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PC-DOS 7.1, Press any key to boot from CD
post Aug 30 2008, 05:37 AM
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I have been playing with a version of PC-DOS 7.1.32 (it's PC-DOS 7.1 from the sgtk 1.30.7).

It is modified DOS source, with a focus on setting up servers and blade machines. In any case, a cute trick is to add an extra 0-byte file to the diskette, in the shape of _BOOT_HD.NOZ . If ibmbio.com sees this, then it will offer to boot from the DVD/CD or from the hard disk, default to the hard disk.

It works on a regular floppy too, the DVD-CD thing will actually boot to the floppy, while the default is to the hard disk.

It has possibilities, and i imagine that jo.sys will do the same thing in Windows 98. The impact of this is that you can have a dos boot disk with the answer file etc on it, and start either dosmode or run mode without having to eject the diskette.
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post Aug 31 2008, 07:30 PM
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This tip will be mentioned on this week's newsletter.

Thank you Wendy.

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