So I have a lot of questions. Initially, I registered at Amiga.org, but they haven't activated my account and it's been a few weeks, so I have moved on to here!
I recently purchased an Amiga 500 from Craigslist for $125:
Amiga A500 (Revision 6A motherboard and Kickstart v1.3)
Commodore 2002 Video Monitor
Digiview Video Digitizer Adapter
A520 Modulator (RF and AV output)
A501 512KB Expansion (removed battery in time!)
2x Tac-30 Joysticks
Complete in Box: Indianapolis 500 The Simulation (for sale if anyone is interested!)
Original Box/Manuals (invoice from 1991, paid $499 for the system alone)
I think I mentioned everything. Anyway, it all works perfectly! I removed the top metal shielding from inside the A500 so it's easier to do upgrades and such. The metal was very clean unlike other pictures I've seen online and on Youtube. The battery in the A501 Ram expansion I removed just in time. There was a small amount of acid leaking, but it didn't seem to affect the performance of the 512KB, as it was correctly reported in Workbench.
On to the questions!
Let's start with the monitor. It works great, has a mono speaker, etc. What are the inputs in the back for pertianing to Chroma, Audio, and Lumina? What are these used for exactly? I used the Audio input to direct the audio from the A500 to the monitor, but that's it.
Kickstart v1.3. I see on Ebay there are upgraded chips you can get that have V3.1. Is that the highest version for the A500s? Is this needed for any of the games released for the platform? What's the purpose of upgrading the rom chips in an Amiga A500 ? Since mine is V1.3, does that mean that this system was physically upgraded at one point? Why can't you just upgrade the rom version through a software disk?
What's the best way to get Solid State storage on the A500? I thought about the ACA500, but those have long since been sold out/discountinued. is the ACA500 Plus coming out "SOON" ? What about the Gotek USB Floppy. Are the loading times any faster using the USB Floppy? Any other upgrade cards you guys have used/recommend?
What is WHD Load and how does it differ from Workbench/Kickstart? Mind as well clarify what those are too!
I know you can hook Sega Genesis controllers to the Inputs, but do all games utilize the controllers in the same way? Is there options to solely use the keyboard for game input?
What is this Digi-View Video Digitizer that came with the sale? Am I missing the software disk(s) for it?
Initially, I liked the Tac-30 joysticks, but the movement is very creaky/noisy. Anyone else have these to comment?
Is there any way to hook up a SCSI Zip Drive version to the A500? Like a serial to SCSI cable?
Any place that still sells the Joystick ---> PS/2 Mouse adapter to hook up standard mice at reasonable prices?
That's all the questions I have for now!