Commodore Amiga 1000
Donor: Doug Walker
My co-worker Doug blessed me with this Amiga 1000. This is the original model. One big difference between the 1000 and subsequent models was that the BIOS wasn't in ROM. Rather it was loaded off a " Kickstart" disk. This added much flexibility to the system, as low level changes could be made. One notable example was the "clicking external drive" problem. Amigas would continually check an extension drive to see if it yet contained a disk. This would cause a clicking sound, which became annoying after awhile. There were third-party tools available to prevent the click, but most Amiga users just made sure that there was always a disk in the second drive. However, Amiga 1000 owners could just apply a patch to their Kickstart disk and avoid the whole problem.
Once the machine boots off of the Kickstart disk, it then needs a Workbench disk, that contains the OS. Unfortunately, Doug didn't provide me with a Kickstart disk, so I can't get the box up and running. (Although, to be honest, I haven't actually asked him if he still has the disk. I guess I ought to.)
Owner: Joey Ennis
I bought this Amiga several years ago from a friend, and I still use it for games today, the multitasking is great. In fact it was one of the very first computers to offer real time multitasking. And the memory was expandable to 8 megs. It could digitize pictures, video, and even display pictures with more than 4000 colors in ham mode. Animation was a breeze, the "Juggler" demo proved this.
The Amiga was a great computer that never really got a chance to live, although they are still being used and supported today.
Here is the original spec sheet for the Amiga 1000.
In recent years, many of the above problems have been fixed. Thus, I have been inundated with loads of corrections sent in over the last year. Here are a few:
My apologies to the Amiga community for not adding these corrections sooner! I would love to list everyone that sent in corrections, but there were literally dozens.
For the latest Amiga information, be sure to check the Amiga Web Directory.
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