After receiving my new Amiga 1200 and ElBox
"Winner Tower," I was dissapointed to discover that
the instructions were in German only, and there was apprently no English translation available.
In order to proceed, I decided to use Babelfish
to create an English translation of the actual installation process taken from the tower's manual (the entire ma
is not represented in this version (I plan updates)).
Babelfish does a good job, but its ability to draw inferences based upon context is less than ideal. This being the case, I have done the best job I could in deciding what was the intended meaning of certain passages that were confusing as translated by Babelfish, drawing on my (significant) hardware experience. Still--take this as a warning. I will not be held responsible for loss of hardware (or life!) as a result of anything I've written here -- follow these instructions at your own risk! Also, any pieces I felt were so potentially ambiguous that I was reluctant to attempt to translate appear in green, exactly as they came out of Babelfish.
Enough said -- good luck!
Note: These screws are needed later for mounting the motherboard into the Winner housing.10. Lift the board out of the case and put the sheet metal, protective plastic film, and small sheet metal piece around the video outputs aside.
Note: To attach the RESET switch on the front of the Winner tower, you need a soldering iron and the know-how to use it well. The RESET switch on the tower will not work unless it is attached to the motherboard as described here (the standerd keyboard- method of reset will still work, of course).11. Find the condensor C5B and the resistor R951B on the motherboard. These reside between two large chips labeled GAYLE and LISA.
Note: Tighten the screws loosly at first, then adjust the seating of the motherboard, then tighten down the screws.
19. Tighten the screws and hex bolts loosened at step 15 (above).
Connecting the Keyboard Interface to the Motherboard
Connecting the Power Supply Adapter
>>> Omit the step if you want to install a Zorro board. For the installation of a Zorro board (Micronik for eg.) you need an additional adapter, enabling the direct connection of the power pack to the motherboard.
22. Put the five (5) pin voltage adapter into the power supply socket (which the A1200 power pack normally attaches to).
Installing a Zorro Bus-Board
[skipped -- will include in later version of this doc]
Installing a PCMCIA Adapter
25. Put the PCMCIA adapter into the motherboard's PCMCIA port in such a way as described in the adapter's manual.
Installing 3.5" Devices
(Required tools: screwdriver)
[ NOTE: I've noticed that if you mount the 3.5" floppy drive too close to the front faceplate, it will have trouble reading disks (seating, etc.) ]
27. If you have another 3.5" device, such as a fixed disk, you can place it into the lower 3.5" drive bay using similar M3 screws.
Reattaching the Internal Side Panel
(Required tools: screwdriver)
Note: The cable of the power supply adapter goes from the A1200 motherboard power connector, around outside the side panel, and back up into the main housing. Only relevant to Winner housings with power supply installed).
Installing the LED Interface
Note: The LED interface is set to display both fixed disk and diskette activity.
Note: If you want only fixed disk activity displayed, break the solder joint marked "FDD".
29. Attach the small LED interface board to the original floppy drive power connector / LED connector group on the A1200 motherboard.
Connecting the Floppy Disk Drive
Note: The cable, at pin 1, is marked red. Make sure that this pin is in the proper place when connecting the disk drive to the motherboard.
31. Attach power supply to the floppy disk drive. For this, use one of the small power cables from the main power supply.
Note: In Winner housings without a power supply, use instead the small plug of the LED interface. [ ??? ]
32. Insert the memory expansion or turbo card onto the motherboard in the same fashion as the installation of such a device in a regular Amiga 1200.
Connecting the Power Supply
>>> Omit this step if you installed a Zorro board, which changes the process due to the required, special adapter.
33. Attach the plugs of the power supply marked P8 and P9 to the connectors of the voltage supply adapter.
Warning: Please be very careful to make sure that the colors of the individual cables correspond!
Connecting the RESET Switch to the Tower
34. Connect the plug for the reset switch (green cable coming from the front of the Winner housing) either to the up-soldered pins on the motherboard or directly to the designated pins on any present Zorro board or ATA-2/EIDE Controller board.
Note: The RESET switch on the front of the case will not function unless this connection is made.
Connecting the STANDBY Switch
35. Connect the plug for the STANDBY switch (black-red cable going to LED's on the case front) to the appropriate contacts on your memory expansion or turbo card. Normally these contacts would be labelled "ON/OFF" or some such.
Warning: When the STANDBY switch is "off" (not depressed) the memory expansion or turbo board will be disabled.
Connecting the Keyboard Interface to the Tower
Installing Zorro Expansion Boards
Installing 5.25" Devices
(Required tools: screwdriver)
39. Remove the desired 5.25" faceplate and slide the 5.25" device into the drive bay
(from the front) and fasten with enclosed M3 screws.
40. Connect the device with the appropriate controller.
Note: IDE devices would, for example, possibly plug into the A1200's on-board IDE controller, but additional device interfaces may be added to the system. Attach one of the large plugs from the power supply into the 5.25" device.
Wrapping It Up
Note: If your Winner tower has no power supply, attach the standard A1200 power supply to the motherboard power connector towards the bottom of the tower's rear.
44. You can attach any PC or Amiga 2x00, 3000, 4000 keyboard to the tower's keyboard connector.
Note: Be aware of PC key allocation differences: the left Windows key corresponds to the left Amiga key, the right Windows key corresponds to the right Amiga key, and F11 produces a backslash.