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Ian SmithJun 29, 2014 4:26 am 
Warren BlockJun 29, 2014 6:49 am 
Warren BlockJun 29, 2014 7:03 am 
Ian SmithJun 29, 2014 10:22 am 
Warren BlockJun 29, 2014 11:14 am 
Ian SmithJun 30, 2014 9:43 am 
Warren BlockJun 30, 2014 11:43 am 
Ian SmithJul 3, 2014 8:08 am 
Subject:Re: bootable CD-ROM image to memstick image?
From:Warren Block (
Date:Jun 30, 2014 11:43:49 am

On Tue, 1 Jul 2014, Ian Smith wrote:

You last said "Good luck!" and I thought I was all set, but alas .. it seemed to be loading ok, but then "Missing operating system" was all it said, a horror story long preceding the infamous BSoD to old DOS jocks.

Hm. The image ought to have the boot blocks. Maybe a geometry difference? If Win95/98 is easily available, it could do a 'sys' on that USB drive (not MS-DOS, because it can't see USB). Or maybe FreeDOS would work, I have not used it much.

For that matter, the FreeBSD MBR bootcode might be enough ('fdisk -B').

I have a 32M MS-DOS hard drive image on my PXE server just for this kind of situation. Mount the image, copy the firmware update files to it, umount and PXE boot the target system from it. A bit of a hassle, but often less than the alternative. Most systems work with it. Although a few have complained and refused to run the firmware update, no other problems (that is, no bricks).