Dell Studio 1737 No USB Boot

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Jack Smith

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I have an old (2008!) Dell laptop that I use to run a small CNC milling machine, it cannot boot from USB, but it can boot from its built in CD drive. Is there a way to run READSPEED from a boot-able CD ?
 

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I have an old (2008!) Dell laptop that I use to run a small CNC milling machine, it cannot boot from USB, but it can boot from its built in CD drive. Is there a way to run READSPEED from a boot-able CD ?
That's an interesting question. I'll give that my focus today before I turn to tomorrow's podcast. There are two modes for a CD boot. The ISO that the current SRv6.0 app produces is a diskette emulation mode, which is one of the modes that CD's can use. So I reuse the existing diskette image and write it (with a bunch of CD "El Torito" stuff, to an ISO. That would not work for ReadSpeed as is (though it would easily fit onto a diskette image.) And logging would not work, obviously. You could use the /nolog option to suppress the inevitable write error at the end. I'll see what I can do...
 
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And for more modern machines (my last three gaming laptops over the last 6 years) which do not have a CD/DVD drive (giving up space internally for better / more fans), and only USB, could it run from a CD/DVD/BlueRay drive plugged in via a USB port?

Edit : Actually scratch the above question, cant boot from them anyway.

Probably not necessary if you are going to make Spinrite UEFI + USB compatible .. I have held off purchasing so far for the last 8 years in case that does become a thing. No point buying v6 because neither me or any of the family + extended family + friends have any devices which can use it during that length of time. Any bad drive issues = Replaced them. Documents backed up to USB drives, for recovery after re-installs of the OS via UEFI USB recovery drive (Windows 10 makes these quite reliably now on 64gb memory sticks, 32gb is a bit hit/miss and you won't succeed on anything less). Repairing drives has just not been a viable option.
 
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millQ

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Happy New Year to all!
I have an old (2008!) Dell laptop that I use to run a small CNC milling machine, it cannot boot from USB, but it can boot from its built in CD drive. Is there a way to run READSPEED from a boot-able CD ?

This .ISO will hopefully boot your Dell (emulates 1.44 MB bootable diskette image using a ramdisk for output)
(burn to CD/DVD)

Press Enter when you see the splash screen and Readspeed will start.

RSRAM.ISO (also will boot on Macintosh if it has a cd/dvd)
 
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Jack Smith

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This .ISO will hopefully boot your Dell (emulates 1.44 MB bootable diskette image using a ramdisk for output)
(burn to CD/DVD)

Press Enter when you see the splash screen and Readspeed will start.

RSRAM.ISO (also will boot on Macintosh if it has a cd/dvd)
Tried it but when I try and burn the ISO I get "Selected disk image is not valid" any thoughts?
Thanks Jack
 

millQ

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