Commodore Amiga CD32 Visual Inventory

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The month of the Commodore CDTV/CD32 continues with a visual inventory of my CD32 collection, much of which will be featured throughout the rest of the month, particularly in regards to playthroughs and reviews of the software. These exclusive high resolution photos are as follows:

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The Amiga CD32 console. My CD32's door needs to be manually lifted and does not stay open by itself. I'm not sure if this is the case with all units or just mine.

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The rear and side of the CD32. Starting at the top left: Expansion bay (no cover), on/off switch, power input, TV (RF) out, composite out, composite audio out (stereo: red/white), controller port 1, controller port 2, and auxiliary port.

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The usually disliked stock CD32 controllers. You can use a standard Atari-style joystick for many games, as well as a standard Amiga mouse.

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My custom, heavy duty CD32 power supply, which is suitable for running the console plus the computer expansion. When I had purchased my CD32, it came without a power supply, which is a surprisingly common occurrence. Power supply availability - and whether one is included at all - tends to ebb and flow, particularly on eBay. I had initially bought an adapter to run an old PC power supply with my CD32, but I could never get it to work. Luckily, this present power supply works just fine and will no doubt give me many, many years of service.

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Gunship 2000 and Impossible Mission 2025 - The Special Edition in folder/folio packaging. As with all of my software for the CD32, I'm not sure what's NTSC- or PAL-specific at this point, but anything I have issues with I should have the means to work around.

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Kingpin - Arcade Sports Bowling, Alien Breed 3D, Super Stardust and Exile in standard boxes.

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Alien Breed - Tower Assault in a standard box, as well as Dangerous Streets/Wing Commander and Diggers/Oscar in CD jewel cases.

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The Chaos Engine, Sports Football, Diggers, Microcosm, The Final Gate and Guardian in CD jewel cases.

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I thought I had more CDTV stuff than this, but I don't. For CDTV, I have Women in Motion, the only stereotypical multimedia-style reference work in my CDTV/CD32 collection, and Classic Board Games. Final Odyssey appears to be an Amiga AGA CD and requires a hard drive, so it will not work on the CD32 (I may have a method to get it to work with my Amiga 1200). All are in CD jewel cases.

Sometime soon for the rest of my contribution to the month I will be going through these software titles one-by-one and providing direct screen captures and maybe even some video. I'll pretend I haven't played these before on the Amiga (I actually probably haven't) and take them all on their own merits, enhanced for the CD32's extra features or not. See you then!

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Rob Daviau
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Nice CD32 Setup Bill!I to

Nice CD32 Setup Bill!

I to have a CD32 with the original PSU, I got an adaptor off Ebay which apparently adapts a
AT PSU for use with CD32, though the adaptor fits I find that outside off a PC tower and attached
to a motherboard I cannot turn on the power supply so the adaptor is not doing me much good.
I build my own desktops and can do some basic mods as required but I am not to good with the electrical stuff
and certainly would not trust my skills to re-wire a PC supply, sigh what's a CD32 owner who wants a better
power supply to do? You modded PC PSU looks very dependable and professional and capable to power
a CD32 and all possible accessories............did you do that yourself? If so I might like to Email you if you
would consider the possibility of modding a PC supply for me? Of course I would compensate you fairly \
for supplies, work, shipping etc if you woulod be interested..............................either way congrats on the setup!
I cannot play my favorite CD32 disc Skid Marks racing, graphics are screwed up but I can't run a PAL display DOH!!!!

Another thing, what do you display you CD32 on? I finally got a mouse for some troublesome titles that require PAL
mode, I got a hold of an AMIGA mouse so I could access the early statup screen but I\ve nothing to display a PAL
signal on, oh if only I had my old Commodore 1084S monitor, damn why can't all these fance new LCD monitors
automaticly accept PAL/NTSC 50/60HRZ signals? Maybe I need a signal convertor?

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CD32 - PSU and NTSC/PAL
Oldschoolgamer wrote:

I to have a CD32 with the original PSU, I got an adaptor off Ebay which apparently adapts a
AT PSU for use with CD32, though the adaptor fits I find that outside off a PC tower and attached
to a motherboard I cannot turn on the power supply so the adaptor is not doing me much good.

I probably got the same exact thing as you. I too could never get enough load on the AT PSU to make it work, hence the eBay purchase of the pre-built heavy duty adapter I have now. I still have the instruction sheet that it came with and may be able to see who sold it (I think it was the same guy who made it). I'll probably never get the rare computer add-on for the CD32, but it's nice to know that this power supply is ready for it.

Oldschoolgamer wrote:

I cannot play my favorite CD32 disc Skid Marks racing, graphics are screwed up but I can't run a PAL display DOH!!!!

Another thing, what do you display you CD32 on? I finally got a mouse for some troublesome titles that require PAL
mode, I got a hold of an AMIGA mouse so I could access the early statup screen but I\ve nothing to display a PAL
signal on, oh if only I had my old Commodore 1084S monitor, damn why can't all these fance new LCD monitors
automaticly accept PAL/NTSC 50/60HRZ signals? Maybe I need a signal convertor?

I have three 1084S monitors for just that reason - they're just about the most versatile monitors around. I've only displayed the CD32 on a TV up to this point, but I haven't tried all the games (that's what the rest of this month will be for), so I'll surely need to go into PAL mode at some point. I also have a converter box that converts all kinds of foreign signals for display on a VGA monitor. Finally, a third option is the video capture Cardbus card I have for my laptop - that allows you to input and display a variety of worldwide standards. For you, that's probably the easiest and cheapest option (anywhere from $15 - $30 or so)--just getting some type of video capture device for display on your PC or laptop. I'll see how that works fully though as I'll no doubt have to take both NTSC and PAL captures on the CD32 depending upon the software I'm running...

Where are you located again? I can give you one of the extra 1084S monitors, though I'd rather not ship it.



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That nifty heavy duty replacement PSU
Oldschoolgamer wrote:

You modded PC PSU looks very dependable and professional and capable to power
a CD32 and all possible accessories............did you do that yourself? If so I might like to Email you if you
would consider the possibility of modding a PC supply for me? Of course I would compensate you fairly \
for supplies, work, shipping etc if you woulod be interested..............................either way congrats on the setup!

Found where I got it from based on the instruction sheet!: http://www.chaos89.com/ (though I could have sworn it was off of eBay; regardless, it looks like their site is not fully functional at the moment...)



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Matt Barton
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Excellent photos and

Excellent photos and collection, Bill. Great stuff!

I am very curious about the "Women in Motion." Is that some kind of thinly disguised pr0no?

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Mr. Eadweard "No vowels for you" Muybridge
Matt Barton wrote:

I am very curious about the "Women in Motion." Is that some kind of thinly disguised pr0no?

Yes and no. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge His work was actually one of the earliest in regards to motion/animation. This CDTV title appears to be a compilation of that work on a multimedia CD. Nothing really out of the ordinary for the time, as a lot of reference stuff was tried out as a multimedia CD in those days. Of course the fact that there are probably lots of naked women in there - for scientific purposes or not - helped in the decision to make the CD...



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