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
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.
> [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
> >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.
> 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
> *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
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