I thought i'd share some of the basic links you need for sorting out your Amiga situation.


Forums and help
cool EAB - English Amiga Board - http://eab.abime.net
To me, this is the best Amiga forum there is. A good mix of both new and old school Amiga users and some very knowledgeable people on board, assure that your question will be answered perfectly (if it hasn't been answered before, use the search option!).

cool Amiga.org - http://www.amiga.org
This is for the more newschool users, most people here use their Amigas today for everyday tasks. They have them super expanded, so this is the best place to get help with more modern hardware and solutions (like plugging your USB optical mouse to your Amiga, file transfer, video cards, etc.)

cool Classic WB for Amiga - http://classicwb.abime.net/
These cool guys have sat down to create a full system configuration ready-to-use for your Amiga computer. All you need is some Workbench disks to install this and you will be left with a feature-packed system where you will probably won't need anything else. Great for n00bz of the Amiga, so you won't have t worry if you have this or that library, MUI, AHI or whatever.



Databases
cool HOL - Hall Of Light - http://hol.abime.net
Do you want information about some game? this is the end-all be-all database of Amiga software. Full of screenshots and tons of other information.

cool AMR - Amiga Magazine Rack - http://amr.abime.net
If you ever had an Amiga it's more than probable that you were into Amiga mags, and this is the place to get them. Scans of full issues are to be found here and, even though it's mostly dominated by UK mags, otehr magazines are starting to appear. Very cool place to find some tutorials. Magazines com with images of their respective coverdisks too, so you can also find some fab exclusive software.

cool The Big Book of Amiga Hardware - http://www.amiga-hardware.com/
Found some Amiga junk in a car boot sale and not sure what it is, what is it for, or maybe you need drivers or manuals? This database of Amiga hardware covers almost everything in existence for your friendly computer.



File Repositories
cool Aminet - http://aminet.net (and many other mirrors)
Aminet is the ultimate Amiga file repository. It's been gong on for ages, before the Internets, so it has a huge collection of stuff. If you need something to get your Amiga up and running, as long as it is shareware or freeware (which most of the coolest tools are) it will be here. An absolute must visit for every Amiga user.

cool WHDownload - http://www.whdownload.com
If gaming is your thing and you have a hard drive equipped Amiga, this is the site to go. Who isn't tired of floppies? These guys fix games to be ran from floppies, and also patches them to run on newer machines to avoid compatibility issues. There's also a TON of emos in WHDLoad format, so you can see all those trackmos again without worrying if your Amiga is too new or if the floppies haven't gone bit-rot



Music
cool eXotica - http://www.exotica.org.uk
Anything related to Amiga music will be found here. eXotica is an enormous database of music created with the Amiga (and also featuring otehr formats too, like AY or SID). It doesn't just list the stuff, it's available for download, so if you are looking for some music, it will SURELY be found here. They also host the players for the various types of files available. I recommend you Eagleplayer with every replayer you can get a hold of (look at Aminet smile)

cool Stone Oakvalley's Amiga Music Collection - http://www.paula8364.com/
Almost everything you can think of that has been released in MOD format can be found in this website, in both original an MP3 format, the later recorded straight from a real machine for accuracy! They also offer a "MIX" file which makes some better stereo separation on the Amiga's pretty annoying hard panning. This is a must visit for all Amiga music enthusiast.




Shops
cool Amigakit - http://amigakit.com/
Sometimes you will need to buy something for your Amiga. Even a stupid cable can be almost impossible to get nowadays, so Amiga shops will help you. Amigakit is a bit of a rip-off but some times you have no chance. Have it in mind, they are recommended anyway, I cannot complain about their service, only their prices.

cool Vesalia - http://vesalia.de
For people in Europe this is probably a better choice. Again, you might be paying through the nose for some items, but not for all, and being an Euro shop, if you live in Europe you will cut down on shipping costs.  This shop has been around for a lot of years so they have very good experience in the matter.

cool Amibay - http://amibay.com/
A forum where people buy and sell Amiga stuff. It's very cool for private transactions ridden of eBay's bloat.



