connect a DOS & a Win XP

July 27, 2009 at 03:44:08
Specs: DOS
i wanna connect two computers via a crossover cable. one DOS & the other winXP.
i decide to use MSClient for this. but i dont know is it possible for XP or not. because every thing i saw was for win 95,2000,NT.
if so what settings does ir need?(both in DOS & XP)

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July 27, 2009 at 09:38:32
Basically, all you'd need is the network configuration on both the XP PC and the DOS PC to have an IP address within the same subnet, and the same subnet mask. Then they should be able to communicate.




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July 27, 2009 at 22:21:06
so first i should copy MSCLient on a floppy and run it into DOS pc. then assign IP.( but DOS pc doesn't know ping,ipconfig,... commands becuase they are external commands and available only on cmd of Win PCs so how to find that? how to ping to win? does MSClient needs pinging or it does it automatically?)
i found a setup guideline for NT, bur it isn't very similar to XP. what's the solution?

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July 28, 2009 at 00:43:39
You need both Disk1 & 2 installed and change the default to TCP/IP protocol on the MS-DOS PC, also you will need an NDIS driver for the Network Interface Card if MSClient 3 does not have the driver included:

Also you will need the MS Client 3 Server add-in software installed, the link on above linked page is broken, but google for the file: wg1049.exe

On the XP PC set up ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) this will create a basic DHCP Server, which MSClient 3 should be able to access.

ICS assigns


Actually LANTASTIC is better software, but expensive, also see:

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July 31, 2009 at 21:34:02

This link shows settings for NT system but i need for XP. is XP did it by default?
in XP just make a new network connection?
in Win mode or in CMD?
please explain completely!

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July 31, 2009 at 22:00:59
If you do not know what you are doing it can take a while to explain how to do this.

Like some one said above you will need a DOS NIC driver for the version of DOS that you are using (Type VER) to figure your version out. Then you will need to modify the CONFIG.SYS file to load the NIC driver. just add the path and the name of the file to it.To get this driver you may be able to find it on the net by Googling the manufacture of the NIC. Most NICs are compadible with Network Eagle 2000 drivers which you will have to download off a BBS. Try here to see if they have a DOS driver for your NIC...

You are right in that DOS did not support TCP/IP so you will probably need to add a communication program that does. This is where MS Client 3 comes in. Then you will need to share the drive or file. Here are the instructions for Windows NT, Windows 3.1 and DOS. Just scroll down to the section for running it from the command line.

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July 31, 2009 at 22:03:06
Quick question why do you have to hook up to a DOS box? Just pull the drive and hook it up to the same computer to get its data.

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July 31, 2009 at 23:25:56
It does not matter whether the link states NT4, you only need to worry about the MS Client 3 side on the **-DOS PC, if as I stated you setup XP no further configuration should be required. I have done it in the past and so have many other people!

If you are struggling with **-DOS, then you have to do some serious research, it is worlds away from NT5.1 (aka XP)

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August 2, 2009 at 00:43:42
"why do you have to hook up to a DOS box?"
because i want to work on an embedded DOS machine next.

I installed MSClient on DOS but when i reboot it, it gives an error:
Error 5733 : the protocol manager has reported an incomplete binding.

& then keyboard doesn't work!
i did exactly like the manual. with NetBEUI protocol.
i checked its adaptors. it had NIC adaptor too at the end of the list.

Q: should i plug the cable in or it will be detect it whenever i do?

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August 2, 2009 at 18:58:59
This is an IRQ problem. Your network card is conflicting with the keyboard. See if the NIC has jumpers on it to be able to change its IRQ. If not then you will have to change it through software. Windows will do this for you but since you are using DOS the network card should have come with a program that will let you change the settings on a DOS computer. If it is a new NIC then chances are it does not have DOS support and you will need to hook it up to a Windows box. I beleive the standard IRQ for NICs is 9. Make sure it is set as such.

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August 2, 2009 at 23:43:14
But i think IRQ is 10. see :

I read somewhere that in this way XP is server & DOS is client. Is that right? I mean i need to read DOS's data in XP.

any idea?
I'm confused completely...!!! :-z

Should i reinstall DOS? It doesn't work at all !!

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August 4, 2009 at 22:46:27
Is someone there?


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August 13, 2009 at 04:19:36
Rather than go thru' it all here... and it's been dun many times here and elsewhere... suggest you do a trawl/search via google for:

dos networking

and you will get a range of hits covering dos networking (dos/dos) and also dos/windows...

There isn't much to it - but it will both easier and very helpful/eductional for you to do that trawl; and read the various (and many) useful tutorials in comfort and more detail than likely we can/will give here...?..

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