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Re: [ProgSoc] MS-DOS bootdisk
At 11:12 AM 6/2/98 +1000, Christian Kent wrote:
>On Tue, 2 Jun 1998, Jay Banyer wrote:
>> 1. How do I maximise the amount of free convential memory (ie the stuff
>> under 640k)? You may assume that no drivers need to be loaded (ie
>> autoexec.bat and config.sys are currently empty). From memory, there is
>> about 580k free. I'm pretty sure this can be improved, but I don't know
>Grab HIMEM.SYS and EMM386.EXE out of your WINDOWS\COMMAND directory. In
>your A:\CONFIG.SYS, add this:
Another way to do this is to use the Windows 95 boot menu option. That way
you can eliminate all the things you don't need from your config.sys and
autoexec.bat, and select on bootup which setup to load. If you *do* use a
disk, I'd recommend you change Christian's lines above to be:
Loads faster and reduces strain on your boot disk. :-)
The only problem with this is that the Windows 95 command.com is about 90k,
whereas the MS-DOS 6 command.com is only about 50k. But if you want to use
Dos 6, you've got to find a DOS6 command.com and system files, AND DOS 6
versions of himem and emm386, so it might not be worth the effort.
>It's a bit tricky to work out what you need, unless you've seen it in
>CONFIG.SYS before, when you bought your CD-ROM etc., or maybe it's still
>in there just commented out.
Some CD-ROM drivers (like mine - IDECD.SYS or something) let you put
switches on the command line:
devicehigh=blah.sys /D:MSCD001 /S:3
(memorised after lots of pain, those switches).
This sets the device name to be MSCD001, running on the secondary slave IDE.
The point to this story is that your driver might do something similar, or
if not, you could try the one I'm using if you've an ATAPI CD-ROM.
"It's not fair to deny me
Of the cross-eyed bear that you gave to me..."
-Misheard lyrics. http://www.kissthisguy.com/ (thanks Bryn!)
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