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Boris Mann
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posted September 03, 2001 06:34 PM      Profile for Boris Mann   Author's Homepage   Email Boris Mann   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
post a little 'how-to' on Bochs, since I got it working after doing a little research.

  1. Install the Bochs pkg file
  2. Next, you'll need to go grab an OS image of some kind. You can get these from the Bochs disk images page ( ). I chose the FreeDOS image, so your mileage may vary.
  3. From the terminal of your choice (you must be running X), cd to the disk image folder you just downloaded. All the ones from the Bochs page have pre-set .bochsrc files, so just type bochs at the command line.
  4. You should get output similar to the following:

    [localhost:~/freedos-img] bmann% bochs
    Bochs x86 Emulator 1.2.1
    June 12, 2001
    00000000000 [ ] looking for configuration in .bochsrc
    00000000000 [ ] reading configuration from .bochsrc
    00000000000 [ ] using log file out.bochs
    Bochs is exiting with the following message:
    [XGUI] Could not open vga font

  5. This is the part where I had to do some digging. Pretty self-explanatory once I found this page -- ( ). You need to download this file ( ), which is the proper font.
  6. Finally, you need to run the following commands as root in a terminal window:

    # uudecode cp437-8x16.pcf.gz.uu > cp437-8x16.pcf.gz
    # cp cp437-8x16.pcf.gz /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/
    # mkfontdir /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/
    # xset fp rehash

  7. Now you will get past the error message in Bochs and you are up and away. Note: Bochs is *slllllooowwww*. Don't expect to be using it for anything practical at this point....

Hope this helps

-- Boris

[ September 03, 2001: Message edited by: Boris Mann ]

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