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#1 Mr. Engino

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 12:22 PM

i have a dell dimension 4100 i had acquired many months ago. although the windows 98 os it came with still works, i wanted to try something new. recently i have heard about these tiny os that can be installed onto a regular 3 1/2" diskette. my question is, which one is the most well-rounded of them all?



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 12:57 PM

Just where did you hear about such?  Did you find a link to such, using Google?

 

If so, post the link, please.

 

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 01:07 PM

Just where did you hear about such?  Did you find a link to such, using Google?

 

If so, post the link, please.

 

Louis

here:

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/lesser-known-operating-systems/

 

edit: yes, i actually googled about small operating systems, and discovered ones that could fit on floppy disk. having hard time choosing one.


Edited by Mr. Engino, 30 August 2015 - 02:25 PM.


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Posted 05 September 2015 - 07:58 PM

ReactOS looks neat!


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Posted 05 September 2015 - 11:58 PM

I'm dying to take my DOS 6.x floppies and install them solo, bare metal.  Then put the old programs on there, like Desqview, Sidekick, etc., and make a first-class DOS machine out of newer hardware.  But you have to remove most of the RAM, then there are driver problems, etc.


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Posted 06 September 2015 - 04:33 AM

Good luck with all that and have fun


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 12:20 AM

so Ur saying I can finally play Carmen San Diego again.... :thumbup2:


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Posted 08 September 2016 - 04:12 PM

"DOS 7.1", the realmode OS underlying Win98 and Win95b will fit on a floppy. Just format a floppy with the /s option. The OS and command.com uses about 300KBytes, plenty of room to run Edit and other programs. Boot of of floppy, and your hard-drive is recognized.

 

DOS7.1 supports Fat32 and also makes use of motherboards with more than 64MBytes of RAM. At worst, you need to add himem.sys to config.sys at bootup.

 

ANYWAY! this is something that I do for embedded software running on x86 based controllers.


Edited by BrianVS, 08 September 2016 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 07:59 PM

I have a 512GByte SATA drive formatted as FAT-32 (no easy trick) running DOS 7.1, ie WIN98se booted into real mode. The computer is a Panasonic CF-52 Toughbook, has native USB support in real-mode DOS.

 

SO: I can boot the computer off a Floppy Drive; off a USB memory Stick; or off an SD card or CF card in a USB reader. Put Phar Lap TNT.exe and run executables that use up to 4GBytes of memory, and have a self contained VMM handler.

 

The DOS7.1 system, executable, TNT.exe, and VMMDRV.exp all fit on a floppy. Of course using the Floppy for a page file is kind of slow.

 

REACTOS "looks interesting"- but not much documentation regarding supported disk formats, dual-boot capability, supported devices.

 

FreeDos is worth a look for you. A combination of FreeDos FDISK, FreeDOS Format, and Win98 Format were used to make the booatable SATA 512GByte drive.


Edited by BrianVS, 17 September 2016 - 08:01 PM.





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