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December 22nd, 2009, 05:39 PM
I was thinking about boot disks today and I wondered if it would be possible to write a version of BASIC onto a floppy disk and run it on a computer like you would for a small os on an old laptop.

Would something like that even work?

December 22nd, 2009, 05:47 PM
What kind of computer?

December 22nd, 2009, 05:48 PM
What kind of computer?

A PC type I suppose, very early IBM or compaq.

December 22nd, 2009, 05:56 PM
So you can certainly create a floppy that boots directly into BASIC.
But not without an operating system.

Bad Sector
December 22nd, 2009, 06:04 PM
You could create a DOS disk and put GwBasic, BwBasic or something similar in the autoexec.bat.

December 22nd, 2009, 06:24 PM
I recommend GWBASIC 2.0 - feels nice and 80s, instant interpreter and such.

December 22nd, 2009, 06:45 PM
Thanks for the feed back guys : ]

December 22nd, 2009, 08:50 PM
It might well be possible to take IBM BASIC in ROM and relocate it to run a lower memory area. But you would get just the simple cassette I/O--no way to save files.

On the other hand, the NEC 9801 series had something called NECDOS that was basically a juiced-up BASIC that ran from floppy.

So, yeah, it's doable.

December 23rd, 2009, 07:41 AM
When you make this post the disk image for us, or at least for me - I'd use it.