Bootable floppy - the details

For those of you who are trying to build a digital picture frame of your own, here are some more details in order to be able to build a DOS bootdisk.

First of all, you need a basic bootdisk. You can find one on Download one, and put it on a floppy. Any bootdisk will do, but it's best you prefer a DOS one.

Next, make a subdirectory and place your image viewer in that subdirectory. For my own frame, I choose LxPic, so I put it in a subdirectory \LxPic.

The only thing left to do now, is make sure that the bootdisk can recognize your CD drive, and that LxPic gets started when you boot the machine. To accomplish this, you need to make some changes to autoexec.bat and config.sys . Below, you can find the files I'm using, with a little description of what they do.


    @echo off
    LH \MSCDEX.EXE /D:cd1
    LXPIC c:\ /13Y&


    DEVICE = oakcdrom.sys /D:cd1

The last two lines of autoexec.bat start the viewer.

The only thing you need to make sure of, is that you have mscdex.exe (which can normally be found on the bootdisk) and a driver for your CD drive (in my case oakcdrom.sys, which is a generic driver from the Norton Ghost boot disk).

Any generic driver will do, if you cannot find any, have a quick Google for one. I'm sure one will turn up.

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