New mounting kit consists of 2 screws, 2 nuts and 1 spacer (black or
white) on the right hand side. Simply feed the screws up through the
bottom of the motherboard and connect as shown in the video. Parts
are tiny and fiddly, don't lose them :). You do not need to
overtighten, make sure the right side is not overtightened as some
CPU's sit higher and may cause the board to bend down on the right.
Today is Boxing Day(s) i am starting the hated part (for me anyway)
of getting everything boxed and to the Post Office. All boards have
Gold 2 core programmed on them and have the 2 small mounting screws
and spacer attached to the outside of the antistatic bag. Please use
the mounting screw system to maintain a good connection and to
prevent the boards popping off. It will take quite a few days to get
all this done so again i ask you to be patient. You will receive a
notification from Canadapost when your item has been mailed so check
spam folders in case you dont see one.
Almost finished programming /testing the Vampire 600s. expect
mailing to begin tomorrow or thursday.
I do have something to
show you i hope you like, spread the word...
To help open up
development for all people wanting to create a simple memory
expansion to a full blown vampire on the Amiga 1200 i have designed
this simple adapter.
2017 *** Boards are here *** I
need to add the PLCC socket and then do the
programming/testing/shipping phase. As you can see, the boards
come in 3 colours (Black not shown). All boards are identical
electrically and will perform the same, the difference is only
cosmetic. I am not going to sand down the sockets, using the screws i
am supplying will make a good contact with the CPU so i do not want
to unnecessarily sand them down. Please use these screws or something
else that will work.
If you have a preference
then let me know in an email.. Please read this before you send
email... email subject header "Vampire 600 colour
preference" and then let me know name, your mailing address (not
email address) and the date you paid for your order. Identify your
choice, red, blue, black in order of preference. I will send
colour preferences on a first come first served basis. If no
preference specified then i will send the most available colour i
have at the time
Final numbers have been
calculated for this batch, I have ordered boards and required parts
from the manufacturer. Extra pieces have been ordered to allow for
people unable to purchase one at this time. As long as there is
demand there will be sales. Once manufacture process starts i will
let you know.
There is also an exciting
new addon (The Parasite) that will be unveiled soon that i think 99%
of people will want, more details on that later. For those people who
have issues with their boards getting hot, most of the heat can be
attributed to the heat rising up from Agnus, Denise and the CPU which
compound the heat generated causing the Vampire to get hot. I have a
fix for this and will release photos and details later.
Here are a couple of
pictures to show the average temperatures inside the A600, some temps
are lower than others but as you can see Denise is working hard and
the heat from Agnus (below the FPGA on the Vampire) is radiating up
through the Vampire. It is interesting to note that even the PCB to
the right of the FPGA gets hot. The average temp around an uncooled
Denise chip can range from 45 - 55 deg C dependent upon work load.
Look at the Keyboard MCU chip (U13), Wow!, who would think that would
get so warm
I will create a chart later showing before and
after my solution, You can buy the solution from Digikey , it is
relatively easy to do and it really does make a difference.
Even if you don't own a vampire it is worthwhile adding it.
UPDATE 25th March 2017
Emails have been sent to
all persons requesting a Vampire 600. I am waiting until Friday to
allow people a chance to reply before i submit an order to get the
required number of boards made. When you make a payment if you
wish confirmation of payment then please send me an email and i will
reply, as long as you get a reply from paypal saying you have paid me
then you are set. The database on Apollo accelerators will be updated
once the order is submitted, until then there will be no change in
status, please be patient.
Also please note that i
have changed the mounting system to a much better solution and all
future orders will include this method.
UPDATE (New pricing
Todays update is a mixed bag
of news. As you all know, production of the Vampire 600 is very slow
and there are obvious pitfalls of this including very high resale
price of the V600s on Ebay and other websites.
The obvious problem
is the lack of time available in producing these and getting them out
to the customer in a reasonable time. I think everyone knows by now
that we have attempted to keep the price low by producing these
boards by hand and avoiding the high cost of commercial assembly. The
orders are much greater than the production rate and i cannot cope
with the demand. The only option available is to have the boards
assembled by a board house to increase production. This means also
that we will need to pay their prices for components and labour and
ultimately it is the customer who will pay the price. A standard
V600 will sell at 250 Euros, If we do not address this
issue now then this will cause a snowball effect on the completion
and production of the other Vampire models. We intend on
ramping up production to get these boards into your hands as soon as
possible. Thank you for your support and we intend on delivering the
best add on for your Amiga you have ever imagined.
We understand that
this price hike appears high, Prices have been held low from day 1
and all prepaid orders on Amibay are being honoured by Majsta at a
loss. These preorders have allowed the development of the
project to be completed so the people who have supported the project
from the beginning will reap the benefits of their investment.
We hope you
understand the reasons behind this price increase and if you wish to
cancel we fully understand. The process for payment will be...
We will send a request for
payment to 100 customers at a time and will allow 7 days for payment,
once we have 100 customers then the batch will be ordered, this will
take approx 3 - 4 weeks and then final programming/mailing will take
another week. Customers can help this process by replying to their
emails promptly so we know whether to move down the list or wait a
few more days.
Thank you for your support
and we hope to promise much more features and enhancements in the future
To be added to the waiting
list for the Vampire 600 please go here to register your
interest. There is currently no preorder list for any of the
other Vampire/Phoenix products.
In order to
keep up with other notifications and notice of new preorders please
check our forum.
Our IRC channel will be the first to notify people when new
preorders open up. (link at top of page )
policies dictate that whenever someone purchases goods then the
seller is responsible for the delivery of these goods to the buyer.
now on, Whenever a buyer wishes to buy items from me and wants to
use the "buying goods" option then they will be required to
pay the higher postage rates that offer tracking and insurance
options. The actual rates can be found on www.canadapost.ca website
and vary from country to country with the average cost about $46 CAD
for European/Australasia continents. N. America is a lot cheaper. The
buyer will pay the actual cost of postage.
a buyer wants to pay as gift then items will be mailed as Small
packet Air which is the cheapest international (air) option that
Canada Post offer. This option has the risk that in the event of loss
then there is no tracking or insurance and I would not be liable to
paypal. For the smaller items this is not really an issue, for the
more expensive items then thought should be given as to which option
to use. It has reached a point where a loss of a package hurts my
pocket and also my enthusiasm to continue in providing Amiga parts
for the community. I believe I charge a fair price for my items and I
do not make much profit, and this is done on a spare time
basis. I do realise that this will have an effect on
people deciding not to order from me and I do regret this, but I have
no choice other than to abandon all my new projects (which are funded
by profits) and close up shop or sell on to a distributor only.
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