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Everything posted by ppgrainbow

  1. Running MS-DOS in text mode has no effect when trying to list a huge number of directories and folders it has to show. I still get a "Not enough memory. Operation cannot be completed." error. It turns out that MS-DOS Shell is a 16-bit file management and menuing system program that has a lot of bugs that will never be addressed. Even if that's the case, most of the features in MS-DOS Shell are still usable.
  2. I got it from eBay for Christmas a few years back for $30 if I'm correct. It is a commercial product that is no longer sold. The product that I bought didn't even include the Use's Manual. I'm trying to learn how to use the Custom Application feature in the Menu Maintenance and the Custom Parameter Prompting.
  3. Problem solved. I switched to Fifth Generation Systems Direct Access 5.1 and everything is all good!
  4. Thank you for moving the thread. I appreciate it.
  5. Yikes! I posted this in the wrong category and I can't delete it! Can someone move it to the correct category? Thanks!
  6. If you're using PC virtualisations such as Virtual PC, VMWare Player/Workstation, Microsoft has a tiny utility for MS-DOS called IDLE. I'm gonna tell you why you shouldn't use that utility if you have a mouse installed. It's only bytes in 128 bytes size and it's only meant to slow reduce CPU utilitisation of the first core, because DOS does not properly utilise the HLT command thus always consuming 100% of the CPU. However, when you run DOS-based programmes and have the following: 1. The IDLE driver installed. 2. A compatible mouse driver installed. 3. Move the mouse around and type random keys. The mouse acts and jumps around erratically even if you barely move the mouse! The only way to fix this is to uninstall and reload the mouse driver. To prevent this from happening, get rid of the IDLE utility and use the FreeDOS APM driver, aka FDAPM (7.3 KB) and type FDAPM ADV:REG at the command prompt. The utility takes only 928 bytes of base memory. I'm wondering if using FDAPM will have a negative effect on some DOS software or not. Thoughts?
  7. GIMP 2.8.18 has been released. However, without any tweaks, the latest version of GIMP will not run on Windows Vista. To get GIMP 2.8.18 running on Windows Vista and overcome these restrictions. 1. Right click your mouse and click Properties. 2. Select Compatibility tab. 3. In the Compatibility mode, select Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and press OK. I'm wondering which entry points for GIMP exist in Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7 SP1, but NOT in Windows Vista.
  8. I don't think that switching to FreeDOS is going to help. I'm fine with MS-DOS 6.22 and the 2 GB FAT16 limitation. Unfortunately, FreeDOS's CHKDSK program is riddled with bugs on FAT16 formatted hard disks. I'm also using FreeDOS on the 8 GB FAT32 partition (first hard disk), but only as doing maintenance work.
  9. Thanks for the help. I did post in the Vogons forum late last year. It wasn't until MS-DOS 7.1/Windows 95B that FAT32 support became mainstream. FAT32 was introduced as early as MS-DOS 6.23, but it was only available for the US government, military and banking institutions.
  10. I've been looking at finding a different file manager/menu system that will handle so many files, but no such luck. If I have found a good replacement menu system, I'll let you know and go from here.
  11. Hi there! I've been having a awesome time running MS-DOS 6.22 (and other operating systems) in the DOS Multiboot virtual machine (Virtual PC 2007). The guest machine loads the MS-DOS 6 Shell at startup and I have configured a awful lot of software to launch on that OS. The problem is that the boot drive where MS-DOS 6.22 resides has nearly 10,000 files and 450+ directories (I'm pretty luck to see that MS-DOS Shell is capable of reading up to 65,535 files before wrapping back at zero), I get this error message when attempting to view the files on the boot drive itself: Have you ever run into this issue when you have several thousands of files totaling hundreds of megabytes of used disk space on the drive alone? Is this a bug with the MS-DOS/PC-DOS Shell and it is unable to search so many files that it can find? Can this issue be corrected by the way even with 64 MB of usable memory installed?
  12. Yep. Java 6 still remains under paid (extended) support until December 2016. After it comes to a close, Java 6 will go into sustaining support which will last an indefinite period of time. According to the Java version history on Wikipedia, Oracle made paid support for customers running Java 5 until May 2015...after which that version was completely retired. Oracle stopped providing premier customer support for Java 6 last December.
