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leepenguin

Unable to install windows xp by USB MultiBoot 9

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ilko_t    3

Add a line to bottom of your boot.ini on USB disk:

C:\grldr="Start Grub4DOS"

Add grldr only from here to root of USB disk.

Copy the floppy image with the tool for your hard disk to root of USB disk, lets say it's myfloppy.img.

Create in root of USB disk MENU.LST. Add with Notepad to it:

title Start myfloppy
map --mem (hd0,0)/myfloppy.img (fd0)
map --hook
chainloader (fd0)+1
rootnoverify (fd0)

Test the laptop hard drive with extended test.

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ilko_t    3

I don't think that is going to help.

Have you had any issues with this laptop before? What OS you had on it?

What are it's specifications?

Can you try after the hard disk test, to run Bart PE from USB on it? Random ideas, but hopefully somewhere the rabbit with jump out of the bushes.

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ilko_t    3

In this case I'd suspect missing or incorrect drivers in your XP CD.

Did you build BartPE using the same CD? Did you include additional drivers? What PE version did you use?

When you tried to install from PE, how did you do it? When exactly it hanged or went crazy? What exactly happened?

Edited by ilko_t

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leepenguin    0

I am using Trad Chinese Windows xp pro sp2 CD for bartpe. I only added the plugin for sp2. I am using PE builder 3.1.10a. After i get in bartpe, i cannot find my USB drive in A43 file management utility.

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ilko_t    3
...

Have you had any issues with this laptop before? What OS you had on it?

What are it's specifications?

...

...

Did you build BartPE using the same CD?

When you tried to install from PE, how did you do it? When exactly it hanged or went crazy? What exactly happened?

Please answer those questions, your problem seems tricky enough and every bit of information from you may help. Please don't answer with one line only.

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leepenguin    0

I had windows xp home edition before, then my OS crashed.

Spec: P M 1GHz ULV, 256MB RAM, 40GB 4200rpm HDD, 12.1 XGA(1024x768) TFT LCD, Intel Extreme, Intel PRO 802.11b wireless(MPCI), Modem(CDC), 1Gb Ethernet(LOM), Secure Chip(TCPA), 4 cell Li-Ion battery, WinXP Home

Yes i am using the same CD. After i get in bartpe, i cannot find my USB drive in A43 file management utility, so i cannot launch windows xp setup.

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ilko_t    3

Did you launch BartPE from the same USB disk, which when PE is loaded cannot be found?

If yes- this is very weird for me, I'd wait others to give more ideas, or start a new topic in 911cd.net forums.

If no- you have to connect the other disk before starting PE, or use USB hotplug plugin like this:

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=10163

When did the strange characters appear? Did you launch winnt32.exe from the laptop's internal disk?

Another (may be silly) idea- try with other source, XP SP1, 2003 may be...

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leepenguin    0

Oh WOW, i made it at last. This is my way:

1) Format USB stick(256MB) with HP tools (windows 98 dos)

2) Copy Partition Magic to USB stick.

WINXP Installation:

1) Copy the \I386 folder from WinXP CD into the USB Harddisk (2GB FAT32)

2) Set my system BIOS to boot from USB.

3) Delete all partitions from the Laptop Hardisk using Partition Magic and create a new one with a main partition and a 1GB extended partition.

4) Set the main partition as active with Partiton Magic.

5) Reboot using the USB harddisk to effect partition changes.

6) Format and transfer DOS system to Laptop main partition using: x:\>format x: /s

7) Format the 1GB extended partition as well.

8) Run SMARTDRV

9) XCOPY \I386 from usb harddisk to laptop 1GB extended partition.

10) Copy SMARTDRV.EXE config.sys n himem.sys from the usb stick to laptop main partition.

11) Remove USB and reboot

12) Once in DOS, run SMARTDRV

13) Goto the extended partition \I386 folder and run WINNT

I thought i gonna get the "Unknow Hard Error" again, but i didnt!!!!!!!!! I used a whole week to figure out how to do it.... LOL Thank You very much!!

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jaclaz    943
Oh WOW, i made it at last. This is my way:

....

I thought i gonna get the "Unknow Hard Error" again, but i didnt!!!!!!!!! I used a whole week to figure out how to do it.... LOL Thank You very much!!

Just for the record, it is basically what has been already described here ;):

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=16713

which actually, due to a few shortcomings of the method, originated the "search for a better way", that ended up with the USB multiboot.

Happy you made it, one way or the other. :)

jaclaz

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ilko_t    3

Good job :)

Still curious- did you perform the Setup the same way, as when it failed with "c000021a unknown hard error" ?

Is the difference that you reformated both partitions on the internal HD?

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leepenguin    0
Good job :)

Still curious- did you perform the Setup the same way, as when it failed with "c000021a unknown hard error" ?

Is the difference that you reformated both partitions on the internal HD?

Yea i think so. The first time i tried to install xp in the extented partition, i didnt set partition active too.

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