CD32 (Kickstart versions 40.56, 40.58, 40.60)

Release date: 1993

Shipped with: CD32 units only

Media: New ROM (1 MB) and software

Major enhancements:

  • Added: CD filesystem built-in
  • Added: Code (nonvolatile.library) for handling NV-RAM
  • Added: Special AKIKO chip that converts planar to chunky graphics

Example media:


Boot ScreenSave ScreenLocaleCD PlayerDemo CDUnreleased
Media information:
Descriptions and Part Numbers
[CD Title?]
PN: ?
Hidden messages:
  • The following text is ROT13 encrypted in the CD32's boot ROM:

    BRAIN:  Jeff Porter
    Software            Hardware
     James Barkley Jr    Chris Coley
     Dave Brumbaugh      Hedley Davis
     Peter Cherna        Dante Fabrizio
     Chris Green         Ed Gunther
     Darren Greenwald    Bill Richard
     Allan Havemose      George Robbins
     Jerry Horanoff
     Randell Jesup      Chips
     David N. Junod      Bob Raible
     Spencer Shanson     Bill Thomas
     Michael Sinz
     Martin Taillefer   Mechanical Design
                         Jim Hooper
    Artwork:             Herb Mosteller
     Jerry Hartzler      Chuck Wooters
     Jim Sachs
          ... And Many More ...
     !... Hi Lori ...!
    !... Hi Justin ...!
    Hi Mum. Did the bells fall off?
    Theresa, remember March 5th, 1993, the
    day we got Engaged?  I promise to love
    you forever! - Your Michael (Michi)
    Dearest Cathy,
    The day we met was the begining of
    the happiest time of my life. It is
    with love and humility that I thank
    you for being you.
    Good Luck, Dave and Kathy 05/08/93
    Adam, Adam, Adam... You're the Best!!!
         You call yourself a KING ???
    To Lise:
      Always remember our lucky 13th!
        Love, Peter
          Hugs & Kisses
            from your Dad!
    Thus spoke the Master Ninjei: "If your
    application does not run correctly, do
    not blame the operating system!"
    This space for sale

  • Go to the Preferences screen, select a language, then push the up/down arrows according to the pattern of text on the remote control. Peter Cherna, via Maciej Sees contributed the following:

    "The correct sequence is: FWD, FWD, REV, FWD, FWD, FWD, REV, REV, FWD, FWD, RED FIRE, but remember that it must be called in the language setting window and the gamepad must be connected to port 1; not to port 2. I previously thought that the language should be set to English or French, but it doesn't matter."
    This Easter Egg changes the language choices to the people responsible for the CD32.

    The opposite sequence to the above details show the newer people responsible for the CD32 besides the CDTV.

  • Peter Cherna notes that: "The Locale screen consisted of a language selector and a spinning globe, overlaid over a grid of flags. The concept was that the flag of the selected language should be animated and waving. The designer of this screen made sure that the flags corresponding to the selectable languages were fully visible. Several other flags are partially obscured by the language selector and the globe, and do not wave. I myself spent a bunch of time cleaning up the flags to look better and more accurate. By complete coincidence, the only completely-visible flag that was not used for a language was the Canadian flag. So the two Canadians on the team (Martin and myself) arranged it so that if you accessed the secret messages, then selected either English or French, that the Canadian flag would wave, in place of the US, British, or French flags."
  1. Maciej Sees shares his discovery and notes regarding CD32 modifications to nonvolatile.library enabling support for 2 kB memory instead of 1 kB, and a Ferroelectric RAM (FRAM) memory switch supporting five 2 kB memory modules.
  2. Chris Young notes that Workbench 3.0 was supplied on CD-ROM for the SX32 by Eyetech Group Ltd.
  3. Ronald van Dijk notes that a Workbench 3.0 CD-ROM used to be sold by Vesalia. This CD contained files from the original Workbench 3.0 disk and some additional files for the CD32. In total, the CD contained 1 MB of data, and did not appear to have been officially released by Commodore or Amiga Inc., but by an unknown German company.
  4. Jan Erik Olausen notes that a friend owns a CD32 with ROM version 40.60. The output is posted below:
  5. ROM Version = 3.1 $0028003C (40.60)
    DoIO    = $00F80906
    CBump   = $00F824EE
    TrackIO = $00FC529E
    Interrupt 1 = $00F8116C
    Interrupt 2 = $00F811C4
    Interrupt 3 = $00F81204
    Interrupt 4 = $00F8125C
    Interrupt 5 = $00F812FC
    Interrupt 6 = $00F81346
    Interrupt 7 = $00F832AA

  6. Olaf Barthel notes: "As far as I know today, V40.60 was used in the CD32. It was the only operating system version that ever shipped with the CD32; there were no further updates to it." He notes, however, that this information was difficult to verify.
  7. The CD32 did not come with Workbench 3.1 on CD-ROM. Thomas Kessler and Ross Vumbaca confirm that their CD32 units did not come with a Workbench CD-ROM; only with games and demo CDs.
  8. ROM PNs: 391640-02 (v40.56), 391640-03 (v40.60)