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  • Boot to DOS on CD???

    Has anyone created a CD-RW to create a DOS boot CD on CD-ROM?
    The reason I ask is that computers are coming out without floppy
    drives and sometimes I need to boot to (in this case) DOS 6.2.


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    Most cd burning programs will allow you to create a bootable cd.
    I use NTI CDMaker 2000. If I want to make a bootable disk I check the
    make bootable button. It will then ask me where the boot files are,
    answer that and click write and away you go.
    Keith Shelton

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    • #3
      Try this, it might solve the problem:

      http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

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      • #4
        DOS doesn't have built-in support for CD file systems-- the CD
        drivers are loaded after DOS is already up and running, through
        entries in CONFIG.SYS and/or AUTOEXEC.BAT. So, you'd be looking
        for specialized hardware or, perhaps, software that can get control
        before DOS does and pull some fancy footwork.

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        • #5
          Most new bios's come with an option to boot from a cd. So if the
          motherboard was make in the last 5 years he should not have a problem.
          At least it works for my son whose computer doesn't have a floppy
          drive.
          Keith Shelton

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          • #6
            I'm not sure that's compatible with DOS, though. Well, keep us informed,
            Mel.

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            • #7
              I create bootable CD's all the time (for imaging PC's) with Roxio (I can recall doing it in EZCD 4.0 as well).

              But this is for CDR only not for CDRW.

              Typically you create a Win98 Startup floppy (the one from Add Remove Programs, Startup Disk) and then supply this floppy when the buring software requests it.

              Hope that helps!


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tom Hanlin:
                I'm not sure that's compatible with DOS, though. Well, keep us informed,
                Mel.
                Since the newer (including my) PCs come equipped with boot from
                CD option in the BIOS, my train of thought was to create a
                bootable CD for DOS 6.2. Maybe the CD can be thought of as the
                "A:\" drive since (logically at least) it works along the same
                lines as booting from floppy. At this point in the boot process,
                CD drivers would not be necessary.

                Anyway, I copied IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS and COMMAND.COM to a CD-RW
                and attrib'd IO and MSDOS to +s +h +r and tried to boot. The
                success was somewhat less than spectacular.

                Anyway, I am still thinking and if anyone has any additional
                thoughts, I would really appreciate it.


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                • #9
                  Follow the directions I specified. You cannot make a CDRW bootable.

                  Stick with the CDR and the Win98 Startup Disk method.



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