1. EXS24 Installation Issues
2. Update Instructions
3. Regarding the compression we used on some older disks
4. Mounting PC disks on a Mac
5. Reading PC CD-ROM Discs on Macs
6. About the ISO 9660 file access.
Regarding the compression we used on some disks
Some files were compressed in WinRar format using the exe file format designed for PC: To uncompress the files on a PC you can double-click the .exe program. If you experience problems during the installation on a PC please download WinRar.
On a Mac you need MacRAR instead of WinRar or Stuffit Expander version 9.
In OSX you may not be able to unstuff these exe files at all due to X-specific prblems. In case of trouble: Copy all the files from the CD(’s) or DVD to a hard disk folder and open the files using WinRar, MacRAR or Stuffit. This way the program will know where to find all the files needed for the installation. If everything fails you can:
- unpack the files on a PC and transfer the files to your Mac via network, DVD or external hard drives.
- write a message to email@example.com explaining the problem and asking for an non-compressed disk for your Mac.
Mounting PC disks on a Mac prior to Mac OSX
It's the PC Exchange control panel that automatically mounts the disk on the Desktop, letting you drag and drop Mac and PC files between Mac and PC drives and disks. All you need to do is make sure the "On" button is selected in the PC Exchange control panel. (In the years before PC Exchange, you needed the now-defunct Apple File Exchange utility to access PC floppies.
The files on a mounted Windows disk will each be represented by a generic PC icon.
Reading PC CD-ROM Discs on Macs
Mac OS has the ability to mount DOS and Windows CD-ROMs on the Finder's Desktop. This is made possible by the Foreign File Access and ISSO 9660 File Access extension files in the System folder. Turning these extensions off in the Extensions Manager control panel disables the Mac's ability to read PC CD-ROMs.
Here is a link to Apple's faq about File exchange.
If a CD-ROM disc icon doesn't appear on the desktop:
- Make sure that the disc label is facing up and the disc is centered in the tray.
- Make sure the tray is closed all the way.
- Make sure that the following extensions are in the Extensions folder (inside the System Folder):
- Apple CD/DVD Driver
- Foreign File Access
- UDF Volume Access
- High Sierra Access
- ISO 9660 File Access
- Audio CD Access
- Apple Photo Access
Use the Sherlock program to see if they are installed.
If these extensions are on your hard disk but not installed in the Extensions folder, move them there, then restart your computer. If you can't find them, you need to reinstall your system software.
- If you installed the drive after you bought your computer, make sure the software that came with the drive is installed.
- If you have SCSI devices attached to your computer, make sure you don't have a SCSI ID conflict.
- Check the disc's format. The disc may use a format that your computer cannot recognize.
- Restart your computer.
- Start up your computer from the system software CD that came with the computer. If the disc icon does not appear, there may be a problem with your CD-ROM drive.
About the ISO 9660 file access.
The files are all burned on a PC. If you insert the CD-ROM or DVD in your Mac, file names may appear to be crippled (in the so-called 8.3 format) or files may be inaccessible.
The Joliet Volume Access extension is designed to solve these problems. Basically, this System Extension enhances the way your Macintosh computer can read CD-ROM’s/DVD media from other platforms, mainly Windows.
So please download the Joliet Volume Access (shareware).