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 computer. --------- 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): X:\FREEDOS\SETUP\INSTALL\INSTALL.EXE - 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 a) command.com - 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): http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/freedos/com082pl3-xmsswap.zip?download - to verify the version: C:\> VER - Ent b) kernel.sys - if you have a new computer then here is the latest "development" version: http://fdos.org/kernel/kwc8632.dev.zip - if you have an older machine or prefer to use "stable" version then go here: http://fdos.org/kernel/ c) sys.com - 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 - http://www.geocities.com/jadoxa/ - http://www.uwe-sieber.de/english.html 6) You might also try this replacement for DIR command: http://www.c-shore.com/maxdir/ 7) Here is example of Config.sys and Autoexec.bat that includes "third party" drivers: Config.sys FILES=50 BREAK=ON STACKS=0,0 LASTDRIVE=Z BUFFERS=20,0 NUMLOCK=OFF DOS=HIGH,UMB DOSDATA=UMB DEVICE=C:\FDOS\BIN\FDXXMS.SYS BIOS NUMHANDLES=128 DEVICE=C:\FDOS\BIN\UMBPCI.SYS DEVICEHIGH=C:\FDOS\BIN\QCDROM.SYS /D:CDROM1 DEVICEHIGH=C:\FDOS\BIN\CDRCACHE.SYS CDROM1 CDRCACH$ 12 DEVICEHIGH=C:\FDOS\BIN\TDSK.EXE 8192 DEVICEHIGH=C:\FDOS\BIN\NANSI.SYS /S INSTALLHIGH=C:\FDOS\BIN\LBACACHE.COM 8192 SHELL=C:\COMMAND.COM /P=C:\FDAUTO.BAT Autoexec.bat @ECHO OFF PROMPT $P$G SET DOSDIR=C:\FDOS SET NLSDIR=%DOSDIR%\NLS SET HELPPATH=%DOSDIR%\HELP SET PATH=%DOSDIR%\BIN SET TEMP=%DOSDIR%\TEMP SET TMP=%DOSDIR%\TEMP SET DIRCMD=/P /OG /A SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 SHCDX33A /D:?CDRCACH$ /V /~+ /Q+ CTMOUSE.EXE ECHO CuteMouse Driver Loaded FREE.EXE Hope this helps, Lester > ----- 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? -- _______________________________________________ Surf the Web in a faster, safer and easier way: Download Opera 8 at http://www.opera.com Powered by Outblaze ------------------------------------------------------- All the advantages of Linux Managed Hosting--Without the Cost and Risk! Fully trained technicians. The highest number of Red Hat certifications in the hosting industry. Fanatical Support. Click to learn more http://sel.as-us.falkag.net/sel?cmd=lnk&kid7521&bid$8729&dat1642 _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user