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Installing Banyan VINES 8.5 on VMware, Bochs or QEMU

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:52 am
by vmlemon
Hi, has anyone attempted to install Banyan VINES 8.5 (a System V UNIX-based networking OS) on VMware, Bochs or QEMU? I have managed to get it to install on both QEMU and VMware. However, after initial installation, it coredumps and drops into a debugging session. The install media will not boot on Bochs properly due to unsupported BIOS calls.
Thank you.

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:00 am
by RentedMule
Can you paste the core dump (screen shot)? Believe it or not, I can make sense of these things.

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:23 am
by vmlemon
The exact same problem occurs on innotek VirtualBox. I don't have VMware Workstation installed at the moment, so here's the VirtualBox version:

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 4:40 am
by RentedMule
The whole panic comes from the "cannot mount root" message. This OS either doesn't support a the virtual disk controllers/drives, or there is something wrong with your image.

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 4:59 am
by vmlemon
Thanks. I doubt there is anything I can do now, seeing as Banyan went under a long time ago, and there don't seem to be any drivers available for the virtualisation software's emulated drive controllers available anywhere (unless I'm not looking in the right place, which I doubt now).

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 5:49 am
by RentedMule
With most UNIX's there is generally a way to force the use of the BIOS to access disks.

Also, try this: ... 14_56.html

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 7:35 am
by vmlemon
I've had a look at the link, but it turns out to be a BIOS/firmware upgrade for older Compaq/HP machines. Not sure how much the Banyan System V deviates from the "original" one, but I'll have a look to see if there's a way to force it into BIOS disk access mode. Interestingly, it may be doing that at install time, since it's able to write the VINES OS onto the disk image in the first place, but there's obviously something that's absent/broken that the OS supposedly doesn't need after installation time (just a guess).

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:50 am
by vmlemon
I finally got it working (almost), except for a slight problem towards the end, which I have been unable to solve. I have written a how-to on installing it, based on what I've managed to figure out. It turns out to be an LBA and BIOS disk cylinder size issue. I will be making the how-to available to anyone who wants it.

Re: Installing Banyan VINES 8.5 on VMware, Bochs or QEMU

Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 7:15 am
by drscriptt
I recently got Banyan VINES 8.5 to install and run in VirtualBox.

I posted details to the VirtualBox forums.

Link - Banyan VINES 8.5 boots and runs in VB 5.1.36

The only thing is I don't have any of the codes needed to activate features. :-(

But VINES is up and running, I can get to admin panels, and poke around at things.