Another cool Homebrew hardware project: Amiga floppy read and write via Arduino

So, back in the day, if you wanted to read or write Amiga floppy disks, you needed a dedicated Amiga floppy drive.  The first workaround was to get a catweasel card from Individual Computers, which would allow a PC standard floppy drive to read and write Amiga floppies.

Then, there was the Kyroflux forensic floppy controller was supposedly able to read Amiga floppies.

Then, there was a flurry of activity around the Gotek floppy replacement that allowed a user to plus in a usb flash drive full of Amiga ADF disk images in one side and output a floppy-drive compatible interface on the other.

Now, there is the Arduino Amiga floppy project.  Click the link –> here <–. The author wanted to read amiga floppy disks with a PC floppy drive and, over time, he achieved that goal as well as adding write capability.  The project appears to be continually upgraded through trial and error but you can see he has open sourced the code and the diagrams for others to use.

The history (under the "project so far" link at the top), is an interesting read.


AmigaOne x5000 emulation coming?

It was just a week ago that I posted about QEMU patches being worked on to let the Sam460ex motherboard to be emulated. I was excited because this means that

  • We can get MorphOS emulated on x86
  • OS4.1 can be run at fullspeed if using a powerpc mac with KVM on (kernel virtual mode)Now, it seems that the x5000 motherboard from A-EON is being added to QEMU.

    Check it out here.

Single boot disk for A1000

So, I’ve never had an A1000, although I hope to one day.  However, unless you are using an ACA500 or another hardware mod, you’ll find booting an a1000 is a two-step process: a Kickstart floppy and a workbench floppy.

Someone recently rediscovered a software application that creates a single-disk for booting and is still commerically available.  Read about his discovery –> here <–


MorphOS on emulation may be possible soon

MorphOS is one of my favorite NG Amiga derivatives but currently, it requires either expensive, hard to find PowerPC hardware or old Mac PowerPC hardware.  I’ve personally wished we could run it under emulation like we can now with Classic Amiga and OS4.1FE.

Well, that may soon be possible.  The widely used QEMU emulation software (part of which is powering the PowerPC cpu portion of WinUAE and FS-UAE), may soon enable MorphOS under emulation.

I’d read many times that one of the MorphOS team had modified QEMU at one time to run MorphOS, but never shared the patches. Well, there is now an effort underway to add SAM460ex emulation to QEMU.  When this is complete, MorphOS should be able to be used under emulation as SAM460ex is one of the boards supported by that OS.

Read about it –> here <–