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written by Selbio on Jun 20, 2009 21:46
EDIT: This doesn't work on modern computers. On the plus side, modern computers are capable of running Noctis and other older games in, for instance, Windows XP in VirtualBox.

Okay, so I finished what I started in: http://0x44.com/postline/posts.php?t=4333.

The Noctis USB Boot Disk allows you to boot to a DOS environment with both Noctis and NICE installed and enough conventional memory left to run them, allowing those of you stuck with Vista to run Noctis again.

Snapshots and such are saved on the disk, so you can just go to the Noctis or NICE folder to grab them later. And of course, since it's just a FAT partition, you can continue using the USB stick to hold other files.

To start using it, download the package from http://www.selb.us/NoctdiskII.zip and read the readme.pdf file. Of course, let me know here if it works/fails.

EDIT: If you have no flash drive 512MB or smaller, you can use this disk image (instructions included): http://www.selb.us/NoctdiskII_img.zip
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written by Batmanifestdestiny on Jun 23, 2009 00:24
Darn, you've tickled my boot-loving side! I'm gonna have to try this later!

EDIT: I failed the first time, by keeping the stuff in the noctdisk folder, so it didn't read any mouse drivers >< Gonna try again.

BTW: Which DOS is this? It reminds me of a stripped down FreeDOS.

EDIT FOR UPDATE: I tried it(after my mistake) and it works great! By looking at the text files I learned that this uses FreeDOS The original Noctis works amazingly, but for some reason when I was picking stars and stuff in NICE, it seemed to lag a lot(?) So you've fulfilled my two irking needs; my "need" to play NOctis in it's original Glory, and my excuse to put DOS on my thumbdrive Thanks!
└> last changed by Batmanifestdestiny on June 23, 2009 at 02:39
written by Firefoxlefty on Jul 14, 2009 14:37
hey, is it possible to run another version of Noctis on this? ie. NIV+
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written by Selbio on Jul 16, 2009 21:11
Probably. Just extract NIV+ to another folder, copy nice.bat to nivplus.bat, and edit it to say your folder instead of nice. Just remember that the folder name must be at most eight characters.
└> last changed by Selbio on July 18, 2009 at 18:52
written by Firefoxlefty on Jul 17, 2009 04:36
Thanks, worked fine. I almost had it, but I was using noctisplus for the name, and that's 10 characters.
written by E_net4 on Sep 09, 2009 23:20
I cannot format the USB pen drive. It says "The user-supplied DOS system files are not compatible with FAT32."
I can only choose FAT32 or NTFS as the file system, and the NTFS system won't let me create a DOS startup disk.

EDIT: It seems the USB drive I was using had too big in disk space (8GB), so I used an older one. It seems to be working now.
written by Naavis on Sep 10, 2009 06:58
Yeah, DOS isn't compatible with big drives. Good that you got it working.
written by Silvercoon on Nov 25, 2010 17:06
Unfortunately, my BIOS doesn't support booting from a USB stick. Would this program work on a CDR-W?
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written by Selbio on Jun 23, 2011 19:21
I've updated this. It now includes NIV+, the latest release of Noctis with the updated starmap, and a slightly improved readme.pdf.

It would be appreciated if people could test that I haven't broken anything.
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written by Selbio on Jan 13, 2012 20:41
I made a disk image for those with no suitably-small flash drives. Instructions on how to put it on a drive are included.

written by Logicalerror on Jan 13, 2012 21:47
I heartily approve of the Disk Image, as I have tested it!
written by Cryoburner on Jan 13, 2012 23:29
500 MB for Noctis? : P
written by Logicalerror on Jan 14, 2012 00:27
With this newer thing I can use a flash drive that can hold as many Screenshots as I want!
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written by Selbio on Jan 14, 2012 03:21
Erm, no you can't.

The image is about 500MB, and any space beyond that on your flash drive is wasted.
written by Logicalerror on Jan 14, 2012 03:56
I had it set up better than that, I found a dos compatible with FAT32 fully, not what I'm guessing is a FAT partition! I'll try to find the dos I used when I first tried, though I still had to use FDOS mouse. It gave a lot of errors, yet It works fine Sorry if I'm incoherent, Its getting late where I am
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