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    Bootprep - permission denied error - need help!!

    Hi everyone,

    1st post to this forum, after countless hours invested trying to get my mobile PC to work... you guys seem to know what's what

    Target PC:
    - iEi LX800 Nano-sized PC
    - Apacer 2GB Flash card as 2ndary IDE drive (is recognized by bios, can be accessed as c:\ drive when system is booted off something bootable (eg CDROM) )
    - CDROM as primary IDE

    Try #1:
    a. installed XP directly
    b. systems hangs on first boot after files installation, NO XP startup screen. Hangs right after "DMPI ... initialized ... done."

    Try #2:
    - download XPe, configure Target
    - format CF from winXP with FAT16
    - copy all files to CF, start target PC
    - system hangs, saying "invalid system media" (or soemthing like that), PLEASE INSERT SYSTEM DISK

    Try #3:
    - learn about bootprep
    - create freedos boot CD, add bootprep.exe
    - boot to freedos
    - use freedos fdisk to make 1x FAT16 partition, set active
    - freedos format that partition
    - run bootprep
    - bootprep sees my active partition MBR, sees the "BIGDOS FAT16" format, etc...
    - asks to confirm, i confirm twice...
    - bootprep says:

    "Output file open error - permission denied"

    did this with two flash cards do far, the 2GB Apacer and a 512MB kingston, both removable media.

    checked all Google entries for "Bootprep permission"... no luck, no one really knows whats going on.

    You guys ever seen this?

    Im about to go nuts here, I thought i'd buried my IT days and could concentrate on the fun stuff

    cheers from switzerland (universal melting temp type of hot right now)
    mike

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    you can't run bootprep from a read-only device (ie cdrom)

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    4words:

    thank you VERY much!!!!!

    ...now i can get on with debugging pci.sys problems

    have a lovely week,

    mike

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    you built your target SLD from the device itself, correct? It can't be built from just any machine otherwise the HAL will be off.

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    thanks for the info... I figured that out about 15min ago

    working with TA.exe now running off the flash card when booting to dos on the target machine. imported into the config and building an image right now.

    Got alittle further on the last try, actually saw the XP boot pic in colour

    onward, christian soldiers...

    nice car by the way, here my old one:
    http://www.ece.ualberta.ca/~mstamm/g...geViewsIndex=1

    cheers,

    mike

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    the best thing to do is make a BartPE boot disc and include TAP.EXE on it. It'll give you a better output than TA.EXE (which only runs in DOS mode). You can also run bootprep.exe from BartPE (running it from your C drive though).

    Yeah, I really love my WRX....wish I could've afforded the new Limited STI though

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    XPe up and running

    things are working nicely now

    just getting my 2nd XPe configuration built...
    needed to add some essentials like the device manager, display properties, etc etc...

    also found a nice MS doc on how to turn EWF on with a removable CF card:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en...asp?frame=true

    ... takes awhile for the copying, and awhile^2 for the FBA(? first boot something) to run through!!

    turns out i DID need to use TAP, which i did by copying tap.exe to the flash drive, and booting to WinPE with embedded disc1...

    am surprised how quickly XP boots once the bios is set..

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    go over to the OS Optimization forum and you'll find lots of info on EWF. I spent a lot of time using XPe a couple years ago in order to use EWF on regular XP. The problem with using a drive set as removable is that ACPI Standby and Hibernate don't work. At least, last time I tried on various SanDisk cards. What CF card are you using? If it's either an UltraII or ExtremeI I can point you to the fixed-disk utility.

    MSFT is working on an update to XPe that will finally have native USB booting support. There have been hacks to get it working already, as well as M-System's uDOC, but it's nice to see MSFT finally making it a fully supported part of the package.

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