The A600 is a introduced in 1992 by Commodore computer.
Its performance corresponded largely to that of the Amiga 500 Plus, he was like this with the new "Enhanced Chip Set " of the Amiga 3000 equipped with a possessed MB RAM twice as much memory as the original version of the Amiga 500, a PCMCIA interface and a ATA controller for a 2.5 " hard drive. Like the Amiga 500 he had no tower chassis, but was in a keyboard case built similar to the Commodore 64.
The operating system AmigaOS 2.0 was included, consisting of Workbench 2.0 and Kickstart ROM labeled 2.05 of which various versions exist ( version numbers 37 299, 37,300, and 37,350 ). The first revisions of the A600 ( to Motherboard Rev. 1.3) were still shipped with the Kickstart version 37 299, which curiously had no ATA and PCMCIA support. I mean we can download the necessary drivers from floppy, but a direct booting from media that could be connected to this bus was not possible. It was only later models of the Amiga 600 and in particular the model Amiga 600HD ( with built-in hard disk in the bundle ) were equipped with Kickstart versions from 37,300 who already could integrate at the start of the operating system both the PCMCIA interface and the internal ATA controller. The version was 37,300 through various bug on the use of hard drives up to 40 MB limited (systems with more than 40 MB were unstable ), while version with 37,350 plates coped up to four GB. Optionally you could later purchase the Workbench 2.1, which brought innovations as a localization of the operating system in different languages as well as a " CrossDOS " driver for using the FAT format (MS -DOS) provided floppy / hard disks. The Workbench 2.1 ran on all Kickstart ROMs of the 2.0x family, a kickstart with the label 2.1 there has never been.
The computer has become one of the biggest failures of Amiga history. Reasons for this included the outmoded performance, the excessively high price and the lack of the number pad on the keyboard. Given the limitations compared to the previous model it was originally intended to be called A300, but was renamed at the last moment in A600, and aroused false hopes of a general increase in performance. Many observers believe that this decision of the relevant coffin nails for the Commodore was. In addition, the Amiga 600 like its immediate predecessor suffered Amiga 500 Plus on the problem that some older popular games were unable to cope with Kickstart version 2.0. This was a drawback inasmuch as the unit with it for a large part of the intended target group - was unattractive - the player community. Another shortcoming was the lack of ( and by the Commodore never planned ) upgradeability of the Amiga 600 In contrast to the Amiga 500 all platinum blocks with the exception of the Kickstart ROMs were soldered SMD technology and not socketed, so that many important Amiga 500 - (Plus) extensions did not fit.
- Motorola MC68000 CPU with 7.14 MHz ( NTSC version) or 7.09 MHz ( PAL version )
- Memory 1 MB Chip RAM
- Expansion slot for memory expansion ( Trapdoor, max. 1 MB Chip RAM )
- ATA controller for connecting a hard drive
- DD 3.5 " floppy disk drive ( 880 KByte the Amiga )
- Enhanced Chip Set
- PCMCIA slot (16 bits for memory cards, max. 4 MB Fast RAM )
See also: Amiga computer
Due to age, there is now the problem that the electrolytic capacitors, the electrolyte leak and damage the conductor tracks and the IC. Therefore, it is recommended that all owners to replace them.