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  1. Depending on the BIOS of your computer, you can set the USB stick as a boot device.

    I'm using an R40 ThinkPad (2681-GUU) and will poke around to see what I can find.

    I've gotten into a "GUI" type BIOS but haven't gotten into the real thing - yet :idea:

    Thanks for the quick response and places to start looking!


    This link offered an IBM Memory key setup utility but, unfortunately, I was unable to get the DOS prompt :(

    Hopefully our Guest a few posts up will come through :idea:

    ***edit (2)***

    Well :) a BIOS update and a little bit of pragmatism has enabled me to create a bootable USB Memory Key, now with those aforementioned Drive Image floppy files :D

    Imagine... trying to use CDBurnerXP Pro and ending up with the "end result" in another fashion :!:

    Thanks for prodding me along and helping me think outside the box, er, CD

  2. >sorry, this is different from version 8

    = yeah, some say I oughta upgrade (easier said than done)

    >maybe the code is embedded in a .exe or something

    = that would be my guess :(

    >... to look for disk2 there must be some instructions anywhere.

    = your guess is better than mine :wink:

    >is there any autoexec.bat?

    = apparently not... what I copied was what I opened from the files copied from the floppies.

    > it is the default to load first. *.001 is some modified one or a file to be loaded from the *.bat one

    = just gets weirder :?

  3. I have AUTOEXEC.001 :?

    Here's what's listed:



    REM -------------------------------------------------------

    REM -- Put keyboard codes (xx) and --

    REM -- code page variables (yyy) here. --

    REM -------------------------------------------------------



    REM KEYB xx,yyy

    REM -------------------------------------------------------

    REM -- Put network or CD-ROM drivers here. --

    REM -------------------------------------------------------

    REM Windows DOS:

    REM MSCDEX.EXE /D:driver_name [/L] [/M]

    REM Caldera DOS:

    REM NWCDEX.EXE /D:driver_name [/L] [/M]


    Am I overlooking something :?:

  4. Thanks for the reply.

    I've been operating from this information:

    So, all you do is create your CD the way you want to and then, tell the program to make it a 'Boot CD.' When you boot from it, it spoofs the A:, but the other information

    can be accessed through the regular CD drive letter (ex. D: )

    Following that idea, I used the seventeen (17) files from the two 'original' boot floppies "hoping" making use of the 'bootable option' would really allow me to do that.

    When you boot from a CD which has been created from a floppy, the CD becomes virtual A:. A while back, I had a 'system f floppies' like you are describing. My solution was to realize that the CD is also addressable as D:, in the simplest config, where C: is the hard drive.

    I used a simple dos batch file to capture a drive letter from and interactive user prompt, so that I could adapt to any hardware mix.

    You should try to get the basic boot working , then use the command processor to determine what you system calls each drive. It is possible to have bootable CD's load additional CD's....

    Sorry for the misunderstanding, but the CD I'm trying to create is not from a floppy, per se, as much as it's created from/through the CDBurnerXP Pro program.

    I was once able to create a bootable CD from the initial Drive Image 5.0 floppy, and I thought I could "add" the files from the second floppy; however, I could only sit there watching the Insert Disk Two prompt :(

  5. Greetings... I am in the process of making a bootable CD from the two boot floppies from Drive Image 5.0 (DI 5.0) but am not having much success.

    I'm using XP Pro (SP2) on an R40 ThinkPad with 1G RAM and plenty of HDD space. The Recorder is an RW/DVD GCC-4240N from an HL-DT-ST vendor.

    So far, I have copied the contents of the two floppies to a folder and put them on the CD-R using CDBurnerXP Pro 3.0.116

    Disc | Boot options... allows me to Make Disc Bootable and then I've selected both the Floppy1_44MB (95/98/ME bootimages) and the NoEmulation (NT/2000/XP boot images) on separate occasions.

    Once the disc is written, I've chosen to shut down automatically. I reboot off the CD and run into the same error message:

    Cannot load DOS! Any key to retry

    I can still use DI 5.0 by using the original two boot floppies, but I'd really like to get away from the floppy drive and use only the DVD/CDRW drive... BTW, the first floppy boots up and then asks for the second floppy to be inserted. The second floppy has the DI 5.0 program that allows me to do what I need to do.

    So... what will it take to get me where I'd like to be?

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