Restarting Old Amiga's

Zane Healy healyzh at
Tue Jun 9 13:23:46 CDT 2020

> On Jun 9, 2020, at 8:31 AM, David Brownlee <abs at> wrote:
> On Mon, 8 Jun 2020 at 21:24, Ethan O'Toole via cctalk
> <cctalk at> wrote:
>> There are some killer upgrades for the A500 that give it ~40mhz, 8MB of
>> RAM and hard drive via SD or CF cards. These upgrades might run $150-$200,
>> not bad compared to the flash cards that cost $120 for many systems or
>> say, the CF disk only for the Apple II @ $120ish.
> Maybe worth mentioning one of the more extreme non CPU Amiga upgrades
> - the zz9000, which is expensive at €349.00, but has quite an
> impressive set of features. List from
> for those
> who just prefer to read the damn text rather than bother with links :)
> * RTG: Up to 1920x1080 FHD screen resolution at 8bit 256-colors
> "Chunky", 16bit or 32bit color depths. (1920x1080 at 16 bit, all other
> resolutions up to 32 bit).
> * Enhanced VA2000CX Amiga native video passthrough functionality with
> AGA support (scandoubler with interlace flicker-fixer)
> * Dual 666MHz ARM Cortex A9 coprocessors to offload computing tasks
> like JPEG, MP3 decoding and graphics acceleration
> * 1GB DDR3 RAM
> * Ethernet interface: Get your Amiga online
> * USB port supports USB mass storage devices. The driver allows you to
> access USB sticks from workbench.
> * SD Card interface (for firmware updates, not currently usable from AmigaOS)
> * For Amiga 500, 2000, 3000 and 4000 (Zorro 2 and 3 compatible)
> * Drivers, firmware and schematics are open sourced:
> * Includes ZZ9000CX video slot capture card with cable
> * Includes metal slot bracket
> * Includes a minimal SDK with C examples for running ARM code from AmigaOS
> * Important: To use ZZ9000 with Amiga 500, you need a Zorro II adapter
> like Rob Cranley's Z-500 or the Checkmate 1500 Zorro adapter.
> (Also has support for other operating systems for those that swing that way :)
> David

My main A3000 has a Picasso IV+, and a 10Mbit 10Base-2 card, this would be a seriously tempting update.  I never got around to adding USB, and would like a better Network card.

Do you have one of these?  I’m afraid I haven’t been on the Amiga email lists, or boards for a *VERY* long time.


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