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How to create a bootable cd without a floppy drive?

Hello Experts,

How can I make a windows 98 second edition bootable cdrom on a windows 2000 system which doesn't have a functioning floppy drive?

I have Nero Burning ROM v5.5. In it's 'create boot cd' dialog there is an option to use either a) a floppy drive for the source image, or b) an .IMG file. Presumably the second option is the one I want, but where can I download this boot image? My searches to date are not catching anything.

For clarification, the boot cd doesn't have to contain windows 98, I'm not asking for pirated software, it just needs to boot using the win98 command interpreter.

Oh yeah, one more thing, my internet connection is only 48k dial-up, so full ISO downloads are not workable for me.

thanks,

-matt
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cofneverlivetotellCommented:
http://www.bootdisk.com/ for all the bootdisk images you could want... are wanting to actually download win2k or 98.... or just a bootdisk

CHeers
Cof
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paraghsCommented:
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Debsyl99Commented:
Hi
You can do it from the 98 Floppy,
Specific link for you,
http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm
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maphewAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the link to bootdisk.com. It looks like a very good site. However all of the instructions I have gone through (so far) require a floppy drive to extract the boot image onto/from. Ditto for the direct link provided by paraghs.
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paraghsCommented:
OK maphew, take a look at www.freedos.org.

They have posted a link to bootable floppy image of FreeDOS (1.4 MB image file or 1.2 MB zipped file).

They have also posted a larger 9.8MB ISO image file for CD (compressed file is of 8 MB).

After buring this ISO image to your CD, or using the IMG file for Floppy with your Nero, you can work in FreeDOS, which is pretty similar to MS-DOS.

Due to license limitations of MS-DOS, I think FreeDOS is the best bet for you.

You can download the images, and read readme.txt file at :
http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/distributions/beta9/
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maphewAuthor Commented:
sorry paraghs, FreeDOS doesn't work for me either. The boot image must be win98se.
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maphewAuthor Commented:
(i'm trying to resurrect a win98se system which has a hosed boot sector. If I replace it with another OS the rest of the system is useless.)
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paraghsCommented:
Okay maphew,

Here is the file you need :

http://falcon.jmu.edu/~jarvislb/utils/bin/boot98cd.exe

http://falcon.jmu.edu/~jarvislb/utils/boot_cd.html

Download the exe file, run it. You will be presented with 3 options : 1. Create boot floppy, 2. Extract files, and 3. Image file. Use 3rd option.

Use the extracted IMZ file for buring CD.
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maphewAuthor Commented:
Hi Paraghs, thanks for your stick-to-it-iveness. :)

Nero asks for an .IMA file, while the file which extracts from the boot98cd.exe is an .IMZ. Nero doesn't complain when I tell it to use the .IMZ instead, however the resultant cd  doesn't boot. It tries, but doesn't get anywhere. I tried two different cd's just to make sure it wasn't a surface defect or something.

A sysrescue boot cd works in the same system, so I know the computer can boot from cd.
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paraghsCommented:
OK maphew,

You need to extract IMA file from IMZ file.

Use ExtractNow (freeware) from :
http://www.softpedia.com/public/cat/2/2-13.shtml
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maphewAuthor Commented:
hmm, Extract Nowis unable to extract the .IMA file. It opens the archive and lists the  contents but gives an error when trying to extract. I also tried  WinRAR v3.41 with similar results.

The same thing happened with another .IMZ boot image I got from a different source, which leads me to think there are variant .IMZ formats or versions.

On another note, the urgency of this question has been downgraded: I acquired a floppy drive and boot floppy from a friend and have resurrected the broken computer. Although for knowledge's sake I would still like to find a working answer to my question. :)
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
Hmmm.... I was going to suggest you use someone else's computer to generate the IMA file you require. All you need for this is a bootable floopy (Created with Windows 98SE, and Win Image to create the IMA file)

Then you can either create the bootable CD on their system, or move it to where ever you need. You can use a multitude of media types in this day and age. USB flash disk, CD RW, even connect a digital camera or MP3 Player, and use it as file storage for you file.

Just for the sake of comlpleting this question, here is a link to the IMA file you require:
http://tinyurl.com/42xjy

I have positively tested this IMA with Roxio. It created a CD that booted like a Windows 98 SE boot disk would.

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
~sighs~
Geocities apparently doesn't like the extension IMA, so I added ".jpg" and am attempting to upload the 1.4 MB file again. this is the link:
http://www.geocities.com/cmckaysuperiwaynwy/Win98SE.IMA.jpg

Hopefully this one will work.

:o)

Bartender_1
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paraghsCommented:
Download MS DOS 7.10 Boot Disk from :

http://newdos.yginfo.net/msdos71/

The zip file contains img file needed by you.

It also has link to a "Super" MSDOS boot disk with support for NTFS/USB drives.
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maphewAuthor Commented:
Sorry Bartender_1,  for both of the links I get "Sorry, the page you requested was not found."

And Paraghs, I already stated I didn't need a new or different OS.
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Christopher McKayMicrosoft Network AdministratorCommented:
I apologize, geocities kicked it back both times on me.
(I ended up having to zip it and then upload it. The upside of this is: the zip file compressed it to around 740KB.)

This link should work for you:

http://www.geocities.com/cmckaysuperiwaynwy/win98se.zip

Hope this helps!

:o)

Bartender_1
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maphewAuthor Commented:
thanks Bartender_1,

I owe you a liquid refreshement of your choice. :)

Maphew
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