First, let me assure you that once you get through the installation the OS
itself (FreeDOS) runs great.
If you created a bootable CD from file "fdbootcd.iso" (12.5 MB) then this
installation apparently runs ok on some systems and is a nuisance on others. I
only managed to install FreeDOS from this iso after exercising extreme patience
and determination. Here are a few tips, hopefully they will work on your
1) Create FAT32 primary partition (any size) and make it "primary active"
2) Boot from Installation CD (it's full of bugs so be a little patient)
- if you have a boot manager you might have to Ctrl+Alt+Del
- screen 1 (with fish): ENT
- screen 2 (full of text): no action
- screen 3 (with two lines): hit "C"
- wait until screen 6 comes up (it will have four options). If it doesn't come
up then you are stuck at screen 4: hit ENT and wait
- select option 2 (Run from CD)
3) Run file "install.exe" (let's say CD is on drive X):
- general protection fault - INSTALL - ENT - first "Graphic Option"
- full installation
- overwrite = Yes To All (use TAB key)
- disregard all errors and suggestions to abort installation
- update the boot sector: C:\> SYS C: C: /BOOTONLY
- end of setup
4) Update the following files from the web
- try ver. 84-pre, in case of problems use earlier ver. 82
- ver. 0.84-pre XMS swap (67 KB, date?): http://fdos.org/kernel/cmdxms.HEAD.zip
- ver. 0.82 pl 3 (92 KB, Dec 10 2003):
- to verify the version: C:\> VER - Ent
- if you have a new computer then here is the latest "development" version:
- if you have an older machine or prefer to use "stable" version then go here:
- there are two versions, both seem to be working ok: ver. 3.6 and 3.6a. I
can't find download urls, may be someone else can help
- to check the version: C:\> SYS /?
- to check configuration: C:\> SYS CONFIG
- if you decide to change the version then update the boot sector again: C:\>
SYS C: C: /BOOTONLY
5) Update all drivers as needed. Here are a few URLs
a) FreeDOS: http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/
b) third party
- CD-ROM: http://johnson.tmfc.net/dos/
- USB: http://www.bootdisk.com/usb.htm
6) You might also try this replacement for DIR command:
7) Here is example of Config.sys and Autoexec.bat that includes "third party"
DEVICE=C:\FDOS\BIN\FDXXMS.SYS BIOS NUMHANDLES=128
DEVICEHIGH=C:\FDOS\BIN\CDRCACHE.SYS CDROM1 CDRCACH$ 12
SET DIRCMD=/P /OG /A
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330
SHCDX33A /D:?CDRCACH$ /V /~+ /Q+
ECHO CuteMouse Driver Loaded
Hope this helps,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carl Spitzer" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: Re: [Freedos-user] FreeDOS beta9 sr#2 install troubles
> > This is silly. I have recently installed more than several versions of DOS
> > on this system and had no problems what so ever. ... FreeDOS is the only
> > one to give me trouble.
> > Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?
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