Eric Twose writes with this advice:
If you have a boot disk and a FreeDOS installation CD**, but:
- can't access the CD on the local machine,
- get XMSSwap "no memdisk found" errors if you try to use the boot disk to access an ISO image / install files on your hard-drive,
.. here's how you may be able to install FreeDOS :-
(1) Obtain a DOS network boot disk setup program from: http://www.netbootdisk.com/download.htm
(2) Make a DOS network boot cd: http://www.netbootdisk.com/building.htm
If your card isn't in the list, copy your own driver.dos and protocol.ini to a:\FileCopy. Rename to custom1.dos and custom1.ini (or ...2.dos / ...2.ini).
(3) Boot using the DOS network setup disk
Using the on-screen menus, edit/change your driver (custom1 will be at the bottom of the driver list), and networking details such as IP address, username, password, hosts; etc.
Map your cd-rom drive across the network (eg "net use x: \\area51\mycd")
(4) Get FreeCOM running
Get FreeCOM running from install diskette (which you can't boot, as you've just loaded your network setup and got it running), by typing in:cd a:\ command.com
(5) Install from the CD over the network (which you can't boot) by typing in:cd ... ... to x:\freedos\setup\batch autorun.bat
Best Wishes, Eric T.
** A CD containing the file structure, rather than the iso image.