fixed : run DOS commands on your Mac

Question :

I need to run a firmware update for a hard drive, but there’s no firmware update available for MacOSX, there’s only a firmware .exe-program for MS DOS.

How can I run that on my Mac, since I don’t have a Windows-PC available ?

 

Answer :

MacOSX isn’t able to run DOS commands in the MacOSX Terminal.app…

and running FreeDOS from a USB-stick isn’t an option on your Mac, since your Mac can’t boot from non-EFI volumes…

but there’s a very simple option to run DOS commands in OSX :

– download & install Boxer by drag&dropping the app into your Applications folder

– run the Boxer.app and you will get 3 options, one being “Open a DOS prompt”, that’s the one your looking for

– click on it, and you will have your DOS-prompt

– and just as you can in OSX Terminal.app, you can drag&drop .exe-files (and other files) into the prompt, and the correct path to the file will be automatically inserted into the prompt

– there’s just one small drawback : the Mac’s keyboard layout is not supported… so even though the letters will be what you see on your keyboard, most other characters will not… to get a – [minus], you should type / [slash], and to get ” [brace], you should type @ [at] on your Mac keyboard… (you can figure out the other ones yourself by just trying)

That’s it !

Enjoy !

😉

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tip : play some Angry Birds on your Mac for free [2]

I’ve found some new FREE versions of Angry Birds for Mac for you to play :

There’s a FREE download (demo) version of Angry Birds Rio for MacOSX available here :

http://riodvd.angrybirds.com

And if you’re using Facebook, you can play some Angry Birds Star Wars online also :

https://www.facebook.com/angrybirds/app_229005017191889

Note : please be aware that playing games on Facebook comes with some ‘unpleasant obligations’ that some of us might even consider breach of privacy :

“This app may post on your behalf, including your high scores, tournaments you unlocked and more.”

Enjoy !

If you haven’t seen my previous post on playing some Angry Birds games on your Mac for FREE, you should have a look here :

https://macmanus.nl/2012/05/05/play-some-angry-birds-for-free/

…it’s full of links to other FREE Angry Birds games for your Mac !

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tip : play some Plants vs Zombies on your Mac for free

Question :

I wanted to play the Plants vs Zombies game on my PowerPC (G4/G5) Mac, so I downloaded the demo from the PopCap-website. It installs okay, but when I try to play, nothing happens…

What can I do ?

Answer :

Even though the Plants vs Zombies game is compatible with MacOSX 10.4.11 “Tiger” and newer, it is only compatible with Intel-Macs… so you cannot play the demo, nor the full game on any PowerPC (G4/G5) Mac…

but…

even with a G4 & G5 PPC Macs running OSX 10.5 Leopard you can play the online version…

just use your web browser, and play online from PopCap’s official Plants vs Zombies website :

Plants vs Zombies Chrome (also runs in Safari 5) :

http://chrome.plantsvszombies.com/

tip : Plants vs. Zombies Mac-game for free (Halloween treat)

As a special treat sponsored by the ADA (American Dental Association), PopCap is giving away licences to their popular Mac&PC-game Plants vs. Zombies for free.

But it’s only until november 11th ! …so be quick !

go here to download :

http://www.stopzombiemouth.com

…and go here to get your promotional code :

http://static-www.ec.popcap.com/misc/zombiemouth/downloads/stop_zombie_mouth_coupons.pdf

Note : officially it’s a “US residents only” promotion…

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If you are reading this after November 11th 2012, you won’t be able to get the full game for free, but you can still get some Plants vs Zombies (online) play for free here :

http://chrome.plantsvszombies.com

 

tip : play some Angry Birds on your Mac for free [1]

Question :

On my iPhone and iPad I can play some Angry Birds games for free by using the “Lite” (demo) version from the iTunes App Store instead of the full (paid) version… but on my Mac I can only get Angry Birds in the full (paid) version and only through the Mac App Store… why isn’t there a free (demo) version for my Mac ?

Answer :

You can play Angry Birds for free on your Mac (some levels), not only on OSX 10.6+ Intel Macs…

…even G4 & G5 PPC Macs running OSX 10.5 Leopard are eligible…

just use your web browser, and play online from Rovio’s official Angry Birds website :

Angry Birds Chrome beta (using Safari 5 you can play online, Google Chrome will give the option to play offline) :

http://chrome.angrybirds.com/

Angry Birds FuijTV (Japanese costumes version) :

http://fujitv.angrybirds.com/

Angry Brids Wonderful Pistachios (“The Hunt For The Golden Pistachio” version)

http://getcrackin.angrybirds.com/

Angry Birds Volcano (“Tyrkisk Peber” version)

http://fazer.angrybirds.com/Index.jsp

Enjoy ! 😉

—— [ UPDATE ] ——————————————————————–

I found some other ones, but they’re not on Rovio’s official webpage (so please be aware of any potentially harmful links these may present to you ; even though we don’t expect any) :

Angry Birds Rio (asian online demo version)

http://www.angrybirdsriogame.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/angrybirdsrio.swf

Angry Birds (asian online demo version)

http://www.mijngame.nl/files/angry-birds-flash-game.swf

—— [ UPDATE #2 ] ——————————————————————–

There is a new Angry Birds promotional version on Rovio’s official webpage :

Angry Birds Coca-Cola (asian language version)

http://coca-cola.angrybirds.com/

(you need to register and be of legal age, but as it’s in some asian language that I don’t understand, I can’t help you on this one ; please report back is you’ve figured it out…)

—— [ UPDATE #3 ] ——————————————————————–

Yet another new Angry Birds promotional version on Rovio’s official webpage :

Angry Birds Heikki (‘Finnish unite’ team-up of F1 racer Heikki Kovalainen and Angry Birds)

http://heikki.angrybirds.com/

(registration required)

new levels will be added as the F1 season unrolls :

Upcoming levels:
Hockenheim — 11.7.2012
Budapest — 25.7.2012
Spa — 22.8.2012
Monza — 5.9.2012
Singapore — 12.9.2012
Suzuka — 26.9.2012
Yeongam — 3.10.2012
New Delhi — 17.10.2012
Yas Marina — 31.10.2012
Austin — 7.11.2012
Sao Paolo — 21.11.2012

—— [ UPDATE #4 ] ——————————————————————–

Some new links to official demos of Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Star Wars are in my follow-up post :

https://macmanus.nl/2013/03/23/tip-play-some-angry-birds-on-your-mac-for-free-2/