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Introduction

This is the Amiga that started it all. Released in 1985 the Amiga 1000 is a classic vintage computer. The inside of the Amiga 1000 case is engraved with the signatures of the engineers that worked on the project.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Commodore Amiga 1000, use our service manual.

Image 1/3: The first step is to remove the phillips head screws from beneath the Amiga.
  • This Amiga has some yellowing on the case from age.

  • The first step is to remove the phillips head screws from beneath the Amiga.

  • Carefully turn the machine over and unclip the lid.

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Image 1/3: The front panel of the computer can then be clipped off. Be careful with the power and disk drive LED's. It is easy to clip them off from the inside of the panel.
  • Remove the RAM expansion board by gently pulling it towards you.

  • The front panel of the computer can then be clipped off. Be careful with the power and disk drive LED's. It is easy to clip them off from the inside of the panel.

  • Remove the Phillips screws holding the metal shield in place.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew the floppy drive from the case.
  • Gently remove the metal shield to reveal the system board, floppy disk drive and power supply.

  • Unscrew the floppy drive from the case.

  • Check out those hook up wires!

Holy moly! Those wires are very surprising! Did Commodore make last minute changes?

TuxRug - Reply

No Commodore did not. It's the infamous "piggyback" memory upgrade that was presented in an article in the magazine "Amazing Computing" issue number 1, volume 2 from 1987.

By molding two memory IC's together on top of the memory IC's on the motherboard you could upgrade it to 1mb ram! Those wires are needed to recognise the extra memory.

It was a DIY project that voided the guarantiee for sure! ;)

Marko -

Sorry, I mean 'soldering' and nothing else..

Marko -

Image 1/3: There are three cables in total on the drive. Two on the back and one underneath.
  • Remove the cables from the floppy disk drive.

  • There are three cables in total on the drive. Two on the back and one underneath.

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Image 1/3: Remove the screws holding the power supply in place and unclip the connector from the main board.
  • On this Amiga you will notice that there are lots of delicate hook up wires on the board. I am not sure if this is standard however you should exercise care when working around these deilcate connections.

  • Remove the screws holding the power supply in place and unclip the connector from the main board.

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Image 1/3: The rear panel lifts up with the board.
  • With the power supply disconnected from the main board and all screws removed it is time to lift the board from the bottom casing.

  • The rear panel lifts up with the board.

  • You can then separate the rear panel and main board.

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Image 1/3: Lift the power supply and tilt as shown to release clip from the underneath.
  • The power supply is the last item to be separated from the bottom case.

  • Lift the power supply and tilt as shown to release clip from the underneath.

  • There you have it, an old skool Amiga teardown.

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3 Comments

AMIGA FOREVER!!!! Only Amiga makes it possible!!!! I own A1000, A500, A600, A1200, A4000 and AMIGA CD32 :D

Francisco Perez Becerril - Reply

This is a PAL Unit from the UK. The NTSC Units from the USA and Canada Have/had a daughter board on them. Also, the Commodore logo on the front is a dead give-away. None of the US versions had any Commodore labeling on them. Inside the top cover on all NTSC models is the signatures of the team, including Jay Minner's dog's paw print (misty) and "Joe Pillow"

Glen VanDenBiggelaar - Reply

I used to own two PAL machines in the Netherlands which both also had the daughterboard, the CVBS Output also did not give colour output. The signatures, including the paw print, were also present, there have been different revisions around, the ones with the daughterboard were the older revisions as far as I remember.

Dirk Blom -

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