DOS and XP

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Hy is it possible to a dual boot between DOS and XP?

I really want to play my old dos Games
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Can you run them in the DOS prompt?
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well yes...this is not a problem, but the problem is i cant control the mouse correctly and i cannot hear sounds
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a quick google search turned this up http://www.k1ea.com/hints/dual_boot.htm
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Weird...why did i think of it in the REALLY hard way?
thanks...i'll just use fips to create the dos partition...
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Word to the old DOS games.
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lol, what kind of dos games are you all playing btw?
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Vladdrac wrote:
lol, what kind of dos games are you all playing btw?


Well i got my self the Old panzer general and Bomb (similar to Scorched 3D)

and last but not least ALONE IN THE DARK 2 :P

(their is also one last game i'm trying to find it, OffRoad, using nitro to bump speed to the car :D)
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Ragnar78 wrote:
Weird...why did i think of it in the REALLY hard way?
thanks...i'll just use fips to create the dos partition...


Just pointing out some things to consider. If you have multiple hard drives, DOS must be installed on the first drive and it must be installed on a primary FAT16 partition. Versions of DOS older than 5 have to be installed as the first OS on the disk (i.e. at the front of the hard drive) because the versions earlier than 5 require the first three sectors of the IO.SYS file reside in the first three sectors of the drive. Versions later than 5 don't have that requirement, although it still may be worth doing.
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Also, take a look at the special warnings from Vcom
http://www.v-com.com/support/sup_os_dos.html

Also while you're on Vcom's site, look into System Commander
http://www.v-com.com/product/sc7_ind.html

It's worth every penny of the $69.95 they ask for it. It is so far the easiest boot and partition manager I have ever used.

Another problem that is likely to come up. Chances are your current OS takes up your whole harddrive. So you will no doubt have to resize it to make room for your DOS partition. You don't have to resize it much, because the maximum size partition you can make with DOS is 2000MB. However, you should probably run defrag before you resize it, since your files could be anywhere on the partition.

Hope some of that helps make it easier for you to get it done.
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i loved alone in the dark, pretty scary game in its time, i can't not laugh at it now!

maybe you have an old hardrive out of a computer no longer being used you can add to put on dos, if you don't want to format your main drive
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ATNO/TW wrote:
Ragnar78 wrote:
Weird...why did i think of it in the REALLY hard way?
thanks...i'll just use fips to create the dos partition...


Just pointing out some things to consider. If you have multiple hard drives, DOS must be installed on the first drive and it must be installed on a primary FAT16 partition. Versions of DOS older than 5 have to be installed as the first OS on the disk...

...Another problem that is likely to come up. Chances are your current OS takes up your whole harddrive. So you will no doubt have to resize it to make room for your DOS partition. You don't have to resize it much, because the maximum size partition you can make with DOS is 2000MB. However, you should probably run defrag before you resize it, since your files could be anywhere on the partition.

Hope some of that helps make it easier for you to get it done.


Actually i have DOS 6.2, and i'was not going to give more then 200 megs to its partition (just like old times when a 200meg HDD would break your heart hehehe) cause actually all the DOS games i have, fully installed, won take more the 130 meg or so...

As for System Commander, i never tried it, is their an evaluation copy of it? cause Fips is free (i can reallocate free space safly with it to create a partition and i'm really accustomed to it).

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