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Hope I'm in the right sub-forum to ask this question, may I please ask someone to verify & confirm my new autoexec.bat & config.sys configuration for an old 486 DX4 system (with 8mb of RAM), running MS-DOS 6.22 & Windows 3.11.

I've used several online guidelines to build my own config, because the old one had a lot of errors and wasn't booting as it should have. The idea is to have 4 basic choices, full boot (or EMS option), full boot without EMS, minimal boot (with only essential components, needed to drive the system) & Windows 3.11-ready option, which entirely focuses on running 3.11.

Anyhow, here are the config files, please let me know if I have to change anything:

config.sys
Code:
[MENU]
MENUITEM=EMSBOOT, Start with EMS
MENUITEM=NOEBOOT, Start without EMS
MENUITEM=MINBOOT, Minimal Boot
MENUITEM=WINBOOT, Windows 3.11
MENUDEFAULT=EMSBOOT,10

[COMMON]
BREAK=ON
DOS=HIGH,UMB
FILES=40
REM FCBS=1,0
BUFFERS=10,0
LASTDRIVE=J
STACKS=9,256
COUNTRY=038,,C:\DOS\COUNTRY.SYS
DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS /V
DEVICEHIGH /L:1 =C:\DOS\DISPLAY.SYS CON=(EGA,,1)
SHELL=C:\DOS\COMMAND.COM C:\DOS\ /E:1024 /P

[EMSBOOT]
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE RAM /MIN=0 /V
DEVICEHIGH /L:1 =C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS
DEVICEHIGH /L:2 =C:\CDROM\CDROM.SYS /D:CD-3002A

[NOEBOOT]
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS /V
DEVICEHIGH /L:2 =C:\CDROM\CDROM.SYS /D:CD-3002A

[MINBOOT]
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS /V

[WINBOOT]
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE RAM /V
DEVICEHIGH /L:1 =C:\DOS\ANSI.SYS
DEVICEHIGH /L:1 =C:\WINDOWS\IFSHLP.SYS

autoexec.bat
Code:
@ECHO OFF
C:\DOS\MODE CON RATE=32 DELAY=2
C:\DOS\MODE CON CP PREP=((852) C:\DOS\EGA.CPI)
C:\DOS\MODE CON CP SEL=852
LH /L:2 C:\DOS\KEYB YU,852,C:\DOS\KEYBOARD.SYS
ECHO.
LH /L:2 C:\CDROM\MOUSE
ECHO.
PROMPT $p$g
PATH C:\DOS;C:\WINDOWS;C:\SOUND16
SET TEMP=C:\TEMP
SET TMP=C:\TEMP
SET TZ=CET-1CDT,3,-1,0,7200,10,-1,0,10800,3600
SET SOUND16=C:\SOUND16
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 T6
SET MIDI=SYNTH:1 MAP:G
C:\SOUND16\SNDINIT /B
GOTO %CONFIG%

:EMSBOOT
LH /L:2 C:\DOS\MSCDEX /D:CD-3002A /M:15 /E /S /L:D /V
ECHO.
LH /L:0;2 /S C:\DOS\SMARTDRV 2048 128 /V
GOTO END

:NOEBOOT
LH /L:2 C:\DOS\MSCDEX /D:CD-3002A /M:15 /E /S /L:D /V
ECHO.
LH /L:0;2 /S C:\DOS\SMARTDRV 2048 /V
GOTO END

:MINBOOT
LH /L:0;2 /S C:\DOS\SMARTDRV 2048 /V
GOTO END

:WINBOOT
LH /L:2 C:\DOS\MSCDEX /D:CD-3002A /M:15 /E /S /L:D /V
ECHO.
LH /L:0;2 /S C:\DOS\SMARTDRV 2048 128 /V
WIN
GOTO END

:END
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It's been years since I've hacked about with those files, I'd be amazed if many people can remember the nuances of those files. Which begs the question, why on earth are you still running Windows 3.1? And if it's for legacy software support, can you not run it in DOSbox on a modern machine?

I'd be bricking it if I had to support that kind of set up - not least of all because the hardware could fail at any point
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Your comment sure made me giggle biggrin.gif

So, yes - to answer your question, I really am running Win 3.11 & DOS for legacy software support. But not just for the support, I'm collecting old computers, especially 3dfx Voodoo cards... (take a look at my signature rigs to see what I mean) So, pretty much ever since I started with this (slightly unusual) hobby, I've always wanted to make a working 486 unit because that was my original, 1st PC back in the day. I remember as if it was yesterday, DX2 with 66MHz and 4mb of RAM
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Originally Posted by RobertJones View Post

Your comment sure made me giggle biggrin.gif

So, yes - to answer your question, I really am running Win 3.11 & DOS for legacy software support. But not just for the support, I'm collecting old computers, especially 3dfx Voodoo cards... (take a look at my signature rigs to see what I mean) So, pretty much ever since I started with this (slightly unusual) hobby, I've always wanted to make a working 486 unit because that was my original, 1st PC back in the day. I remember as if it was yesterday, DX2 with 66MHz and 4mb of RAM

I have signatures turned off, but I can see why you're doing this now. Sounds like a fun hobby smile.gif
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No problem wink.gif As for the config/autoexec question, I've actually made some progress myself, it seems I forgot to add CD ROM drivers for the Windows boot option... Other than that, I can't see any problems, so I'm hoping it'll be OK. To tell you the truth, I was hoping to find a DOS enthusiast around here, someone skilled with these variables & commands, who could tell me for sure.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RobertJones View Post

No problem wink.gif As for the config/autoexec question, I've actually made some progress myself, it seems I forgot to add CD ROM drivers for the Windows boot option... Other than that, I can't see any problems, so I'm hoping it'll be OK. To tell you the truth, I was hoping to find a DOS enthusiast around here, someone skilled with these variables & commands, who could tell me for sure.
I used to be skilled in DOS - which is why I wondered into this thread. But I've not touched it in at least 10 years (likely much longer as I've not really used Windows much in the last 5 years) and after reading this thread I can honestly say that I cant remember much.

Sorry, I've been a bit of a waste of space in this thread laugher.gif
Edited by Plan9 - 11/27/13 at 6:56am
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Nah, it's all good thumb.gif

To be perfectly honest, I don't know anyone who would remember working with 3.11/DOS environment, either... I used to know basic stuff, mostly just DOS commands (and I still do, even today), but other than that I was never really into system configuration. Especially now that virtual stuff took over, but for some reason I've always preferred the real deal, genuine hardware. Come to think of it, some of the older DOS games I have don't even work properly under virtual and/or emulated environment, which is why I've decided to use the real thing. You can't go wrong with 486 lol
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