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A1200 Motherboard Repairs (part 2)

Lets take a look at another couple of A1200 boards from the pile.

The first one was working right away, it was just missing its mouse port. With it being a rev. 1.D.4, the mouse port is on a ribbon cable from a pin header which was missing. All I needed to do was clean up the board and solder on some new pins. Fixed in 5 minutes. Everything else seems to work; HDD, Floppy, Sound and PCMCIA.

The next board however is proving more challenging…
At fist I couldn’t got it to power up properly. The power LED was on but no other sign of life. I could see that a couple of caps around the power input looked bad so I changed them.

It then powered up but still without an image on the screen. I could tell it booted by only by the floppy drive idle clicking.
Next I tried the composite video output rather than RGB. Now I can see an image, but its badly colored.

So I think this is something to do with the composite output system and the RGB output. But at least the board is working.

Amiga 1200 Motherboard Repairs

I decided it would be a good idea to find a spare motherboard for my A1200 tower or WHDLoad system. I thought I might have one or two in storage that might need attention but should be fixable.

Found 5! (3x version 1.D.4 and 2x 1.D.1)

The first board I selected (v1.D.4) booted up fine with a pair of 3.0 roms. I connected a compatible floppy drive and played some Alien Breed II form 20 minutes or so. Everything seems to be in order but the sound is a bit low.

Next I need to test out the PCMCIA connector and see if Hard Drives work on the IDE port. Changing the capacitors on this and some of the other boards would also be a good move. So far its a good start. The cost of A1200 motherboards has gone up a lot from when I used to buy them for £15-20 each 10 years ago. They regularly sell for £100+. 

Looks like I need more Kickstart Roms and Cap kits.


I’ll be taking part in a 24 hour video game marathon this month to support the charity Special Effect.

They specialize in helping people with disabilities access video games. Furthermore they support access to technology that can lead to independent education, work and leisure.

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Christmas Time

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

At Christmas time I would always get excited for a new console, or the next must have game when I was a kid. Even though its not the same with modern games, Christmas is a great time to play some old favorites again.

Thanks for all comments and emails this year. See you in 2017.


One of the things I’ve been looking into recently is a way of getting better quality photos of my consoles in my collection.
The main concern is having a consistant plain white background.
I think I’ve found a cheap solution.


I’m using a white blackout rollerblind to make a clean “sweeping” background. The lights are a pair of LED wallmount flood lights. The effect looks quite good and was a lot cheaper than some of the starter photography setup kits on eBay.