Extending cdboot with options "Press any key to boot from CD" prompt

Samuel Clements sclements at linkline.com
Fri Aug 20 12:02:36 PDT 2004

> See above. How it would help if CD is unserted into machine with network
> boot or machine which boots using some "unsupported" by detection
> heuristics method (e.g. another CD, floppy, etc)?
> IMHO, such prompt is useful for interactive CDs to prevent automatic
> booting when CD is erroneously inserted into headless machines, or when
> installation is complete and machine can be bootstrapped off HDD.
> Since it's "for interactive use only", I don't see any problems with
> "Press any key to boot from CD" prompt in all cases, regardless of the
> absence or presence of active partition on HDD. It's assumed that there
> is an operator in front of the machine's console, who can press the key
> when prompted. If there is no such person, there is no point to boot off
> this CD at all in the first place due to its "interactiveness".

Or perhaps it could do something fancy, like detect keyboard presence and if
its not found, ignore checking for partitions - if one is found, assume
machine is not headless and ask. I'm certainly not advocating Microsoft's
way as right - I was just posting for clarifications sake.

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