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I miss my Commodore Amiga

Updated on April 4, 2013

Amiga Titles

  • Zool
  • Turrican
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Silent Hunter
  • Apache Gunship
  • Sensible World of Soccer

I feel the need to write this hub as currently my home PC is doing its usual " I don`t want to work" or " I will do everything you want, but at my speed not yours!!". I am pretty sure that the Skynet enemy from the Terminator series of movies will be spawned by another Windows problem. Yes I still am not a fan of Vista and I would rather have XP any day of the week! I found myself thinking how far computers have progressed in the last 20 years and it is scary. But for all the advancements which have been made, I realised that the computers and the operating systems of today are not as fun or reliable as my Amiga and its workbench system.

So yes I get a bit nostalgic, so much so I ran DosBox and run my all time favourite game Frontier: Elite 2( Yes I had other things to do but, I needed to feel the pull of an infinite universe to lose myself in). I think I am one of the few people who will admit to owning and loving the Amiga 600. After all most peoples mobile phones have more memory and processing power. For me it was an ideal introduction into the world of home computers, I suppose the burglar who made off with the Amiga 500 and Commodore 64 did me a favour. Despite my feelings and anger at the time he or she maybe did!

Amiga Workbench Image
Amiga Workbench Image

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Despite what people may say now i really loved commodore as a company, i loved the amiga 500 as i thought it infinitely superior to the Atari STE and i truly loved the amiga 600 as it was streamline and functional for a 14 year old back in the 1990`s. Maybe i was seduced by having the Commodore 64 previously. It surprised me to find out that the Amiga 600 was a total flop for Commodore, i don`t know what part it played in Commodore going out of business, and i assumed that the higher end Amiga's were the cause of Commodores failure. I was also surprised that the Amiga 600 was only produced for one year. Its initial brief was to be a cheaper more modern version of the Amiga 500. In fact the Amiga 600 should have been designated as Amiga 300 but the new Amiga then became the replacement for the Amiga 500.
In fact some early models feature motherboards with the A300 designation.

The Amiga 600
The Amiga 600 | Source

Amiga 600 Specifications

CPU - Motorola 68000

Memory - 1MB with 1MB expandable in trapdoor expansion, 512kb Kickstart Rom, upto 4 mb in PCMIA slot

Disc Drive - 3.5" floppy, capacity 880kib

Operating system - Amiga Workbench 2.05/ Kickstart 2.05

Audio - 2 channel stereo

The Managing Director of Commodore UK at the time famously described the A600 as a "complete and utter screw-up" when you compared the A600 to the popular A500 it was pretty much unexpandable. This meant that diehard Amiga 500 fans would not be tempted to move upto a system that only added an extra 500mb when they could add this on in memory expansion themselves for a fraction of the price. The Amiga 600 for been more expensive and more recent did not really improve on the A500's CPU. The fact that its streamlined design omitted a numeric keypad really irritated some, especially fans of flight simulators, a numerical pad emulator was made to counter this.

Yet despite all of the above i really do miss the machine, it was a computer that was more for gamers. The built in disc drive was good and their was a good hard drive available for those who wanted it. The digital joysticks were good and light pens and a mouse was supported. The Workbench operating system was so much easier than anything recently, is it me or do microsoft go out of their way to frustrate you? I am forever going to be a fan of the Amiga 600 but i am sure my memory is only remembering the good times.

For those who do miss the Amiga operating system, there are a few emulators in the public domain that can make you recapture those glorious days of the Workbench system. A search through the Internet will guarantee at least a couple of hundred pieces of software that give a fair approximation of the original program.

There are many packs still available which have many of the Commodore classic games available, the only problem is the compatability of these decade old programs to today's technology. If you are able to get the programs to run you can relive some of the frontier age titles of early personal computer games.


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      garydow 7 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

      Oh wow! Nostalgia alert! I also and Amiga 600 but upgraded to an A1200 after a year or so and although I cant ever recall getting rid of it, I have no idea where it is in the house. I'll admit that my first ever computer was a ZX81, then moved onto a Spectrum.

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      John Bright 7 years ago

      I loved the Amiga. It was my introduction to computing and the Workbench OS with Amiga DOS was brilliant. It was classed as a gaming machine but, it was somuch more than that. I used it for video etc. and it was superb. I often wonder where ti would be today if it had continued to progress. I would love to see it's return. Istarted with the A5oo and gradually progressed through to A 1200. I still have an A1200 but haven't tried it for several years. Happy. Happy days!

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      Martin Allan 7 years ago from Sunny Scotland

      Yes, all versions of the Amiga were fantastic.

      For me the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore Amiga are the best retro computers around.

      Nice hub.