Hi Bernd: Oh, I forgot to mention that the "SYS" command takes care of copying kernel.sys and command.com. Basically, if I copy the ODIN directory into something sensible and do a few tweaks of autoexec.bat and config.sys, then the USB stick boots and provides a good FreeDOS environment.
My reason for doing this is to support ham radio applications. I want to make the procedure for installing it as easy as I can for a novice user who doesn't know much (if anything) about DOS. If you want a copy of the detailed installation for MS-DOS (which requires manually copying files to the USB stick), let me know. I hope to have it updated for FreeDOS soon. Mark > [EMAIL PROTECTED] schreef: > > >The FreeDOS installer appears to absolutely insist > >on writing a boot sector and some other stuff > >to C: even if you request an installation to > >something like E:\fdos. > > > > > Yes, sorry. Alternatives are welcome, but I need to guarantee that a > bootsector is written in order to get a bootable system. > Maybe I'll build in some kind of 'cheat-code' like Knoppix has, to alter > behaviour of FreeDOS a bit. > Is it doable to simply unplug the harddisk? Disconnect POWER and/or IDE > cable. > > >I can do a "SYS E:" and get the USB stick to boot. I > >can copy the ODIN directory from the CD and get > >a reasonably functional installation of FreeDOS. I > >suppose I could spend a few hours looking at the > >installation CD, figuring out where to find all of the > >configuration files, and manually copying them, but > >I was hoping for an easier way. Maybe I could dig out > >the SUBST command (doesn't seem to be in ODIN) > >and fake it out that way, or... > > > > > Congratulations on getting USB stick bootable. How did you make it > visible as E: in DOS ? > ODIN is more or less complete. > > http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/distributions/beta9sr1/r > eadme.txt > contains the config.sys/autoexec.bat. > Be sure to pick the one for harddisk (DEVICE=C:\...) > > >Any ideas? :-) > > > > > Any ideas on how to offer the SYS thing to the user? > I'm thinking about: > *if no previous OS, write bootsector anyway > *if previous OS, but target is C:\[freedosdirectory], then also write > bootsector > *if previous OS, and target not C:\ , ask where to write FreeDOS bootsector. > > Does your USB-drive become A: if you boot from it, or C: ? > if 'C:', then configuration files are simple: just move the \KERNEL.SYS > and \FDCONFIG.SYS from C: to the USBdrive > > Bernd > > > ------------------------------------------------------- > This SF.Net email is sponsored by: IntelliVIEW -- Interactive Reporting > Tool for open source databases. Create drag-&-drop reports. Save time > by over 75%! Publish reports on the web. Export to DOC, XLS, RTF, etc. > Download a FREE copy at http://www.intelliview.com/go/osdn_nl > _______________________________________________ > Freedos-user mailing list > Freedosemail@example.com > https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user ------------------------------------------------------- This SF.Net email is sponsored by: IntelliVIEW -- Interactive Reporting Tool for open source databases. Create drag-&-drop reports. Save time by over 75%! Publish reports on the web. Export to DOC, XLS, RTF, etc. Download a FREE copy at http://www.intelliview.com/go/osdn_nl _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user