• Manufacturer: Commodore
  • Product family: Amiga
  • Type: Video game console
  • Generation: Fifth generation era
  • Release date: EU: September 17, 1993
  • Discontinued: April 1994 (Commodore defunct)
  • Units sold: ~100,000 in Europe
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • OS: AmigaOS 3.1
  • CPU: Motorola 68EC020 @ ~14 MHz
  • Memory: 2 MB RAM
  • Storage: 1 KB EEPROM
  • Display: RF modulator, composite, S-Video
  • Sound: 4 × 8-bit PCM channels stereo
  • Controller: Gamepad, mouse, joystick
  • Backward compatibility: Commodore CDTV
  • Predecessor: Commodore CDTV
  • Expansion: socket for MPEG decoder or 3rd.party expansions such as SX-1 and SX32
  • Chipset: AGA and Akiko chip
  • Video: 24-bit (16.8 million colors), 262 144 on-screen colors in HAM-8 mode

Released 1993: The Amiga CD32, code-named “Spellbound”, is the first 32-bit home video game console released in western Europe, Australia, Canada and Brazil. It was first announced at the Science Museum in London on July 16, 1993, and was released in September of the same year. The CD32 uses CD-ROM media, and was developed by Commodore, creator of the Commodore Amiga computer. It was based on Commodore’s Advanced Graphics Architecture chipset, and is of similar specification to the Amiga 1200 computer.

My Amiga CD32
I took a small risk, and bought a “dead” unit with some games and controllers. It turned out to be a dead power supply, exactly what I hoped for. I found a suitable power supply in the electrical waste disposable at my job place and soldered the original connector onto the new power supply. It now worked fine. Later I got my hand of an original power supply as well.

Even it had no issues, I brought it to a shop (retroservice.no), and got all the capacitors replaced (recap). The mainboard uses SMD (Surface Mound Devices), and I don’t have equipment or the experience to do this myself. The reason for replacing all the capacitors is kind of an “insurance” due to its age. Electrolytic capacitors will eventually dry inside and loose its “attributes”, and start to leak electrolyte, which can cause shortcuts and malfunctions.


Amiga CD32

Remi Jakobsen

I'm collecting classic computers and video games, stretching from the 70's into the 90's. Restoration, history, usage ...

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