  13. For anyone who is still using Java 6, Oracle has released update 115. Has blackwingcat updated JRE 6u115 to be compatible with Windows 2000? As far as I know, Oracle will continue to provide paid support for Java 6 until December 2016 after which it will go into Sustaining Support and will no longer be updated at all.
  14. Thanks for the suggestion. I no longer have the laptop now. I will keep this as a reference, in case I ever decide to get another one in the near future.
  15. That's what I've been thinking. The laptop totally lacks legacy USB support in the BIOS as well as floppy drive and PS/2 support. That doesn't make me too happy. It just wouldn't even be fair to stuff only Windows XP (requires no less than 1.5 GB of free space) on a SSD since it's the only supported OS by HP.. Right now according to NSSI, 658 MB of the 7.44 GB of disk space has been used across all partitions on the 8 GB SSD so far. I might have better luck with Windows NT 4 since it requires only 110 MB of disk space to install it. Update: I wiped MS-DOS 7.1, installed Windows NT 4.0 on the 8 GB SSD, formatted the drives as a NTFS 4 partition and those attempts were not successful. I'm now stuck with the Windows NT 4.0 boot menu and any attempts to select either options (normal or VGA mode only) throws a STOP 0x78 INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. Attempting to wipe the partition and recreate the partition was no use at all. The SSD is dead after 19 days of use and it appears that the IDE controller or the motherboard could be failing also. Sorry if this was a total waste of time getting the SSD working although it only worked well on a FAT32 partition under MS-DOS 7.1.
  16. I've been thinking that a PS/2 to USB adapter could work. I can't guarantee that it will work on the zt1135, because the BIOS does not fully support USB. If it doesn't work, then I could be clearly out of luck here.
  17. I'm lucky that I can only do this through USBASPI.SYS and DI1000DD.SYS as the BIOS has limited USB capabilities outside Windows. As for other USB devices such as a USB keyboard or USB mouse, I'm not so lucky since the BIOS doesn't support legacy USB keyboard and mice devices and the BIOS options are very limited.
  18. Thank you! ^^ I do have some issues that may eventually be never addressed. 1. The onboard sound card is a VIA VT82C686A/C AC'97 Audio Controller. I'm only using DOSSOUND to play very limited WAV and MIDI files and I don't know if it's possible to use it to emulate the features of Sound Blaster 16 or not. If you have found any generic drivers for it, let me know. 2. There are two PCMCIA/Cardbus slots that were made by ENE Technology Inc. I don't know the exact model number of the PCMCIA card, but are there any generic PCMCIA/Cardbus drivers for MS-DOS/PC-DOS/FreeDOS or not? 3. I can't seem to get the USB mouse to work under MS-DOS as the BIOS has limited USB support and that it lacks booting from USB...so, I have to use the touchpad and the buttons. Is there a way to work around this issue?
  19. Thanks for the heads up. MS-DOS 7.1 and 8.0 do not have this FAT16 and lack of INT13 limitations.
  20. Well...under MS-DOS 6.22, I've started to experience some data corruption and I had to start over. Only this time around, here's what I had to do: 1. I had to format the SSD as FAT32 at 4 KB clusters as opposed to 32 KB. 2. I had to install MS-DOS 7.1 (Windows 95B) including the files as well as Windows 3.1. 3. To get Windows 3.1 working under MS-DOS 7.1, I had to install 3xSTART to allow patching the IO.SYS file to allow Windows 3.x to run under MS-DOS 7.1. In order to get the USB floppy drive recognised under Windows 3.1, I had to install GRUB4DOS via the bootlace 0x80 --force-backup-mbr --time-out=0, because the HP Pavilion zt1135 does not allow booting USB devices as it was not available at the time when it was released. To get the USB floppy drive recognised under Windows 3,1 I then had to edit the MENU.LST file and enter these parameters: title Microsoft MS-DOS 7.1\nfind --set-root /io.sysmap --floppies=1chainloader /io.sys +1By starting MS-DOS 7.1 under GRUB4DOS, it will find the IO.SYS on the root device, map one floppy disk drive and chainload the IO.SYS. Windows 3.1 now properly recognises the USB floppy drive A! I will tweak around the MENU.LST entries later on and see how things go from here. By the way, are there any universal sound drivers that will work under MS-DOS 7.1 on the Pavilion ZT1135? I'm curious to ask...
