Editing textfile without EDIT.COM @DOS prompt

June 20, 2011 at 03:48:38
Specs: DOS 2.11, 286/614MB
I am used to using EDIT.COM to edit config.sys and autoexec.bat. But I bought an old laptop that uses DOS 2.11 which has no EDIT.COM in the DOS directory!

The only xxx.com file in the DOS directory whose filename looks like it might be a text editor is EDLIN.COM, but the /? attribute help method for later versions of DOS does not seem to work for help on these old DOS commands.

So, how do I see a help system on the screen for using EDLIN?


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June 20, 2011 at 03:55:46
Ah, edlin. that brings back memories. It's a line-oriented editor (as the name implies) rather than a full-screen editor.

You can find a list of the available commands here: http://www.computerhope.com/edlin.htm

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June 20, 2011 at 05:20:18
Here is some help from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/67706

Good luck

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June 20, 2011 at 16:45:27
And just for good measure, here's another tutorial:


"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 20, 2011 at 18:51:22

I was surprised to find the old computer had only one line in conifg.sys (files=20) and one in autoexec.bat (setting the path to the database program, Qbase).

The computer had Qbase, WordStar, and Sidekick installed, along with the game of Clue. Clue stalls when it wants to print the gamecards (II have no dot matrix connected).

I have to figure how to access the top menu in wordStar and Qbase (alternate key does not focus on the menu).

Hopefully Infocom games will run on the T3100 (which has full CGA support, in black and white of course, er orange and white).

System boots in 5 seconds!
The keyboard is 3 order of magnitudes better than on typical modern laptops.
Those (apparently) were the days!

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June 20, 2011 at 21:12:24
DOS 2.11? that doesn't have HDD support, right? How can you install programs, if you are only running them off another diskette? does it just make a note so when DOS loads itself,......oh, whatever. i'm getting off topic again. Not helping a bit. Otherwise, i only have 1 DOS6.2 comp and a Win98, so i'm limited on the old comp knowlege. I just got a DOS5 comp at a garage sale, but i'm waiting for some BIOS batterys to come in the mail. I'll have fun with it!!

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June 20, 2011 at 22:56:58
Hi, Dos 2.11 on the Toshiba.
Has a 10 MB HDD and 3.5 (720K) floppy.

Support for 3.5 supposedly started with DOS 3.2 or thereabouts.
But as other places in Inet discuss, Toshiba had a way to work around this.
For instance:

The T3100 had BIOS that did not need a battery. And the DOS was hardwired in with chips (the two white squarish chips above left the round speaker):


So it runs fine after the batteries all run down, except for clock/calendar.
And the DOS command.com file is 2.11V

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June 20, 2011 at 23:20:51
"MS-DOS 2.x - Support for 10 MB Hard Disk Drives and tree-structure filing system"


It was only released as OEM versions.................

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June 21, 2011 at 20:49:14
But support for 3.5" floppies supposedly was not until sometime after version 3. Yet all Toshiba T3100 had 3.5" drives and ran on a hardwired in DOS which was version 2.11 and bootup screen shows command.com version 2.11V.

Anyways, anyone who gets a model number exactly T3100 will have DOS 2.11 that works with 3.5" floppy drives, and there should be one built in. There are other versions of the T3100 such as T3200e, other versions have larger HDD's and maybe use a later version of DOS.

There is only one version of the T3100 that has built in system battery, the others are AC MAINS only.
Carry handle is very rugged and also can be optionally used to tilt the laptop
Screen is readable under bright sunlight (I think better than KINDLEs eINK).
Small fonts are easier to read than same size fonts modern laptop screens.
Keyboard is good or better than the excellent IBM clicky's.
No separate keypad, does have NUMLOCK.
Has standard 9 pin serial port, 9 pin CGA port, regular parallel port.
A proprietary port for external 5-1/4" drive, keypad, (or modem ?) however hard to find any of these..

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June 22, 2011 at 01:02:00
I don't know about QBase, but in WordStar the commands tend to be <Ctrl>-<something> rather than <Alt>-<something>. Have a look here: http://www.wordstar.org/wordstar/tu.... IIRC Sidekick uses the same commands.

Remember that we are talking about prehistoric computing here. Don't expect anything to be like modern software!

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June 22, 2011 at 08:09:16
maybe the wayback machine will let me read pages long time gone
many great old games on ebay run on this older DOS, the text games
work on CGA mono screens very well

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