[ros-bugs] [Bug 6900] New: Unable to install ramdisk driver

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Tue Feb 14 23:12:37 UTC 2012


http://www.reactos.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=6900

           Summary: Unable to install ramdisk driver
           Product: ReactOS
           Version: TRUNK
          Platform: x86 Hardware
        OS/Version: ReactOS
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: Drivers
        AssignedTo: ros-bugs at reactos.org
        ReportedBy: bblaauw at gmail.com
         QAContact: ros-bugs at reactos.org


Attached bootdisk image contains FreeLDR inside a compressed image file. As
FreeLDR stays long enough in realmode, the transition from Syslinux to MEMDISK
to 1.44MB RAM DISKETTE to FreeLDR (to ReactOS on harddisk) goes just fine. 

A protected mode driver is required to detect this virtual floppy, however I
can't find a way to point "Add New Hardware" wizard to the INF file for the
needed WinVBlock driver (also present in the attached disk image).

Linux has already proven to be able to find/mount realmode ramdisks from Grub
and Syslinux. Windows also, using above mentioned (GPLv3) ramdisk driver.
Detecting the virtual floppy in an installed ReactOS would be a first small
step to enabling booting from an ISO (or HDD) image located in system memory.
(with advantage of freeing up optical drive, no dependency on mass storage
controllers, etc).


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