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By kcav ·
I would like to setup a DOS boot disk with drivers that let me access my hard drives, CD-ROM drive, and NIC. So far I have not been able to
obtain drivers from the hard disk manufactures. So I thought I would ask around, and see what other people do when faced with the situation
I am in.

Normally, I run Windows 2000. Sometimes, usually after changing hardware and rebooting, instead of loading Windows 2000 I get a Blue Screen, or else the Windows Setup routine will freeze before finishingthe job of loading Windows 2000. In either case, the only access I have to my system is to boot to DOS from a floppy disk.

It seems to me if I had device drivers that I could place in a DOS config.sys file, I would have a number of worthwhile alternatives. For example, I could run CHKDSK and Scandisk on my drives. Or maybe I could load event logs into a text editor, and determine which files are corrupt. Then maybe I could replace them
from a backup. Or maybe instead of using a text editor I could use a program that reads the physical sectors and find and replace a corrupt
program. And I suspect the Master File Table. It seems to me this approach would be quicker and easier than what I have been through. I have been removing all my peripheral devices, and PCI boards.

Has anyone faced a similar problem? What do you do when faced with the BSOD? You don't take boards out do you? Please advise what should
I do?

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Some Ideas

by TheChas In reply to DOS drivers

For most hard drives, you do not need a driver for the drive itself.
For SCSI or other drive controllers (except the built-in IDE) you will need the driver for the controller card.

If a hard drive was setup using drive overlay software (EZ-Drive) you need to boot in a manor that allows the overlay program to run.

Since you are running W2K, I assume the drives are NTSF. You need a utility for DOS to access NTSF drives.
Check out www.systeminternals.com

For CD-ROM drivers, check out www.bootdisk.com or www.driverguide.com
I believe that both have CD-ROM GOD. This is a file that fits on a floppy and has drivers for most CD-ROM drives.

Next, how do you go about changing the hardware? I seldom get blue screens or other issues.

You must remove the old hardware from device manager, then any related software from add/remove programs.
Then shutdown and swap in the new device.

Chas

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Access to CDRom drive from DOS

by kcav In reply to Some Ideas

I checked out www.driveguide.com for driver to access TEAC S532S SCSI CDRom drive from DOS. Found link to TEAC Web site. Under driver updates for CD-532S their last update is dated 1998/8/11. I believe is what I have, and its firmware. When I bootto DOS v6.22 I can not see the CDRom drive. Seems like I need a driver I can load in config.sys using device =. Any more ideas, or am I missing something?

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Dos Boot With CD Rom Support

by technoided In reply to Access to CDRom drive fro ...

Find a windows 98SE machine and make a startup disk. This disk should have all the drivers (Atapi) for 98% of CD roms. Also, on 98SE and up the origianal Install cd is bootable and is menu driven.

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Access to CDRom drive from DOS

by kcav In reply to Some Ideas

I checked out www.driveguide.com for driver to access TEAC S532S SCSI CDRom drive from DOS. Found link to TEAC Web site. Under driver updates for CD-532S their last update is dated 1998/8/11. I believe is what I have, and its firmware. When I bootto DOS v6.22 I can not see the CDRom drive. Seems like I need a driver I can load in config.sys using device =. Any more ideas, or am I missing something?

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Remove old hardware first

by kcav In reply to Some Ideas

Yesterday I installed a new hard drive. When I rebooted Device Mgr. showed USB 2.0 was nolonger working. To correct the problem, I did what you said. You said, you must remove old hardware from device manager, software with Add/Remove program, thenshutdown. When I did this for all non working devices, it found a driver made by Freecom Tech. that works with IDE ATAAPI. After it rediscovered that driver the USB ports were reinsatlled.

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by djent In reply to DOS drivers

If you have Win2K installed on a FAT32 FS you could use a Win98 DOS disk. You should be using NTFS and observe boot partition limits per MS specs, this will relieve some of the errors. If you already use NTFS a DOS boot disk is of little use without3rd party utilities (sysinternals.com). I have found the most convienient way to access a NTFS drive that has crashed is to connect to a working machine with the version OS as a second device, backup files, affect repairs as possible and return it to the original machine. This always works unless the drive is totaly trashed.

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How to access NTFS5 from DOS?

by kcav In reply to DOS drivers

You said, Since you are running W2K, you need a utility for DOS to access NTSF drives. Check out www.systeminternals.com

I downloaded the demo version of NTFSDOS Pro from Sysinternals. Installed it onto a DOS boot disk. Used it to view NTFS partitions on my IDE hdds. Could not see spanned volumes or mounted volumes. My basic reason for using NTFS5 is to take adantage of reparse feature. This does not seem to be satisfactory solution. Dis I miss something?

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by djent In reply to How to access NTFS5 from ...

You will have to check the NTFSDOS docs, there are limitations but that is the only way I know of to access NTFS from DOS.

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