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Freedos howtos

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Various tips and programs which i used to install FreeDOS with friends on my eeepc 901.

* [[install|How to install FreeDOS in Linux dualboot with GRUB, not having cdrom or floppy drive]]
* [[nc|How to install Norton Commander 5.1 on FreeDOS without floppy drive]]

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h1. How to install FreeDOS in Linux dualboot with GRUB, not having cdrom or floppy drive

If you need instructions to do it the optimal way, scroll down.

h2. The pioneer way

FreeDOS comes in form of .iso images. My laptop has no cd drive, so i had to go creative. Here's what i did:

* Downloaded FreeDOS full cd from "official site":http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/distributions/1.0/
* dd'ed my 2gb pen drive in .img file (for speed)
* @qemu -cdrom fdfullcd.iso -hda dump.img@
* Repartitioned pendrive with xfdisk and installed FreeDOS on it
* dd'ed dump back to pendrive
* Made a free FAT32 partition on laptop
* Booted FreeDOS pendrive on it
* @sys d:@
* Then i tried to *cp* the fdos/ directory on new partition, but it hang up halfway through. So i booted Linux and happily copied the files over.
* Set up grub to boot FreeDOS using chainloader
* Ready!

h2. The optimal way

What you need for the task is:

* Any FreeDOS bootable media. I recommend using "unetbootin":http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net to convert one of FreeDOS cds (you actually need only base cd) to bootable pendrive. Alternatively you can try using "sys-freedos-linux":www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/dos/sys/sys-freedos-linux/ to make the partition bootable
* Free FAT32 (or 16) partition
* "This":http://dump.bitcheese.net/files/freedos.tar.bz2 archived full freedos installation


* Boot your FreeDOS media
* Type @sys d:@ where d is your FAT32 partition
* Boot linux
* Extract files from freedos.tar.bz2 to partition.
* Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
Add the following:

bc. title FreeDOS
rootnoverify (hd1,2)
chainloader +1

Where (hd1,2) is your FAT32 partition.

Now you should be able to boot FreeDOS from GRUB.

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h1. How to install Norton Commander without floppies

NC, the best DOS shell ever, is distributed mostly in form of floppy images over the Internet. It does work without installation though, so it's better just to download this archive that i found on some forgotten FTP: [http://dump.bitcheese.net/files/nc.zip]

Unzip and enjoy.

By Voker57 on 2009-07-08 11:12:23 +0000