I also have a modded A500, And a fun story
ICD AdSpeed @ 14Mhz
ICD BaseBOARD - but, I never completed the thing you have to do with that little wire, so I don't think all the RAM is contiguous (or whatever that's supposed to do..), and now I can't find the wire or the instructions..
Expansion Systems DataFlyer (500? Plus?) SCSI version, boots from 30+yr-old HD just fine.
(I may be confused about the make/model. But it works.)
IDEK Iiyama CRT !!
Replacement Madewell PSU - I started to hack the power connector myself, but got nervous. I took the whole system to a local UBreakIFix store (where they mostly repair phones and tablets), and asked if they could do the PSU hack, and they said there was an old guy
who came in one day a week who might be able to do it. I left the system with them, figners crossed.. Eventually (about 2 months later), they called and said "my device" was ready to be picked up. When I got to the store, the first thing I noticed was that the PSU hack was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT - it looked like it had just popped out of a factory! I set the whole system up and powered it on. The HD, which hadn't been power cycled in almost 10 years, squealed loudly for a bit, and then quieted down. Other customers literally freaked out a bit, and then stood in awe as it booted to WB in a few seconds. After I was satisfied, I asked how much the repair was going to cost me. The kid at the counter looked over the repair slip and said, "Dan was originally going to charge you $100, but because it took so long, the bill is $50." Again, amazing. The reason it took so long: When the tech completed the PSU hack and plugged the system in for the first time, he had probes on the internal power connectors, and one pin was pulling too much. He quickly unplugged it, and went through THE ENTIRE MOTHERBOARD diagnosing every component until he found a shorted capacitor. He then found a replacement cap online, ordered it, replaced the bad one, and retested the entire motherboard again. Bravo, Dan! I was playing Ultima VI on it a couple of nights ago
I'm going to replace the HD asap, but in general, these old SCSI drives are like tanks - my main
A3000D "Orion" has several HDDs from the '90s which all work fine (but I am going to replace them as well, at some point).
Next, I really want to get a Plipbox, and some kind of floppy emulator. Does anyone have any experience with PLR Electronics Floppy-to-USB devices? They are ridiculously (IMHO) expensive, but the guy I spoke with at PLR claimed that they are far
better quality than any of the cheap ones like Gotek, et al. They even have one that comes with a USB wireless NIC.