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WFW3.11 won't start with UMB memory driver, even EMM386

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keropi666

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Hello!

I have been messing with some really old pcs, a 386DX and a 486DX2 ... both have the same award BIOS btw..
It appears that in both machines 3.11 won't start if a UMB manager is activating UMB blocks. This happens with both EMM386 and TheLastByte managers...

You can get 3.11 to load even with the above managers if you use the "DOS=NOAUTO" value on config.sys, without any HIGH/UMB parameters so DOS loads low. Ofcourse you don't get UMBs even with the managers running but 3.11 boots.

I also tried adding EMMExclude=A000-FFFF to [386enh] or the /D:x switch, neither helped.

I know this is old stuff but if you have any tips I will appreciate it :angel

Thanks in advance! :thumbup

edit: I forgot to add, I am using DOS7.1 (from 98SE) with a FAT32 drive... not so stock but it worked perfect with rloew's fat32 patch on a different 486 that had PCI slots and a way newer BIOS...

Edited by keropi666, 24 May 2013 - 02:22 PM.



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There are some things to note about UMBs on modern machines and Windows.

1. You should avoid using UMBs under Windows, since this slows it down somewhat. Have a look at UMBPCI on the web on this.

2. Modern machines use more UMBs then the average 486, so there's less for DOS. UMBPCI will find out what's available.

I generally try to avoid WFW311, sticking with Win311. Still, i don't think there's a lot of changes.

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There are some things to note about UMBs on modern machines and Windows.


Hello!

I have been messing with some really old pcs, a 386DX and a 486DX2 ... both have the same award BIOS btw..
It appears that in both machines 3.11 won't start if a UMB manager is activating UMB blocks. This happens with both EMM386 and TheLastByte managers...


:whistle:

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