After having no further luck recovering the files from my damaged BeOS partition (details here and here), I decided to setup a fresh install of R5 Pro – I haven’t given up entirely, just didn’t want to go completely insane as a result of being stuck in Windows.

In the course of attempting to get the files back, I tried just about everything I could think of – and came across a few screenshot-worthy “scenes” in the process. Read on if you’ve ever wondered what the R5 installer looks like in ZETA, or if you enjoy creative ways to pluralize words.

During one of my attempts at recovering the files, I had setup a temporary install of ZETA (I’d picked up the disc a while back but never got around to using it), and I ended up running the R5 installation from inside ZETA. Which leads to the first odd screenshot – an image showing the R5 installer running in ZETA:

Since it was a completely fresh R5 install, I needed to apply the updates to it – screenshot number two shows the updater running inside ZETA and the amusing error message that appears (although it does at demonstrate that Be Inc. had enough forethought to include version detection):

Since I also had the ZETA 1.5 update disc, I decided to take that for a spin. The ZETA update gave me a warning too, but it was a little less… coherent than the warning offered by the R5 updater, as you can see in the third screenshot:

And the fourth screenshot was taken after the ZETA 1.5 update was installed, showing the ZETA login screen, along with an interesting warning:

A warning about Caps Lock, I can understand. But Num Lock? Maybe if a password somehow made use of the directional keys…

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David Phillips on 2008-03-03 at 10:24 (Reply)
The Num Lock does make sense when you take into account laptops. A lot of laptops have a "keypad" built into the normal keyboard layout so if you had the Num Lock on then you would type numbers instead of letters
Stephen B. on 2008-03-03 at 19:06 (Reply)
Ahhh yes, I should have thought of that - I have issues with that on my own laptop.

It's kind of funny - if I connect to it via remote desktop from a computer with numlock on, then numlock stays enabled on the laptop's physical keyboard after I disconnect RDP (there's supposed to be a Fn key shortcut to turn it off, but it doesn't work - though the onscreen keyboard app does the trick).
Oscar Lesta on 2008-03-03 at 10:47 (Reply)
And I worry about my English... haha!
Oscar Lesta on 2008-03-06 at 08:03 (Reply)
Hey Stephen, AxelD has updated his BFS-Tools, addressing one of the issues you've faced: memory usage. He mentions other changes too that might prove good for you.

Good luck!
Stephen B. on 2008-03-06 at 19:42 (Reply)
Thanks Oscar - that's awesome! I just downloaded and fired up the new version of recover, if it works then I owe you an Axel a case of beer (or your beverage of choice) :)
Oscar Lesta on 2008-03-07 at 14:19 (Reply)
Beer would be alright, thank you :P

Just do not forget to give us an status update when you're done. Best of luck in your data recovery endeavor!

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