AmigaOS 3.1.4

AmigaOS 3.0 was the original operating system version that my Amiga 1200 shipped with back in 1992. In 1994, just before its bankruptcy, Commodore released an updated version: AmigaOS 3.1.

One of the first things I did when I dusted off my Amiga 1200 in 2015 was to install AmigaOS 3.1 Kickstart ROMs. In the years after Commodore went under, several updates such as AmigaOS 3.5 and AmigaOS 3.9 were released.

Now, in 2018, AmigaOS 3.1.4 has been released. As I was never really happy with AmigaOS 3.9, I jumped at the opportunity to use this new, cleaned up version of AmigaOS 3.1 in its stead.

I ordered a set of AmigaOS 3.1.4 Kickstart ROMs and Workbench floppy disks from Alinea Computer. Due to copyright and license issues I had to wait a while, but eventually my order arrived.

Here is a photo of the AmigaOS 3.1.4 Kickstart ROMs (with my license key removed):

AmigaOS 3.1.4 ROMs

And here is a photo of the AmigaOS 3.1.4 floppy disks:

AmigaOS 3.1.4 Floppies

Unfortunately, the Kickstart ROMs I received do not work. Alinea Computer has promised to send replacements.

In the meantime, I decided to make a fresh install of AmigaOS 3.1.4 using the new floppy disks and the old AmigaOS 3.1 Kickstart ROMs. This is possible because of a Kickstart 3.1.4 image that gets installed and is loaded into memory during system startup.

Another unfortunate complication was the fact that one of the AmigaOS 3.1.4 floppy disks has read errors. I used my USB floppy emulator with AmigaOS 3.1.4 floppy disk images (that I have access to thanks to my license) to perform the installation.

I am now in the process of installing the games I like to play using WHDLoad in an emulated Amiga 1200 and copy the game directories from there to my real Amiga 1200 by mounting its harddrive under Linux.

Here are a couple of screenshots of a vanilla AmigaOS 3.1.4 install:

Screenshot of AmigaOS 3.1.4

Screenshot of AmigaOS 3.1.4

Screenshot of AmigaOS 3.1.4