Amiga 2000 / PC Side Upgrades and Repairs

YURIPCMK2x300Yuri’s Goldfinger card, was having some really strange issues — the PAS AUDIO 16 ISA card that was handling audio for the PC side of the computer was also throwing up in certain DOS configurations. The PC on a card PEAK650VLB2 ended up having BIOS corruption after finding a surface mounted resistor had popped off the card. I gave the card a hard look to see where the resistor was from, but it was next to impossible (the card has hundreds of them). If I had a card to compare against maybe, but its easier to pickup a new one. I managed to locate a replacement far far away for super cheap, which was a surprise when it actually powered up.

The card itself is a newer revision, PEAK650D4 type. The headsink for the chipset required some ‘Mazzolla’ to let the processor heatsink slide into its spot. Whomever manufactured¬†the card put the chipset heatsink on the wrong way. Oh well, I got it in (the processor) — with a little rough housing.

I found a local source for a Soundblaster ¬†AWE64 ISA card. All my starting computers that were PC’s had a variety of soundcards, but never a real Soundblaster. I have a collection of the best soundcards of that era (PAS16, GavisUltraSoundPro, TurtleBeachOriginal) as I did audio work at that time. Soundblaster, though is the best card for video game support — which is why this machine is setup. Other than some funny hardware warnings from Creatives’ plug and Play loader — the card works perfectly. Doom2, Dune2 and CNC all love the config now. The PAS16 would get one or crash another.

Getting the right memory configs in DOS6.22 is such a pain. I conveniently forget the massive pain it was in that era to actually get different games to work.. let alone mixing in mouse and a LAN stack for multiplayer action. Memories of NE2000 and IPX, smells like burning toast.