Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Will MorphOS1.5 be released for PowerUP?
Answer: That depends on the number of registrations and PayPal donations.

Question: How do I get access to the MorphOS mailing lists, FTP server and download portal ?
Answer: We are sorry to inform you that users of the free edition of MorphOS for PowerUP hardware are not obliged to access to the MorphOS mailing lists. Furthermore, they do not get access to the password-protected FTP server/download portal. If you would like to exchange yourself with other MorphOS users, we suggest to visit

Question: What is mossys: and sys:morphos ?
Answer: mossys: is an assign pointing to sys:morphos. The idea is that sys:morphos is a private directory for the operating system and you do not need to touch anything in it. A system upgrade will be done by simply putting a new directory (old one can be renamed, for instance). If you want to change the way the system is started, simply edit s:user-startup.

Question: I'd like to replace some MorphOS components with 3rd party equivalents. How do I do that ?
Answer: First of all, we do not encourage you to do so. Once you start to replace system files, you might experience severe instabilities. If you want to replace a library, for example mossys:libs/foobar.library, put your 3rd party foobar.library into libs: (which is sys:libs) and *rename* mossys:libs/foobar.library to mossys:libs/foobar.library,old (you can use any name but appending ',old' or ',mos145' is handy). The system will then fallback to libs:foobar.library. But you should really refrain from doing that as MorphOS libraries are heavily improved and extended compared to 3rd party equivalents.

Question: Is it safe to install any kind of 3rd party MorphOS updates to MOSSYS:?
Answer: No. It might work, but as you can read above: we advise to not do so.  Only the MorphOS development team can make sure that all components of MorphOS work together flawlessly. So do not risk system stability by adding unofficial software components to MOSSYS:

Question: How do I format a disk ?
Answer: Ambient has a Format menu.

Question: But I don't see my non formatted disks on the desktop!
Answer: But you will see them in the Format menu.

Question: How do I configure the screenmode ?
Answer: Go to 'ModeEdit', chose a proper monitor in the monitor list or create one if you do not find it. Create some new screenmodes, then press 'Save'. Reboot. Go to 'ScreenMode' and select them in the listview. You may also have a look at docs/ModeEdit.pdf.

Question: Where do I put my 3rd party MUI custom classes ?
Answer: In sys:classes/mui

Question: MLDonkey (or some other ixemul network app) fails now, what's going on?
Answer: Most likely you don't have usergroup.library in your LIBS: path, for AmiTCP you must Assign LIBS: AmiTCP:libs/ ADD

Question: Why doesn't Genesis TCP/IP go automatically online anymore?
Answer: Make sure you have "Auto-Online" ticked from Interface Services page.

Question: Why doesn't AmiTCP/IP go automatically online anymore?
Answer: Make sure you have AmiTCP:bin/online >nil: <interfacename> in your startnet script. It should be located after bringing the interface up with ifconfig. Example:
AmiTCP:bin/ifconfig >nil: eth0 netmask
AmiTCP:bin/online >nil: eth0

Question: I cannot see 15/16/24 bits modes in screenmode requester of CandyFactory or some other application. How come?
Answer: The application in question depends on buggy behaviour of the original asl.library: The width/height/depth limits can be bypassed. You can enable the original behaviour with 'setenv save asl/MODEREQ_EMULATEBUGS 1'.