Hey oldcomputerfreak (or others who know old comps) I'm callin ya out!
I just got a laptop to play with (free) and it's an ancient Zenith Quattro Pro. What is it? 386? 286? Where can I find info on it? It wont do anything but say "Bad or missing Command Interpreter" and has no other markings to speak of but serial numbers, model ZWL-183-93, and FCC ID:EDI9YA-557CPP15. Any clue on what it is and what to do? boot disk doesn't do anything (win 95 though I didn't expect it to), and I cannot figure how to enter setup. Thanks
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Butchsor is right, no Dos. You need a dos bootable floppy. Once you boot from floppy check that it can see the c: drive. If it can try "sys c:", if it can't then use "fdisk" to recreate a primary partition followed by "format /s /u"
You Command.com is defunct, follow uart's lead for replacing it, but be carefull of your DOS Version. REALLY old machines (talking 286) might be running DOS 4 or earlier, which is bad. it will run DOS 6, so find a copy and try it, it's worth it for the extra base mem from Himem
AHHH, I think my computer's got a Virus!
Oh no, that's Windows XP
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But you would want Himem. Without it DOS only uses 64K (16-bit), I think.
Dos could address 16 64kBytes segments (1mB of address space). You needed himem on a 286 and above if you wanted to use the wrap around kludge, giving you an extra 64kBytes of address space, that could be used to store resident programs such as drivers or even command.com. Himem was also required on 808x and above if you wanted to access ems memory using and ems driver that would let you access several megs of ram via a windows usually at segment D000.
Gig of what? Hard disk space? Even so, you should still be able to run Windows 95 or 98. At least then you could run some apps. Anything older than that and you're going to have a tough time finding software.
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4.77 or 8Mhz 80C88 (186 I think), optional 10 or 20MB hard drive, 720K floppy, 512-640K memory. The modem was a 1200 or 2400 baud external modem. Man this is a door stop. DOS is about all you will get running on this.
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