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Thread: OK, im converting to DOS, now help me out! LOL

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    Cool OK, im converting to DOS, now help me out! LOL

    You convinced me. I haven't had my MP3 player in my car for about 2 months now while my car went under audio renovations. (amps and subs!) . I want a fast boot time. But I don't know what to do for booting. I believe it was in the MSDOS.sys where you put "bootgui=0" so it goes right to DOS. But can I just use the that version of DOS where it's really windows? That would be ideal cuz then I could start it up in windows too to upload new mp3's.

    Next, what about sound? My sound card is build onto the mobo. Can I just use the drivers supplied on the cd and put them in autoexec i believe it was (I'm getting my A+ now, plus I'm 16 so give me a break) where I can just put "DEVICE=driver.drv"?

    Next, same thing for my wireless mouse. I haven't used it yet and really want to. Would I just do the same thing?

    Finally, for MPXF, which I plan on using. Does it automatically configure itself for the LCD? What about loading information to automatically load a playlist and stuff?

    I know nothing about MPXF but I know a fair amount about DOS. Thanks for your help!

    -Kev

    My new site (soon to be up)

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    you will have to see if MPXF supports your soundcard and if you have dos drivers for your soundcard (ones that emulate a sound blaster test to be the best for compatibility but let us know what motherboard (and onboard sound if you know it) youi have so we can help more on that issue. for your mouse it depends on if it can pretend to be just a generic mouse or if it needs special drivers for it.

    I know nothing about MPXF I am just going on my thhinking about how it most likely if is for dos based stuff if you can find somebody that runs a dos box you willl have more luck with them I would think.

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    Originally posted by Dudah:
    <STRONG>I want a fast boot time. But I don't know what to do for booting. I believe it was in the MSDOS.sys where you put "bootgui=0" so it goes right to DOS.
    </STRONG>
    That's right.

    <STRONG>
    But can I just use the that version of DOS where it's really windows? That would be ideal cuz then I could start it up in windows too to upload new mp3's.
    </STRONG>
    MPXPlay will run in a DOS Window, but you're defeating your purpose (booting all the way into windows won't help your boot time).

    You could set up a "hot key" combination where you could have it boot into DOS by default, but boot into Windows when a particular key is held down.

    Alternatively, you could set up your machine to access the network while in DOS.

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    Next, what about sound? My sound card is build onto the mobo. Can I just use the drivers supplied on the cd and put them in autoexec i believe it was (I'm getting my A+ now, plus I'm 16 so give me a break) where I can just put "DEVICE=driver.drv"?
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    Try booting into "MSDOS Mode" and run MPXPlay with no drivers loaded. In some cases MPXPlay will work without a sound card driver loaded.

    DOS drivers typically have a .sys file extension, and are loaded in the config.sys:
    DEVICE=dosdrvr.sys

    If the driver has an .exe file extension, put a reference to it in the autoexec.bat

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    Next, same thing for my wireless mouse. I haven't used it yet and really want to. Would I just do the same thing?
    </STRONG>
    You'll need a mouse driver that works in DOS. See if you can get a DOS driver from the mouse manufacturer. If all else fails you could try a generic mouse driver like this one: http://www.vein.hu/~nagyd/

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    Finally, for MPXF, which I plan on using. Does it automatically configure itself for the LCD? What about loading information to automatically load a playlist and stuff?
    </STRONG>
    Nope, you need to set it up manually. MPXF has a number of .cfg files that it uses. Use your favorite text editor on these files. They're pretty much self-explanitory.

    Don't know the answer to the last question. I don't use MPXF and don't use playlists, but did experiment with its MPXF's TSR a while back.

    [ 10-25-2001: Message edited by: bh76 ]

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    For minimum boot time, but with windows being available on demand. you need to do the following:
    Boot into pure dos.
    type in "attrib -s -h -r msdos.sys"
    edit the msdos.sys file so the "bootgui" entry is set to "0".

    Step 2
    Your startup files are config.sys and autoexec.bat. Config.sys loads device drivers (like for your sound card where device=c:\sb16\vibra16.sys etc.

    you should be able to boot into the dos mode and just type "win" to load windows on demand.

    hope this helps...

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