The Amiga is my last machine to get up and running, and it’s definitely testing my patience. Unlike most computers I own, there are not too many ways to get a completely raw Amiga up and running without having actual Amiga-formatted floppy install media, and there is apparently no way to create an Amiga-formatted floppy on typical modern PC. Of course, I was not aware of that tiny detail until after I had stolen the the machine’s hard drive a while back for use in another, more pressing project. The only idea I have seen that circumvents this process is to put your hard drive in a PC, use the WinUAE emulator to boot and load an OS onto the drive, and then move the drive back to the Amiga. I gave that a number of tries, but I have thus far been unsuccessful in getting the emulated Amiga to find the SCSI device and allow me to load the software.
The better news is that I recently had someone contact me (yes, in response to a newsgroup post) and offer to send the necessary boot media for only the cost of shipping. I jumped at that, and I’m now playing the waiting game to see how long it takes to get here. Being the big spender I am, I have offered to pay for priority shipping, so I hope to see the disks soon. Until then, I’m using my time to further improve the machines I’ve already rebuilt and clean up the computer room (no small task).
I have some ideas for making all these computers “useful” as a group, but I have not yet settled on a formal goal. With 10 days left in the month, though, I should have PLENTY of time. 🙂