I wonder if A-Max 2 is even 100% compatible with Amiga OSes that are higher than 1.3?
Link's busted. Is there somewhere else to get it?intric8 wrote: ↑Mon Jan 02, 2023 2:33 pmI have 2.56. (But of course!) Chris Brenner gave it to me.
And here that is.
FWIW I made mine 50MB (update - that changed; see below) if I remember correctly, which would have been more than 2x the size of the HDD I used on a Mac back in the late 80s in school. 50MB was plenty for me. Odd that the documentation doesn't mention anything about it but back then ReadySoft probably didn't expect people to have gigantic hard drives with massive partitions devoted to the Mac side.I discovered that you must put the A-Max partition very close the beginning of the driver, and preferably make it the first partition on the drive.
I ran into trouble when I tried putting it up about 500 MB from the beginning of the drive.
It seems that A-Max has a limit of about 300 MB, so that also means that you can't create a huge A-Max partition. I would stick with 200 MB or less.
....Right now, I have my A-Max partition sized at 200 MB, and it starts at 40 MB from the beginning of the drive.
That's why I was scratching my head when the hard drive
failed to format.
I spent a whole afternoon chasing that problem.
I would put the A-Max partition at the start of the drive. Also, I would make the BlocksPerTrack = 128
And to work best with the SD card, you should start the first partition on cylinder 64, and make the partition sizes multiples of 4MB.
4MB works out to exactly 64 cylinders, so perhaps an
easier method is to make your partition sizes a multiple of 64 cylinders.
The best approach is to start by deciding how many partitions you want, and how big to make them. Do you want one or two Amiga partitions?
I personally use a small 20 MB partition for Workbench and system files, and a larger partition for applications and data.
Once you have decided on your partitioning scheme, write it down, and then use HDToolBox to create a RDB partition table on the SD card.
What size SD card have you decided on?
If it's 1GB, then you would define the drive as:
Heads = 1
BlocksPerTrack = 128
BlocksPerCylinder = 128
Total Cylinders = 16384
Once you are done setting up the drive with HDToolBox,
just make a boot floppy, and copy the autoboot program
With autoboot as the first command in the Startup-Sequence, your computer will automatically boot using the partition information you created with HDToolBox. There's no need to create mount list entries.
Refer to the examples in the HDToolBox section of this post viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1823
Of course those examples are for a 2GB card. For your 1GB card, all the drive settings will be the same except the total number of cylinders. For you that number will be 16384
Also, the example in that post shows the first partition starting at cylinder 32. For you that should be cylinder 64.
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AX0: Device = StarDrive.device Flags = 0x7070 Interleave = 0 Buffers = 10 BufMemType = 1 Unit = 0 LowCyl = 64 ; HighCyl = 4095 Surfaces = 1 BlocksPerTrack = 128 PreAlloc = 0 # DH0: Device = StarDrive.device Flags = 0x7070 StackSize = 4096 Interleave = 0 Buffers = 10 BufMemType = 1 Priority = 10 Mount = 1 FileSystem = L:FastFileSystem DOSType = 0x444f5301 GlobVec = -1 Reserved = 2 Unit = 0 LowCyl = 4096 ; HighCyl = 4927 Surfaces = 1 BlocksPerTrack = 128 PreAlloc = 0 # DH1: Device = StarDrive.device Flags = 0x7070 StackSize = 4096 Interleave = 0 Buffers = 10 BufMemType = 1 Priority = 10 Mount = 1 FileSystem = L:FastFileSystem DOSType = 0x444f5301 GlobVec = -1 Reserved = 2 Unit = 0 LowCyl = 4928 ; HighCyl = 15357 Surfaces = 1 BlocksPerTrack = 128 PreAlloc = 0 #
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