How To Build A DOS Based Computer

Building a computer yourself isn’t as tough a task as it is believed to be. Nowadays most of the operating systems have a graphical user interface to help build a computer successfully. However, a DOS based computer, to run text dependent operating system, can be built easily as well. A DOS computer will help you save money and won’t even need a system memory, sound cards or an expensive video card. These components are needed to run features in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Steps To Build DOS Based Computer

1.    Attach the motherboard with the computer case by tightening the screws well. Ensure that the holes on the case are in sync with the holes on the motherboard.

2.    Put the processor in place by inserting it correctly onto the RAM slots. You can find these slots next to the processor port. Move the tiny locking levers given on each side of the stick to key in the sticks to the slots. Next, install the heat sink based on the directions given in the user manual. Installation of the heat sink is dependent on the specific model. The heat sink always comes in combination with the processor.

3.    Put the RAM inside the computer. The RAM should be of at least 512mb capacity. The RAM needs to be placed correctly in the clots that are located next to the processor port. The clips on either end of the RAM will produce a ‘click’ sound if the installation has been correct.

4.    The next step is to install the hard drive in its proper place. The hard drive goes into the mounting bay. You can locate the mounting bay in the front part of the case. The hard drive needs to be plugged into the motherboard via SATA or an IDE cable. The choice of the cable is dependent on the type of hard drive you have chosen for your system.

5.    Now screw the optical drive to the mounting bay. The bay for the optical drive can be found at the front top position of the case. The optical drive should be connected to the motherboard as well. This can be done using the IDE cable.

6.    Once the hard drive and optical drive are in place, you have to install the floppy drive. This drive is located in between the optical and hard drives. The floppy drive needs to be connected to the motherboard after its installation. Use an IDE cable for the connection.

7.    Check the user manual given with the motherboard and follow the directions given in the manual to make a connection between the major components of the system. The direction will mainly be in form of a diagram to help you locate the various drives. This will also involve giving power supply to the case.

8.    Insert the DOS boot disk in the floppy drive and turn on the computer. The system will ask you to press any key to boot the disk and transfer it to DOS. Your DOS-based system is ready for use.

Anubha Pandey