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DOS Programs

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Many thanks, Jaclaz.

It shows the power of choosing the search terms correctly! In the searches that I had made, I was overwhelmed with dross, I couldn't see the useful information.

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I've been trying to update my boot disks to be more general and work for modern hardware. I have had few real victories (admist all the USB device headaches, namely keyboard and mouse), but I thought I'd share what I found:

GCDROM - a CD/DVD driver for DOS that works with SATA drives. Worked pretty well the 2 minor times I tested it.

http://www.freedos.org/cgi-bin/lsm.cgi?mod...base/gcdrom.lsm

And while these are pretty raw in development they show much more promise than the USBASPI/DI1000DD combo (one was even made to have an open API it seems). Hopefully one of them will eventually be reasonably complete and stable:

DOSUSB - http://www.georgpotthast.de/usb/

and

USBDOS - http://bretjohnson.us/

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I found this gem of a web site chock full of programming/memory/batch tips + tools [all free]:

http://www.fysnet.net/

Enjoy.

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I found this gem of a web site chock full of programming/memory/batch tips + tools [all free]:

http://www.fysnet.net/

Nice :), though it's the "new place" for:

http://www.frontiernet.net/~fys/

Home of the mtools for dos:

http://www.frontiernet.net/~fys/mtools.htm

now:

http://www.fysnet.net/mtools.htm

the site is online since the '90's, JFYI, look at first link in it's "useful links" page ;):

http://www.fysnet.net/links.htm

:thumbup

jaclaz

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though it's the "new place" for:

http://www.frontiernet.net/~fys/

Yeah, you're right, I thought that much, it looked very familiar when I (re)visited it not long ago. ;)

I just forgot its old URL, I guess.

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Need some help ... advice with installing the DOS USB drivers mentioned in Post #27.

I am interested in the USBDOS - http://bretjohnson.us/ package. There are around 28 items + a ReadMe file in the download but I am not sure how to put them on my machine or where. That package is dated Jan 30, 2010. Do I "drag and drop" or "copy and paste", if so, to what folder in Windows or do I click on each item to install?

thanks ...

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@duffy98

It is much more complex than what you think.

Please start a new thread where we can discuss this issue without hijacking the present thread.

jaclaz

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jaclaz ... OK, new thread started.

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QubeCalc 301 © Copyright FormalSoft 1986-87

http://vetusware.com/download/QubeCalc%203.01/?id=3902 or http://xpda.com/floppies/qubecalc.zip It seems to be freeware at this time

QubeCalc is a TRUE three dimensional spreadsheet (as opposed to some two dimensional spreadsheets which let you link cells of multiple spreadsheets together). It's a cube of colomns, rows, pages. View side of cube and pages become columns etc etc.

I don't know of any modern spreadsheet that can do this. I've used it for birding records since 89, I even paid 70 bucks for it back then.

Nice forum, congratulations.

douglas

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I have a really neat DOS game (that I can't beat) that wants a "univibe 2.0" DOS video driver, to run at a resolution higher than 400.

Has anyone else run into this before?

Does anyone know where I can obtain this or know a way around it?

regards,

~Alex

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I have a really neat DOS game (that I can't beat) that wants a "univibe 2.0" DOS video driver, to run at a resolution higher than 400.

univibe or univbe? :unsure:

Has anyone else run into this before?

Does anyone know where I can obtain this or know a way around it?

YES/YES.

http://homepages.tesco.net/J.deBoynePollard/FGA/questions-with-yes-or-no-answers.html

UNIVBE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UniVBE

http://www.dosdriver.de/graph.php

jaclaz

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I have a really neat DOS game (that I can't beat) that wants a "univibe 2.0" DOS video driver, to run at a resolution higher than 400.

univibe or univbe? :unsure:

Has anyone else run into this before?

Does anyone know where I can obtain this or know a way around it?

YES/YES.

http://homepages.tesco.net/J.deBoynePollard/FGA/questions-with-yes-or-no-answers.html

UNIVBE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UniVBE

http://www.dosdriver.de/graph.php

jaclaz

Umm, probably the latter, I was working off of memory there -my pc was burning a disk and I couldn't boot up the game to check the spelling.

"YES/YES".

Lol. Are you now, or have you ever been a lawyer? ("Do you know what time it is?" "Yes.")

Thank you kindly,

:-)

~twf

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I have 2 questions.

The links and drivers and programs that are being recommended here -is this stuff someone's heard about, or stuff someone's used; I.e., there's a difference between "I heard about this place", and "I've ran this program and it works"

It turns out I had an updated Univbe program, which I've installed (haven't run the game yet to see how it looks); does anyone want me to upload it here somewhere? Is it something anyone else can use?

~twf

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I have 2 questions.

