5 thoughts on “Episode 25 – Blood Money

  • January 7, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Well I think you might be able to guess who has a 3000UX. In fact you can see mine on our video from the Vintage Computer Festival East 10 (A.K.A. VCFE-X) in Wall New Jersey last year over at thegurumeditation.org

    I got my 3000UX just to get a 3000, since it is an Amiga you can have two floppy drives on, and can connect to any monitor with VGA due to the scandoubler built in. It came with no hard drive so it has no UNIX installed, but I did later pick up the tape drive and do have an install tape for Amiga UNIX. Interestingly, Amiga UNIX was actually being developed for the 2000 with Commodore Accelerator cards.If you hold the mouse button down booting a 2000 with the 2620 Accelerator (which I used to have in my 2000) you were presented with a two choice screen to select Amiga DOS or A/UX booting. This caused issues with later Kickstarts (2.0 and up) which have an early boot screen to select boot device, which required new ROMs for the 2620 and 2630 Accelerators.

    Biggest issue with the 3000, was that small form factor. It has 4 shared slots. One is shared Zorro III and the video slot, the rest are shared Zorro III and ISA. So if you install a Toaster, which takes up two slots, and sits in video, you lose two Zorro slots. It made the 3000 very tight for a video system and a company actually came out with a box called the Toaster Cozzy that pulled the video slot connection out of the 3000 into a box that sat on top of the 3000 to hold the Toaster and get it out of the 3000 freeing up the 4 Zorro slots for other things.

    Because of the small space and not much of an advantage over the 2000, the 3000 did not sell very well. When it was out, more people still wanted the 2500. THe only thing you could not upgrade a 2000 to have that the 3000 does is Zorro III (the 32bit version of the Zorro II expansion bus). But since you could get combo card accelerators with RAM and the drive controller right on the 32bit card with the 68030, and you had boards to add the new Agnus with 2MB Chip mem to the 2000, many felt the 3000 just did not give enough back for what you were losing in space.

    You also lost some compatibility with the 3000. With the 2000 even with an accelerator you had the original 68000 to fall back to if you had software that would not run well on the faster processor. You also could with Kickstart switchers fall back to 1.3 even if you had 2.0 or 3.0 installed on your 2000. The 3000 never had 1.3 so could not fall back to that at all.

    I do have an offer from one of the guys who is part of the group who puts on VCFE, and is a UNIX guy, to help me get this 3000UX up and running with UNIX, and I have picked up a SCSI to SD card to replace the hard drive in the 3000 so I hope to have that running at some point.

    My best Blood Money memory is bringing it to my old High School which had a TV station with Video Toaster. I knew someone who was taking that class, and we loaded it up on the Toaster machine. That opening floored everyone. The video and music, that biggest unanswered question

    "Where is the money"

    We played that game for hours that day. Thankfully they didn't need the switcher.

    Guru Anthony

  • January 7, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Oh, and big thing to remember is the ISA are slots in the 2000/3000/4000 are not directly accessible by the Amiga. they are used by the Bridgeboard hardware PC boards for their expansions. There was a Golden Gate board that took up one Zorro and ISA that allowed you to bridge the slots and use ISA on the Amiga, but worked only for limited cards that people wrote drivers for. Notably being the standard Ethernet cards of the day. I met a guy at VCFE who still sells these boards.

    ISA were also used to supply power only to internal Timebase corrector boards needed by the Video Toaster.

  • January 7, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, thanks for all the info Anthony! Would you mind posting a pic of your 3000UX or emailing one to me to post on the blog? Great memory too of playing Blood Money on the Video Toaster 🙂

  • January 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I'll get some good pictures tonight. I have one of the 3000UX alone from VCFE, but what makes a 3000UX a UX (aside from saying it on the nameplate on the front) is that Tape drive which commodore made to match the look of the 3000 and did a real nice job on. 3000UX machines also came with a three button "pregnant" mouse. I have the two button version, that three button one being very very rare. Thankfully I do have other three button Amiga mice.

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