DiskImageGui, ImageMount, mARK & PoseidonScripts
These scripts from the Amiga911 Maker project has now been released as stand-alone distributions, here is where to get them from Aminet:
DiskImageGui - Mount ADF, ISO and HDF disk images
ImageMount - Mount ADF, ISO and HDF disk images (easier but less advanced solution)
mARK - Simple Gui for LhA, LZX, UnZip & Xad.
PoseidonScripts - Alternative ways of using the USB stack
added on sunday the 7. february 2016.
Amiga911 Maker 1.62
Version 1.62 of Amiga911 Maker has now been released, and there is also some new sets of the ready-made boot disks & A911Extras packs available as well. Here is a list over all the changes in Amiga911 Maker 1.62:
* Amiga911 Maker is now a kind of "All In One" type of solution, which means that apart from the main copyrighted system files, it includes everything needed for creating boot disks. This consists of two new archives called A911-ProgramsA.lha & A911-ProgramsB.lha, which contains all major files of the various programs that can be added to the projects.
* Four new programs are now supported: DiskSalv4 (disk salvage program by Dave Haynie), MaxTransTest (tests the MaxTransfer value of a partition), PFSSalv2 (save files from damaged PFS partitions) and SFSSalv (recover files from damaged SFS partitions).
* Upon booting the Amiga911 disk or Emergency Disk II, you can now press & hold either of the Crtl, Shift, Alt or Amiga keys to enter DosBoot mode (boot directly to Dos instead of Workbench). This will also open a new DosBoot menu, where you among other things can easily edit the Startup-Sequence of the disk, by just pressing a few keys.
* Amiga911 Maker does now have a new Prefs window with various options. The most important one is the "Use Workbench ADF image files as copy sources" option, which as the title suggests, may allow you to use Workbench ADF images instead of real disks whenever A911Maker wants to copy files from them. By enabling & properly configuring this functionality, A911Maker will then automatically try to mount the ADF's as virtual drives whenever it's required.
* Another option in A911Maker Prefs is "Expert Mode". If enabled, it will make it possible to include stuff that really requires a 68020 CPU as minimum to 68000 based projects (Poseidon, SFS, DiskImage & JanoEditor). This option is mainly meant for those who know what they're doing (hence the option name).
* SysInfo 4.0 has now replaced the old 3.24 version of the program.
* All Amiga911 disks, regardless of OS version, can now contain HDToolBox 40.4 and FastFileSystem 40.1.
* Version 2.3 of PFS3 All-In-One (AIO) has been added, and it will now always use the original name pfs3_aio-handler instead of PFS3-AIO.
* AmigaOS 2.x projects can now contain SmartFileSystem 1.58, which is the last known version of SFS that works with OS 2.x
* Two new text files will be added to all A911Maker projects: ProgsInfo gives some info about the programs included on the disk/pack, and HDSetupTips will provide various hints that might be useful when setting up a harddisk on the Amiga. Examples of this includes what DosType and MaxTransfer values to use.
* A third-party alternative of the Mount command will now be included on all Amiga911 disks. The OS2.0 version will also from now on include standard device mount files.
* The Most textviewer replaces xMore on Amiga911 disks for OS2.x, the reason for this is because it turned out that xMore really isn't that 2.x compatible. Most will now always be included on the A911Extras disks/packs as well.
* New solution regarding the HDToolBox & HDInstTools icons on the Amiga911 disk! If the icon tooltypes needs to be edited, just do this and save the changes. Now select "HD Icon To Disk" from the WB menu, and the icon will be copied to the Amiga911 disk. This new icon will then have priority over the one present in the lzx archive.
* A911Extras disk/pack can now include HDToolBox. It will also contain a special version of the SystemXtra script, and the System & Tools drawers have now been merged into a single SysTools drawer. There is also a new Docs drawer as well. AmigaGuide can now only be included on OS2.x versions of A911Extras.
* FileMaster3 can now be added to AmigaOS 2.1 projects since it turned out that the 68000 version actually works with this OS version (it just crashes on 2.0 though). There are however a couple of workarounds involved, because certain functions will just crash the Amiga. One example is the internal ILBM viewer, which will be overridden by another added button.
* New 8 color settings for DiskMaster2, FileMaster3 and Ordering. It's really recommended that these are used instead of the 16 color ones on Amigas with OCS/ECS chipset since they should be a little bit snappier.
