Atari TT030 install media...

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Mon May 10 11:49:05 2004

On Mon, 2004-05-10 at 16:27, Zane H. Healy wrote:
> >What about formatting a new hard drive? Is the formatter in ROM? (In
> >which case is there a low level setup type of routine in ROM I somehow
> >access pre-boot?) Or is there a seperate floppy (which I don't have)
> >which contains hard disk formatter / partitioner etc.?
> Good question, this is what I'm wondering myself.

if it does turn out to be FAT on the hard drive too then it's not a
problem, as again I can use a Linux system to format a drive as FAT.
Whether it'd be a PC-style partition table is another matter though!

> I truthfully can't see a good reason to install Unix on one of these
> systems these days. You should be able to get a PC that will do it
> better and faster for free.

It's just nice as a museum exhibit though, if we're able to show it
running both a windowing environment and a real Unix with networking

Worst-case I assume the system boots from SCSI target 0, so I could have
both an internal and external disk hooked up, one with the standard TT
filesystem on it and one with BSD - then just have a switch which is set
prior to turning the machine on which decides which is target 0 and
which is (say) target 1.

> Besides, how much RAM does your TT030 have?

Ahh, 'only' 4MB on this one I think. Just enough for running BSD I
believe though. I did come across some info on the web on how to
increase the memory in them, but there's too much work to be done on
other things to justify spending a huge amount of time messing around
with this!


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