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Old 12-15-2007, 04:56 AM   #1
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Reading Idris files from Linux distro


Hi guys
Well I'll try to describe the problem!
I'm working in analytical laboratory! Here we have a Perkin-Elmer 1750 FTIR which is equipt with Perkin-Elmer 7700 Professional Computer. The computer is running under IDRIS OS and is working with 5.25" disks. We need to retrieve the information from the disks under PC. We tried to read them under Ubuntu 6.10 using various file systems - sysv, jfs and many others listed in the mount manual but nothing happens I don't know what to do and I want your help! Any suggestions?!?!?!
 
Old 12-15-2007, 06:22 AM   #2
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Hi,

I'm not familiar with IDRIS, or better; I don't know what FS it uses and if linux has support for that FS (check /path/to/kernel/Documentation/filesystems/ to see if there is any support available).

But.....

Can't you set up a ftp/ssh/telnet (networked) session and copy the files that way?

Just my 2c.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 12-15-2007, 06:57 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by oggy_bogy View Post
We tried to read them under Ubuntu 6.10
I hope you mounted the disks readonly.


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Any suggestions?!?!?!
Maybe you don't realise this yourself if you work with that kind of equipment but it's not old and it's not ancient, it's prehistoric. If you've done a wee bit of research yourself you've found only a few snippets of information on the 'net so if you still got the IDRIS install disks, manuals, whatever else related from that past millennium you should find that posting more information than a link to Wikipedia is, well, simply mandatory in your case if you expect anything except STFW. Also since this is an unsupported O.S. I think you should make "dd" copies of the disk(s) before doing anything else.


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IDRIS OS
The page leads to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermetrics so if any IDRIS-related IP was transferred during M&A you should be able to trace where it ended up. The page also contains some leads like Coldris (can't find refs) and MacIdris (gets slagged off here and here, no real technical details) and about the filesystem I only find this and this. So maybe if you can find an ancient Mac and MacIDRIS it will allow you to read those disks. Fat chance ;-p


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a Perkin-Elmer 7700 Professional Computer.
Now this is a beauty. Picture here and specs here (french). This sleek design package that would look spiffy in everyones livingroom sports a RS-232c connector so maybe try Kermit to transfer data (or maybe try the IEEE-488 / HPIB bus) or else print it. If that doesn't work (since you didn't post any information on what data you should get from the disk I'll just try to be a wee bit more creative) set up a digital camera with timer, cat stuff to the screen and OCR the resulting data.


Good luck.

Last edited by unSpawn; 12-15-2007 at 06:58 AM.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 02:29 PM   #4
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Hi guys!
We solve the problem using the kermit protocol!
 
  


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