Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 22

Thread: Windows install help, hardware issues also!

  1. #11
    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Miami
    Posts
    6,557
    Quote Originally Posted by b3tts32 View Post
    Usually whenever I have to re-install I pull my pc out and put it on my workbench with a desktop psu. I'm not sure what all you have with your setup but I really just pull out the mobo and hard drive and leave all of the peripherals inside. I've just about completely discarded a cd rom drive and usually use this method to install windows. (http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/oper...loppyless.html) I have managed to keep all of my install programs on one folder on my second partition which makes life a lot easier since you don't have to go searching for a million cd's and drivers and what not. (rr install, lsx, winamp, gps drivers, etc.) It's just more time consuming for me to try to get my settings correct when I'm looking at the little touchscreen.

    Even all of that is time consuming but I can thank the good folks at symantec because ghost has saved me plenty of time. What hardware are you working with? Sorry I'm too lazy to look at your profile.
    OMG, that is such a cool way to install Windows... i like this way, i will use this all the time (I hope i will hardly have to do this).....

    No need to buy ghost, just boot up a live linux distro and "dd" it. Or even the dd-win32 app.

    But if your install is screwed up because you are doing it in the car, you have an underlying issue. Hardware working correctly doesnt care if you are in a car, in a truck, a boat, a plane, or on a laptop riding a camel across the sahara. With working hardware all OS install outcomes will be 100% equal starting from a fresh formatted drive.

    If you are getting weird results in the car, somethings up.

    And to answer your question, I made a quick terminal connector from parts gathered on mouser, so all I do is unscrew a cap, pull and out it comes. I plan to reformat this coming January as I like to do it once a year because the car does screw up the HD on bouncing over a period of a year. Do a full format and windows will ignore the bad areas saving you from a "crash" when a system critical chunk developes an error.

    And of course keep media/drivers on 1 partition, OS on the other. Programs and OS together if using windows since the registry is the glue that holds them together so even if you save the program folder, you will have some major registry work to do. Usually easier to just reinstall the programs. When I was testing a bunch of stuff out, I can get a compete system turnaround of under 2 hours from yanking the pc to putting it back in and installing from the CD. When I just dd it back on, maybe 30 minutes including doing tedious driver installs in the car for the things I dont remove (sirius, gps, touchscreen)
    You are right.... although I have a OPUS 320, I think all the fans and other stuff is stressing out my PSU. Im going to rewire some fans to not run off the PSU at all and run 100% of the battery and relay.

    I had the drive at an upright angle with install 2, but with install 3 i had it laying flat because I was to lazy to make a new HDD holder. I am now going back to having it verticle.

    Im interested in how you install stuff.... So you say putting media (music, videos) and drivers go toogether? While OS is all by itself? What about 3rd party applications? that would go were? Today I will focus on getting the OS put back on the drive, then figure out the wiring.......
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

  2. #12
    Fusion Brain Creator 2k1Toaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Colorado, but Canadian!
    Posts
    10,049
    Take 1 HD, and make 2 partitions (C: and D: for example). Then install your OS to C:. Install all media and drivers to D:.

    So you have

    Code:
    C:
      --> Documents
      --> Program Files
      --> System
      -----> OS
    D:
      --> Media
      -----> Music
      -----> Video
      --> Driver Backup
      -----> Touchscreen Driver
      -----> GPS Driver
      -----> Sirius Driver
      -----> Video Drivers
      -----> Audio Drivers
      -----> USB Drivers
      -----> Driver A/B/C/D/ect...
      --> Program Backup
      -----> RoadRunner Installer
      -----> Winamp Installer
      -----> FireFox Installer
      -----> iGuidance Installer
      -----> XPort Installer
      -----> Other Programs...
      --> Unpacked GPS Maps
    When the OS dies, format the partition and wipe C:. Install the OS by either a) a clone b) new install

    If you do a clone, all registry and program settings are ok. If you do a new one, then all you have to do is:

    When it boots, you have all the drivers on D: no need for a CD. Run the install programs in the backup, copy your unpacked maps to where they need to be (Saves like 20 minutes if you have a slow drive), reboot and you have a fully working CarPC by just installing the OS and doing some double clicking.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

  3. #13
    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Miami
    Posts
    6,557
    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Take 1 HD, and make 2 partitions (C: and D: for example). Then install your OS to C:. Install all media and drivers to D:.

