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 Post subject: 5 suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:33 am 
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Thanks for the great tool, I've used it countless times. A handful of
suggestions for the next release:

General Suggestions:

1. Suggestion for next menu layout:
[F1] Mainboard Tools
[F2] Hard Disk Tools
[F3] Filesystem Tools
[F4] Other Tools
[F5] DOS/Linux Boot Disks
[F6] INSERT Linux
[F7] Drop to console
[F8] Boot first hard disk
[F9] Boot second hard disk
[F10] Boot floppy disk

This way when troubleshooting Windows systems the boot from first HDD is also the Windows boot option menu (F8 ).

Rather than use a custom.scn option, encourage using 0-9 as the custom
options, and adding the custom options to the front page. This can be easily added by creating a second column (I assume custom images are used more frequently and should not be 2 keys away). As long as the customizer keeps the column width the same size this works without a problem.

2. Fit more options per page, so the HDD stuff isn't several keys away.

3. Use a script for the timeout "run after 5 min" option, so it can be customized easier (timeout.scn). BTW, the option as currently written is different on some menu files ("custom" and "others" don't use the script but call the HDD boot directly).

timeout.scn
#
# Timeout option
#
memdisk \images\memtestp.igz

4. Add the option to boot off the floppy. This saves trouble of changing
the BIOS for one-time use.

bootfdd0.scn
#
# Boot from floppy drive A:
#
fddboot:
if bootCheck[0x00]; then boot 0x00
clear
set textColor = color[brightred on black]
print "\n"
print "\acDrive is not bootable\n"
wait 0

Changing 0x00 to 0x01 should allow to boot off the second floppy.

Image Suggestions:

5. Keep Maxtor's PowerDiag 4.09 test as well as the latest version(4.21). Maxtor intentionally crippled the newer versions to not run on non-Maxtor drives. I have been using Maxtor's 4.09 to double-check other
tests/drives. I've found it more useful than DFT, which also (as of
3.x) runs on other brands.

Don't let my suggestions deter you, UCBD is great!


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 Post subject: 5 suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 7:21 pm 
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Thanks to Scott for his suggestions!

In the next release of UBCD, I will make F8 boot from 1st HDD, and F9
boot from 2nd HDD. [0] will continue to drop to console.

I am not convinced about adding custom options to the front page, so
[F5] will remain as the key to the custom images menu. The whole idea of
having a separate custom.scn is so that people can upgrade to the latest
version of UBCD without thrashing their existing customization. Add
custom options directly to the main menu will defeat this purpose.

I think having a separate timeout.scn is a good idea. I will add that to
the next release of UBCD.

I am not convinced of having a separate option to boot from floppy,
since I am not sure if that many people will need it. If you really
really need to do it, you can always drop to console and issue a "boot
0x00" or "boot 0x01" command.

I will be reintroducing Maxtor V4.09 in the next release of UBCD.


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 Post subject: Re: 5 suggestions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:20 pm 
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Victor Chew wrote:
I am not convinced of having a separate option to boot from floppy, since I am not sure if that many people will need it. If you really
really need to do it, you can always drop to console and issue a "boot
0x00" or "boot 0x01" command.


I didn't know it was possible to boot from the floppy that way. It would make a good customization lesson though.


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