View Full Version : USB support in Dos

September 23rd, 2010, 08:28 PM
I've got a Pentium laptop which I'm going to give this shot on. It has an Nec usb controller so should be fine. Done a bit of reading and know it's possible using USBASPI.SYS and DI1000DD.SYS

I'm curious as to the experiences of other members on using these, good, bad or otherwise. What versions of Dos, usb devices, that sort of thing.

Thanks in advance.

September 23rd, 2010, 08:37 PM
It works for storage devices, such as USB pen drives and (I've heard) USB Zip drives. It's not plug-and-play, however. That is, you have to have the USB device plugged in when you boot to DOS. USB sticks are treated as partitioned hard drives, so they have to be correctly FDISK-ed and FORMAT-ed. The device discovery during boot is very slow.

If you use this with a Win9x DOS and want to start the GUI/Windows, your system will hang, so it's best to use these as a boot menu selection.

Otherwise, they'll do in a pinch.

September 23rd, 2010, 08:58 PM
Hit or miss. A lot of these drivers can do "weird" things. For example, I have this old Celeron-450 tablet, and using drivers like those either cause it to hang or take my USB (only option) keyboard away. Bret Johnson (http://bretjohnson.us/) made newer drivers but will only support Intel and Via, according to his site. Which is a shame for you, because I've found his to be far superior and much easier to use than the ones you're playing with. He also has a much larger device support.

Ole Juul
September 23rd, 2010, 09:24 PM
With a NIC you can store your files anywhere in the world (and at home) so what's the use? I'm curious. :)

It's always fun to try stuff though, so I do have both USBASPI.SYS from Panasonic and DUSE 4.9 but I haven't gotten around to trying them. I don't remember where I got DUSE (It's from a company called Cypress) but I don't see any copyright notice so I'll shoot you some files if you want.

September 23rd, 2010, 09:36 PM
Just for the hell of it really. That'd be great.

Ole Juul
September 23rd, 2010, 10:10 PM
Just for the hell of it really. That'd be great.

I just realized that the DI1000DD.SYS you mention is the driver in the DUSE directories. Sorry if I got your hopes up. However I have both 4.4 and 4.7 plus maybe some other files you could use. :) I just zipped up the whole train wreck (http://cgs.coalmont.net/usbdos.zip) so you can have a look for yourself.

BTW: Not related here, but that went directly from my DOS machine to the web storage. I'm hooked on this old fashioned networking. I only typed "CGS" followed by "put usbdos.zip" and there it is. ... love it. :)

September 23rd, 2010, 10:17 PM
Long live Dos! ;) Unfortunately the PMCIA 10BaseT nic has gone astray sniff sniff.....