Install Amiga OS 3.1 for your real Amiga (1200) using FS-UAE on linux ubuntu / Access your FFS flash card on linux

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This article explains my way to install Amiga OS using FS-UAE under linux ubuntu.

There are many tutorials explaining how to install Amiga OS on a real Amiga using WinUAE under windows but none for the linux side of the world.

This is a bit different than on Windows. All the tutos I’ve read are for WinUAE on Windows, so, this is my two cents for the linux side.

Note : this tuto can be simply adapted for your Amiga 500 using the right fs-uae configuration, and downloading the good classic workbench package.

History

Arrrrgh ! The fast memory (128Mb snif) included on my aca1232 accelerator board seems to be a bit trashy, so Amiga OS 3.9 has problems to load correctly on my real a1200. After many attempts, i decided to downgrade to Amiga OS 3.1. This is a complete success as the OS is stable, fast, and because i don’t need more on my A1200 (making music and watching demos).

Fortunately, Linux understand Amiga OS FFS, and now it also understands Amiga partition tables, that helps a lot.

I have written and article on “how to access Amiga partitions on linux” there, i’ll use it as a base for this article.

Needed

  • Workbench 3.1 disks (ADF and REAL, or HFE for HxC) – needed to boot on the amiga OS
  • A blank CF card for installing the Amiga OS, and a CF card reader on your linux computer
  • An internet connexion for downloading the classic workbench packages
  • FS-UAE and Amiga ROMS

Formatting the CF card on the Amiga

First you need to create the partitions on the Amiga side.

launch HDToolBox

Create the first partition, in FFS (Fast File System). 1Gb is enough. Some tells it’s better to make it littler, but we will stay in FFS, wich implies we will not be able to mount partitions that are upper than 2Gb on the real amiga at the beginning, and we will maybe want to load stuffs (packages, pictures, …) from the linux side, so we will take the place we need.

choosing Install 3.1 hfe to boot on
Workbench 3.1 screen
launching HDToolbox
choosing the disk to partition
partitioning
 

When done, format it

Swith off the Amiga

Mount the CF card on linux

my CF card inserted in my X500plus wonderfull case

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When done, you can boot on your Workbench ADSP installed on your CF card on your real Amiga 1200 (or 500).

Tadaaaa !

Tadaaaaaa ! Real Workbench 3.1 ADVSP with Scalos installed and running

Resources

  • http://thomas-rapp.homepage.t-online.de/os39uae.html
  • http://classicwb.abime.net
  • http://amigaga.chez-alice.fr/amigaos/download/index.htm