Post subject: Is there any way to install BeOS in VMware VirtualBox etc Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:47 am
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I just found some BeOS versions on my computer and was wondering if it was possible to install them in Virtual PC software. I have: 3.1 4.0 4.5 5.0 Personal 5.0 Professional Installation of any of these possible?
Post subject: Re: Is there any way to install BeOS in VMware VirtualBox et Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:00 am
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i have the same problem with BeOS (both 5 Professional and Exp/Dano) on VirtualBox/Qemu. When you enable console debugging mode you will see that it has some problems with the disk controller, so that it couldn't find the CD-ROM and thus spying out the error message that it couldn't find the CD-ROM.
Post subject: Re: Is there any way to install BeOS in VMware VirtualBox et Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:28 pm
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I haven't dealt with it in a while, but BeOS is hard to get working in in a virtual machine. One thing I do know from running the kernel debugger is, during boot, it reads some CPU registers (or IO port value) that, on a real machine have some magic value that isn't documented (or should be used). In a virtual machine, the value it tries to read is initialized properly, so BeOS fails to boot.
It has been many versions since I have done this, so MAYBE some VM software works better. However, another caveat that I know about is the mouse timing. The way BeOS polled the PS/2 mouse, the sync is off. There is a handful of VMWare configuration lines to fix the timing.
Post subject: Re: Is there any way to install BeOS in VMware VirtualBox et Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:20 am
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BeOS R5 and R4.5 at least work fine in VMware Workstation vers 5-7. I haven't tried those vms in 8 yet but I wouldn't expect any problems. I've installed both R4.5 and R5 directly in vmware, though I also use to use raw disk access to boot R5.0.3 directly off a multiboot setup on a laptop.