DOS Box and DOS question

DOS Box and DOS question

Post by SQL » Tue, 25 Dec 2007 06:07:23


I am new to the whole DOS Box experience, so I am not sure if this
topic has already been covered. I am wondering if you can run a
version of DOS such as MS DOS within DOS Box?

Cheers,
SQL
 
 
 

DOS Box and DOS question

Post by Ted Davi » Tue, 25 Dec 2007 09:00:00


DOS boxes imply Windows, not real mode DOS. Windows is off topic here.

In the Win9x series, the DOS box *is* a form of DOS ... sort of. In the
NT series, there is no DOS present, though there is a DOS emulator
available. What you actually see is a command processor, either
COMMAND.COM (Win9x) or CMD.EXE (NT series).

DOS is an operating system, it cannot be run as an application under a
command processor - a real or virtual (bootable) machine is necessary.

--

T.E.D. ( XXXX@XXXXX.COM ) UMR becomes MST soon.

 
 
 

DOS Box and DOS question

Post by repl » Tue, 25 Dec 2007 11:39:00


|
|> I am new to the whole DOS Box experience, so I am not sure if this topic
|> has already been covered. I am wondering if you can run a version of DOS
|> such as MS DOS within DOS Box?
|>
|
|DOS boxes imply Windows, not real mode DOS. Windows is off topic here.
|
|In the Win9x series, the DOS box *is* a form of DOS ... sort of. In the
|NT series, there is no DOS present, though there is a DOS emulator
|available. What you actually see is a command processor, either
|COMMAND.COM (Win9x) or CMD.EXE (NT series).
|
|DOS is an operating system, it cannot be run as an application under a
|command processor - a real or virtual (bootable) machine is necessary.

On any Win9x machine you could boot to real DOS instead of Windows at
any boot if you hit the key to bring up the boot menu. On mine the
boot menu is the default, so real DOS is an easy choice.

On the Me machines you had to modify the registry first, not until the
NT/Xp/Vista systems was there no longer that chance.

Perhaps SQL left a space in by mistake and meant the open source
software, Dosbox http://www.yqcomputer.com/ , which does not imply Windows.
With Windows you can get to a pseudo DOS without such software.

Dosbox is a DOS emulator for use with other operating systems. I use it
on my Mac so I can run many of the same DOS programs I can run on my
Windows machine. A Google search on dosbox will turn up many links
related to it.
 
 
 

DOS Box and DOS question

Post by SQL » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 07:23:34


*** I am running Windows XP Media Center edition.


*** As I have noticed.


*** That is what I meant. Sorry about the confusion.


So my question still remains, can you load a version of DOS in DOSbox?

Thanks,
SQL
 
 
 

DOS Box and DOS question

Post by Charles Dy » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 08:27:47


I don't believe so. For that you need a more complete PC emulator, like
Bochs ( http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ) or Virtual PC
( http://www.yqcomputer.com/ )

The former is open-source; the latter is IMO slicker.

--
Charles Dye XXXX@XXXXX.COM
 
 
 

DOS Box and DOS question

Post by ronald.phi » Wed, 26 Dec 2007 09:43:19


Yes, you can run MS-DOS in DosBox but it requires either booting from
a floppy image or creating an HD image to install MS-DOS on.

Almost all DOS games/programs work fine in DosBox just using the mount
function. A few rare programs use copy protection or functionality
that requires real MS-DOS but out of my collection of 600+ DOS games
they all run fine in DosBox without having to use real MS-DOS.