[kwlug-disc] FreeDOS

Oksana Goertzen ogoertzen at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 15:52:41 EDT 2009


Hi Colin et al,

An update...

I did try this - setup the drive in another PIII laptop and after it stopped
copying the files and
started the first reboot - I tried to move it back to the Toshiba.  No
luck... it doesn't boot.
No display either.. I had it connected to an external LCD to see what was
going on.  Maybe
I should have finished the install completely and then moved it over plus
installed as many
of the drivers I could find.

This is still a work in progress.  I haven't tackled it recently (due to a
work issues like a
SAN problem that ate up all my free [and not so free] time lately) but I
have been able
to obtain the recovery cd's from Toshiba thanks to my rep at Softchoice.
:D  They require
you boot from cd (yes, the cd attached via PCMCIA - which I don't have)...
but it's a
start and it would give me everything that should be on the system... all
the Toshiba
utilities and such.  There are three disks and it looks like the first one
is prep and the
rest use ghost or something.

It doesn't boot from a USB attached CD-DVD but it will boot from a usb FDD.
I may
be able to get it to boot from the floppy and run the install from the CD.
[Next effort].

Yes, Linux might be a nice option for this machine, I agree, but I couldn't
find much
in the way of a tablet distro that might work on an old PIII and work with
the really
old hardware (read proprietary).. so I figured I should, from a pragmatic
point of
view - go with what the machine came configured and set up for.  Is anybody
using
Linux on a tablet?

Thanks, Oksana




On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry for replying to myself (Hi me!), but another thought occurs...
>
> If this is just for personal use, and you have some time to play about,
> move the HDD to another computer and install Windows Tablet edition.  Then
> transfer it back over and let it boot.  Worse case scenario; you end up
> where you are now.  More than likely you might just have a semi-working XP
> tablet.  At that point, assuming you have USB and a key, you can install the
> correct drivers.
>
> Windows doesn't always like all the hardware changing, but I've had it
> survive such transitions in the past.
>
>
> On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> They still have it for XP.  It's called sysprep.  It will basically allow
>> someone to install Windows in full, test it, then return it to a
>> non-activated state for the end user.  I can't recall if it 'strips' out the
>> drivers and lets XP rescan the hardware...  I used to used it when deploying
>> images to machines.
>>
>>
>> On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM, <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:
>>
>>> kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org wrote on 05/29/2009 10:23:06 AM:
>>> > I was fighting with a similar problem last night on different hardware.
>>> >
>>> > I came across this on installing ubuntu from different media -
>>> including
>>> > hard drive:
>>> >
>>> > http://news.softpedia.com/news/Alternative-Installation-Methods-for-
>>> > Hardy-86977.shtml
>>> >
>>> > Short version:  Install ubuntu(server?) on the hard drive leaving an
>>> > extra partition big enough to copy your iso into then adjust grub to
>>> > point at the disk-based iso installer.  Put the drive back in your
>>> > tablet and boot to the Winstaller.
>>> >
>>> > Advantage:  grub is going to work without fiddling with sys.
>>> >
>>> > Similar to what you suggested, but without the FreeDOS step.
>>>
>>> Microsoft used to have an OEM install method for system builders that
>>> involved creating a FAT file system and placing OEM drivers on the disk.
>>> We never did this because our volume was so low.
>>>
>>> How about removing the disk, installing elsewhere and doing the first
>>> boot
>>> on the tablet? If removing the disk isn't an option, you could install on
>>> a disk on another PC and image the result to the tablet using a PXE boot.
>>>
>>> John Van Ostrand
>>> Net Direct Inc.
>>>
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>>>
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>>>
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>>>
>>>
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