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Anyone remember the intricacies of the Amiga?
Katzy - 13-5-2008 at 20:19

I'm getting "Unable to open your tool "Installer".

Said file is in the C: directory and the right paths/assigns have been set.

I've tried four different versions of "Installer".

I'm wondering if there's a library missing, or something. Thing is, all the system libraries are where they ought to be, so I'm confuzzled.

SnoopDOS gives no clues.

LSemmens - 14-5-2008 at 13:37

Slow day at the office, Katzy? I haven't heard of AMIGA for about 20 years! Are you sure it's not the spiders moving the cobwebs around when you aren't looking? nananana

Seriously though, I thought that they were DOS beasties only, so that a file was placed exactly where you put it and the only time it disappears is when you issue a delete command either on purpose, or accidently (not that I've ever done that!)

scholar - 14-5-2008 at 13:58

Originally posted by LSemmens
I haven't heard of AMIGA for about 20 years!
I think you probably have, but have forgotten. I think I recall some posts here on KF that our dear Karl was an Amiga enthusiast. ;)

Katzy - 14-5-2008 at 19:02

I have an A1200 and use it, regularly. Still hunting for an A4000.

DOS based?

Certainly not!

It had Windows before Microsoft pinched the idea.

I use an emulator, too. If I want to do any work in DOS, it's much easier to use AmigaDOS than it is to use XP's emulated DOS.

I've discovered that something that I got from Aminet has put loads of poo in the environment-archive (Like the registry, but more sensible). That was screwing things, a bit. It also seems that something's screwed the paths, coz it's not looking for things where it's suposed to.

If they brought-out an Amiga OS for the IBM-compatible, I'd ditch Windows like a shot!

LSemmens - 15-5-2008 at 10:56

Come to think of it, the Amiga did make my shorter list when I was first looking at computers, an what impressed me was their music processing capabilities. That was their main claim to fame way back when, at least to me. The Apple IIE was also a new kid then, too which made my short list. Another was a Kaypro running CPM, which was a great package, but the new kid with that funny name, Gates, IIRC won out with his version of DOS (2.11) and the rest is history.

Katzy - 15-5-2008 at 11:54

Microshaft wrote the code for what they called "AmigaBASIC", I believe.

I also seem to remember that they had a hand in writing AmigaDOS, too. When you consider how powerful AmigaDOS is, it makes me wonder why MS-DOS is such a pile of poo.

I keep my eye on e-bay, to see if I can come by an old A4000, but they command quite a price, now.

finchart - 15-5-2008 at 19:01

peek 204453, poke 544345...
well it was funny in the 80s.

finchart - 15-5-2008 at 19:02

oh no, that was the commador 64 wasn't it.:D

Katzy - 16-5-2008 at 10:33

It was the Spectrum, that. Maybe others, too, though.

LSemmens - 16-5-2008 at 12:42

I never did get into peek and poke commands, though I am aware of that command, what did it do again? I suspect, but am not certain.

Katzy - 16-5-2008 at 18:57

I used it with games, mostly.

It was a way of getting extra lives/power/that kinda thing.

There were quite a few "randomise" commands that could cause weird things to happen, too.

LSemmens - 17-5-2008 at 12:39

I meant that particular command, not peek and poke generally, of that I am aware.

finchart - 17-5-2008 at 22:18

i used to spend hours inputing peek and poke commands out of magazines, with both spectrum and commador 64, nothing ever worked, but at least i didn't get hairy palms, just bad eyesight.:D

scholar - 18-5-2008 at 01:06

I had a Commodore 128, which could go into "64 mode" to use unaltered programs written for the Commodore 64. I loaned it to my oldest daughter to use for word processing years ago, and her crack-head boyfriend stole it to sell or trade for drugs.

Someone gave me their Commodore 64, which had been in attic storage. If I were to get it out, find everything, and assemble it, it could be a hobby machine.

In the days of home computers using a TV for a monitor, it was one of the best machines around. I still remember William Shatner's advertisements, in which he pointed out the C64 gave you more memory for the money than its competition.