Any AMIGA users?

From: Lawrence Walker <>
Date: Thu Jan 3 14:58:06 2002

 I have a Commodore 2088 Bridgeboard in my 2000. You needed Janus
(named after the 2-faced god) to use it or one of several other european
programs I found. I also have an MFM drive in it and what I finally figured out
was a MSmouse card. I've yet to find the time to get it functioning. I am
curious tho as to what's on the PC HD. I guess the original boot-disk had
Janus and other configuration data on it. Other than ignoring the 2088 the
2000(not HD model) runs fine.
 I have a spare 2088 that unless Doc or SuprDave want it, is up for trade.

> --- Gary Hildebrand <> wrote:
> > "Fred Cisin (XenoSoft)" wrote:
> > >
> > > > > OK what was the AMIGA that ran both AMIGA and PC software...
> > > > > ... (286 + 68000 ) cpu cards on a PC style box. Did that have a
> > > > > special software to write PC disks?
> The hardware solution you are probably referring to is an A2000 and
> Commodore Bridge card. The first models were the A2088 with an 8088,
> the later model, the A2286, had the '286. Third-parties produced
> cards that were faster. They were called bridge cards because they
> bridged the Zorro bus (68000-side) to the ISA bus that was present
> in every A2000 (and A3000...) but inert. I produce the GG2 Bus+
> bridgecard which has _no_ CPU, but makes the ISA bus available directly
> in 68000-address space (shameless plug off...)
> As delivered, the A2088 (and A2286) came with an internal 5.25" floppy.
> You would mount the floppy in the one-and-only 5.25" hole in the A2000
> and cable it to the bridge card - that's your A: drive. The provided
> software allowed you to display the contents of the display memory
> on the bridge card in a window (there was a well-documented interface
> between the A2088 and the Zorro bus). You had several ISA slots available, so
> you could put in a hard disk controller, a network card, whatever you wanted. I
> think you could override the internal emulated display and put in an ISA video
> card, but if it was possible, it was not a common arrangement, partially because
> you were still limited to using the A2000's keyboard through the bridge card
> software, over the Zorro interface (no external keyboard connector).
> There was also a device driver you could buy (later licensed with the
> OS) to read/write PC floppies - CrossDOS. I've used it for 720K and
> 1.44Mb floppies (with a C= 1/2-speed HD drive). They also produced
> CrossMac for reading/writing Mac floppies (HD only, not 400K/800K).
> Essentially, it was a filesystem handler and a couple of mount scripts.
> The Amiga is friendly when it comes to adding new devices/filesystems.
> You get OFS in ROM always, FFS in ROM sometimes and other filesystems
> as you desire to add them; completely unlike DOS/Windows.
> > > > > I saw one once - but it was sure slow!
> Yes. For as expensive as they were, they were never at the top end of
> the PC performance curve.
> > > On Thu, 3 Jan 2002, Christopher Smith wrote:
> > > There was a software only PC emulation that ran on the 1000. It was
> > > VERY slow, but it PASSED the "acid test of PC compatability" (PCW
> > > 1?/84 "How the clones stack up")
> > >
> > > For a while, they gave it free with the purchase of the external
> > > 5.25" drive.
> >
> > That was the transformer software, and it was only semi-compatible with
> > the PC
> I never used it, but I don't recall hearing good things. Later, a
> third-party company (the makers of "CrossDOS") came out with Cross-PC,
> a reasonable software approximation of a real PC... some of the versions
> even supported real ISA cards over the GG2 Bus+. Kinda neat, really...
> a fake PC with real hardware - like hanging a Unibus off your PC and
> running E-11.
> -ethan
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