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My Amiga 500 "Enter" and "Return" keys wont work... possible causes?

I recently bought an almost working Amiga 500. When I got the unit in, I found that it mostly worked, the floppy drive spindle needed greasing, and the ram expansion just needed re-seating... but ...
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Looking for a multiline text gadget for Intuition on a 1.3 Amiga

I've come to understand that Intuition, the GUI framework on the stock A500 has 4 types of gadgets: 'boolean' - checkboxes and buttons 'Proportional' - sliders string inputs integer inputs I'm ...
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Save state systems

With an Amiga A500, Action Replay cartridge (v1.5 or later) and memory expansion, it was possible to save a copy of the state of memory, much like a save state in an emulator. Were there any other ...
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Can Alice be hacked to use more than 2MB Chip Ram

Is it possible to hack Amiga Alice chip and use more than 2MB CHIP RAM? It's a long shot, but I assume if it was possible someone would have done it already? The maximum amount of Chip RAM in any ...
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Amiga 500 WorkBench 1.2 Freezes

When I load the Workbench, it loads normally and I can use the mouse to select and open folders and load programs as expected. What happens is, at random, if I double-click on an icon the icon will ...
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I have two A500s which won't boot from Workbench 1.3

I inherited two A500s. The other day I brought them out and hooked them up with their A500 power supplies. The monitor displays the hand asking for the Workbench disc, and the A500 drive clicks as it ...
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PC Task performance

What sort of performance I can expect from PC Task 4.4 on Amiga 500 + 030 50MHz MMU, 64MB RAM? Would it be possible to run Windows 3.11 / 95 and have any real use from it?
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How to limit RAM available to Workbench

Is there a way to limit Fast RAM used by Amiga OS 3.1, i.e. if A500 with 030 MMU detects full 64MB in address ranges 0x40000000 to 0x44000000. Instead, can I choose to map only 8MB in lower ranges at ...
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Why does Amiga 500 reset when reading a faulty disk

I have a copy of Syndicate disks for Amiga (I have original as well) and apparently the disk is damaged / faulty. It loads up to language selection menu, then tries to read disk and resets the ...
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Will US Amiga 500 work in UK with UK power supply?

Apart from the input voltage there are video signals (PAL, NTSC). Will I be able to use A500 that came from USA by just swapping a power supply, or any of the chips need to be replaced as well?
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Should I use the internal or external drive for loading Amiga 500 games?

I have a working (I think) Amiga 500 system with an internal DF0 drive and an external DF1 drive. The Amiga 500 powers up with Workbench v1.3. Can anyone tell me how to access a game disc (Marble ...
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How many Amiga 590 units were sold?

The A590 was an external hard disk for the Amiga 500, in 'sidecar' form factor, that could also hold an extra megabyte of RAM. How many 590s were sold, throughout its life?
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Fixing an ailing Amiga 500

My old Amiga 500 has been living in its box for the past 20 years and does not function as it should. When turned on initially it seems to work fine, loads the Workbench disk and allows me to open/...
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Why was it not possible to cost-reduce the Amiga 500?

According to 'Commodore: The Final Years' (whole trilogy highly recommended, BTW), page 129, 'Jeff Porter realized it would not be possible to significantly cost reduce the Amiga 500 to get it into ...
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Any Issues with running Workbench 1.3 on a Kickstart 1.2 Amiga 500?

I own a fairly early Amiga 500 with Kickstart 1.2 ROMs, Commodore Logo key and the OCS Agnus 8371. Is this system completely compatible with Workbench 1.3? Or does WB 1.3 require Kickstart 1.3 ROMs? ...
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Amiga 500 OCS/ECS vs Mega Drive VDP

Superficially the Amiga 500 and Mega Drive are similar. Both run a Motorola 68000 CPU at similar clocks and both have dedicated hardware for sprite and other graphics operations. Comparing the arcade ...
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Attaching a CD-rom drive for Amiga 500

How can you attach a CD-ROM drive to an Amiga 500? Will any external SCSI drive do? Are drivers necessary and available?
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Amiga 500+ rev8A, 1 MB chip RAM and 0.5 MB slow RAM

I have an 500+ rev8A, I added the missing 0.5 MB RAM and the U32 to the motherboard. I also have 512 KB in the trapdoor. This results in 1.5 MB chip RAM; but I want to have 1 MB chip RAM and 0.5 MB ...
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Amiga 500+ does not start up [closed]

Amiga 500+ does not start up. It has been offline for a considerable amount of time. The machine powers up but does not move from that point. I have inserted the workbench disk. Can anyone advise the ...
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Is it possible to expand Amiga 500 rev 8 to 1.5 MB with a 1MB trapdoor expansion?

Is it possible to expand an Amiga 500 rev 8 (not an Amiga 500 plus) to 1.5 MB of Chip RAM using an A501+ expansion? It is plug and play or are modifications required? This is the board: Source: ...
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Alternative to Amiga 520A Video Adapter

So I snagged a North American Amiga 500 on sale at a flea market. I purchased a DSub to VGA connector in the hopes I could get some color output. After getting strange Horizontal sync on my monitor, I ...
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Repairing/Lubing/Fixing Amiga 500 floppy drive

I have acquired an Amiga 500 that seems fully functional, but the floppy disk drive seems to have mechanical issues. I could get it to read a few floppy disks until the last one wouldn't pop out when ...
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Practical differences between the three Amiga 500 rev 5 motherboards?

The Big Book of Amiga Hardware lists three different versions of the Amiga 500 rev 5 motherboard which it names Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3. Were the changes made only to simplify manufacturing, or ...
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How did the Amiga 500 left-side expansion port work?

On the Amiga 500 there is an expansion port How did the expansion port work?
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Change Amiga Shell keyboard layout in Workbench 1.3

I'm using Workbench 1.3 in Amiga 500. I managed to change the Spanish keyboard in "SetMap", as shown in the following figure: And I can write text with special spanish characters (ñ,ç,ó,á,...) from ...
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