* If FileMaster3 is added to your project, the bgui_palette.gadget file will now be included as well. This makes it possible to configure all parts of FM3.
* RTPatch is now included on Amiga911 disks for OS2.0. The reason for this is to solve the asl.library 37.x vs 38.x problem, where certain programs requires version 38.x of the library, while others just crashes with it.
* The StartProgram script that's included on the boot disks have been cleaned up a little, and it will now only contain the stuff that is relevant to the actual programs present on the floppy disk.
* If AmigaGuide support should not be included on the Amiga911 disk, a new very simple executable called MulTiView will be added to the floppy. Whenever it's run, MulTiView will open either the xMore or Most text viewer (which are now located in C:). The reason for this solution is to save on the Ram usage when Amiga911 are booted on low-mem Amigas.
* Page 3 of "Configure system" in Amiga911 Maker has been slightly changed. The SFSTools & PFSTools options are now renamed to SFSformat & PFSformat, and a new SFSCheck option have been added. PFSDoctor is now a new selectable item in the "Configure programs" window.
* The PrepCard option has been removed from Amiga911 Maker. This tool is only needed for setting up a PCMCIA SRAM card as RAM or storage device on a A1200 or A600, so it's usefulness is rather limited.
* Various bug fixes and enhancements.
added on friday the 28. august 2015.
Amiga911 Maker 1.59a (update)
The next version of Amiga911 Maker is planned to be released later this year, but for now there is a new update available, which can take the program up to version 1.59a. This update is mainly USB related, where some issues are fixed, and support for more USB cards are added. Unless you want to create boot disks which contains Anaiis or Poseidon, it may really not be necessary to install this update. Have in mind that it requires Amiga911 Maker 1.59 to be installed first. Here is a list over all the changes:
* New A911-USBstacks.lha archive! This file contains the most essential Anaiis and Poseidon USB stack files, which are used by Amiga911 Maker for adding USB support to the boot disks created. The archive has been included in order to make this process a bit easier, and it will be used if it's found by Amiga911 Maker. Currently, the archive will have priority over any Poseidon lha archive found in the Resources dir, while Anaiis.lha will still have first priority.
* Amiga911 Maker does now support Anaiis v1.10 or higher only (v1.10 files are included in the A911-USBstacks.lha archive).
* Support for RapidRoad, Thylacine and Spider USB cards! The "Poseidon USB stack" section on page 2 of "Configure system" in Amiga911 Maker, does now have some new options for these controllers. Drivers for the RapidRoad & Thylacine cards are also included in A911-USBstacks.lha. As for the Spider driver, it is not included since I don't think Elbox would be too pleased if it was.
* Because of the new options on page 2 of "Configure system" that's mentioned above, I had to remove the "CD1:" option in order to make room for them. This means that only one CD-ROM drive can be configured in Amiga911 Maker now.
* The PoseidonMan and StartPoseidon scripts should now work properly with the Spider USB cards.
* The "usbstart.info instead of usbstart" problem with Anaiis has been fixed, and the correct file should be extracted every time now. The highway.usbhcd file seems to have been replaced by a new hostusb.usbhcd file in Anaiis 1.10, and this is the main reason why only version 1.10 or higher should be used with Amiga911 Maker from now on.
* The ImageMount script has been updated, where it can now take the name of an ADF, ISO or HDF image to be mounted as argument when it's started from Shell. The script will also make a small log file on the Ram disk now.
* TransADFGui has also been slightly updated, and you must now press the Return key as confirmation before the floppy disk gets read from or written to.
* Various small bug fixes and enhancements.
added on friday the 6. march 2015.
Review of Amiga911 Maker
Issue 109 of the english & german magazine Amiga Future contains a review of Amiga911 Maker. The review was written by Anthony Iliakis, and it also provides some basic explenation regarding the usage of the program. For more information about this specific AF issue, just go to this page.
added on monday the 3. november 2014.
