[Coco] [Color Computer] Older site.
dano at agora.rdrop.com
Thu Jan 25 21:49:12 EST 2007
>> 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
>> that old.
> Oh, I wouldn't say that.
> You should have seen AmigaDOS 1.0... it made WindowsMe look reliable
> <shudder>. It would crash just sitting there with the first 1.0
> version I saw.
I don't have anything older than 1.2, but I'm thinking even more basic
than that. The IBM PC has enough smarts to scan adaptor ROMs, check for a
floppy disk, and if neither have an OS, go to ROM BASIC. I just figured
the Amiga's simple boot code would check for an expansion board with an
attached drive, if none is found, scan for a disk in DF0, if none is
found, put that image in the screen showing a kickstart disk. Guess it
doesn't work that way :(
That is interesting to know about 1.0 though.
> The A1000 could actually be fitted with Kickstart ROMs, I believe it
> has the sockets for them. You had to replace a couple PALs on the
> daughterboard to do it but it worked fine.
I knew there were special daughter boards, but didn't know that it was
> I started developing for the Amiga on a 2 drive A1000 system.
> Swapping disks for the compiler was a nightmare!
I know, the Amiga is the first system where I had to have 3 drive minimum
to not loose my sanity. I had workbench in one, a MS-DOS disk in another
(because I started out downloading stuff from the net and transfering it)
and my "destination" disk in the third. I had to have the utility to
decompress files somewhere too, with two disks I kept running into
problems where my destination disk would be swapped out for something else
while I was trying to write the decompressed files to it, it took quite a
bit of juggling to work, 3 drives made life much easier!
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