[vcf-midatlantic] Running Windows 1.04 in emulation

Rich Cini rich.cini at verizon.net
Wed Apr 27 22:36:24 EDT 2016

Bill -

Thanks. If that's the case then it's an issue with how the Windows driver interacts with the virtual hardware as it doesn't work on any virtual setup I tried. One driver can be set for PS/2 and it finds the mouse but it's not captured. 

I have a real DOS machine in the shop and I will try to do an install on real hardware to prove that out. I'd really like to get this working in a virtual machine so others can experience it. 

Rich Cini

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> On Apr 27, 2016, at 10:04 PM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> The model 25 collegiate kit ran 1.04 on two 720k disks with a ps/2 mouse.
> Bill Degnan
> twitter: billdeg
> vintagecomputer.net
> On Apr 27, 2016 9:35 PM, "Richard Cini via vcf-midatlantic" <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> All —
>> I’m progressing well with the Windows 1.04 SDK -- I’ve gotten all of the
>> binders and books scanned. The software is fully captured and I’m trying to
>> create a “build environment” for this as a demo.
>> I’ve tried to get Windows to work properly in various combinations of
>> virtual environments with limited success. I’ve used Parallels on the Mac,
>> VirtualBox on the Mac and PC, Bochs on the PC and Microsoft Virtual PC on
>> the PC. I have a complete log of my findings if anyone’s interested.
>> Only Parallels on the Mac worked completely. On Microsoft VirtualPC under
>> Windows 7, it almost worked, but button clicks didn’t register. Bochs was
>> the worst performer.
>> Most of the issues have to do with capturing the mouse — Windows 1
>> predated PS/2 mice so a mouse has to be mapped to the virtual COM port or
>> the InPort bus interface, which the virtualizations seemingly do with
>> limited success and not at all, respectively. Some had problems with MSDOS
>> 3.31 diskette images or 32MB virtual hard drives (the limit for DOS 3.31).
>> Others had issues booting Windows under DOS 5.
>> Has anyone successfully gotten Windows 1 to work within any virtual
>> environment with working mouse support? If so, what was the exact software
>> configuration so that I can replicate it here?
>> Thanks!
>> Rich
>> --
>> Rich Cini
>> http://www.classiccmp.org/cini
>> http://www.classiccmp.org/altair32

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