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Subject  :  cd dosent boot
Author  :  alexzander
Date  :  16 Mar, 2007 on 23:32
i looked through mu dads old CD/3,5diskette collection and found
an OS/2 4.0 Warp CD(but i cant find the manual) so i cant look in
any manuals and it looked intresting...
i have a problem the cd dosent boot when i put the cd in
the computer and reboot it just shows a black screen(for
about 30sec) and then continue booting from harddrive...

Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  obiwan
Date  :  17 Mar, 2007 on 00:16
The Warp 4 CD is not bootable. You'll need to create the boot floppies using the DOS utility on the CD, or download the images. Sorry I do not recall where they can be found now that IBM has taken their site down. Perhaps a search in these forums would turn up a link.

There are also utilities for creating a bootable CD, and of course the best choice is buying eComStation. I can't install Warp 4 for the price of eComStation, accounting for the value of my time.


Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  El Vato
Date  :  17 Mar, 2007 on 11:57

alexzander (16 Mar, 2007 23:32):
i looked through mu dads old CD/3,5diskette collection and found
an OS/2 4.0 Warp CD(but i cant find the manual) so i cant look in
any manuals and it looked intresting...
i have a problem the cd dosent boot when i put the cd in
the computer and reboot it just shows a black screen(for
about 30sec) and then continue booting from harddrive...

WARNING: The installation of an operating system is to be considered carefully. Please make a back up of your data before you attempt to perform your intended task. Additionally, the utility and diskette images are provided on an AS-IS basis with the intention to help you in your endeavor.

Notwithstanding, your downloading of those named utilities is at your own risk. Please understand that as with Open Source Software (OSS) I make no implicit and/or explicit guarantee that you will succeed in your endeavor.

If you want to give a try out to your newly found operating system --and you do not mind taking some extra steps to accomplish it, here is some instructions.

Download from this highlighted link the file OS2W4Ins.exe.

It is a DOS self executable (I converted it to DOS since I assumed that you are using WinXX).

Assuming that you downloaded the DOS executable to a temporary directory (in my illustration it is TMPDSKS, evidently), proceed to extract its contents at that location.

Open a DOS command prompt from you WinXX environment and change directory to that location. Once there, simply execute the the file by entering its name:

V:\TMPDSKS>OS2W4INS.EXE

PKSFX ® FAST! Self Extract Utility Version 2.49 08-01-96
Copr. 1989-1996 PKWARE Inc. All Rights Reserved. Registered Version
PKSFX Reg. U.S. Pat. and Tm. Off.

Searching EXE: V:/TMPDSKS/OS2W4INS.EXE
Inflating: OS2W4D_0.DSK
Inflating: OS2W4D_1.DSK
Inflating: OS2W4D_2.DSK
Inflating: loaddskf.exe

V:\TMPDSKS>

That's it! You now have an OS/2 Warp 4 installation diskette set fairly modern (those images were downloaded from the IBM site some years ago).

You also have an DOS/OS/2 utility ( loaddskf.exe) that you can use to transfer the images (those with an DSK extension) onto three(3) newly formated diskettes that you will provide, of course.

Mark your first diskette as zero or install and insert it into your floppy drive. Proceed to enter:

loaddskf.exe OS2W4D_0.DSK A:

your OS2W4D_0.DSK image will be transfered into into the floppy diskette at your A: drive (even if you have an USB floppy). After the loaddskf.exe utility finishes remove the floppy (and make sure it is marked) and set it aside.

Continue with the rest of the remaining diskettes not forgetting to label those appropriately:

loaddskf.exe OS2W4D_1.DSK A:

and

loaddskf.exe OS2W4D_2.DSK A:

After you are finished with the task, proceed to turn off the computer where you will attempt to install your OS/2 W4 --if it is not OFF already-- and insert the installation floppy zero into the A: drive. As your computer boots you might insert your OS/2 CD-media so that the installation will proceed smoothly.

Turn on your computer and let it boot from the diskette. The installation program will pause and a dialogue will prompt you to remove each of the diskettes and to insert the next one --the labeling of zero(0), one(1), and two(2) embedded in the names of the diskettes is the order in which you will insert them.

Please, kid, do tell about your experience. You are an individualist since you are searching for alternatives to the status quo imposed on the majority !

Depending upon your persistence, you might even develop an Bootable CD-media of your oldie OS/2 Warp 4, in the process learning by inductive and deductive means how to approach problems in computer science.


Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  Hypr
Date  :  18 Mar, 2007 on 02:50
I need the disks as well, that link wants me to put a username and password in order to download.

Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  El Vato
Date  :  18 Mar, 2007 on 03:40

Hypr (18 Mar, 2007 02:50):
I need the disks as well, that link wants me to put a username and password in order to download.

Possibly uploading those to hobbes would be a better solution. Notwithstanding, I just sent you an email providing the needed information at 7:36 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Best of luck !


Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  Hypr
Date  :  18 Mar, 2007 on 12:38
Thanks, I will do it and see if I can get Warp 4 in a dual boot with Ubuntu. (It should work, but will probably mess up the Ubuntu boot loader...)

Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  El Vato
Date  :  18 Mar, 2007 on 17:36

Hypr (18 Mar, 2007 12:3:
Thanks, I will do it and see if I can get Warp 4 in a dual boot with Ubuntu. (It should work, but will probably mess up the Ubuntu boot loader...)

A couple of suggestions:

Those diskettes that you downloaded do not have the LVM-enabled OS/2 Boot Manager. Consequently, even if some pertinent drivers were updated, quite possibly your bootable partitions are to be within the first eight(8) Gigs of your hard disk.

Ubuntu has some issues if you will attempt to install the GRUB boot loader into other than the master boot drive. Unless, of course, you have already installed it and are able to boot into it.

Accordingly, in your case, reinstalling GRUB into its own current partition is easier. Assuming that your Ubuntu is in a single partition (with an additional SWAP partition, possibly), here are some general guidelines.

If you will be wiping out your GRUB in your master boot drive, you better reinstall GRUB into your current Ubuntu hard disk partition BEFORE you blow away your GRUB in your master drive.

You can reinstall your GRUB into your current Ubuntu partition by booting into Ubuntu. Proceed to open a shell and taking an example from my own current full fledged Debian distro (from where Ubuntu derives) at location /dev/hda17, I reinstall Grub from the master boot drive and into the current partition by typing (see snapshot):

grub-install /dev/hda17

You must execute the command as the root user and/or prepending the command above with "sudo" for your Ubuntu distro :

sudo grub-install /dev/hda17

Please, replace the appropriate partiton above with your own specific Ubuntu partition.


Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  Hypr
Date  :  19 Mar, 2007 on 04:13
Ok, Grub is on one drive while Ubuntu is on the other, I guess installing the bootloader is easy I did that when I messed around with Mandriva and messed up its bootloader when I installed XP or 2k

Subject  :  Re:cd dosent boot
Author  :  Hypr
Date  :  19 Mar, 2007 on 17:43
I am having an issue with the country.sys file, how do I resolve that issue? The system halts a few seconds after reading disk 2.

Thanks.


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