. Thanks Igor for the hard work!
 

Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2020, 01:45:02 AM »
Look what arrived today...












Offline giZmo350

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2020, 02:12:15 AM »
OK!!!!! You don't have to gloat about it!!!!!!   ;D

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Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2021, 09:45:59 PM »
So I've been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and I'm probably going to be selling my entire Amiga collection to help pay for treatment, including my prized possession that is the subject of this thread. I've got to start cataloging everything this coming weekend. Trying to decide whether to break everything up or just sell everything together.
 

Offline QuikSanz

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2021, 12:31:50 AM »
Oh MY! That's terrible news, I've seen you here on, off for many Years. Stage 4 is not a good prognosis, go for new treatments if you can "Volunteer" otherwise just get your house in order and your head tight with God. Best to you and your family.

Chris
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Offline ToddH

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2021, 07:18:19 PM »
Yeah I have a tough battle ahead and to be honest the outlook isn’t good. I’ve already sold a lot of my toys, such as my guitars and equipment, to help pay what insurance won’t. Plus  it takes the burden off my wife in case the worst happens she won’t have to try and get rid of this stuff. Im fairly certain she wouldn’t know what to do with a bunch of old classic computer equipment, which is one of the reasons I'm getting rid of it now. She’d probably just give it all to Goodwill. And I’d rather it go to someone that will enjoy and cherish it as much as I do.

It’s been a great run. I’ve been a member of the Amiga community since the late 80s. My favorite time was the early 90s when I spent a lot of time at the Amiga users group at the University of Georgia. Like most others I left after the death of the Amiga but found my way back. Seems like every year there are fewer of us left.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2021, 06:05:35 PM by ToddH »
 

Offline BozzerBigD

Re: My Checkmate A1500 Plus Amiga 1200 Project
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2021, 09:13:48 PM »
@ToddH

God bless. You are an inspiration with all your Amiga adventures! You even put your wife first by getting your house in order and getting your 'miggies to a good home. Keep on keeping on!
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