  21. Thanks for the heads up. Users who try to run MS-DOS or FreeDOS on modern laptops might not be lucky as most vendors have dropped support for it. I tried to install the Phoenix Card Services via Windows 3.1 and only got a Divide Overflow when attempting to detect PCMCIA cards in the CONFIG.SYS file. I'll try to do some research on how to get PCMCIA drivers working under MS-DOS or FreeDOS.
  22. USBAHCI.SYS ??? You mean USBASPI.SYS or ASPIEHCI.SYS ? Yes, I meant USBASPI.SYS not USBAHCI.SYS. Sorry for the typo.
  23. You don't need to do anything special, because there's no risk of data corruption at all: the Transcend 2.5" PATA SLC Industrial SSDs do emulate IDE disks quite perfectly. That said, I personally think you should use MS-DOS 7.10 instead of 6.22, because then you can use FAT-32, though. But this has nothing to do with any data corruption. Thank you for the suggest. I'll be sticking with MS-DOS 6.22 for now.
  24. Thank you! I found some success if I load USBAHCI.SYS and DI1000DD.SYS in the CONFIG.SYS. I will be asked to connect any USB devices that I have installed and it will go from there.
  25. Hello! One of my sisters gave me their old notebook computer for my 40th birthday. It's a HP Pavilion ZT1135. It has no working built-in networking capabilities and recently, the old hard Toshiba 40 GB IDE hard drive was replaced with a Transcend 8 GB 2.5" PATA SLC Industrial SSD (model number TS8GSSD25-S) as I was previously unable to use it for over a year. Looking into the information from Navratil System Info, the Transcend 8 GB 2.5" PATA SLC Industrial SSD has a actual fixed disk capacity of 7.45 GB. This drive is limited to 300,000 writes per single level cell memory (512-byte sector) for a total of drive life of writing up to 2.13 PB of data. Here's what I have installed so far: 1. I managed to install Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 using the USB 2.0 compatible floppy disk as well as Windows 3.1 without problems and I disabled the Windows swapfile. By disabling the Windows swapfile, you CANNOT install Win32s. I managed to install 4DOS without too much of a problem, but I managed to disable swapfile support also. The notebook has 256 MB of memory with 248 MB is usable, 8 MB is reserved for video memory. The notebook PC has a integrated S3 Twister 86C380 graphics chip with 7 MB of video memory. MS-DOS 6.22 can only recognise up to 64 MB of memory and only supports the 16-bit FAT file system which limits the size of the partition to 2 GB (up to 65,505 clusters at 32 KB per cluster and 64 sectors per cluster). Currently, I have the drive split up into four partitions: 2. Drive C: (primary partition): 1,474.47 MB with 49.63 MB (or 3.37%) of disk space used 3. The extended partition occupies a total of 6,141.09 MB. Drives D, E and F all have 2,047.03 MB with drive F using 40.25 MB (or 1.96%) of disk space. Drives D and E have not been used yet. Overall, out of the total 7,615.56 MB capacity, MS-DOS 6.22 is using only 89.88 MB or just 1.18% of the total disk space. This may sound too much and too good to be true for a tiny 21-year old operating system. However, MS-DOS 5 through 6.22 alone may not understand how a SSD functions and I have concerns over possible data corruption. Also, is it possible to use USB support and PCMCIA drivers under MS-DOS and Windows 3.1? The notebook has two PCMCIA slots that were made by ENE Technology Inc. Under Windows 3.1, the OS doesn't even detect the USB floppy drive at all. Windows File Manager displays drives C, D, E, F and X. Do you have any idea what can be done to reduce data corruption under MS-DOS when run on a SSD? Also, how can I get Windows 3.1 to detect the USB floppy drive when MS-DOS does?
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