For Ultrix on VAX fans

I was googleing about, and came across this.  As far as I know at the moment, this is the only place you can find information about running Ultrix on SIMH’s MicroVAX II.

I don’t know if anyone cares about such an odd ball one, but I thought I’d throw it out…

Internet Explorer 6 full download

internet explorer japanese

Internet Explorer 6

Well I was going thru some boxes, and I pulled out this copy of Windows NT 4.0 workstation that I got in Japan…  I figured I’d install it to see if there was any cool themes/backgrounds unique to Japan..  There was some stuff for Windows 95 & 98 but not as much for NT.

Anyways Microsoft won’t let you download the full version of IE6.. Which is going to be an issue “one day” but for now you can trick the site to giving you everything…

First download ie6setup.exe:

Click here for the English download

Click here for the Japanese download.

Then you have to run it as:

“C:\Downloads\ie6setup.exe” /c:”ie6wzd.exe /d /s:””#E”

Then you can select your editions, and save it to a folder.. You should save this as it will disappear one day….

Also You will want the mp3 codec that were targeted for Windows 95, but will work on Windows NT 4.0

l3codecp.exe  The MP3 codec for Windows

More packages for 4.3 BSD

As someone has requested I have started to do lots of package updates for 4.3 BSD (the original/Vanilla version)…  Sourceforge however is doing major updates again, and I cannot add anymore files to the download sections…

Again not to gripe but I do wish sourceforge would allow you to use the old UI while they are building this new one…

Anyways I’ve managed to upload binutils/bison/flex/gmake & a few versions of GCC.  I haven’t built the c++ compiler as of yet… I just built nethack but I can’t finalize the upload though..

MSN messenger 5.0 fix for NT 4.0

 

Well as long as you have either installed Terminal Server 4.0 in the ‘right order’ or with Server / Workstation you can probably ‘just install’ this fix..

First you will need the MSN 5.0 client.  It will install but on connecting it’ll declare there is a newer version which it’ll download but will not work…  And you’ll be stuck in a loop.

Thankfully, Jonathan Kay has a fix!

This looks like a bug and wouldn’t be the first time these older clients have been messed up.
I’ve made some enquires to find out one way or another.
I’ve modified the MSN Messenger 5.0 executable to lie to the service about it’s version so
you can login again. Obviously this probably isn’t a great solution, but it’s a workaround
for now. Simply
unzip the exe into the \Program Files\MSN Messenger folder and it will work:
http://messenger.jonathankay.com/redir/msngr5verlie.asp

Jonathan Kay
Microsoft MVP –
Windows Live Messenger
MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger
MessengerGeek Blog:
http://www.messengergeek.com
Messenger Resources: http://messenger.jonathankay.com
(c) 2009 Jonathan Kay – If redistributing, you must include this signature or citation

terminal server msn

Well this is great news for NT 4.0 &Windows 2000 users!

Making do with NT 4.0 Terminal Server

The NT 4.0 server box.. 5CALs!

I’ve been using NT 4.0 terminal server as of late, as my copy gives me 10 users and well.. it’s cool!  One thing is the new XP and beyond terminal services clients will NOT work, but you can use the one that shipped with NT 4.0 just fine…

Anyways I’ve worked out this install order to get the most out of the thing…

*Install NT 4.0 TSE
*Install 4.0 Option pack with SMTP
*Install sp6

*Installer windows installer 2.0
*Install IE5 (for MSJAVA) *skip webfolders.
*Install messenger 5.0
*Install office 97
*Install bookshelf 98
*Install Office 97 sp1
*Install Office 97 sp2
*Install IE6

Optional bits…

install firefox 1.5
install dosbox 0.72

 

This is the best way to ‘balance’ the software as most things will NOT play nicely if it’s installed in the ‘wrong’ order.. It’s.. annoying which means format & try AGAIN..  This is the drawback to Terminal Server 4.0 it was such a … public ALPHA.

As it stands right now MSN messenger will not work, something about its reported version.. I’m working on a fix for that…  Also I’ll have to see about a good point to load in Visual C++ 2.1 …

Making bootable ISO images

I know for most people using mkisofs is second nature, but I needed to get a machine running MS-DOS without floppies… and it had to be on the bare metal.. Oh joy.

Now I’ve kind of done this before but I’ve never gotten it to preserve the directory structure.  It seems that it’s important to specify some output…

The ‘fun’ thing is that I was able to use virtual pc to build the boot diskette with IDE cdrom drivers, and make sure it works in that it mounted the CD and set the path there…

So I have extracted my MS-DOS install from the floppies into a directory on my pc and I keep the file dos622_1.img in the same directory so mkisofs can place it in the image.  Then it’s just a matter of running:

..\mkisofs.exe -o ..\x.iso -J -r -v -V test_disk -b dos622_1.img .

And I get an x.iso that can boot MS-DOS, and has all the dos commands in place, I can partition & format the hard disk and copy DOS into place.

It’s not much to see, but if you need legacy stuff it’ll be a life saver.. and I know I’ll end up losing the flags and needing them again!

Security update for Virtual PC/Virtual Server

The articles from Microsoft are available here and here.  It sounds like some good fun….

FTA:

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could execute arbitrary code and take complete control of an affected guest operating system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

I know I’ll be updating all my machines…!

86-DOS

While I was looking around at fleshing some stuff out on gunkies I came across this little nugget of MS-DOS history.

You can actually download 86-DOS the precursor to MS-DOS!  And it even includes a bunch of SOURCE CODE!  The best part is the awesome emulation suite SIMH can run 86-DOS!

Ok, for the first part of this, I thought I’d try my MS-DOS build of SIMH 3.81 which can be found on the sourceforge pages here.  Because I’m using a 64bit OS there is no 16bit environment to kick start DPMI stuff, so I’m using the most excellent DOSBox emulator.

Thanks to the hard work of Peter Schorn, you can download the run able image for 86-dos right here, then simply point the Altair z80 emulator from SIMH to it, and you’ll be running in no time.

To run it, simply point the z80 emulator to the boostrap file 86dos.  Then just follow the onscreen prompts.

86-dos

Then you’ll be up & running!  Notice how the prompt is different from MS-DOS, and yet how familiar it ‘feels’.  Also check out the commands!

86-dos2

Rumor has it that edlin has largely remained the same, up to TODAY on 32 bit versions of Vista!  I haven’t even verified it, but it would prove interesting.

I should also point out that Peter has amassed quite the collection of CP/M images, programming languages and other interesting stuff here.