The links and drivers and programs that are being recommended here -is this stuff someone's heard about, or stuff someone's used; I.e., there's a difference between "I heard about this place", and "I've ran this program and it works"

It turns out I had an updated Univbe program, which I've installed (haven't run the game yet to see how it looks); does anyone want me to upload it here somewhere? Is it something anyone else can use?

~twf

1. I've used UniVBE, the native DOS driver, a very long time ago, back in the days when old video cards were not compatible with modern VESA standards.

Nowadays most of the video hardware doesn't need univbe anymore, unless you're using some old DOS game [can't recall which one I've read about years ago] which was programmed to use univbe [or similar tool], and crashes without, even locking up the computer.

Another bug I know of is that univbe [last native DOS version] was created before some video controller manufacturers updated their vid BIOSes, and in such cases [the Vogons forum should have some info on this issue] it is needed a fake univbe driver [*.DRV] to load in memory upon every boot from autoexec.bat or config.sys before univbe loads, in order to fool univbe into thinking the video BIOS is compatible with its driver.

2. To my knowledge each univbe driver is created custom [when you 1st run the EXE tool from native DOS] to the specific video controller BIOS in your computer, and will probably not match many other video controllers out there.

Therefore one needs to run univbe.exe on his/her particular computer, in order to create the customized driver that will load in memory from then on.

So if you'd like to post your univbe driver, please specify the exact vendor + model of your video controller, and eventually the video BIOS flash build number, so other users can have an idea what to expect, because your custom driver may not work for others.

HTH

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Programs for DOS, drivers for DOS, potatoes, potatos, take your pick...

The important fact is that it happened, and much sooner than some of us here at MSFN predicted it would happen... ;-)

exFAT drivers for native DOS are finally here [free, open source]...

Experiment:

Load them up [1 at a time] in your config.sys +/- autoexec.bat, reboot, and then start Windows 95/98/ME. Theoretically these drivers should provide exFAT/FAT64 support (even if limited) in Windows 9x OSes [95, 98 + ME].

An extended memory manager like HIMEMX.EXE (free) may be needed in config.sys.

Do not load them from a DOS box/session/console.

WinME users need 1 of these patches to re-enable use of autoexec.bat + config.sys [free].

Enjoy.

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Real DOS 8.00 on separate HDD/partition *WITHOUT PATCHES* for first time:

Windows Me OEM bootable CD inside TOOLS\NETTOOLS\FAC\LTOOLS.DTA misnamed cabinet file contains:

IO.SYS

MSDOS.SYS

COMMAND.COM

which can be used as system files on any separate HDD/partition, *WITHOUT PATCHES* of any sort. Simply format separate HDD/partition and freshly copy these three files to main directory in given order to have DOS 8.00 working instantly.

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KBFR is an alternate DOS driver for French keyboards. Salient features :

- only 480 bytes resident memory used

- autoloads "high" if upper memory is available (can be overridden)

- *all DOS* make and version supported (please report if you find an incompatible case)

- should run on all "AT" class, 80286+ machines (i.e. anything except early PC and PC-XT & compatibles)

- driver can be enabled, disabled, removed without rebooting.

- compatible with MS-Windows and DOS multi-taskers.

- especially recommended for boot floppies (if anybody still cares) as it occupies only ~2 kilobytes on disk (no extra data file needed)

- only French keyboard supported ATM sorry. I have a German version half finished, will finalise IF voluntary testers apply (please message me)

- license : free for use, open source.

Download : attached archive 4,578 bytes

More download links (including KBFR source code)

July 27, 2011 - edit Downloadable files were refreshed (minor bugfix). The above links have been updated accordingly.

Users who downloaded earlier should update.

KBFR.ZIP

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Slovak Antivirus Center

"You can find here the latest shareware and freeware programs, which come from the collection of SAC FTP server maintained by Peter Hubinsky."

http://www.sac.sk/

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--MY FAVORITE DOS STUFF--

Below is the homepage for Dvpeg, probably the fastest *freeware* image viewer for DOS that I'm aware of.

http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/~praetzel/dvpeg/

(I prefer the simplified version because it has fewer bugs, but it only supports jpeg format though.)

You can customize it to your liking. It offers a nice amount of command line switches and other tweaks you can change in the setup.

*Note* It doesn't handle progressive format jpegs. It will come up with an error for unsupported marker type. These are pretty rare files though, maybe like 1 in 100 jpegs, if that.

On my desktop I actually made a shortcut to Dvpeg. It's a very quick, no frills way of browsing through your jpegs. I made a batch file to start it the way I want every time, and I locked the resolution at 640x480 and enabled shrinking so I don't have to scroll the pictures. Works just as fast as most windows progs, but without all the bloat.

If you try out Dvpeg, remember that hitting "N" will go to the next picture, "P" the previous one. Hehe.