Emulators
cool WinUAE - http://www.winuae.net
To me maybe the best and most dedicated emulator for any platform, WinUAE (sadly only available for Windows) is an amazing Amiga emulator that retains top notch compatibility for a varied number of models from your standard A500 to newer stuff like an A4000, adding also extra functionality like host system network sharing, "Picasso" graphic card emulation, support for real Amiga hard drives  and more. It is an essential tool if you have an Amiga, and it's an awesome alternative if you don't own one. Sound is a bit on the weird side, but now it even has support for ASIO-like drivers for low latency usage, thanks to our request, because Toni Wilen, the programmer of WinUAE, has very open ears to its userbase..

cool E-UAE - http://sourceforge.net/projects/uaedev/
If you are stuck with no Windows machine to do your living, you will have to use E-UAE. Not even close to WinUAE in terms of compatibility and speed, its goal still is "bringing the features of WinUAE to non-Windows platforms such as Linux, Mac OS X, AmigaOS and BeOS.".I tried it and it;'s not that bad, the major problem is speed but Intel machines should be able to run a lot faster thanks to the JIT emulation technique.





This list will be updated with more data as I remember it.

Last edited by akira^8GB (January 15, 2010 2:14 pm)

Super thread, thanks! smile

Thread stickied. Let's keep it up to date smile

Of course will do so. I'm scavenging more links .
But I don't want to overload it, the basic stuff is the most important and I am pretty much covered already.

http://www.paula8364.com/

this is nice too, same kids as SOASC, lots of mp3s from ExoticA and Modland, ive not explored much beyond 4mat though.

Yes I was thinking of including this and ModP3.

I'll edit later big_smile

How about a link to your favored Amiga emulator for people lacking the hardware?

I assume - http://www.winuae.net/ ?

Great thread!

Last edited by Lazerbeat (January 15, 2010 4:42 am)

I added two for everyone!

Two shops I can recommend:

http://www.efunzine.com/ The site is in Polish, so it can be hard to navigate, but if you mail the guy he is very helpful. Everything is pretty cheap!

http://www.ggsdata.se/ Swedish site selling various retro goods among other things.

Are there any other cheaper places in the US that sell amigas besides amigakit.us?

I'm just curious. Amigakit charges a buttload of money to get a properly running A1200.

You are better of getting things second hand and on your own. If you can score a 1200 for about $50, everything else you need to start making music comfortably can be had for small money and a little tinkering and reading up. For example, instead of getting a hard disk you can get a CF card and an 2.5" IDE adapter for $10, a PCMCIA SD card reader and an SD card for another $10, and if you want to go further from there, you should also try getting a memory expansion second hand. Very few trackers (and games for that matter) benefit from processor expansions, anyway.

I've been getting around very fine with pretty much the setup I just described.

There used to be The Software Hut, but they closed as far as I remember. Try to contact them:
http://www.softhut.com/cgi-bin/test/Web … _store.cgi


I'm sorry, but I don't know of any others so far.

i can recomend another amiga shop @spain: http://www.asb-computer.com/
but like amigakit and others, prices are slightly inflated

thanx!

boomlinde wrote:

You are better of getting things second hand and on your own. If you can score a 1200 for about $50, everything else you need to start making music comfortably can be had for small money and a little tinkering and reading up. For example, instead of getting a hard disk you can get a CF card and an 2.5" IDE adapter for $10, a PCMCIA SD card reader and an SD card for another $10, and if you want to go further from there, you should also try getting a memory expansion second hand. Very few trackers (and games for that matter) benefit from processor expansions, anyway.

I've been getting around very fine with pretty much the setup I just described.

This is really great info. I really want a 1200 but damn, I see sites selling them for $400... the ones on eBay seem to be either crap or overpriced and "as is." I'd love to see a good "list of stuff" of a good basic setup for AHX, etc. but I am sure it is easy enough to find on the posted links.

Last edited by RushCoil (January 29, 2010 10:44 pm)

RushCoil wrote:

This is really great info. I really want a 1200 but damn, I see sites selling them for $400... the ones on eBay seem to be either crap or overpriced and "as is." I'd love to see a good "list of stuff" of a good basic setup for AHX, etc. but I am sure it is easy enough to find on the posted links.

$400?

Amigakit have new old stock A1200s for £150 ($240), and Amigakit are fairly overpriced anyway I've been told, so second hand from somewhere else should be much cheaper. Or are they really that much rarer in the USA?