Re: Installing ms-dos from floppies

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On Sat, 8 Apr 2006, Jan Willem Stumpel wrote:

Recently somebody gave me an old set of MS-DOS 6.22 floppies.
I am now running dosemu with MS-DOS 6.00 (just copied from an old
computer) but I thought it would be nice to try an 'official'
floppy install of 6.22.

I put the first floppy in the drive and called xdosemu -A. Then
soon, I was given the following options:

Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Setup

   MS-DOS files cannot be installed on your hard disk
   because the format of drive C is incompatible with
   MS-DOS 6.22. You can have Setup reformat drive C for
   you, or you can exit Setup now and reformat drive C

   Caution: Reformatting will erase all files and
   directories currently on drive C.

         Format this drive (recommended).

         Exit Setup.

   To accept the selection, press ENTER.
   To change the selection, press the UP or DOWN ARROW key,
   and then press ENTER.

I am not very keen on having my "C" drive (actually my ~/dos
directory) erased completely. From a recent message by Bart I
doubt that this would actually happen, but I selected 'Exit Setup'

FD FORMAT simply fails on the "network" (ie. lredir) drive C:. It can't be formatted. I suspect that the Setup program does not like to install on network drives, so your only way out is to use an HDIMAGE via mkfatimage16 (see the man page) and specify that in $_hdimage.

FORMAT works on HDIMAGES -- because the low level stuff is skipped but also unnecessary unlike floppies: it just puts on the boot sector and FAT on the image. But mkfatimage16 already creates the FAT anyway.

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