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Commodore Amiga FAQ 

General Questions

  1. How do I copy files from the Commodore Amiga to the PC and vice versa?

  2. How do I format a 3.5" 720K Ms-Dos disk?

  3. How do I make a bootable 720K Ms-Dos disk?

  4. How do I compress and uncompress DMS files?

  5. How do I copy a game or demo from the PC (ADF format) to the Commodore Amiga?

  6. How do I copy a game or demo from a Commodore Amiga to the PC (ADF format)?

  7. How do I uncompress LHA files?

 

(Q1) How do I copy files from the Commodore Amiga to the PC and vice versa?

Below is 3 methods :-

 

(1) Use CrossDos on the Commodore Amiga and copy the files to a 3.5" 720K Ms-Dos disk. CrossDos lets you use the Amiga to read and write Ms-Dos Disks. CrossDos is installed on Workbench v2.0 and v3.0. Click here to find out how to format a Ms-Dos disk.

 

(2) Use Amiga Explorer with a Null-Modem Serial Cable to connect the PC and the Commodore Amiga. Purchasing the Amiga Forever emulator gives you the Amiga Explorer.

 

Connect the cable and run Amiga Explorer on both PC and Amiga. Then use Windows Explorer to copy the files. The benefits for using this method are the files can have Long File Names (more than 8 characters) and you can copy files greater than 720K. This is the best way to copy Amiga files.

 

To increase the speed of copying files. Press right mouse button on the Amiga Computer icon (On PC) and choose properties. Increase the bits per second (bps). The 57,600 bps runs fast but causes errors sometimes on my Amiga 1200. I use the slower 38,400 bps since its more reliable. You need to also change and use the same bits per second (bps) on the Aexplorer icon on the Amiga, using the icon information option.

 

(3) Use PC-Task on the Amiga. This program is a Ms-Dos emulator for the Commodore Amiga and lets you run PC Ms-Dos programs. You need a bootable 720K disk, click here to see how to format this type of disk. This is the slowest method to copy Amiga files.

 

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(Q2) How do I format a 3.5" 720K Ms-Dos disk?

 

Commodore Amiga

(1) Load Workbench v2.0 or v3.0 on the Amiga.

(2) Run CrossDos

(3) Run the Format program

(4) Select PC0: for the internal drive or PC1: if you have an external drive.

(5) Format using an Amiga 880K Double Density disk. If you use a 1.44MB High Density disk, put some tape over the whole in the left.

 

PC

Format a PC 720K Double Density disk using a Windows Operating System before XP. Type this into Ms-Dos 'Format a: /f:720'.

 

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(Q3) How do I make a bootable 720K Ms-Dos disk?

 

Commodore Amiga

Use PC-Task on the Amiga. Load PC-Task with a bootable Ms-Dos disk inserted. Insert the 720K blank disk. When the prompt appears, type 'Format a: /f:720 /s'

 

PC

If you have a Windows Operating System before XP. Insert a 720K Double Density disk. Type this into Ms-Dos 'Format a: /f:720 /s'. This formats the disk and copies the system files (COMMAND.COM, IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS).

 

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(Q4) How do I compress and uncompress DMS files?

 

(1) Download the Amiga program DMS (The Disk-Masher).

(2) Copy the file to the Amiga using one of these methods.

(3) Run Workbench

(4) Run Shell or CLI

(5) Copy the DMS file to RAM:

(6) Insert the disk to be read in DF0: and compress the DMS archive by typing this 'dms read ram:diskname'. With no extension.

(7) To uncompress archive. Insert disk to be written to in DF0: and type 'dms write ram:diskname'.

 

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(Q5) How do I copy a game or demo from the PC (ADF format) to the Commodore Amiga?

 

(1) Purchase the Amiga Forever emulator which has Transdisk and Amiga Explorer.

(2) Load WorkBench or Shell Pro.

(3) Run Amiga Explorer on both the PC and Amiga side.

(4) Copy Transdisk and the ADF file from the PC to the Amiga's Ram, using Amiga Explorer and a null-modem cable. *

(5) Format a disk and then insert the blank disk in DF0:

(6) Type in Newcli or Shell 'ram:transdisk -w ram:game.adf'.

 

* You can use CrossDos and a 880K Double Density disk. The ADF file will need to be converted to LHA format first. Since the ADF file is slightly larger than the capacity of the disk.

 

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(Q6) How do I copy a game or demo from a Commodore Amiga to the PC (ADF format)?

 

(1) Purchase the Amiga Forever emulator which has Amiga Explorer.

(2) Load WorkBench or Shell Pro.

(3) Run Amiga Explorer on both the PC and Amiga side.

(4) Insert the Amiga disk you want converted into the Commodore Amiga drive i.e. DF0: DF1:

(5) In Amiga Explorer on the PC. If the disk name is Game then copy Game.ADF onto the C: hard disk.

 

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(Q7) How do I uncompress LHA files?

 

(1) Download the Ms-Dos program lha213.exe and double click on the file
(2) Copy the file LHA.EXE and your LHA file to the root of the hard disk C:
(3) With the Run option on the Start Menu type command
(4) Type in the Ms-Dos window C:\
(5) Make sure the filename of the LHA file is 8 characters or under
(6) If the name of the LHA file is program.lha then type 'lha e program.lha'

 

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