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Virtual machine with MS-DOS as guest

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#1 Spartan2000


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 03:37 PM

This is what I'm trying to do:-


Host is running Windows XP Pro SP3.

Installed Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 software.

Created a vm running MS-DOS 6.22.


All works fine so far.


Why am I running MS-DOS?  Well I have a programme called Xrouter which runs in the DOS environment, but I've run into a problem.  Xrouter needs to communicate with the outside world using Serial Ports and a LAN connection.  I cannot get a LAN port to work in the vm DOS environment, although the card works fine in Windows.  I have the correct DOS Packet driver, and the network adaptor works if I boot the computer using an MS-DOS boot disk, but not if I run it through the MS-DOS vm within XP.  I can select the network adaptor within the vm Settings, and I have tried plugging in different network cards, but always the same issue.


Is there some trick to get the network card to work in a vm running DOS?


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#2 RecursiveNerd


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 12:25 PM

If you don't mind switching to VirtualBox, they have a step-by-step guide to setting it up there.



#3 Spartan2000

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 08:58 AM

Thanks for your suggestion.  I did initially try Oracle' VM but didn't get anywhere with it!  Your helpful post has led me to see that the MS Network Client software will probably do the trick.  Thanks.

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