1541/71 Bootable Disk Imaging CD (for DOS)
My primary environment for testing cables is DOS as it is easier to troubleshoot cable issues from. I therefore needed a boot floppy or CD to verify that the X cables work, that the computer's parallel port will work, and that tools such as MNIB/NIBTOOLS would work. Thus I created a bootable CD with all the latest imaging tools and CD drivers. Simply burn the image, boot it up and you're good to go. All the machine needs is a working CD-ROM drive and 32Mb of RAM as a 16Mb RAM disk is created to store the software tools and images.
The following packages and utilities are included on the CD:
- Star Commander v0.83 (Jan 11, 2010)
- Several NibTools versions (v0.70, v0.75, v0.80, R483 and older NibTools/MNIB versions in other folders)
- 64Copy v4.43
- XCDETECT v0.18
- XCTEST v0.12
- Many CD drivers to support the plethor of CD drives
The CD boots to DOS, creates a RAM disk to save the NibTools images into, and presents a menu to work from. Since it is self-contained, it doesn't interfere with the existing data on the local hard disk.
There are several caveats when working with this image:
- NTFS partitions are not supported, so if you don't have a FAT32 drive available to store the resultant images, you will have to find some other way, like a floppy, to copy them from the RAM disk.
- The boot image overrides drive A so if you need to save things to the floppy, use drive B instead.
Email the author: Peter Schepers | Last updated: Jan 18, 2011