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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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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 confiig, 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 addditional CD's....

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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 :(

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take a look at the autoexec.bat... it has code there to look for the second disk.

change it so that all the files the batch tries to find are on the same place. (create it on a:\dir...\ as it will be your CD boot letter (a:), (b:) will be the floppy and so on...

I have on of those with DriveImage,8 and PMagic too... it´s great!

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I have AUTOEXEC.001 :?

Here's what's listed:

@ECHO OFF

PROMPT $P$G

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

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

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

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

REM MODE CON CP PREP=((yyy) EGA.CPI)

REM MODE CON CP SEL=yyy

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]

MOUSE

Am I overlooking something :?:

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sorry, this is different from version 8. maybe the code is embeded in a .exe or something... to look for disk2 there must be some instructions anywhere.

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

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>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 :?

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I have this image I could put on a ftp folder or something so you could download and burn... interested?

Man, I'll say :)

PM me for an e-mail address. Thank you!

[This is certainly off-topic, but what would it take to boot off a USB thumb drive :?: ]

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[This is certainly off-topic, but what would it take to boot off a USB thumb drive :?: ]

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

If your PC's BIOS does not seem to support this, check if there is an update for the available BIOS!

Your milage may vary :-)

For some reason most BIOS'es prefer to refer to the thumbdrive as a USB Removable Floppy Disk or USB Zip Disk.

Please email me settings if you found settings that work for a particular BIOS.

Please DO NOT send me questions. Please ask them in the FORUM so others can read the replies as well.

* Generic approach

If your BIOS is not in the list below, or the settings do not seem to work with your PC, then do this:

- Go into the BIOS

- Go to the page that determines the boot order (usually called "Advanced Setup", "Boot options", or "Feature Setup")

- Try all USB drive variants. Start with "USB ZIP", then "USB FDD", "USB HDD ", etc.

- To speed up the testing, DISABLE ALL other boot devices. This goes for the 2nd, 3rd etc, but also for so called "Alternative boot devices".

* AMI BIOS

Depending on the version of your AMI-BIOS (enter using the "Del" button):

Option 1;

This refers to an AMI-BIOS I found on my own spare computer.

AMI refers to it as "AMIBIOS SIMPLE SETYP UTILITY - VERSION 1.21.12".

(version number may vary)

Go to "Feature Setup".

"Enable" these options: "USB Function Support", "USB Function For DOS" and "ThumbDrive for DOS".

Go to "Advanced Setup".

Set the "1st Boot Device" to "USB RMD-FDD".

Reboot the PC and it now should boot from the Thumbdrive.

Option 2;

Settings I found on a German website (www.chip.de).

Go to "USB Mass Storage Device Configuration".

Select "Emulation Type" and set it to "Harddisk".

Go to the "Boot Menu" and set the "1st boot device" to "USB-Stick".

No you can exit the BIOS, saving the changes. If this does not seem to work, then you can try (it sometimes seems to work) setting the "Emulation Type" value to "Floppy" or "Forced FDD".

* PHOENIX/AWARD BIOS

On my Shuttle XPC (SN85G4), the Phoenix/Award BIOS:

Go to "Advanced BIOS Features".

Go to the "1st Boot device" and set it to "USB-ZIP".

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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!

***edit***

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

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