Boot to DOS

July 15, 2011 at 09:15:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have some very expensive testing equipment that is 30 years old. My problem is the only OS that the equipment can interface with is DOS. Unfortunately a DOS emulator does not work. Previously I have used a 3.5" floppy to boot an XP machine to DOS - download the information and then reboot again into XP. My problem is as I purchase new computers for the company I am loosing both floppy drives and XP.

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#1
July 15, 2011 at 09:20:26
For my PC running XP Home, I type in "cmd.exe" in the Run box, then once Command Prompt opens, I type "command" and here is what appears:

Microsoft Windows DOS
Copyright Microsoft Corp 1990-2001

So it seems like DOS appears when you type "command" in. Does that work on a new computer?

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#2
July 15, 2011 at 09:35:33
Thank you RMT2

Unfortunately that is an emulator as well. The only way the meters download is an actual boot into DOS. The only exception is a +20 year old laptop that has an early version of Windows (you can understand that I don't want to depend on this :) ). This makes sense because I believe the early versions of windows was just a GUI for DOS.... My surface question is has anyone ever booted to DOS from a USB drive/stick (I cannot)? or Has anyone had a similar problem with archaic equipment and found a work-around?


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#3
July 15, 2011 at 10:19:02
The new computers you are purchasing can likely boot from a "USB drive/stick". You should check that out, as it appears that would resolve your dilemma.

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#4
July 15, 2011 at 10:53:00
IMpatient, I think the reason I could NOT boot DOS from a USB device had to do with drivers. The computer couldn't see the USB before the OS loaded and DOS doesn't have support for it.

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#5
July 15, 2011 at 11:05:10
I had this problem a few years ago and used DosBox, which is similar to a VM.

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#6
July 15, 2011 at 11:09:46
Jennifer, thank you. I will try it and report back. It is an emulator, but it is worth a shot.

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#7
July 15, 2011 at 12:02:10
Enter the BIOS Setup on the new computers... I still expect they have the ability to boot from "USB drive/stick", although it may not be the present default configuration. You will only find out if you check.

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#8
July 15, 2011 at 12:24:55
You could make a bootable CD that boots to DOS. Basically you put a MS-DOS boot floppy image onto the CD. When it boots it boots a Drive A: You can then use the rest of the CD for applications you want to use under MS_DOS. This will appear as drivce D:

It;s a long time since I did this but Nero has the ability to make a boo table CD from a floppy image. I used it to install Windows 98 for many years.

Just to add, you do need a floppy disk drive in order to do this so best to do it while you still have a floppy drive.
Stuart


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#9
July 15, 2011 at 12:54:53
Freedos.

You can actually still buy versions of dos.

You can add a floppy drive to any system these days.

You can make a dos usb or cd.

You can run an emulator or virtual machine.

You can buy a 486 computer brand new still.

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#10
July 15, 2011 at 13:04:54
I agree with StuartS, you can burn the DOS files to a CD, then boot off the CD and you could start DOS.

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#11
July 15, 2011 at 14:42:47
A question. How are your testing machines being connected to the computers? I am assuming through a serial port and you are using usb-serial adapters. Many of these adapters cannot perform the all the functions of the old hardwired serial ports. I would suggest installing a pci serial port card and testing.

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#12
July 18, 2011 at 04:39:00
Good day to you :@)
Your solution is easy, investigate putting DOS on a USB drive, as for not being able to see your USB drive, there is a program called KONBOOT which you burn to a CD and load while your computer starts, it will find and load your USB device, if you need help putting DOS on a USB drive give me a yell.
Cheers
Tor Fey

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