Solved DOS to word processor to USB drive

May 28, 2012 at 11:53:24
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DOS to word processor to USB drive
I have been given an older Dell Dimension 4700C. I would like to install DOS plus a word processor (with word wrap) and that is all. The trick is then to be able to save to a USB flash drive. I have use of the USB mouse and keyboard while in DOS, but am unable to get any connectivity to a flash drive in a USB port. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. I tried DSL (damn small linux) as well as SLAX, but if I am going to load an OS, I may as well stick XP on the computer, but would really like to avoid installing anything but DOS, a word processor, and the ability to save to USB memory.

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May 28, 2012 at 12:53:10
Might go to freedos instead.

There are plenty of web pages on how to try to get usb support in dos.

If the keyboard works in usb then I am a bit stumped as to why a flash won't work in common linux. See results of lsusb first to see what way to go.

Hang up and live.

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May 28, 2012 at 12:59:42
the flash drive works in linux, I just don't want to load an operating system other than DOS, if possible, to achieve word processing and saving to the flash drive. I have implemented the online DOS-USB fixes to no avail. Perhaps I will try again later. Thanks for your reply.

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May 28, 2012 at 23:21:47
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**-DOS USB Support:

Microsoft Word 5.5 for **-DOS:

Probably DR-DOS 7.03 would be a good choice and free for personal use:

By the way you will need to create a FAT16 C: Partition of maximum 2GB size.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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May 29, 2012 at 08:10:42
thanks for all the info. I will give it a try.

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May 31, 2012 at 07:36:57
Thanks for all the great information. I have settled on an extremely stripped down version of XP plus .NET 2.0 plus Dark Room, and everything loads in 30 seconds direct to the Dark Room black screen with flashing cursor, and I can save to USB.

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