I wanted an internal harddisk solution for my Amiga 1000. I have used a ACA500Plus on the side connector of this machine. Although that works very well, the pcb, that sticks out of the computer's side without housing is not very convenient. i the searched the internet and came across this blog of EzdineG. He has made a CPU relocator for the Amiga 1000 that also has an option for a physical kickstart rom so you don't need the kickstart floppy anymore. He even made a revised version that can hold 2 kickstart roms. There are some minor modifications needed of the mainboard of the A1000.

So what about the harddisk? EdzineG's relocator makes it possible to put a Terrible Fire 534 accelerator in an A1000. This board comes with a 44-pin IDE interface. You can use an IDE to CF- or SD-adapter as a harddisk. The TF534 is cheap these days because now there is a new TF accelerator that has 64MB RAM while the TF534 only has 4MB. With the TF534 and EdzineG's relocator you have a perfect combination.

As I do not have EdzineG's relocator yet, I tested the TF534 in an Amiga 500. That works very nice. The Amiga 1000 was orginally supplied with Kickstart/Workbench V1.x. So I thought it would be nice to have that version on the harddisk. But Kickstart version 1.x does not have a provision for a harddisk. Integrated harddisk interfaces were introduced on the Amiga 3000 and 600 with Kickstart version 2.x. So I looked at the kick1.3_scsi_patch from Aminet to patch a KS1.3 and add a scsi.device from an Amiga 1200. I couldn't get that to work.
My Amiga 500 has Kickstart version 3.1 installed. I discovered that with this Kickstart version you can install Workbench versions 1.3 and 3.1 on seperate harddisk partitions and select in the early startup (two mouse buttons pressed at boot) which partition to boot from. Not even a Kickstart switch needed.

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I wanted an internal harddisk solution for my Amiga 1000. I have used a ACA500Plus on the side connector of this machine. Although that works very well, the pcb, that sticks out of the computer's side without housing is not very convenient. i the searched the internet and came across this blog of EzdineG. He has made a CPU relocator for the Amiga 1000 that also has an option for a physical kickstart rom so you don't need the kickstart floppy anymore. He even made a revised version that can hold 2 kickstart roms. There are some minor modifications needed of the mainboard of the A1000.

So what about the harddisk? EdzineG's relocator makes it possible to put a Terrible Fire 534 accelerator in an A1000. This board comes with a 44-pin IDE interface. You can use an IDE to CF- or SD-adapter as a harddisk. The TF534 is cheap these days because now there is a new TF accelerator that has 64MB RAM while the TF534 only has 4MB. With the TF534 and EdzineG's relocator you have a perfect combination.

As I do not have EdzineG's relocator yet, I tested the TF534 in an Amiga 500. That works very nice. The Amiga 1000 was orginally supplied with Kickstart/Workbench V1.x. So I thought it would be nice to have that version on the harddisk. But Kickstart version 1.x does not have a provision for a harddisk. Integrated harddisk interfaces were introduced on the Amiga 3000 and 600 with Kickstart version 2.x. So I looked at the kick1.3_scsi_patch from Aminet to patch a KS1.3 and add a scsi.device from an Amiga 1200. I couldn't get that to work.
My Amiga 500 has Kickstart version 3.1 installed. I discovered that with this Kickstart version you can install Workbench versions 1.3 and 3.1 on seperate harddisk partitions and select in the early startup (two mouse buttons pressed at boot) which partition to boot from. Not even a Kickstart switch needed.

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The last couple of days I have been busy to setup Amibian on a Raspberry Pi3. And I can tell you: I’m not disappointed! I have several real Amiga machines but it was fun to set up the Raspberry Pi 3B.

First thing to do is writing an micro sd-card with the Amibian image. That can’t be that difficult. (I used Amibian version 1.4. You need 1.5 with a Pi4)
It cannot be stressed enough that using a good quality sd-card is the only way to success. Heavily used cards or cheap cards will not do the job.

After connecting keyboard, mouse and HDMI-display and the sd-card inserted, switch this machine on. You’l be greeted with a colourful splash screen and a simple menu after that. First thing to do is expand the filesystem so you can use the full capacity of the sd-card. From the menu:

  • 6 Settings
  • raspiconf
  • Advanced options
  • Expand filesystem

Enable SSH through:

  • 6 Settings
  • raspiconf
  • Interfacing options
  • P2 Enable SSH

Be sure to also enable bsdsocket.library in Amibian Configuration/Miscellaneous. There's no need to setup a TCP-stack on the Amiga.

Next thing to do is to activate wifi via menu-item settings/wifi to connect to your network. After that you start the filemanager (Midnight Commander) from #4 menu item. Now you create a directory for useful Amiga software. You can access the complete filesystem. But remember where you put the stuff.
What you put in there depends of course on what you want to do with the Amiga. For gaming a basic OS1.3 or 3.1 will do. But I wanted a full fledged AGA-system. So this is what I put in the directory I created:

  • AmigaOS roms 3.1 and 3.1.4
  • Adf’s with OS 3.1,  and adf’s with OS 3.1.4
  • unpacked OS 3.9 iso with BB1 and 2 in its own directory
  • Picasso96
  • Dopus 4
  • iBrowse

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From a Windows machine you can use WinSCP to move files to the created directory directly. No USB-stick needed! (Default username = “root” and password=”1234”). Because you can very easily mount harddisks (hdf’s) and even directories as harddisks in Amibian, getting software on the Amiga is very simple.
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Once the basic Amiga is running OS3.1 I installed OS3.9 and after that OS 3.1.4, not forgetting to change to the 3.1.4 rom file in the configuration. After making any changes in the configuration of Amibian, you need to Save them. After a reboot of Amibian you need to point to the saved configuration and click Load.
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To this moment you are still using the PAL (or NTSC) screen. Much nicer is to have a high resolution Workbench screen. You can get that by installing Picasso96. In fact it is straight forward, but you need to add 2MB RTG board RAM first in the configuration. Otherwise all you get is a black screen and you need to reset the Raspberry to try again. Choose uaegfx during the install of Picasso. It defaulted to that when I did the setup.
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I also created a backup of the Workbench hdf using WinSCP, so I can setup my Amiga quickly in case the sd-card gets corrupt.

If you want to know what settings I use, you can download my config file.

So here you have it: a long wanted new interior for my 544. Comes from Sweden and is still made new for several classic cars. It wasn't easy to install. You need much time and patience. But it's worth every penny and every hour!

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