On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM, Robert Moler <rbmo...@verizon.net> wrote:
> I was delighted to discover FreeDos, because I have an old Music DOS
> data base that I've been using since 1986.  It runs in XP but not in Win
> 7.  So I loaded the virtual box and then FreeDos. except that it never
> finished loading after reaching the point in the instructions (End of
> Chapter Five)  where there is the warning about UIDE taking a long time
> to load.
> I get the line
> Kernel:  allocated 46 Diskbuffers + 24472 Bytes in HMA
> It had not changed in 45 minutes or even over night when I started over
> and got the same result.
> Any suggestions?

VirtualBox is overkill, but if you have VT-X, enable it (if not already).

Try running DOSBox (emulator, see http://www.dosbox.com ). Normally
it's only for games, but since you say you've been using it since
1986, it shouldn't be too complex a program.

Otherwise, dunno, try using RUFUS to install FreeDOS to (empty!) USB
stick, and see if it runs natively there (cold boot). If even that
doesn't work, I dunno.

(I'm hesitant to recommend installing Linux under VBox just for DOSEMU.)

P.S. Latest UIDE is
(but you may have to enable networking in FreeDOS under VBox to grab
that directly, e.g. use "ftp ftp.ibiblio..." instead). See
http://lazybrowndog.net/freedos/virtualbox/ .

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