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Topic # 32068 10-Apr-2009 14:05
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Hey guys,

A friend of mine has gone away for the weekend and I thought it would be funny to see his reaction when he comes back to find Windows 3.11 on his machine.
I haven't touched any of his original data as i'm not that mean. I have inserted a tiny thumb drive at the back of his machine and it boots to it by default without me having to edit the hard drive boot order in the CMOS.

MSDOS 6.22 installed no worries (this is where I got slightly distracted by Jill of the Jungle)

Windows 3.11 went all the way through setup without any apparrent issues but hangs on the splash screen whenever I attempt to start it. I took the stick out of his machine and put it into mine and the same thing happens.

His machine is a stock Athlon 64 3000+ with 1GB RAM. Mine is a Q6600@3.6 with 4GB RAM.

I have done a bit of googling and tried a couple of things but have come up with nothing so far. I thought perhaps there was a problem addressing the huge amount of RAM but that may not be the case as I installed everything exactly as I had done on the thumb drive in a VMWare virtual machine with 1.5GB RAM and it runs no worries.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated







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  Reply # 206399 10-Apr-2009 23:02
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Windows 3.11 can be funny with modern video hardware - VMWare emulates an S3 video card (? - can't recall off the top of my head), however with the system "hanging" on the splash screen it could suggest a secondary video card that is being initialised.


You might be able to get it working again if you drop it into VMWare and choose VGA mode, then boot again on your friends computer ...


 


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  Reply # 207879 19-Apr-2009 08:16
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Your best bet would be:

- Install FreeDOS onto the flash drive. (if the system isn't booting then you'll have to make do with a floppy image and a floppy emulation boot sector)

- Install HX Dos Extender (w/ HXGUI)

- Copy QEMU (from your PC), with pre-installed Win3.11

- Launch QEMU (to check if its working right)

Of course, you might have to edit autoexec.bat/config.sys to make sure everything runs automatically. You might want to reduce the amount of text displayed on the screen, so try to redirect the output to NUL, to make it look seamless and as if Win3.11 was indeed installed on his computer. :)

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 212437 5-May-2009 11:41
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Thanks, this has been the most help i've had from anyone about this problem :)

Ill definitely give this a go







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