On Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 12:02 PM, Marlon <guik...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks guys! Sorry for the late response, and Eric I will consider the
> xharbour, thank you!

I never used it, but that old XHarbour is (AFAIK) abandoned (for DOS)
and somewhat hard to use (and IIRC needs a C compiler for backend).
Don't pin too many hopes on it.

> For now though, if anyone can enlighten me further......
> I've decided to follow the steps here:
> http://bitcheese.net/freedos%2Finstall

I found this one a while back. While I didn't test it, it seemed quite
exhaustive. Yet another option for you to try:


> The author shows us the "pioneer way" and the "optimal way."  I'm going for
> the optimal way, but instead of using unetbootin like he suggests, I chose
> to burn my downloaded "fdbasecd.iso" to a dvd+rw.

IIRC, the only "problem" (or advantage??) with UNetBootIn (unlike
RUFUS) is that it doesn't save persistent changes.

> I think the dvd boots ok.  There was a prompt like:
> :boot
> or something like that in which I can type something.  Is this the part
> where I type "sys d:" (without quotation marks) ?

>From floppy to hard disk, the traditional syntax is (IIRC) "sys a: c:".

> And do I really type d: ? How do I know if my fat32 partition is d: ?

"fdisk /status" might help.

> Then he goes on to say:
> -----------------------
> Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
> Add the following:
> title FreeDOS
> rootnoverify (hd1,2)
> chainloader +1
> makeactive
> Where (hd1,2) is your FAT32 partition.
> --------------------------------------------------
> but there is no /boot/grub/menu.lst anymore in GRUB 2, it is replaced by
> /boot/grub/grub.cfg ,

First, read all of the man pages, texinfo docs, FAQs, mailing lists.
Sorry, but most of us here aren't heavy users of GRUB(2). If all else
fails, you'll have to find someone who is, and ask them for further

> which warns users NOT TO EDIT,
> "It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
>  from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub"
> So I'm guessing I should add the 4 lines above, as suggested by the author,
> to /etc/default/grub , am I correct?

If what you're already doing isn't working, then yes, you must try
something else.   :-)

> What about (hd1,2)? Where do I see my own version of that? I intend to
> install freedos in /dev/sda2, if that helps...

Keep trying different values until it works (e.g. hd0,1). Tedious but
sometimes effective.

> What about chainloader +1 ? Do I copy as is?

Dunno! Try and see.

> That's it for now.
> Thank you so much!!!

P.S. I'm not criticizing your choices, but sometimes we can
overcomplicate things for no advantage. There are many ways to install
FreeDOS, and if one doesn't work for you, try something else. Don't
try too hard to get a certain specific setup. Any setup is better than
nothing. Honestly, I'm still in favor of RUFUS or UNetBootIn (or using
virtual machines, e.g. QEMU), if only for simplicity.

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