Thanks to Dark Willow for the name.
This is a small and very basic FreeMiNT setup for all Ataris and
compatibles. You need atleast 6Mb RAM and about 6Mb free space on
your boot partition.
VanillaMiNT is a pure GEM-based MiNT-install. There is no command-
line or advanced startup-scripts, if this is what you want you have
to look elsewhere.
- Easy to install.
- Boots straight into XaAES + Teradesk.
- Networking with a GEM-based configuration tool and optional
DHCP. No manual editing of configuration files.
- Everything works from a plain TOS partition.
1. Download it
VanillaMiNT is available for most Atari hardware.
- 030. TT,
Falcon and ST's with 68030 accelerators.
Hades040, Falcon/Afterburner and Amiga/Vampire with EmuTOS.
- 68000 Ataris and Amigas.
2. Prepare your computer
Disable *everything* in your auto-folder and *all* accessories. The
only exception is nvdi.prg which required on genuine Ataris without
graphics cards, XaAES will not work with the TOS VDI.
On the Falcon you need NVDI 4.x or newer.
If you have a Hades
or Milan, or a graphics card for your Atari you don't need NVDI.
If you already have a folder called "MINT" in the root of this drive,
please delete or rename it.
Please note that if you have non-standard hardware you might have to
keep drivers/config tools enabled. E.g. graphics card driver,
Afterburner driver, Hades MMM-tools, FPU emulators... Running order
matters! You can with some exceptions keep your current running order
and place MiNT last. The Hades/Milan/Afterburner FPU emulator must
run *after* mint.prg.
- Unpack the downloaded archive. Inside there are several
smaller archives, the contents of these will fit on HD floppies for
easy transfer to your Atari. Unpack/copy to the root of your boot
partition, usually c:. NB! If you install it on any other drive than
c:, you'll have to edit all the paths in mint.cnf and xaaes.cnf manually.
Also, you will need to update all Teradesk settings. Better to just
use c: :)
- IMPORTANT: Use the desktop or a directory sorter to make sure
that NVDI is located before mint.prg in the auto-folder.
- If you have an ethernet card - copy the driver for your
card to c:\mint\1-19-cur\. No drivers are provided with VanillaMiNT.
Warning: Do not use ST-Zip if you unpack the archives on your Atari, ST-Zip
is very old and outdated and may not extract all the files correctly.
If you followed step 1 and 2 your Atari will now boot MiNT. After
approximately 30 seconds Teradesk will appear. If it didn't -read
point 2 and 3 again.
When MiNT has booted and things seems to work, you can set up the
network (if you have any). Please run the "Networking"-tool. This is
a GEM-based tool that will let you set up the network with either
static settings or with DHCP.
If you are using stock video hardware you can change resolution using
Teradesk, but the selected resolution will be forgotten after the
next reboot. Use the "Screenmodes"-tool to permanently change
resolution. Only use this tool if you're using stock hardware! It
will not work with graphics cards.
You can also enable your accessories and auto-folder programs, but
please beware that many of these aren't needed (like most patching
programs found in the autofolder) and might even crash your Falcon.
March 24th, 2017
Jo Even Skarstein