[rescue] Amiga 1000 rescue!

Gaz God gaz.god at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 08:09:11 CDT 2010

I can get you a copy of the kick start and workbench floppies for it, It
will probably take me a week or two as its from a friend of mine who owns a

If you can find someone local to write them with a amiga, I can email you
ADF images of the required floppies, or post a set to you if not.


On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM, Peter Corlett <abuse at cabal.org.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 08:28:22PM -0700, Ian Finder wrote:
> > Just picked up an Amiga 1000 with a bad floppy drive, and no OS media.
> Aha, an old platform I'm intimately familiar with.
> You're currently in a bad position since that machine expects to boot off
> an
> Amiga-formatted floppy. You might need a Kickstart disk as well if it's an
> early A1000, which are like hen's teeth. (But they're not copy-protected so
> it's a case of finding an image and writing it to a floppy.)
> You may be able to wing it with an old PC floppy drive. The Amiga expects
> drives that provide a diskchange signal, but you will probably be able to
> find a PC drive in your junkbox that ties the signal in the right way to at
> least convince the machine to boot. If you're really lucky, it supports
> diskchange as well. Those are also like hen's teeth.
> You can adapt a drive to support diskchange if need be: back in 1990, I
> attached a microswitch to a drive to tell whether the drive was loaded and
> used a bit of 74 series logic to provide the right signal back to the
> Amiga.
> This allowed me to use cheaper 5.25" floppies/floppy drives and yet fool
> the
> Amiga into thinking they were 3.5" and use them normally.
> I can probably dig up schematics if you want to go that route.
> Once you have a working drive, you still need to get data onto a disk. PC
> disk controllers can't write the Amiga format, and you need to have already
> booted the Amiga to load the drivers to allow one to read PC-formatted
> disks. If you're expecting to be copying lots of data between a PC and
> unusual floppy formats such as the Amiga, consider buying a Catweasel
> board.
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