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Running DOS from vinyl records is very hip

In the spirit of a PC game trying to run software on daftest hardware that can be assembled, I present to you: a DOS boot disk that is actually a vinyl record. Using a record player connected to a PC and data encoded as sound waves engraved on custom-made 10-inch vinyl, software developer Jozef Bogin is hip and very practical for running DOS. I have created a storage media that is not. why? Now that he’s done, I guess. But now I need to know: can it run Doom?

“That is, this little experiment connects a PC, or more precisely an IBM PC, directly to a record player via an amplifier,” Bogin explains in a blog post. “There is a small ROM boot loader that operates the PC’s built-in” cassette interface “(which is rarely used). This is called by the BIOS if all other boot options, such as floppy disks and hard drives, fail. The turntable rotates analog recordings on a small bootable read-only RAM drive with a size of 64K. This includes the FreeDOS kernel I modified to squeeze memory constraints, a microvariant of COMMAND.COM, and a patch version of INTERLNK that allows file transfers over the printer cable so that it can run on FreeDOS. It has been changed. The bootloader reads the disk image from the audio recording via the cassette modem, loads it into memory, and boots the system. Isn’t it easy? “

Our young readers may not know the DOS boot disk, which is an invaluable tool for repairing a broken PC. If your system doesn’t boot, connecting one of these USB flash drives (which looks like a “save file” icon because you can save files) to your own self-contained OS is at least basic. Tools are accessible. For diagnosis and recovery. I believe our older readers do not want to correct the lies I may have just said.

Given how often record sleeves are messed up in our homes, it’s probably best not vinyl. When a disaster strikes, I don’t want to try to launch from Black Race Superman.

If you need technical knowledge, Bogin’s post has many components and numbers. You can also download the FLAC sound file of the disc image and imprint it on the record yourself. It uses FreeDOS, a free open source operating system that can run software made for MS-DOS (probably the DOS you know).

Computers like ZX Spectrum use regular audiocassette tapes for their data, and of course the dial-up internet was all sound, so it’s not surprising that it works, but the complexity and nothing of using vinyl. I am fascinated by the meaning. This was intriguing to me, and ah, yes, great, apparently people learned that you can play ZX Spectrum games from audio recordings of tape on an iPod running through a cassette adapter-vinyl boot disk technology. Is it the opposite?

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Running DOS off a vinyl record is wildly impractical but deeply hip

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