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How to create a bootable cd

By D.C. ·
I have a Operating System installation disk that does not boot on startup.

The bios is set corretly.
I have used bootable floppies in the past.

I need to know what I need to do when I burn the cd to make it a bootable cd???

I know settingsexist within most CD burning programs, but they ask for a boot disk. This is not the answer I'm looking for. I need to know how to program the files for the bootup.

Thanks in advance.

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How to create a bootable cd

by jimmm33 In reply to How to create a bootable ...

The burning software asks for a floppy so it can read the files and use them to create a boot image for the cd. This is the best way to make a bootable CD.

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by D.C. In reply to How to create a bootable ...

Sorry, this prompt for a floppy seems to only accomodate DOS. I need something for Windows 2000 load. I did update the question with a note.
Thank you.

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How to create a bootable cd

by Diamond Dan In reply to How to create a bootable ...

Hi D.C.

First a question:
When you say "I have a Operating System installation disk that does not boot on startup." Have you ever been able to boot from CD or only from floppy or hard disk. If you have never been able to boot from CD even when using commercial operating system diskettes, then the problem lies in your BIOS or in the CD-ROM. The bios must support booting from CD and the CD-ROM must be ATAPI compliant to use as a boot device.

As to the rest of your question: the files needed at boot up depend on the operating system you are using. For example: basic DOS functions are handled by hidden files IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS which call the non-hidden files COMMAND.COM and CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT . You can get the basic functionality by making a boot floppy using FORMAT A: /s and then using ATTRIB to unhide IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS and then copying the whole contents of the floppy to the cd project.

That is for DOS, Windows 9x uses IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS as the hidden files andalso requires CONFIG.SYS, COMMAND.COM, AUTOEXEC.BAT. Additionally, you need WIN.COM, KERNEL32.DLL, KERNEL386.EXE, GDI.EXE, GDI32.EXE. If you want to provide backward compatibility for 16 apps you need WIN.INI, WINFILE.INI and SYSTEM.INI. Windows 9x also requires registry files found in the /Windows directory. These are USER.DAT and SYSTEM.DAT.

This should get you started. As a note, some of these files are hidden system files, and to see them in windows explorer you need to click Tools, Folder Options, View and then select "Show hidden files" and deselect "hide system files". Then you can see all of the needed system files.

I didn't include steps for NT or Windows 2000, I hope that instructions for DOS and Windows 9x should fit the bill. Let me know in a rating reply if you need more help.

Cheers,
dan

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by D.C. In reply to How to create a bootable ...

Sorry, I need something for Windows 2000 load. I did update the question with a note.
Thank you.

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How to create a bootable cd

by maxwell edison In reply to How to create a bootable ...

First, make a bootable DOS floppy. This floppy disk needs to also have all the device drivers, CD-ROM drivers, MSCDEX, and the startup files you need. This floppy should boot up on any computer.(Test it on one or two.) Make sure that once the machine has booted, you can connect to the CD-ROM drive from DOS

Then "burn" that bootable floppy image into a special area of a CD-ROM.

When your system boots up with a CD-ROM in the drive that has this "virtual A-Drive" floppy on it, it will actually boot from that area, just as if it was a floppy drive.


For additional info:

http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/bootcd.html

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

Good luck,

Maxwell

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by D.C. In reply to How to create a bootable ...

Okay, for some reason, my cd rw drive is not recognized by the Adaptec program. In reading the info at these sources, I would have liked to Accept your answer, but unfortunately, I am still searching for an answer.

Thank you.

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to How to create a bootable ...

If I understand your question, I do not believe that you looking at how to make the CD bootable, but how to change the boot process to your own liking.

The easiest way is to get a regular floppy boot diskette and copy this diskette to a working directory on your system. I suggest that you use a WIN98SE boot disk.

Once you get this copied to your directory, you can read most of the files there with notepad and make any changes that you want. Stay away from command.com. The WIN98SE boot disk will also give you working copies of autoexec.bat and config.sys that you can modify.

If you add any additional commands to the loadup, make sure that you copy the drivers to this working directory and that you point these drivers in the right direction. I suggest using the make directory and copy commands (md on c:\? and copy to c:\?) to carry this out, so that the disk can be used on different system configerations (ie: added drives/partitions/cds).

After doing this, start up yourburner program, tell it to make the cd bootable and when it ask for your file directory, point it to your working directory.

I made my disk this way. It lets me boot the any WIN9X system the way I want (inc ME), but I went several steps farther. I copies the windows command directory so I can use attrib, deltree, ect. without having to have separate disk.

I hope that this is what you were looking for.

Paul.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to How to create a bootable ...

Actually, I am looking at how to make the CD bootable.

Thanks

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How to create a bootable cd

by D.C. In reply to How to create a bootable ...

The OS I am installing is Windows 2000 Advanced Server.

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by D.C. In reply to How to create a bootable ...

I am unable to use Adaptec as my CD drive is unrecognized by this program.

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