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    Default Need help with windows 1.04 stack overflow

    Hi
    I'm trying to run windows 1.04 using my old PC parts. I've managed to install DOS and windows, but I couldn't launch windows - it showed "stack overflow" error only. Somehow i've managed to run windows, but it freezes after few seconds or when launching any app. I suppose it might be CPU speed fault, it's probably running too fast and windows can't handle it (e.g. gets "divide by 0" operations). Is there a way to somehow fix this, or maybe slow down CPU speed (like 30 times)? I cannot find any help on this in the internet. I've also considered PS/2 mouse as a reason for all of this, I've copied drivers from Windows 2.0 as Windows 1.04 is not supporting PS/2.

    Intel pentium 4, 2.4GHz
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    Phoenix 5.0 BIOS (Btw. I'd like to access more options, including advanced ones if anyone know how to do it)
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    One cause of a stack overflow would be if the version of DOS is later than 3.3. SETVER can correct for that.

    I think overall that Windows 1.x is better served when run under a emulator like PCEM.

    Could you describe the problem with the BIOS in more detail?
    Last edited by krebizfan; October 9th, 2018 at 09:18 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike__ View Post
    Is there a way to somehow fix this, or maybe slow down CPU speed (like 30 times)?
    You could give slowdown.com a try:

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    Windows 1 simply cannot operate with that configuration. The system is running WAY too fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    Could you describe the problem with the BIOS in more detail?
    I have access to some basic settings only and would like more advanced ones to be availible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike__ View Post
    Intel pentium 4, 2.4GHz
    WAY too fast. Two decades and orders of magnitude too fast. If you don't have something period-appropriate, you should probably be trying to run Windows 1.x in an emulator.
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    I've run Windows 1.x on Athlon XP machines without any apparent speed-related problems.

    The big mistake most people make is that when running on DOS 5.0 or higher you MUST a line in the SETVER settings.

    For Windows 1.x it needs the entry:

    WIN100.BIN 3.40

    And for Windows 2.x it needs the entry:

    WIN200.BIN 3.40

    (Why 3.4? I don't know, Windows 95 comes with the setver setting "WIN200.BIN 3.40" pre-programmed in so that is usually what I use).

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