Semi-OT: Virtual PC 7 on Mac OS X

From: Roger Merchberger <>
Date: Thu Oct 21 17:45:15 2004

Rumor has it that Zane H. Healy may have mentioned these words:
> > I'm not sure about VPC7, but M$VPC 2004 (Winders) supports:
> > MS-DOS
> > Win95/98/ME/
> > NT workstation / 2K / XP
> > OS/2
> > NT Server / 2K Server / 2K3 Server
> >
> > ... and the ubiquitous ...
> > "Other"
>By supports, are these what it specifically *claims* to support?

If you mean you can select each of those through a drop-down box, yes. The
install also includes a "Virtual Machines Additions" which gives MS OSs
extra functionality in the emulator, and this includes MS-DOS. It even
gives the emulator access to a USB floppy drive invisibly, although in a
Win98SE dosbox doing a "diskcopy a: a:" didn't work correctly, prolly a
timing issue.

Also, as I mentioned above, this is a Winders environment, so I'm sure M$
doesn't work nearly as hard on the Mac side of the pond...

> > Oh Shit! Now I'm gonna get flamed to holy Hades because this is
> offtopic!!!
> > Ahhhhhh!!!
>But the thread is technically on-topic because I'm trying to run "classic"
>OS's. OK, I just called a MS OS, "Classic", excuse me while I go wash my
>mouth out with soap, and find someone to use a horse whip on me!

Sorry, I live too far away... :-/ ( ;^> )

>Personally I think VPC is a great tool for the the Classic Computer
>hobbyist. It lets me run a lot of old OS's on the same box. Some of the
>software I've fired up the last couple days, I've not run in 10+ years.

It would also be good for running software for interfacing Classic machines
with programs/machines that would not otherwise be able to run them. Some
proggies for the Model 100/102/200 were like that, there were some that
wouldn't run on anything faster than a 486 or newer than MS-DOS 6.

If you could limit the priority of the emulator (if they're speed
dependent), you'd have a chance of running those programs again... If
they're just OS dependent, then you're golden -- one wouldn't need to keep
older (but still uninteresting, IMHO) PeeCee hardware to do the *fun stuff*
with the classics.

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

Roger "Merch" Merchberger   | "Bugs of a feather flock together."
sysadmin, Iceberg Computers |           Russell Nelson          |
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