Welcome, EzdineG! So cool for someone of your past and experience to join. We're happy to have you!
I can totally relate to the A1000
magnetism. It's such a cool little machine. This weekend - while battling a virus - I started to experiment with the MKL 8MB RAM to 68000 device, too
. I put it in for the first time the other day, and it's been just fantastic. I'd like to post about it before passing out. We'll see how that goes.
My daily driver is an A2000
and it's pretty much exactly the way I want it. I'm fairly sure it'll never see another upgrade for a very long time. I have lots of "things" I could put in it (some old, some brand new) but I'm in no rush. It's exactly what the doctor ordered.
But I have 3 other fully working Amiga machines, 2 of which I'm actively playing with lately. One is a pristine stock A1000 that I built out of two other machines: internals from one, case/keyboard from the other. It looks amazing and is a joy to use. Most of the time. I did just add that 8MB of RAM, so as a result I've removed my sidecar expansion RAM. 8.5MB of RAM on the little thing feels gluttonous - I just love it. (I have another MKL board in-coming as a backup spare.)
My other machine that I've been goofing around with a lot is a Phoenix
from Australia, which I've converted to NTSC. I actually found an original NTSC 1MB Agnus that is inbound, too, which will go into it. It'll be 100% pure USA, baby. Just because. What's cool about these later model Agnus chips is they can flip back and forth. I just really wanted an "NTSC" message in SysInfo... So dumb! I put the Phoenix in a slightly less-pretty case I had from a dead 1000 I'd picked up last year locally for a very nice price.
Fairly recently I figured out how to get the Phoenix to use its internal SCSI controller
to fire up a SCSI2SD with a 256MB SD card in it (2 partitions). That machine auto-boots
Workbench in 20 seconds flat! It's amazing. The only real "issue" I have with that machine is it is stuck at 2MB of RAM, 1 chip and 1 fast. That, and I've been spending way too much time trying to get the machine's floppies to not get jammed when I put the case back together. Other than that, the machine is super fun, even though it does seem to have its own unique peculiarities about it that are often hard to predict or (for me) even understand.
I wish I had more room in my house... In an ideal world I'd have 4 machines hooked up at the same time all of the time. My 2000, the Phoenix, the 1000 and my breadbin C64. I'm lucky to have any room at all, but as it is I can only run 2 at a time. All of them get driven to BBSes fairly regularly via some new WiFi modems that are out there now.
Anyhoo... stoked to see and hear what you're up to! Thanks for joining.