IBM-DOS 3.20 Worth anything?

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  1. Jay H

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    Look what I found in the lab here at work:
    Original Box for IBM-DOS v3.20
    Sysstem requirements:
    IBM Display or equivalent
    IBM personal computer,
    personal computer XT, PCjr, Portable Personal Computer, or
    personal computer AT
    96KB of memory (minimum)
    128KB of memory recommended with fixed disk
    It comes with 2 5.25" disks...
    Not in bad shape, the corners are frayed though...
    [​IMG]
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    The floppy discs are probably worth about a penny each.
     
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    You could probably sell it to some luddite as the "latest, greatest OS".
    Ben Menix
    [email protected]
     
  4. Jay H

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    But..

     
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    It could be a museum piece.
     
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    Actually, wouldn't the IBM release be called "PC-DOS", rather than "IBM-DOS"?
     
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    Ahhh...those were the good old days when computers didn't crash.

    I personaly have been starting a petition to return to DOS. Anyone want to join in?


    Mike.
     
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    Yes, I remember those days well. You install something, you delete the directory and it was gone. These days, you delete a directory and half of the program is still on your computer using shared dll's, registries and who knows what else. Throw in the spyware, viruses and everything else. Things are so complicated now that we besically have to trust installs of programs that take total control of our computers without really knowing what is happening under the "hood".
     
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    I suppose there might be some entertainment value in trying to set up the ancient dos on a modern era uber pentium computer just to see how fast some ancient game like pac man or arkanoid would play!

    Andrej
     
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    PC-DOS, IBM-DOS, looking through the manual (in a nice hardbinder cover no less) it doesn't mention either but just as "DOS" Although the quote does say IBM DOS, it's not acronymed as such anywhere that I can find.

    Here's some new commands with V3.20:

    REPLACE

    XCOPY

    DRIVER.SYS

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    Jay
     
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    Here is what I remember best about DOS:

    Bad command or file name
     
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    I had a copy of IBM's DOS 3.20 years ago. Heck, I might still have it in a box in the attic. Too bad I don't have any 5.25" floppy drives to try the disks in. [​IMG]
    I think "PC-DOS" was just what the public called it, to distinguish it from MS-DOS, Apple DOS, TRSDOS, and whatever other "DOS"es that existed back then for a multitude of different computers. IBM simply called it "DOS".
    It would probably run on a modern Pentium, but you'll only get to use 640K of that 128 MB of RAM you have. Oh well, I suppose you could set up a 127 MB RAM disk using VDISK.SYS! [​IMG] Also, you can't make a partition bigger than 32 MB in DOS 3.2. In 3.3 you could create multiple 32 MB partitions. 4.0 allowed larger partitions, though not the many-gigabyte partitions you can get in modern Windows systems.
     
  15. Jason Seaver

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    IBM started calling it just "DOS" at v4.0. Before that, it was "PC-DOS" when purchased from IBM and "MS-DOS" when purchased from Microsoft.
     
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    You never know what you might get for it on Ebay. Some poor guy might be trying to rebuild his 486 with OEM parts...

    I've still got a copy of PC-DOS 7 for that very occasion when someone at work asks me for DOS disks for their antique computer at home. I did finally throw out my OS/2 3.0 CD as a concession to society.
     
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    I still have my copy of Visicalc. It has got to be worth something, someday, right?
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  20. Jason Seaver

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    Hey, I've still got a copy of Atari DOS 3 - which was so unpopular that Atari later replaced it with "DOS 2.5".
     

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