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The dumb question first. Have you set the boot order in Vbox to floppy?

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One idea I had is to transfer the contents of the two floppies to a cdrom, but if I do this then how do I combine the two discs to one cd?

Here are instructions for doing this: http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm


Yes, very interesting read. But it doesn't tell me how to deal with a setup the halfway through tells me to insert disc #2. Any ideas?


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The dumb question first. Have you set the boot order in Vbox to floppy?

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Toastrack wrote:
chippy52 wrote:
The dumb question first. Have you set the boot order in Vbox to floppy?

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I'm not quite clear about your problem. You've selected a new Win3.1 machine, created the virtual disk, pointed VBox to the floppy drive for installation of the OS - and what happens? What error message do you get?

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joany wrote:
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One idea I had is to transfer the contents of the two floppies to a cdrom, but if I do this then how do I combine the two discs to one cd?

Here are instructions for doing this: http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm


Yes, very interesting read. But it doesn't tell me how to deal with a setup the halfway through tells me to insert disc #2. Any ideas?

AFAIK, you cannot combine multiple floppy images on a single CD. I think the best you can do is to create a "high-capacity" 2.88 MB floppy image by combining files from two 1.44 MB floppies (plus copying the boot sector from the first one) and burn those onto a bootable CD. This is not much of an improvement IMO. So it seems that you'll have to make a separate CD from each floppy and load the disks in one at a time.

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Even if you succeed in installing Win 3.11 as a virtualbox guest, you are likely to have little joy running it.

I once installed Win 98 in a virtualbox, but found that it was for practical purposes unusable. Do you have something which you really need to run, but which will not run in Win XP?

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I think that's right. Now W2K is another matter (cheap on Ebay), and I can still run a lot of useful stuff on it--such as Excel 2003 with the add-in ASAP Utilities (I wish they would port that to LibreOffice!).

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What are your settings under storage? The floppy should be listed under ide controller. Highlight the floppy entry, under attributes on the right hand side click on the disc icon & there might be an entry for host floppy. Select it & a entry for passthrough should appear. Make sure this is checked. I don't have a floppy installed myself but suspect it will be similar to setting up the cd drive.

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