I have two V5's, the older one with 540a BIOS and the new-to-me one with 541b BIOS (I can't find a 540a image anywhere any more...) I cannot get either one to boot from the Sandisk.
The HD I am using has Win98SE installed. It lives in the "540a" i-o which I have had for several years. On the "new" i-o (which I bought from my wife's mom after it became too much of a hassle with Earthlink) I would like to run DOS from the Sandisk (sans HD) to send files to my engraving machine. I am temporarily swapping the HD between the two machines.
I have used Ranish Partition Manager 2.40 to nuke the old Sandisk partitions, make one new FAT-16 partition and flag as bootable. I have tried formatting the new partition in RPM, and then sysing it from the command line, and also formatting /s from the command line. On both machines, the Sandisk is recognized (in both DOS and Win98SE when I boot from the HD to the command line or GUI) as d: and there is no problem reading and writing to it. The boot files are present on d: also.
However in both cases, when I set the boot sequence to "D,A,SCSI" after POST the machines just sit there. Also, SMARTBOOT does not see a partition on the Sandisk, just the raw disk. It gives a "0x01" error when I try to boot from the raw Sandisk. SMARTBOOT has no problem booting from the raw HD (just as a test.)
I've read all the Sandisk threads in the archives, and some external links to no avail. I have the feeling that there is something really basic that I'm missing here.
Thanks for any advice or headthumping,