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    Here is a hard one for you all : How to boot from a floppy image w/o drives

    Well, this is th situation. I have a King embedded machine (it was announced in the for sale forum some time ago) it is an industrial panel PC w/o floppy nor Cd-Rom drive (I had to take out the HD in order to install an OS on it).

    After weeks of research, I have found that the Mobo is from a TNb-5900 PII notebook (from Tatung) and I need one of the BIOS upgrades available to it. The problem is, the only way to upgrade the BIOS is with an special bootable floppy.

    Now, the only way I see to boot it up from this floppy is to make an image of this floppy and have the machine mount it somehow at boot time. Any ideas?


    PS:There is also no way of ataching a temporary CD-ROM nor floppy to it, and it would not boot from USB devices . I told it was a hard one

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    ummm ... how bout a compact flash with IDE adapter?
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    First question is your special floppy actually special (i.e. not dos formated)

    If so you could try this http://www.oldskool.org/pc/flopper/

    I have never used it so can not say if it will work or not but it sounds like what you need.

    If it is only a dos bootable disk then then set up another primary partition on your hard drive and set that partition as active and copy the files to that partition.

    Hope this helps
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    Thak you to all of you. I think flopper will be the answer. I cna't use a spare hard drive, as the disk is DOS formatted, but it does not boot to dos, this is, I can see the files in the floppy from command window, but it's not a DOS boot floppy. Flopper will do it, I think, I just hope that the BIOS Update program that is on that disk won't be hardwired to look for info in the floppy in a physical way...
    Man, this will be dangerous... But, WTF if I was scary I woudn't be trying to put a PC inside my car

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    mayb you could unplug your Hard drive and replace it with a cd drive. To boot from the flopy just use nero's flopy emulation software that whay you would boot just as if you were using a flopy . if theirs no way of connecting the cd drive then try to make a cd with the flopy emulation then copy all the files on the cd to your hard drive and try and see if the HD can emulate the floppy...
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    I got a great idea that will solve all your problems

    GET A NEW MOBO

    ok im sorry im trying very hard not to be a jackass but sometimes the cravings just overtake and it just pours out
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    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    Please don't post when drunk. Jackass is an accurate description.


    Quote Originally Posted by SjLucky
    I got a great idea that will solve all your problems

    GET A NEW MOBO

    ok im sorry im trying very hard not to be a jackass but sometimes the cravings just overtake and it just pours out

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