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Preparing for Vampire Ownership

Kyle Blake
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Posts 108/ 1
21 Jan 2020 09:32


Just got my email telling me I'm allocated a Vampire 1200. Very good news! Now I have to think smart about how to put it in my setup.

PCMCIA isn't working yet, which is a problem to me because I'm very used to having my 1200 networked for file transfer. I've seen plipbox type solutions, but they sound slow.

Is there some ethernet module out there to connect to the vampire?

Then there's the matter of RTG and audio, which on vampire is by the connector we shall not name. As an Amiga fundamentalist I use CRT monitor, which of course uses VGA, and some seperate speakers.

Has anyone experience of DIGITAL-VIDEO to VGA adapters? Ideally with some analog audio output too.


Stefano Briccolani

Posts 503
21 Jan 2020 09:59


I think pcmcia fix will be one of the top priorities on v1200 core development. Many of us have lot of hardware for that port (CD-roms adapters, CF adapters and Wi-Fi adapters), so I hope there will be an update on this issue very soon.


Gunnar von Boehn
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 4907
21 Jan 2020 11:28


Kyle Blake wrote:

PCMCIA isn't working yet,

PCMCIA is working - depending on the Core.
PCMCIA is working on cores without FASTUIDE-
But this is work in progress soon both should work at the same time.

Kyle Blake wrote:

  Is there some ethernet module out there to connect to the vampire?

Yes you can use the ethernet same modules that you can use at the V500. They are low priced at $5 and are relative fast.




Kyle Blake
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Posts 108/ 1
21 Jan 2020 11:39


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

 
  Yes you can use the ethernet same modules that you can use at the V500. They are low priced at $5 and are relative fast.
 
 
 

 
  yes but which one?


Stefano Briccolani

Posts 503
21 Jan 2020 11:45


So there is a core without fast-ide that enables pcmcia. Maybe can be released to the public as some people will prefer to use the slower ide than having no access to pcmcia.
 
  The module Gunnar refers to is this:
  https://wiki.apollo-accelerators.com/doku.php/vampire:v500-v2plus:enc28j60

 


Tim Trepanier

Posts 107
27 Jan 2020 02:46


Gunnar von Boehn wrote:

Yes you can use the ethernet same modules that you can use at the V500. They are low priced at $5 and are relative fast.

https://wiki.apollo-accelerators.com/doku.php/vampire:v500-v2plus:enc28j60

Is there a wireless version of this ethernet module?


Tim Trepanier

Posts 107
03 Feb 2020 00:35


My V1200 card should ship this week and i'm looking to make the best use if it.
I'd appreciate some advice on where to get the following items. Part numbers and/or links would be great.
Will the items i've linked to work?

Vampire 1200 V2 hardware peripherals to add:

1. 44pin IDE to MicroSD adapter for boot drive
  Haven't found any suitable options. Where/what to get?

2. 32BG MicroSD card to boot from
  EXTERNAL LINK 
3. 128GB MicroSD card for storage
  EXTERNAL LINK 
4. MicroSD extension cable for storage card
  Best i've found is only 15cm long and supports up to 32GB capacity. Better options?
  EXTERNAL LINK 
5. thin DIGITAL-VIDEO cable
  Should i just get one long enough to reach of the case or go all the way to the monitor?
  EXTERNAL LINK  EXTERNAL LINK 
6. Ethernet connector
  Is there a compatible wireless option?

7. USB Blaster
  EXTERNAL LINK 
8. RTC (Real Time Clock)
  Not really Vampire related and i can get one from an Amiga retailer.
  Do i have to remove my A1200 shield to use this?



Michael Huck

Posts 47
03 Feb 2020 01:08


Tim Trepanier wrote:

  My V1200 card should ship this week and i'm looking to make the best use if it.
  I'd appreciate some advice on where to get the following items. Part numbers and/or links would be great.
  Will the items i've linked to work?
 
  Vampire 1200 V2 hardware peripherals to add:
 
  1. 44pin IDE to MicroSD adapter for boot drive
    Haven't found any suitable options. Where/what to get?
 
  2. 32BG MicroSD card to boot from
    EXTERNAL LINK   
  3. 128GB MicroSD card for storage
    EXTERNAL LINK   
  4. MicroSD extension cable for storage card
    Best i've found is only 15cm long and supports up to 32GB capacity. Better options?
    EXTERNAL LINK   
  5. thin DIGITAL-VIDEO cable
    Should i just get one long enough to reach of the case or go all the way to the monitor?
    EXTERNAL LINK    EXTERNAL LINK   
  6. Ethernet connector
    Is there a compatible wireless option?
 
  7. USB Blaster
    EXTERNAL LINK   
  8. RTC (Real Time Clock)
    Not really Vampire related and i can get one from an Amiga retailer.
    Do i have to remove my A1200 shield to use this?
 
 

 
  Iíve read that those flat hdmi câbles are not very good as they lack proper shielding, I just bought a slimline one from amazon and it works great. In terms of micro SD cards I can confirm they work. I use them myself. I wouldnít use one long cable for hdmi, it could pull out the card. In my 600 i panel mounted it on the back


Tim Trepanier

Posts 107
03 Feb 2020 03:42


MH, Thanks for the advice.

I found some IDE to MicroSD adapters but i don't think they would fit due to my A1200's floppy drive being in the way.

Page of adapters:
EXTERNAL LINK 
Adaptors:
EXTERNAL LINK 
EXTERNAL LINK


Tim Trepanier

Posts 107
03 Feb 2020 04:02


4. Believe i've found a MicroSD port extension cable, available in a variety of lengths, that will work.
EXTERNAL LINK


Tim Trepanier

Posts 107
04 Feb 2020 20:32


1. So i'm looking to get a 44pin IDE ribbon cable to go from my V1200 card to my IDE adaptor which will be mounted on the hard drive tray.

Is the IDE connector on the V1200 card male or female? Based on the pic i'm looking at i think male but am not sure.


Michael Huck

Posts 47
04 Feb 2020 21:26


Tim Trepanier wrote:

4. Believe i've found a MicroSD port extension cable, available in a variety of lengths, that will work.
  EXTERNAL LINK 

Thatís the one I use for my v600.



Todd H

Posts 27
04 Feb 2020 22:05


Tim Trepanier wrote:

1. So i'm looking to get a 44pin IDE ribbon cable to go from my V1200 card to my IDE adaptor which will be mounted on the hard drive tray.
 
  Is the IDE connector on the V1200 card male or female? Based on the pic i'm looking at i think male but am not sure.

It's a male connector.

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