Amiga911 Maker 1.59
Version 1.59 of Amiga911 Maker has now been released, and there is also some new sets of the ready-made Amiga911 boot disks & A911Extras packs available as well. Here is a list over all the changes in Amiga911 Maker 1.59:
* It is now possible to create an enhanced AmigaOS 3.9 Emergency Disk in Amiga911 Maker, this floppy uses the same type of technology as the Amiga911 disk, where lzx compression is used in order to fit more stuff on it. The Emergency Disk II as it is called, also provides alternative methods for installing AmigaOS 3.9. In addition to the standard method of using the original CD with a CD-ROM drive, you can make a AmigaOS 3.9 USB pendrive or a Compact Flash card to be used with a CF-PCMCIA adapter. Another method is using an AmigaOS 3.9 ISO image which can be present on any drive that gets mounted on startup. If you still insist on installing from the original CD, you can also use an external USB CD-ROM drive. The USB methods requires the Poseidon stack, and of course a USB card installed.
* The Amiga911 Maker distribution does now include an installer, this can make it a bit easier to install/update Amiga911 Maker. It also allows for installing a suitable version of the LZX archiver to the system.
* A new tool called ImageMount can now be included in the projects you create. This is a requester driven script which allows you to mount ADF, ISO and HDF image files in a really easy way with only a few mouse clicks, you can then treat the virtual devices like any other storage device (copy, delete, rename files etc.). It works on any Amiga with KS 2.04 or higher, but requires minimum version 38.21 of the Mount command (included in WB2.1). ImageMount uses filedisk.device for mounting virtual devices.
* Virus Checker II can also now be included in your projects. This program can be used for scanning your Amiga for viruses, where it scans both files and the memory. If it finds a virus infected file, it may be able to heal the file in question.
* Redit is another program that can now be added to your projects, this is a small, fast and very compatible text editor.
* It is now possible to add PFS3-AIO (All-In-One) version 2.1 to the boot disks and A911Extras disks/packs you create. But have in mind that the file has been renamed from pfs3_aio-handler to PFS3-AIO.
* All Amiga911 disks will now contain SetPatch 43.6b which replaces the original versions of this command.
* If you create a Low-Mem Amiga911 disk that is meant for Amigas with 1MB+ RAM, the DiskMaster2 & Ordering filemanagers will be stored directly on the disk instead of the Programs.lzx archive. This is in order to reduce the RAM usage when they are run after booting the Amiga911 disk. They will be XPK crunched if this option is selected in Amiga911 Maker.
* The "Copy system files" and "Copy program files" functions of Amiga911 Maker has been improved, and they are both much more snappier now.
* IDEfix and the 68040 & 68060 library files will now be stored directly on the Amiga911 disk instead of the System1.lzx archive, this is because it is safer, but also to make it easier to replace them in case they are of the wrong type.
* The DiskMaster2, FileMaster3 & Ordering config files has been enhanced. Among other things, they now support XPK (de)crunching + UnZip and XadUnFile archive extracting (if these functions are available). Furthermore, it is now possible to use 4 color configs instead of 16 color ones, this can be useful on Low-Mem Amiga911 disks since the file managers will then use less RAM. Another thing is that the issues with the FileMaster 3.2 configs (like the MultiView button problem) has now been fixed.
* General improvements of the various scripts that can be added to the projects, where some "nasty" bugs have been fixed. DiskImageGui now supports CacheCDFS in addition to AmiCDFS, and it is also more precise with the info it gives. mARK does now support XadUnFile whenever it's available, and HJSplitGui now asks if the checksum of the splitted/joined file shall be calculated.
* If you include HDToolBox and/or HDInstTools on the Amiga911 disk, they will include an extra icon stored directly on the disk. This can be useful if you need to change the icon tooltypes (like what harddisk controller to use).
* If FastFileSystem is included on the Amiga911 disk, it will automatically be available when HDToolBox or HDInstTools is run for the very first time (upon extracting). The reason for this is that when HDToolBox or HDInstTools is used for installing a new harddisk, they will look for FFS and add it if it can be found. A harddisk with partitions NEEDS a filesystem to be present on it, or else there will be problems after rebooting.
* The "Import settings from this Amiga" function has been improved. Now it can add everything present in your Sys:Expansion drawer, the main SquirrelSCSI related files and all main CybergraphX 2, 3 or 4 files if they can be found.
* A911Extras can now be either a disk or drawer project. If it's a disk project, some of the standard files will be Imploder crunched versions. If the project is a drawer, the "Create disk" button in Amiga911 Maker will change name to "Export drawer", and upon clicking it, you will asked to select a destination dir where the A911Extras drawer will be copied to.
