Now the Libretto is almost done, what was missing was a CompactFlash card instead of an hard drive 🙂
One of the mods was supposed to be one where I replace the internal hard drive with an CompactFlash card.
The Libretto now runs at a whopping 266Mhz, that costs a lot of battery that I might get back when I remove the power hungry HDD.
To install Windows on a CompactFlash drive is not that much of a problem using a simple CF-IDE adapter (44Pin). That works perfectly well on the Libretto.
Please pay attention to the pin layout of your adapter, some have an addition pin you need to remove (look at the connector on the Libretto for clues).
But now, the Problems 🙂
I do have the Libretto Floppy drive, but no CDROM and also no discs to install Windows. The Libretto only boots from HDD or floppy.
First I tried to clone the existing hard drive onto the CompactFlash card using a lot of different tools (ranging from freeware tools ot highend commercial ones).
The damn thing never booted, so I gave up that approach.
So, now we do it with VirtualBox:
- Install VirtualBox and set up a Configuration that is somewhat equal to the Libretto
- Connect the CompactFlash card using a CF-USB Adapter
- Look at Windows Disk Management and take note of the hard drive #
VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename "C:\Users\\VirtualBox VMs\\.vmdk" -rawdisk \\.\PhysicalDrive#
- And done, you now have a virtual hard disk file that can be used in VirtualBox that directly points to the CompactFlash card
- You can now easily install Windows98SE using VirtualBox (boot from CDROM)
- Continue the setup until the first reboot, then turn off VirtualBox
- Now copy the content (not the ISO) of your Windows CD to the CompactFlash card
- The rest of the setup can be done on the Libretto, if it asks for the CD point it to the folder you just copied
So far so good. After all drivers are installed (still available on Toshiba’s site!) it boots in about 6-8 seconds, great!
A great tool for partitioning is Part240 !
The Partition is only shown as 2.43GB, despite it being correctly configured and detected under FDISK. I never found out the why, just a workaround.
Part240 shows that there is an error, but no matter what you set up there for the primary partition, windows will always show 2.43GB.
- Resize the partition in Part240 just a bit more than 2.43GB
- Now the rest is available for other partitions
- You could now create new partitions in Part240, I prefer FDISK though
- So, with FDISK create a new extended, then a logical partition and format it with Windows after a reboot
- Now the rest of your CompactFlash card is available in Windows as drive D:
It is not perfect, but 2.43GB are more than enough for the system drive and you can install bigger programs do D: anyway.
Later there will be more on this little machine 🙂