two steps forward one step back

Amanda Lee amanda at
Wed Dec 12 15:39:50 EST 2001

Sorry if this is out of synch! still catching up after the hackers!

If it's a WindBlows Me system, there are patches to enable Real Mode Dos
so you can boot to dos.  I applied them and does allow you to boot to dos
but now I have to manually issue a win to boot into WindBlows ME.  I need
to look at the msdos.sys to see if windblows boot is off and other
annoyance is it makes this wakeup your bedpartner loud beep! when it
starts and I could do without that even though I don't sleep with my
computer! ha!  Otherwise, it works if this what you're looking for.


On Tue, 11 Dec 2001, John Covici wrote:

> I have a similar system -- no isa slot, but I can run DOS just fine --
> although its not Windows 3.1.  You probably should get another scanner
> and you'd be ok with any SCSI or USB one which is supported by
> whatever operating system you would like.  The ocr is also much
> better.
> On Tue, 11 Dec 2001, Charles Hallenbeck wrote:
> > I am recovering from a catastrophic failure here, caused by an
> > accumulation of cat hair in my fans and a runaway heating problem. I lost
> > a power supply, a processor, and a motherboard. On the theory that every
> > catastrophe is just a disguised opportunity, I upgraded my hardware rather
> > than simply replacing it. I am now running an AMD Athlon processor at 1400
> > MHz with 256 MB ram instead of the 600 MHz Athlon with 64 MB ram I was
> > previously using.
> >
> > That is the good news.
> >
> > The bad news is - while the old motherboard had an ISA slot, the new one
> > does not. And while the old system ran DOS on a small partition, the new
> > system will not run DOS. Attempting to run DOS causes the loader to switch
> > to rerunning Linux, but when that happens Linux hangs up when about 90%
> > through the boot process with no speech, no keyboard control, and no error
> > messages left on the screen.
> --
>          John Covici
>          covici at
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