USB for the DSP-10
Why do I care ?
This need arose when I acquired an IBM laptop computer that has no
floppy drive. It is convenient to boot into DOS without making a dual
boot system. If this is something you want want to try, you will need
to determine if the BIOS supports changing the BOOT order and USB is
one of the choices for booting.
I am using this with a Dell "Latitude D380" which seems to support many options, and has a serial port.
You need a program that will make the USB stick bootable. Rufus is one approach, and includes "FREEDOS" files.
This seems to work OK. I used the settings as below
I made a directory C:\394 and copied the files from the hard drive to the USB after formatting the USB.
The BIOS assigns the drive letter C to the USB stick, so the hard drive
is not recognized. There may be other tricks available to make other
drives available, but this is pretty good to get a newer machine
booting without having a floppy drive.
Don't remove the USB stick until shut down of the PC. There are no
routines that handle the removal and writing of the USB. It is possible
to have a write pending, as in screen saves, that makes a messy file
entry where the file is not properly closed.