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    Just share your CD and/or floppy on the other computer. You can share virtual disks as well. It's not exactly emulated that way though. You have to mount the share as a drive letter sometimes.

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    Why bother with all this when your problem is you have wasted a dozen CD's - get a ReWritable CD!
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    tftp boot and network install, maybe?
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    This is what I do that doesn't waste any CD.
    On main PC, Install Virtual PC, Daemon Tool, and nLited ISO. Install nLite if you want to.
    - Mouted the ISO via Daemon Tool.
    - Fire up Virtual PC or create on if doesn't exist.
    - Select "Use Physical CD/DVD Drive X" under CD on the menu bar. Drive X is where the Mouted ISO.

    The VirtualPC will boot from that CD.
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    tftp boot and network install, maybe?
    I did research on booting of a network via boot prom. But the problem is how do you do an install after you have booted?

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    Pxe boot and unattended install scripts should do it for you.
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    Well, I think you can get an IDE to PCMCIA adapter.

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    Did a search on Pxe and windows and found this link . Gonna try it today.

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    Sound like you need an 'solid-state' rewritable drive that acts like a cd player. How do you get the ISOs to it? Who makes the ISOs -- the host computer or the solid-state device? Need multiple ISOs images?

    One could build this device to use IDE channel to read and write to it. I imagine the drive will need to use two different partitions (one hard drive, one cd-rom) but point to the same area so uploads and downloads could happen. With a embedded processor, you can even pick the ISO image before the host computers reads the IDE channel.

    This is way more advanced than the solid-state cd-drives (which really were HD but with a switch to change drive types) that I heard some software/hardware houses use.

    Too bad...It is not a bad idea to compete with HORM and EWF.


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    Quote Originally Posted by walstib View Post
    tftp boot and network install, maybe?
    Considering that most, if not all, modern network cards support PXE, I agree with walstib that it's the way to go. Why re-invent the wheel (CD hardware emulator) when a solution already exists?

    Let us know how your experiment goes.
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