The CPU detection utility used by the installer has compatibility issues with some processors. For example, there are some 486 systems that are detected as a 186. This has been a known issue for a while. Unfortunately, I just have not had the time to resolve that. As a stop gap, if the installer is told the system is less than a 386, it assumes it is incorrect and installs the 386 package set. So, there should be no need to override the detected CPU on 386+ systems.
That will just break the complete install on pre-386 systems. If you insist on not trusting your tools, at least ASK the user whether they want to override the detection. Or better: If the tool detects a pre-386, make sure that you install an 8086 compatible kernel. You can still let the config/autoexec keep a boot menu item a la "if you are sure that your CPU can actually do it, select this item to try to load EMM386 and HIMEM at your own risk."
For systems with less than a 386, you will want to override it to ensure the 8086 compatible kernel is installed.
This should be the other way round. If you know what you are doing, you MAY override the detection result that you have no 386. If you do NOT know for sure, then the installer should NOT give you an install which would require 386. Of course if the INSTALLER is sure that the CPU is 386 or newer, the whole problem does not occur. So my proposal only annoys a small number of people with exotic 386+ CPU, but rescues all the users with actual 286 or older CPU or emulators from getting an un-usable install due to overly optimistic automated overrides. Regards, Eric _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user