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I can't believe I forgot it. . .

by Coryphaeus / October 17, 2007 9:00 AM PDT

I'm building a little toy. A little W98SE machine. I have all the parts, some spares, some new. But I forgot I don't have a floppy drive, all my machines are high end XP Pro and I haven't used a floppy in a long time. I do have a copy of W98SE and the boot floppy. Is there any way I can create a bootable CD with the W98SE boot files? If I set the BIOS to boot from the CD will it work? Otherwise I'm going to have to buy a floppy drive.


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I found this
by PudgyOne / October 17, 2007 9:16 AM PDT
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Strange. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 17, 2007 9:47 AM PDT
In reply to: I found this

I found a zipped W98SE boot ISO file to burn to a CD. I extracted the .iso file, double clicked it, my burning software opened and told me to insert a CD, I did, clicked burn, it did, but when I look at it in Explorer it is blank. It does show 1.45 Meg used, but there are no files listed. Recon this will work?

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by BrianZachary / October 17, 2007 10:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Strange. . .

iso files are CD files, they have to be burned to CD to work.

WinAce will actually allow you to view and extract iso files so you can see what's in them before doing anything, like wasting a CD for iso files that contain nothing. It's even possible to extract the files and setup whatever program the iso file is without burning to a CD.

You can get WinAce right at The user reviews don't look too promising, but I've used WinAce for a long time with no problems. Of course the version on seems to be an older version (2.2):

If you go to the WinAce website, you can get the latest version (2.61):

Hope this helps.

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Oops...just noticed.
by BrianZachary / October 17, 2007 10:11 AM PDT
In reply to: WinAce

The latest release is actually version 2.65, not 2.61.

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I did burn them. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 17, 2007 10:54 AM PDT
In reply to: WinAce

My burning software, NTI Platinum, extracted the files, I guess, and burned something to the CD. The CD now shows 1.45 Meg used. But no files show in Explorer.

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Check these.
by BrianZachary / October 17, 2007 9:28 AM PDT
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Okay, this may work. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 17, 2007 11:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Check these.

As I said, I have a W98SE boot floppy. My NTI burning software has the option to create a bootable CD. I checked that and copied the boot floppy to the CD and burned it. As a test I left it in the CD drive and rebooted my XP PRO machine. Voila. It booted perfectly into DOS just exactly like I had a floppy in the drive.

Thanks for getting the brain cells working. The real test will be when I put the machine together tomorrow.


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by BrianZachary / October 17, 2007 12:57 PM PDT

Glad I could help. Hope everything goes ok. Keep us posted.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 17, 2007 8:54 PM PDT

I see you got all this sorted and that's good.

But I have to ask, the question is burning me. Win 98SE?

Why? Devil


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Why? Excellent question.
by Coryphaeus / October 17, 2007 10:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Why?

Short answer - just 'cause.

I found this

and this

Will have half a Gig of RAM, a 20 Gig HD and DVD ROM. It's been years since I ran a 98 machine and I thought, why not. But as you can see it'll handle XP if I decide to go that way. I'll have only about 175 invested. I got the box and board yesterday and the processor and RAM arrives today. I'll have it running tonight if I can get that boot CD to work. If not I'll have to pick up a floppy drive locally. Then the real headache, getting all the 98 updates. But I've found the MS site where they're all listed and available.

Just because.


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Good answer.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 18, 2007 4:36 AM PDT

I think that performance will blow Win 98SE apart. Should be good to see it working.


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A little more than W98 was designed for. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 18, 2007 12:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Good answer.

it ought to scream. I'll post back when I get it running. The processor didn't arrive like it was supposed to today, it's scheduled for tomorrow.

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