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    Hey guys,

    I did search but got mixed results that I have a hard time deciphering so I am going to post this here...

    Here's what I have done so far:

    Installed XP Professional on my target system (a Single Board Computer with a built in CF slot) onto a standard laptop drive, set up all the drivers, etc... then used the Target analyzer program to create a file that I imported into target designer.

    I did what I needed to do there, built the image and copied it onto a CF card.

    Now, the CF card comes up as IDE2 (Secondary Master) on the motherboard, but I cannot get it to boot.

    I have set up the CF card as a NTFS drive, is there something else I need to do to make it bootable?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    have you read Microsoft's documentation on how to deploy to a CF card? Since your CF slot is on IDE2 have you configured your BIOS to boot from that channel? What's your boot.ini file point to?
    EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SFiorito View Post
      have you read Microsoft's documentation on how to deploy to a CF card? Since your CF slot is on IDE2 have you configured your BIOS to boot from that channel? What's your boot.ini file point to?
      Yes, I read about BootPrep and how you don't need to use it on a NTFS formatted card, and I do have the BIOS set to boot from IDE 2.

      However, I didn't think to edit the boot.ini file, so I will try that and see how it goes.

      Thanks pal!

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      • #4
        Did you see this? http://mason.gmu.edu/~sfiorito/eXPinstall.htm

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        • #5
          Be very patient... first time booting off the CF card after installing XP will take awhile.

          After a few starts and restarts, it gets faster. With EWF and MiniLogon (only after you 'install' your programs), it'll be even quicker.

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          • #6
            I just wanted to get past the "no boot device found" error from the BIOS on startup

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            • #7
              How did you format the CF card? Did you make it active?
              EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

              Zotac ION Atom N330, 2GB low-profile RAM, M3-ATX
              Win Embedded Std 2011 RC
              OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB SSD
              Lilliput 629 Transflective, WRX Screen Mount
              BlueSoleil BT, i-Blue GM-2 GPS, DirectedHD Radio, Andrea Mic
              VoomPC 2

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              • #8
                changed my boot.ini file to look for Windows on disk 2 but no go

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SFiorito View Post
                  How did you format the CF card? Did you make it active?
                  I just formatted it FAT32 in Windows then converted it to NTFS using the convert util in a command dialog box.

                  The problem is that I don't have an IDE-cf adaptor, and while the CF slot is on the IDE bus on my target system, I do not have a floppy drive for it.

                  And yes, the card is "Active"

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                  • #10
                    What kind of board do you have, and can you verify it supports booting off CF? I read somewhere certain [VIA] boards do not support booting from CF despite having a CF slot integrated to the IDE bus.

                    You can probably find a CF-IDE adapter locally for about $10. I know a computer store nearby that sells one :-)

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                    • #11
                      This is the board. One of the reasons I got it was so I could boot off CF.... well, and the size.

                      http://www.advantech.com/products/Mo...ZQW&BU=ACG&PD=

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                      • #12
                        Ok, you said you installed XP on the target system on a regular HDD. So from that XP installation format and partition the CF card with NTFS marking it active.

                        I think the problem is that you're converting it from FAT32 to NTFS.
                        EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

                        Zotac ION Atom N330, 2GB low-profile RAM, M3-ATX
                        Win Embedded Std 2011 RC
                        OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB SSD
                        Lilliput 629 Transflective, WRX Screen Mount
                        BlueSoleil BT, i-Blue GM-2 GPS, DirectedHD Radio, Andrea Mic
                        VoomPC 2

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                        • #13
                          What CF card are you using? Probably MBR issue.

                          FAT32 -> NTFS might be another issue. Not all CF cards can run with NTFS. The Sandisk Ultra II card I'm testing works well with NTFS. I barely get disk checks.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SFiorito View Post
                            Ok, you said you installed XP on the target system on a regular HDD. So from that XP installation format and partition the CF card with NTFS marking it active.

                            I think the problem is that you're converting it from FAT32 to NTFS.
                            Format it via Windows disk management?

                            I actually overwrote that windows installation on my regular HDD There was a copy of windows 98 on there and I did an "upgrade" of XP from within Windows from my USB HDD... I can't hook up a CD-Rom to the mini board because I don't have a 3 connector IDE cable for it (small laptop size...)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DIGItonium View Post
                              What CF card are you using? Probably MBR issue.

                              FAT32 -> NTFS might be another issue. Not all CF cards can run with NTFS. The Sandisk Ultra II card I'm testing works well with NTFS. I barely get disk checks.


                              Just a regular SanDisk 512MB

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