will the RPI run windows 3.0(1990)?


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by curleymongoose » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:03 pm
recently my relative won an unopened version of windows 3.0(1990).
we are debating whether to sell it on Ebay or try loading it on the raspberry pi.
the specifications are:
Intel 286,386 or higher
640k conventional memory
MS-DOS or PC-DOS 3.1 or higher
I have a floppy disk drive to install it,
be interesting to see if the RPI would run it.
what do you think?
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by ghans » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:07 pm
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=13161#p204583

It is still a bit slow ... and useless ? What do you need Win 3.11
for at all ?

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by Joe Schmoe » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:19 pm
ghans wrote:http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=13161#p204583

It is still a bit slow ... and useless ? What do you need Win 3.11
for at all ?

ghans


Why do you ask about "Win 3.11", when the post is clearly about some other version?

Strange...
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by Ravenous » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:22 pm
I think 3.0 was a front end for DOS wasn't it? That is, did you had to install DOS then install Windows on it?

If so I'm wondering if Free Dos would work. (Don't really know, just a suggestion.)
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by Joe Schmoe » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:36 pm
Every version of Windows is a "front end for DOS".
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by aaa801 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:44 pm
I have the dos 6.0 src to hand, its written 80% in asm, so if you fancy converting all that :P
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by ShiftPlusOne » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:46 pm
Joe Schmoe wrote:Every version of Windows is a "front end for DOS".


What do you mean? I am pretty sure that this hasn't been the case since windows 98.
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by keble » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:51 pm
curleymongoose wrote:recently my relative won an unopened version of windows 3.0(1990).
we are debating whether to sell it on Ebay or try loading it on the raspberry pi.
the specifications are:
Intel 286,386 or higher
640k conventional memory
MS-DOS or PC-DOS 3.1 or higher
I have a floppy disk drive to install it,
be interesting to see if the RPI would run it.
what do you think?

The rpi doesn't have an Intel processor. It has an Arm processor.
It won't run Windows directly.
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by ghans » Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:11 pm
@ aaa801
You have the source code of Micosoft DOS 6.0 ?

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by aaa801 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:28 pm
ghans wrote:@ aaa801
You have the source code of Micosoft DOS 6.0 ?

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yep it was leaked a while ago, if you search around youl find it
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by michele.x » Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:45 pm
I think the best solution is to find a vintage IBM PC compatible at a garage sale or watch on ebay.

To run Windows 3.0 you should emulate a full IBM PC system like qemu or dosbox does, someone anyway succesfully ran Windows 95 undeq qemu in the Pi, so this is feasible.

Unfortunately what one finds for free are Pentiun IV class computers or more recent ones... real PC AT or PS/2 are a lucky find.
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by Cloudcentric » Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:15 pm
Windows 3.x run in DOSBox but it will seriously use the available resources of the Pi when running on Raspbian.

http://sierrahelp.com/Utilities/Emulato ... stall.html

Maybe RiscOS for Pi and their version of DOSBox (FastBox) will be less resource hungry ?

http://www.riscos.info/index.php?title= ... and_higher

Still do not see the point of running any Microsoft O/S-GUI, when both Risc and *Nix offer so much more..................................
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by Joe Schmoe » Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:21 pm
Cloudcentric wrote:Still do not see the point of running any Microsoft O/S-GUI, when both Risc and *Nix offer so much more..................................


Ah, but you know the old truth:

The Cray - it's a nice computer and all - but it doesn't run (Lotus) 1-2-3.
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