Historical versions - TOS (don't hesitate to upgrade)

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Historical versions - TOS (don't hesitate to upgrade)

Postby Zorro 2 » Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:13 pm

OS: TOS [The Operating System]
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1
Machines: 260/520ST
Comments: Initial release. Fairly buggy; only used for
compatibility with older programs. Desk
accessories must be named DESKn.ACC. Loaded from
disk, so also known as "RAM TOS" or "Disk TOS".
=======
OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1
Machines: 520/1040ST
Comments: First ROM release. Updated GEMDOS and AES. AKA
"Old TOS", "ROM TOS".
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OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1.2 (later renumbered 1.02)
Machines: 520/1040ST/STF/SFM/STFM, Mega ST 2 and 4
Comments: First ROM-only version. Bug fixes; support for
DMA/Blitter and real-time clock chips. AKA
"Blitter TOS", "Mega TOS".
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OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1.09
Machines: 520/1040ST/STF/SFM/STFM, Mega ST 2 and 4
Comments: Incorrectly-reported number for UK version of
1.(0)2.
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OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1.4 (later 1.04)
Machines: Stacey laptop (1st release); later on
520/1040STFM, Mega ST 1/2/4,
Comments: Most common version of TOS; last version to run on
pre-STe machines; most compatible with games. More
bug fixes (e.g. archive attribute works); improved
hard-disk handling and performance. Faster disk
copy; file move function; copy preserves date/time
stamps; folder renaming; auto-run of GEM apps at
startup; larger screen support; file "fastload"
flag for faster startup; improved file selector;
DOS-compatible disk format; keyboard reset. AKA
"Rainbow TOS" because of animated colour Atari
"Fuji" logo in desktop "About" dialog box.
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OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1.6
Machine: 1040STE
Comments: As 1.(0)4 plus support for the enhanced STe. (Up
to 4,096 colours; 8-bit stereo DMA sound; light-
gun/paddle; external Genlock; hardware scrolling;
68030 processor; etc.) Mouse support in "show file
to screen" function; 4-bit colour values; disk
boot-up delay. Bug fixes. AKA "STE TOS".
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OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1.62
Machine: 1040STE
Comments: As 1.6 plus bug-fixes, including of 1.6's failure
to save selection of medium resolution correctly
in DESKTOP.INF.
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OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Versions: 2.02, 2.05, 2.06
Machine: Mega STE
Comments: Last version of Atari TOS for the 68000 line. Many
bug fixes. Atari logo display at boot-up;
automatic cold boot memory test. Supports higher
resolutions, 1.4MB diskettes, 6ms step rate,
better media-change detection. Adds GTP program
support (GEM-Takes-
=======
OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 2.08
Machine: STbook
Comments: Special version for 1992 notebook ST. ROM also
contains some notebook-specific utilities: STTRANS
(null-modem/ parallel-cable data transfer), power
management tools, hard disk drive tools and
drivers (AHDI, XHDI, BOOKINST and BOOKFMT) and a
RAMdisk installer.
=======
OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 3.01, 3.05, 3.06
Machine: TT
Comments: TOS 3.0x was released (for the 68030-based TT)
before 2.0x; TOS 2 was essentially a version of
TOS 3 for older hardware. Feature parity was
achieved with versions 2.05/3.05. Supports fast
"TT RAM", special TT screen resolutions etc. ST-
hardware-compatible "Line-A" API dropped for
extended TT functionality, forcing programmers to
use GEM-compliant VDI calls etc. and thus
encouraging GEM-compatible (as opposed to ST-
compatible) development. ROM size grows from 256KB
to 512KB. AKA "TT TOS".
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OS: TOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 4.00, 4.01, 4.02, 4.04
Machine(s): Falcon
Comments: New version for the Falcon. 68030 only. Adds
support for DSP, 16MHz blitter and video overlay.
New v3.40 AES (last single-tasking version, but
MiNT/MultiTOS-multitasking-aware) supports: and
pop-up menus; 3D window and dialog objects (later
modified to to use more compatible ob_state flags
instead of extended type); 256-colour "animated"
icons; soft-loaded fonts; inter-app drag&drop;
background window manipulation; extensible
filesystems. New CPX module for international
localisation configuration. V4.04 was the last
official Atari version of TOS. AKA "3D TOS".
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OS: TOS
Vendor: none (developed by Atari)
Version: 4.92, 4.98
Machine(s): Never officially released; distribution illegal
Comments: Bug-ridden internal developer version, but
sometimes offered for download. Would have become
TOS 5.0, "Falcon TOS".
=======
OS MiNT [MiNT is Not (later, "Now") TOS]
component:
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1.09 (last Atari version of MiNT)
Machine(s): All STs and compatibles
Comments: BSD Unix-based pre-emptive multitasking/multiuser
kernel originally developed by Eric R. Smith.
Replaces GEMDOS - provides process/memory
management, filesystem I/O etc.; requires AES, VDI
and desktop.
=======
OS: MultiTOS
Vendor: Atari
Version: 1.04 (1.08 in unreleased beta)
Machine(s): Falcon (but runs on all STs and compatibles)
Comments: Official Atari version. Extension to TOS 4: MiNT
kernel + (very slow) multitasking v4.1 AES (AKA
"MultiAES".) Runs on 68000, but requires 68030 for
memory protection.
=======
OS: Kaos TOS
Vendor: Andreas Kromke
Version: 1.4.1
Machine(s): All STs and compatibles
Comments: Early single-tasking TOS replacement, originally
based on a large and complex patch set for Atari
TOS 1.4. Supplied on ROM as "KAOS030" and as a
disk-loaded version, complete with its own
desktop, KaosDesk. Faster and less bug-ridden, but
incompatible with TT and Falcon. Supplied with
some 68030 accelerator boards. Development stopped
after release of TOS 2.06. Some parts (such as
MCMD CLI shell) reused in MagiC, developed by the
same author.

