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The command setboot of os/2 doesn't work if I boot my computer with DOS operating system (I have a DOS and OS/2 partition).

I want to use the OS/2 boot manager, so the command 'boot /os2' is not what I am looking for.

Is there any execute command just as setboot could work in DOS environment to change my OS/2 boot manager system?

Please tell me.
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by:lior
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If you're in Dos or OS2 you can decide to boot into any operating system that is on your machine by doing the following command :   1 - CD\OS2
            2 - boot /dos (to boot in dos)
            3 - boot /os2 (to boot in os2)

This command works both in dos or os2
   


I hope this is what you were asking for.
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by:lest
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by:lest
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I want to use the os2 boot manager. So, the command 'boot /os2' is not what I'm looking for.

Help me?
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by:grovedc
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In order to use bootmanager you have to have OS/2 and DOS installed on different partitions.
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by:lest
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by:lest
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I want to change the OS/2 boot manager settings from the DOS partition.
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by:grovedc
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You aren't making any sense.  

What does it mean to change boot manager settings from a partition?  If you mean when booted to DOS, no you can't change boot manager from DOS.
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by:lest
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Grovedc,

OS/2 is installed on drive d. The command 'Setboot /IBD:C' reboot the computer, skip the OS/2 boot manager menu and boot drive C.

I want to do the same on drive C (DOS). So, I'm looking for a 'setboot' command for DOS (Setboot for DOS and not for OS/2).
 
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by:grovedc
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I still don't understand what you are trying to do or why.

You can use fdisk under DOS to set the active partition.
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by:lest
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Why:

I write a application for Windows 3.11 and a application for os/2. The applications have to reboot to the other OS system. For OS/2, I use reboot command in the script. For Windows 3.11, I have no commmand.
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lior earned 200 total points
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I got bad news for you...It's not possible, at least not with
SetBoot.  I went looking in the IBM BBS and in IBM archives that
I have access to and couldn't find anything that would do this.
I've thrown the question around to some ppl here who are more
then well versed in OS/2 and the general impression I got is
that it's just not possible to do.  I would recommend you ask
some windows/dos gurus if there is any utility that will allow
you to set the bootable drive to D instead of C.  To me, with
my knowledge of DOS and WINDOWS I would say right out that I
don't think that is possible either.  
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I'm gonna keep a look out to see if I can find such a utility
and I'll see if I can contact some contacts in the os/2
support group and see if they know of anything.  
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