BrainBay on macOS ?

This discussion was created from comments split from: BrainBay, install, neurofeedback tutorial.


  • Hey all - was wondering if anyone has had trouble with running BrainBay on a Mac recently? I'm using Wine to run the program, and successfully was able to run the latest Setup_BrainBay.exe file, but unfortunately not able to run the actual program itself; ie when I enter "wine brainBay.exe" in the command line, I get fail on the initialization process around the DLLs.

    0009:err:module:LdrInitializeThunk "sdl_sound.dll" failed to initialize, aborting
    0009:err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Initializing dlls for L"C:\\Program Files\\BrainBay\\brainBay.exe" failed, status c0000005

    Not sure if related but an extra detail is that I also get similar errors around unsupported compressor 8 (confirmed I've installed XQuartz and restarted my computer), but I think the main problem is that the issue around the DLLs is causing the program to abort.

    Anyone have any tips / guidance on how to fix the above?

  • wjcroftwjcroft Mount Shasta, CA

    I would suggest an actual full VM app, such as VirtualBox. From there you can load a Windows image that is good for 90 days. And can be refreshed in moments when that elapses, for another 90 days. All free.

  • Thanks! I've tried that route, and for some reason couldn't get the OpenBCI_GUI to load (VM is a Windows 10, 64-bit)

    Any idea on what to do / or any previous posts you could direct me to that addresses this issue?

  • wjcroftwjcroft Mount Shasta, CA

    Black / blank screen, usually means an issue with graphics driver support for your computer or virtual hardware. I'd suggest checking the VirtualBox graphics configuration settings. Graphics device must support OpenGL libraries, which are used by GUI / Processing Language / Java.

    Have you looked at this tutorial?

    The OpenBCI VirtualBox tutorial page is old, and shows Windows 7. I would instead recommend going with Windows 10 install.


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