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2014-04-26 19:18 »

Steven W wrote:In short, if UIDE works for your hard drive/ CD/DVD Rom/RW in DOS, it most likely can work with WIN 9x if you use the /B switch.


I guess I should've mentioned NOIDE entry in the registry too.

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2014-05-01 02:14 »

One more screenshot because I can't resist! ::thumbup::

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2014-05-01 08:53 »

Oh wow, just wow! ::clap:: ::clap:: ::clap:: ::thumbup:: ::clap:: ::clap:: ::clap::

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2014-05-03 03:25 »

I learned today that I'm still learning. I took UIDE out of the config.sys and removed it's associated line from the autoexec.bat. I still have the NOIDE in the registry, which means that essentially Windows is accessing the hard drive through the BIOS. It works that way, but no access to the CD ROM. I decided to play around with smartdrv.

My first attempt -- I noticed that there wasn't as much slowness and pausing when copying or moving a lot of or large files. I changed the command in my autoexec.bat:

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c:WINDOWSSMARTDRV 2048 2048


Now there's a kinda big pause when Windows is loading (I am wondering if loading Zone Alarm has something to do with that), but once loaded the copying/moving issue is just about unnoticeable. Woot! ::thumbup::

I'm going to have to get a DOS driver for the DVD rewritable, but this will be much better. Hopefully Smartdrv will provide buffering for it too. I don't know why I didn't think of this before!

Now I'm thinking UIDE might be useful for installation (particularly if you have one of those ugrade CD and want to use on older Win95 CD for proof of eligibility), but there may be better alternatives once Windows is loaded.

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2014-05-03 12:43 »

This all is on a physical machine right? I wonder, perhaps you could try this on a virtual machine as well? Do you by any chance have access to Hyper-V?

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2014-05-03 13:16 »

Yeah, on a real machine. I don't have access to Hyper-V. Will it run on XP?

I will say this about a VM, I have ran 98 SE on one before, I would imagine you could easily emulate some hardware that is completely compatible with it.

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2014-05-03 13:58 »

No, Hyper-V won't run on XP. Hyper-V is a separate server but I think some specific Windows 8.x version can have a built-in Hyper-V. Hyper-V is really great. Rock solid.

So you are still on XP? What kind of hardware setup did you have? o.O

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2014-05-03 17:58 »

I already have 98 and 2K on this machine, gonna also load XP and a Linux Distro.

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2014-05-04 21:12 »

I took a quick look around the internet and doesn't look as though anyone's successful gotten 9x to work with Hyper-V. I understand it isn't a Virtual Machine in the sense that it doesn't emulate the hardware. I have to admit, I could see some advantages in the approach that it uses, not the least of which would be speed. The obvious disadvantage would be not being able to use older operating systems.

I've read that some folks have successful done it using DosBox of all things.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dosbox/

http://www.dosbox.com/

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2014-05-05 09:34 »

You know, I think you are right. DOSBox seems very good. I wonder if I can install DOSBox inside Windows 8.x which is in its turn inside Hyper-V. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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