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Suntan Special version 0.66

Suntan Special Web edition

Modified Boot Diskettes

Most versions of OS/2 and eComStation supported by Suntan Special boot from CD-ROM or DVD media. The original OS/2 Warp 4 requires boot diskettes, while the other versions come with a bootable CD-ROM. However, you may be better off using diskettes even with the bootable CD-ROM versions of OS/2.

Warp Server for e-business will boot from CD-ROM, but the version of IDE driver on that CD-ROM is limited to systems with a 30 GB or smaller hard disk. Even the Convenience Pack systems are likely to have problems on newer hardware, such as SATA hard drives or systems with more than 512 MB RAM.

Modified boot diskettes

Each version of OS/2 and eComStation comes with a script to make install diskettes. These bootable diskettes can be upgraded to support newer hardware. For IDE support, Blonde Guy uses the final free IDEDASD files (version 4.98) from IBM.

For systems with greater than 512 MB RAM, a newer kernel is required. (version 14.104a) Copy the newer kernel onto the boot diskette. Note that the kernel supplied with Suntan Special is named os2krnl, whereas the kernel needed for the boot diskette is named OS2KRNLI.

This section describes how to prepare the three floppy disks used to boot the OS/2 Warp computer. These disks are called the Installation Diskette (D0), Diskette 1 (D1) and Diskette 2 (D2).

If you are attempting to install Warp on a hard drive greater than 4.3GB, or your are attempting to install Warp Server for e-business on a hard drive greater than 30GB, then the Installation diskettes must be updated.

  1. Make a backup copy of your Diskette 1 (D1).
  2. Copy the new versions of IBM1S506.ADD, and IBMIDECD.FLT device driver files onto your D1 diskette.
  3. Copy the DASD16.DMD file to your D1 diskette and rename it to OS2DASD.DMD.
  4. Add the statement SET COPYFROMFLOPPY=1 to the CONFIG.SYS on D1.
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Start the installation with the Installation Diskette.
  7. When you are prompted for Diskette 1, use the diskette you modified.
  8. Proceed with the installation.
  9. If during the installation process or when restarting your system, you lose connection to your hard disk or CDROM, make sure that the device driver statements are in the CONFIG.SYS file and the new versions of the IBM1S506.ADD, IBMIDECD.FLT and OS2DASD.DMD device drivers have been copied to the \OS2\BOOT directory. Use the date of the files to distinguish the newer versions.
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2017
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