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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 3:53:04 PM

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Hi,

I can't make a good MS-DOS startup disk (for BIOS flashing) from XP
SP2.

I select the "Make an MS-DOS startup disk" from the Format dialog.
Sometimes it gives up without a warning (i.e. the progress bar
resets itself and the "Start" button goes active again). Sometimes
it completes with a success message.

However the disks never boot. I get the following messages from the
BIOS (abbreviated a bit!):

Looking for boot record on floppy... OK

Disk I/O error. Insert new disk.
Disk I/O error. Insert new disk.

I've tried with a least 7 different floppy disks, all with the same
result. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get it to work?
I've also tried to make a MS-DOS boot disk on a Windows 2000 machine
by downloading some freeware, but this does not work. I think the
floppy drive is OK because I can boot from a Linux floppy disk
(memtest86).

BTW: On the rare occasion the format appears to work, there is no
command.com, autoexec.bat or config.sys files showing on the disk.
I have changed the folder settings not to hide protected OS files.

TIA, R
Anonymous
September 13, 2005 3:53:05 PM

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Try a new Floppy Disk/Drive.

Pre-made Bootdisks can be found here:
http://www.bootdisk.com
Anonymous
September 13, 2005 9:23:02 PM

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I guess your floppy drive is dirty.

regards,
ssg MS-MVP

R wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I can't make a good MS-DOS startup disk (for BIOS flashing) from XP
> SP2.
>
> I select the "Make an MS-DOS startup disk" from the Format dialog.
> Sometimes it gives up without a warning (i.e. the progress bar
> resets itself and the "Start" button goes active again). Sometimes
> it completes with a success message.
>
> However the disks never boot. I get the following messages from the
> BIOS (abbreviated a bit!):
>
> Looking for boot record on floppy... OK
>
> Disk I/O error. Insert new disk.
> Disk I/O error. Insert new disk.
>
> I've tried with a least 7 different floppy disks, all with the same
> result. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get it to work?
> I've also tried to make a MS-DOS boot disk on a Windows 2000 machine
> by downloading some freeware, but this does not work. I think the
> floppy drive is OK because I can boot from a Linux floppy disk
> (memtest86).
>
> BTW: On the rare occasion the format appears to work, there is no
> command.com, autoexec.bat or config.sys files showing on the disk.
> I have changed the folder settings not to hide protected OS files.
>
> TIA, R
>
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Anonymous
September 14, 2005 1:28:59 AM

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"R" <spam@spam.spam> wrote in message
news:D sbdi1p8m7065p6ktabs85o9qngls95rnu@4ax.com...
> Hi,
>
> I can't make a good MS-DOS startup disk (for BIOS flashing) from XP
> SP2.
>
> I select the "Make an MS-DOS startup disk" from the Format dialog.
> Sometimes it gives up without a warning (i.e. the progress bar
> resets itself and the "Start" button goes active again). Sometimes
> it completes with a success message.
>
> However the disks never boot. I get the following messages from the
> BIOS (abbreviated a bit!):
>
> Looking for boot record on floppy... OK
>
> Disk I/O error. Insert new disk.
> Disk I/O error. Insert new disk.
>
> I've tried with a least 7 different floppy disks, all with the same
> result. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get it to work?
> I've also tried to make a MS-DOS boot disk on a Windows 2000 machine
> by downloading some freeware, but this does not work. I think the
> floppy drive is OK because I can boot from a Linux floppy disk
> (memtest86).
>
> BTW: On the rare occasion the format appears to work, there is no
> command.com, autoexec.bat or config.sys files showing on the disk.
> I have changed the folder settings not to hide protected OS files.
>
> TIA, R
>

You probably have a flakey floppy disk drive. Your Linux boot
does not prove much - it only reads the disk, it does not write it.
Anonymous
September 18, 2005 12:56:11 AM

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....and here is one i prepared earlier

hahahahaha, had to add that in, sorry

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"matsr" <mostue@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Try a new Floppy Disk/Drive.
>
> Pre-made Bootdisks can be found here:
> http://www.bootdisk.com
>
!