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

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 21:50:06 UTC 2021

On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 3:56 PM Ethan Dicks via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 2:27 PM Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > > 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.
> >
> > I have only Amigas with Kickstart ROMs, other than the 1000.
> You can use any Amiga to copy Kickstart disks.  You could even use another
> Amiga to duplicate any of the KS disks you have right now - if you get a
> read error trying to copy it, you have bad media.  I don't know that
> there's any easy way to check for corruption (i.e., how to checksum the
> data), but if you have a way to get files from the Internet onto any Amiga,
> > 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.
> No.  There's nothing "special" about the early A1000s.

Thanks Ethan.  Is there a way to use an Amiga to make a kickstart disk,
kind of like how a MS DOS machine can SYS.COM a diskette to move the system
files to it and make it bootable i.e. format /s/v)?

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