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DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
wayne1921 Mar-17-02 06:38 PM
Hi, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum;
My Win ME DOS boot Disk made per instructions from Larry was booting up OK except I was unable to get sound. I decided to give it another try, inserted my 3 1/2 boot disk and restarted only to end up booting into Windows (without a hitch). Subsequent boots did the same thing. Any one have an idea as to what may have happened. I did try to use the dosfix.exe from Simom in AUS, didn't work so uninstalled it and all references to it. My boot disk info:

(Contents of Boot Disk)

IF "%config%"=="NOCD" GOTO NOCD
LH A:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001 /L:D
LH mouse
ECHO CD-ROM driver not installed as selected in the menu. Reboot to select.
rem PROMPT=$p$g


menuitem=CD, Start computer with CD-ROM support.
menuitem=NOCD, Start computer without CD-ROM support.

device=oakcdrom.sys /D:001

1. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
lbyard Mar-18-02 12:12 PM
In response to message 0
Set the floppy disk drive as the first boot device in the CMOS Setup. Larry

2. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
wayne1921 Mar-18-02 02:39 PM
In response to message 1
Boy, you sure jumped on this one in a hurry!! Went into CMOS setup but was unable to find a method of setting the floppy drive to boot first. In the boot section there is only reference to the HD. Opening the HD gives me two options; HD and "Bootable add-in cards". The floppy only shows on the Main menu. I noticed that under "Advanced" the O/S is , with options of or but no winme. And if I use a win98 DOS boot disk it boots into a C prompt but a couple of error messages (Expected). I used O/S and "bootable add-in cards" with no noticable change. Do I have the correct CMOS for Win ME??? Wayne

3. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
lbyard Mar-18-02 04:46 PM
In response to message 2
Look in the Advanced BIOS Features or somthing like that if you have Award BIOS. Try the floppy on another PC. Verify that the floppy disk drive LED blinks when booting and does not stay on all of the time. There may be another CMOS setting to seek the floppy drive during boot. Larry

4. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
wayne1921 Mar-19-02 01:17 PM
In response to message 3
Tried the disk in my wife's PC with Win98 and it booted into windows even with the WinME logo. Don't know what happened to it but could you please steer me to your original instructions once more and I'll start from scratch. Thanks a mint, Wayne

5. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
lbyard Mar-19-02 03:36 PM
In response to message 4
Just click How to to the left. They are under Software. Actually, I like Win 98 Startups better and they will work with Me. Larry

6. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
wayne1921 Mar-21-02 01:20 PM
In response to message 5
Good morning, Got the directions and rebuilt the disk but kept getting an error message (There is an error in your config.sys file in line three)The file was correct however. Made a disk using the Win98 directions, copied the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files from it to my original disk and now it works OK. (Except of course for the sound.) I have mentioned the sound card is a Cirrus Logic with two drivers:
Crystal Audio Codec
I/O ranges 1200-12FF and 1300-133F
I/R 09
MPU-401 Compatible Midi Device
I/O range 0220
I/R 05

The Midi device is compatible with Blaster settings but not the Audio Codec. Maybe I should replace my sound card with a Sound Blaster. Any comments? and thanks again for all your help, Wayne

7. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
lbyard Mar-21-02 01:24 PM
In response to message 6
Why do you need sound when using a Startup floppy? I would remove or rem-out the soundboard related lines in the autoexec.bat and config.sys on the floppy. Larry

8. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
wayne1921 Mar-22-02 01:57 PM
In response to message 7
I boot up with the floppy in order to conserve as much of the basic 640k ram to be used for the games. Also need sound enabled as I load the games from the C:> prompt. Most of the games have a choice of sound cards but none work with the crystal codec.

9. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
lbyard Mar-22-02 03:05 PM
In response to message 8
I would be very surprised if that soundboard cannot do basic DOS soundblaster emulation.

10. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
wayne1921 Mar-25-02 05:47 PM
In response to message 9
Hi Larry (I must be looking for Easter Eggs), with reference to the above info on Crystal Codec, can you give me an inkling of how to get sound using the Blaster I/O 220 and IR 05 parameters?????? I'm completely lost now. (Never got a reply from the fellow in Australia on the failure of his DOSFIX3. dual boot to DOS 8)

11. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
lbyard Mar-26-02 10:47 AM
In response to message 10
Ther shold be a program on teh floppy or CD that came with the soundcard to do that. Look for something like DIAG. Check readme files. Larry

12. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
wayne1921 Mar-26-02 02:26 PM
In response to message 11
Hi Larry, this is a final communication on this subject. Just received a message from HP telling me the sound card installed in my PL7920 will not support sound in DOS. AND, they again warn me about making a dual boot with Win98 as it will foul up their drivers. I'll never again purchase a computer with pre-loaded O/S and software. The manufacturers won't supply original disks. What a bummer!! Thanks again for all your help. Wayne

13. RE: DOS boot Disk Boots into Win ME
lbyard Mar-27-02 12:36 PM
In response to message 12
I do not believe them. Good luck. Larry

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