a dreaded MSDOS type of program

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  1. novicegeek

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    Hello all,

    I'm back from a long hiatus. Since I've been away, I've learned more about computers, but have a bit of a problem. I'm trying to help a family member who has a small business. They are running an old program that installs from a floppy diskette. They don't have this particular computer hooked up to the internet, so that much is OK.

    I'm trying to help them install this old program on a new computer that has Windows 10 OS. Obviously, Windows 10 is 64-bit and it's not compatible with the program on the floppy.

    Of course, they need an external USB floppy drive; no problem, I have one of those. And they need a program to work with a 64-bit system; no problem, I've downloaded DOSBox and vDos. But though I tried to work with these programs, both are Greek to me. I can maneuver DOS, but I have no idea what to do with these things.

    Can anyone help a body out? I just need some commands to type in so I can transfer an old program, in a floppy drive, to a new computer.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated and highly valued.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Cromewell

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  3. novicegeek

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    Okay, I have to admit, I've discovered that I don't know near as much about DOS as I thought I did. I used DOSBox, and I mounted the A drive and put in a few commands, like "install" and "copy", but it would give me a "copy error" and say that it had an error uncompressing files, and it couldn't create an output file daisy.lzh (incidentally, the program is called daisy). Any thoughts on what might be the problem?

    Thank you.
     
  4. Cromewell

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    Sorry, I am not familiar with the program. You did the mounting thing to create a "c drive" to install to? Not just mounting the floppy? Both are not normal dos, but required for dosbox.
     
  5. novicegeek

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    I didn't, but I'll give that a shot.
    Thank you.
     
  6. novicegeek

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    Alrighty then, I mounted the drive, and even installed the program. The problem now is, I can't seem to run it. When I type "dir," I get something like what is posted here.

    How the heck do I run this thing?

    Thank you.

    daisy dir.jpg
     
  7. tremmor

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    try this.
    cd\ then enter
    then type tree then enter
     
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  8. Cromewell

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    I would have expected it to install to C. Is D your installation media? Try entering
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    c:
    dir
    
    and see if it looks a little more like you expect.
     
  9. novicegeek

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    Actually, the drive is partitioned, so I've been putting docs and programs on the D drive. For some reason, dir worked this time. Here's what I've got (below):
    How to I actually run the program though?

    Thank you so much.

    daisy.dir2.jpg
     
  10. novicegeek

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    Sorry 'bout that folks. Here's the rest of it
     

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  11. novicegeek

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    Once again, my apologies, one would think I'm trying to do comedy here. Below is the middle part. Now I'm done.
     

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  12. novicegeek

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    Never mind, I finally figured it out, and the answer is too embarrassing to post.

    Thank you to all, for your help!
     
  13. Cromewell

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    For anyone else that might be wondering, it will be one of the .exe files or the .bat file. High likelihood that it is daisy.exe :)
     
  14. novicegeek

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    Well, to go ahead and embarrass myself, I knew it was daisy.exe, but typing that didn't give me what I wanted. Just typing "daisy" started the program.
     
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  15. Cromewell

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    Hah. It's easy to forget that stuff, especially when you don't use it for a long time. Exe, com and I think cmd files can be run by typing the name and no extension.
     

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