I received a sealed envelope from you yesterday. It contained
a card with a note about a white cover but no USB stick! :-(
Did the stick fall out or something?
Jeremy is making progress! If I receive a stick, after I test
it do you want me to put an MBR on it? Very easy to change the
formats from MBR to superfloppy in Linux. I don't know how to
do it easily in Windows or DOS.
Michael Devore wrote:
> Last night I picked up a few off-brand 128M USB sticks and tried
> formatting them to boot FreeDOS on my system. As a pleasant surprise,
> the latest FORMAT 0.91v and SYS from 2/20/2006 32-bit kernel formatted
> all three brands to FreeDOS-bootable sticks -- although each received a
> runtime FORMAT message "GDP default BPB read error 0F" which didn't
> appear to affect anything. Much different experience than my last
> mucking around with boot images and disk patches to get a bootable
> stick; good job everyone involved in upgrading the FreeDOS capabilities
> Since USB booting of FreeDOS remains an issue for several people, I'd
> like to send the sticks to any volunteer who has failures booting a
> modern FreeDOS-format USB stick, or doesn't have a USB stick available,
> to test how/if it works. I'll cover the postage to send it, you simply
> have to e-mail me your address. You can mail it back after you are
> done or, if shipping costs are substantial, you can keep it, although
> obviously I'd prefer to get the stick back to pass on to other testers.
> Simply drop me an e-mail. Details on the offer follow...
> The requirements are that you have a 386+ (probably a Pentium+) machine
> with a USB port and a BIOS that supports booting from a USB stick. On
> my test system that means selecting USB-ZIP, other systems may have a
> boot selection called USB mass storage, and more recent BIOS setups may
> be able to directly identify the USB stick as a boot source while it's
> plugged in. The stick will most likely come up as drive A: when it boots.
> What I want to know is whether the boot works, what you had to specify
> in your BIOS to get it to boot, what type of machine you have, and
> anything else which seems notable. The sticks are formatted FAT16 and
> have no CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT, although I have included the latest
> versions of HIMEM.EXE and EMM386.EXE if you have time to test booting
> with HIMEM and EMM386 active (if it boots OK without them loaded and not
> with, that's important news to know).
> If you already have a good booting stick, I may be interested in your
> machine's information for comparison purposes.
> For future tests I may check FAT32 format, plus see what might be
> possible, if anything, to get a stick booting under other USB
> selections, e.g. USB-FDD, USB-CD ROM, and USB-HD here, and/or move to a
> different default drive from A:. But for now I want to establish we
> have happy boots for basic USB stick setup.
> If you have any questions, drop me an e-mail or post here as appropriate.
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