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Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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1. Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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Hello everyone;

I am trying to figure out how to install OS/2 Warp v4 without using a floppy drive? I have the original OS/2 Warp CD and installation disks.

Here is the problem. I have a Compaq Armada E500 laptop with Windoze 2000 installed on it. I have created an empty logical partition to install OS/2 into but I cannot get the machine to boot from the floppy drive. The machine will boot from the CD-ROM drive or from the harddisk. I have changed the BIOS settings multiple times, but the computer never looks at the floppy before trying the CD or harddrive. Therefore, it is impossible to start the OS/2 installation. Is there someway that I can create a bootable CD to install OS/2 Warp from?

Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Shadallark
Saskatchewan, Canada

It was my intention to install AirBoot if I could get the floppy working but that has not been possible. Other than not being accessed at boot up the floppy drive works fine.


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Date: 03 Feb, 2004 on 16:28
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2. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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I have made bootable OS/2 CDs in the past by following the following cookbook:
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Sector/5785/bootcd/Boot_cw.htm
Booting OS/2 without a floppy drive is difficult. I personally went through dozens of revisions before I had a working CD.
You might just copy the three boot disks into a directory (or use DIUNPACK on the disk images on the CD), make your boot floppy image with the standard v4 kernel (not the floppy kernel), and and abide by the holy text mentioned above. Oh, and don't forget to patch them. Wait.. Wasn't there a refreshed version of those released somewhere?

Also, check out
http://www.os2usr.org/w4bootcd.html

- Phaelonimaire

Date: 03 Feb, 2004 on 19:25
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3. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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phaelonimaire (03 Feb, 2004 21:51):
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Also, check out
http://www.os2usr.org/w4bootcd.html

- Phaelonimaire


Well, the link above proved to be wonderfully useful, thank you. Unfortunately no matter what option I choose during the startup OS/2 cannot operate my harddrive and the system halts. sigh... guess I will have to wait for a new computer.

Shadallark


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Date: 04 Feb, 2004 on 19:46
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4. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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Please send me a mail so we can get in detail what your problem is and how to work around it. Thanks
Date: 06 Feb, 2004 on 08:48
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5. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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Shadallark (04 Feb, 2004 20:46):

phaelonimaire (03 Feb, 2004 21:51):
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Also, check out
http://www.os2usr.org/w4bootcd.html

- Phaelonimaire


Well, the link above proved to be wonderfully useful, thank you. Unfortunately no matter what option I choose during the startup OS/2 cannot operate my harddrive and the system halts. sigh... guess I will have to wait for a new computer.

Shadallark


Hmm I assume that you're using Dani ide drivers? Also you mention that it halts during the installation; but on what. Please run the installation using the ALT+F2 so you see on what line within config.sys it stops on.

Date: 06 Feb, 2004 on 12:51
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6. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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I will run it again with the ALT+F2 option, and let both of you know the results sometime this weekend.

Thank you for any assistance that you can provide.

Shadallark


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Date: 06 Feb, 2004 on 17:04
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7. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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Shadallark (03 Feb, 2004 17:2:
I have a Compaq Armada E500 laptop with Windoze 2000 installed on it. I

Wondering but the Armada E500, but isn't this system from around 2000/2001? Correct me if I'm wrong. But, reason for asking is that I have had an Armada E500 and I recall that installing OS2 on this wasn't the easiest thing. I managed to install via the floppy (I don't know if you have one or not). But, the installation took me hours to perform; and I think that I had to put on some switches on Dani IDE drivers to get it to work proper.

I don't know if above helps but, at least I manage to get OS2 into the system that's good news at least

Date: 06 Feb, 2004 on 18:59
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8. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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Okay, here we go.

I booted using the bootable OS/2 Installation CD that I created and tried using the F-5 option full hardware detection and using the D - option USB and Daniela drivers and neither one worked. The first one fails with a screen that looks like this:
http://members.shaw.ca/guardian_wolves/gallery/DCP_2669.JPG
and the second one fails with a screen that looks like this:
http://members.shaw.ca/guardian_wolves/gallery/DCP_2670.JPG

I also attempted what I thought you meant by the ALT+F2 option (pressing ALT+F2 instead of ALT+F1, or pressing ALT+F2 while in the ALT+F1 screen) but it did not change what was displayed on the screen during the following seconds before failure. What usually came up (whether I used ALT+F2 or not) was the OS/2 Warp logo and in the bottom left corner infomation about what was being loaded at that moment. The last items before failure were:
ibm1s506.add, ibmidecd.flt, daniboot., and os2dasd. when using the F-5 option, or
dani506.add, ibmidecd.flt, daniboot., and danidasd. when using the D option.

Yep, the laptop was purchased in 2001 when I joined the company I am currently with. They had it preinstalled with Windoze 2000 and would be quite unhappy if I buggered up that installation. I used Partition Magic version 8 to create a 2GB logical partition on the 12 GB harddrive and left it unformatted so that OS/2 could format it. On my desktop computer at home I use Airboot, but since I cannot get the laptop to boot from the floppy drive I cannot use it on the laptop.

Thank you once again, for any and all assistance that you can provide in this matter.

Shadallark


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Date: 07 Feb, 2004 on 16:33
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9. Re:Installing OS/2 Warp without a floppy drive?
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Hmm.. I guess that you have a floppy, but as I remember it was some special crap connection that was supported via BIOS and this tend to make the installation dog slow. Do you have the latest updated installation diskettes from IBM upgrades with the latest thinkable needed files?

Another work around that you could use that I've used on laptops that was really a pain to install on is that I made a generic installation on a normal PC and saw to that all the needed drivers was updated. After that I ghosted the partition over to the laptop. It's a really bad workaround, but it might save you couple of hours or days frustration

Date: 07 Feb, 2004 on 22:18
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The problem with using floppies is that I cannot get the machine to boot from the floppy drive no matter how I tweak the BIOS. Therefore, the install has to be from CD or harddrive. If I find the time in the next couple of months I will try what you suggested about a generic install elsewhere and copying it over to the laptop.

Shadallark


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Date: 08 Feb, 2004 on 16:24
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