(Not sure if my reply is needed anymore, nor if it will make it or if my original will show up and this becomes a duplicate, as I ended up resubscribing so maybe I can reply. Anyway, if there is interest I may update the boot disk building portion to optionally support more features (size, memory management, ramdrive, and/or NICs) or leave as is if no one really cares. KJD)
Ian McCall wrote: ...
I'd like to make a bootable ISO of FreeDOS which then directly loads a DOS utility I need. I can use the makeiso.bat on the install ISO to add...
Is there a HOW-TO for going about this anywhere? If not, does anyone have any advice on how to proceed? The utility in question is
As this seems to pop up occasionally, I added a new boot disk to my FreeDOS boot disk page. For building bootable FreeDOS based CD-ROMS, see http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/#bootCD In particular: http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/ISO/README.TXT for more details http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/ISO/FDOEMCD.builder.zip useful part, 550KB
and for license satisfaction: http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/ISO/FDOEMCD.source.zip if you intend to redistribute your ISO/CD-ROM, you need to provide these files
http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/ISO/FDOEMCD.source-tools.zip if you want to redistribute the builder.zip, essentially just MKISOFS source.
This is sorta like the INSTALL ISO image, but much simpler. Unzip the builder zip, add your files to the CD\ directory, edit CD\AUTORUN.BAT to run your program and edit mkisofs.rc for the proper CD volume name, then run included makeiso.bat. It runs the DJGPP port of mkisofs to build FDOEM.ISO. This is the bootable CD-ROM ISO image with your program, burn it to a CD-ROM and give it a go.
I plan to add examples, but I'm not really sure what program to use that is useful, small, and freely distributable. If you download the builder.zip and run makeiso.bat without adding anything, you get a very basic bootable DOS CD-ROM; just DOS (kernel), command interpreter (FreeCOM), XMS support via himem64, mouse support using CuteMouse, and of course CD-ROM access to the booted CD-ROM.
Hope this helps some potential FreeDOS users. Send me a note if you have any suggestions to make it more useful. (Not saying I'll have time to implement them, but maybe :-) I tested on Windows NT5 system, but should work under DOS as well (except the boot disk building program).
Thanks, Jeremy Davis [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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