Amiga Buying Guide in 2019

Here are some general issues to look for when buying an Amiga in 2019. Hopefully someone will find this information useful when looking for Amiga systems.

  1. Some Amigas have a clock battery that is prone to leakage, spilling acid on your precious system. Make sure you get a good photo of the area around the clock battery to assess the damage before you buy. All of these systems will have leaked by now, so it’s a matter of how bad the corrosion is.
    • A1000 = No battery
    • A500 = No battery
    • A500+ = Bad clock battery
    • A600 = Bad Clock battery
    • A1200 = Bad Clock battery
    • A2000 = Bad Clock battery
    • A3000 = Bad Clock battery
    • A4000 = Bad Clock battery

  2. RAM expansions are also a concern, as they are VERY common, and often have clock batteries that you need to know about. Typically if the clock battery on the RAM expansion has leaked, you can just take out the expansion, and the system will be fine. Whether that expansion can be fixed or not depends on how far gone it is.

  3. Some Amiga systems have newer SMD style capacitors that are prone to leakage. These will not be as large of an issue as the clock batteries, but they will leak, and they will cause damage. These systems are getting to the age now, that’s it’s near impossible to find one that has not leaked.
    • A1000 = Good capacitors
    • A500 = Good capacitors
    • A500+ = Good capacitors
    • A600 = Bad SMD style capacitors
    • A1200 = Bad SMD style capacitors
    • A2000 = Good capacitors
    • A3000 = Good capacitors
    • A4000 = Bad SMD style capacitors
Here are some photos I’ve taken of some issues with the systems myself or friends have bought.
No-name Amiga 500 RAM expansion - The worst I’ve seen. I didn’t even try to revive this guy. You can see that the PCB is actually bulging from all the corrosion.
Commodore A501 RAM expansion for the Amiga 500 - This looks like it will work once it’s cleaned up.
Amiga 2000 Battery Leakage - Looks bad, but turned out good.
Amiga 2000 Battery Leakage - Very nice shape on this one, as little leaking as I’ve seen.
Amiga 2000 Battery Replacement - Cleaned up nicely, removed the 68000 and cleaned the green corrosion off the pins, and installed a new button-style battery.
Amiga 2000 Battery Leakage - Destroyed 68000 socket, pin sockets completely missing. Replacement socket needed. See all the green corrosion spread all over.

Hope this helps, happy hunting everyone!

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Raskulous is an avid gamer, retro gamer, and computer enthusiast. He also spends portions of his free time doing electronics service and repair, and console modifications.

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