[vcf-midatlantic] Amiga 1000 (or any model) that needs a kickstart disk

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 19:26:48 UTC 2021

On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 2:24 PM Ethan Dicks via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 2:12 PM Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic
> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > thanks.  I have a beta version of 1.2 and a "gamma" version of 1.4.
> I would expect both of those to work.  I remember the 'gamma 1.4" and
> while I played with it, there was no compelling reason to use it.  I
> switched to 2.04 when I got my Rejuvinator and that really extended
> the useful life of my A1000.
> > Otherwise I have no disks and will have to make them.  My 1000 is very
> > early, the dates on the chips are spring/summer of 85.  It could be then
> > that the disk drive is bad, the disks are bad, and/or I need to make a
> 1.1
> > Kickstart disk..
> You could have dirty heads, bad disks, possibly a bad drive... there's
> no reason I know of that you'd be restricted to KS 1.1.  No change in
> motherboard ROMs, no change in chips (original chips or EHB Denise,
> etc).
> It sounds like you don't have another Amiga, even an A500 handy or you
> should be able to copy disks.
> There's nothing magical about a Kickstart disk - identical low-level
> format to "regular" 880K Amiga disks, it just has a signature word at
> the front and contains a valid KS firmare image on the first 256 that
> all the A1000 ROMs know how to import.
> -ethan

I have only Amigas with Kickstart ROMs, other than the 1000.  I have a few
disks from unknown origin that are both beta version of the the Kickstart
disks, not official ones, and I have no idea if they ever worked.

Obviously the drive could be bad, etc.  I just wanted to see if anyone knew
whether the very first 1000 required the very first kickstart disk or not.
You never know.


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