Anyway... I'm surprised that it is so uncommon to run FD on an old PC. IMHO it seems ridiculous to install FreeDOS on your P4 side-by-side with Windows XP like so many other people do. I mean what DOS software is going to run properly on a 3Ghz CPU? Besides, what else are you going to do with your old PC's? They would bog down to a crawl even on early versions of Linux or FreeBSD, but FreeDOS is perfect.
the problem is that older equipment is harder to come by if you don't already have it and it does eventually stop working (I still miss my ps/1 286 with its huge 2.5MB of RAM :-) so for me a 486 is about the oldest computer I test on that still has a fully working hard drive.
This may be off the original topic, but I have to comment that the FreeDOS CD installer is HORRIBLE. It's so bug-ridden that it only works on newer systems, I've run it on eight different PC's and only Pentium II's and above don't crash the installer. Older PC's don't even get past the CWSDPMI mode switch without causing an exception trap. I am making my own batch file installer for floppy systems right now that doesn't require a CD-ROM or a 386, but I am hoping that someone will replace that installer in the future...
I assume you are referring to the GUI based installer, have you tried the text based one? (select monochrome mode to use it). I'm not the best person to comment here as I presently have FreeDOS installed as the only OS on my amd64 computer. Thank you for the information, I was not aware it was such a problem, as in the past I tested on my 486, but lately have been using my newest one. (The GUI installer was both a requested feature in the past and contributed program, but perhaps we should reconsider its use?)
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