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Thread: New Amiga A1200 owner! Need to run 3.0 ROMs—which Kickstart?
studio460 12:52 12th June 2019
I just clicked "buy" on eBay for a used A1200 from the EU (I"m in Los Angles). Here's its specs:

• Commodore Amiga A1200 (rev. 2B motherboard).
• 3.0/3.1 ROMs included (3.1 currently installed).
• 8MB FastRAM expansion for A1200.
• Gotek floppy-adapter + 2GB USB-drive/selector.adf."
• ScanJuggler XAGA Lite scan-doubler.

I've also pre-ordered the following from amigaonthelake:

• Apollo A1200 case, black.
• Kipper2K A1200, black keycaps.

Looking to buy:

• PS/2 adapter + PS/2 three-button mouse.
• Accelerator with selectable soft boot to 3.0/3.1.

I sold my Amiga A2000HD in 1995 so my recollection of Amigas is a bit sketchy. I bought this to run Magellan 1.1 from Emerald Software (not Opus Magellan). It's an expert systems app which only ran on Kickstart 3.0 ROMs and wouldn't run at all on 3.1 ROMs on my old A2000.

So . . . the prior owner has the 3.1 ROMs installed, but I plan to re-insert the 3.0 ROMs to run Magellan *unless I can soft-boot via an accelerate or something). The equations is, which Workbench do I need to run the 3.0 ROMs?
Harrison 13:54 15th June 2019
I've never encountered anything that wouldn't run on both 3.1 and 3.0 roms. I would try first to double check it won't run on 3.1 roms before downgrading them. Any version of Workbench will run on 3.1 roms, just older Workbeches like 1.3 would have the newer GUI because of the rom and aga chipsets. Equally Workbench 3.1 will run on a system with 3.0 roms, unlike older versions. It will just be missing some support for newer features.

You can downgrade kickstart via software on the A1200, so you don't need to physically change the roms. All software downgrades do is load the oldest rom into fastram, then reboot the system. Or something like the harddrive game installer WHDLoad does is load the older kickstart into ram as it boots older incompatible games to make them work. Or you can also get a hardware kickstart rom swapper. I've one in one of my A600s to switch between 3.1 and 1.3 f.ex.

I personally would recommend against reverting from 3.1 to 3.0. One huge reason is if you later decide to try out Workbench 3.5 or 3.9 they need 3.1 roms.