Ok, this is definately a vintage computing question! I have an old electronic test system that I need to get running (HP 3048A phase noise test set). I can download the software readily. But it has to run on DOS 6.22. It can not run on any version of windows. If I can get this thing running again, it would save me somewhere around $12,000 bux over buying a new version of the system.
I have various old desktop computers lying around. I was able to power one up with windows ME on it. Is it possible to install DOS 6.22 on such a computer (it is probably a few years more modern than the DOS software)?
I have been searching around but there is not too much info anywhere. One post I found said I would need to have a FAT 16 hard drive (or at least an FAT 16 partition to boot to.
So, I was wondering if I just turned on this windows ME computer with the DOS 6.22 install disk #1 in the floppy, would that take care of it....or is there all sorts of other stuff that is needed to be done first?
"So, I was wondering if I just turned on this windows ME computer with the DOS 6.22 install disk #1 in the floppy, would that take care of it....or is there all sorts of other stuff that is needed to be done first? "
Why wonder - why on earth don't you just try it and see what happens?
Hard drive partition less than 2 gb, I have seen that elsewhere.
I do notice some computers on ebay with windows 3.11 AND dos 6.22. Is it possible to boot up only in DOS with such a computer?
I did not want to drop the floppies in because I was wondering if the drivers for things like the floppy would dissapear when the DOS floppies wiped out the windows ME OS. I guess I will just go for it, and if it is totally screwed up I can buy a DOS PC off of ebay for around $100.
Yep, you were right. I unplugged the extraneous hardware I will not be using (usb board, cd rom, fax/modem, and sound card). Then I just started up the computer with DOS disk #1 in the floppy, and away it went. The first thing it did was reformat the hard disc properly for DOS, so I did not have to worry about that at all.
There is something very satisfying about sliding a floppy into the bay and hearing that age-old click sound!
This is really bringing back (bad) memories! It asked me if I wanted to run Memmaker to free up conventional memory! Back in the day, memory was so scarce, you had to juggle it around to get your programs to work.