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Bootable CompactFlash

Posted on 2004-10-25
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hi,

i'd like to create MS-DOS bootable CompactFlash.
when i'm trying the obvious way (format from my PC), the option is disabled for some reason.
what can i do?


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    by:paranoidcookie
    Try one of the following

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/xpehelp/html/xetbsconfiguringcompactflashdevice.asp

    http://www.embeddedx86.com/software/DOS_FAQ.htm

    It look like under windows you need to have an ide to compact flash converter as cf support is limited. If you have access to a linux box you can use fdisk and make it bootable or dd from a bootable floppy
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    by:sedgwick
    where can i download this Bootprep?
    how do i use it?
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    by:paranoidcookie
    It would seem its a tool that comes with the embedded windows xp developers kit.
    You need to fdisk the cf first and to do this you need either a cf to ide adapter or use or a linux computer.
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    by:sedgwick
    i've connected my flash IDE adapter to the card, and in setup the flash is being identified, however the bootable Dos on the flash doesn't come up after rebooting the card.
    any ideas?
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    by:paranoidcookie
    When you fdisk it did you set the partition active and did you copy the system files?

    Also in your computers bios have you set it to look for the ide channel that the cf adapter is plugged into? Your probably set up to boot from drive c so it will ignore other bootable drives.
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    by:sedgwick
    i set up the flash as primary master (it recognizes the flash)
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    by:paranoidcookie
    When you view he flash in fdisk is the partition set active?

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    by:sedgwick
    i can't fdisk from XP, i get incorrect MS-DOS version
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    Yeah but according to the instructions you need to create a dos boot disk with

    Fdisk.exe (included as part of the MS-DOS boot disk)

    Format.com (included with Windows XP Professional)

    BootPrep.exe (included in the Windows XP Embedded utilities directory)

    Boot from that then fdsik format and prepare the cf
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    by:Fons-be
    Whenever I have to make a bootable CF-disk i attach it to an old Win98 or Win95 machine. Win98/95 still has a full version of MS-DOS. So at the command you can just do "format /s f:" where f: is de drive-letter for your CF-card.
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