Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Nov 2014 13:49 UTC, submitted by AmixG5
Amiga & AROS

Our customers have regularly been asking for replacement Workbench floppy disk sets since their older disks have either become corrupted or worn out due to age. About a year ago, we approached our friends at Cloanto to enquire about a possible solution. As a result, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of new Workbench 3.1 Floppy Disk Set.

This isn't just a really old operating system generating enough demand to be sold, but it's also on floppy. So awesome.

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Still well used
by Sauron on Thu 6th Nov 2014 14:14 UTC
Sauron
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2005-08-02

I still use Workbench 3.1 almost every day. I will have to order a set of these to support it I think.

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Comment by simond
by simond on Thu 6th Nov 2014 14:43 UTC
simond
Member since:
2014-11-06

You can also purchase it on a ready to use CF card which you can use with an adapter in any Amiga with IDE

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RE: Comment by simond
by Sauron on Thu 6th Nov 2014 14:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by simond"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Forget CF cards, they don't make very good hard drives. Stick with a old mechanical drive, much more reliable. Plus with the latest scsi.device patches and the PFS3 AIO filesystem, you can use as big a drive as you have, even SATA one's with a IDE to SATA adapter.

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RE[2]: Comment by simond
by hobgoblin on Fri 7th Nov 2014 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by simond"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

Darn that old Amiga is resilient.

Really wonder if i should get that old A500 out of storage and see how much i can add to it today.

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RE[3]: Comment by simond
by Sauron on Fri 7th Nov 2014 06:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by simond"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

There is many add-ons and expansions for the A500 now. The latest is the ACA 500 accelerator from Individual Computers, this gives you a accelerator, RAM expansion and CF hard drive in one, it also makes it possible to use some A1200 accelerators with it. Personally though, I would look for a GVP A530 sidecar expansion, that would give you a 68030 CPU, RAM expansion, SCSI hard drive and a external SCSI connector. They do come up for sale on Amibay from time to time. The ACA 500 is the cheaper option though and available now.

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RE[4]: Comment by simond
by Gooberslot on Fri 7th Nov 2014 10:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by simond"
Gooberslot Member since:
2006-08-02

Wow, I didn't know the ACA 500 was finally available. I just wish it came with more than 2MB of ram. I already have an accelerator that supports 8MB.

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RE[5]: Comment by simond
by Sauron on Fri 7th Nov 2014 10:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by simond"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Yeah, that's the downside, only 2mb, not even enough for most WHDLoad software unless you turn off preload. The plus side is the A1200 accelerator option if you already have one. The new Individual Computers accelerators are supported, but some unsupported ones work fine too like the Blizzard 1230 IV, just plug and go. ;)

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RE[6]: Comment by simond
by Gooberslot on Fri 7th Nov 2014 11:13 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by simond"
Gooberslot Member since:
2006-08-02

Another downside, after looking a bit more, is that it apparently has problems with (some?) NTSC Amigas. ;)

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RE[7]: Comment by simond
by Sauron on Fri 7th Nov 2014 16:20 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by simond"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Yes, timing issues I believe. Most just work, but there is reports of some NTSC machines failing to boot with it.

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Amiga 500
by jgagnon on Thu 6th Nov 2014 15:08 UTC
jgagnon
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2008-06-24

Ages ago I bought an Amiga 500 from eBay that didn't come with disks and I never got around to fixing that problem. Hmmm...

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RE: Amiga 500
by Sauron on Thu 6th Nov 2014 15:12 UTC in reply to "Amiga 500"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Time to dig it out and bring it back to life then? ;)

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RE[2]: Amiga 500
by jgagnon on Thu 6th Nov 2014 15:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Amiga 500"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

I'm strongly considering it, though I have no extra hardware for it and I'm not sure what I'd use it for. I'm pretty sure my multitude of Raspberry Pi computers each have more processing power than the Amiga 500. :p

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RE[3]: Amiga 500
by Sauron on Thu 6th Nov 2014 15:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Amiga 500"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Yes your right, I have a couple of PI's too. They're not as much fun though. ;)
You would be very limited with an unexpanded A500 though, only floppy based games and software, unless you got the "bug" and expanded it with a hard drive and such.

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RE: Amiga 500
by h5n1xp on Thu 6th Nov 2014 17:07 UTC in reply to "Amiga 500"
h5n1xp Member since:
2013-08-24

The Amiga 500 most likely came with a 1.3 ROM, the 3.1 Workbench disks would be unlikely to boot it ;)

You might have more luck if you own an A500+ which would have come with a 2.x ROM :-)

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RE[2]: Amiga 500
by jgagnon on Thu 6th Nov 2014 17:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Amiga 500"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

Thanks for the heads up. I honestly don't remember exactly what it is except that it was Amiga 500 of some sort. I'll have to double check before I buy. Again, thanks for the warning.

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RE[3]: Amiga 500
by Sauron on Thu 6th Nov 2014 17:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Amiga 500"
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

It may already have a 3.1 ROM fitted, many people upgraded them years ago, it will tell you on the kickstart screen after switch on what ROM version it is.
If it is still a earlier version ROM in it, you can purchase a 3.1 kickstart ROM from Amigakit, the same place as the disks, it is not hard at all to swap.

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Comment by motang
by motang on Thu 6th Nov 2014 18:48 UTC
motang
Member since:
2008-03-27

That's cool that people still use AmigaOS. I never had a chance to.

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Comment by Yasu
by Yasu on Fri 7th Nov 2014 10:17 UTC
Yasu
Member since:
2014-05-15

Good design die hard ;-)

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