View Full Version : Install freedos from floppy?

April 2nd, 2016, 11:07 AM
Theres anyway or any place where can i get freedos to install in my computer but from floppy? the only i've found is just a bootable version, but i want the full version to install in my hdd.

April 2nd, 2016, 12:43 PM
What system are you installing it on? How big is the hard drive?

You just need to install the basics, ie boot disk then prepare the hard drive, then build your system up from there.

If the system sports a network card you can transfer the files from a later system with CDRom. You can even transfer file via serial or parallel ports.

Another option is to build a freedos system on a computer that has a cdrom then make your own floppy distro from there. You'll probably find you don't need the whole 40megs of files the freedos 1.1 sports anyway.

April 2nd, 2016, 01:30 PM
If you don't have a CDROM or networking or systems directly connected by cables, the ZIP tool included with FreeDOS has the ability to split an archive between several disks and stitch them back together at the destination hard disk.

April 2nd, 2016, 04:42 PM
In the past I would have used a null modem serial cable connected to another system for the transfers of large or numerous files from one system to another. I could suggest you could boot up the target system with a boot disk and the necessary programs to format and prepare the hard disk, and also with a copy of InterLnk.exe to set up the connection. The source system could have all of the FreeDos files on the networked drive and would copy everything over in a matter of minutes. I did that several times to get DOS 6.22 on old systems that lacked a 3.5" floppy.

April 2nd, 2016, 05:06 PM
Interlnk via com port(null-modem cable) guide:- http://www.pcxt-micro.com/dos-interlink.html I'd imagine transferring 40meg would take some time.

Parrallel port(Laplink cable) guide:- http://www.oocities.org/vbmcomputers/pinout/interlinkdatatransfer.htm the links are dead on this one though.

Parrallel port transfer is far quicker than serial port transfer.

Detailed info on cable layout etc:- http://www.trine2.net.au/PC%20to%20PC%20Connect/linkup.html

FTP transfers via network would be quicker than either.Dos Ftp client and server software are available as part of the mTCP suite of programs:- http://www.brutman.com/mTCP/

April 2nd, 2016, 05:34 PM
Serial modem might be slow transfer, but I guarantee it'll be faster than splitting files across floppies. :)

April 2nd, 2016, 05:38 PM
Serial modem might be slow transfer, but I guarantee it'll be faster than splitting files across floppies. :)Indeed. Nullmodem cables are cheap enough. I got a 2mtr DB9 F/F one last week @ NZD5.00 plus postage.

Here's an old vcf thread discussing the proceedure:- http://www.vcfed.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-23580.html?

The OP may want to read Ole Juul's thread regarding installation:- http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?29679-FreeDOS-1-1 I miss Ole Juuls banter...........

April 3rd, 2016, 05:47 AM
Thanks guys for the answers, what i wanted to do is just install freedos on a compaq presario 633, with just a hdd and floppy drive, it wont boot from cd, thats the matter, i tought freedos could have a set of floppies like the msdos 6.22 for example, with 4 floppies to install it.

April 3rd, 2016, 10:43 AM
I'm sure others would like that as well but the I gather the Freedos crowd are really aiming for Pentiums and up. In saying that all you need to install dos is the boot disk Ole Juul put together. The rest is utilities and applications. As I mentioned in the other thread, hook up an IDE drive as slave and use the PLOP boot manager with the Freedos cdrom. It shouldn't be too hard to do and will save a lot of aggravation. You can even install PLOP on the hard drive mbr, so it will be available all the time. See the Dos section on this page https://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/mbrinstall.html It can be removed if you decide it's not needed perminantly.