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    Default Need Known Good Workbench 1.3 Disks

    I'm trying to fix a pair of Amiga 500 Computers I have on the shelf here. I have a set of Workbench disks, but neither unit will boot from them.

    I want to rule out the chance that the disks are bad. So, I need a set of good copies of Workbench 1.3.

    I own Amiga Forever Pro Edition, so I own a license to Workbench 1.3 and all the others up to 3.1. But, I have no way to transfer the .ADF files to actual Amiga disks without a Kryoflux, or a working 500 with two drives to use Amiga Explorer (plus, I have to track down a null modem cable) which comes with Amiga Forever.

    I'll pay costs of media and postage and something reasonable for your time. But, I can buy new disks from a Cloanto reseller for $25.00US. I'm hoping not to sink any more money into these computers until they are working (other than repair parts).

    I just bought an A520 so I can test them on my big screen using Composite, I ordered a special floppy cable to use a PC drive on the Amiga. And, I'm looking for the cable that lets you use an Amiga external drive on a PC Parallel port to write out ADF files. Like my XF1541 adapter.

    Thanks!
    -----[ Al ]-----

    3 - TRS-80 Model I, TRS-80 Model 4D, LNW-80 Model I, Coco, 3 - Coco 2, Coco 3, 2 - Tano Dragon 64, C64, C64c, C128, 2 - Atari 800XL,
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    I have the tools here to make disks (Amiga 4000D running Amiga Explorer), the problem is that I don't have any known good DSDD 3.5" disks laying around. The ones I have for the Apple IIgs that I could recycle tend to be hit or miss in terms of reliability and the newest ones I have are 20 years old now! I wouldn't want to make a set of disks and mail them only to have them go bad.

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    Ok, thanks for trying.

    There is a site called www.floppydisk.com that sells NOS DSDD 3.5" disks. I have some, and not a dud in the bunch yet.
    -----[ Al ]-----

    3 - TRS-80 Model I, TRS-80 Model 4D, LNW-80 Model I, Coco, 3 - Coco 2, Coco 3, 2 - Tano Dragon 64, C64, C64c, C128, 2 - Atari 800XL,
    Atari 520-ST, Atari Mega-2 ST, Amiga 1000, TS-1000, TS-2068, ZX-Spectrum, IBM 5150, 2 - Apple ][gs, Laser 128, and a butt load of Macs and Intel PCs.

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    Default Get an HXC SD Card reader...

    I know people are going to recommend that. But, I want to fix these and resell them to get them out of here. I'll use Amiga Forever instead of the real hardware. I should get rid of my 2 C-64's, my C-128 and the drives too. I bought 64 Forever Emulator too.
    -----[ Al ]-----

    3 - TRS-80 Model I, TRS-80 Model 4D, LNW-80 Model I, Coco, 3 - Coco 2, Coco 3, 2 - Tano Dragon 64, C64, C64c, C128, 2 - Atari 800XL,
    Atari 520-ST, Atari Mega-2 ST, Amiga 1000, TS-1000, TS-2068, ZX-Spectrum, IBM 5150, 2 - Apple ][gs, Laser 128, and a butt load of Macs and Intel PCs.

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    I have some known good 3" DSDD disks if you need some.
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    If you're looking for DS/DD or DS/HD 3" or 5" floppy disks, PM me. I've got some new, used, and factory over-labeled disks for sale.

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    Thanks! I'll keep that in mind when I run out of what I have. I'll need to make boot disks to give away with the A500's, and maybe some PD games.
    -----[ Al ]-----

    3 - TRS-80 Model I, TRS-80 Model 4D, LNW-80 Model I, Coco, 3 - Coco 2, Coco 3, 2 - Tano Dragon 64, C64, C64c, C128, 2 - Atari 800XL,
    Atari 520-ST, Atari Mega-2 ST, Amiga 1000, TS-1000, TS-2068, ZX-Spectrum, IBM 5150, 2 - Apple ][gs, Laser 128, and a butt load of Macs and Intel PCs.

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    I have made a Workbench 1.3 and an Extras&Basic set on NOS Sony 3.5" DD disks. My 2000 boots from them every time. You can have them for the price of mailing them.

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    Well, I found a set of Workbench 1.2 disks so I decided to set up my A500's and see if either would boot from them. But, neither machine would turn on. One has a smashed resistor pack on visual inspection of the board. And, I don't know if my power supply is good any more. Just not able to fix them as I don't have a workbench here, and no room to set one up. So, I'm going to sell these as parts machines and stick with my working 1000 and Amiga Forever for now. So, I don't need those Workbench Disks any longer.
    -----[ Al ]-----

    3 - TRS-80 Model I, TRS-80 Model 4D, LNW-80 Model I, Coco, 3 - Coco 2, Coco 3, 2 - Tano Dragon 64, C64, C64c, C128, 2 - Atari 800XL,
    Atari 520-ST, Atari Mega-2 ST, Amiga 1000, TS-1000, TS-2068, ZX-Spectrum, IBM 5150, 2 - Apple ][gs, Laser 128, and a butt load of Macs and Intel PCs.

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    I probably should have taken you up on the offer, but I had put an order into Amikit and added an official set of Workbench 1.3 Disks for about $7.00 to my order. I also bought the official licensed media pak from Cloanto for $9.95, so I have every OS disk as an ADF from 1.34 through 3.1. I have Amiga Forever, so I have Amiga Explorer too. I'll hook my Amiga 1000 up to a serial null modem cable and just make all the disks I need, including a 1.30 kickstart for the A1000.

    So, I'm all sorted.
    -----[ Al ]-----

    3 - TRS-80 Model I, TRS-80 Model 4D, LNW-80 Model I, Coco, 3 - Coco 2, Coco 3, 2 - Tano Dragon 64, C64, C64c, C128, 2 - Atari 800XL,
    Atari 520-ST, Atari Mega-2 ST, Amiga 1000, TS-1000, TS-2068, ZX-Spectrum, IBM 5150, 2 - Apple ][gs, Laser 128, and a butt load of Macs and Intel PCs.

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