Amiga 3000 inspired modular Amiga/PC Case – Kickstarter

The amiga community is alive and kicking but before looking to the future, lets take a walk down memory lane briefly. This new kickstarter is a modern take on the original Checkmate 1500 released in 1989, it was a desktop

Original Checkmate 1500 (1990)

upgrade for the Amiga 500 in which you would out the Amiga 500 mainboard inside the 1500 case. There was also a keyboard kit which you could put the 500 keyboard in a case and plug it in to the 1500, thus making it a big box Amiga.

Fast forward to 2018 and there is a new checkmate inspired case for the Amiga not only the Amiga 500 but the Amiga 600, Amiga 1200, Vampire v4, Amiga 1222, Raspberry Pi and if that is not enough it also support Micro ITX, ATX PC motherboards!

Checkout the campaign video and support this fantastic project!

Kickstart project link:



Recapping a ‘recapped’ Amiga CD32

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Having bought a ‘recapped’ Amiga CD32 I was intrigued to look at the recapping work. The CD32 was in a full working order but never the less I took it apart and found this.

Amiga CD32 bad recapping


Ok so what is wrong with this? Well the first thing is obvious, radial capacitors were used, the issue was there where other SMD caps replaced (not all!) so the person who did this work seems to know how to recap SMD components, so why use radial? Well I can only assume they had no 22uf SMD capacitors to hand!

Secondly as touched upon earlier NOT all the capacitors were replaced, so you still have the high risk that they will leak so how was this resolved, check out the gallery. If you looking for your Amiga to be recapped always ask for photos of their work.

Amiga Vampire V4 Update July 2018

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Amiga Vampire V4
Amiga Vampire V4

Well it looks like the new Vampire V4 accelerators are almost ready, news has been released to say that the units will be shipped to official beta testers very soon. The Vampire V4 will be released in 3 versions: Standalone, Amiga 500, 1000, 2000 and CDTV (yep the CDTV!), Amiga 600 (adaptor will be needed) and of course the Amiga 1200.

Key features:

  • Cyclone 5 A5 with 77k LE and 28nm technology
  • 512MB DDR3 RAM
  • FastIDE 40/44-pin connectors
  • Digital Video-out up to 720p@60Hz (HDMI out)
  • Dual kickstart-flashrom (for safety)
  • MicroSD Storage

The Amiga is getting a lot of love from devoted developers, and great time to get an Amiga that is more powerful that the Amiga 4000 060!!!