>> I have tried a number of image files from different sources
>> with the same result.
>> I get a "FreeDos" message with a flashing cursor, and keyboard
>> is ignored.

> If I had to guess, I would say your CF has another (virtual) CHS
> geometry set by the BIOS of your embedded system than the one
> which is used while making the image (if you use one) or while
> running SYS while the CF is plugged to another computer to make
> the CF bootable (if you take that route).

this guess is (almost 100% certain) right.
it could also be a MBR problem, if the MBR doesn't support/use LBA addressing

this will also happen, if you write the disk using USB adapters, then
plug it to a physical IDE adapter

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Kind regards
Tom Ehlert

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