I was, however, wanting to take it a step or two further. I would like to be able to set up an optional boot that would enter either the Windows 2000 setup or the Windows NT 4.0 setup. The first and most devastating problem is that they both want to run out of I386. I have also succesfully hacked the bootimg.bin (seems to be a popular name for the boot sector image off the the 2000 CD) to start from a, say, 4386 or 5386 folder. The boot is succesful, but the installation is very choppy because so much of the installation is hard wired to run from the I386 directory.
I have not been able to find any help on the internet concerning the bootimg.bin, the boot sector from the cd. Most all of the sites with instructions on building such a cd offer the file as a seperate download, the rest simply instruct someone to use (usually) CDRWin to rip it off of the 2000 CD. But, I can not seem to find discourse with those who may be more familiar with how this tiny little program works.
Anyone who has been inside of it would certainly recognize the "SETUPLDR.BINBOOTFIX.BINI386" at the end of the data section. I'd mentioned that I was able to get it to run from "5386" for example by changing "BINI386" to "BIN5386". I can do this for a number of boot sectors, but would rather find a way to get it to start from w2ki386 or nt4i386.
Toward accomplishing this, I've come across two stumbling blocks. First, I can not seem to get the thing to recognize more than four characters for a path, i.e., I cannot tell it to go to nt4i386. The second stopping point is that I also cannot seem to specify a path any deeper than one off of the root. Again, being limited to four characters, I tried to set up my files in a directory called simply 86 under another folder off of the root caled 4. Hacking the boot sector file with 486 instead of I386 still did not work.
Anyone have further insight into the nature of this beast?
Thank you and please also give me feedback if I have been unclear. I tend to do that from time to time. =/
Edited by cybervyk on 06/01/01 04:16 PM.