Ontrack Disk Manager 9.57 Boot Iso.zip
Somewhat similar to FDISK in functionality, this is a bootable disk for setting up hard disks before installing the operating system. Within the application, there's also the ability to run diagnostics on the drive, install a Windows 3.1 32-bit disk access driver, and restore the drive's MBR for example should it become corrupt/infected with a virus.
ontrack disk manager 9.57 boot iso.zip
The above code takes the logical disk geometry as detected or configured in the BIOS and multiplies the coordinates together to obtain a count of sectors times 4. That value is then divided by 7812 (almost exactly the number of sectors in one SI megabyte) to obtain the number of megabytes. The division instruction at E000:8B15 takes the dividend from the 32-bit register pair DX:AX (where the multiplication instruction put it) and returns the quotient in the 16-bit register AX. If the quotient happens not to fit within 16 bits, the divide instruction triggers a #DE (divide error) exception, more commonly known for being triggered when attempting to divide by zero. Since the BIOS had not installed a meaningful divide error handler by that moment, the boot process hangs.
Finally, if you've got a suitable Windows (eg. one of the Windows XP testing images that used to be offered on modern.ie before Microsoft EOLed earlier versions of Internet Explorer), you could mount a floppy drive or disk image as A: in a PC emulator/virtual machine manager and create an install disk that way... assuming that Wine doesn't offer a translation of the relevant APIs and none of the relevant disk image generators are DOS EXEs that'll work in something like DOSBox-X.
Windows 95 will support Disk Manager 6.x and above 'out of the box', as will new versions of OS/2 Warp, Windows NT 3.5.1 and Linux 1.3.x. IBM and Microsoft have created fixes that allow older versions of OS/2, Warp and Windows NT to work with Disk Manager.o Fourth, corruption of the DDO sector will result in a DDO Integrity Error. While it is fairly easy to re-write the DDO sector (use the dmcfig.exe utility on your DM diskette), this is is a sign of a bigger problem (eg. virus) rather than a problem in itself---contact Ontrack tech support (email@example.com) for assistance.
I have a pretty sweet little Compaq LTE 5400 with a P1-150 and 81mb of ram. Overkill, I know! I took out the 1.2gb HDD and picked up a 16gb CF and an adapter for the IDE bay. I have ONE floppy disk that is about fifteen years old which I was lucky to find laying around the house (from the Wal-Mart photo center back in the day) and I created a DOS 6.22 bootdisk with it.
So that's pretty much where I'm stuck. I boot from floppy and I get to "Booting from floppy disk" and then "starting MS-DOS" and then...nothing. It just hangs there for probably ever but I've only ever given it about twenty minutes which I assume is enough time to know it ain't gonna work. The floppy drive access light remains illuminated also, I should probably add - though there's no sound of it trying to do anything.
Try to get the machine to boot from the CD and install windows that way, if nothing works you might want to use another system to install 98 to the CF card and then put it back in the Compaq. A quick tip you can dump all the drivers into a folder after installing 98 on the CF card before putting back in the Compaq so you wont have to suffer any disks.
Newest issue is that no floppy boot disk (DOS or WIN98) will boot when the IDE drive is plugged in. Except for the few times that it did work, which was after the computer sat for a while. Or...however it happened to work. Seems it was after I gave up and came back to it at a later time it seemed to be more cooperative.
I have tried about 47 times to create an OnTrack Disk Manager 9.57 ISO with my new PC using the external USB floppy drive with the OnTrack 9.57 bootdisk creation EXE found on www.philscomputerlab.com but it keeps telling me that the "diskette write-protect tab must be closed" which it totally is and I've tried making the bootdisk with several different floppies to ensure that it's not an issue with the physical media.
I then found a disk image of ver. 9.43 at winworldpc.com, extracted it and copied the files over to the floppy, but when I try to boot the old computer with that disk I'm told that it's a non-system disk or disk error. Of course.
Regarding henryVK's suggestion: I just followed the guide and made the partition active with diskpart. Now, I should extract a Win98 bootdisk image to that partition? Or should I extract a full Win98 bootable CD ISO to that partition? Or...should I create a second partition with the full WIN98 extracted files and put a WIN98 boot floppy into the primary, active partition?
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