    So you have

    Code:
    C:
      --> Documents
      --> Program Files
      --> System
      -----> OS
    D:
      --> Media
      -----> Music
      -----> Video
      --> Driver Backup
      -----> Touchscreen Driver
      -----> GPS Driver
      -----> Sirius Driver
      -----> Video Drivers
      -----> Audio Drivers
      -----> USB Drivers
      -----> Driver A/B/C/D/ect...
      --> Program Backup
      -----> RoadRunner Installer
      -----> Winamp Installer
      -----> FireFox Installer
      -----> iGuidance Installer
      -----> XPort Installer
      -----> Other Programs...
      --> Unpacked GPS Maps
    When the OS dies, format the partition and wipe C:. Install the OS by either a) a clone b) new install

    If you do a clone, all registry and program settings are ok. If you do a new one, then all you have to do is:

    When it boots, you have all the drivers on D: no need for a CD. Run the install programs in the backup, copy your unpacked maps to where they need to be (Saves like 20 minutes if you have a slow drive), reboot and you have a fully working CarPC by just installing the OS and doing some double clicking.
    OK, Im going to try that now.
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

  4. #14
    Constant Bitrate b3tts32's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Arlington, Tx
    Posts
    166
    Yeah that's what mine looks like.. looking back on my post you probably couldn't have understood much of anything. Haha. 2k1 I'll probably leaning on you for some brain help when my arrives hopefully this weekend.

  5. #15
    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Miami
    Posts
    6,557
    LMFAO.... its cool, I have lots of those moments.

    Question:

    I am trying the metthod you recommended but the Windows CD I am using is Windows with SP1. My Laptop PC that I am using to install is Windows with SP3. So when I try this, I get a warning that I am installing an older version of Windows and that it is canceling the install. Is there a way to get around this?
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

  6. #16
    Constant Bitrate b3tts32's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Arlington, Tx
    Posts
    166
    Did you format the hd first? Also is it the carpc hard drive that has sp3 or the laptop hard drive? I believe there's some type of command that will bypass that but I'll have to look it up.

  7. #17
    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Miami
    Posts
    6,557
    Yes I reformated the HD....... Its my Laptop that has SP3. I never played with NLite, its so cool. I dont know why I didnt play with this before. NLite copied my windows disc, then slipstreamed SP3 into it. I took out all the language packs and stripped cr@ppy stuff out. Because I do not know what I can and cant remove, so most of it was left. I took out things like fax service and games and things i did not think were important. What I really love is that I can just pop it in and leave it alone and it installs on its own. I did not add drivers to the nlite, I can do those myself. I got it down to 320mb which I am sure is alot compared to you guys. I hope this works though.
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

  8. #18
    Fusion Brain Creator 2k1Toaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Colorado, but Canadian!
    Posts
    10,049
    If you have truly formatted your harddrive, there will be nothing on there for it to see. You have to boot from the CD, and you have to delete the partition and format it. If you just try and install in the same spot it will not work.

    Also this is a true XP disk right? Not a recovery diskÉ
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

  9. #19
    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Miami
    Posts
    6,557
    Yes, a true XP disc. The drive has 49,999 of space, when i reformat it says 49,997 avaliable. I went ahead and used the Windows disk to reformat and then reformated with it connected to my laptop. Its always the same result. Today Im going to try the nLited disk, which was created with my real XP disk with SP3 added to it. I noticed that when i first built the system, I installed the disk, then right away installed service pack 3 and the PC always ran great. With the last 2 installs I installed from disk, then installed SP2 had issues, installed SP3 had more issues. I then wiped out install and installed as is with no service packs, PC just would not work at all. I am hoping that installing the latest build with all the newest drivers will fix the issues. I am also going to make sure its connected to a desktop PSU till I can track down and fix the straining issues with the car PSU.
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

  10. #20
    Who am I? HiJackZX1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Miami
    Posts
    6,557
    OK, I installed Windows using nLite. The install took about 35 minutes. Alot of the drivers Windows installed on its own. The system is running flawlessly. I have not installed the PCI USB card yet, nor any devices except my Sprint Aircard. I am so happy you guys pointed me in the right direction. My neighbor lent me his jigsaw, so there is a chance I will be building the case for the PC, so I may be wrapping everything up except my front screens.
    Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

    1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
    4X MK808b
    3x Perixx Touchpads
    3x 7 inch Screens
    1X 7 inch motorized Screen
    1x Win 7 PC

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. CF card windows install
    By brendan in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-03-2008, 04:07 PM
  2. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-02-2008, 06:23 PM
  3. Why can't I install windows XP ? please help ?
    By shinjetko in forum Newbie
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 09-19-2006, 03:02 PM
  4. Windows Vista
    By thanatos106 in forum Software & Software Development
    Replies: 123
    Last Post: 06-28-2006, 11:56 AM
  5. Having instability issues with your M7NCG 400 and/or XP install?
    By wallaceacura in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-20-2005, 02:29 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •