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How your Amiga's memory works and how
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MAY
1992
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paces
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Disks
Disks
and
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and 512K
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£76
£52
£61
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PC880E + 10
Maxell
2
PC880E
+ lO
Maxell
Zip
Stick
3
PC880E + 10
Maxell
RAM with clock
without
clock
4
PC880E
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Disk
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105QMB
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RAM
£92
£101
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52QMB OMB £379
52QMB 2MB
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52QMB
4MB £469
52QMB 8MB
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box, Power
Mouse,
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&
lMB
to
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your memory
to 2MB of
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diskette
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to
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AT A GLANCE
GUIDE
To
help you
find what
you want
quickly and
easily, this
is a cross-
referenced Iist
of all the products
and subjects covered in
this
month's
Amiga
Shopper.
The
subjects covered in Amiga Answers
are detai
led
on page 39; the
many
PO
programs covered on page
146
are listed t
here.
The page numbe
rs
given are for the first page of the
artic
le
in
which the product
is
mentioned.
A570
Amiga Answers
AmigaOOS
AMOS
Amiga Shopper Show
Animation
AVideo
Bullet
in
boa
rds
Buying
advice
CD-ROM
CDTV
Com
ms
Competition
Databases
Desktop
publishing
DPaint
Ill
DTP
Education
End Zone
For sale
Graph
ics
Letters
Listings
Memory
MIDI
Modems
Music
News
Piano
Tutor
Pixel
30
Product
Locator
Public
domain
RocHard
Reader
ads
Shareware
Shell
Subscript
ions
Superbase Personal
Talking
Shop
Tekno
Amiga
Tracey
TouchWindow
User groups
Video
34
39
121
99
75,138
18
86
94
158
34
34
94
162
132
78
18
78
108
94
145
18
13
127
24
90
94
29,90
7
29
86
160
146
32
145
146
137
128
132
13
108
16,18
108
142
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COME
Yep, Listings.
Now this could be the
start of somet
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big. We want all your
self-penned
lists
of demos, ut
ilit
ies,
l
applications,
neural
networks, missi
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guidance systems
-
the
works. And
besides fame and err ... more
fame,
we'll give you
fo
ur
blue beer vouchers for any we print. So get
coding!
And f
inally,
but, as
it
happens,
for the firs
t
time
ever, we've run
a
Product Locator on pages
160/161 detailing every piece of Amiga hardware
we can
think
of. Any bets on how many pages
this'll be by t
his
time
next
year?
nd
congratulations to you all. You're all
living
proof! Living proof
the
Amiga·s
more
than
j
ust
a
games machine
-
for
you're
just
one of
the
many
readers
who've
taken
our monthly circulation figures
from
zilch to
well
over 45,000 in
twelve
short months.
So, by way of a
little
thank-you, we decided to
present you
with
a small, but perfectly formed,
freebie on this month's
ish
- the delightful and
quite delectab
le
Tracey.
Now Tracey's
dead
handy
when
it
comes to any 2D artwork you
might
want to
import
into
your DTP, graphics and
animatio
n
packages.
As you'll soon
find if
you
give
her
a whirl
by fol
lowing
the
instructions on page 16.
Otherwise,
there's loads
of meaty stuff to get
your teeth
into
this month.
The
start of an
everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-memory-but-
forgot-to-ask
tw
o-parter
for starters. And
then
there's a look at the
new RocTec hard drive,
Miracle's
ingenious
Piano Tutor and all the usual
columns
t
here's
too
little
space
here
to mention.
But
the page
to
turn
to
if
you're
really
serious
about
your
Amiga - well, serious enough to stay up
half
the
night
tapping
its
keyboard - is
page 127.
TO ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS
Every month In Amlga Answers our panel of experts
answer more genuine reader questions than any
other Amiga magazine. And for beginners our
starter page wlll help you get to grips with your
Amlga, and understand the other features In this
month
's
Issue.
We
answer
questions every month on
I
Workbench • The CLI • Comms • Programming
DTP • Video • Business software and more.
THE ANSWERSSTART ON PAGE41
THE SHOW STARTSON PAGE 75
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