Sponsoring website: Emergency Boot CD

Using PCE (PC Emulator)
(by Hampa Hug)
to Examine and Run Early Versions of
the IBM® Personal Computer
Disk Operating System (DOS)

Copyright © 2017 by Daniel B. Sedory

NOT to be reproduced in any form without Permission of the Author!

First, I want everyone to know that PCE will run under both 32-bit and 64-bit Win OSs! Here's a shot of it running under Windows 10:

Second, there is nothing to install... simply:
1) Download one of the ZIP files from here: http://www.hampa.ch/pce/download.html. For example, to test IBM PC DOS 1.00 as shown above, you would download:
2) Extract all the files USING THEIR FOLDER NAMES into any new folder, such as PCE right on your Desktop, then:
3) Run/execute the batch file run-cga.bat in that folder. (Note: If you download the PC DOS 3.30 files, we recommend running the run-vga.bat program.)

NOTE: The log file screen will show a reset pc and then a number of keyboard reset lines, there will be a beep (if the PC's audio is on) and then you'll finally see DOS 1.00 asking you to enter a date! To recap: It will take about 30 seconds for the PC Emulator to execute all the code in the BIOS, load and then run DOS before finally getting to a DOS prompt; well, in 1.00 and 1.10, it first asks you to enter the date! Once it does, here are some things you could try (also, Hampa has many screen shots on his site):

Enter: basica samples.bas, and after it starts running the BASIC console, you'll soon see:

Press the SPACE BAR and now you see why I had you start the BASICA program: A number of the files require it!

Here's the COLORBAR running:

NOTE: It may take a few keypresses for the ESC key or others to take effect! If you have your audio turned on, try the MUSIC files and think about how little you could do back then compared to being able to compose commercial scores for movies on some home PCs today!

When you're finished, you must ENTER the word system in order to get back to the DOS prompt!

For something a bit more serious, if you appreciated our Forensic Exam of the IBM PC DOS 1.00 diskette, ENTER: debug at the DOS prompt, and when the 'dash' appears, ENTER: l 100 0 B2 1 [Note: That first character is an 'L' for LOAD; not a '1', followed by '100' and '0' then 'B2' (the Sector number in HEX) and '1'] and then dump from 100 to 1FF and you'll see the curious note left in the Slack Space of Sector 178 (B2 hex) of "DEC-20 Downlink to Boca Raton [300-bps] 9-Apr-81"


Updated: February 28, 2017 (28-02-2017).
Last Update: February 28, 2017 (28-02-2017).

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