make a Win98 boot CD?
Posted 25 January 2008 - 10:08 PM
Posted 26 January 2008 - 08:13 AM
1. Delete the partitions on the laptop with something that sees partitions. An XP install can do this. You do the install as far as deleting the partitions, and then abandon it.
2. You need to build a boot disk for XP, which also can see the cdrom. You can use a generic IDE driver here, or you can download the DOS driver from IBM/Lenovo. Thinkpads have _very_ good support.
3. Make the cdrom letter something late in the alphabet, such as s: (MSCDEX /L:S /D:MSCD000), then you don't need to hunt the drive down with "findcd". You can also use XMSDSK to park a ram drive at R: You need also "lastdrive=Z" or something.
4. If you use Win98se or earlier, you can use "SYS" as in DOS. You could put a full MS-DOS 7.1 unexpanded distro on the cdrom, and then use the floppy disk with a minimal setup. The following are relatively useful
- io.sys, msdos.sys, command.com
- fdisk, sys, format, and eg (delpart -> google for this) fdisk has a 64GB fix or something.
- scandisk (from WinME works faster/more accurately)
- some ide driver + mscdex
- himem.sys, mouse, ifshlp.sys
- jo.sys, eltorito.sys, (see http://www.nu2.nu/ for details here.
When all works to what you want (you can use it as a rescue cd as well), make a raw image file (eg .IMA) of the disk. and make this the boot image of the cdrom.
The installation is then a matter of changing to the appropriate drive, and installing Windows 98.
You can make the same cdrom install at choice, Windows 95 or Windows ME. I made a composite cdrom, which has 95A, 98SE and ME, along with much of the original cdroms (except the multimedia/ads) in their source locations. The advantage of this is that programs that install extra features from the cdroms will find them in the right locations.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:30 AM
You need to do several things here.
Thanks so much Wendy for your great information. Just after you replied the mobo on that laptop died. Fortunately the seller refunded my money. I am now the proud owner of a Thinkpad A20m and I have both floppy and CD ROM available at the same time, so no problem installing 98.
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