[Coco] CoCo emulation on an IA-1 internet appliance

Joe joef6809 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 16:03:00 EST 2007

I just sent you some stuff. Sorry about the delay. I haven't had much play 
time recently.
Please let me know what happens with the drive image and be carefull with 
the DiskImage program as it can really screw up you machine if your careless 
with it.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Taylor" <operator at coco3.com>
To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 8:05 PM
Subject: [Coco] CoCo emulation on an IA-1 internet appliance

>I was just about to give up on this week-long project when I might have 
>gotten somewhere tonight?
> The idea is to install MS-DOS on a 2-gig Compact Flash card so it boots up 
> when inserted in the IA-1.  All along the IA booted up and kept reporting 
> something to the extent of "Invalid or bad bootable partition".  Nothing I 
> tried worked, and I've formatted that booger every which way possible, 
> plus tried different parition types.
> I am using my Linux laptop with a CF slot, running Fedora 7, to parition 
> and format the CF.  Tonight I did an fdisk /dev/sdb and deleted the 
> partitions, (w)rote it back, and rebooted, went back into fdisk, created a 
> new MS-DOS parition (o), added a primary partition (n) (p) (1), then made 
> sure the DOS compatibility flag was set, and the bootable flag was set.  I 
> then set the (t)ype to FAT16, (w)rote it back to disk, then did a 
> mkfs.msdos /dev/sdb1.  Now when I insert the CF in the IA-1 and boot it 
> up, no warning message but the cursor just blinks in the upper left corner 
> of the screen forever.
> So I went back and changed the parition type to WIN95 FAT32, no dice.  Did 
> a mkfs.msdos -v -F 32 /dev/sdb1, no dice.
> I'm not an expert on fdisk or mkfs, and I just can't seem to create an 
> MS-DOS bootable CF like so many others have done (although most claim to 
> have gone through painful experiences).
> Earlier today I first tried using my IDE to CF adaptor and attaching the 
> CF as the primary slave HD on my old WIN95 box.  I formatted the CF with 
> the checkboxes for creating an MS-DOS system disk, which DID put the files 
> on the CF, but I still got the Bad bootable partition message on the IA-1.
> Joe from this list sent me pics of his IA-1 running the Keil emulator just 
> a day or maybe two after he received his IA-1 from an ebay win.  I'm going 
> into my second week at this and it's driving me nuts.  :)  Any googling of 
> the subjects turns up 90% cries and begs from others now and in the past 
> trying to do the same or similar tasks like installing Windows 98, XP, 
> etc. on a CF.  I'm just trying to put the basic MS-DOS system files and 
> make it bootable, with no luck.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated, and ofcourse I'll give credit to 
> the people to help make it happen and mention it on the front page of the 
> site where I posted the question, "can the webmaster turn this into a 
> CoCo?"  :)  Apparently...... not in less than 2 weeks without some gurus 
> stepping in.
> I'll also put together a tutorial and play-by-play for anybody else 
> wanting to do the same project once I learn what I'm doing wrong and some 
> of the logic behind the partitioning scheme that "should" work since the 
> IA-1 is just a computer.  The BIOS is set to boot from the CF, btw.
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