problems with XP installation - usb drive & active partition

Posted: 12-31-2008, 01:59 PM
hello all,

I have an EVO D510 Slimline with a usb based cdrom drive and no floppy disk.
My BIOS does not detect the usb cdrom so I've had difficulty deploying
Windows XP.
Eventually I found some convoluted USB drivers that made the cdom detectable
but inhibited the operation of my usb based keyboard.
I then managed to boot off a network boot disk on a usb drive and connect to
a Windows XP Professional installation share.
After in run winnt.exe /thard disk) setup copies the files incorrectly to
the usb drive and copies the temp installation files to my disk drive. The
reason is I think, because when I boot off the usb based network boot disk,
this disk is assigned as the active partition. XP appears to install on the
active partition (the usb drive) and then when I reboot the installation
fails to continue. An error appears...something to the tune of "Invalid boot
partition". If I take the usb drive out and try boot off the hard disk there
is still an invalid boot partition.
I could'nt find any switches on winnt.exe to force it to install on a
specific partition. I would imagine this option occurs further down in the
installation process, but as I say the installation does not initially give
me the option.
When I ran fdisk off the usb boot disk, the tool does not allow me to change
the hard disk to be the active partition.

Can anyone offer a solution, other than go buy a cdrom and/or floppy drive?

Many thanks
Gabriel

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problems with XP installation - usb drive & active partition
Posted: 12-31-2008, 01:59 PM
hello all,

I have an EVO D510 Slimline with a usb based cdrom drive and no floppy disk.
My BIOS does not detect the usb cdrom so I've had difficulty deploying
Windows XP.
Eventually I found some convoluted USB drivers that made the cdom detectable
but inhibited the operation of my usb based keyboard.
I then managed to boot off a network boot disk on a usb drive and connect to
a Windows XP Professional installation share.
After in run winnt.exe /thard disk) setup copies the files incorrectly to
the usb drive and copies the temp installation files to my disk drive. The
reason is I think, because when I boot off the usb based network boot disk,
this disk is assigned as the active partition. XP appears to install on the
active partition (the usb drive) and then when I reboot the installation
fails to continue. An error appears...something to the tune of "Invalid boot
partition". If I take the usb drive out and try boot off the hard disk there
is still an invalid boot partition.
I could'nt find any switches on winnt.exe to force it to install on a
specific partition. I would imagine this option occurs further down in the
installation process, but as I say the installation does not initially give
me the option.
When I ran fdisk off the usb boot disk, the tool does not allow me to change
the hard disk to be the active partition.

Can anyone offer a solution, other than go buy a cdrom and/or floppy drive?

Many thanks
Gabriel
Gabriel
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problems with XP installation - usb drive & active partition
Posted: 12-31-2008, 01:59 PM
hello all,

I have an EVO D510 Slimline with a usb based cdrom drive and no floppy disk.
My BIOS does not detect the usb cdrom so I've had difficulty deploying
Windows XP.
Eventually I found some convoluted USB drivers that made the cdom detectable
but inhibited the operation of my usb based keyboard.
I then managed to boot off a network boot disk on a usb drive and connect to
a Windows XP Professional installation share.
After in run winnt.exe /thard disk) setup copies the files incorrectly to
the usb drive and copies the temp installation files to my disk drive. The
reason is I think, because when I boot off the usb based network boot disk,
this disk is assigned as the active partition. XP appears to install on the
active partition (the usb drive) and then when I reboot the installation
fails to continue. An error appears...something to the tune of "Invalid boot
partition". If I take the usb drive out and try boot off the hard disk there
is still an invalid boot partition.
I could'nt find any switches on winnt.exe to force it to install on a
specific partition. I would imagine this option occurs further down in the
installation process, but as I say the installation does not initially give
me the option.
When I ran fdisk off the usb boot disk, the tool does not allow me to change
the hard disk to be the active partition.

Can anyone offer a solution, other than go buy a cdrom and/or floppy drive?

Many thanks
Gabriel
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Re: problems with XP installation - usb drive & active partition
Posted: 01-04-2009, 10:29 AM
Are there any Bios settings to enable your USB drive in the boot sequence?

"Gabriel" <Gabriel@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:AEC1AB6D-5865-46C4-BEEB-57646F450897@microsoft.com...
> hello all,
>
> I have an EVO D510 Slimline with a usb based cdrom drive and no floppy
> disk.
> My BIOS does not detect the usb cdrom so I've had difficulty deploying
> Windows XP.
> Eventually I found some convoluted USB drivers that made the cdom
> detectable
> but inhibited the operation of my usb based keyboard.
> I then managed to boot off a network boot disk on a usb drive and connect
> to
> a Windows XP Professional installation share.
> After in run winnt.exe /thard disk) setup copies the files incorrectly
> to
> the usb drive and copies the temp installation files to my disk drive. The
> reason is I think, because when I boot off the usb based network boot
> disk,
> this disk is assigned as the active partition. XP appears to install on
> the
> active partition (the usb drive) and then when I reboot the installation
> fails to continue. An error appears...something to the tune of "Invalid
> boot
> partition". If I take the usb drive out and try boot off the hard disk
> there
> is still an invalid boot partition.
> I could'nt find any switches on winnt.exe to force it to install on a
> specific partition. I would imagine this option occurs further down in the
> installation process, but as I say the installation does not initially
> give
> me the option.
> When I ran fdisk off the usb boot disk, the tool does not allow me to
> change
> the hard disk to be the active partition.
>
> Can anyone offer a solution, other than go buy a cdrom and/or floppy
> drive?
>
> Many thanks
> Gabriel

smlunatick
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Re: problems with XP installation - usb drive & active partition
Posted: 01-07-2009, 05:22 PM
On Dec 31 2008, 1:59*pm, Gabriel <Gabr...@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote:
> hello all,
>
> I have an EVO D510 Slimline with a usb based cdrom drive and no floppy disk.
> My BIOS does not detect the usb cdrom so I've had difficulty deploying
> Windows XP.
> Eventually I found some convoluted USB drivers that made the cdom detectable
> but inhibited the operation of my usb based keyboard.
> I then managed to boot off a network boot disk on a usb drive and connectto
> a Windows XP Professional installation share.
> After in run winnt.exe /thard disk) setup copies the files incorrectly to
> the usb drive and copies the temp installation files to my disk drive. The
> reason is I think, because when I boot off the usb based network boot disk,
> this disk is assigned as the active partition. XP appears to install on the
> active partition (the usb drive) and then when I reboot the installation
> fails to continue. An error appears...something to the tune of "Invalid boot
> partition". If I take the usb drive out and try boot off the hard disk there
> is still an invalid boot partition.
> I could'nt find any switches on winnt.exe to force it to install on a
> specific partition. I would imagine this option occurs further down in the
> installation process, but as I say the installation does not initially give
> me the option.
> When I ran fdisk off the usb boot disk, the tool does not allow me to change
> the hard disk to be the active partition.
>
> Can anyone offer a solution, other than go buy a cdrom and/or floppy drive?
>
> Many thanks
> Gabriel
I believe that the Evo's have a BIOS setting to tell it to use Legacy
USB device. This may let you have the USB drive to be used in the
boot sequence.
 
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