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About IcemanND

  • Birthday 05/10/1973

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  1. USBView shows everything the same for both the 8 and 32 gb drive except size and serial number. They are both 300 mA devices, which should not be an issue I have a 64gb thumb drive the tools says uses 498 mA and that drive works without issue but is a different flavor of Kingston drive from the other two.
  2. 1. Both the 8 and 32 are detected as removable disk. 3. Different partition size on the 32gb drive, made no difference. 6. Makes no difference if the battery is removed, still does not work.
  3. Yeah, it has been so rare that it has been an issue for me I forgot about that. Soon as I finish creating installers this morning I'm going to investigate this and the other items.
  4. Tough to fit a 16gb image file on a 1gb USB stick for offline imaging.
  5. 1. Not sure, not an easy thing to check when booted to WinPE, but I will check that tomorrow, in PE and installed OS. 2. Both are partitioned using the same diskpart script: Sel disk 4 clean create part pri sel part 1 active format fs=ntfs quick assign then the WinPE files are copied over. 3. No i have not I will attempt that in the morning also. 4. Never reported by anyone with desktops. 5. Yes, card reads have never been an issue. 6. I can try that tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestions, this has been a fun one to track down.
  6. Ok, so I have a number of 32gb DataTraveler 100 G3 thumbdrives, they boot either WinPE 3 or 4, and using the HKEY_Local_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\PEBootRamdiskSourceDrive" to find the assigned driver letter and change it to a fixed letter so we don't accidentally wipe the USB drive if the internal hard drive has no partitions. So on some laptop machines if the power adapter is plugged in the referenced registry value is not created, even if you use "WPEUTIL UpdateBootInfo" to force the creation of it. If the machine is running off of battery it seems to always work fine, issue comes when the machine has a dead battery and can not be run without the power adapter. Another interesting thing to note is that I have the same thumbdrive in an 8gb version and this issue does not happen with that drive. Anyone see this before or have any idea, I've beat my head against it for three days now with no luck.
  7. Did you add anything else to the Updates folder? Your answer file needs to be the first file listed alphabetically. Then all you need to do is run Setup.exe, no switch required. If you put the answer file elsewhere or it is not the first MSP file in the updates folder you need to use the adminfile switch.
  8. There is really no need to inject most drivers into the image. Only drivers you would really need to do this with are boot critical drivers, and I have yet to find any at least for the systems I support. I just copy the unpacked drivers into a sub-folder structure of c:\windows\inf then sysprep and capture. One caveat, this works best if you are not mixing chipsets, some Intel devices end up with the incorrect AMD driver if it happens to be available.
  9. Are you running this with admin rights from a CMD window or just double clicking?
  10. There are a number of developers around that lend a hand.
  11. Are you using Computer or User Group Policy Preferences? User won't have rights to right to system32.
  12. I've installed over 60 of the Crucial M4 SSDs in 128 & 256mb sizes without any issues. Just be sure to keep the ROM updated on any drive you get.,3269.html
  13. True, autologon would be needed, he would need it for his initial thoughts also. Getting scripts to run as desired can be tricky when done as a service. The Scheduled task at startup is a nice idea though, depends upon what he needs to do and under what user context.
  14. Put the script in the registry run key, write a registry entry somewhere for your countdown. Delete the run key value after reaching zero. Or put it in the runonce or runonceex key and rewrite it to the runonce key after each run until the count is zero, again tracking via a registry value.
  15. Strange. It added all of the carriage returns when I tested it before posting otherwise I would have added them.