Has anyone experienced an aca 500 that did not work with an a1000?
This is complicated, but I know the ACA500+ would not work well with my machine because it does not play nice with the Rejuvenator (it has something to do with the side expansion port). I have a friend who had both installed and the machine would not boot 25% of the time.
The ACA500+, a very cool device, as you say was designed for the A500 and happens to work with the 1000. I've talked to Jens about this product before and he confided with me that he had an A1000 specific design, which he's simply never produced. You know - forward-facing, vertical, etc. He didn't think there was a big enough market for it, however, so never mashed the gas on it.
But the ACA500+, like the Vampire, in all intents and purposes will take the machine over. It really only needs the 1000 for power and input devices. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that (I have one sitting in a box... perhaps you'd like to buy it?). It's all just about what kind of experience you're after. There are lots of options out there.
And, in fact, it's the ACA500+'s design specifically that got Mr. Dunklee mapping out a potential future product.
... their design got me thinking how the board can steal the bus away from the CPU. While I’d never do a Vampire hack to the A1000, I think the same technique could be used to pause the CPU, then transfer KickStart (and SD driver etc.) from disk to memory, then give the bus back to the CPU, thinking KickStart’s already been loaded. Now that would be a really cool add on…
Exciting times and lots of options on the horizon. What more could we ask for? =)