Restarting Old Amiga's

Zane Healy healyzh at
Tue Jun 9 13:04:01 CDT 2020

On Jun 9, 2020, at 4:30 AM, Jules Richardson via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> On 6/8/20 3:02 PM, Zane Healy via cctalk wrote:
>> I have the urge to get my Amiga’s back up and running.  I’m still trying
>> to find my main Amiga A3000, but have found my A500 and my A600.  The
>> problem is, I don’t remember the last time I powered these on.  It’s
>> been a long time since I’ve had time.  In the case of the A3000, I think
>> it’s been about 17 years.  My Atari TT030 has been even longer. :-(
>> Any advice about powering them up?
> As others have said, battery corrosion is a definite possibility, at least for the 3000. YMMV with hard drives, too - I think 100MB Quantums were the norm, and they do seem to be prone to stiction issues as they get older (the one in my 2500 sometimes needs a little help to get going)
> Other than that it's common sense stuff though, visual check for issues, clean floppy drive heads, isolate and test PSU, try applying power, reseat stuff as necessary.

I assume the spare A3000 has the Quantum, my heavily modified beater A3000 was last run using an external drive (I forget why, I think I wanted to avoid messing with the AmigaOS 3.1 install on the local disk.  The external disk has AmigaOS 3.9 on it.  I know where that HD is, and where my CD-ROM’s are.  I’m just not sure where the A3000, keyboard, and CD-ROM drive are.

I think my next project needs to be to pull out my spare A3000 and check it over.  It’s been nagging at the back of my head for years. 

While I’m digging for my main A3000, I think I need to hunt up stuff like a floppy cleaning kit.  I think I know where they should be.  It’s been way too long since I messed with this stuff.  I even moved all the Amiga books somewhere about a month ago…


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