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 PostPost subject: Creating a FAT12 Hard Disk Partition on VirtualPC        Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:21 pm 
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I've been trying to set up a FAT12 hard disk partition on VirtualPC, to install MS-DOS 3 on, but I can't get it to work. First, I created the PC with a new hard disk image, then I hooked up that image, as the second disk, to another VPC with DOS 6.2 on it, so that I could edit the partitions in FDISK. I succeeded in creating a 32MB partition that could then be read by a DOS 3 boot disk, but when I SYSed the hard disk, it refused to boot from the partition, telling me to insert a disk with an OS on it. So I rebooted with the DOS 3 bootable again and ran FDISK from that, getting rid of the existing partition and creating a new one again (this time, letting the thing make it's 'maximum' sized partition, which is still limited to 32MB in FAT12). When I tried to SYS it this time, it told me a load of crap about how it couldn't transfer the system to that disk, so I undid it and redid it a couple of times, but it never worked. In the end, I decided that I'd try one last time, but instead of using SYS, I used FORMAT C: /S. This time, it told me that it had worked, but when I tried to boot up it just froze. I would like to set up a couple of FAT12 hard disks, so that I can have a couple of more 'authentic' Windows 1 and 2 machines. Can anyone help with this?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:22 pm 
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I did this by using a boot cd created by nero and then using install media.

I can upload a boot cd image to my server if you want. but Windows 1 & 2 don't tend to work in VPC. Windows 1 installs fine and works, but doesn't support the emulated mouse, and there is some display corruption sometimes. Windows 2 installs but crashes on startup. Windows 3 onwards works fine though, so personally i'd just stick to them

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:26 pm 
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hounsell wrote:
Windows 2 installs but crashes on startup.


I have Windows 2.03 working fine in VPC2004. What version of Dos are you using? (sometimes it seems to cause problems if you use one that's too new for a very old version of Windows).

I think Windows 1.0x only supports serial mice, which is why there is no mouse in VPC, which has a PS/2 mouse.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:32 pm 
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I know about this and i cant remember which version i know it was old enough, and its the same version that i was using for Windows 1. I'm using Windows 2.11 though, i wonder if this makes a difference. I'll download 2.03 tonight.

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