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Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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I recently acquired "Amiga classix 4 for PC/Mac" as it has plenty of great Amiga games available for EUAE. The earlier similar CDs have been Amiga friendly (the games have been available as ADFs in a separate directory), but this latest on is one of those 'auto-run' CDs with one huge .exe file.

The question is, is there a way to run (or unpack) that .exe file under OS4?

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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Have you tried unpacking it with either unrar or unzip?
Might work, because many PC-installfiles are packed with Winzip as an exe IIRC.

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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I tried both with unrar ('unrar x') and unzip but the file was not recognised to either rar or zip file, so both operations failed.

Any other suggestions?

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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Quote:

GrumpyOldMan wrote:
I tried both with unrar ('unrar x') and unzip but the file was not recognised to either rar or zip file, so both operations failed.

Any other suggestions?


http://aminet.net/util/arc/cabextract_OS4.lha

That might help.

Steve

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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@StevieB

I don't think CAB and exe are packed the same.
I think the best way is to get these files is from Windows. Easiest anyway.

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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Quote:

samwel wrote:
@StevieB

I don't think CAB and exe are packed the same.
I think the best way is to get these files is from Windows. Easiest anyway.


Some installers are just self extracting cabs.

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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If it doesn't violate any copyright on the CD have you thought of putting the self extracting exe online so it can be unpacked by someone else and repacked in lha format?

( if the unarchiverrs don't work that is )

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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the best solution is to "try" to unpack it on Windows. Maybe if you run the exe, it unpack, the files in a temp dir (or maybe the installer copy them in a specified directory) and then try to port the files to the a1

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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Have you tried the exe2arc tool? Its part of the xad-system.

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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You can try to use more, the little shell based text viewer to look into your binary. If you find some words like rar or zip or any other filetype within the first lines you know what kind of type your exe is. Same would be possible with a hex viewer, but more does not load the entire file to ram...

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Re: Running PC CD-ROMs on OS4
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Thanks for the tips - I'll try the cabextract ans exe2arc when I get back home.

I don't think it would be appropiate (or legal) to put the CDimage into net, as the CD-ROM is sold commercially through companies like Vesalia.

I don't have PC at home, but if everything else fails I guess I can bother some friends of mine to unpack it under Windows. Just want to see if this is possible under OS4 first!

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