posted on Jul, 17 2011 @ 12:27 PM
Originally posted by Deebo
Hello all you computer guru's. I have a very old laptop that I need some help with. It is a pentium 120mhz 48meg, 10x cd-rom, and a 1.3 gig hard
drive. The problem is it has windows 98 on it, which is about 1gig, so I basically am out of space (100-200mb left). I want to install dos 6.22 and
windows 3.11 on it but it wont work. I have the dos install that I got from microsoft's (not capitalized on purpose) website, but when I run the setup
file, it says wrong version of dos. How am I to go about formatting this thing and installing dos and win 3.11, from a cd? When I boot up the cd with
the dos files it doesn't do anything, just goes right to windows 98, I checked bios and my cd drive is set 1st in the boot sequence so I dunno. Any
If it's skipping the CD and going right to windows. That means either your drive is retarded and not booting, or the CD isn't boot-able. You'll have
to download an ISO file with a boot-able DOS 6.22 image www.allbootdisks.com...
and burn the disk image to CD with a program
like Nero or CDBurnerXP on a newer computer that can actually run Nero or CDBurnerXP lol. In other words the CD needs its own boot sector just like
the original DOS floppy disk had on it. cdburnerxp.se...
Make sure you're actually burning the ISO image to disk, and not just burning the ISO
file to the disk.
Also, older CD-ROM drives don't always boot. You may need a floppy drive and have to actually create a real boot-able DOS floppy, which can be a very
annoying task in this day and age.
The old DOS utilities, pretty much all of them, weren't compatible across versions. If you were using DOS 6.22 you had to use the 6.22 version of
format/chkdsk/bootsect/io.sys/command.com. If you were using DOS 5.0 then the 6.22 versions wouldn't work and you'd have to use the 5.0 versions.
Windows 98 was like DOS 7 or something. I don't remember exactly which DOS programs were version specific, but you get the idea. You have to be booted
into the right version, DOS 6.22, to install DOS 6.22.
If the utilities saw a newer or older version of DOS on the drive than what they were meant to work with they would just error out with this message
so you didn't mess anything up by accident.
If you want to revert to older version of DOS you have to boot from the disk and use fdisk from the version that you're trying to install. You have to
delete all the partitions on the computer (usually there's only one). Recreate a new partition that uses 100% of the drive. Reboot the computer for
the partitions to take hold.
Now you just have an empty drive with nothing on it so back up anything you want to keep before you do this. Now you should be able to format. Then
you can run the setup program.
edit on 17-7-2011 by tinfoilman because: (no reason given)
edit on 17-7-2011 by tinfoilman
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