* The extra Workbench menus included on the Amiga911 disk have been rearranged a bit, and now has two new additions: "Assign To System" will create some additional system assigns that can point to the system dirs on your Workbench partition (or backup of), this may allow you to use some of the software that is present there. The other menu item is "Export files", which can extract, copy and decrunch all files from the Amiga911 disk to your harddisk. This can be useful for copying essential files to a fresh Workbench installation.
* The menus of Amiga911 Maker have also been slightly rearranged, and have some new functions added: "Edit project details" will allow you to change various things like the project name and AmigaOS version to be used, "Clear project" will delete all files that has been copied to your project, and "Delete project" will delete the entire project.
* If you use Amiga911 Maker on a Amiga with 68000 processor, LZX will now use -3 compression instead of -9 since the latter isn't supported by the 68000 version of LZX. This will result in slightly larger lzx archives.
* Now there are three different options which decides whether or not to include a CD-ROM file system to your project. The first option is CD0 or CD1 in the "Configure system" window, the second option is Poseidon CD-ROM in the same window, and the third is the "ISO support" option in the "Configure programs" Gui. If any of the three is enabled, Amiga911 and A911Extras projects will always include AmiCDFS. Emergency Disk II projects on the other hand, ignores options 1 and 3 since CacheCDFS will always be included on the disk, but if the second option is enabled (Poseidon), AmiCDFS will be included as well.
* It is no longer possible to add JanoEditor and DiskImage to your project if it's meant for Amigas with a 68000 processor, they both require a 68020 or higher CPU.
* Upon booting the Amiga911 disk, an "Avail Flush" is run in order to free up some RAM. This can lead to problems on Amiga911 disks for OS 2.0 which uses XPK compression since it seems to mess up the xLoadSeg patch. What happens is that after flushing the memory, the Amiga can crash when the system tries to decrunch a file. This always happens on 68000 processors, while higher CPU's seems to be a bit more robust. As a result of this, Avail Flush will no longer be run upon booting an OS2.0 XPK Amiga911 disk which are meant for 68000 processors.
* The ExtInst.lha archive is now history since it's contents has been moved to the DefSysFilesx.x.lha archives. ExtInst.lha can now be safely deleted.
* TransADFGuiR has been renamed to TransADFGui because I really hated the "R" at the end, it was intended to be short for Requester since TransADFGui is just a requester driven script file + there was other tools which uses the same name.
* Various bug fixes and enhancements.
added on sunday the 23. march 2014.
Amiga911 Programs pack 1.1
Regarding the upcoming release of Amiga911 Maker 1.59, there is now a new version of the Amiga911 Programs pack available. It includes all the Programs that can be added to the boot disks and A911Extras packs to be created. Here are the new changes: Old Check4GB has been replaced by version 1.6 of the program, and Redit (text editor) + VirusChecker II has been added (they are both new features in Amiga911 Maker 1.59).
You can find a link to the pack in the Downloads page.
added on monday the 24. february 2014.
Amiga LargeHD pack 28
A new version of the Amiga Large HD pack is now available for download from this site. It contains various files that can be used for adding support for large harddisks (>4GB) on Amigas with AmigaOS 3.1 or lower, this includes filesystems, scsi.device patches and various tools. It was taken from version 28 of the ClassicWB ADSVP pack. If you have previously downloaded Amiga Large HD 27, you may not need the new version since the only changes are a newer version of Check4GB, and a different location of PFS3-AIO in the archive.
You can read more about the Large HD pack here, and you can download it from the Downloads page.
added on monday the 24. february 2014.
Ready-made Emergency Disk II floppies V1a
The disks has now been updated to version 1a, and here are some info about the new changes:
* Now there is a third "Lite" variant of the Emergency Disk II floppy available, it allows the user to include even more of the stuff that he/she prefers since the disk will be just a little over 50% full after activation.
* Although the minimum amount of RAM required for using the Emergency Disk II is set to be 6MB, you can actually get it to work with less since the disk contains some workarounds that may free up some memory. This functionality has now been improved, and in low-mem situations it will try to prevent the Workbench from having any background images, and AmiDock might be forced to use a more minimalistic config.
* Fixed a problem where ToolsDaemon could fail to load because the Workbench screen has not yet been opened.
* The "Activate E-Disk-II" tool is now included directly on the Emergency Disk II floppies. After activation you will have to manually delete the file in order to free up some disk space.
* DiskImage is no longer included on the Emergency Disks since ImageMount does a similar job and is also smaller in size.
added on saturday the 4. january 2014.
