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  • I cant get my computer to boot my CF Card

    I have a 16mb compact flash card connected to my computer via a CF-IDE adapter and it installed as the primary master drive. My computers bios picks this drive up as being a regular 16mb hard drive. However, it cannot boot at all. The computer reads this drive then freezes.

    This disk is:
    -16 mb
    -formatted in fat12
    -had its mbr modified by bootprep.exe (which is supposted to make cf cards bootable)
    -has a primary active patition
    -has all dos boot files copied to it from a windows 98 boot disk
    -i also uses sys.com to make this cf drive bootable/
    -in fdisk, the drive shows up but in Partition Magic it doesnt
    -Under computer managment/disk management in windows xp, i cannot mark
    the disks partition as active. (its greyed out)

    I really dont know what else to try, please help if you can!!
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    Final Assembly

    Ramline P3 PC
    10.4 inch Touchscreen
    Windows XP Embedded
    Road Runner
    http://www.projektnepa.com
    Electrical Engineer / Mobile DJ

  • #2
    You don't need to use bootprep to boot win98. It's looking for NTLDR right now. Do you get a invalid system disk error?
    Try to get a regular MBR back on that CF card.

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    • #3
      ok, what is ntldr? what does it do?
      sorry, this is all kinda new to me....

      i dont get any error messages at all, the computer just freezes after the POST. There is a second or two of hard drive activity, but then it stops and the computer becomes unresponsive.
      Current Progress:
      [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓---]80%
      Final Assembly

      Ramline P3 PC
      10.4 inch Touchscreen
      Windows XP Embedded
      Road Runner
      http://www.projektnepa.com
      Electrical Engineer / Mobile DJ

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      • #4
        you only need to run bootprep if you are booting XP from a FAT formatted CF card. What exactly are you planning to run on a 16MB CF card? You should head over to the OS optimization forum for more info.
        EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

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        • #5
          Thanks, ill check out that forum....if the 16mb card would boot into dos, then id know what to do then i would invest some money into a 256mb card for windows xpe.
          Current Progress:
          [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓---]80%
          Final Assembly

          Ramline P3 PC
          10.4 inch Touchscreen
          Windows XP Embedded
          Road Runner
          http://www.projektnepa.com
          Electrical Engineer / Mobile DJ

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          • #6
            ok just wanted to follow up, my motherboard would not boot to CF cards if they were in the secondary IDE controller, its gotta be in the primary position. and i did get it to work and bought a 512 mb card, if anyone cares :-P....

            thanks for your help...
            Current Progress:
            [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓---]80%
            Final Assembly

            Ramline P3 PC
            10.4 inch Touchscreen
            Windows XP Embedded
            Road Runner
            http://www.projektnepa.com
            Electrical Engineer / Mobile DJ

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