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Amiga 500 1.3 machine only boots on drive 0 (DF0:) by default. There are programs that make it able to boot on DF1: but they're not really interesting because a lot of games either: have physical copy protection (even cracked copies can have some bits remaining and demand a disk in drive 0) have non-OS compliant track loader which only searches the disk in ...


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'Jeff Porter realized it would not be possible to significantly cost reduce the Amiga 500 to get it into the $250 retail price range'. They could have cost-reduced the A500 - perhaps even to $250 retail - but they would have had to make some compromises that (thankfully) they weren't willing to do. There were a lot of chips on the board. They needed ...


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They did, with the A600. But in true late-stage Commodore fashion, they screwed it up and made it more expensive. To cost-reduce an A500, you'd have to reproduce its spec on simpler silicon. The market wasn't interested in an 8 MHz 68000 in 1991/92: the PC had stolen all of the Amiga's thunder at commodity prices. The Amiga's niche silicon was just too ...


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The Amiga 500 has a very console-like experience for the most part when it comes to games. Treat DF0:, the internal drive, like you would the cartridge slot of a Super NES or a Sega Genesis. Just put your game into the internal drive and let the Amiga boot from it. :) You can either leave the game in the drive and power the machine on, or alternatively you ...


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No, you can and, more importantly, it is fully supported to run Workbench 1.3 on a Kickstart 1.2 machine. This was rather common back at that time, because Workbench 1.3 brought some nice new features (like the RAD: drive, better printer drivers), and at least in Europe the first batches of Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000 arrived still with Kickstart 1.2. On ...


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After posting the question I got a lot of helpful responses. This made me purchase a DiagROM on eBay. The DiagROM initially ran all tests fine, but after about 15 minutes it would hang when starting the 2nd graphics test. All other tests still worked fine without a problem. One of the other suggestions was to use contact cleaner to clean all the DIP sockets, ...


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Syndicate uses a standard DOS format, and is completely OS compliant when it comes to disk operations. It also has no physical copy protection. If the disk sectors where executable itself is stored were corrupt, you'd probably get a message at bootup: failed to load executable, something like that. Now if one data file is corrupt, and the game doesn't check ...


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An unmodified Amiga 500 provides two outputs: analogue and digital RGB through its DB23M connector monochrome composite through its RCA connector Colour encoding is identical in both PAL and NTSC variants on the RGB output, and not present on the RCA connector, so the vast majority of screens with the corresponding inputs will work fine with either (they ...


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I have both the Wicher 500i and the IDE68k (in fact I have 2 of each). The IDE CD drive is recognized by both using 2nd IDE channel. However, it crashes so often (Workbench 3.1.4). The headache is selecting the right software and drivers to make this work! Still, I didn't figure it out.


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