On Thu, 2007-06-07 at 15:50 +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2007-06-06, Grant Edwards <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > I tried to install FreeDOS 1.0 folling the HOWTO and it appears
> > to have failed rather miserably:
> > 1) The HOWTO says it will create a boot menu that will allow
> > me to dual-boot. It didn't. I can no-longer boot WinMe.
> I wiped the WinMe partition and installed FreeDOS from scratch.
> > 2) No editors. emacs can't find it's .ed files, and none of
> > the "vi" clones is anywhere to be found despite my having
> > selected them during install.
> emacs still doesn't work (no .ed files found), but there's a vi
> at least there's a clone now.
> > 3) Two crashes in the first two minutes:
> No crashes since the re-install.
BTW: Hard drives are cheap these days, consider installing
Windows 9x and Freedos on separate physical hard drives
and using a drive tray to switch back and forth at least
during the setup stage.
> My conclusion is that FreeDOS can't easily share a parition
> with Win9x.
It can, but it doesn't need to, and setup can be a little
tricky. I don't recommend this.
Install Windows 9x.
Create a Windows boot disk.
Boot 9x in MS-DOS mode and use fips
to reduce the Windows partition to
make room for Freedos.
** Open an extra 32 megs for XOSL later. **
Install Freedos on the second primary
Do a sys d: in Freedos.
Create a Freedos boot disk.
Boot up with the Windows boot disk.
In Windows 9x dos:
c:\> c:\windows\command\fdisk.exe c: /MBR
Reboot with Freedos boot disk.
Install XOSL to 32 meg hidden partition
with smart boot manager and Ranish.
Reboot and XOSL pops up.
Set up menu items for Windows 9x and Freedos.
It's easier to set up the Windows 2000 bootloader NTLDR
to boot Freedos off of a seperate partition. A command
like this in Linux (say that partition 2 is hda2):
dd if=/dev/hda2 of bootfreedos.img bs=512
will give you a Freedos bootsector in a file.
You copy that file to the root of the 2000 partition
and edit 2000's boot.ini to load Freedos using the
As long as 2000 is on an NTFS filesystem, your Freedos
system will work without any drive letter hiccups.
*** Freedos has a way to write a bootsector to a file
without using Linux through the Freedos sys
2) No editors.
* For the vi problem, you need to fix the PATH variable.
is probably to what you need to add to AUTOEXEC.BAT.
*** I assume you are hiding the 9x partition using XOSL so
that your drive letters aren't screwed up.
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