icaros desktop native installation advices, bios and grub parameters, list of articles

  1. Computer & hardware choices
  2. BIOS settings
  3. Install processes choices
  4. Grub parameters
  5. List of articles

Computer & hardwares choices

Icaros should work on most computers in VESA modes, but vesa mode are sloooow. It’s adviced to have a supported graphic card for the best Icaros experience. Anyway, SATA operations must be modified in BIOS and USB3 won’t work. You must choose / build a computer in taking care of the hardware compatibility. Refer to this page for more informations :


  • Personnally I have : GMA945 in an old Dell optiplex GX520 Desktop, A DELL Optiplex 755 with an nvidia Quadro380, Soundblaster Audigy II, network RTL8169.

My icaros box here

I do not recommend nvidia GeForce 980 “like” gfx cards they are too hot !

You already have your computer ? Niiiiiice !

BIOS parameters & hardwares choices :

In BIOS modify the SATA operation to
or to
I have an old 80Gb 5400rpm SATA disk. Don’t forget icaros can’t manage disks that are bigger than 120Gb.

Install choices :

Wipe disk
I do this the first time. It creates a new Partition table. You must have chosen the right size for SYS: and WORK: no choice needed. Personnally, I think 8Gb for SYS is quite enough. After the reboot, when you launch “install Aros” again.
Do not use Work partition (for the moment)
  • make a full install on SYS only, then change Myworkspace: assigns manually, cause there are sometimes issues on assigns if you choose to “Use Work: partition” but don’t “Format” it.

GRUB parameters :

According to this thread :


The ata.device and ahci.device (ata and ahci/sata native devices) don’t work properly and certainly will crash for most users. To get rid of this you must edit “SYS:Arc/pc/grub/grub.cfg” file and replace the line
module /Devs/ata.device
module /Devs/alt/ata.device
to load the alternative ata device. Delete the line
modules /Devs/ahci.device
modify the first line replacing
save and reboot. All should be fine now.

Other articles, parameters, troubleshoots, tips&tricks :

Discover :

A journey through Icaros (discover all its wonders !)

Discover ZuneView, the modern pictures editor for Aros

Discover Amicloud

Mount an ISO file under Icaros

Interested by the Icros linux hosted version ?


Installation advices (grub, hardware choices, bios…)

General advices (SMB, OWB surf, some troubleshooting)

SMB network Share with linux

Amibridge janus-uae coherency guide

Running OWB from RAM: to improve surf speed

Playing with graphical modes under Icaros


SMB crash troubleshoot (exec housekeeper)

Troubleshoot Amibridge janus-uae gray/blank window

Login to google with OWB

Reinstall grub 2

OWB SSL CA cert problem

Archives (old articles)

Icaros Desktop tutorial

Install DOpus on a regular Icaros Desktop

Links to refer to :


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