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saugatak

FIX folder prob: NTDETECT.COM and ntldr

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FDV, I put the XP version of NTDETECT.COM and ntldr in the FIX folder. When I look at SOURCESS/I386 folder, however, Win2k NTDETECT.COM and ntldr are present.

Also, the HFSLIP'd Win2k install on VMWare has the Win2k version of NTDETECT.COM and ntldr.

What am I doing wrong?

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just FYI, i changed the thread title to make it clearer.

i'll defer to tommyp on the 'why' though because i am not sure.

mine actually works fine. are you using the latest (october) version of HFSLIP?

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@FDV, using latest HFSLIP and FDV fileset I believe as now I download the latest just before running HFSLIP.

My error log is attached.

P.S. I think Oleg's idea to remove help files is a good one. They're pretty much useless and if you can run HFSLIP, you can Google, hit M$ knowledge base and MSFN forums to find the answer you need anyway.

ERROR_REPORT.TXT

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Dumb question, but are your 100% sure that the files you placed in the FIX folder are from an XP cd?

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@tommyp

It is not a dumb question, but I am 100% sure I put in XP files because this computer I am using now is XP, and I used its NTDETECT.COM and ntldr. I compared dates and filesizes, and the NTDETECT.COM and ntldr in FIX are bigger files and later dates than the Win2k NTDETECT.COM and ntldr.

This is the computer I want to rebuild with HFSLIP FDV Win2k because XP is slowing this computer down a lot.

I'm doing some more work on FDV's files and I'll run HFSLIP again.

I've been researching what files to take out of the OS/2 subsystem (which IMO is completely extraneous) and will post shortly.

Edited by saugatak
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My FDV/NoIE installs and runs great as long as I stay away from ntdetect and ntldr :)

If I drop those file into FIX and then HFSLIP/ISO/VMWARE as usual, I get the attached BSOD about an inaccessible_boot_device. If those files are NOT in FIX and I HFSLIP/ISO/VMWARE as usual, everything runs fine.

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I've read in other forums that using NTDETECT.COM and ntldr does lead to a faster boot so I'd like to get it in there and give it a shot.

@TommyP and FDV, is it possible to just replace the NTDETECT.COM and ntldr in SOURCESS/I386 if the FIX folder method doesn't work?

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Yes, you manually replace the two files into the SOURCESS\i386 folder. However, if you get a BSOD again. you have the wrong files.

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saugatak and tommyp:

in line 298: IF EXIST FIX COPY /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386

the copy-command can't see the hidden files NTDETECT.COM and ntldr

perhaps ATTRIB -S -H FIX\*.* might help?

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@murvun - Cool suggestion. Can someone test?

I had an idea, perhaps it's a capitalization issue? I believe both my files are upper case.

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saugatak and tommyp:

in line 298: IF EXIST FIX COPY /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386

the copy-command can't see the hidden files NTDETECT.COM and ntldr

perhaps ATTRIB -S -H FIX\*.* might help?

@ tommyp

Also, if you want, you can use xcopy instead of the copy command...

try this: (it copies hidden, system files and overwrites old and read-only files without confirm)

IF EXIST FIX XCOPY /H /R /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386

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TommyP, let me know if you've fixed this issue in the latest HFSLIP and I will test it tonight.

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@saugatak - I'm not going to release it just yet. Why not open a dos window in your HFSLIP folder. Type in

IF EXIST FIX XCOPY /H /R /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386 and see what happens. Also, check to see if those files have a hidden attribute and/or check capitalization.

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@tommyp, I'm not as tech savvy as you are so this is how I interpreted what you suggested:

I opened a DOS window and CD to HFSLIP director. Then I typed "IF EXIST FIX XCOPY /H /R /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386"

In my FIX folder I had the following files:

1) Win XP SP2 version of NTDETECT.COM

2) Win XP SP2 version of ntldr

3) notepad.ex_ (made using Oleg's method, replace notepad with win32pad)

4) WINNT.SIF

The results were:

F:\HFSLIP IF EXIST FIX XCOPY /H /R /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386

FIX\notepad.ex_

FIX\WINNT.SIF

2 files copied.

By see what happens I guess you mean check the SOURCESS folder to see if the latest NTDETECT.COM and ntldr are included? I did that and both are still Win2k versions.

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@saugatak

in my system my method works...

however can you use the method posted by murvun?

just to test if it works.

go in hfslip director and type:

ATTRIB -S -H FIX\*.* (no output is done)

IF EXIST FIX COPY /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386

(output the files copied)

Edited by lupo
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The results were:

F:\HFSLIP IF EXIST FIX XCOPY /H /R /Y FIX\*.* SOURCESS\I386

FIX\notepad.ex_

FIX\WINNT.SIF

2 files copied.

@saugatak:

By the output of your xcopy, the only possible conlusion is that ntldr and ntdetect.com are not in your FIX directory, as I can't think of any reason that could cause xcopy ignore the files if they are there (when using the /H parameter). When running the XCOPY command (you ran it correctly), you should see the files ntldr and ntdetect.com being copied.

Regards,

Pene

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I Have to agree, I changed cabarc.exe to RAHS

then: X:\2KBootCD\+Tools\BLAH> xcopy /h /r /y *.* blah2\

Result: cabarc.exe in blah2\, as a -AHS file, removal of the ReadOnly flag, but Copy will do that as well.

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OK this is what I did.

After reading these 2 posts, I did a screenshot of my FIX folder, posted. Since the last post in my thread, I have not changed the contents of my FIX folder. Here's the screenshot.

Anyway, I tried the same method again and this time . . . . it worked! :wacko:

You'll probably think that I didn't have the programs in the FIX folder, but I am 100% certain they were there.

I really don't know what happened.

post-64488-1129314605_thumb.png

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Would those 2 files but from 2k3 work better?

Is it possible just to replace them in source cd?

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saugatak

No problem with that. I have a bug today morning too: I saw things and was sure it was like I saw, but when I did the same procedure in the evening it was not excatly the same :wacko:

It happens sometimes B)

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@oleg, thanks. It's a headscratcher sometimes.

@dirtwarrior, FDV said using Win2k3 NTDETECT.COM and ntldr work on Win2k and HFSLIP.

Whether Win2k3 NTDETECT.COM and ntldr run faster than XP versions I don't know.

I downloaded Win2k3 SP1 and am extracting it to get Win2k3 NTDETECT.COM and ntldr into my FIX folder and am going to run TommyP's latest HFSLIP. Will report on results tonight or by tomorrow.

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