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#1 Yorn

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 03:12 PM

Just wanted to give you guys an update on where I was at with this. I'm more interested in getting the script repository up, but I came across another way to extract the ISO in HXDOS, turns out you just have to have the "formats" folder with the iso.dll available to 7zip. This vastly changes the dynamic of what we can do with our USB hd's.

Here's the command line I used:
7z x -y -oe:\Boot WindowsXPSP2.iso



Processing archive: WindowsXPSP2.iso



Extracting  AUTORUN.INF

Extracting  DOCS

Extracting  DOCS\WINXP_LOGO_HORIZ_SM.GIF

Extracting  DOTNETFX

Extracting  DOTNETFX\ACCMGR.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\BASELINE.DAT

Extracting  DOTNETFX\CDMGR.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\CMNRES.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DEFHELP.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DELTEMP.EXE

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DEPMGR.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DFCHGFLD.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DFDEPUI.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DFFACT.DAT

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DFFACT.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DISKMGR.DLL

Extracting  DOTNETFX\DOTNETFX.EXE

At that point it hung up for a bit and then went on. What I'm wondering is if this will work under DOS, but I lost Nuno's floppy image/disk that I had that let me run HXDOS. Does anyone have a link to an image that automatically loads everything you need on one floppy FreeDOS image?

Keep in mind this project is designed for a USB hard drive only, so unpacking ISOs in FreeDOS is okay. Obviously you can do that from a CD to RAMdisk or whatever and expect GRUB4DOS to be able to boot it. Bootloaders by their very nature just point to where to start boot and then wipe all RAM usage, meaning that we probably will never be able to boot from a RAM drive (at least for full ISO packages) untill everyone has a minimum of 2-4 gig of RAM.

#2 was_jaclaz

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 06:59 PM

Yorn,
I don't want to seem repetitive, but by using a DOS image driver, i.e. SHSUCDHD
http://www.geocities...jadoxa/shsucdx/
and copying or xcopying the contents from the mounted virtual CD-ROM to HD, you won't need HXDOS and the procedure should be a bit faster.

One of the floppies with freedos from Nuno should be available here:
http://z3.invisionfr...p?showtopic=175
and another one here:
http://z3.invisionfr...hp?showtopic=22

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 10:41 PM

I forgot about that!

Okay, I'm going to work on this a bit this weekend, but I do want to get the script repository done as well. ISOLinux is still probably best for the ISOs that aren't Windows.

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 08:23 AM

ISOLinux is still probably best for the ISOs that aren't Windows.


My bet is still on isoemu:
http://www.911cd.net...?showtopic=8955
http://sysoft.zdwx.com/isoemu/bin/

And of course on its successor, Avlgomgr:
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=15994

(I never found the time to test the latter, but isoemu does work)

jaclaz




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