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AmigaOne - Dual Booting Debian from Different HD

The purpose of this section is to describe the setup and installation required in order to dual boot AmigaOS and Debian Linux from different hard disks, and at boot time switch between them as required.

Prerequisites
The following are required before embarking on this process:

  1. AmigaOne AmigaOS 4.0 Install CD.
  2. AmigaOne AmigaOS 4.0 Update 1.
    (minimum - preferably Updates 2 and 3 as well, although 2 can probably be skipped now.)
  3. AmigaOne Debian Linux Install CD for Kernel 2.4.26 or later.
    (The version delivered with the AmigaOne installs Woody using the 2.4.19 and is too old - the latest version can be downloaded from http://members.optusnet.com.au/amigaone/.)
  4. Disk 1 from the Debian Woody Linux for PPC distribution
    (This should also have been delivered with the AmigaOne. Until recently, it and the other 6 CDs that make up the distribution could be freely downloaded from any of the sites that are listed at http://www.debian.org, but since the release of Sarge they no longer appear to be available. The AmigaOne Debian Linux Install CD is hard-coded for Woody, and as yet there is no version for Sarge.)
  5. U-Boot should at version 1.1.1 and preferably as recent as possible.

Install AmigaOS
The first step would probably be to install AmigaOS 4.0 using the installation instructions provided with the CD, because this is setup to install to the "a" drive (IDE Primary Master). However this is not really necessary, because you do not need to do any preparation for the installation of Linux at all, as the two are completely independent. Click here for more information on installing the AmigaOS.

Install Debian Linux Because AmigaOS 4.0 would normally be installed on the "a" drive (IDE Primary Master), and most people have CD/DVD drives connected to the "c" and "d" drives (IDE Secondary Master/Slave), Debian Linux would normally be installed to the "b" drive (IDE Primary Slave). For reasons best known to yourself, or if you also have a SiL680 card installed, your machine may be configured differently. However, we are going to assume the "b" drive is where Debian Linux is to go and that the CDROM is the "c" drive, and leave it up to you to match it to your machine. using the installation instructions provided with the CD, because this is setup to install to the "a" drive, which would be the IDE Primary Master. However this is not really necessary, because you do not need to do any preparation for the installation of Linux at all, as the two are completely independent. Click here for more information on installing the AmigaOS.

Disclaimer: Amiga Auckland have prepared the above information for the use of its members based on our experiences and as such is subject to revision at any time. Amiga Auckland cannot guarantee any of the information and cannot be held accountable for any issues that may result from using it.


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Revised: December 05, 2005.