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FS-UAE For Macintosh and Linux

Updated: 27/06/2014

1. How do I install FS-UAE and Launcher on the Macintosh or Linux?

Download FS-UAE Launcher and Fs-Arcade, extract the files and move them into Applications.

2. How do I initially setup FS-Launcher to use the emulator?


First you will need to import the kickstart rom files. Copy the ROM files to your documents or where-ever and click on the icon saying that 'the Kickstart files are missing'.
You can browse for specific rom files, or import them from your AmigaForever CD, DVD or mounted ISO file. You can also import them via the FS-UAE menu and select
Import Kickstart or Amiga Forever Kickstart.

Read the FS-UAE Getting Started guide on using this emulator.

3. How do I configure the emulator using Preferences windows?

There are 6 tabbed windows to configure uae for a specific Amiga model or configuration for specific games.

Quick Config - This is the first and default tab where you can select the Amiga model, speed, initial floppy disks to load and mouse/joystick settings. See picture.

Joystick and Mouse Port - Select what is plugged into the equivalent ports for external input. For example, the default for Joystick port is the keyboard and for the mouse port is the mouse.
If you have a real USB Joystick or Joypad installed, change it to that. Settings for Parallel Ports for Joysticks and Custom Joystick port can be set. See picture.

Floppy Drives: Here you can select your floppy disk images (ADF, ADZ, DMS etc) to load into each of the four floppy drives (DF0 to DF3) into the emulator. An eject button is on the left and selection buttons on the rights. If you need to swap between lots of floppy images use the Media Swap List below to make it faster. See picture.

CD-ROM Drive: Here you can select your CD-ROM disk images to load into each of the emulator. An eject button is on the left and selection buttons on the rights. If you need to swap between lots of disc images use the Media Swap List below to make it faster. See picture. See picture.

Hard Drives: Here you can select upto 4 hard disk images to load into the emulator. An eject button is on the left and selection buttons on the right for either a folder (for directory type drives) or for a file (HDF files). You can create new HDF files via the FS-UAE menu as select HDF Creator. See picture.

Kickstart ROM - This is important configuration, you will need to specify the Kickstart ROM to use. Kickstarts can be dumped from a real amiga using the transrom utility provided or one supplied with the AmigaForever CDROM or download (Plus or Premium editions). Versions comes from v1.0 to v3.1. See picture.

Override installed memory: You can specify how much ram and of what type. You will need between 512K and 2MB Chip ram for most games. For extra speed you can also specify Fast RAM or Z3 (Zorro3) RAM for more memory hungry applications in Workbench. Use 512M for A500, 1MB for A600 and 2MB for A1200 for Chip RAM.

To accesss advanced settings, open the FS-UAE menu and select Settings.

At the bottom there are some toggle to switch between windowed and full screen modes.

At any point, click on the Start button to begin the emulator.

4. What are the Keyboard shortcuts?

Here are a list of useful keyboard shortcuts (they are displayed when Hi-Torro is first loaded or press Cmd + E):

F12 + Q = Quit
F12 + R = Soft Reset
F12 + T = Hard Reset
F12 + D = Debugger
F12 + S = Save a screenshot of current Amiga frame (see also Print Scn)
F12 + G = Toggle Mouse capture mode
F12 + M = Mutes the sound
F12 + A = Freeze button for Action Replay.
F12 + W = Warp mode (no frame limit, no audio) toggle.
F12 + F = Toggle full screen mode
F11 + Cycle through zoom modes.
F12 + comma = Decrease volume
F12 + period = Increase volume
F12 + P = Pause emulation (see Pause/Break key)

5. How do I boot from a floppy disk image (ADF) to play a game or boot up into Workbench?

In FS-UAE, click on Floppy Drive tab, select the first floppy drive (DF0) and click on selection icon , then select the ADF file from your hard disk. Click OK. Click on Start to launch the emulator and run the game or Workbench.

To create a blank floppy, for example to same files or game positions on, use the FS-UAE menu and select ADF Creator.

6. How do I create a hard disk to install Workbench on it?

In FS-UAE you can specify a folder (or directory) to store your Amiga files in and use the Hard Drives preferences to select this folder.
Also, you can create HDF (Hard Disk Files)to store hard disks for the Amiga. See FS-UAE to create a new HDF file, see HDF Creator.

To install Workbench insert a Workbench or Install disk in DF0 under Floppies and click Start. See instructions here for installing Workbench.

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