Look mama! I bought a brand new Amiga

WTF – i bought an Amiga 2012/13?  Am i crazy?

Now, most would say that the Amiga range of computers died a long time ago, somewhere around the mid-ninties maybe. But as for the Amiga – it’s still being developed. Not so fast, and not that much – but still. The official OS-codebranch were somehow sold to Hyperion, which ported the OS to PPC. And some companies have released machines to go with the OS, amongst them ACube.

I do collect some retrocomputers, and after reading this article –

AmigaOS 4 developer interview: Why it endures and what the future holds

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i decided to buy an Sam460 to add to the computercollection – a PPC-based machine that can run Amiga OS 4.x (and some Linuxdists in beta form). The Sam460 is sold as AOne500 from Acube.

My thoughts:

The AOne500 machine in itself, is an quite ok-looking black little thing. I hadn’t run Amiga OS4 ever before, and didn’t know what to expect. I must say running Amiga OS 4 is a double experience.  For everyone that once had an Amiga, it’s like Amiga OS in high resolutions. on steroids. Familiar from old times, but still fresh.  And yes, things have moved on since the old daygs- You don’t have to add your own TCP/IP stack, you can run an ATI-card and so on. It’s no use comparing the Amiga OS to a modern PC though, because it will lose in almost every aspect. This computer and OS is for fun having fun and tinker with.

I’m extremly happy with my little beefed up retroish-computer and hope to do some C-programming and other stuff on it in the not to distant future.

Some notes:

– Again i repeat – don’t compare this to a modern PC with Linux on it (or Win 8) – Amiga OS doesn’t have a usersecurity model, memory protection and so on. It’s more for fun and hobbyists.

– Don’t compare the hardware to a modern PC – it’s a nichemachine, and it will therefore be expensive.

– At first i had some problems with mine, which turned out to be a faulty memory module. It made me learn a lot about the machine though.

– I haven’t got the Linuxdists (Debian. Ubuntu) to run sucessfully on it yet.

– Also, MorphOS and AROS is coming to the machine.

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Clone/backup your memorycard to file

I needed to clone/backup an 32GB SD-card i use for one of my retrocomputers (An Amiga running with the SD-card as an harddrive).

Basically i just wanted a file of it that i could either write to new SD-cards, or easily backup for later restore.

Problem solved, this is how i did:

* Connect the SD-card with your adapter
* Fire up an terminalwindow (yes, we will do this commandline style, scary huh:)

* And we will use the old, old (but reliable ) dd command. dd takes an bit for bit sector of a device and writes it to file etc. So,

dd if=/dev/sdX of=YOURIMAGE.img

where sdX is the device you want to make an clone of.(Find out with disktools, gparted or so on) and YOURIMAGE.img the file you want to write to.

For writing the imagefile back to another device

dd if=YOURIMAGE.img of=/dev/sdX

 

Good to know:

* CAUTION: Be sure that /dev/sdX is the right device, other wise you can f**k things up. Doublecheck!
* Use same sizecard you write back to. Otherwise, you may waste space.
* Don’t forget to backup your file..

Tools used:
* Noname sd-card adapter to USB (plexgear)
* Mustang 32gb SD-card
* (and in the old amiga an SD/CF-drive from Delock)