Chapter 1: Method 2 - Setting up & Configuring WinUAE for WB1.3 on HDF

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N.B. This method will only work with Winuae 0.8.22r3 or higher.

1. Download WinUAE executable (Setup program) from

2. Install WinUAE and follow the on screen instructions.

3. Next copy your Kick-Start ROM file into C:\Program Files\Winuae (or make a new directory and name it Roms then copy your ROM file into this new directory.)

4. Next make another new directory in C:\Program Files\Winuae and name it Hard Disks

5. Now close all open explorer windows and launch WinUAE.

6. If it asks you to ‘Detect 16-bit Pixel format’, click Yes.

7. Go to ROM Properties and click ‘...’ button and set the path to your kick-start 1.3 ROM File.

I discovered you can’t format your HDF file when using kick-start 1.3, so to work around this problem temporarily use a kick-start 2.x ROM and when the HDF has been formatted switch the kick-start back with a 1.3 ROM. If you DO have both, then Ignore and skip step *10.b.

If you DON'T have a kick-start 2.x ROM available then please skip steps 10, 11, & 12 and follow step *10.b (Thanks Toni & andreas for helping me solve this problem)

8. Next go to Hard Drives Properties.

9. Left click Add Hardfile...

10. In older versions of Winuae (before 22r1) you have to input the hdf size using bytes and have to work it all out, if you do not you could cause data corruption when the hdf runs out of free space. So to make a 10MB hdf you need to type in 10485760 into the bytes box and click button.

(If you want to make a bigger sized hdf file you need to use the formula:
Size_of_hdf_in_megabytes * 1024 * 1024 = Number_to_type_in_bytes_box)

If you are using Winuae 22r1 or newer versions you type in Megabytes, so type in 10 instead. (Thanks to andreas for the guide correction.)

11. Click create.

12. A window will open, so go to the C:\Program Files\WinUAE\Hard Disks directory. In the file Name box type i.e. WB1.3 then click OK.


a. Download the blank pre-formatted HDF file from Here and save it to C:\Program Files\WinUAE\Hard Disks

b. Click the ‘...’ and go to your C:\Program Files\WinUAE\Hard Disks directory and select your wb1.3.hdf file or type in path: C:\Program Files\WinUAE\Hard Disks\wb1.3.hdf

c. Click on OK.

13. Next go to CPU Properties.

14. Under CPU Type:- select 68000

15. Tick More compatible.

16. Under CPU Emulation Speed:- select Match A500 speed

17. Go to RAM Properties.

18. Set The following Memory Settings to:-

19. Under Chipset Properties just tick ECS Agnus

20. Now Go to display Properties

21. In Display (screen resolution) options - Screen > Fullscreen, Select via the drop-down boxes - 800x600 and 32-bit or 16-bit.

22. Under Centring:- Tick both the Horizontal and Vertical settings.

23. Under Settings:- Tick Correct aspect ratio, Full-Screen

24. Under Line mode:- Tick Doubled.

25. Now Go to the Sound Properties

29. Set the following options:-

30. Last go to Configurations Properties.

31. Type in Name box i.e.:- A500 WB1.3 HD and Type something in Description box and click the Save button (you should then see the config appear in the list.)

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Last Updated: August 2006