Loading a DOS program without floppy discs.

Gateway Atxstf
October 31, 2013 at 07:43:35
Specs: Win7 Ult x32, 4Gb
I'm interested in installing/using 'DrawPerfect for DOS 1.1' in WinXP/Sp3 because it a has a unique (?) way of drawing circles - namely by selecting the centre and adjusting the radius. WinXP/SP3 copes perfectly well with running the sister program WordPerfect for Dos v5.1, so I expect that DrawPerfect would do so likewise. The DrawPerfect program installed from several Floppy discs. I no longer have the discs, but I had copied the files from them into one folder on C:\. If I click on Install.exe, it eventually instructs me to put the first floppy disc into Drive C. I would like guidance on how I can progress from this point, since I have no record of what the contents of disc #1 were, nor how to point the installer to them.

Basty


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#1
October 31, 2013 at 09:23:19
Is this thread one of yours?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...


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#2
October 31, 2013 at 16:25:09
Here is the answer from a subscriber to that forum:

Hi

If i understand correctly, the program setup is simply trying to search for the installation files on the root of partition. Please try the below steps. It may work.

Plug a USB pendrive and format it to FAT.
Copy all the files from installation folder to the root of USB flash drive (don't copy the folder itself but only the files inside it).
Run the setup.


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#3
October 31, 2013 at 16:55:13
You may be able to install/run it under DOSBox as well:

http://www.dosbox.com

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

message edited by T-R-A


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#4
October 31, 2013 at 19:21:20
It's possible it's checking for a floppy software disk label. That's the way it is for dos 6.22 installation disks. Even if you had copies of the disks it would keep telling you to insert disk 1 if it saw the disk label wasn't correct.

Another thing you can check for is a text file, probably named setup.ini. That is a file that setup.exe uses to tell it where to put what files and when to change disks. Sometimes you can edit that file so it installs from different media.

That's if the suggestions mentioned by others don't work.


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#5
November 1, 2013 at 00:04:52
There is NO '*.ini' file, so there goes the edit option.

Basty


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#6
November 1, 2013 at 00:18:32
Sad to say Ewen, that did NOT fix the issue - NO change from earlier result.

Basty


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#7
November 1, 2013 at 00:19:47
O'the hill
Caught me out AGAIN.

Basty


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#8
November 1, 2013 at 00:31:08
Keep an eye on ebay. You may just have to buy the disks. You just missed this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DrawPerfect...

You may be able to contact the seller or buyer and see if they can give you a file listing of each disk.


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#9
November 1, 2013 at 04:18:16
I have emailed the vendor - hope we can do 'business' !

Basty


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