Fressco router

mcse2007
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Hi,

Having issue booting up Fessco router via floppy disk drive from vm.

i've already uploaded the .EXE after I've renamed it as .FLP into my datastore, but when the VM boots up by floppy drive all I get is a blank screen.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Have you checked that the Floppy Disk Settings are Set to Connected and Connected at Power On.

Also have you checked the VM BIOS is set to Boot From Floppy as the first boot device. (Press F2 at VM Boot, and change the settings in the VM BIOS).

Or as machine is booting select and Press Escape, and select Floppy as Boot device.

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I think the issue is coming from when the file .EXE is renamed to .FLP, the VM host coundn't read the file?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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follow the video here in this question

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_27230969.html

and you'll see the options that need changing, this video is for cdrom. But you'll see the place you need to change to floppy drive.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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you don't rename the EXE, extract the contents, and rename the file frescco.047 ---> frescco047.flp

the file is 1.4MB, it's a floppy image.

you are renaming the whole archive file, this is not a floppy image.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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You extract first, find the floppy image called frescco.047, upload that, or rename first, or after does not matter, but the file is 1.4MB.

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my version is frescco.043...would it matter? Is there a GUI version rather than Linux version. I'm not a Linux person. When do you know if the installation is completed...cause mine looks like it hanged?
freesco.bmp

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did tried extracting the EXE again, renamed the ...043 to .FLP, uploaded it into datastore but the same issue when it tried to install it...not completing the installation. the vm router has 250mb space more than enough....not sure when it is going wrong though. can you upload your ...047 and i'll try that on mine?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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thats crashed.

it should boot from floppy and be running.

apologies I downloaded .43, typo. there is a gui when it gets there.

what vm settings did you set?

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i've selected the following:

Custom
virtual machine version 7
Guest Operating: Windows Xp Pro (32-bit)
Number of virtual proc = 1
Memory configuration size = 256mb
2 NICs; Adapter = Flexible
SCSI contoller = BusLogic Parallel
Create a new virtual disk
Disk size = 100mb
Virtual Device Node = IDE(0:0)
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Here's another video, of how I've setup Fessco router on a Floppy in VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi.

 hanccocka-483840.flv
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Guest OS should be Linux
Disks should be SCSI

watch my video.

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not sure if anyone has done this kind of video with resolution before but certain the first one I've since here in EE....i take my hat off you mate...well done.

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