DOSBOX message "REBOOT REQUESTED, QUITTING NOW"

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DOSBOX message "REBOOT REQUESTED, QUITTING NOW"

Postby CCLGamer » 2017-12-10 @ 18:51

When installing windows 9x or games as bootable programs, DOSBox will respond with "Reboot Requested, Quitting Now" and quit instead of booting up and continue installation or run installed game.

Here is a simple solution:
Just boot up with the image of a boot disk as floppy (with the same DOS version as the installation that cannot reboot) with the command
boot -l a
Assuming the installation is on hard drive c:, use the following msdos command from the floppy boot disk:
sys c:
This will transfer msdos.sys and command.com correctly to make hard disk c bootable.
Then quit DOSBox and launch it again, but this time boot the installation with the command
boot -l c

Here is an example where I installed Windows 98 Second Edition:
In the DOSBox configuration file I added:
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[autoexec]#
#Lines in this section will be run at startup.
#You can put your MOUNT lines here.

imgmount 0 win98c.img -t floppy -fs none
imgmount 2 windows98.img -size 512,63,255,522 -t hdd -fs none
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win98c.img is the floppy boot disk in a:
windows98.img is the 4GB hard disk drive c: for the installation
I used imdisktk to transfer windows setup files and drivers to the hard disk drive image file.

Then I started DOSBox and initiated setup with the following commands
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boot -l a
c:
cd win98_se
cd setup
setup
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I am assuming windows 98 at this point has made hard disk drive c: bootable as it prepares for reboot. But the reboot fails.
At reboot after DOSBox terminated with the error message, I repaired the hard disk boot partition with the following commands:
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boot -l a
sys c:
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I closed DOSBox and started it again, then I initiated the reboot with the following command:
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boot -l c
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