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7. The old way of generating a bootable DOSEmu

Since dosemu-0.66.4 you will not need the complicated method of generating a bootable dosemu suite (see Quickstart). However, who knows, maybe you need the old information too ...

7.1 Boot ( 'traditional' method )

If you are new to DOSEMU

  • Make CERTAIN that your first disk statement in /etc/dosemu.conf IS pointing to your hdimage!
  • Reboot DOS (the real version, not DOSEMU.) Put a newly formatted diskette in your a: drive. Run "sys a:" to transfer the system files to the diskette. Copy SYS.COM from your DOS directory (usually C:\\DOS) to the diskette.
  • Reboot Linux. Run 'dos -A'. After a short pause, the system should come up. Try "dir c:" which should list the files on the harddrive distribution image. If that works, run: "sys c:". Exit dos by running "c:\exitemu". If you have problems, hold down the <ctrl> and <alt> buttons simultaneously while pressing <pgdn>. (<ctrl><alt><pgdn> will automatically exit dosemu.)

If you already have a HDIMAGE file

  • If you have a previous version of DOSEMU running, you should copy the *.SYS, *.COM, & *.EXE files in the ./commands directory over to the hdimage drive that you boot from. Some of these files have changed.

If you don't know how to copy files from/to the hdimage

  • Have a look at the recent mtools package (version 3.6 at time of writeing). If you have the following line in /etc/mtools.conf
         drive g: file="/var/lib/dosemu/hdimage" partition=1 offset=128
    then you can use all the mtool commands to access it, such as
        Copying autoexec.bat
        @echo off
        echo "Welcome to dosemu 0.66!"

all clear ? ;-)

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