> On Oct 28, 2016, at 1:04 PM, Simon Atkinson <simonatkin...@operamail.com> 
> wrote:
> Hi there 
> I presume that FreeDOS, like other versions of DOS, will run on an 8086-based 
> system.... or have I missed something?
> I have tried to boot FreeDOS on a IBM PS/2 Model 30 (8086 CPU and standard 
> 8-bit ISA and version with a 1.44MB floppy drive), but have had little luck.
> The boot disks I created for MSDOS5.0 and OpenDOS 7.01 and DRDOS7.02 work 
> fine – dropping me into the DOS prompt. I can then use their respective 
> versions of FDISK to see to the installed 20MB hard disk etc. These boot 
> disks also work fine if the hard disk is removed allowing me to run the 
> respective version of DOS from the floppy.
> However, FreeDOS doesn’t boot at all! I’m puzzled... I’ve tried simple boot 
> disks that I have created based on FreeDOS 1.1 and 1.2, but no luck. For 1.2, 
> for example, I just get a series of dots and the word “ERROR!” When I have 
> tried FreeDOS 1.1, with the hard disk in place, it boots to the point where 
> it list the hard disk’s CHS geometry and then just hangs....
> Any ideas?

I can’t say for FreeDOS 1.1 distribution files. 

However, some of the utilities required by the 1.2 Previews require a 386 or 
better to function. Also, CD-ROM and bootable USB really was not supported 
pre-386. So, all of the release images for FreeDOS 1.2 use the kernel built for 
386 or better processors. The kernel package that is included with 1.2 contains 
both the 386 and x86 kernels along with several docs and batch file utilities.


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