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The story so far: I managed to put together an A500 with 9+ MB of RAM and a GVP A500 HD8+, out of three busted-ass A500's. This is a PAL machine, which would be nothing special, except that I'm in NTSC-land!

The system is also decked out with a Kickstart ROM switch, making it boot to both 1.3 and 3.1, as well as an Indivision scan doubler. The battery on the C= A501 memory expansion has been replaced with a modern, rechargeable unit which should last up to ten years.

I'm also planning on giving both the case and the keys a peroxide bath, and there is a Seagate quarter-height 3.5" 2GB SCSI drive waiting to be installed...

All in all, when I'm done, this should turn out to be a really slick A500, one I could only dream about when I was a kid, now a reality... not only for myself, but for future generations.

And now the crux of the matter: since I put this from busted Amigas and parts, I don't have the Workbench disks, and to make matters worse, I just lost the only bid on U.S. ebay for Workbench 3.1 disks (the other dude outbid me at a whopping $100 USD). What do I do now? Where could I get the original Commodore 3.1 Workbench disks, including the exotic "HD installation tools" disk that came with Amigas equipped with HD?

I researched Cloanto, but they themselves state that some portions from the original Workbench disks have been removed due to the fact they cannot contact copyright owners.

My plan was to also get an A1200 and deck her out too, hook her up to the Internet, and use her to write the A500 ADF's. But without Workbench, I have no OS! Plus, I plan to port either NetBSD's pkgsrc or redhat's RPM, or Solaris's pkgadd to AmigaOS, so I actually need to have a pristine OS installation.
 

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Check private msg.
 

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Hmmm... Weird. Got mail notification, but not the actual msg. Cancelled?
 

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# TStorm : Hmmm... Weird. Got mail notification, but not the actual msg. Cancelled?
Nuh-huh! I'll try again.
 

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Cloanto are a bunch of crooks. The disks are all over the internet for free. You probably already payed for them in the 90's anyway. I've never even seen cloanto present any EVIDENCE they own a license or that whoever gave them a license actually OWNED the kickstart\workbench. Maybe it's Gateway and Amiga Inc sold\licensed them anyway - but as everyone knows by now Amiga Inc were a bunch of crooks as well -- Get them for free in the usual places. Once upon a time they were in every website, and the emulation scene flourished... until the Cloanto bums shut down every website. NO EVIDENCE of owning the licenses or the copyrights\trademarks though.
 

WayneK

I'm sure someone with a networked Amiga<>PC or a Kryoflux could generate you a working backup of your Workbench disks :D
But yes, this is a standard pain in the arse for people looking to setup a real h/w Amiga dev environment these days... damn workbench disks :)
 

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# Ultron :You probably already payed for them in the 90's anyway.
Yes, yes I did, because I had brand new Amigas from Commodore, which came with those Workbench disks included. Unfortunately, it did not occur to me to make copies of them for backup purposes. My loss.