New SGI owner - need help with SoftWindows

Wntersd

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Hi everyone,

I've been able to recently bring up a new installation of IRIX 6.5.30 on my newly acquired Octane2. It's tied into my home network, and I have Reanimator working as well.

I can't however, figure out how to install Softwindows. I have an ISO file that shows no content at all, but I can see this file has data when I look at it in a binary editor. I've downloaded several versions of the ISO from different sites and they all have the same issue. Is there something special about mounting this file via Reanimator?

Alternatively, I also have a .img file, but I've had no luck whatsoever in using it for an installation. Any help with what I'm missing here?

I haven't found a tar image... obviously that would be simpler...

Thanks!
Don
 

flexion

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If the ISO is in EFS format, it can't be mounted by default on Linux, like Reanimator. Try to transfer the ISO to the Octane, mount it on a directory and use that directory as source for Software Manager.
You can't loopback mount the EFS image in IRIX.
On linux you can mount the EFS image by specifying "-t efs"

$ mount -o loop -t efs ...

don't know if reanimator has the required efs fs module, but ubuntu can read it.
 

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Ok, this works on Debian 11: sudo mount -o loop -t efs SoftWindows95-5.0-IRIX.iso /mnt

But it doesn't work on RaspiOS:
Code:
sudo mount -o loop -t efs SoftWindows95-5.0-IRIX.iso /mnt
mount: /diskless: unknown filesystem type 'efs'.
EFS support was removed from the kernel at some point.
 
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