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Hi guys.

 

I need to run a DOS app from 1994.  I've downloaded the FreeDOS ISO.  I created a VM with one CPU, 128M RAM, and a 250M disk.  When I boot initially, it goes into the FreeDOS setup routine.  I exit to DOS, run fdisk, create and set active a FAT16 partition, and reboot.

 

At that point I get the "partition signature != 55AA" error -- MBR is toast.  Haven't had a chance to format the disk.  Anyway, it never again boots into the FreeDOS iso/setup routine, it just hangs there.

 

Has anyone installed a FreeDOS (or any DOS) VM?  Any advice?  

 

Thanks.

 

ETA turns out I need Windows 3.1, 3.11, or, presumably, 95.

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I setup MSDOS6.22 and WFW3.11 in a VM and just executed it as you can see from the attached graphic.  I also included my settings beside it.  As you may suspect I setup the VM on VMWare Workstation than transferred the HDD image file over to unRAID (VMDK for the HDD is the clue).  Maybe that will work for you.

WFW3.11.png

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On 5/18/2018 at 9:31 AM, tucansam said:

Hi guys.

 

I need to run a DOS app from 1994.  I've downloaded the FreeDOS ISO.  I created a VM with one CPU, 128M RAM, and a 250M disk.  When I boot initially, it goes into the FreeDOS setup routine.  I exit to DOS, run fdisk, create and set active a FAT16 partition, and reboot.

 

At that point I get the "partition signature != 55AA" error -- MBR is toast.  Haven't had a chance to format the disk.  Anyway, it never again boots into the FreeDOS iso/setup routine, it just hangs there.

 

Has anyone installed a FreeDOS (or any DOS) VM?  Any advice?  

 

Thanks.

 

ETA turns out I need Windows 3.1, 3.11, or, presumably, 95.

Did you ever get it working?

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No.  Gave up, for now.  Probably going to order a 386, 486, Pentium Pro, and Pentium III from ebay at some point and run what I need on actual hardware.

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