6 thoughts on “Amigos Video Special – Setting up an Amiga 500

  • December 31, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Does your 500 still have the RF shielding? I didn't realise that the thing rusts overtime – I only found out when I went to give my 1200 a clean (after 10 years). The rust had dropped onto the motherboard, so maybe it's a good thing it was cleaned before being turned on again. You don't necessarily need it if you use composite / RGB. Mind you, does the 500 just have RF out?

    Those 520s do stick out a bit don't they lol.

  • January 1, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I don't think there's any shielding in there, underneath the case is just the motherboard, thankfully!

  • January 3, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Hey, nice to mention the fan in the power supply. Big box Amigas (1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000) have those as well as the CDTV and you do have to be careful when you turn them on to ensure the fan is working or you can overheat the machine. Though that does not always cause damage, it is not generally good. My Video Toaster 4000 was received because the fan had failed and they thought the machine dead and threw it in the trash. We rescued it and replaced the fan and hard drives (The power connectors of the hard drives are next to the power supply and melted) and the machine works perfectly now.

    I never had the 520 back in the day but i did run my first Amiga on a 1701 monitor like that. I got a C-View adapter that was better built than Commodores 520 and had the split RCA output that plugs into the Chroma and Luma inputs in the back of the 1701 and instead of the huge box, on the Amiga side it was just a cable end connector like a serial cable might have so you didnt have that huge mass trying to sit on the video port. I am sorry I sold that adapter with my 500 way back, but I did get a 2620 accelerator for my 2000 with the money so not a bad trade off.

    Cool video and always great to see people hooking back up their Amigas. Sorry about the top of the case. I have a spare bottom but not top though if I come across something I'll let you know.

    Guru Anthony

  • January 3, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Lucky find with the video toaster! Some of my best computer acquisitions came from "broken" machines as well that were an easy fix.

    C-View adapter, eh? A quick Google search didn't turn up anything for me. Are they still obtainable? Aaron is trying to fix the 520, but it would be nice to have an affordable backup solution.

    Thanks for keeping an eye out for a topcase! And thanks for the comment 🙂

  • January 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    yea not often getting such a find, especially not nowadays.

    Unfortunately I have not seen it come up on eBay, ever. Why I regret having included it in my A500 when I sold it. But then back in the 90s I never thought I would need it. Nowadays with 1084 monitors dying anything that will convert Amiga video to a form that works on other monitors is golden.

    I have two C-View adapters but for the 2000 which I picked up later on. They do the same thing but they go in the video slot not on the 23 pin RGB connector.

    There are other A520 type boxes. The V.I.P. gives you an actual S-Video cable port. I managed to scarf up one of those. But keep in mind a lot of genlocks (especially with external sliders so you dont need software controls to switch the output to the Amiga) will also work. SuperGen, while expensive back in the day is a lot less in demand now. I picked up my SuperGen for less than an A520 goes for normally on eBay.

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