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clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby pino68 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:13 pm

Hello to all. I get the Mackie D8B mixer, unfortunately the CPU does not charge me the operating system. I did many attempts but nothing to do.
I need help because it's been a long time since I can not install any version of my D8B ... I thought I would find a d8b user who could help me this way; clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B User possibly on a USB stick or HD ... obviously I am willing to pay for this operation. I hope someone can help me. I'm Italian and all this is translated by Google Translator. I apologize. Thanks
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby Bruce Graham » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:04 pm

Hi Pino68;

There is a recent "thread" call "Plug Ins" that has a gentleman asking for the same help.

Check it out and get in the loop with that. It should solve your problem.

Cheers
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby pino68 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:30 pm

Hi Bruce.
I read the tread, but I did not use it. I was thinking of making an operating system image already installed by someone.
I have all the permissions for both the plugins and the mixer. The problem is that it does not boot, it loads up to a point then it does a reboot and starts the same cycle and resumes from head but nothing in fact. I tried installing the system 2.x, 3.x, 5.x but nothing will charge me anything.
I wanted to ask: can you connect the cpu or the D8B (mixer) to a computer?
Which proprietary operating system uses the CPU?
Which motherboard does the d8b cpu use?

Sorry if I do all these questions but I'm desperate.
I hope someone can answer me. Thank you very much.
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby arjepsen » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:44 pm

pino68 wrote:The problem is that it does not boot, it loads up to a point

Exactly how far does it reach before rebooting?

pino68 wrote:I wanted to ask: can you connect the cpu or the D8B (mixer) to a computer?

Actually, the cpu unit IS a computer - although it's quite old. You could even install windows 98 on it.
If you want to check whether it works, you could try to install a lightweight linux distribution like "puppy linux" on it, to see whether it would boot.

pino68 wrote:Which proprietary operating system uses the CPU?

It uses an OS that Mackie themselves put together for this particular application. It's called MackieOS.

pino68 wrote:Which motherboard does the d8b cpu use?

Check this page:
http://www.sonido-7.com/d8b/maintenance.html#Post14

I would actually start out by checking if the bios settings are set right.
See here:
http://www.sonido-7.com/d8b/maintenance.html#Post1

Let us know if this helps.
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby pino68 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:45 pm

But on what proprietary system installs mackie 5.1? Can I install windows 8 before installing MackieOS?
The BIOS settings (300MHz model) are all set as per Mackie instructions.
I tried installing linux and it went ok.
I have cleaned HD as by mackie instructions, when I try to install any kind of mackie system from 2.x to 5.1, error 43 or DSP error.I also changed the battery.
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby pino68 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:51 pm

....folder called “system” and in that folder is a file called “Tools.ini”. Open that file in a text editor program and enter a new line at the bottom of the list, “Format:on” (no quotes) and save the edited file back to the floppy....

This too has been done, but it does not format me ...
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby arjepsen » Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:38 pm

pino68 wrote:But on what proprietary system installs mackie 5.1? Can I install windows 8 before installing MackieOS?
The BIOS settings (300MHz model) are all set as per Mackie instructions.
I tried installing linux and it went ok.
I have cleaned HD as by mackie instructions, when I try to install any kind of mackie system from 2.x to 5.1, error 43 or DSP error.I also changed the battery.


MackieOS is the operating system - it's not software that runs on another OS. It is likely built on an earlier version of windows, but it has been cut down to the bare minimum and edited to fit their needs.
This is aggrevating for most of us, since this means that we can't update the hardware to modern available devices.

You managed to install linux, and it ran fine? If so, it means the hardware is probably fine.

In order to help you, you need to be very specific about where things go wrong.
Can you boot from the install floppy disk?
Do you have a computer screen connected to the CPU unit?
Try to boot from the install floppy, and write down in detail what you do, and what messages the system gives you back.
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby twofootafro » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:02 pm

If you want to buy a hard drive with OS 5.1 ( unlocked) already installed ready to run , try this guy on eBay UK

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302414390825
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby pino68 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:38 pm

Thank you very much, I just contacted him on E-bay UK. I read that he does not ship to Italy. Let's see what I'm saying.
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Re: clone (if possible) the operating system of a D8B

Postby arjepsen » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:44 pm

It might be cheaper for you to simply buy a compact flash card reader to IDE adapter.
like this one:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Startech-40-4 ... Swq5lTmbhy
And a compact flash card.
And then use the image I made to copy the OS and plugins to the card.
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