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    XPembedded and CF cards

    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!

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    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?

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

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    How did you format the CF card? Did you make it active?

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

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    Quote 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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    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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