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Old 07-03-2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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Angry Old Windows 98 Disk not being recognized when installing XP upgrade - in Ubuntu QEMU

I am trying to use the QEMU Windows Emulator in Ubuntu. I finally found my XP Home (upgrade disk) and Windows 98 (OEM) and it starts the install just fine but then when it is verifying that I had a prior Windows OS (98) it says that I have to put in the 98 cd. Then it tells me it can't read it or it isn't a valid Windows disk.

When I tried to just install the 98, it said it needs me to put the 98 boot disk in drive a:. I do not have a floppy drive on my laptop nor do I have an external floppy drive to use.

Is there a way to get the install to look elsewhere, like if I download the boot disk onto my hard drive and mimic an a:? How would I do that in Linux, I'm still pretty new to it but learning a lot as I go.

By far, using it is the best way to learn it It is frustrating when crap like this happens though. All I want to do is to be able to convert solely to LInux and the only program preventing this is Toontown and there are no workarounds,. I'm hoping the QEMU is the solution
Old 07-03-2007, 06:40 PM   #2
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Hazarding a guess, I would assume QEMU doesn't handle swapping discs very well (which is more due to the nature of how Unix utilizes removable media than anything).

Perhaps you could try making an image of your XP CD, booting QEMU to the ISO, and then place the physical Windows 98 disc in the drive. This would prevent any issues with swapping the disc mid-way through.

Making an ISO of the CD is very simple, you just need to do:

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=./WinXP,iso


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