Installing a Vampire inside Amiga 500

Intro

I've discovered a new kind of flower while partying on SillyVenture 2018
I present you Beeronius Vulgaris! lol


/Intro

A few months ago I've experimented with a hydrographic coating of Amiga cases.
Forrest from the US bought one of these A500s from me.
He even pushed it a bit more and swapped keyboard to a black from CDTV.
I must admit that it looks way better with a black keyboard now :)

Forrest decided to upgrade it with a Vampire 500 V2+ accelerator card but he couldn't find anyone around to do this job for him. Well, he actually found someone who tried to fit a card inside A500 but failed. He failed that heavily that even after removing a card, A500 didn't want to work again. Forrest then asked me for help. I've never played with Vampire 500 V2+ before so I was like ...

The job

After some troubles with customs office, I've finally received a package and started to poke around.

Here is a pic of a card itself



... and A500 back in my home again :D

For all you perceptive folks ... take a quick look and tell me why this Amiga didn't even want to boot ;)

HDMI socket was also damaged a bit.

Anyway, Vampire installation is super easy and actually required ... plugging it in a proper way.
That's it. It worked right away lol.



While that A500 was at my place, I was able to 3D print a side dummy plug for it out of black PLA with my new (at that time) 3D printer (that I will cover in one of the future posts someday).



I've also supplied it with a better CF2IDE adapter.
Instead of this ...


I've hooked it up with this ...

After installation, I've booted it and played around for a while.
Vertical stripes on a picture are there because of my faulty plasma TV ;)


I must admit that this card is a hurricane. A500 boots in an instant, work super fast and catapults you into way new Amiga world yet to be explored ;)

Forrest is now the happy owner of modded by retrohax.net A500 with a Vampire card in it.

This time greetz go to:

My fellow group members for neverending support - LAMERS

Outro

Myself and Willy/Lamers we are running a multi-vendor online store.

https://www.retro-cloud.eu

New products are going to be added soon.
We've just finished making the brand new Amiga 500 - Long Enter, Short Enter, A600 and A1200 keyboard membranes, so have a look and get a spare one :)

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Drygol

Chaos is your redemption .... better run .... better hide

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