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Fatter Agnus

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    Hi there superfat Agus fans,

    here is the story of upgrading my A500 to 1MB Agnus.
    After buying the Fat Lady (dfl 150,-) i opened up my A500 (for the
    first time). I assumed that i had a REV 5 board, so the transition
    should be fairly easy. What i found after removing all screws and
    and shielding defies description. First of all there was no JP2
    between the ROM and the CPU (oink), second there was no REV number on
    the board (what ???), thirdly the _ROMEN pin on the Kickstart ROM was
    torn out of its socket. Soldered to it was a blue wire wich on the 
    other end connected to a 3D mounted transistor (shiver). After uttering
    some strong words i also removed the bottom shielding. This revealed
    some more manual modifications, and last but not least the REV number.
    The REV number said 3. After sitting down and taking a deep breath i
    tried to think of a sunny side of all this. All i could come up with
    was that this board might be a collectors item by now (anybody
    interested???).
    
    Now how to put Mrs. Obese in there? Since there was no JP2 i made my
    own. What JP2 does on REV 5 boards is connecting A19 on Agnus to A23
    or A19 on the CPU address bus. My Agnus A19 was hardwired to A23 on
    the CPU address bus. So i carefully cut this connection on the bottom
    side of the board between the CPU pins. Then i soldered in a new
    connection from the CPU A19 (pin 47) to where the previously cut
    connection runs through the board from bottom side to top side, thus
    effectuating a connection between CPU A19 and Agnus A19. The rest is
    fairly straight forward. The _EXRAM signal on GARY must be kept high
    thus preventing it to detect the RAM expansion. I did this by cutting
    the connection near the GARY socket (pin 32) on the top side of the
    board. The connection to a pullup which keeps pin 32 at VCC is still
    intact since it runs under the socket in the opposite direction.

    Now the only thing left to do was replacing HER. Ahh, wait a minute
    wasn't there something about Agnus pin 41 and PAL/NTSC. Yes, Agnus
    pin 41 should be kept at a high level to force a PAL display. Because
    i live in Europe i'm kinda attached to PAL. So i bent the pin 41 
    inside the Agnus socket outward (careful now), preventing it from
    forcing the PAL/NTSC input to GND level. After putting Humpty Dumpty
    back together again, i crossed my fingers and turned on the power ....
    It worked. Avail reported somewhat over 1040K chipmem, hmm nice.
    
    I'am still in the process of trying out what software works, and what
    doesn't anymore. Up till now only ACT OUT refused work altogether,
    actually it GURUed. Furthermore, it is a pity that you must have fast
    ram to use DPAINT-III's animation features. By the way, is there somebody
    out there who has a list of programms that freak out when a 8272(A) is
    installed ???