Boot PE on Firewire/1394 drive? USB is only 1.1, would like to boot from Firewire400
Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:52 AM
I have some old systems which have no cdrom, just USB 1.1 and Firewire 400. Installing Win 7 from PE3 would take a long time from USB 1.1, so what I have been doing is booting to PE on a USB key, then running setup off the Firewire HDD. However booting to PE from the USB key still takes quite a long time. Can I set up my firewire HDD as bootable to PE, and then when the computer boots from USB it transfers the boot process to the firewire drive? I've heard of creating a kicker cd for use in systems which don't support usb booting, but I guess in my case I would like to create a kicker usb key for use in my system which doesn't support firewire booting. Thanks!
Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:34 PM
Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:09 PM
PLoP has NO support for Firewire.
Yes, you can make a USB "kicker". (IF you are talking of a PE 1.x - i.e. XP/2003 based)
Unfortunately there is not much experience with Firewire around so your mileage may vary.
Start by getting the basics of the idea here:
the procedure is called either "XP Kansas City Shuffle" or "fake signature method" (googling for these will give you more related results).
The main issue is/will be the start setting for the firewire related drivers/services.
Doing the same for a later PE 2.x ( Vista based) or a PE 3.x (Windows 7 based) it may as well be possible, but I presume only for a "flat" build, I don't remember any previous posts/threads about these, in any case if a machine has only USB 1.1 support in BIOS or has actually only USB 1.1 chips it is so old that a later than PE 1.x would run so slow that it wouldn't be practical (slow processor and most probably a limited amount of RAM).
Easiest would probably be to do a test with UBCD4win .
The UBCD4win forum is down but the app by PC_user is available:
Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:17 PM
I've heard of creating a kicker cd for use in systems which don't support usb booting
I've done a kicker CD at PE1, but never above.
There is a batch: there are some fix filenames and txtsetup.sif is processed dynamically http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=21939
At PE3 there is no txtsetup.sif. You have to search registry services start=0 instead, and extract relating files.
I wonder: how courious are you?
Do you have fun and like to invest time. And invent a this to PE3?
Results are highly welcome.
Or boot a basic PE3 (default \boot and boot.wim) from USB 1.1, but read install.wim from Firewire drive?
As for a one time solution, this seems to be a more straightforward approach.
You use this already: how long does it take booting from USB1.1?