On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM, Wolfgang Schechinger <hubah...@gmx.de> wrote:
> Hi Jim,
> your suggestion helped: The boot screen (when booting FreeDos in VirtualBox) 
> normally disappears so quickly, that it actually doesn't show up (visibly) 
> unless you press F12 while launching the VM.
> This made me realize that I actually need to find a solution to (force to) 
> drop any mounted floppy image before the VM is booted, to prevent that the 
> floppy's boot sector is executed. That's what I actually need.
> Best reagrds,
> Wo

Glad that helped!

You might consider simply removing the floppy image from the virtual
machine definition in VirtualBox when you don't need to boot from

Or, you may want to adjust your BIOS boot order, so that "floppy"
appears after "hard drive". When I've worked with virtual machines,
that's usually one of the first things I do: set the VM BIOS to boot
from hard drive first, then CDROM, then floppy.

That way, when I boot my fresh virtual machine using a mounted CD
image of FreeDOS or Linux, it boots the CD first (because the hard
drive doesn't have anything on it yet, no boot loader.) After the
installation is done, if I've forgotten to unmount the CD image from
the virtual machine, it doesn't matter because the VM will boot from
hard drive anyway (because it now is a valid bootable medium.)


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