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QUERY: install boot disk/cd into C:\
andrewwan1980
post Aug 24 2008, 12:31 PM
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Am wondering, you know those MS-DOS or Windows 98 (or any) boot disk/cd, can they be copied/installed into C:\ and make C:\ bootable?
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post Aug 24 2008, 01:14 PM
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First thing, welcome to the board. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

The answer to your question may be either Yes, No or "a suffusion of yellow".

Don't want to seem unfriendly, mind you, but if you do not explain with some more detail what you are after, it would be just a guessing game.

Please do read, besides Rules, the "Common Sense Advice" within them:
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?act=boardrules

Then re-post your question detailing it better.

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post Aug 24 2008, 04:58 PM
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Then re-post your question detailing it better.
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I bought a Creative Sound Blaster 16 PCI off eBay and the guy says get the MS-DOS drivers off the internet. I manage to find loads of different drivers. Because Creative didn't really truely make the PCI 16-bit version, they just bought it off ESONIQ (or something like that) - they made the VESA version though.

So I need to test/try install which driver will work in native MS-DOS. I cannot do this via a boot CD.
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post Aug 24 2008, 05:17 PM
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QUOTE (andrewwan1980 @ Aug 24 2008, 05:58 PM) *
So I need to test/try install which driver will work in native MS-DOS. I cannot do this via a boot CD.


OK, do you have a partition on your hard disk formatted either as FAT16 or FAT32?

Or have you got a USB stick availiable/does your motherboard support booting from USB?

I mean, you need to install DOS to your machine, one way or the other (once you've tested and hopefully found the right driver, I guess you will use it (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif) )

If you have only NTFS partitions and no way to setup DOS on a USB stick, you will need to use grub4dos with a drive image.

What OS are you currently running on that machine?

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post Aug 25 2008, 11:36 PM
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My HD is FAT16. Don't worry I figured out how to make C: bootable.

Thanks guys for your replies. Yes I totally forgotten about "sys c:" back from the oldskool DOS days. I believe sys command places io.sys & msdos.sys files in the first sector of the partition so that they get bootstrap loaded on hard disk startup ... hence bootable.

I think I now know how to create my own bootable CD from scratch... building the 1.44MB boot image and using a good cd builder app to load the boot image (MagicISO, Nero, etc.)
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post Aug 26 2008, 11:17 AM
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QUOTE (andrewwan1980 @ Aug 26 2008, 12:36 AM) *
My HD is FAT16. Don't worry I figured out how to make C: bootable.

Thanks guys for your replies. Yes I totally forgotten about "sys c:" back from the oldskool DOS days. I believe sys command places io.sys & msdos.sys files in the first sector of the partition so that they get bootstrap loaded on hard disk startup ... hence bootable.

I think I now know how to create my own bootable CD from scratch... building the 1.44MB boot image and using a good cd builder app to load the boot image (MagicISO, Nero, etc.)


Good. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
Just in case you have/plan to have a NT based system on that PC, I suggest you the use of bootpart:
http://www.winimage.com/bootpart.htm
to manage the multibooting in boot.ini....

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