Amiga (WinUAE) – How to install WHDLoad step by step

Requirements

For this step by step example we’ll install WHDLoad using WinUAE.
The Amiga system configuration used is the following:

A600
2 Mb RAM
2 Hard disks (1 hardfile and one PC folder mapped as hard disk)
Workbench > 2.0x installed (Follow this guide for how-to)

Programs already installed:
lha and Installer (Follow this guide for how-to)

Programs:
WHDLoad (download from whdload.de)

How to install WHDLoad – Step by step guide

Copy WHDLoad_usr_small.lha on Storage folder we have created on this chapter.
Basically, it’s enough to create an empty folder on PC and map it on WinUAE by clicking ‘Add directory or Harddrive‘ button under ‘CD & Hard drives‘ section

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Now start Amiga, and when Workbench is loaded, go to Shell and type:

lha x WHDLoad_usr_small.lha Storage:Temp/
cd Temp/WHDLoad/
Installer Install APPNAME WHDLoad MINUSER Average LOG False

Tip: If you want to know the right script to launch, navigate into Temp/WHDLoad drawer (remember to enable Show > All files item on workbench menu) , click Install icon and select Information from the Workbench menu

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When Installer run, you should see this:

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Select Intermediate User
Install WHDLoad on C:
When asked to install Help files, make new drawer on System:Help (or whatever you want) and Proceed

Tip: Workbench 3.1 already has an Help drawer on System:Locale

WHDLoad is now installed

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How to install a game using WHDLoad

In order to play with your favourite game with WHDLoad, you need the lha game file (downloadable from WHDLoad Installs) and the original game (often a file with ipf extension).
For this example, I’ll use an old game called Tracker

Go to Amiga shell, then type:

Storage:
lha x Tracker.lha Temp/
cd Temp/TrackerHD
Installer Install APPNAME Tracker MINUSER AVERAGE LOG FALSE PRETEND FALSE (or simply click the Install icon under TrackerHD drawer)

Select Intermediate User

Install into Storage:Games folder (or whatever you want)

When asked to select source drive for images:

Insert the original Tracker disk (usually an ipf)
Select DF0:
Click Proceed, then Start

 

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if you are still on shell, type:

Storage:
cd Games/Tracker/
WHDLoad Tracker.Slave Preload (or simply click the Tracker icon under Tracker drawer)

 

Amiga (WinUAE) – How to install lha and Installer

Requirements

For this step by step example we’ll install lha and Installer scripts programs using WinUAE.
lha is program to extract lha archive, and Installer is a script required for installing many other software on Amiga Harddrive.
The Amiga system configuration used is the following:

A600
2 Mb RAM
2 Hard disks (1 hardfile and one PC folder mapped as hard disk)
Workbench > 2.0x installed (Follow this guide for how-to)

Programs:
lha.run (download it from aminet.net)
Installer (download from aminet.net)

How to install lha and Installer

Create an empty folder, name it as you like (“Storage” we say), and put lha.run and Installer program (in this example I used Installer-43_3.lha)

In WinUAE, under sections CD & Hard drives click on “Add directory or archive” button and select the created folder.

Do like the image below

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Now run WinUAE and wait for the Workbench start screen.

Once the Workbench is loaded, click on DH0 (System drive) and click the Shell icon.

Tip: Shell icon is just a shortcut to System/CLI

Now go into DH1 and type

> Storage:
> lha.run Ram:

lha.run will start to extract all lha files into Ram. Now type:

> Copy Ram:lha_68k C:lha

We simply copied the right lha file (optimized with 68000 CPU) into System:C as lha

Tip: Why just C drawer ?
Because it’s in the Amiga Search Path, which is used to search for when a command is launched.
Look at this scheme for further details (image taken from wikipedia

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> lha x Installer-43_3.lha Ram:
> Copy Ram:Installer43_3/Installer C:

We have now copied Installer Program.

Tip: Installer is a script program required for installing many Amiga programs.

Clean the Ram by typing:

> DELETE Ram:#? ALL

Amiga (WinUAE) – Format HD and install Workbench 2.0x

Requirements

For this step by step example we’ll install Workbench 2.0x using WinUAE.
The Amiga system configuration used is the following:

A600
2 Mb RAM
1 Hard disks (1 hardfile)

Programs:
Workbench (2.0x or greater)

Formatting Hard disk and install Workbench

Start WinUAE, go to CD & Hard drives section for creating an empty hardfile of 20Mb.

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Click Create button and the empty hardrive image is created.

Now put in DF0 the Workbench Install disk and the other disks on the remains disk drives.

We can see the following situation:

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Click on DH0, then on the Workbench menu select Format.

Once format operation is completed, rename it (System we say) then click on 2.0 Install disk and then select UpdateWB.

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Workbench will start to install on DH0, and some questions will be asked to user during the process.

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At the end of the (long) process, remove all floppies, make a copy of your hardfile and restart Amiga.