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I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Ampera » 2017-1-02 @ 11:20

As the title says, I seriously can't find one. Blame either I or Google, but I just can't find one that works or is what I am looking for, so I am assuming someone has
figured this one out for me.

I am looking for a booting floppy image that will allow me to boot from an El Torito booting CD or DVD. That simple.

I had one with my old (now RIP) IBM PS/1 machine, so I know they exist, I just can't find one, simple as that.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby meljor » 2017-1-02 @ 12:01

Just grab the 98se oem from this site: http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Ampera » 2017-1-02 @ 12:29

meljor wrote:Just grab the 98se oem from this site: http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm


Exactly how do I boot using it?

It's fine when installing Windows, but other operating systems that don't have a DOS setup binary on the disc I am not sure how to boot from.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Malvineous » 2017-1-02 @ 12:35

I've used Smart Boot Manager before, it can be installed on a hard drive or floppy which is then booted, then gives you a list of devices to boot from next, and can handle El Torito via IDE (and I guess SATA but only if it's running in compatibility mode) even if there's no BIOS support for booting CDs.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby matik311 » 2017-1-02 @ 16:05

Try this
http://schierlm.users.sourceforge.net/bootdisk/

It works for.me very well. It allows you to boot from cd and has some other tools like memtest.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby stamasd » 2017-1-02 @ 16:05

Have a look at isolinux http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php?title=ISOLINUX

It allows booting from El Torito CDROMs, and while it's primarily aimed at booting Linux CDs it supports booting other OS CDs.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Kerr Avon » 2017-1-02 @ 17:59

I've not used it, but Boot Floppy might be what you're looking for:

http://www.freedos.org/download/
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby meljor » 2017-1-02 @ 18:14

Just use the 98se floppy to boot to dos and load the cdrom driver (this goes automatically). From the dos command promt you can start whatever .exe to start from your cd/dvd.

it's that simple or am i missing something in your question?
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Ampera » 2017-1-02 @ 18:54

meljor wrote:Just use the 98se floppy to boot to dos and load the cdrom driver (this goes automatically). From the dos command promt you can start whatever .exe to start from your cd/dvd.

it's that simple or am i missing something in your question?


It doesn't boot El Torito. If I were to put DSL on there it wouldn't be able to do squat.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Jepael » 2017-1-02 @ 18:55

meljor wrote:it's that simple or am i missing something in your question?


He does not want to boot DOS floppy and start DOS exes from CDROM.

He wants to boot from the CDROM, on a machine so old that BIOS cannot boot from CDROM, so he needs to boot something from a floppy that can boot from CDROM.

I recall I've used SmartBootManager in the past for this.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Ampera » 2017-1-02 @ 18:58

Yea, thanks. I need to try some of these out, I'll get back when I have the time.
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Sammy » 2017-1-02 @ 19:01

You can also try PLOP Boot manager
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Re: I can't find a CD Boot floppy.

Postby Malvineous » 2017-1-26 @ 00:38

stamasd wrote:Have a look at isolinux http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php?title=ISOLINUX

It allows booting from El Torito CDROMs, and while it's primarily aimed at booting Linux CDs it supports booting other OS CDs.

Isolinux is an El Torito compatible "boot sector" for CDs though. You use it to make your own bootable CD. You still need BIOS support for bootable CDs to actually load Isolinux off the CD and start running it, so it wouldn't work in this case where the BIOS doesn't have El Torito support.
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