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How can I install BeOS?

Asked by XOIIO (18288points) March 25th, 2011

I want to Install BeOS on a 5 gig HD so that I can use a program on that OS that plays songs using the floppy drive as a MIDI device. How can I install BeOS from a CD or other means?

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Your best bet is to find an install CD and the oldest piece of computing equipment that you have. BeOS had some problems loading when a system had a certain amount of memory, and I don’t remember what that was.If you have a Pentium 2 or Pentium 3 laying around you can probably get away with that. The other problem, then, is finding an install CD.

The other thing you can do is try and load Haiku, which is a binary compatible, open source, re-construction of BeOS. I’ve installed it on virtual machines, but I haven’t tried installing it to its own partition. I don’t think the Haiku team is up to the point of an easy installer, but it doesn’t hurt to look.

If you don’t mind me asking, what program were you looking to run on BeOS?

XOIIO's avatar

@mrentropy I think i got a P4 with 1 gig of Rambus ram. I’ve searched for an installation CD but all the dl links are dead.

mrentropy's avatar

That should work, I think. Yeah. There is a BeOS 5 Personal Edition, which was free. Have you tried getting it from BeBits? That actually works with Windows 95/98 in that it creates a bootable file that loads up BeOS from an image and it probably won’t work with XP or higher.

Otherwise, try Haiku.

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Oh, or you can search on some torrent sites for BeOS R5 PE Max Edition. That was a kind of hacked up Personal Edition that may have a true disk installer.

XOIIO's avatar

I tried downloading from BeBits, but it never worked, I’m downloading V5 Pro from WinWorld, and I am gonna copy it to XP.

How would I use the 7z archive, just extract it or something?

mrentropy's avatar

If you’re getting Pro then it should be a CD image. That would need to be burned to a CD, then boot from the CD and follow the prompts. Dirt simple and Bootman is my favorite boot manager of all time.

A .7z archive is extracted using 7Zip.

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@mrentropy Well I mean if the image would be in the archive (i dont know why they wouldnt just have you dl the iso.)

I’ll check when its done downloading.

mrentropy's avatar

Why people do things (like compress a compressed archive) is completely beyond me. But I see it frequently.

Which program were you wanting to run? I’m curious if I know anything about it. BeOS is my favorite OS of all time and I’m just waiting for Haiku to be usable for me.

XOIIO's avatar

Here is the instructables thingy on it, the proggy is called floppyMIDI

mrentropy's avatar

Bizarre. Completely.

XOIIO's avatar

@mrentropy, but check out what out can do with it. The first vid

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It reminds me of something I was reading a while back. A guy was going through a computer in a lab somewhere and found a document or code that he couldn’t make sense of, so he printed it out on the labs big line printer and the printer started playing a song.

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@mrentropy Yeah, i think thats with a dotmatrix printer. I’ve wanted to try that too.

XOIIO's avatar

Okay, so I extracted the archive, and the files inside are:

BeOS_5.0_Professional.ccd
BeOS_5.0_Professional.img
BeOS_5.0_Professional.sub

What do I do with these?

mrentropy's avatar

You burn it as a CD image. It looks like it was made with CloneCD. If you don’t have something that will burn it you may be able to find a program to convert it to an ISO.

XOIIO's avatar

@mrentropy SoI would just use the .img file, not the extra stuff?

mrentropy's avatar

I think so. I know there’s an .img that’s just an ISO with a different extension and that there’s an .img that’s actually different, I can’t remember if it’s CloneCD or not. If you have the CDs it’s worth a shot to try just burning the .IMG as an .ISO and see what happens.

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