ACA500Plus Individual Computers Amiga A500 A500 Plus

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ACA500plus for the Amiga A500 and A500 Plus is the successor to the popular ACA500. The ACA500plus is an external expansion which is plugged to the left expansion port of your A500 or A500+. There is no need to open the computer at any time. This includes a new revolutionary method that can turn your 512k trapdoor memory expansion into chipram! If your Amiga is equipped with an ECS Agnus chip and said internal 512k memory expansion, you can turn your computer into a 1MByte-Chipram computer, just by selecting a menu item in the configuration menu of the ACA500plus! A lot of stock A500 computers with board revision 6 or higher have this exact configuration.

The ACA500Plus houses a MC68HC000 processor clocked at 14.1MHz as standard, This will give your computer more than a double-speed boost. If that’s not enough, you can choose overclocking to 21, 28 or even 42MHz. Overclocking success is not guaranteed. By attaching an ACA12xx or Blizzard 12xx accelerator, you can make your A500 faster than a stock A3000.

The ACA500plus comes with essential software pre-installed in it’s large flash. This includes fully licensed Kickstart versions V1.2 and V1.3 for backwards-compatibility, and Kickstart V3.1. You can install a freash copy of Workbench 3.1 using the built in installer which is included withing the ACA500Plus. All you need is an empty CF card, and you can install OS3.1 with a few key presses. After that’s done, you can use the second CF card slot to exchange data with a modern PC: The ACA500plus supports PC-formatted cards and long filenames out of the box, no special installation required.

CF cards are handled like harddisks on the Amiga-side. You can use HDtoolbox or HDinsttools – whatever you prefer. Even the two popular 64-bit addressing modes are implemented: Both TD64 and NSD64 command sets are supported, so whatever your preferred filesystem requires, you can use it on your ACA500plus setup to access flash cards that are larger than 4GBytes. Speed-wise, the CF card slots are faster than most harddisk controllers that are available for other Amiga computers. The ACA500plus even outperforms the SCSI controller of an A3000!

Many users will want to use the ACA500plus with the popular WHDload software, which lets you install games on CF cards instead of swapping floppy disks if you want to play a different game. WHDload lists the 68010 processor as a minimum requirement for using the Quit-key and return to the Amiga’s Workbench. The ACA500plus has special circuitry that lets you use the WHDload quit-key at any time, although you “only” have a 68HC000 processor. This is supported by WHDload V17.2 and higher.

Advanced floppy control: If your computer has a defective or even a missing floppy drive, the ACA500plus can handle this. With the built-in “bootselector” circuitry, you can turn an external drive into a fully-compatible df0: drive. In addition to that, the floppy control functions allow you to make external drives invisible, although they do not have an off-switch. This saves you the work of (un)plugging drives in order to make older floppy-based software compatible.

The ACA500plus features three expansion ports:

  1. A1200-compatible clockport
  2. local 16-bit expansion port
  3. A1200 CPU card connector

The A1200-compatible clockport can be used for expansions that were initially designed for the clockport of the A1200, for example Catweasel MK2, Delfina or RapidRoad. Please note that some drivers may require patching in order to work on a non-A1200 computer. Contact the vendor of your A1200 expansion to find out if they provide such a driver.

The fast 16-bit local expansion port is reserved for our network expansion X-Surf-500.

The A1200 CPU card connector is meant for further CPU and RAM upgrades. It is guaranteed to work with our ACA1220, ACA1221(ec, lc), ACA1232, ACA1233(n) and ACA1234 models. Our older ACA1230 accelerators are not supported. We will therefore only answer support questions about ACA1220, ACA1221(ec, lc), ACA1232, ACA1233(n) and ACA1234 accelerators.

The same applies to old Blizzard accelerators by Phase 5: IComp have done thier best to make them work, but there are limits to what we can do. Please keep in mind that the A500 is a 16-bit architecture, and the Blizzard accelerators have been developed for the 32-bit architecture of the A1200.

Another new feature of the ACA500plus is it’s capability to make use of a rel time clock (RTC) that an A1200 accelerator provides. This keeps the clock port of the ACA500plus free for other uses. Further, an RTC that is located on the trapdoor expansion of your A500 can be used. This kind of flexibility was not available on the predecessor ACA500.

With all these expansions, certain software may be incompatible. However, this is not a reason to unplug the ACA500plus, as it features an advanced cloaking mode that lets you downgrade the computer to standard memory configurations with minimal expansions (like Action Replay) or even no expansions at all, your choice of Kickstart ROM, running at the original 7MHz speed. Even if your computer does not have an internal 512k trapdoor memory expansion, the ACA500plus can not only add this, but even emulate the cycle-exact speed of the internal expansion with the same slow-down effects that an internal memory expansion has. In other words: There is no reason to unplug the ACA500plus at any time.

 

Package includes:

  • ACA500plus with DisMo, 68HC000, 8MB RAM, 8MB Flash
  • Short instruction manual German/English

 

Software included in the flash ROM:

  • Kickstart V1.2, V1.3, V3.1
  • Full OS3.1 disk set with fully automatic installer
  • Action Replay 3 (patched for ACA500plus)
  • HRTmon
  • Thor’s 040/060 libraries as resident modules
  • Thor’s mmu and memory libraries
  • Network software, TCP/IP Stack for X-Surf-500

 

Enclosure/Case is NOT included but available as an option.

 

 

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