Run a DOS application on a windows 7 machine.

February 2, 2012 at 20:55:40
Specs: Windows 7
Can anyone shed some light for me?

I have a 1999 Think pad that died. This computer is attached to a printing press and runs some diagnostic software. The software is DOS based. The software that came with the press also came with a set of floppy that look like a full version of DOS but it is in Japanese. I have another laptop with window 7 pro installed and would like install the press software. What is the best way to do this.

The laptop will not be used for any other purpose.

Any guidance would be helpful.

Thanks


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#1
February 2, 2012 at 21:25:22
How was the Printing Press communicating with the IBM Laptop ???

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#2
February 2, 2012 at 21:55:15
The computer is connection via a serial port.

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#3
February 3, 2012 at 00:37:31
Is the company that made the press still in existence? Maybe they have updated software or can help you out. Alternatively you can still get cheap legal copies of Windows 98 (which was DOS based) on EBay, so get a 2nd hand laptop & install on that (you would have problems running Win98 on your win7 laptop in any form)

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#4
February 3, 2012 at 00:41:33
Does your Laptop have a Serial Port ? What version of Windows 7 32bit or 64bit ?

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#5
February 3, 2012 at 13:20:12
You can get a replacement computer either a desktop or laptop to replace it.

You can try a virtual machine such as virtualbox, virtualpc or vmplayer or dosbox or even qemu to run an image of the old system. I do that a lot.

You could try using freedos.

It may be possible to use a usb to serial but they tend to make real old software difficult to get working.

Some of this old stuff is very specific. You may need things like a special command.com file and length and version. Some old copy protection was odd.

Why do you think it is another language?

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#6
February 5, 2012 at 18:20:13
The version of DOS was in Japanese I assume because the press was built in Japan. There is a newer version of software available but the total cost with a new OEM computer is in the area of 6 k. The software is not actually required to operate the press. It is used maintenance tracking and job recording.

I may attempt dosbox.

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#7
February 6, 2012 at 14:21:30
I'd clone it.

Be sure it is really dos and not the actual Japan version of operating system. For a long time they had their own stuff.

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