Sunday, April 17, 2011

Nostalgic Sunday - Run AmigaOS 3.1 on Mac OS X

AmigaOS is the default native operating system of the Amiga personal computer. It was developed first by Commodore International, and initially introduced in 1985 with the Amiga 1000. Early versions (1.0-3.9) run on the Motorola 68k series of 16-bit and 32-bit microprocessors.

On top of a preemptive multitasking kernel called Exec, it includes an abstraction of the Amiga's unique hardware, a disk operating system called AmigaDOS, a windowing system API called Intuition and a graphical user interface called Workbench. A command line interface called AmigaShell is also available and integrated into the system. The GUI and the CLI complement each other and share the same privileges.

AmigaOS was very advanced and ahead of its time.
In this tutorial i show you how to install AmigaOS 3.1 inside E-UAE on Mac OS X.


E-UAE (download macos binaries)
Hi-Toro (download here)
Kickstart 3.1(google it or buy it)
Workbench 3.1 (google it or buy it)

Create a folder Amiga inside your Applications directory (or wherever you like).
Copy E-UAE and Hi-Toro there and start Hi-Toro

Open the preferences (menubar/hi-toro/preferences) and set the path of the "E-UAE Application" to the
Go to the menubar, Configuration, New and choose A4000.
Go to the "ROM" tab and select the KICK31.rom as ROM in the Hi-Toro window.
Go to "Floppies" tab and select the Workbench310Install.adf as DF0 and the Workbench310.adf as DF1.
For faster installation you can set the "Floppy disk speed" to 800%.
Now go to "HDD" and click "Add Directory..." choose a directory where you want to store the system files, i recommend to make a new on called "harddisk" inside your amiga folder.
Go to the "Display" tab and make sure "Centre horizontal" and "Centre vertical" are both on "Smart".
Now press "OK" to start UAE.

You get booted directly into the Workbench.
Open "Install3.1", "Install" and then choose the installer in the language that suits you.
The installation is straight forward. "Proceed", "Install Release 3.1", "Novice User".
In the next step select the language you want to use.
I guess you have no AmigaOS compatible printer so skip the next step.
Now you must choose the keymaps (Keyboard layouts) you want to use.
The Installer will now copy the files to the harddisk which can take a few minutes.
After a while the Installer ask to change the disk to the "Workbench Locale" go to "Disk" in the menubar and choose "Insert DF0" and select the Workbench 3.1 Locale Disk. You must do this for the "Amiga Extras", "Storage"

Some disk changes later you are done.
After the reboot close E-UAE and back in Hi-Toro eject the disk images.
Press "OK" to start E-UAE again and welcome to your new AmigaOS 3.1 :)
You can run any AmigaOS Application now and for Games you better just use the kickstart and game image.

Bonus Round ClassicWB UAE v2.6

Since the orignal OS 3.1 is pretty plain i recommend to download the ClassicWB v2.6 for UAE, extract it and set your HDD configuration like this:
DH0 to "Add Hard File ..." ClassicWB/Hard Disk/System_ADVSP.hdf
DH1 to "Add Hard File ..." ClassicWB/Hard Disk/System_P96.hdf
and DH2 to DH2 to "Add Directory ..." ClassicWB/Hard Disk/Software.
Start UAE and you get booted into AmigaDOS with the WB Installer running.
Follow the instructions (you just need to change disk DF0 to different Workspace Installation disks).
And answer with "y" if the installer aks if you would like to upgrade to Workbench 3.1.
A lot of disk changes later...
Choose "Higher Colours"
Choose "Re-Gen"
Choose "Enable" and we are nearly done.

If this screen appears go to the menubar, "Disk" and then "Eject DF0:"

Finally F11+R and we get this beauty:
Enjoy your pimped AmigaOS 3.1 :) Remember this OS is from 1992!

Next week: Classic MacOS 9

For reviews of Amiga Games check out: I want my Amiga back


Rabidmoose said...

Looks like a pretty interesting piece of tech.

ed said...

the results look good. not my style though

John said...

Very rainbowy graphic interface.

The Awesome Alien said...

apple had so much rainbow brightness guess apple was trying to say something

GeneralMakaveli said...

good post said...

Lots of good info in this post and thanks for the comment on the man cave post

The Game Store Guy said...

Oh god...I remember my Amiga. So long ago. T_T

Moobeat said...

thanks for the post!

Unknown said...

try to read at least the topic title b4 commenting
or are you trying to say us something mixing up Commodore and Apple?

Oscar said...

I haven't heard of Amiga in so long.

Jazz bazooka said...

wow. thats interesting

Patti D. said...

awesome, I loved the C64 and the amiga too!
thanks for the link too.

Justsayin' said...

Good post.

schultzz said...

nostaligia for the win.

paidvacation1605 said...

Amiga was good back in the day

Stu said...

Wow!! What great days for computing. I miss my commodore 64. Great post!

BeefyWellington said...

Oh man, this is awesome!!