Ready-made Emergency Disk II floppies
There are now some generic ready-made Emergency Disk II floppies (for AmigaOS 3.9) available for download on this site, you can read more about them on the Ready-made Emergency Disk II page.
added on friday the 20. december 2013.
Amiga Large HD pack 27
A new version of the Amiga Large HD pack is now available for download from this site. It contains various files that can be used for adding support for large harddisks (>4GB) on Amigas with AmigaOS 3.1 or lower, this includes filesystems, scsi.device patches and various tools. It was taken from version 27 of the ClassicWB ADSVP pack.
You can read more about the Large HD pack here, and you can download it from the Downloads page.
added on thursday the 18. july 2013.
Ready-made Amiga911 disks & A911Extras packs
There are now some generic ready-made Amiga911 boot disks and A911Extras disks/drawers available for download on this site, you can read more about them on the Ready-made Amiga911 disks and Ready-made A911Extras packs pages.
added on monday the 22. october 2012.
An alternative Amiga911 tutorial
David Massot has now updated the tutorial he wrote for the french magazine Obligement, the main goal of it is to provide instructions on how to create an Amiga911 boot disk that includes everything needed for mounting HDF image files on a classic Amiga. It also explains how to actually mount a HDF file after booting the disk so that files can be copied directly from it. David has now also made an english version of the tutorial as well, you can find the french article here, and the english version is here.
added on monday the 22. october 2012.
The Amiga911 Programs pack
A new pack which includes all the Programs that can be added to the Amiga911 boot disks to be created is now available. This can make things easier for people that don't want to download all the archives one by one.
You can find links to the pack in the Downloads page.
added on wednesday the 5. september 2012.
New in Amiga911 Maker 1.54:
* AmigaOS 2.0 & 2.1 support! You can now create Amiga911 boot disks for these OS versions in addition to 3.0 & 3.1. But you will still need an Amiga with AmigaOS 3.0 or higher for actually creating the boot disks though.
* Two new programs are added: SnoopDos - the well known system and application monitor, and TurboText - a fast and highly customisable text editor.
* New import settings functionality! If the boot floppy is meant for the same Amiga you are using to create it with, you can now import various files and settings from the system to your project. This includes stuff like monitor drivers, file systems, scsi.device patches + processor, screenmode, keymap & CD-ROM settings.
* Picasso96 and Mediator support! You can also use the above mentioned import settings functionality for copying the Picasso96 files and settings that you may have installed to your project. And if you have a Mediator bus board, the files and settings for the Mediator can be imported as well. All of this can be useful for those who only use a GFX card as video output on the Amiga.
* New A911Extras Disk/Drawer. Since there are some limitations as to how much stuff that can be included on the Amiga911 disk, it is now possible to create an optional A911Extras disk which can contain all the stuff that will not fit on the main boot disk. But A911Extras can also be a drawer that may be put anywhere on any device (like compact flash cards or usb pen drives). A small script will be included, and this must first be used for setting up some assigns before attempting to use anything on/in the disk/drawer. Running the script a second time will remove the assigns.
* It is now possible to include all keymaps on the Amiga911 disk. After booting, the user can easily choose between the 14 keymaps by using a requester.
* Added a new PFS Tools option. If it's enabled, the PFSDoctor & pfsformat executables will be included on the boot disk you create.
* Support for AmigaGuide documents are now optional. If disabled, the Amiga911 disk will not contain any datatypes, and the amigaguide & datatypes libraries + the AddDatatypes command will be excluded as well. This might save up to 52 KB of disk space used. But it will still be possible to view text files since the xMore viewer by Jorma Oksanen is included instead (renamed to MulTiview).
* You can now at any time get a quick estimate over how much disk space will be used on the boot disk by selecting "Disk usage info" in the menu of Amiga911 Maker. Previously this info was only available after the archives was created.
* Several requester based scripts (mARK, HJSplitGui, DiskImageGui etc.) have been re-worked in order to make them more AmigaOS 2.x compatible.
* The Startup-Sequence & DosBoot files on the Amiga911 disk will now include info about what version of Amiga911 Maker it was created with + info about what OS version and processor the boot floppy is intended for.
* The "Cut" command is back since it turned out to be still some use for it.
* The screenmode.prefs file will now be stored directly on the disk instead of being present in the System1.lzx archive. This is because of safety reasons.
added on sunday the 1. july 2012.
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