ScuzzBlog: Diaries July 2017
Entry 31st July 2017: Post: 3
These variations on the Amiga Workbench got me really thinking about
just which Workbench I actually had running on the various 500s or
machines with the 1.3. So I did a bit of a run around and the pictures
show the various themes.
First up is the A1500 running on an Electrohome monitor using a A2094
card to power a 3.5" drive.
Kickstart 40.63 Workbench 34.34 Commodore 1985-1993 and that was ...
Shipped with: Amiga 500, 2000, available as update 1990.
Next we have the A500 with GVP HD Plus running on a Philips CM8833-II
with a 3.5" drive in the sidecar.
Kickstart 34.50 Workbench 34.30 and so ... Shipped with: Amiga 500,
2000, available as update 1988.
Moving on to the A500 with the A590 XT drive sidecar running on a 1438
Kickstart 37.175 Workbench 34.28 and so ... Shipped with: Amiga 500,
2000, available as update 1989
This was the OS that came on an Amiga magazine disk. Also was issued on
official Commodore disks 1.3.2.
Next we have a grey screen with an A500 and A590 XT drive running on a
Kickstart 40.63 [ no less ] Workbench 40.42 Setpatch 40.16 1985-1993 .
And so this is Workbench 3.1 running off a 3.1 ROM on a humble A500 with
an old A590 XT drive. How cool is that. Released in 1994 for all classic
And finally we have THE VIPER. An A500 fitted with internal 2.5" drive
running on a SONY TRINITRON TV off a scart. The drive is fitted to the
Viper 520 CD.
Kickstart 39.106 Workbench 39.29 1985-1992 and is Workbench 3.0 with the
3.0 ROM designed for AGA machines.
Now remember what I said at the start. These are A500 designed Workbench
machines and yet they use anything but. I struggled like mad yesterday
to find a machine running the actual original 1.3 Workbench and found it
only on the A1000, albeit on a disk with associated 1.3 Kickstart disk.
Seems that everyone in the day was hell bent on expanding their A500s to
the limit. I know the one machine here is a 1500, but it still uses the
1.3 by choice.
Fascinating... My A500 1.3 adventure is not over yet and I certainly
intend having them all in for interrogation to see what they have under
each of their hoods. What makes it more interesting is the use of the
ROM switchers on machines.
[The Workbench gallery can be found on the scuzzblog diaries section of