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#1 ispy

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 06:56 PM

Hi folks :whistling: ,

Need some help, has anyone got an "English" copy of Vfloppy they could "E" Mail To me preferably with the gui interface, the program I have got is approx 1.64 Mb's packed, if anyone has the English help file that would be icing on the cake. Please PM me if you have a copy!

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:26 PM

I've never seen it in non-Chinese form, are you sure that such English version exists at all? :whistling:

Also, for the record, is one of those "border-line" items, I have seen vague references of it being proprietary software "re-mastered", though nothing definite.

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:35 PM

Hi Jaclaz :whistling: ,
Thanks for the reply!

I've never seen it in non-Chinese form, are you sure that such English version exists at all?

No Not sure was hoping someone had dropped on a copy!

But then I go onto read your next comment:

Also, for the record, is one of those "border-line" items, I have seen vague references of it being proprietary software "re-mastered", though nothing definite.

Re-Badged, reverse engineered, re-compiled, knicked "Re-Mastered" from what please?

R&R,

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#4 MedEvil

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 10:50 PM

What does vfloppy do?

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 11:10 PM

Hi MedEvil :whistling: ,

Heres some notes I found on it cannot vouch for 100% accuracy of the info but here the jist of it:

Firstly not to be confused with Vfd, vfloppy and vfd are two different things. vfloppy is a program that allows you to make floppy disks to be installed in the boot.ini, while vfd is a driver to load disk images.

vfloppy is a several-part process, for which is used the command-line version for.

You start off with a floppy disk image, and run vfloppy. It will add some segment to the front of the diskette, and create a boot sector to match. You then put this boot-sector in the boot.ini file, and you can boot, eg DOS boot-floppies off an NTFS partition. This is very handy when you have something do system recovery with a small (512MB) c:. You can boot various DOS versions off different disks, and use these accordingly.

1, Download it.
2, Extract it to C:\
3, Put your img to C:\boot and run the following command in your cmd.exe
vfloppy -1 vloader.bin -2 vmemdsk.bin -i your_img_name.img
4, Add the following line to your boot.ini
C:\boot\vloader.bin="Boot from vFloppy"
5, Done!!

I have a copy but its Chinese wondering if anyone had English vers if indeed it exists!

R&R,

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#6 MedEvil

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:07 AM

Sounds like the loader hooks back into the BIOS much like Floppy emulation for CD.
Thought i might could suggest a replacement, but the last time i've heared of something similar was in win9x times and it required DOS to boot.

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#7 was_jaclaz

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:47 AM

@ispy
Basically the same thing you can do now with grub4dos + floppy image. or not? :whistling:

There are rumours that the "Chinese" vfloppy is connected/derived from some Powerquest (now Symantec) utility.

There is a Symantec FTP server:
ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_...s/pq/utilities/
where a number of oldish Powerquest utilities are available, including PTEDIT32 and a vfd_folders.exe.

The licensing status of these apps is UNKNOWN AFAIK.

Thus using Beeblebrox instead of PTEDIT32 (the Author of Beeblebrox took part in the writing of PTEDIT32):
http://students.cs.byu.edu/~codyb/
and grub4dos intead of vfloppy (or vfd_folders contents) is highly advisable.

jaclaz

#8 Moon Goon

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 10:02 PM

I'd have to second Jaclaz on the dubious nature of vfloppy. I took a look at the Google translated homepage at:
http://vfloppy.51.net/

Basically, from what I could make out, he describes the basic contents of the vfloppy archive file as having unlicensed copies of CIA Commander. I suppose you could take out the NTFS.IMG file but how far are ya gonna trust the author?

I'll wait until grub4dos is easy enough for the average user to use.




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