> >I'm building an DOS application which performs diagnostic testing.
> >This can not be done in windows. However, I would like to be able
> >to manage / show the results in Windows.
> >Until recently I wrote a logfile to the applications floppy disk
> >and later opened it in Windows. However, I would like to run from a
> >bootable CD (Some systems don't have floppy drives) The ammount of
> >data is limited to 64Kb or so. Does someone have any suggestions
> >how to get the data back to Windows eg. is it possible to
> >"reserve memory" while rebooting / booting windows by faking a
> >ROM image etc.
> >Any help suggestions (even wild suggestions) are welcome.
> The only reasonable suggestions when writable dsik space is not
> available on the machine involve providing it through a network. If a
> writable HDD exists, then you can use that, but otherwise if there are
> no floppies or other writable media, you need a network. Keep in mind
> that a cold boot causes memory tests, so nothing would be left.
Well supporting various network cards in DOS would be a larger project
then the actual software... If all HDD's were FAT/FAT32 I would just
allocate a dummy file from windows and overwrite it in (Free)DOS.
However, drives use NTFS etc. Concerning the memory test, It would be
possible to load the HDD's parttion sector and "simulate" a standard bootup.
This would leave the memory intact. In that case in theory it should
be possible to "mark" the memory leaving it intact My initial idea was
faking a ROM image. I guess a lot of DOS diagnostic packages could
use this feature..