The OpenKickstartSwitcher in combination with the OpenAmigaMouseTrigger makes a great enhancement for your A500/+. These fantastic little pieces of hardware - made by SukkoPera - in combination with a 27C160 EPROM makes it possible to switch between 2-4 different KickStart (KS) images. If you add a second trigger source, you could switch between 2-6 KS images. The maximum numbers of images you can use in you switcher depends on what EPROM you use:
One amazing feature of the A314 - the trapdoor expansion with a Raspberry Pi co-processor for A500/+ - is the Remote Desktop, or Remote WorkBench (RemoteWB), as it's called on the Amiga.
Although the RemoteWB has some limitations, I think it is quite useful in some cases. For instance, if you write a blog post and need a screenshot of your WorkBench (WB), it is very nice to capture the Amiga screen from your PC with relative ease. In my opinion, this is probably the closest thing to a "native" capture of your Amiga WB you will get, without too much hustle that is. Of course, you could always use UAE if you want to capture a screenshot or grab a video of your favorite game - but that would be cheating, wouldn't it! 🙂
For the RemoteWB to work, you will - as you have probably guessed - need an A314 expansion card with a Raspberry Pi. You also need to have at least 512 KB of shared chip ram between the A314 and the Amiga. Continue reading →
This tutorial will only cover what I think is two most common setups for A314 v1.1, the A500 rev.6a and the A500/+ rev.8a. I used an A500+ with WorkBench 2.1 as reference for this tutorial. However, I also made the 1 MB chip mod setup on my A500 rev. 6a.
I will try to make it mostly a bullet to bullet post, to keep it as short and clear as possible
Setting up your hardware.
First thing to do is to make sure your Amiga sees the extra memory shared with the A314, and that the RTC gets dectected. The amount of extra memory you will get from the A314 depends on your motherboard revision, and jumper settings, see images below: Continue reading →