286 boot disk

Posted on 1999-01-06
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where can I download a bootdisk for a 286 system?
Question by:cbc68
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Legally you can't download any version of MS-DOS. But any version of MS-DOS up to 6.22 will work. Or IBM DOS, or Caldera Open DOS. I'd stick with about version 5 of MS-DOS if you can find it. The files are smaller than later versions but it has most of the functionality and compatibility. For sheer power, I'd use linux on a 286, it's free, downloadable, and you can do a lot with just a little computing power. It's a challenge to learn though. Check out www.linux.org

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ID: 1014742
Hi cbc68;

To help you out we will need some more info.

What is your operating system (e.g. DOS)?

What version is the OS?

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ID: 1014743
You can use any boot disk to boot up your 286, simply type:
"sys a:" or "format a: /s" (assuming A: is the driver) and you´ll have your boot disk. The only problem you might find, is if the floppy drive in the 286 is the first version of the 5 1/4 or 3 1/2, but that can be solved by adding other parameters to the formatting command. Try it and let us know if it worked.

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ID: 1014744
Friend Astor: "The only problem you might find, is if the floppy drive in the 286 is the first version of the 5 1/4 or 3 1/2".

That's not a problem at all; if driver is well defined at BIOS, a SYS A: or FORMAT A: /S command works OK, no matter what floppy you have connected to the machine.

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vikiing any 3 1/2 drive might be able to read any 3 1/2 inch disks but on a 286 (depending on the BIOS) it might not have the 3 1/2 1.2 kb option but only the 360 kb option. But yes it will provably read the same.

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ID: 1014746
To: Astor and Vikiing
How do I enter info when there is no prompt, because I do not have a boot disk to get a prompt??????
My question is where to get boot disk? Not how to make one.

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You MAKE bootable disks or you buy operating systems or you take dudleyf last comment for a free one (which you did).

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