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shorterxp

Loading drivers F6 method question

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As the title suggests, is there anyhting prohibiting from using a USB floppy drive loaded with drivers (in order to facilitate installation via AHCI) via f6 method, if also booting from USB simultaneously? Something tells me this may be motherboard dependent, that is, whether a board can handle two concurrent usb connections at once or not.

I could just buy a USB floppy drive off ebay to see if this works but thought I'd spare the cash by asking you MSFN gurus first.

 

thanks in advance.

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And the answer is yes/no (actually more BUT/BUT).

Most USB floppy drivers won't work.

BUT it is possible with some tweaks to the .inf file to have a USB floppy, see:

BUT there is actually no need for a "real" floppy for F6 use, you can use grub4dos to map an image to a virtual floppy, see:

911CD is no more, still:

https://web.archive.org/web/20090401085334/http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=20543

and:

jaclaz

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Very loosely, yes. :)

But that is what is INSIDE the USB stick.

What you will obtain (after having mapped the floppy image to (virtual) device) should be that of having to all practical effects a "A:\" drive containing the floppy image contents.

Grub4dos can (or can not) be the "main" bootmanager on the stick, you can use *whatever* bootmanager or bootloader you normally use on the stick and chainload grub4dos (either grldr or grub.exe) from it.

For the record the motherboard BIOSes (normally) only have limited suppport for USB, basically ONLY allowing access to the USB boot device so you cannot normally have both a USB stick and USB floppy visible at BIOS level.

If using (again) grub4dos, its recent versions (of the 0.4.6a series) do have an own USB stack, so - maybe - it would be possible to access both devices, but due to the differences in the various motherboard BIOSes, it not a "universal" solution.

There is a whole section of the board dedicated to installing (XP) from USB, as a couple (or more) additional tricks are usually needed, you should become familiar with the various tested methods/tools there:

https://msfn.org/board/forum/157-install-windows-from-usb/

jaclaz

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