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Best Dostools for an old XT/286 ?

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    #16
    everything that costs more conventional memory is mostly less useful. the key is, getting a good functionality with a wide compatibility with small hdd and ram usage.
    as I said before "eierlegendewollmilchsau"

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      #17
      Originally posted by konc View Post
      My two cents:
      -I use rar 2.50 as an archiver because of the GUI. Very much like norton commander, so it feels familiar.
      -DOSKEY.COM as a doskey replacement because of less memory (ok, no big deal) but also for the TAB completion functionality. That's a big plus for me!
      I have a "scripts" folder in path. for everything I use regularly I create a batch file. So I simply don't need "doskey". the problem is, remembering the batch filename,
      but this is truly optimizable. I think I can put the batch files in the HD-menu...this should be one of the next targets.

      Doc

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        #18
        Originally posted by dr.zeissler View Post
        So I simply don't need "doskey".
        Sorry, but after reading that I couldn't do anything else.
        PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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          #19
          Originally posted by dr.zeissler View Post
          I have a "scripts" folder in path. for everything I use regularly I create a batch file. So I simply don't need "doskey".
          Are you saying that you only have one directory in your path, and you create batch files to execute every single program you want to run? If so, that's really wasteful; even a 1-byte batch file will take up an entire cluster on your hard drive. Besides, is it really that big a deal to type "cd \games\action\keen4" before running your program?
          Offering a bounty for:
          - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
          - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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            #20
            No, I start all Programs over the HDMENU and use the batchfiles for other things.
            e.g. compression/decompression copying, activate the connection to the nas. etc.

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              #21
              I guess the whole idea of customising a system is to set it up the way you want. There are some old farts that even think using a menuing system in Dos is cheating My current 286/12 system has no menuing setup at all. I just set the directories up in the PATH= statement and run the *.exe, *com, and *.bat etc from the C:\> prompt. There really is no "correct" solution. It only has a 40meg hard drive at the present so I remember most of what I need to run on it. That includeds networking, Geoworks 2.0/Windows 3.1, some utilities and a few games. For extra storage I'm using a LS120 parallel port drive at present, with a Backpack CDRom drive daisy chained off of it.

              So yeah there's more than one way to skin that cat.
              Last edited by Caluser2000; May 29, 2015, 11:23 AM.
              Thomas Byers (DRI)- "You'll have a million people using the A> [MS-DOS prompt] forever. You'll have five million using [nongraphic] menu systems such as Topview, Concurrent PC-DOS, Desq, and those types. But there'll be 50 to 100 million using the iconic-based interfaces."

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                #22
                Did not knew that Gem1x and Win1x/2x got VGA support!
                http://www.seasip.info/Gem/gem1vga.html
                http://www.seasip.info/DOS/Win1/vga.html

                Something for my 286/8 A2286 BB in my Ak2

                btw: Ncache/Ncache2 both do not work on my A2286 Setup. Smartdrive works, lightning works too.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by dr.zeissler View Post
                  Hi,

                  what are the best tools for an XT/286 for:

                  1. DiskCaching (Smartdrive Alternatives)
                  2. Best compression/decompressiontool (zip, rar, etc.) what version? (which one supports FPU)
                  3. Graphics viewer ? (All modes from Hercules, CGA,EGA,VGA)
                  4. Music Player (Mod-Files)
                  5. NortonCommander or clone
                  6. tbc.

                  Thx
                  Doc
                  Originally posted by dr.zeissler View Post
                  Case/System: Schneider Tower AT
                  CPU 286@10Mhz/Bus 10Mhz
                  FPU IIT287@8Mhz
                  GPU Onboard Gemini VC001 (EGA Hires)
                  RAM 2MB-Ram
                  HDD 1GB SCSI
                  FDD 3,5" 1,44MB
                  ISA1 Etherlink III
                  ISA2 CT1350b with CMS Upgrade
                  ISA3 Midiquest MPU401i with MT32
                  ISA4 Bustek BT542 SCSI-Controller
                  LPT1 ZipDrive + Covox
                  SER Busmouse (Schneider)

                  Doc
                  When you said XT/286, I was thinking IBM 5162.
                  Maybe you should have called it an AT/286.
                  But even that would imply IBM.
                  Am I being to picky here?

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                    #24
                    What, no one mentioned David Aldrige's Cache86? I've got a copy because I was interested in the Windows 95 dustup

                    If anyone wants to try it--as well as his version of Xtree, I have the floppies.
                    Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                      What, no one mentioned David Aldrige's Cache86? I've got a copy because I was interested in the Windows 95 dustup
                      Dismissed with prejudice!

                      If anyone wants to try it--as well as his version of Xtree, I have the floppies.
                      I'd certainly like to see them, sure. ("his" version of xtree?)
                      Offering a bounty for:
                      - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                      - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Trixter View Post
                        I'd certainly like to see them, sure. ("his" version of xtree?)
                        Tree86, I believe. I'll check around and dig them out.
                        Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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