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First post, by foul_owl

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Fresh install of freedos to sd card via ide to sd card adapter. If I try to boot from the sd card, I get "read error while reading drive". However, if I swap out the sd card with windows 98 install (also on sd card) it boots without issue. Also if I boot from the freedos install cd and then choose "boot from hard drive" it boots freedos fine.

Taking a look at the freedos sd card in Linux, it looks like there's an empty 4 megs at the beginning of the disk, then the rest is fat32, but with bootable flag enabled on the fat32 partition. Not sure why there is this empty 4 megs at the beginning, I started with a blank sd card.

How can I get freedos to boot without the cd?

Reply 1 of 5, by Duffman

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What motherboard do you have?

MB: ASRock B550 Steel Legend
CPU: Ryzen 9 5950X
RAM: Corsair 64GB Kit (4x16GB) DDR4 Veng LPX C18 4000MHz
SSDs: 2x Crucial MX500 1TB SATA + 1x Samsung 980 (non-pro) 1TB NVMe SSD
OSs: Win 11 Pro (NVMe) + WinXP Pro SP3 (SATA)
GPU: RTX2070 (11) GT730 (XP)