Finding MS-DOS 3.3 Programs

June 14, 2012 at 04:58:02
Specs: MS-DOS 3.3, 640KB
Does anybody know of a website where I can download MS-DOS 3.2/3.3 office applications (such as qbasic or wordstar, or graph programs)?

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June 14, 2012 at 06:10:24
Hi Boac,

it might help if you advised where you are based as some programs are country configured. I am based in Hammersmith, West London.

With programs such as basic and wordstar, you really need the manuals that come with them. Therefore consider buying complete application sets. They are not expensive.

Go for Wordstar Professional (version 5 or 6), not Wordstar 2000.
I do not have experience of the Amstrad version, which is almost certainly cut down.

The site I would look at for them is ebay/computing/vintage.

Not sure what you are looking for in the way of graphics programs, but Supercalc does include some graphic facilities to display a spreadsheet's data.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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June 14, 2012 at 06:51:02
Thanks for the help Mike, i do use ebay to find products (thats where i got the laptop from) but it is quite rare to find early dos programs; so i normally download them. I do have qbasic and a program called SideKick (which allows you to open windows with basic utilities such as a calculator and notepad), but i cant find many websites where i can dowload office programs- just games. Also im from the east midlands.

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June 14, 2012 at 07:27:14
There are plenty of copies of WordStar available on the UK eBay. You should also be able to find a copy of Lotus 1-2-3, which provides graphing capabilities. As #1 said, you are really going to need the manuals to make any sense of these programs.

As commercial programs these are unlikely to be available (legally) for free.

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June 14, 2012 at 08:52:26

One difficulty is it only excepts 720K 1.44 diskettes,. so space is a limitation, the other problem is finding software as it has an 80C86 CPU which most newer **-DOS software will not support.

I believe it is an XT architecture machine, so software written for 286 AT and later machines may not be compatible

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June 14, 2012 at 16:19:16
Word 5.5 for DOS is still around (and free):

But if this is for your machine without a hard-drive, then it's likely pretty much useless...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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June 14, 2012 at 16:57:10
Qbasic came with dos 5 so it may not run on 3.3. Gwbasic will run on 3.3. I can email it if you can't find it.

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June 15, 2012 at 04:12:00
Hello daveincaps, well im the brother of joshua1000 (who you sent the boot disks to), so i have Gwbasic! :) Also i do have Qbasic, and that works quite well on 3.3.

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June 15, 2012 at 05:25:50
Hi Boac,

am not sure where Jolicloud (above #4) is coming from, unless this is the same laptop with no hard disk and 720k 3.5" floppy (or floppies?) mentioned in your other post.

If so, it is a completely different ballgame asto which software applications can run on it. e.g. Amstrad software may be ideal as their first basic cheapo pc's came with one or two floppy drives only.

Once purchased, the owner realised they were a nonsence to use, and then installed a hardcard or disk.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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June 15, 2012 at 05:48:10
Hello Mike, yes it is the same laptop from my other post. And i do have an old amstrad cheapo pc (the nc200)- but i think it is more of a toy than a computer (however in the user manual amstrad seemed to think that it could have been used for business applications - which was unlikely).

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June 15, 2012 at 07:35:17
Amstrad NC200 this machine uses a Z80 CPU so software not compatible with the X86 CPU architecture of the Toshiba laptop.

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

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June 15, 2012 at 10:30:05
No, there's no point in trying amstrad programs.

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June 15, 2012 at 13:21:42
Hi Boac and Jolicloud,

when Amstrad produced their pc compatibles, they bundled cut down versions of popular packages, such as Wordstar. These are what I was referring to.

I would expect them to work on any dos based pc.

e.g. on Ebay UK make an offer for this item:- 230798868847

When purchasing anything for this project, suggest asking the format of the delivery disks and whether the application can run on a floppy only pc.

Good Luck - Keep us posted

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