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    Default I need config.sys and autoexec help!

    Unfortunately growing up with Windows 98 did not allow me to experience DOS. I have several books in front of me that pertain to the use of DOS and I have searched the internet but I am still stumped on how complete these files.

    The machine is running a fresh copy of Windows 98SE. Now I know that I do not need these files for Windows itself, but for DOS mode. I am going to be using DOS mode for gaming specifically.

    A few important things:
    -I am looking to get the most memory available for those memory hungry games
    -Machine is a P200 Dell GXi with integrated sound and video. Installed are an internal floppy (A), Western Digital HD (C), Zip Drive (Iomega I'm assuming) (D), and a generic CDROM drive (E). I am also using a generic PS/2 mouse.

    So far I have the following:
    DEVICE=C:\Windows\HIMEM.SYS
    DOS=HIGH,UMB
    DEVICE=C:\Windows\EMM386.EXE NOEMS

    As for the autoexec... well I am clueless on how to configure that

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    autoexec.bat is the DOS equivilent of Start Menu > Startup. Programs like ACME Screen Saver would be put in here. An autoexec.bat file usually looks like this:

    Code:
    echo off
    prompt $p$g
    if you have windows installed, then there's usually a WIN command at the end.
    there can also be a whole bunch of odd commands like MS-CDEX drivers, TSRs, ect. Treat autoexec.bat like a DOS command prompt. point it to where the program is (cd x:\dir\name\here) and then the filename and you're good.
    Last edited by linuxlove; May 10th, 2009 at 06:26 PM. Reason: accidently hit reply instead of preview

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    here is a good tutorial, with recommendations on 3rd party software to improve DOS performance.

    http://www.mdgx.com/mem7.htm

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    Okay, I appreciate the help guys.

    My config.sys now looks like:

    DEVICE=C:\Windows\HIMEM.SYS
    DOS=HIGH,UMB
    DEVICE=C:\Windows\EMM386.EXE NOEMS
    DEVICEHIGH=C:\Windows\COMMAND\EBD\oakcdrom.sys /D:MSCD0001
    LASTDRIVE=Z

    Autoexec looks like:

    @echo off
    LH: C:\Windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD0001


    The CDROM works in Windows and is listed as an NEC drive. DOS however, will not recognize it. Any suggestions?

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    DEVICEHIGH=C:\Windows\COMMAND\EBD\oakcdrom.sys /D:MSCD0001
    Does this produce any messages saying it can find the CDROM?

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    Okay I have made progress! CDROM is now working!

    Autoexec now looks like

    @echo off
    SET SOUND=C:\Windows\System
    SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1 H5 P330 E620 T6
    SET MOUSE=C:\Windows\System
    LH: C:\Windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD0001

    Config.sys is the same

    Three problems
    -Memory is now down to around 30k instead of 620,000 before I started tampering
    -Mouse does not work (I'm guessing I will need the mouse.ini file)
    -Games do not auto detect Sound Blaster. I have the manually specify the settings. The computer is running onboard sound.

    Thanks again guys

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    Run MEM /P from the DOS prompt and see what's sucking up the memory. Only 30K, not 300K?

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    Code:
      Name           Total       =   Conventional   +   Upper Memory
      --------  ----------------   ----------------   ----------------
      SYSTEM    18,304   (18K)         10,608   (10K)       7,696    (8K)
      HIMEM      1,104    (1K)            1,104    (1K)         0    (0K)
      EMM386    4,320    (4K)            4,320    (4K)         0    (0K)
      DBLBUFF    2,976    (3K)            2,976    (3K)         0    (0K)
      WIN          3,744    (4K)            3,744    (4K)         0    (0K)
      OAKCDROM 36,064 (35K)            0        (0K)          36,064    (35K)
      IFSHLP      2,864    (3K)             0        (0K)          2,864    (3K)
      MSCDEX    28,032    (27K)         0       (0K)           28,032    (27K)
      COMMAND 7,168    (7K)             0       (0K)           7,168    (7K)
      Free         708,832  (692K)        632,352  (618K)    76,480   (75K)
    Last edited by Gwb; May 11th, 2009 at 06:48 PM.

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    Ah, you mean "memory used out of the base 640K" not "memory available". Sorry, I misunderstood.

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    LH: C:\Windows\COMMAND\MSCDEX.EXE /D:MSCD0001
    there should be no ":" after LH

    -Mouse does not work (I'm guessing I will need the mouse.ini file)
    you have to load a DOS mouse driver. get ctmouse. add it to your autoexec.bat:

    Code:
    LH \DOS\CTMOUSE.EXE

    -Games do not auto detect Sound Blaster. I have the manually specify the settings. The computer is running onboard sound.
    aside from the SET settings you also need to load the soundcard drivers. get them here if they are SB PCI variant:

    easymamecab.mameworld.info/html/snddosdr.htm
    easymamecab.mameworld.info/html/sndhelp.htm

    in your bios, change "PNP OS" to NO or OFF.

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