Greetings, I wanted to try out FreeDOS on an old laptop where I have replaced the HDD with a CF card. I am looking to avoid floppies/CDs however, so I am wondering if anyone has an image that could be written to the CF card that would then boot into FreeDOS. I`ve found that once I have a bootable CF card I can dump the whole thing to an image using a sector editor, and use that image to make another CF card of equal or greater size bootable as well. Having a bootable image available would be convenient for some folks, am I right?
I`m also wondering if it is possible to install FreeDOS onto a FAT16/32 partition alongside Windows NT4/2K/XP and add it to the Windows boot menu by pointing it to a file containing the FreeDOS boot sector. That is how I keep a win98 command prompt around as an option on 2K/XP boxes. The tricky part of course is getting that boot sector, along with the numbers in it that match the drive geometry. I`m assuming FreeDOS uses its own boot sector that is different than a DOS or win9x one, is this correct? Does it use "IO.SYS" and "MSDOS.SYS" as system files or are they called something else? The other thing I`m curious about is how speedstep and CPU states are working under FreeDOS. I have another laptop which had the CPU (a low-voltage one that is soldered to the board!) replaced with a faster model. Since the BIOS wasn`t designed to support this, it always boots up at the default (minimum) speed. There are utilities to manipulate the CPU speed under Windows but I haven`t found anything that runs under DOS. I tried FDAPM, and got an error about "unable to parse ..." but surprisingly, using the "speed" argument I was able to switch it to something even slower (but not faster). I didn`t know a Pentium M could run at less than 600MHz, but when I used speed4 it seemed like it was cut down to half that speed. (I took this opportunity to run the old bytemark CPU benchmark, which normally would crash on anything 600MHz or faster due to a bug) TIA... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Keep Your Developer Skills Current with LearnDevNow! The most comprehensive online learning library for Microsoft developers is just $99.99! Visual Studio, SharePoint, SQL - plus HTML5, CSS3, MVC3, Metro Style Apps, more. Free future releases when you subscribe now! http://p.sf.net/sfu/learndevnow-d2d _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosemail@example.com https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user