As mentioned earlier on my Amiga blog I got this Amiga 3000 in February. The seller mentioned that it was broken, the graphics flickered a lot and left garbage characters on the screen, price was really good so I gambled on this one, hopefully I could fix the machine.

Amiga 3000 motherboard close up

After searching the net for a solution to garbled Amiga 3000 graphics I finally found a plausible solution.

It seems like there are a couple of chips –U202 and U203- on the A3000 motherboard that runs fairly hot and have been known of producing flickering graphics if broken. Finding them would not be that difficult, there ought to be quite a lot of broken A3000 systems around the world where I could get the chips from, however I found out that you can burn your own chips which will run a bit cooler than the original chips.

Another search on the internet and I found someone in Canada who could sell the chips to me for 16 dollars.

Anxiously waiting, the chips finally showed up two weeks after purchase and after fitting them to the broken Amiga and powering the old workstation up I was greeted with a flicker-free and stable screen!

The A3000 as it is today –totally stock with Kickstart 2.1-, is actually a nice computer as it is. Yes, the 030-25MHz CPU is SLOW, but then, it is faster than a stock A1200 (or an Amiga 500 for that matter).

You need the chips to for your broken Amiga 3000? Check out this thread on Lemon64