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ken01440

Bootable Cd?

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I've been using Roxio Creator for years and one thing I've not got to work in any version was making a bootable CD, always had to resort to another program. I've tried it from the 2011 main screen and now giving Creator Classic a try and neither boots....never has worked and each version I try it again and not dice. I just exhausted 3hrs experimenting and I'm convinced I just have to be doing something wrong as I know people have had luck with this.

 

First I've downloaded a variety of iso and img files from allbootdisks.com & bootdisks.com to experiment with so In Classic I select the "Bootable Disk" option. I then point to the downloaded img file on my desktop "Windows98_SE.img". This file I retrieved from allbootdisks.com. Once the burn is complete I get two files on the disk called

 

Bootcat.bin

Windows98_SE.img

 

So why is it copying my img file over like that? If I burn the img to CD as a normal process and not a "Bootable Disk" process I get a wealth of files I recognize as a bootable CD. Neither created disk boots at all. What am I doing wrong here? I've tried other dowloaded img files and all behave this same way. Normaly I give up by now and use another program but something I'm doing has got to be wrong...any ideas?

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Ken,

 

There are at least three ways to burn a bootable disc with Creator 2011:

-COPY a bootable disc from Home > Data/Copy > Copy Disc

-BURN a bootable disc from an image someone else created, Home > Data/Copy >Burn Disc Image

-CREATE a disc from scratch. Home > Data/Copy > Burn Data Disc (Advanced) [which is Creator Classic] >Select bootable disc >select emulation type > provide an image of your booting system, and then the data you want on the disc. . .and so on.

 

If you have been downloading bootable disc images from those sites, you should be using the Burn Disc Image option since the whole disc has been created already.

 

If you select to create a disc and then give it the whole finished product ISO when it wants only a system image to boot from, you'll get things greatly confused.

 

Brendon

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Well I had some real odd occurrences go on with this dvd drive so I swap out for a bran new one and the problem was partly gone. I can now make a disk bootable disk from your second option. No matter what I do though your 3rd option creates a bootcat.bin file and just copies the img file I pointed to as the boot source img over to the disk. Why is it doing that? That will not boot even with this bran new drive.

 

ok so now I found a method that works, but it's not the method I need. I need a bootable disk to flash a bios update. Option #2 just creates a disk from your img file with no means to add other files to it. Maybe you can with a RW disk and do so after...hmmm...might try that. The 3rd option would be the easiest but as I said it creates two files and disk does not boot in two machines I've now tried.

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Ken,

 

You seem to have Windows 98. Do you have a floppy drive?

If so, your best bet would be to boot on a Win 98 floppy and flash your BIOS from DOS. Any reason why you can't do that?

 

If not, please explain what you want to boot to and what sort of a BIOS flash program you intend to use.

 

Brendon

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