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hi

can you please help me, I've been trying for months now to get windows/linuxworking on my thin client..
It has just a 500mb Ram disk...

I created a stripped down (300mb) xp install with nlite, booted the laptop with the external drive.

when I get to the partitions page in xp setup, I click enter to setup windows on the unpartitioned space... Then it cannot continue because it says:

The partition or the unpartitioned space you selected is too small for windows xp. Select a parition or unpartioned space of at least 1371 megabytes (MB).


so is there a work around? It had windows CE on that disk before I wiped everything off... How can I install XP on a 500mb Disk?

thanks for any help

ps I believe the disk is "PQI IDE Flash -DiskOnModule 499mb"

Edited by Junkie99, 31 October 2008 - 07:31 AM.



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I created a stripped down (300mb) xp install with nlite

There is an option to bypass your problem in nLite, did you tick it ? :blushing:

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I created a stripped down (300mb) xp install with nlite

There is an option to bypass your problem in nLite, did you tick it ? :blushing:


No I didnt click it :blushing:

:lol:

where is this option in nlite please mate (or what is it called exactly)

cheers

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Can't remember, I don't have it in front of me right now. But there's only one or two options screens and about 15 of them. Between the "Unattended" and the "Tweaks" sections.
Something like "bypass HDD space requirement" ;)

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Can't remember, I don't have it in front of me right now. But there's only one or two options screens and about 15 of them. Between the "Unattended" and the "Tweaks" sections.
Something like "bypass HDD space requirement" ;)


Ah Cheers :thumbup

I just found it and disabled it, actually found out where it was by an old post of yours :D
http://www.msfn.org/...o...st&p=799544

Many thanks - Trying it again now

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Big Problem. :}

I managed to setup windows fine - all the way to the end. But on boot it states: (see pic below)

please help

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I did notice the option to disable "Minimum memory requirement" in nlite - Should I have ticked this?

Do I have to re-do nlite/burn image again to do this? Any other ways?
Cheers

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Edited by Junkie99, 31 October 2008 - 12:53 PM.


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does it eventually allow u to boot into windows?
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does it eventually allow u to boot into windows?


nope :(

bios first...

windows xp logo

black to that blue color (not bsod color), then that error message pops up and boom it reboots (sometimes you dont even get a chance to read the msg, just reboots quickly)

thanks for help

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Check "Disk and Profile Quota" in nLite

or

open TXTSETUP.SIF and check the line:
Pagefile = 115,250

try changing it to something smaller, like:
Pagefile = 64,128

or even less, you can also try to make it "fixed" like:
Pagefile = 64,64

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Check "Disk and Profile Quota" in nLite

or

open TXTSETUP.SIF and check the line:
Pagefile = 115,250

try changing it to something smaller, like:
Pagefile = 64,128

or even less, you can also try to make it "fixed" like:
Pagefile = 64,64

jaclaz


thanks for the help! will try it now :)

could I edit/replace the pagefile.sys in recovery console?

cd \

gotta fiquire the rest out :blushing:

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If you haven't better tools than Recovery Console....I don't think so.

The settings in Registry are here:
http://www.petri.co....ptimization.htm

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Check "Disk and Profile Quota" in nLite


I just opened the previous preset in nlite, the disc I setup with nlite (which gave the error) already had "Disk and Profile Quota" ticked.

:unsure:

bit confused now

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I think the only way you'll get XP on that is to remove EVERYTHING possible.

Remember FOR sure to disable system restore (Thats would reserve like 60megs) and set the recycle bin to a minimum size (Default is another 50-60megs.)

I will run a quick test and see how low I can get it. (I am pretty bored right now :P )

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I had to remove nearly everything but I got it to install with @100megs space left.

Edited by Kelsenellenelvian, 31 October 2008 - 04:40 PM.


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bit confused now


Let me rephrase ;):

Check "Disk and Profile Quota" in nLite

or

open TXTSETUP.SIF and check the line:
Pagefile = 115,250

try changing it to something smaller, like:
Pagefile = 64,128

or even less, you can also try to make it "fixed" like:
Pagefile = 64,64


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Thank you for the help. Excuse my last post :wacko:

I managed to get the OS fully working. By disabling the "Minimum memory requirement" in nlite - I did not edit the pagefile setting in txtseup.sif as you suggested (I actually forgot) however it still worked on default. :)

The install left me with 120mb free. However after all the drivers (just wireless, video) and firefox - Left me with just 23mb of free space. :unsure: (even with a 2mb pagefile, I created a 1gb pagefile on a usb pen)

I'm going to go deeper with nlite, because I need to install the audio driver and I want at least 75mb free space.

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back to nlite, the xp is 201.80mb - this is what I kept...

Drivers
Multifunctional
Portable Audio
SCSI/RAID
Sound Controllers (can I remove this as im installing my own aud drv)
Wireless Ethernet (WLAN) (same here??)

Hardware Support
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Network
Client for Netware Networks
Connection Manager
Mac Bridge
TCP/IP Version 6

Operating System Options
.NET Framework
16-Bit Support
Out of Box Experience (OOBE)
Visual Basic 5 Runtime
Visual Basic 6 Runtime

Services
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Could I remove anymore?

ps, where is that site to find those modified drivers? Cant remember the name now :unsure:

cheers

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What kinda modified drivers?

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What kinda modified drivers?


like smaller ones :whistle:

ah got it guru3d .com

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I'm going for it...

Total size is: 138.73MB (63MB removed)

Trying it now

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Could you post your ini file here?

I am curious what you removed and if it is still a working XP environment.
Did you walk into problems with your small installation?




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