Bootable Chuckie Egg
The Chuckie Egg Professional's Resource Kit: Bootable CD-ROM
Running Chuckie Egg under emulation on your PC is great, but sometimes you need to be able play without all the
messing about (no pun intended), even with the instructions from this site which enable you to run all bar one of
the 8-bit Chuckie Egg releases from one emulator. What if you want to play during your lunchtime, but your work
or school refuse to allow you to install MESS on their PCs? Or, what if you want to go round to a friend's and show
them the wonder of Chuckie Egg but they're over-cautious and won't let you install it? You could run the new J2ME
version on your phone or PDA, but the screen is small and hard to show off. The answer, my friends, is simple.
You need The Chuckie Egg Professional's Resource Kit: Bootable CD-ROM!
Unfortunately, due to the legal issues surrounding the distribution of the MESS BIOSes, detailed on the Emulation
page, it is not possible for this site to host a convenient CD-ROM image. So, in true Blue Peter
style, here are the instructions for rolling your own under Windows. Push your sleeves up and sharpen your web
browser, as the challenge of building a bootable CD-ROM is laid out below ...
Note: The Bootable CD-ROM outlined below is based on the FreeDOS and MESS
projects. As a consequence, DMESS cannot take advantage of your soundcard because DOS requires custom sound drivers
for every specific soundcard installed. There is, unfortunately, no generic DOS sound driver or any easy solution to
auto-detecting a soundcard under DOS. It should be possible, though, to modify the CD below to load DOS soundcard
drivers for a specific soundcard, if they are available.
the FreeDOS OEM CD-ROM
disc builder assistant framework, FDOEMCD.builder.zip, from fDOS.org
Extract the ZIP file with directory names, to a local directory.
this copy of mkisofs.rc and save it into
the FDOEMCD\ sub-directory of the framework, overwriting the generic version already in place.
the latest FreeDOS
implementation of CHOICE and extract the CHOICE.EXE file
into the FDOEMCD\CDROOT\ sub-directory of the framework.
Download and save this AUTORUN.BAT
batch file, overwriting
the default file in the FDOEMCD\CDROOT\ sub-directory of the framework and this BOOTMSG.TXT
file, overwriting the default file in the FDOEMCD\CDROOT\isolinux sub-directory of the framework. Note: the AUTORUN.BAT file
*must* be in a DOS file format, not Unix.
5) Edit the default ISOLINUX.CFG in the FDOEMCD\CDROOT\isolinux sub-directory of the framework, and
change the ontimeout parameter from "hd" to "BootCD".
the binaries from the
latest release of the DOS port of MESS
. Create a FDOEMCD\CDROOT\DMESS
sub-directory within the disc builder assistant framework directory, and extract into it the DMESS zip file, including
directory names. For any MESS-specific problems, your best option for support is the MESS Message Board
NOTE: MESS is an evolving emulator. Occasionally, drivers can break and stop working, even
though they had previously been stable. This can happen for a number of reasons - further development of the driver or
one of its clones, or sometimes updates taken from the MAME core which MESS is built on interfere with the workings of a
driver. If you find the latest version of MESS does not work with the images supplied here, this should be fed back to
the MESS team, NOT this site. ALL of the Chuckie Egg images listed on the menu of this Bootable CD-ROM have been tested and
confirmed to work with DMESS 0.89, the latest version at time of writing.
release of Charles Sandmann's DOS Protected Mode Interface binary zip from DJ Delorie's public FTP server, csdpmi5b.zip
at the time of writing. Extract the BIN/CWSDPMI.EXE, without the directory name, and save it in the FDOEMCD\CDROOT\DMESS
sub-directory, alongside DMESS.
Follow steps 2)
the MESS instructions on the Emulation
page, to install the required MESS BIOSes and The Chuckie Egg Professional's
Resource Kit into the DMESS installation.
9) From a Windows Command Prompt, change (cd) to the FDOEMCD sub-directory within the
directory you extracted the FreeDOS OEM CD-ROM disc builder assistant framework to in step 1).
Run makeiso.bat to generate the ISO image for The Chuckie Egg Professional's Resource Kit: Bootable CD-ROM.
Burn the FDOEMCD\fdoem.iso image to a normal, mini or even business card-sized CD-R
with your favourite CD writing software, such as Nero
(free demo available) or
(free). It is also possible to convert this CD to boot off a
USB stick, although only the latest PCs will boot from these devices at the time of writing.
That's it! Place the disc in the CD drive of a PC configured to boot from a CD-ROM and reset the machine. Once
the disc boots and FreeDOS has loaded you will be presented with a menu offering
a dozen Chuckie Egg releases. If the PC will not boot the CD, check that it's BIOS is configured to boot from the CD-ROM
drive first. If the PC is very old and refuses to boot from the cd, you may need to boot first from a floppy disk such as
the Smart Boot Manager,
supplied by The Slackware Linux Project.
Once you've made your CD, you might wish to display it proudly on your shelf using this sleeve which fits neatly into a
DVD style case (5.08 MB download):