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Buddha Update/Restore

This package allows you to update and restore the Buddha Install DOM (Disk-On-Module), in case the Buddha Install DOM has become invisible or got damaged or overwritten, or if you just want to update the Buddha Install DOM's contents to a newer (this) version. The current version is 1.4.

Unlike with previous updates, DO NOT copy the contents of this archive to the BuddhaInstall volume - this DOES NOT update or restore it, and never run the restore operation from the BuddhaInstall: volume itself. Preferrably, unpack this archive to RAM: or an already installed harddisk - or when there is no better alternative, use the floppy disk version (see below).

There are three operations available:


Click scan to check if drives on the Buddha controller need to be 'updated'.


Click update to do so if 'scan' reports that an update is needed. This is the same procedure as the one that HDToolBox performs when drives have been rearranged, added or removed. After updating, also perform a reboot.

The operations 'scan' and 'update' can be considered relatively harmless. Here, 'update' is just a an operation that may be needed to inform the drives of their new configuration on the controller. This is in line with the terminology used by HDToolBox. Please note that this update will NOT update the install-partition of your DOM. If you want that, please read on for Restore.


restore is the operation that actually writes (restores or updates) the latest Buddha software package.

For the operation 'restore' proceed with great caution:

If the volume BuddhaInstall (device name BUDDHA_INST) is not available, then it might have been damaged or overwritten. In this case you can try to revive it using the 'restore' operation. Also, the 'restore' operation allows you to update the Install DOM's contents to a newer (this) version.

The Buddha Install DOM is by default in the right slot - that is, with texts on the controller and DOM readable. In the 'scan' procedure above, the DOM with the correct placement would be identified as follows:

2 : 'PQI IDE DiskOnModule' : 131 MB

YOU RISK TO DAMAGE DATA on a drive on the Buddha controller, device unit 2 (the right slot, if labels are readable). So the device unit 2 on the Buddha controller better be the Install DOM you wish to restore or update!

Please note that only the RDB (Rigid Disk Block - containing partition layout and filesystems) and the BuddhaInstall volume will be written, but not OS install images. Chances are slim that you will be able to completely restore the DOM to a usable state if you have accidentally overwritten it in its entirety with a partition, for example.

After restoring, you must reboot.

Floppy disk usage

You can also use the Buddha Update/Restore package by booting it from a floppy disk. When booting from disk, an initial scan will be performed automatically. Type update if you are being told that an update is needed. Use restore to write (restore or update) the actual Buddha software package.


  • The minimum required OS version is 2.04 (v37). Please get in contact with us if you want to update the Buddha software package with earlier ROM versions.
  • The procedure is supposed to work with all CPUs, but it may take a very long time on a plain 68000.
  • Make sure you have at least 1mb of memory (or thereabout) free when you are running the restore operation.


Version history


  • InstallBuddha has been updated to version 1.4
  • now reports and correctly installs support for CD/DVDs
  • Now enforces an additional reboot if an Amiga RDB is found
  • Extensive support for OS 3.2 added
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