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Today I picked up a used Amiga 4000 desktop packed with some goodies such as CyberStorm PPC 040, 180 MHz PPC, SunRize AD516 16-bit soundcard and a couple of other bits.

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The A4000D is one of my favourite Amiga computers because of its relatively small size, expansion potential and good looks, they where also very popular, at least here in Sweden..

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I was thinking about showing you what I usually do when I get a complete system. The first thing I like to do is to open up the computer and find if any parts are left hanging, touching other metal parts. Some times there are screws and other metallic parts not secured properly which could be fatal for the Amiga when powered up.

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When everything seems to be secured I usually fire up the computer to see if it is working. It is a good idea not to mess with the hardware configuration of an already configured Amiga system because otherwise the computer can refuse to start if some card is missing. If the Amiga refuses to boot you are then left with a big job reinstalling workbench and tracking down drivers for all hardware just to find out if they where working in the first place.

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As the hard drive was empty in my case I wanted to run a test to see if the PPC chip was working on the CyberStorm PPC card. What better way to test the PPC chip than to install AmigaOS 4.0 on it?

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As you can see, AmigaOS 4.0 is working great so that means that the Phase 5 CyberStorm PPC card is functional. These turbo boards are really the pinnacle of classic Amiga technology, they are totally bad ass. If you ever get the chance of purchasing one you should not refuse such an offer.

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Now that I have verified that the Amiga 4000 is actually running, the next step is to break the computer down into separate parts so that I can clean up the case and hardware (which in this case is filled with dust).

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I removed the battery (which had not leaked that much) and blew off the dust from the motherboard. Then I gave the case a thorough wash in the shower. When the machine is broken down in bits it is a good idea to plan ahead and find out if there are other things that could be fixed so I have already planned to replace the fan in the power supply asap because it still has the same fan as it had back in 1992 when it left the factory (yes it is very noisy and dusty).

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Another thing I did was to put hot glue on the Zorro card holders on the front of the case so that they are firmly attached and also to put just a tiny bit of hot glue on the front LEDs because they always work themselves out when I am messing with the front panel.

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Yes, I did clean up the hot glue when it had cooled a bit.

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And that is all I did to my new A4000 today 😉