Ms-dos 3.2

September 26, 2010 at 09:03:21
Specs: Dos 3.2
I have a Toshiba T1100 and when I start it up it says "Place system disk into drive". Does anyone have a copy of MS-DOS 3.2 that they can e-mail me?

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#1
September 26, 2010 at 13:46:50
You're not locked into using 3.2. Scroll down this page:

http://www.oldcomputers.it/info/dos...

and you can find 3.3.

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#2
September 27, 2010 at 08:09:11
I have tried 3.3 but the laptop doesn't recognise it

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#3
September 27, 2010 at 10:21:29
Are you certain you don't have an issue with the floppy-drive itself?

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#4
September 27, 2010 at 11:45:45
This is a very old laptop. Is the drive a 720K or a 1440k pne?.

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#5
September 27, 2010 at 14:03:54
There is almost no way that it will run 3.2 but not 3.3.

As indicated above, the FDD needs to be configured right in BIOS. I needs to be clean. And it needs to work.


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#6
September 27, 2010 at 16:34:20
Just looked up the specs. The floppy is a 720K. You need floppies formatted 720K. This was 25 years ago.

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#7
September 27, 2010 at 16:56:47
My Tandy from the same era had TWO [count 'em] 720K drives. LOL


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#8
September 27, 2010 at 18:34:50
Yeah, I'm also not sure if the download is just the files or an installation program. A bootable floppy will need to be SYS'd to copy the system files to the correct location. Then you'd add the other files.

Even if the download does create a bootable floppy it's probably going to be a 1.44 and, as already mentioned, you can't use that. It's going to be kind of complicated making a bootable 720 K disk. If you can't get it going, I've got some 3.3 disks I could probably put on 720 K and mail them to you.

Does your Toshiba have a hard drive in it or is it just the floppies?

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#9
September 27, 2010 at 23:27:27
What are you smoking? Making a bootable 720k disk is as easy as a bootable 1.44 MB disk. Covering the hole opposite the write-protect tab should turn any 1.44 MB disk into a 720k disk. Depending on the image program you're using, it'll probably just return an error when you run out of space, which isn't a problem since all the files on the images you linked to above are within the first 360k anyway. If you want me to create a 720k image for you, I can probably do it in three minutes.

Edit: Here it is:

http://www.mediafire.com/?cuk73t2a2...

I had to double-check to make sure it would boot on real hardware (and I only have one real working 720k disk :( ). I used dd to create the image, but any program that can write raw disk images should be able to write it back to disk.


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#10
September 28, 2010 at 01:14:31
You don't use an image program to write a 1,44 to a 720. The 720 is single sided. The floppy should be set 720 in BIOS.

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#11
September 28, 2010 at 01:17:12
You have to use an image program to write the files provided above to disk. It has nothing to do with the size of the disk, or how many sides it has.

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#12
September 28, 2010 at 01:37:00
♪ NO, NO, NO, NO, I DON'T SMOKE IT NO MORE,
I'M TIRED OF WAKING UP ON THE FLOOR, , , ♪

Yes, yes we all know about covering the hole on a 1.44 to make a floppy drive see it as 720.

My experience has been that image programs won't write to a floppy that's not the same capacity as the disk the image was created from--they won't even start writing. The download consists of two .imz (winimage) files and I'm not sure how that software treats differently formatted disks. Will winimage running on an XP machine even be able to write to a 720 given XP's distaste for those older floppy formats?

That's a lot of possible complication for someone who probably isn't familiar with those older formats. And what good is the image if he can't get it extracted?

That's why I'd rather just send the disks. But hey, go ahead and take 3 minutes out of your day

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#13
September 28, 2010 at 02:02:50
I can't comment on WinImage; I really don't see the point of using it, given all the free alternatives available. I know that dd in Linux will allow you to try to write oversized images, and I believe dd and RawWrire for Windows do as well. I doubt Windows XP's poor support for 720k disks comes into play, since writing is done at a low level and not through the file system layer.

The image I created isn't compressed, so it should be usable by any low-level utility, like the ones I mentioned above. Familiarity with this format is not an issue; its simply a matter of selecting the file, inserting a disk, and clicking "Write", at least for RawWrite.

http://www.chrysocome.net/rawwrite

If nothing else, the image may save you three minutes if/when you decide to send him a fragile piece of plastic through snail mail. :)


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#14
September 28, 2010 at 08:30:47
DAVEINCAPS,
It doesn't have a hard drive and only uses floppy disks. Would you be able to mail me a 3.3 720 K floppy disk?

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#15
September 28, 2010 at 09:07:48
This has turned into much commotion about very little.

Make a 3x 1.44 boot disk with the box you're on.

Boot on THAT floppy and format /s a 720.

End of problem.


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#16
September 28, 2010 at 19:20:52
I scrounged around and found my old MS dos 3.3 as well as IBM dos 3.3 and even a disk with ms dos 3.2. I can send any or all of them, along with GWBasic. Send me a private message with your mailing address if you still need them.

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