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A member registered May 31, 2023

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Hi Andreas.  Thank you for responding.

I downloaded the file from GitHub and built from that copy of the source, knowing that v0.8 is the stable release.

I was able to get booting from hard disk (C drive) working by referring to the instructions in your first response.  The main difference between what I did previously with what I did today is that I used truncate today instead of the dd utility.  Though I understand the difference between the two utilities, I am not quite sure why one worked over the other...but that does not matter.  Glad it works!


I cannot get virtualxt to boot off my hard disk image.  I have version 0.8 with the SDL2 frontend installed on my Slackware machine and am trying to start the VM as follows:

$ ./virtualxt --hdboot -c hdisks/freedos.dd

First, I created the freedos.dd image file, which is 100 MB in size, with the GNU dd command.  I made the hdisks directory for storing my hard disk images in the root location for virtualxt, which is /opt/virtualxt on my machine.

Next, I booted off the provided freedos.img floppy with freedos.dd provided as the hard drive:

$ ./virtualxt -a boot/freedos.img -c hdisks/freedos.dd

Then, I used the FreeDOS FDISK utility to create a DOS partition that is activated for booting.

After that, per FDISK's output, I rebooted the VM off the floppy image again. I then used the FreeDOS FORMAT utility on the new C: drive:


After that, I copied the contents of A: to C: via the FreeDOS COPY and XCOPY utilities. Using the command and arguments as stated at the top of my post, I see the BIOS start up with the memory check followed by a blank, black screen.

What might I be doing wrong?