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    Amiga 500, cost £350, saved up for at £10 a week from my saturday job, plus birthday and christmas money.

    Then added a extra 512kb <- yes thats right kb. of ram for the socket underneath.
    Plus an additional 3 1/2 floppy drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budgester View Post
    Amiga 500, cost £350,
    Then added a extra 512kb <- yes thats right kb. of ram for the socket underneath.
    When I got my A600 I wanted to fit a hard drive - 20mb if you please!!! Found out the model I bought had kickstart 2.04 and 2.05 was needed for hard drive support. Got on a train to Upminster to buy new Kickstart chip (they actually had one in stock!!!). Fitted using a butter knife to prize out the old chip from the DIP socket.

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    Good old days. Never really worked with Amigas (well, not my own) but a butter knife was indeed the tool of choice for removal of many such sockets. I did a memory upgrade on my old 800XL which required soldering (and oddly, worked!) but after that it was removable chips all the way.I remember being amazed when chips no longer really needed long legs, which I think was when I fitted a 256k memory upgrade to a Cirrus Logic VLB video card

    Still, bring back jumpers! Nothing looked more technical when building a computer than being able to read instructions and set a myriad of jumpers correctly to set bus & clock speeds, local address changes and what-not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Still, bring back jumpers! Nothing looked more technical when building a computer than being able to read instructions and set a myriad of jumpers correctly to set bus & clock speeds, local address changes and what-not!
    Aye, it's got too easy. Bring back jumpers, and IRQ settings, none of this "plug 'n' play" malarkey!

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    On which bombshell, who remembers the joys like this in your autoexec/config.sys files

    "SET BLASTER=A220 I7 D1 T3"

    First sound cards, Sound Blasters were an absolute joy but did anyone get to play with the Adlib/Gravis Sound System stuff? I missed out on those

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    My first ever MP3 player bought with my first ever "proper" wage =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by budgester View Post
    Amiga 500, cost £350, saved up for at £10 a week from my saturday job, plus birthday and christmas money.

    Then added a extra 512kb <- yes thats right kb. of ram for the socket underneath.
    Plus an additional 3 1/2 floppy drive.
    Aww I remember those days and the extra ram upgrade for my 500+ to allow me to play some new games and the 2nd FDD was a blessing for 2 game disks

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Aww I remember those days and the extra ram upgrade for my 500+ to allow me to play some new games and the 2nd FDD was a blessing for 2 game disks
    esp with games like beneath a steel sky on upwards of 10 disks think at one point i had 2 external floppys for my 1200 before i bought a hdd

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    Best tech .. there are lots of candidates.

    It would be a close call between my beloved CBM64 1541 drive and expert cartridge (was first year in high school) or my Google nexus 32GB tablet.

    The Cream brick wins of course, but damn I love my tablet.
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    Most awesome tech would be my Mac Book Air i got in 2011. After spending my whole life hating and laughing off anything Apple (like a lot of Techs do), i thought sod it at least i will know how to operate the Mac OS if i get one, it really opened my eyes and i think its the coolest laptop ever made, and my favourite piece of Technology.

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    Panasonic 3do! Beast of a games console back in the day. I was only a nipper when we got it, my mom won it on the Washing Line quiz/competition thing they used to do on the Big Breakfast. Released in about 1992 I think for about £500 over here. It was a silly expensive thing. The best part though was the 3.5mm headphone jack built into the controller with volume control, a feature we are just now getting on the ps4...

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    On which bombshell, who remembers the joys like this in your autoexec/config.sys files

    "SET BLASTER=A220 I7 D1 T3"

    First sound cards, Sound Blasters were an absolute joy but did anyone get to play with the Adlib/Gravis Sound System stuff? I missed out on those
    IRQ7, DMA1, forgot what the T was? I always remember that same list coming up each time I installed a game til in the end it was known off by heart.

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    A220 being the port, IRQ 7 (or often 5) DMA 1, can't remebmer the T, may even be wrong. There were a couple of other bits to enable adlib compatibility, model/card type but could never remember those!

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    Wasn't there something like only 7 IRQ spaces available? So the fun always come when two or more devices wanted to use the same channel. You had to move stuff around/re-configure so things that worked on the same channel where together and other channels where cleared. I seem to remember it always come down to a juggling act between com ports, modems and soundcards.

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