DOS 6.22 on old Sony Laptop

July 7, 2018 at 16:42:34
Specs: DOS 6.22
I have Sony Vaio Laptop with a Intel Pentium M Processor 1.73 GHz and 2 GB RAM. Currently running Win 10 Pro 32 Bit. I would like to run DOS 6.22 as the only OS on this machine. Does anyone see this as being a problem such as over heating the processor, etc.

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#1
July 7, 2018 at 17:04:35
The problem lies with the age of the machine (it's basically too new). MS/DOS can't address more than 64MB of RAM and while there's virtually nothing that says you can't leave the 2GB of RAM there, that would be an incredible waste.

https://msfn.org/board/topic/159631...

Drive sizes can also be a problem, where DOS can only recognize a partition of 2.1GB and a drive of 8.4GB (so anything larger would also be wasted).

https://www.hardwaresecrets.com/har...

Realize also that little is available (aside from what's on "vintage software" sites) that could be used on that OS.

You state you're running Win10-32bit. If you decide to go ahead and format the drive, you'd lose everything already on the system.

If you just want to "tinker" with DOS, then I'd strongly recommend DOSBox:

https://www.dosbox.com/

If you're truly wanting to run DOS as an only OS, then I'd recommend a lower-spec machine.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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July 8, 2018 at 13:23:26
Basically, I just wanted to run some old software, Multiplan, Lotus 123, MYOB and Peachtree to get at some old expenditure info. I have this old laptop sitting on the shelf and thought I would use it.

It just dawned on me that I have another problem. This machine only has a CD drive. That being the case, DOSBox appears to be my solution which I can run on a newer machine which has all the drives from 5 1/4 up on it.

Thanks for your reply
GVLSpur


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July 8, 2018 at 15:29:44
Realize too that if you have archived data on very old floppy disks, there may be issues with reading them. Unless stored in pristine conditions, floppy disks tend to degrade over time and become unreadable. If you are able to retrieve your data, make sure you back it up on something more durable (quality CD/DVD disc(s)) and keep them in a cool/dark/dry location. Flash drives are also a suggestion, but they also are subject to failure after a large number of read/write cycles.

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