Here is the contents of the AROS Vision PAL barebones archive:
To use this RTG version of course meant I needed to have a 4GB partition for it.
Given I installed Amikit Real 8.5 on a MicroSD card in the Amiga 4000T recently (Part 1, Part 2, Final), I thought it made good sense to use a new 4GB MicroSD card in my IDE to SD Card converter for the test, removing the AmiKit setup temporarily so I could try it out.
I ran HDToolbox, which picked up the 4GB MicroSD card ready to prepare the RDB for it:
I didn't need to modify the detected size, so I installed the disk, with the obligatory warning of course:
HDToolbox then auto partitions the MicroSD into 3 partitions as below:
I blew this away and started fresh with one 3.6GB partition using all the disk, calling it AROS0:
I then went into Add/Update to add the SmartFileSystem to the RDB for the MicroSD card:
Now I have the Smartfilesystem (SFS) partition support on the MicroSD RDB.
I could then modify the partition AROS0 from Fast File System (International) - called Standard File System in the dialog box below) to use CFS\00 which is SFS, and adjusted the block size to 512 as recommended:
Changed and ready to save:
The warnings about destroying the existing partitions comes up of course:
I then had to reboot:
After the reboot I then got the uninitialised AROS0 ready for formatting:
I quickly formatted the disk and labelled it AROS:
The formatted disk ready:
I copied the AROS Vision RTG archive zip to a USB stick and unzipped from the usb stick directly to the new AROS partition using the shell:
I then moved all the drawers from the AROS_Vision drawer to the root of the AROS partition.
The AROS partition now has the files copied and moved to the right place as you can see below:
However I hadn't read the instructions on the AROS forums here - apparently some customisations needed to be made first to the startup-sequence and other things to boot AROS Vision on a real Amiga. So I booted back into AmigaSYS4 to make the changes needed.
I needed to copy across the Picasso96 .card and .chip files for the graphics card I am going to use with AROS Vision - in my case Voodoo.card since I am using a Voodoo3 PCI card in my Amiga 4000T.
I then went into the startup-sequence on the AROS:s/ location to disable the Poseidon PsdLoadModule (as I have it preloaded in the Deneb USB card flash rom on booting):
Next I needed to move the Setpatch QUIET command to occur after the AROS bootstrap load command, which I also had to change to reflect the location of the AROSbootstrap and picasso96 drivers I copied across earlier:
For some reason the AROSbootstrap location in the startup-sequence is wrong, so I had to change it as shown above.
The next problem I ran into was that the files in C and elsewhere were not set executable as extracted from the archive file. I don't know why this would be, so I set about changing the settings on all the files in the partition to be executable.
It freezes at this point every time. I can't cancel or do anything with the mouse. Hmmmm.
I noted that the AROS Vision RTG archive had Picasso96 driver files for Picassoiv setup already, so I assume the author was using a PicassoIV. I took apart my Amiga4000D to get the PicassoIV card out to try this possibility:
The PicassoIV is a great card, and I am very glad to have one - it supports true colour screen modes and also scan doubles all standard Amiga screen modes through the same card, meaning only one screen is needed to see either:
The Amiga4000T has two video slot expansion ports in it, so I can add the PicassoIV in addition to the Indivision AGA and Voodoo3 PCI without changing anything! :-)
Having switched the primary output from the indivision aga to picassoiv (actually both output at the same time, I just move the vga cable between them), I then tried to test AROS booting. First though I updated the startup-sequence to use the PicassoIV.card instead of Voodoo.card.
Unfortunately, no go with the Picassoiv either - same errors as before!
Not sure why env: is complaining. It comes up before the machine freezes at the "Debug info" line. I even tried moving the ENV: declaration near the top of the startup-sequence as well without any change.
Perhaps AROS Vision doesn't like SFS on a real Amiga - does it need to be FFS? Might try that next time.
I ran out of time at this point, so I put the AmiKit Real 8.5 MicroSD back in while I have a further think about how to get this working.
Hopefully some helpful tips from some AROS guys out there who might know what the problem is...more to come.