(From Atari TOS history v1.04 by Liam Proven)
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Postby Zorro 2 » Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:33 am


It concerns only the TOS version, not all version of GEM programs.

Mister Protos, if you have some interested links, don't hesitate to post here !
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Postby Mug UK » Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:42 am

Are you going to add these to the Wiki too, Zorro?
My main site: http://www.mug-uk.co.uk - slowly digging up the bits from my past (and re-working a few): Atari ST, Sega 8-bit (game hacks) and NDS (Music ripping guide).

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Postby Zorro 2 » Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:32 am

muguk wrote:Are you going to add these to the Wiki too, Zorro?

Well, I'm very occupy on Wiki, I'll add it of course and I'll modify some GGN files, add list of games and demo for Falcon.

I'm going to be very busy this morning :wink:

ps : no problemo mister Mug Uk !
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Postby Mug UK » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:04 am

Thanks for all the stuff you've been uploading too Mr Zorro :)
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Postby tjlazer » Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:47 pm

Isn't the Atari logo only visible on TOS 2.06? I know on TOS 2.05 on Mega STE there was NO Atari Logo at all... Was not aware of TOS under 2.06 available for pre STE machines...
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Postby simonsunnyboy » Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:18 pm

It is available for sure but it needs a special interface card because TOS 1.06 and up use a different start address then the old versions. The decoding is hardwired by Atari so it needs to be changed.
Most TOS 2.06 cards allow a switchback to the old TOS 1.x builtin.

If you have enough RAM it is easier to boot TOS2.06 from floppy or harddisk than fitting some upgrade card ;)

One benefit of TOS2 cards is that they sometimes add an IDE interface to the ST.
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Re: Historical versions - TOS (don't hesitate to upgrade)

Postby 1024MAK » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:05 pm

I found this information on TOS ROM chips (source http://emulators.com/gemul8r.htm)

The TOS ROMs come in sets of 2, 4, and 6 chips, in either 28-pin or 32-pin packages.
Each ROM will either have a part number stamped on, or have a label taped on top. The following is a list of North American Atari TOS ROMs and part numbers.

TOS ROM info.png

Atari TT ROMs come as a 4-chip set of 32-pin ROMs.
Some Atari ST ROMs come as a 2-chip set of 28-pin ROMs.
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