pent 3 managed boot agent bypass?

March 2, 2009 at 08:13:39
Specs: Windows XP
i have a gateway select pent III system that i just formatted the hard drive because i am trying to install a pbx system on it but i can't get past the managed boot agent? even if i have a boot install disk in the computer it will still goto the managed boot agent and fail out - is there anyway around this?

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March 2, 2009 at 12:03:43
I think that's just another boot loader. As such, you can usually wipe it out by running the FIXMBR command from XP. I don't know if you can run it from the installation CD.

You can also just use a 98 bootdisk and at the a:\> prompt type fdisk/mbr and enter. That will do the same thing as FIXMBR and may be easier given your circumstances. I've noticed sometimes you need to run the command twice.

When booting from a floppy disk make sure it is the first boot device in cmos/bios setup.

There's another utility here:

called MBRFIX which can be used. It says there that fdisk/mbr won't work on NT based partitions. But as long as you boot with the 98 bootdisk it will work. The MBR is outside of the data partition so it doesn't matter what OS you use to fix it.

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March 3, 2009 at 14:11:30
I am kind of confused. Since you formatted it how did you boot it?

Are you saying that after you installed the PBX software it now looks for pxe boot? If so the your hard drive is not bootable most likely

Start at bios. See boot options. Managed boot agent is normally a network bootable chip or firmware. There were some add on cards from Intel that also supported managed network boot and admin. Might have to remove that special card.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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