very slight OT: creating a *bootable* MSDOS7 memstick

Aryeh Friedman aryeh.friedman at
Sat Aug 22 14:17:49 UTC 2020

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 10:03 AM Tomasz CEDRO <tomek at> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 3:48 PM Aryeh Friedman  wrote:
> > On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 9:35 AM Tomasz CEDRO wrote:
> >> On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 3:29 PM Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> >> > Nice idea and I just tried it only one problem: When I tried to start
> "mini-windows XP" the screen flashed once and returned to the boot menu and
> I see no way to break out the boot menu (the command line stuff are also
> menu driven and ignore ctrl-c).   None of the menu options were usable in
> my case for the task I am attempting.
> >> Try different versions there were some problems with this stuff.. I
> >> was using 9.7 and it worked.. later releases did not work for me :-)
> >>
> >>
> >
> > Same problem with it.   Tried 9.7 and 15.2.
> Sorry to hear. Are you using USB-CDROM? It worked for me some years
> back then, at least some of versions, particularly this 9.7 I still
> keep just in case. You may want to try on another computer, review
> BIOS settings, etc, just to see if that works anywhere else. Maybe
> that simple MS-DOS prompt would be enough - you were asking for MS-DOS
> prompt and all those base menus and utilities are based on MS-DOS..?

1. Already tried DOS as explained in another part of the thread
2. Only other machine I have is nearly identical hardware (slight
difference in the model number of the motherboard -- the one I am writing
from is rev. 1 of the board and other one is rev 2)

> Maybe there is yet another way to achieve your goal? Depending on how
> precious is the result you may simply get your hands directly on the
> hardware and dump/replace the memory contents :-)

Again as stated elsewhere in the thread the entire point of the exercise
(except as a learning experience) is to avoid going to the store, a 5 hr
trip start to finish, to replace a $30 SSD (there is nothing I need on the
bricked up one).

> --

Aryeh M. Friedman, Lead Developer,

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