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Safe Mode Command Prompt vs Command Prompt

Well, one more Q. for today. Minor issue, but its nagging me.

What have himem.sys, autoexec.bat and config.sys got to do with Mouse and Monitor detection?

Been playing around with OSes at home. Though most of the ones boot from a customized boot floppy, BeOS and some flavours of Linux have been configured to be loaded from a DOS prompt with a .COM file.

When initialized under a normal Command Prompt, my age old serail port 3 button Logitech mouse never gets detected in both the OSes and my equally geraitric 14" SVGA monitor behaves erratically with BeOS. The Graphic Card is onboard on an Intel 810 chipset.

The problems are overcome when Loadlin and LoadBeos are executed from a "Safe" command prompt.


As an aside, got to say, I really like BeOS. Neat, really neat. Planning to make that my "Media Server" at home.

TIA

Regards

KayJay

Indian Developer in India
Sunday, January 04, 2004

himem is a DOS extended memory manager to get access to memory past the 640K barrier.

config.sys is a place to load DOS drivers, like a mouse driver.  There is no auto-detect here - you load the driver, and hopefully it works.  You would use this space to load a mouse driver, the memory manager, a CD-ROM driver, and a sound driver - and hopefully, you would still have enough memory to run Windows/game of choice.

autoexec.bat is meant to run programs on startup.

Ankur
Sunday, January 04, 2004

Ah! Config.sys seems to be culprit. Conflicting drivers? OK.

Thanks Ankur.

Indian Developer in India
Sunday, January 04, 2004

Might I ask... why are you using BeOS, when it's dead? And why not use a modern Linux distribution that boots from CD instead of running a .com file from within a DOS prompt?

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Sunday, January 04, 2004

Those are just some of the "fun" things I like to do to my old boxes at home (1 PI, 2 PII and 1 Celeron 466 all with a sum total of 192 MB RAM - [4 * 32] + [1 *64]) . Keep swapping RAM chips, PCI video cards etc, etc.

I can't do any really productive work on them (Visual Studio, IIS, Photoshop, MS Office and heavy CD Burning Software). No point selling them as no one will buy them.

So they are now functioning as a local internet gateway (on Linux), a file server (also Linux) and the other two are just there to be worked upon, one of them has BeOS

BeOS 5 was a free download and OpenBeOS seems to be getting up to speed. I just wanted to check it out and was very impressed. Smooth video, no problem with onboard cards and works like a charm with only 92 Megs of RAM.

Regards

KayJay

Indian Developer in India
Sunday, January 04, 2004

Typo above. Shoud read 96 Megs of RAM.

Indian Developer in India
Sunday, January 04, 2004

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