[Coco] [Color Computer] Older site.
goosey at virgo.sdc.org
Thu Jan 25 03:03:13 EST 2007
>Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 19:17:46 -0800 (PST)
>From: Dan Olson <dano at agora.rdrop.com>
>I'm not too familar with the inner workings of the 1000, I do have an
>external SCSI controller for it (the same as used with the 500) and I
>guess I assumed that the ROM had enough smarts to look for a hard drive
>before booting off of floppy.... I mean, it's an old computer, but not
>From what I understand, they wanted/needed to ship the 1000 before
Kickstart (the proper boot ROM) was finished. So, instead, it has a
small stupid ROM that is only smart enough to load Kickstart off
floppy. Once Kickstart is in the WOM (Write Only Memory :) (the
1000's special RAM where every other Amiga has ROM) it takes over and
boots Workbench normally.
Amiga 1000 fanatics will tell you this is a feature, not a bug. :-)
Indeed, the 1000 port of OSK took advantage of this to load *itself*
into the WOM -- even on a machine with no regular memory protection
it's unlikely for the WOM to get trashed.
So even if your hard drive controller doesn't have a built-in ROM, you
may be able to merge the driver with your Kickstart image. If so,
Kickstart should find the hard drive when it scans through all the
drives for a boot disk.
You'd have to bug one of those Amiga 1000 fanatics I mentioned
earlier. I know there's at least one on this list but he hasn't said
anything yet... I have an Amiga 2000, and I don't know as much about
IT as I'd like to. We've pretty much exhausted all I know about the
>With Workbench 1.3 you're not going to be running the latest programs
Yeah, I finally got frustrated enough to upgrade to AmigaDOS 2. I
liked 1.3 but the software I wanted to run just wouldn't deal. :-(
>Really? But the CoCo has it's DOS in ROM, the hard drive controller
>doesn't have boot code?? I just assumed it did, but don't even have a
>floppy drive for mine so what do I know.
The only two CoCO bootable hard drive controllers I know of are the
old Burke & Burke, and SuperIDE.
Willard Goosey goosey at sdc.org
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