Ready-made A911Extras packs

 
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Introduction
In addition to the ready-made versions of the Amiga911 and Emergency Disk II floppies, there are also six generic ready-made A911Extras packs available as well (created with Amiga911 Maker 1.62). Unlike the boot disks, they don't need to contain any copyrighted system files, so there is no sort of activation required.

You can find links for downloading the packs on the Downloads page, and you can also see an Amiga911 boot disk + A911Extras drawer in action by checking out the YouTube videos found on the Gallery page.

There are currently two sets of the A911Extras packs available, where one set is for AmigaOS 3.x, and the other is for AmigaOS 2.x. Each set consists of the following different packs:
 
A911Extras Full Edition  -  drawer which contains everything that can be added by Amiga911 Maker.
A911Extras Lite Edition  -  drawer with various software that in zipped form fits on a 720KB PC floppy disk.
A911Extras Disk Edition  -  amiga floppy disk (adf) which is filled up with various software.

Please note!  Earlier there was both 68000 and 68020 specific versions of the A911Extras Full Edition pack, but they have now been merged into a single pack. Another thing is that the Full and Lite Editions are no longer some "archive within an archive" type of solutions.


Contents of the A911Extras disk/drawer
In addition to the standard default stuff that you can read more about on the About Amiga911 Maker page, the 6 variants of the ready-made A911Extras packs also contains the stuff found in the table below. The reason why certain things are missing in some of the packs, are mostly because of disk space limitations or the AmigaOS version required.

 

AmigaOS version
Minimum CPU
Edition type
3.x
68000
Full
3.x
68000
Lite
3.x
68000
Disk
2.x
68000
Full
2.x
68000
Lite
2.x
68000
Disk
ZShell X X X X X X
AmigaGuide       X    
HDToolBox X X   X X  
PCMCIA - CFlash X X X X X X
CD-ROM support X X X X X X
FastFileSystem X X X X X X
Prof.FileSystem (AIO) X X X X X X
SmartFileSystem  * X     X    
PFSFormat X X X X X X
SFSFormat X X   X X  
SFSCheck X     X    
             
Check4GB X X X X X X
DiskImage  * X     X    
DiskMaster2 X X X X X X
DiskSalv2   X X   X X
DiskSalv4 X     X    
FileMaster3 X     X    
HDInstTools X     X    
HJSplit X X X X X X
ImageMount X X X X X X
JanoEditor  * X          
MaxTransTest X X X X X X
Ordering X     X    
PFSDoctor X X X X X X
PFSSalv2 X          
Redit X X   X X  
SFSSalv  * X          
SnoopDos X X X X X X
SysInfo X X X X X X
TransADF X X   X X  
TurboText X     X    
VirusChecker II X     X    
WhichAmiga X X X X X  
 
*  =  Requires a 68020 or higher processor.


How to use A911Extras
First you must write A911Extras to a floppy disk if it's an ADF image file, otherwise you must extract the zip file. Before you try to use anything of the stuff included on/in the A911Extras disk/drawer, you must first double-click the MakeAssigns icon. This will open a requester which gives you two choices: "Assign dirs" will create some assigns directly to the C, Devs, L, Libs & S sub-dirs in the A911Extras directory, while "Copy & Assign dirs" will first copy the dirs to the Ram disk, and then the assigns will be made there instead.

The reason why the assigns has to be made is because the software included with A911Extras may require certain files in the above mentioned sub-dirs, and the assigns makes sure that these files can be found. You can read more about this in the Using the A911Extras disk/drawer tutorial.


Adding CD-ROM support
All of the ready-made A911Extras packs includes support for using a CD-ROM drive with your Amiga, but in order to use this functionality, you have to configure it manually. First and foremost you will need a device driver that supports optical drives, and unless the controller already have this built-in, you will have to find the correct driver and copy it to the Devs drawer of the A911Extras pack. Here is an example: If you want to use a CD-ROM drive with the internal IDE controller of an A600, A1200 or A4000, you might need a suitable variant of the atapi.device.

With the device driver sorted out, the next thing to do is configuring the mount file. Here you will have to open the included Devs/DOSDrivers/CD0 file in a text editor, and then replace "dummy.device" with the name of the real device driver to be used. Next, you must change the correct unit number used by the device. Just to continue with the example above, the correct entries would have been "Device = atapi.device" and "Unit = 1".  Save the file when you are done.

Mounting the CD-ROM drive can then easily be done by double-clicking the CD0 icon.


Adding CD-ROM support - OS2.0
If you have booted an AmigaOS 2.0 system, which has the standard Mount command installed (v37.x), things may be a bit different since it uses another method for mounting devices. Where later AmigaOS versions have seperate mount files for each device in the Devs/DOSDrivers drawer, everything is instead present in a single file called MountList. This means that just using the CD0 mount file may not work here, since the Amiga will just complain that CD0 cannot be found after clicking the icon.  If this happens, the included Devs/MountList file must be used instead. Here you must first open it in a text editor and search for the CD0: entry, then the Device & Unit lines under it must be changed by using the correct values (see above for an example). When you are finished, save the file.

The easiest way to then mount the CD-ROM, is by simply double-clicking the Devs/MountDev icon.

Please note the following:
1. Amiga911 disks created with Amiga911 Maker 1.62 does now include a third-party alternative to the standard Mount command. This means you can just use the CD0 mount file even after booting an OS2.0 version of the Amiga911 floppy.
2. If the A911Extras pack contains a Mount21 file in the C directory, you can just edit the default tool in the CD0 icon from Mount to Mount21. Then it should be possible to use the CD0 mount file even after booting a standard AmigaOS 2.0 system.



Customizing the A911Extras pack
There are probably some folks who doesn't quite agree with all the stuff I have chosen to include in the various ready-made A911Extras packs. I can just imagine people going like "why is this included, when that would have been so much better", and I must admit that it isn't exactly an easy task to choose what goes into some of the packs (especially the Disk editions). But there's no reason to despair, because you are of course free to do whatever you like with the A911Extras packs. Just remove stuff that you don't need, and then add whatever you feel is missing. 


Some final notes
In the summer of 2012 I was away from home for a whole month, and during this period the only computer I had access to was an old laptop with Windows XP. So the only way for me to do anything Amiga related was via emulation, and this gave me an opportunity to test out Amiga Forever a bit more. But the problem was that I really needed to have access to the software I prefer and are used to (like FileMaster3 and JanoEditor for example), and it was then I found that having an A911Extras drawer to be very useful since it kind of worked like a portable toolbox. The drawer was first made by using Amiga911 Maker, and then I copied some extra files to it in order to make it more independant from the Amiga911 disk. In other words - I made sure it would work fine even after booting a standard Workbench3.1 floppy!

I can also mention that the ready-made versions of the Amiga911 boot disk for AmigaOS 3.1 was developed during this time, and I found it to be really handy being able to mount HDF image files directly in WinUAE emulated Amigas by using DiskImage after Workbench was booted (so I didn't had to reset WinUAE in order to add extra HDF files). This made it very easy for me to mount any version of the non-activated ClassicWB packs at any time so that I could find out exactly how the installer script works (the Amiga911 installer is based upon this script).







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