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[Plex86-devel] Windows 98 Install

From: Collette
Subject: [Plex86-devel] Windows 98 Install
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 13:25:20 +0200
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I don't understand why my message is not on the list. Maybe it's because I haven't subscribed to the list (my mail have to be accepted by the administrator of the list).
So, I send you the description.

Your sincerely,




After a lot of tries, I succeedeed in booting windows 98. It works fine.
First of all, I've got some screenshots, where do I send these images ?

Here's the steps I follow:

step 1 - It build a 500 Mo image file using bximage.
step 2 - I launch bochs so as to boot under the windows 98 CDROM. I exit the install process (F3 to times). I launch fdisk to set up a partition then I reboot bochs, exit again the install process and format the image (format c:).
step 3 - I copy this image under windows (cp win.img /mnt/win/C).
step 4 - I boot under windows 98 and, using winimage ( version 5.0 because winimage version 6.0 doesn't work. I think we can mount raw image under linux and so doesn't have to use a shareware but, it looks like there's a bug in the kernel (see ). step 5 - I copy all the windows directory in the image. I copy all the files (including system files) in the windows root directory to the image. step 6 - I format a floppy disk with system files (so as to have a bootable disk with system to init the image) and copy (or exe I don't remember) onto this disk. step 7 - I boot under linux, launch bochs so as to boot under the floppy disk and have the image file mounted.
step 8 - under the floppy disk, I do a sys c:
step 9 -  I reboot bochs so as to boot under the disk and that's all.

If you tried to follow a "classical" way, I took more than a day to windows 98 to install and, during the plug and play detection, bochs dies.

I think it's possible to skip the floppy disk format (step 6) if you format the image disk and transfert systems files at the same times (step 2) (don't remember the options of format - maybe /S). In that case, don't forget to skip the copy of these files during step 5.

Your sincerely,



Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 13:15:59 +0200
From: Collette <address@hidden>
To: address@hidden
Subject: [Plex86-devel] Windows 98 Working image


I've succeeded in installing windows 98 using bochs (I sent a
description of the steps I follow to the bochs-developers mailing
list).  I've tried to boot this image using the latest version of
plex86 and it failed at boot time (I was booting directly on the hard
drive image).  plex86 says something like boot: read error (I'm not
sure of the sentence).  My question is: do you want me to perform some
steps so as to debug the problem ?


I am sorry, I do not know the cause of your problems with plex86 or what
to do to fix them.  I am, however, interested in the method you used to
get Windows 98 installed using bochs.  I looked in the bochs-dev
archives linked to from but I couldn't
find the message you refer to above.  Would it be possible for you to
e-mail it to me?


Michael Wood

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