Create a msdos bootable CD?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jenni101, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. jenni101 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010
    I'm trying to fix a frozen chkdsk on an imac. It can't see the keboard yet so you can't stop the chkdsk. Next step is to try to boot into dos to fix some things.

    Anyone know how to create a msdos bootable cd [that an imac can read]? I can create the cd in a working windows environment. I have found many dead end links online thus far.
    Thanks in advance
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I've been able to boot from some of my MS-DOS laden CDs, but run into the same issue you are seeing. Since there is no BIOS the KB and mouse are not emulated and don't work. So it boots, but is useless.

    In order to fix your issue you are probably better off running DOS or even Windows in a VM from the Mac side. Give it access to the damaged Windows partition and go from there. I did that recently to try and fix some issues with an SD card that had been HFS+ formatted. Ultimately I had to boot a Linux live CD in VMWare, but that's how it goes...

  3. jenni101 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2010

    No way. Thanks for the reminder. Booting through vmware workied, kb works so can skip the chkdsk. Now just have to hope the chkdsk can be run correctly from here. GOod to have the comman prompt back again.

Share This Page