If I had to rank the best Freeware picture viewers for DOS:

(1) Dvpeg

http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/~praetzel/dvpeg/

(2) PictView 1.95

http://www.pictview.com/pv195prev.zip

(3) Lxpic

http://hplx.pgdn.de/

(4) PixView

http://www.cs.unibo.it/~rossi/pixview/

(5) Picem

http://www.afn.org/~afn04143/picem32.zip

...I might also mention that DOS had some pretty cool *shareware* image viewers. They're all fully functioning despite being shareware. In terms of quality they blow the freeware programs right out of the water.

Here's how I would rank them:

(1) QPV

http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/pc/windows/winsock-indstate/graphics/qpv17a.zip

(2) Sea

ftp://ftp.sac.sk/pub/sac/graph/sea13.zip

(3) QuickView Pro (plays audio, video, and mp3s)

http://www.multimediaware.com/

(4) PV

http://www.multimediaware.com/

(5) Vpic (no jpeg support)

ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/pc/gifutil/vpic61e.zip

...Here's a few Antivirus programs for DOS

http://www.come.to/rose_swe (RHBVS... Rose's Heuristic Based Virus Scanner)

ftp://ftp.sac.sk/pub/sac/avir/scn-322e.zip (McAfee Virus Scan for DOS)

Programming....

http://www.qbcafe.net/en/qbasic-downloads/compiler/qbasic-compiler.htm (QuickBasic 4.5)

http://www.qbcafe.net/en/qbasic-downloads/compiler/windows-compiler.htm (Visual Basic 1.0 for Windows 3.1)

http://www.qbcafe.net/en/qbasic-downloads/compiler/qbasic-compiler.htm (Visual Basic for DOS)

Unzipping

ftp://ftp.sac.sk/pub/sac/pack/pcdezip.zip (PCdzip)

Freeware unzip utility, alternative to PKunzip

Video, Avi, Mpegs

http://www.programmersheaven.com/download/3270/download.aspx (Video For DOS)

Command line motion video cross-compiler that creates and converts among FLI, FLC, AVI formats plus MPG input/decoding. Reads and extracts BMP, RLE, DIB, TGA, PCX & GIF. Resize, crop, dither, color reduction. Includes GeeWiz, the AVI player for DOS.

ftp://ftp.povray.org/pub/povray/utilities/dta/ (Dave's Targa Animator)

Dave's targa animator is a program, that can animate PCX GIF and TGA- files in varying colors and resolutions. Outputs FLIC files too.

...Menus, Shells, GUIs

http://surf.to/AccessDosMenu (Access)

Archiver

http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/simtelnet/msdos/arcers/oop23.zip (Oop Archiver)

Nice GUI, password protection, disk spanning, good compression ratio, versatile.

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From the official F-Prot forum:

The last definition files we created that were compatible with F-Prot for DOS 3.16f are from beginning of February 2009

Here's a download link to the LAST F-Prot for DOS

https://forum.f-prot.com/public/fprot_dos_316f.zip

To sum it up, it detects over 672,500 viruses.

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I am new to this message board, the first thing I would do is share with you some of my old DOS programs.

Attached are COUNTER.ZIP and ADDRBOOK.ZIP. Both run OK even in Windows XP without compatibility issues.

What is COUNTER:

Digital Counter

Version 1.0 (Release 2000.1)

Developed by Boo Khan Ming (from Malaysia)

E-mail: bookm@tm.net.my

WWW: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Horizon/3409

DESCRIPTION: This is a multi-purpose digital counter (capable of count up to 65535).

USAGE: To increment the counter value once, press SPACE BAR.

To open menu screen, press F1.

You have options to change the color appearance, and to reset the counter value.

Use arrow keys, ENTER and ESC to navigate through the menus.

TIPS: You can restore the previous counter value by modifying COUNTER.INI

(change 'AutomaticResetDisabled' setting from default 'no' to 'yes).

Thank you for trying out this small snippet!

Hope you find it useful.

Any feedback are welcome.

In addition to this small snippet, I have something more professional, the ADDRBOOK.ZIP

Read what reviewer said about this menu- and/or mouse-driven program.

Office address and phone database.

* * *

[added 2004-09-15, updated 2005-06-05]

Address Book is geared to office use: Data fields are ID, Name, Address, Phone, Fax, Supervisor. Features: Search on any one or more fields; Export to text file; View, Add, Edit, Remove records. Splash screen reports number of records and total size of database. Menu or dialog box operation, using mouse or keyboard. Runs in DOS box under Windows 9x. Can run with or without the included .PAL file.

Author: Boo Khan Ming, Malaysia (2003).

2005-02-04: v1.51. Package now includes PAS source.

Yes, the TP7 source code also included in the ZIP file.

addrbook.zip

counter.zip

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These little .COM program are useful in your batch file.

PRESS.COM - Wait until user press any key to continue (Another version)

CLICK.COM - You may have well heard "Press any key to continue", but this one offers "Press left mouse button to continue..."

BEEP.COM - As its name implies...

BIOSDATE.COM - Print on the screen BIOS manufacture date.

Ltautils.zip

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