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Posted 19 September 2012 - 01:34
Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:26
I need to run an EXE, which is why it needs to be a DOS boot CD.
Use a Linux-Live CD?
Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:54
I sure have, doesn't boot on this computer, though basic memory and HDD tests were fine.
have you tried hiren's bootCD? its a live win xp disc
How do I convert said images to a CD?
Have you tried converting one of these (dos5,6,622) to cd from here: http://bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
Posted 19 September 2012 - 10:07
Posted 19 September 2012 - 14:55
I tried burning floppy images straight to CD before and it wouldn't let me... I tried with ImgBurn and MagicISO. Nero lets you do it? Interesting.
Very simple trick to make a barebone boot CD: get a DOS (floppy) bootdisk image, be sure that the startup config (autoexec.bat+config.sys) in the image will load the CD drives (I hope you have a IDE device for that...), use Nero to burn a bootable CD (you will need to choose the .ima image of the aforementioned bootdisk). Oh, and don't forget to copy the BIOS updater on the CD before burning!
It works: 99% guaranteed
Posted 19 September 2012 - 15:45
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 20:20
Thank you, I will try this.
MS-DOS is very old and difficult to boot from CD, in my experience. Its probably not what you actually want to be using. The easiest thing to do is to download the pre-built FreeDOS Live CD, burn it with ImgBurn, place the executable you want to execute on a FAT16 or FAT32 formatted flash drive, boot from the FreeDOS Live CD, and execute the file from your flash drive. Unlike MS-DOS, which is difficult to use with CD-ROM drives, USB devices, and FAT32 partitions, FreeDOS is much more modern and had built-in support for much newer components. (Note: Make sure that you download the FreeDOS Live CD from here; not all of the pre-built discs include the live portion.)
This computer is extremely old. I don't remember there being any option to boot from a USB flash drive, and given it's age, I don't expect there to be.
Can you boot the computer from a USB flash drive? If so, that might be one way to boot into DOS or a WinPE environment.