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    DR DOS remembered

    No, it wasn't pronounced "Doctor DOS".

    It was DR, as in Digital Research.

    Anybody else use it? My favorite feature was its memory management of the "over 640K" memory into the High Memory Area - the first 64K of extended memory. I remember getting insane amounts of "free memory" from the available 640K, easily in the 620K range. I think it was Sidekick* - a TSR PIM, that made especially good use of DR DOS memory management, appearing to use almost ZERO conventional memory.

    Even DR DOS 6.0, however, reported itself as "IBM PC DOS 3.31" for compatibility with programs that wouldn't recognize a "version 6" DOS.



    *I was a sidekick fiend!!!!

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    I remember using MS DOS, but I thought it was pronounced Miss DOS.

    Lots of cool games we have only work with it, so you need something like DOSBox to actually run them on a new computer.
    Safka, you are NOT "unknown", you were loved by many, and you will not be forgotten. I will always remember you Puginator.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
    I remember using MS DOS, but I thought it was pronounced Miss DOS.

    Lots of cool games we have only work with it, so you need something like DOSBox to actually run them on a new computer.
    I think I remember the first time I tried to run the DOS version of Frogger on a 486 machine.... you'd "bump" frogger to start him across the road, and he'd shoot all the way to the other side and get eaten by a gator. And the music - it was just a fast high pitched screech!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I think I remember the first time I tried to run the DOS version of Frogger on a 486 machine.... you'd "bump" frogger to start him across the road, and he'd shoot all the way to the other side and get eaten by a gator. And the music - it was just a fast high pitched screech!

    I remember getting a Frogger reboot when I was a kid. It was actually pretty good. However some games were just awful. We had a bunch of those games that came in a 10 pack with floppy discs. Most were garbage, but a few were pretty nice.

    Man, I can remember playing stuff like Speed Racer, Battle Bugs, and Micro Machines. Those were really good, and Speed Racer was perfect on the voice lines, just as bad as the TV show!
    Safka, you are NOT "unknown", you were loved by many, and you will not be forgotten. I will always remember you Puginator.


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    I used an Atari 800xl then an amiga

    At work we used microvax and vt100s

    Then we switched to pc my first pc was a 486 compaq

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    I used an Atari 800xl then an amiga

    At work we used microvax and vt100s

    Then we switched to pc my first pc was a 486 compaq
    I remember the first time I worked on Compaqs, and needed to add some torx bits to my computer toolbox. I remembered thinking, "OK, they're trying to be too proprietary - they're not going to be around long".

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    The first pc I personally owned I built myself
    And every one ever since except for laptops

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    The first pc I personally owned I built myself
    And every one ever since except for laptops
    I'm saving up to upgrade or build a new PC. I know what I want as far as GPU, and CPU, but stuff like cooling fans, case, motherboard etc. I haven't quite figured out yet. Since I'm on a budget I don't need anything fancy, just need to get the job done.

    So far I'm thinking i5-7600K, and a GTX 1060. I probably need around 16 GB of RAM too.
    Safka, you are NOT "unknown", you were loved by many, and you will not be forgotten. I will always remember you Puginator.


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    this was my computer "bible"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerebrum123 View Post
    I remember using MS DOS, but I thought it was pronounced Miss DOS.

    Lots of cool games we have only work with it, so you need something like DOSBox to actually run them on a new computer.
    I recently installed an Android version of DOSBox called Magic DosBox on my phone so I could play old games on my lunch breaks at work. I've been working my way through Valhalla (also called Ragnarok, a roguelike). The app works really well and even has mouse support.
    Curiosity never hurt anyone. It was stupidity that killed the cat.

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