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[aprssig] dos on a winxp machine

Danny Messano danny at messano.net
Tue Jan 9 05:25:53 UTC 2007


I think virtualization is the way to go.  Before long, you won't be able to
run DOS and 16-Bit Windows apps on a current version of Windows, and
virtualization like VMware or M$ VirtualPC will be needed.  It's time to
think ahead.
 
I have several Windows 3.1 VMs I have built for programming old Motorola
Radios, and it works pretty well, using surprisingly little CPU. 
 
M$ VirtualPC is free on Windows platforms, and if you make a FreeDOS image
with APRSDOS on it, anyone could run it.
 
VMware is not free, but the player to play the VM's one creates, is free.
You could do the same here with FreeDOS and APRSdos, and even run the image
under Linux since there is a VMware player for Linux as well.
 
I keep wondering why there hasn't been a flood of APRS related VMs floating
around yet.  JavAPRSsrvr IGATE VMs, APRSDOS VMs, Xastir VMs, etc.
 
Danny Messano
KE4RAP

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From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Scott Miller
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 11:35 PM
To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
Subject: RE: [aprssig] dos on a winxp machine


There's a command shell, but keep in mind that it's not DOS.  Windows hasn't
had DOS under the hood in a long time, and the NT/2000/XP operating systems
are vastly different inside, closer to something like VMS (to which it's at
least distantly related) than any single-user, real-mode OS.  They at least
make an attempt at DOS compatibility, but you have to remember that there
are many layers of abstraction between the DOS environment and the hardware
now.  DOS programs used to have direct access to pretty much everything in
the machine, but that's not possible in a modern OS.
 
That said, for all I know APRSdos might work just fine in XP.  If not, just
load yourself up a virtual PC with VMware.  You might need to download
FreeDOS to run on it if you don't have your DOS disks handy.  It took more
than a decade, but they finally made it to version 1.0.  Anyone know if it
works with APRSdos?
 
Scott
N1VG

 

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From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Ray McKnight
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 8:14 PM
To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
Subject: RE: [aprssig] dos on a winxp machine



Doesn't XP have a boot menu - hit F8 after the BIOS finishes its thing,
before

Winderz says it's loading?

 

>From there you select to boot to DOS prompt.

I believe you can have the boot menu shown automatically

Every time the machine boots, but that may require a registry key edit.

 

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From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of flknbry
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 19:56
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] dos on a winxp machine

 

How does on get into dos on a machine running xp.Not just the dos prompt
through programs.I wish to run dosaprs.Also i would like to change the home
map to mine.when i hit the home key.

                     Quentin

 

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