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C > COMMODORE  > AMIGA 3000


 

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Monday 30th July 2007
George (greece)

I have an amiga 3000
What i must do to use the 1.3 rom. I can see no choising screen when the amiga starts and it boot with 2.0 kick start..


Tuesday 8th August 2006
Nick Henning (Isle of Wight)

Regarding qwerty's problem - The spin-up time of the hard drive may be causing the problem. The original kickstart ROMs didn't allow much time for hard-drive spin-up and if it takes too long, the system assumes that there is no HD attached and shows the boot screen. If this is the case, doing a warm reset (Cntrl-Amiga-Amiga) should boot the system.
What shut down procedure???? This is an Amiga!
I think the only way round this problem is to get a faster drive :-)


Tuesday 27th June 2006
qwerty (a place still)

I mean amiga 3000 :-)


Tuesday 27th June 2006
qwerty (a place)

Hi everyone,

I have an amiga 300, and quite frequintly whenever I turn it on I get the kick-start choosing screen with the hard drive greyed out. I have it properly installed, though I have been failing to follow shut down procidure properly till now, though it seems like that shoulden't be enough to kill the hard drive. Even when I was turning it off improperly, I had no applications running when I did. Any help please?


Wednesday 25th January 2006
Peter Jutzies (Germany)

Hello,

The first version of the A3000 was shipped without Kickstart-ROM, because the Kickstart V2.0 was only beta. The Kickstart (1.3 or 2.0) was booted from a 50 or 100 MB hard disk. The version of the Kickstart was selected in a bootmenu, which appeared when a mouse button was pressed in the cold start phase.


Wednesday 6th July 2005
Michael Jantzen (Beaverton Oregon)

Few corrections - the 3000 and 3000T had Zorro 3 slots, not Zorro 2, and the 3000/16 wasn't so rare - I even had one at one point.


Tuesday 17th May 2005
Ekkehard Morgenstern (Germany)
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The Amiga 3000 was a magnificent machine for its time. I bought mine in 1992, a 25 MHz version with AmigaOS 2.1. The OS was partially in ROM, and I upgraded it to AmigaOS 3.1 some years later.

What hasn't been mentioned here is that it, as the only Amiga model, had a VGA connector to connect VGA monitors capable of 50/60 Hz vertical frequency. A scan-doubler (that could be switched off for 15 kHz monitors) created the 31 kHz horizontal frequency required by VGA monitors. It had so-called "productivity" graphics modes which exploited some of the VGA characteristics, with less colors and a restricted palette (like 4 out of 64 colors). The downside of these modes were that they ate up all of the DMA cycles. A better approach would've been a multi-frame interface like that used by the A2024 monitor (which I also owned).

The A2024 monitor was capable of displaying 1008 x 1024 pixels in 4 shades of gray, which was enough for the 3D look of the AmigaOS 2.0 user interface. It was achieved by sending 4 frames to the monitor, which resulted effectively in a screen refresh rate of 10 or 15 Hz, respectively.

The A-3000, also as the only Amiga model, had a SCSI-2 interface and could be hooked up to any SCSI hardware.

I used the A-3000 mainly for text processing, creating music, and programming, and some painting and stuff.

I had expanded mine to 6 MB which was enough for ALL applications. I never ran out of memory! :)

I believe that if Commodore hadn't kicked the bucket, that A-3000 or A-4000 models could've been in every office, but I guess it was already too late at that time.

AmigaOS was perfect for any application, but the hardware could've been a bit better, but the AA (aka AGA) chipset came too late and AAA was never completed.

One other drawback on the hardware side was that the custom chips were only clocked with the regular 14 MHz, not 25 MHz as the CPU. Jay Miner once said that it was been possible in the 80ies already to ship Amigas with higher resolutions and 25 MHz chipset, but I guess C= didn't listen.





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